Number 1140 - Saturday 30th April 2022


The Magic Circle History Day is taking place on Saturday 10th September 2022 at The Magic Circle Headquarters in London (the day before The Magic Circle's inaugural One Day Convention on the 11th). The day will feature notable speakers from the UK and abroad, a buffet lunch at The Wesley Hotel (next door), a sale of collectable books and an opportunity to mingle with fellow historians and collectors.

The History Day organisers, Marco Pusterla (Editor of Ye Olde Magic Mag, a magazine for magic historians and collectors) and Ian Keable (professional magician, speaker, author of the recent The Century of Deception) admit they have a hard act to follow. For the past 43 years, up to 2019, the event was run by Professor Edwin Dawes, considered to be the foremost living magic historian, and Peter Lane, the Head Librarian of The Magic Circle for many years.

"Our aim is to continue with the well-established format", said Ian, "of booking top magic historians from all over the world. However, we also want to encourage younger male and female participants to attend and discover the fascination of many aspects of magic history. We will therefore be drawing on an exciting pool of new speakers, including those better known for magic performing than their academic work." Venue: The Magic Circle, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD. 9.30am to 6pm, Saturday 10th September 2022. Tickets: Non-members £49, members £44, online via


The Insider - Andy Nyman. Part One YouTube, Part Two YouTube. 30.4.22 are excited to announce the first in a series of three books by J. N. Maskelyne is now available to pre-order. Modern Spiritualism was first published in 1876 and this full facsimile hardback reproduction features custom endpapers, a photographic frontispiece and illustrated boards. It is a strictly limited edition of just 500 copies.

Modern Spiritualism was published during a time of huge expansion for the spiritualist movement. In the book Maskelyne gave his account of the most famous mediums of the time, exposing their trickery. It is a rare record produced when many of the first generation of spiritualist mediums were still active.

Maskelyne discussed the roots of modern spiritualism and the stories and trickery of mediums including the Fox Sisters, Daniel Douglas Home, the Davenport Brothers, Anna Eva Fay and many others. He exposed the true methods behind supposed table rapping, spirit painting, spirit writing, dark séances, spirit photography and supernatural healing. Though commercially published and critically well received, the book did not receive a second edition and, despite its importance to the history of conjuring and the battle between magicians and mediums, it has remained out of print for almost 150 years.

Modern Spiritualism is available exclusively from and will be released on the 5th of May. To see detailed photos and to pre-order your copy for £30 visit


The Exonian Magical Society Convention is back! Ozzy Dee writes: After a few years absence the postponed Exonian Magic Convention is back. The one day convention that offers a full day of lectures, dealers, and a 3 course meal and gala show, all in the same venue. Tickets for the evening are limited to 80 places so please book early. Date: 14th October. Tickets available from Prices: £47.50 for whole day and meal. £37.50 evening only. £25 day only. 30.4.22


Jeff McBride presents a special online training: Mime, Mask & Magic! Join Jeff McBride, Avner the Eccentric, and award winning pantomime artist Chris Herren as we explore the magical world of masks and pantomime theatre. Learn new skills and how to develop your character! May 14th–28th, a one time only, online magic training experience. Find out all about it at 30.4.22


Michael J Fitch on 'The Magic Circle Convention 2022' on Craig Petty's Magic TV: 'Talk Magic'. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday at 9pm, Craig Petty sits down and chats with a well known magician; a creator, a performer, or someone who has had a positive impact on the Magic Community. "The Magic Circle Convention 2022 with Michael J Fitch" YouTube. 30.4.22


Magicseen Issue 104, May 2022. From the publishers. We're back with our latest issue which as ever we have attempted to fill with content that you can't wait to get your hands on! Our cover star is top sleight of hand close-up performer Laura London whose current show Cheat is proving so successful. We talk to her about the show and plenty more besides. We also do an in-depth interview with Bizarre Magick specialist Michael Diamond who, it turns out, has more than just weird story magic in his performance locker.


The May issue is also replete with advice articles. We explain how to cope with different size and shapes of table when working dinner functions and restaurants, Jared Volle advises on how to get going as a stand up act, Damian Surr helps us make sense of magic marketing, and we even give you a checklist of things to get right if you want to be a successful performer. Added to this we include the Masterclass, with tricks from Paul Gordon and Gregg Webb, In the Phonebox, letters, comedy and of course, our ever popular product review section. You can get your copy now as part of a 6 month, 1 or 2 year printed copy or download sub, or as a single issue purchase, from 30.4.22


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Paul Daniels on 'The Paul Daniels Magic Show' from 28th September 1985. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 30.4.22


Alakazam Magic's new website is now live! Alakazam Magic are one of the longest established magic companies in the UK and over the past three decades have grown to become to one of the leading manufacturers and retailers of magic in the world. From their prompt delivery of orders to their knowledgeable technical advice and superior after sales care it’s no surprise that Alakazam Magic is now the first port of call for 1000’s of amateur and professional magicians the world over! 30.4.22


Darlington Magic Circle May Day of Magic, Sunday, 1st May. Nick Richmond, Secretary, The Darlington Magic Circle writes: A one day Convention of Magic, lecturers, dealers and a general get-together for like minded Magicians. Limited to 100 delegates! Confirmed Lecturers / Dealers so far are: 'The Godfather' Harry Robson. 'Mind FX' Michael Murray. 'Stereotype' Mick Wilson. 'Mr Freak' Daniel Johnson. 'Northern Miracles' Joel Dickinson. 'DTriks Magic' Mike Sullivan, and still more to come! All of this for only £15 entry!


