Number 1153 - Saturday 30th July 2022


Wonderville Magic & Cabaret opens Tuesday 9th August in London's West End. From the promoter: Following a smash-hit season at the Palace Theatre last year, the producers behind Wonderville: Magic & Illusion bring the next chapter in the Wonderville story – Wonderville Magic & Cabaret. The show will take residence on Haymarket in its own cabaret venue, just 2 minutes from Piccadilly Circus.

Five acts will take you on a trip "to a place of wonder" (Broadway World) as we present a breathtaking display of magic and cabaret that will entertain, delight and amaze. Don’t miss this fresh spin on one of the greatest historical art forms. Wonderville will be open pre and post show to extend your experience even further, so join us from 9th August for a night of entertainment like no other at our new home in the heart of London: Five acts per evening, from a roster including: Desmond O’Connor, Mysti Vine, Billy Kidd, Matricks, Dee Riley, Marc Oberon, Aurora Starr, Abi Collins, Pi The Mime.


Magic on the Fringe. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is now just days away. Here are 6 of the 60+ magic shows on offer: Pete Heat: Blimey - Kevin Quantum: Dark Matter - Magic Roman's Summer Holiday - Ben Hart: Wonder - Luke Oseland: Drunk Magic - Tom Brace: Embrace the Impossible. Many thanks to Peter McLanachan for once again compiling full magic listings for MagicWeek, see Fringe Magic 2022. 30.7.22


IBM British Ring Convention, 1st-4th September, Eastbourne. From the organisers: 'The History of Mystery', a popular feature of British Ring conventions for almost fifty years, will be happening on the Thursday with a brilliant line up. This year, Brian Lead will be taking over from Eddie Dawes as host. Ian Marriott will be exploring the eventful history of the UK’s fourth oldest magic society (The Associated Wizards of the South), Donald Bevan will be revealing some of the fascinating facts you never knew about Milton Woodward (from David Budd’s 'The Man Who Changed Magic') and Neil Roberts will be recalling some of his hilarious and disastrous experiences as the stage manager of our convention shows over many years.

The Dealers Hall will be bustling with stands including: Dtrik, Hocus Pocus Magic, Patrick Page Magic, Equity, Paddle Move by Brando & Silvana, Mel Harvey, Russell Hall, Albion Magic, Dark Arts Leathercraft, Mark Shortland, Martin Duffy, Paul Gordon and our I.B.M. Welfare Stand. To register for the full four days, the weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) or individual days go to Discounted rates for I.B.M. British Ring members and all young magicians (aged 17 and under).


Andy Nyman 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. This week: "Andy Nyman, Silver Rose Winner, teacher of mentalism, The Tabletop Grifter and more..." YouTube. 30.7.22


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Christian the Magician on Channel 5's 'The Big Stage' hosted by Bradley Walsh from 27th April 2000. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 30.7.22


New: Tommy Cooper: 30 Greatest Moments. "A two-hour celebration of one of the most-loved British comedians of all time, a man recognised by his red fez alone who made a career out of his apparent lack of conjuring skills. The programme traces Tommy's career." This evening on Channel 5. See TV Magic for details. 30.7.22


FISM 2025 announced. 14th-19th July 2025, Torino, Italy. Early bird tickets will only be available until July 31st 2022. See 30.7.22


Medway Magical Society will be hosting Wayne Fox's new Knockout FX lecture on Tuesday, 2nd August. Non-members are welcome. £10 for non-members, £5 for members. 8pm start at Walderslade Social Club, 274 Walderslade Road, Chatham ME5 0PA. 30.7.22


The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe in the West End. "New production images have been released as The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe opens in the West End." (Illusion consultant Chris Fisher). "Q&A with illusionist Chris Fisher" Click Here. 30.7.22


Paul Brook Lecture - Manchester Circle of Magicians. Alex D Fisher, Entertainment Secretary, writes: Paul was a psychologist before becoming a full-time entertainer. Eighteen years later he still loves his decision to enter showbiz. Aside from an impressive list of clients and a performing all over the world, Paul is known for being a creator of modern mentalism that is divergent in thinking and yet real-world workable. Having written more than forty books on the subject of mentalism it's easy to see why Paul is also kept busy consulting behind the scenes for both television and theatre shows alike. It isn't just mentalism effects that Paul has become known for. Drawing on his psychological education and knowledge he analyses the theoretical applications of mentalism and his stand alone book on mentalism theory The Alchemical Tools is considered a modern classic.


