Number 1149 - Saturday 2nd July 2022


The Session, July 8th, 9th, 10th. Now just days away, it all started some thirteen years ago with a group of friends trying to make the sort of convention that they'd like to attend themselves. Today it is one of the biggest dates on the magic calendar, and this year's event features perhaps the strongest lineup ever. Don't miss out! See: 2.7.22


Piff the Magic Dragon is on fire in his first comedy special 'Reptile Dysfunction'. Reptile Dysfunction features material from Piff’s live stage show at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino’s 'Piff the Magic Dragon Theatre' together with off-stage performances mesmerising crowds along the Las Vegas Strip. Starring: Mr Piffles (The World's Only Magic Performing Chihuahua), Jade Simone, Francis the Squire, and Penn Jillette as Pop the Magic Dragon. This hour-long special contains some of Piff's favourite routines like David Copperfish, the mind reading goldfish, magic for the blind, and Pop the Magic Dragon finally giving Piff his birthright. Just launched on YouTube. 2.7.22


IBM British Ring Convention, 1st-4th September, Eastbourne. From the organisers: There is a fabulously jam-packed programme for the Convention at Eastbourne - with gaps to eat and grab an ice cream! If you are joining us for the Welcome Party on the evening of Wednesday 31st August (just £15 per ticket) you will be entertained by the hilarious Martyn James. Here are a few events from the amazing schedule: Thursday sees our opening show by Mark James, History of Mystery and Stage Competition. Friday includes the Stars of Close-up featuring Laura London, Bernardo Sedlacek, plus Nikola Arkane and Tom Stone who will also be debuting their joint lecture. Saturday brings the Close-up Competition, lectures from Steve Hewlett and Martin Duffy and the Gala Show. Sunday features lectures and talks from Todd Landman, Mark Shortland and Paul Stone, with a ‘direct from the fringe’ closing show by Elliot Bibby.


We hope delegates can attend for the full four days of the Convention, but, by popular demand, we have just launched a weekend registration rate to cover Friday, Saturday and Sunday at £135 for members/member’s partners and £175 for non-members. This will include a Saturday Gala Show ticket - plus entrance for our newly announced Friday Night Show – Wayne Dobson and Friends. Wayne will be bringing his recently debuted show to Eastbourne, which is not to be missed! To register go to 2.7.22


The 28th Ferrybridge Day of Magic, tomorrow, Sunday July 3rd. Travis Perkins writes: The members of the TPA are extremely proud to announce that master magician Oliver Tabor will be lecturing and performing at the 28th Ferrybridge Day of Magic tomorrow.


Oliver is a FISM award-winning magician. He specialises in visual stage magic and regularly performs his act in theatres and cabaret venues such as the Leicester Square Theatre and Hippodrome Casino in London. Oliver also produces his own shows including West End Magic and Magic at the Barn and in September becomes president of the IBM British Ring.


Travis Perkins is also very excited to welcome Graeme Shaw, Katie Trickett, Epsie Havercott and Amethyst Magic to the Ferrybridge Day of Magic and looks forward to seeing you all on Sunday 3rd July! The venue is The Community Centre, The Square, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire WF11 8PQ. Doors open at 9.45am and the day ends at 5pm. Tickets are £6 payable on the door. 2.7.22


The Wayne Dobson Show - Reviewed by Bob Gill. Bob Gill reviews Wayne's recent stage show at Haslemere Hall in Surrey this week; including postscript thoughts on the show from Wayne himself: Click Here. 'Wayne Dobson and Friends' can be seen at the IBM British Ring Convention in Eastbourne (above). 2.7.22


Christian 'Graces' The Magicseen Cover. The brand new edition of the UK's longest running independent magazine (#105 July 2022) is now out and features man of the moment Christian Grace on the cover, and if you wondered who the man is behind the recent marketed hits LevelOne, SwitchOne and Inevitable Choice, read our article! We also chat to AGT star Dom Chambers whose beer act impressed, and also Wayne Slater, who has swapped his 'dentist's chair' act for an author's pen. We also provide you with articles to set you thinking (see An Alternative Magic Universe and Shaking Off The Cliche), others to educate you (see Brian Lead's There's History In Mystery) and yet others to help you with your shows (see Starting As You Mean To Continue). You can learn tricks from Christian Grace and Stuart Bowie in the Masterclass, and we aim to prevent you from buying a dud and direct you to something classy in our extensive Product Review section. All this plus more makes the July Magicseen a great holiday read. You can secure your copy via a 6 month, 1 or 2 year printed copy or download sub, or by a single issue purchase from 2.7.22


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Geoffrey Durham on John Fisher's 'The Best of Magic' from 11th October 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 2.7.22


Richard Jones: An Evening of Magic - Camberley Theatre, 15th July. From the promoter: Richard Jones is a world famous master magician of the prestigious Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star, the highest honour in The Magic Circle. He represents the very best in cutting-edge magic, mind-reading and psychological illusion.


