Number 1148 - Saturday 25th June 2022


IBM British Ring Convention, 1st-4th September, Eastbourne. Starring: Tom Stone, Nikola Arkane, Mark James, Dion van Rijt, Todd Landman, Martin Duffy, Cameron Gibson, Bernardo Sedlacek, Brando & Silvana and Steve Hewlett.


Lectures: We have lectures to suit every taste, but arranged so you don’t have to miss a single one. Take a look at our Artistes page to see the array of talent we have lined up for you.


Competitions: We have the Annual Stage Competition – for the winner of the British Ring Shield an additional prize is an appearance in the West End of London. On a smaller scale, we have the Close-up competition with a cash prize. And we host the annual Ali Bongo Micro Magic Marathon – a close-up competition in real world conditions. We’d love to see you – as a competitor or in our audience – join us to be part of the fun!


Shows: From the international stars of the magic gala on the Saturday to the stars of international close-up and the best of children’s magic, our shows are sure to please. For full registration details visit: 25.6.22


"Magic, Marketing & Mojo". The Magic Circle is very pleased to announce another great lecture for The Magic Circle Convention on Sunday, 11th September. An opportunity to pick up some incredible advice from the creator of Marvin’s Magic, entrepreneur Marvin Berglas. Last few tickets available via the website: 25.6.22


Magical Bones, Soulful Magic. From the promoter: Following a totally sold-out run at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the hottest British talent on the magic scene,  Magical Bones,  returns to the stage with a brand new, high-energy illusion show. Bones brings a set of powerful illusions intertwined with great stories, beautiful music, lots of laughter and of course the coolest break-dance moves. This cutting-edge show is more than a deceptive spectacle of grand illusion- it’s a concert of Soulful Magic. Bones' uniqueness resides in his ability to effortlessly combine intricate sleight of hand with mesmerizing illusions and jaw-dropping break-dance moves.  He’ll be performing at Assembly: Checkpoint at 4:45pm from August 3rd – 28th., also see 25.6.22


Magician’s Table Top Sale & Summertime BBQ. Sunday, 10th July, near Newcastle upon Tyne. Chris writes: Magicians, partners and families - you’re invited to a summertime bbq and a table top sale of magical props, books and magical memorabilia. Join Chris Cross and Claire-Elizabeth for a few beers and a BBQ! Make a few quid, spend a few quid, catch-up with friends and enjoy a day of magic in our garden! Please let me know if you’d like a table top allocated to you. Tables are limited so it’s first come, first served. Tenner a table to cover the coffee. Doors open to buyers at 1pm in our gardens (traders from 12 noon to setup). The Enchanted Rabbit magic shop will also be open for business on-site! This is the first day it will be open to all! A lot of hard work has gone into this over the past year making it the largest used magic dealership in the U.K. For details about buying or selling, get in touch and email Chris Cross: Also see the event page on 25.6.22


Adam Wilber lecture, AWS, Southampton, 12th July. Adrian Tritton writes: Adam Wilber will be joining the AWS for one night only to share his lecture with us on Tuesday, July 12th, before returning to the US. The chance to see Adam lecture in the UK is a rare one, so make the most of it and join us. Visitors are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. Tuesday 12th July, with a sharp start time of 8pm. For full details and tickets please email 25.6.22


Alan Hudson's had some fun putting together a "100 Greatest Magic Tricks" compilation, and writes: So, how do you list the 100 greatest magic tricks ever and in order? With the greatest of difficulty. I’ll be honest, after the first 10 or 20, it was extremely difficult to give a definitive order. The top 10 was much easier. When I got further down the list, the order of best was harder to qualify. Magic, like comedy and music, is subjective. Don’t worry too much that say the ‘Lottery Tickets to Money‘ is lower down in the list than ‘The Torn and Restored Newspaper‘. It’s taken a long time to put together with weeks of research. I’ve asked loads of magicians, I have done surveys with magic fans and I’ve asked ‘normal’ people what their greatest magic trick was. Hope you enjoy it and share it with others. 25.6.22


Minds Conference. Next weekend in Newcastle upon Tyne. From the organisers: This year's MINDS event promises to build upon the success of the last one, delivering the highest level of tuition from the biggest names in mentalism. As with the previous events, we will be holding a social 'open mic' style event for those who are arriving early on the Friday and we will also be hosting a free show on the Saturday evening for all of the delegates too.