This brand new lecture contains 3 previously unreleased pieces of psychological entertainment fully detailed in the 114 page lecture notes that are free for each attendee. For those who attend, you will also be treated to 2 new releases at a highly discounted price. If that wasn't enough, He's giving away two pieces of mentalism that will fit in your wallet for everyone attending - again for free! Monday 8th August at Members only (Non-members, £10 charge, by prior arrangement only, contact Alex Fisher (Entertainment Secretary) or Steve Ablett (President) . Manchester Circle of Magicians, The Micker Brook, Councillor Lane, Cheadle, Greater Manchester SK8 5NU. 30.7.22


Mathew Garrett Lecture - Home Counties Magical Society. Andy Lewis writes: Mathew Garrett will lecture for The Home Counties Magical Society on Thursday 4th of August at 8pm at Maiden Place Community Centre, Maiden Place, Kilnsea Drive, Lower Earley, Reading RG6 3HE. Visiting magicians welcome, door charge £15. For further details visit 30.7.22


Neville, Magician's rabbit by Tek and Tock. A new cartoon strip about a magician and his sarcastic sidekick rabbit is hoping to tickle the funny bones of the magic community, and also the wider public. Writer and hobbyist magician Paul Osborne (pen-name Tock) has teamed up with cartoonist Elijah Kaburia (aka Tek) to launch the cartoon Neville, Magician's Rabbit, which they post on social media as Tek Tock Toons.

Paul said: "The strip is always two panels of Neville's jibes, telling Al the magician how rubbish he is, followed by Al getting his revenge by putting the rabbit in a sword box, encasing him in a block of ice (David Blaine style), or other dangerous illusions. It's ambiguous whether Neville will die every week. Maybe Al is just scaring him? And who doesn't like a bit of sarcasm followed by some comedy violence?

"It's the classic double act, where the reader can't understand why the two of them would stay together. But they do." You can follow Tek Tock Toons on Facebook and Instagram or visit to see all the cartoons.


Are You Watching Closely? From the promoter: Ladies and Gentlemen, you are cordially invited to an unforgettable evening of mystery, illusion and skill. Taking place at the Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia, in the heart of the Conwy Valley, conjurer Jay Gatling will be presenting an evening of magic and mind-bending trickery with his show Are You Watching Closely?, with guest act juggler Erwyd. It's a night out that is guaranteed to amaze, amuse and entertain one and all. With astounding feats of dexterity, mind reading and mastery of the amazing, you'll discover that nothing is impossible, just a bit unlikely.

"What a terrific magician" Jimmy Cricket. "A superb night's entertainment" Dave Pavely, North Wales Honda. 8pm on Friday 12th of August at Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia, Conway Road, Dolgarrog, Conwy LL32 8QE. Tickets are £15.00 via Also see


"Sussex magicians [The South Downs Magicians] celebrate club's 40th birthday with members from Burgess Hill, Crawley, Horsham, Worthing, Brighton and Heathfield..." To read the full story in Sussex World Click Here. 30.7.22


Roswell 75: The Final Evidence. July 2022 marks the 75th anniversary of the Grandaddy of all UFO mysteries. This documentary revisits the alleged crash of an extra terrestrial craft at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. Renowned scientist Dr David Hall returns with ufologist and author Anna Whitty, world leading UFO expert Philip Mantle and stage magician Spyros Melaris dig deep into the stories that surround the strangest of occurrences. Saturday 6th August on Sky Showcase. (Repeat) See TV Magic for details. 30.7.22


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. 30.7.22


"The best magicians in the world are gathering in Canada this week" [last week!] Click Here • "Illusionist and mentalist Derren Brown is bringing his Showman tour to the Orchard Theatre, Dartford" Click Here • "Boston’s Writing, Animating, Skateboarding Magician Joe Ledoux" Click Here • "Tampa magician recovers after infectious spider bite" Click Here • "Randini returns with summer holiday seafront entertainment at Appley and East Cowes" Click Here • "Vegas showman Dirk Arthur producing big-cat show at Notoriety" Click Here • "A Dancing on Ice legend has stunned fans with his surprise new career" Click Here • "If you can solve this optical illusion, you might have a high IQ" Click Here • "World-travelling illusionists find magic after settling in Smiths Falls" Click Here • "Coppell Arts Center Presents The Magic of Rob Lake Next Month" Click Here • And finally, some cinema magic. Here's the trailer for the new Light & Magic documentary series on Disney+ YouTube • Thanks for your news as always - see you next week, Duncan. 30.7.22