Number 1143 - Saturday 21st May 2022


Derren Brown: the Showman tour - in Bristol this evening. Derren Brown returns to the stage with 'Showman', his brand new live show. "We were all ready to open Showman when the tour had to be postponed. Now, after sitting around in my pants for months I am so, so eager to get this show on the road. I’m hugely grateful to everyone who bought tickets and then were told they had to wait. Let’s get together and have a hug and a party." Derren. "The closest our Galaxy can boast to a Jedi Master" Empire. See for tour dates.

"Derren Brown's Showman is coming to Bristol for his biggest tour in 20 years"
"Derren Brown mesmerises with mind-bending return to stage"
"Derren Brown - Showman: I'd love to be able to tell you more about this show - but I can't..."



North Wales Magic Circle present An Evening of Stage Magic. Mike Harris writes: Established in 1942, North Wales Magic Circle have been providing magical entertainment in North Wales and further afield ever since. This June sees the return, after many years, of An Evening of Stage Magic at the Little Theatre in Rhyl. "The Club returned to the Little Theatre last year and this is our first opportunity to put on a performance for the people of Rhyl" said President Mike Harris. "The club has moved around different venues in the past few years but it is great to return our meetings to The Little Theatre. The team at The Little Theatre have been very accommodating and supportive of the club and we have a great working relationship with them. Many ideas for new projects are in the pipeline."

If you are interested in joining the North Wales Magic Circle we meet every first Tuesday of the month at The Little Theatre in Rhyl and every third Wednesday of the month at The Magic Bar Live in Llandudno. You can find out more about membership on our website: We welcome all skill levels from beginners through to seasoned performers. An Evening of Stage Magic will be held on 7th June at 7pm at The Little Theatre, Vale Road, Rhyl LL18 2BS. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased either from the Little Theatre or from the club website.


A Night of Magic with Lee Hathaway. From the promoters: Siorai Bar proudly presents Lee Hathaway, international magician. A special night of close-up magic, performances and special guest performer and hostess for the night, our very own resident drag queen, Christina Draguilera (as seen in The Telegraph). Lee has worked with some of the greats: Madonna, Amy Winehouse, the Royal Family, Simon Cowell, David Tennant and too many more to name here. He has been featured on ITV, Netflix and Channel 4. This night really is not one to be missed. Be prepared to be wowed, dazzled and entertained on this very special night. Saturday 4th June, 8pm-10pm at Siorai Bar, 114 Junction Road, London N19 5LB. There are limited tickets so book now to avoid disappointment via 21.5.22


The Magic Live Lounge, Friday June 10th, The Chapel Arts House, Ormskirk. From the producers, Jumpstart Entertainment: Following on from two sell-out shows in November 2021 and March 2022, The Magic Live Lounge returns to The Chapel on Friday 10th June.  Doors will open at 7pm to enjoy drinks in the bar with close-up magic from Alvaro Campos and Mark Roberts ahead of the main show. In addition there will also be live music from local acoustic performer Stuart Belcher.

Starting at 8pm, the evening of magic, mystery and comedy will be hosted by Modern Magician and Psychological Illusionist, Adam Dadswell. In addition, two seasoned performers gracing The Magic Live Lounge stage for the first time are magic's best kept secret: Paul Sylvester and master magician and funny man, Andrew James.

For the second half of the show, we are excited to announce that Mind Reader & Mentalist, Mason King, will be performing his brand new Edinburgh Fringe Festival Preview Show 'Mind Games'. This will be one of several preview shows before being performed on the Edinburgh Fringe stages in August. If you are interested in a night out with a difference, then book now to avoid disappointment! Venue: The Chapel Arts House, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire L39 4QR. For more info and to book visit


Lloyd Barnes on Craig Petty's Magic TV: 'Talk Magic'. Every Tuesday 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. "Lloyd Barnes talks Creativity, Releasing Products and more!" YouTube. 21.5.22


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week John Wade, Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star, who sadly died on Wednesday, 11th May. John enjoyed a lifetime in magic. Seen here in a performance that I recorded on 10th January 1987 (unfortunately I didn't take note of the programme's title at the time, but reader Paul Sheriff later kindly emailed today to let me know that it was a televised Christmas lecture given by Biologist Lewis Wolpert at the National Institute, called 'Frankenstein's Quest: The Development of Life - Growing Up and Growing Old'). See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. DT. 21.5.22


Marc Oberon lectures at the Zodiac Magical Society in Ealing, West London, at 8pm on Wednesday 25th May and we are looking forward to an excellent evening. It will be an in-person only event in our clubroom, so it will not be possible to join us online this time. Visitors are welcome to join us on payment of a £10 lecture fee. If you would like to come, please contact the Membership Secretary by email: Alan Browne, President, Zodiac Magical Society. 21.5.22


Comedians the book, gives us an exclusive and revealing peek behind the curtain of the British Comedy scene. Steve Best’s own years on the comedy circuit have not only taken him to the four corners of the planet but helped him to gain the trust of some of the funniest people on it – and with it an open door to the four corners of their dressing rooms.