Confirmed artists: Drew McAdam, Fernando Figueras, Fraser Parker, Steve Wood, Christian Grace, Lewis LeVal and Timon Krause, with more to be announced. The event will be held at the County Hotel which is situated directly opposite the Newcastle Central Rail Station. This venue is right in the heart of Newcastle's city centre, allowing easy access for those traveling by plane, train or car. Limited to 100 Delegates. 2nd & 3rd July. For more info and to book visit


Ferrybridge Day of Magic, next Sunday, 3rd July. From the organisers: Travis Perkins is very excited to announce that the 28th Ferrybridge Day of Magic on Sunday 3rd July 2022 will feature a plethora of entertainment including: The award-winning Family Entertainer of the Year Graeme Shaw, Enterologist Katie Trickett (if you don’t know what an enterologist is make sure you come to the day), and after a four year absence from the Ferrybridge Day of Magic Amethyst make a return.

The day will also be jam-packed with Lecturettes, Dealers and Traders! Travis Perkins is looking forward to seeing everyone for a great magical day. If you are a trader or dealer and would like a stand we have one table left - please email for more details. The venue is The Community Centre, The Square, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire WF11 8PQ. Doors open at 9.45am and the day ends at 5pm. For more information please email Michael Shepherd or Danny Hunt


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Jeremy Beadle from 1989 on 'Beadle's Box of Tricks'. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 25.6.22


Steve Haresign Lecture on Mentalism & Stagecraft at The Darlington Magic Circle. From the organisers: The Darlington Magic Circle are pleased to present renowned mentalist, inventor and author, Steve Haresign's lecture features his trade mark mentalism and the complexities of putting on a stage show. This is the day before the M7NDS event in Newcastle, so why not make a long weekend of it? Reserve your place now! Guest Entry £10. Thursday, June 30th, from 7.30pm at The Railway Institute, 93 North Road, Darlington DL1 2PP. Also see 25.6.22


Northern Magic Circle One Day Mini Convention - Tomorrow in Harrogate. The Northern Magic Circle is back, with a one-day mini convention at the Crown Hotel in Harrogate on 26th June (10am to 6pm). The day will include Magic at the Seaside, presented by President Roy Field (winner of the Award of Excellence from The International Brotherhood of Magicians), a double auction of books and props with special guest auctioneer Mike Shepherd, an open competition of Parlour Magic with cash and trophy prizes, and a closing show. In appreciation of the loyalty shown by members during the pandemic, the event will be free to all members and those signing up for membership. There will be a nominal charge of just £5 for others. Payment can be made on the day, but to aid preparations those intending to be there should please register their interest with organiser John Russell: or call 07412 617856. Brian Lead. 25.6.22


The Karl Fulves Convention - London, next Saturday, 2nd July. Now in its 7th year! This year's event will take place on Saturday 2nd July in London at the Rose Cafe 279 Finchley Road, London NW3 6LT, from 12.30pm. Nearest tube station Finchley Road on the Jubilee & Metropolitan line. This year promises a few surprises! The convention is set up to honour one of the greatest unsung geniuses and giants of close-up magic, Karl Fulves. As always attendance is free and informal; just turn up. And be prepared to show at least one trick from any of Karl Fulves publication. Any questions simply email organiser Allan Brown: 25.6.22