Known as ‘The Military Illusionist’ Richard combines his training from his 10 years serving in the British Army with his expert knowledge of deception to create a unique experience you will not forget! He has had sold-out tours and headlined the West End’s biggest magic show. This will be a night to remember. Friday 15th July at 7.30pm. Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road, Camberley, Surrey GU15 3SY. 2.7.22


Bexley Magic Society hosts Ian Keable on Wednesday, 6th July. From the organisers: Bexley Magic Society are delighted to welcome back a very popular speaker to their next meeting on the 6th July at their HQ. Ian Keable will be offering his vast knowledge and wisdom on a range of magic topics. This will include close-up, stand-up and of course his forte, the history of some aspects of magic and the relationship between hoaxes and magic, taking material from his book, The Century of Deception. He is the author of many books and his Stand-up Comedy Magic book is hailed by many as a definitive work on that type of performance. He is the organiser of The Magic Circle History Day and has had a very rich and varied career in the art, performing close-up on cruise ships, comedy clubs and corporate cabaret as well as a number of TV appearances. It will be a great evening. Venue, Bexley Club for the Disabled, Barton Close, Bexleyheath DA6 8JP. Visiting magicians welcome. £10.00 fee. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start. 2.7.22


An Evening of Magic with Romany - The Cotswold Magical Society. From the organisers: The Cotswold Magical Society are pleased to be hosting an evening of magic with Romany, Diva of Magic. This is going to be a special evening full of stories, unique insights and of course some magic. You will get the chance to ask Romany about her life in magic and about her creation 'The Diva of Magic'. So come armed with questions and your curiosity, and a £10 note! Romany will have copies of her fabulous book "Spun Into Gold" for sale. Wednesday 6th July. Doors open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start time. The Hucclecote Community Centre, Hucclecote Road, Gloucester GL3 3RT. 2.7.22


Craig Petty lectures for The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday 7th July. Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. The lecture takes place in East Horsley, Surrey, at 8pm on Thursday 7th July. For full details email Adam Mosley: 2.7.22


Michael Eaton on Craig Petty's Magic TV: 'Talk Magic'. Every week 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. "Michael Eaton talks magic, business, going pro, marketing, gigs and more" YouTube. 2.7.22


New Products For July From MLM. Here are the details of the two new additions to the MLM Select range of routines extracted from the E-Club Pro files. 1. Boxing Match. Two matchboxes are shown one at a time. The drawer is removed from the first box to show it is empty, and then having been replaced is set down on the table. The second box is opened to reveal the drawer is full of matches. Again this is closed and placed down well away from the first box. The performer then simply snaps his fingers and an amazing transposition is revealed to have taken place, as the first box is now full of the matches and the second box is shown to be empty. This quick and surprising effect uses ungimmicked matchboxes. 2. The Clique of Aces. Four Aces are removed from a deck. One at a time a spectator cuts the Aces back into the deck thus apparently losing them. Yet with one cut of the pack, the four Aces are found back together on the top! No sleights, this is easy to do and makes a great intro to a longer four Ace assembly routine. Each of these two video downloads costs just £7.00. For more details and to watch dems go to 2.7.22


Own a piece of magic history! Magical artist Jay Fortune has recently created a painted portrait of Dai Vernon and, working with the Estates of Ross Bertram and Dai Vernon, is honoured to announce a brand-new Official Limited Edition Print. The portrait took Jay around 3 months to complete across many sessions. The finished work is currently being professionally captured by a leading Fine Art publisher. From these, 10 artist proofs will be created and from those, Jay will carefully select the perfect finished print which will then be produced as a limited edition run of only 100 copies.

Each print will be 20" x 20" produced on the finest archival art grade paper, signed and numbered by the artist. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany every print. Works will be shipped to collectors in September. To register your interest in owning one of these official works, email Jay at A percentage from every sale will be donated to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. Jay’s artwork is featured in prestigious galleries across the UK and is collected worldwide. This piece is destined to become a collector’s item.


Sean Goodman will lecture for the Home Counties Magical Society on Thursday 7th July at Maiden Place Community Centre, Maiden Place, Kilnsea Drive, Lower Earley RG6 3HE. Visiting Magicians welcome. Stats at 8pm. Door Charge £15. For more details visit also see 2.7.22


Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle are holding a ‘Sale and Auction Night’ on Thursday 8th July. Free entrance for visiting magicians attending to buy! Starting at 8pm at St Stephen’s Church Hall, St Stephen’s Road, Hightown, Liverpool L38 0BL. 2.7.22


Treasures of the Silent Screen Movie Posters Signature Auction featuring Houdini: 'The Grim Game' (Paramount, 1919). Details: 2.7.22


Shakespeare and Hathaway - Private Investigators. This Rough Magic. Frank and Lu investigate mysterious goings-on when a woman dies after being picked from the audience to assist a magician in a stage trick. (Repeat) Thursday 14th July on Alibi. See TV Magic for details. 2.7.22


News Deadline reminder. MagicWeek welcomes your UK magic news (major and minor), but please remember the news deadline: Thursday if possible; final deadline 12 noon Friday. Many thanks, DT. 2.7.22


"Tommy Cooper was a mad magician and a clown of genius and topped the Blackpool bill year after year" Click Here • "Derren Brown promises 'rollercoaster' event as he brings mind-blowing show to Salford for two-week run" Click Here • "A CT illusionist brings a little magic to Ukrainian refugee kids" Click Here • "The Best Movies About Magicians, Ranked" Click Here • "This ‘America’s Got Talent’ judge was just booed for calling German magician-comedians Siegfried and Joy ‘a bit stupid’" Click Here • "Jeetu Bhaiya Is Back As A Small Town Magician In Netflix's Jaadugar Trailer" Click Here • "'America's Got Talent' on NBC: Who is Nicolas Ribs? French magician and TF1 Diversion star auditions for show" Click Here • "Magic meets The Beatles: Hometown magician John Duke Logan to perform in Hanover" Click Here • "Edinburgh 2022: Joz Norris Q&A" Click Here • Many thanks to everyone who submitted news this week, it's always welcomed. Have fun if you are going to the Session. See you next week, Duncan. 2.7.22