Venue: The Railway Club, 93 North Road, Darlington DL1 2PP from 10am to 5pm on Sunday 1st May. Free, self service, tea and coffee. Ample free car parking directly opposite at the Poundstretcher Store. Several cafes and restaurants, both sit in and take-away, very nearby. Private licensed bar open all day. Note: the venue is upstairs with no lift. For more info and to book visit 30.4.22


E-Club Pro - The Gold Standard. MLM write: There are a number of subscription based online magic resources available these days, but almost none have the longevity of Mark Leveridge's E-Club Pro. Formed in January 2011, Mark's web based offering has been supplemented and developed every month since its inception so that it now boasts over 900 pages of amazing material. The scale, variety and quality of the content should suit even the most discerning of magicians, containing as it does magic, advice, help and opinion on virtually all aspects of our art. If you are a beginner it has plenty of start up advice and many routines that are straightforward to do. If you are experienced, you will also find commercial, practical magic suited to your needs, plus in depth help and inspiration on a wealth of more advanced topics. Mark brings his 40 years of pro experience to bear on all aspects of E-Club Pro, and so you know that your membership will provide you with the best guidance possible. With two distinct levels of membership, you can select the one that is right for you, and with an easy monthly automated payment with no fixed subscription period, you can stay for as long as you want. For more information go to 30.4.22


The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Guest host Mario Lopez is joined by actress Katie Lowes, model Tyler Cameron and magician Simon Pierro. (Repeat) Friday 6th May on ITV2, see TV Magic for details. 30.4.22


David Britland's Cardopolis. Always excellent, issue 24 has just been released. If you're really into magic Cardopolis is for you! Magic, notes, trivia, and other fragments from the deceptive art. It's free, but a click on the 'Buy Me A Coffee' link is a nice gesture. DT. Subscribe at: 30.4.22


Britain's Got Talent. Ant and Dec host as more performers take to the stage at the London Palladium to try to impress judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams and secure their place in the live-semi-finals. 8pm tonight on ITV. See TV Magic for details. 30.4.22


Chris 'Frosty' Frost Lecture - Cotswold Magical Society. Colin Dymond writes: Frostie, as he is known to everyone, spent years as the resident magician at Hamleys! He is one of the most creative minds in family magic, but he's not just a kids magician. Chris has a full datebook of close-up gigs too, and he recently lectured to great acclaim at The Magic Circle. Frostie is a complete all-round performer, and has some great thoughts on routining an act. Chris writes his show, with storyline, narrative, beginning, middle and end. I'm sure his lecture will be full of ideas that will get you thinking about your performance style. And he'll have some great new routines for you to add to your act too. So I encourage you to come along - I promise you, it will be a whirlwind of creative magic!


Non Members (very welcome) £10. 4th May. Doors open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start time. Venue: Cotswold Magical Society, Hucclescote Community Centre, 58 Hucclecote Road, Gloucester GL3 3RT 30.4.22


Houdiniana & Magic Memorabilia, Potter & Potter Auctions. Our May magic sale features Houdiniana that has never before come to market. From the earliest known photograph of Houdini and Hardeen performing a magic trick, to Houdini family heirlooms, scrapbooks, and more, this offering is one not to be missed. Complementing the Houdiniana will be an array of choice ephemera, posters, and magic apparatus, including a large offering from the collection of Bill Trotter. Online, May 21st: 30.4.22


Bath Circle of Magicians Magic Car Boot Sale and Auction. Roger Nicot  writes: Second Annual Magic Car Boot Sale and Auction sponsored by the Bath Circle of Magicians. There will be a proverbial plethora of amazing new and used items for your purchasing pleasure. Our first sale was a smashing success, we decided to do it again. We hope to see you there! 8pm on Thursday June 16th at St Mary's Church Hall, Queen Square, High Street, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3EL. 30.4.22


Oliver Graham Lecture - South Downs Magicians. Des King writes: On Wednesday, 4th May, at 8pm South Downs Magicians will be having a lecture by Oliver Graham Oliver will be speaking on general magic and family shows. Guests are welcome at a fee of £8.00. The venue is Handcross Parish Hall, High Street, Handcross, Haywards Heath RH17 6BJ. Anyone wishing to come along please contact Jonathan Cann 01444 230409 or 07850 917126. SDM now has a full program for 2022 with David Michaels and Chris Frost coming up in the near future. This friendly club is hoping to expand its membership this year so, any local magicians interested in joining us please get in touch with the president Jonathan Cann (contact details above) 30.4.22


Nightmare Alley - out now on Blu-ray. From visionary filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes this noir-style psychological thriller starring Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett. When a manipulative carnival man (Cooper) teams with an equally deceptive psychiatrist (Blanchett) to grift the wealthy in 1940s New York society, he learns that his new partner in crime might be his most formidable opponent yet. Nightmare Alley is directed by del Toro, who co-wrote the film with Kim Morgan, based on William Lindsay Gresham’s novel. Order the Blu-ray via Amazon: 30.4.22


Mike Gancia - change in funeral date. Donald Bevan writes: Just learned Liz Warlock suffered a serious fall at home and is in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. Mike Gancia's funeral next Tuesday, 3rd May, has been cancelled until further notice. 30.4.22


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