Being in the exact right place is only one thing, however. Being there at the right time is another matter entirely; and none more so than when it can be measured by the split-second of the camera’s shutter. We are very fortunate, therefore, that Best’s mastery of photographic timing is faultless because with it we get such a complete picture.

"His pictures document the ever changing world of comedy and comedians. With this collection of photographs he has not only given us so much visual pleasure but also a superlative historical pictorial documentation of the best live comedy scene in the world." Don Ward, the Comedy Store. For more info and to order visit


Britain's Got Talent 2022. Tonight sees the second to last audition show go out, with more magic surprises! The week of live finals starts on Monday 30th May. See TV Magic for details. 21.5.22


Shimada. Genii, June 2022. Remembering an Icon: Haruo Shimada’s Life and Career: 21.5.22


Magicseen Issue 104 Competition. In the latest edition of Magicseen readers get the chance to win one of two copies of Mark Leveridge's Ring and String Deluxe Combo (worth £15). This special download comprises of a PDF colour photo illustrated booklet containing clear text instructions for all 6 of Mark's classic Ring and String moves. This PDF also has a link to comprehensive video footage in which Mark performs and explains the moves, making this a comprehensive package of instructions on these excellent effects. To get your name in the draw to win one of these special bundles, you need to purchase issue 104 (May 2022) of Magicseen, turn to page 17 and answer the simple question there before the 31st May entry deadline. Do this and your name will be included in the draw to win the prize. You can get your copy of Magicseen right now from 21.5.22


Six-Card Mind Control - Mr E Enterprises. The perfect mind control illusion, Six-Card Mind Control is the ideal mystery for table-hopping and stand-up, produced in table-hopping pro size cards. Talking about mind control you show a large envelope and explain that inside is your prediction of a playing card yet to be selected. From your own regular, jumbo or even borrowed deck, you remove six playing cards and lay them in a face down row upon a table or alternatively as a fan in your hand. A spectator chooses one of the six cards and it is turned face upwards in the row still in the position it occupies. From the envelope which has been in full view since you started you remove six jumbo cards, the envelope is otherwise empty and can be examined if you wish. Your fan of six cards is matched against the cards on the table and one of yours is also seen to be turned face upwards. The face up card is a perfect match both in suit and value of the selected card - and note this: it is in exactly the same position in the fan as the one chosen by the spectator!


But there is more to come. When your single prediction card is turned face down it has a different coloured back to the rest of the cards! Mind control is the only solution! No R&S or sticky stuff used. Use your own regular or jumbo playing cards. Easy to do. Comes with an unfaked envelope, table-hopping pro sized (A6) laminated playing cards and instructions. Post free within the UK. Only £9.99 from 21.5.22


Blackpool Magicians' Club Magic Auction. BMC write: After many requests we have reintroduced the Blackpool Magicians' Club Clubroom Auction on Tuesday 9th August. Commences 6pm prompt with viewing from 5pm. Blackpool Magicians' Club, 56-60 Caunce Street, Blackpool FY13LE. Admission is £4 for non-members. For further details or a lot number please contact Michael Shepherd 21.5.22


New MLM Select Releases - May 2022. Two new routines this month, from the E-Club Pro vaults for a limited time: 1. Lucky You. This close up or parlour show effect is a variation on a classic theme in which a valuable item borrowed from a spectator is locked inside a box and the item owner becomes involved in a magical search for which of 6 keys will be the one to open the lock to retrieve the possession. This uses an ungimmicked padlock and box and the selection of keys is done in a simple and very fair manner, yet the spectator successfully manages to find the only key that opens the clasp. 2. Heart On Your Sleeve. This effect sets out to prove that a spectator cannot keep a secret. From a pile of all 13 Hearts cards the lady genuinely freely selects any one. She records the name of her selection on a heart shape drawn on a pad which is placed down sight unseen. The selection is returned to the pile which is shuffled by another spectator. The performer then shows the cards to the lady assistant one at a time and asks her each time if this is her card, to which she is required to answer ‘no’ even to the one she did choose. Despite apparently having given no clues to the magician, the performer removes one card from the pile and it is seen to match the one the spectator wrote on the pad. Both the above downloads cost just £7.00 each from 21.5.22


Houdiniana & Magic Memorabilia, Potter & Potter Auctions - online, today. 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: 21.5.22


News Deadline reminder. MagicWeek welcomes your UK magic news, but please remember the news deadline... by Thursday if possible; final deadline 12 noon Friday. 21.5.22


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