The Mark Leveridge June Podcast. Have you caught up with the latest monthly audio podcast from Mark Leveridge yet? If not, here's what you've been missing. The Platinum Jubilee celebrations in the UK could be good news for magicians, or might not! Magic ‘shedding’ is a necessary task that most of us try to avoid. Is it time for your image and look to have a re-vamp? Tony Nicholson’s new book poses interesting questions about magical honesty. If you missed the chance to attend the Inner Circle Zoom Card Session, help is at hand. Customer benefit advertising copy can help to sell your shows. You can get free access either from, or from where you can also sign up to be a follower and receive each new monthly release automatically. 25.6.22


When Magic Goes Horribly Wrong, tomorrow on Channel 5. A compilation of illusions that went spectacularly badly, including several cases where magicians nearly died for their act. Escapologist Spencer Horsmann nearly drowned three times performing his water tank act, while Canadian magician Dean Gunnarson was pronounced dead after being fished out of a river following a stunt, and Shahid Malik has suffered both serious burns and a 40-foot fall from illusions gone wrong. Plus, mishaps featuring famous magicians including Dynamo, Paul Daniels and David Blaine. Sunday, 26th June, on Channel 5 (repeat). See TV Magic for details. 25.6.22


MLM Web Offers - June 2022. You've just got time to benefit from crazy low prices on the following two products from Mark Leveridge Magic: 1. The Caught Card. A court card and two indifferent cards are handed out for examination. Each card has a hole punched in one end. With the court card clearly between the other two cards, all three are threaded onto an examined length of ribbon. Although all three cards are clearly shown to be trapped on the ribbon, one tug and the court card miraculously comes free leaving the other two cards still hanging on the ribbon. All cards may immediately be examined again! Very clean handling. No fakes or extra cards. No set-up or re-set. Ideal for table hopping! 2. The Homing Coin. A matchbox drawer is shown empty and placed mouth down on the table. A coin is vanished and immediately appears under the box. The matchbox cover is then placed upright on the back of the drawer and the coin dropped inside. Immediately the drawer is lifted and the coin has penetrated through and under the drawer again. Finally the box is placed under a handkerchief and held by a spectator. The coin vanishes and is supposed to appear back inside the box. However, when the box is opened it is seen to be completely full of matches. Both download items cost just £4.00 each from 25.6.22


Chris Frost Lecture - South Downs Magicians. On Wednesday 6th July at 8pm South Downs Magicians will be having a lecture by Chris Frost. Chris is a great family entertainer with the emphasis on entertainment; a really great performer not to be missed. 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 in advance. Also see 25.6.22


The Davenport Collection website, now 6 years old, has over 2,000 items accessed from around the world by people interested in magic and entertainment. Just this week we’ve launched the Davenport Instagram Collection. If you like it, spread the word to your friends. 25.6.22


Quantum Leap: The Great Spontini. Sam materialises as a struggling stage magician locked in a custody battle with his estranged wife. Time-travelling adventure, starring Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell. 1974. Monday 4th July on Sky Replay. See TV Magic for details. 25.6.22


Magic: The Collection of Jim DeLoach Auction. This July, Potter & Potter is excited to present hundreds of fine pieces of vintage and modern magic apparatus from the lifetime collection of Jim DeLoach. Cornerstones of the collection include props by Okito, Collectors Workshop, Norm Nielsen, Abbott's, Petrie & Lewis, and other prominent magic manufacturers of the last century. See 25.6.22


"Pete Firman Returns To Edinburgh Fringe With Brand New Show, Bag of Tricks" Click Here • "Theatre Review: Derren Brown" Click Here • "Best magician in UK heading to Robin Hill this summer" Click Here • "Slight of Hand - Mandrake" Click Here • "Review: Lucy Darling’s classy, funny magic show opens new Rhapsody Theater in Rogers Park" Click Here • "Watch The Dancing Magician Simon Cowell Calls 'Fantastically Good And ... Bad'" Click Here • "Exclusive Interview: Illusionist Amr Halawani Reflects on His Desire to be an Entertainment Icon" Click Here • "The Magic Of Entrepreneurship" Click Here • That's it for another week - see you next week, Duncan. 25.6.22