Number 1155 - Saturday 13th August 2022


Saturday Night Gala Show, IBM British Ring Convention, Eastbourne. From the organisers: Michael Carr is proud to be returning to the British Ring Convention to compere the Saturday Night Gala Show: An Evening of Magic at The Devonshire Park Theatre. He will have the pleasure of introducing a star-studded lineup of variety artistes. Bernardo Sedlacek is known for his amazingly strong magic, unique style, creativity, and extreme card skills. Brando and Silvana base their work on a mixture of different artistic disciplines: Theatre, Mime and Juggling with Magic. Dion Van Rijt is the most diverse, creative and theatrical illusionist in the world - his work is a treat for the imagination, and he will be presenting The White Rabbit and Mr Purpurs for the audience’s entertainment. Rebecca Foyle is an expert at ‘playing with fire’ and has performed on some of the biggest stages around the world. Fraser Stokes creates exciting and fully engaging theatrical performances with unique magic and will bring the endearing Hamish to Eastbourne. Mark Shortland is internationally well known for his inventive comedy magic. Todd Landman - The Academic Magician - will provide mindful magic for the discerning audience. You will laugh out loud at one of the UK's Best Loved Comedy Ventriloquists Steve Hewlett. Highly acclaimed as one of the UK’s top magic and illusion acts, Amethyst will close the show. See all these amazing acts for only £15.

IBM British Ring Convention, 1st-4th September, Eastbourne. Full and weekend registrations include a Gala Show Ticket, but additional tickets can be purchased separately from the British Ring website or direct from the Box office. To register for the full four days of the Convention, the weekend (Fri, Sat, Sun) or individual days go to Discounted rates for I.B.M. British Ring members and all young magicians aged 17 and under.


Fringe Snippets:

"Pete Heat Blimey - Gilded balloon Tevoit" 5 stars

"Ta Da - The Ramblings of a Magician" 4 Stars

"Hello! Edinburgh Fringe 2022 Best Magic Show: Chris Dugdale: Ethermind" YouTube

"I went to see an Edinburgh Fringe show that was so offensive I had to walk out"

"Sibling revelry: the brother and sister hitting Edinburgh fringe with magic and comedy"

"Magician Ben Hart dazzles in Wonder"

"Mind Mangler: Member of the Tragic Circle review" 4 stars 13.8.22


Edinburgh Deaf Festival. Loads of family-friendly fun as the first Edinburgh Deaf Festival gets underway with over 100 performances over eight days. Hearing audiences are also invited to enjoy deaf talent and culture. Packed with comedy, cabaret, theatre, magic and more! 12th-19th August, see for full details. 13.8.22


Pete Firman's Bag of Tricks. Ed Fringe, then September & October Tour. From the promoter: The UK’s leading comedy magician is back on the road with an astonishing new show. Bag of Tricks marks Pete’s hotly anticipated return to 2022’s EdFringe so catch him in Edinburgh at Gilded Balloon daily and touring the country in September and October. You’ve seen him on television, now experience Pete’s unique mix of laugh-out-loud comedy and jaw-dropping magic live on stage!

September 2022

09 Fareham - Ashcroft Arts Centre
15 Middlesbrough - Town Hall
16 Lincoln - Drill Hall
21 Norwich - Norwich Playhouse
23 Didcot - Cornerstone Arts Centre
29 Aldershot - West End Centre

October 2022
01 Chipping Norton - Chipping Norton Theatre
13 Winchester - The Arc
14 New Milton - Forest Arts Centre
20 Trafford - Waterside Arts
22 Isle of Wight - Quay Arts Centre


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The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week David Blaine & Derren Brown. Two back to back Channel 4 trailers from 2001 for David Blaine and Derren Brown's upcoming shows. Between the two of them they reinvented magic. If you are under 35 and reading this, then there's a good chance you owe a lot to one, or both, of these guys! DT. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 13.8.22


Chimera 2. The world's most powerful micro smoke machine, designed just for magicians - Secret Offer. Thomas Moore Creative write: This page is the special one-off discounted price page for the world's most powerful tiny smoke machine. Order now to get this low low price and free shipping anywhere in the world!

20 years experience with micro smoke machine technologies has resulted in the smallest, most powerful smoke machine in the world designed for magic; Chimera 2 is 3x as powerful as any other micro FX smoke machine on the market - check out the video to see how amazingly powerful Chimera2 is.

The latest edition of our Chimera smoke system is the ultimate smoke production device - this battery powered micro smoke machine is designed to be hidden inside props and illusions to fill them with magical smoke, or to replace pyrotechnics in "burning" effects, or you can hide it in your jacket and use it to make objects vanish in a cloud of smoke that's (almost) big enough to make an elephant vanish!

Designed for the real working stage performer who wants to add a magical smoke flourish to your props (it's powerful but it won't replace the haze machine used for lighting) the Chimera comes with a complete set of accessories to enable you to fit it into just about any prop you want, and give you an unparalleled range of control options to deliver magical smoke wherever you need it with wired and wireless control options.


This is a special discounted price with £130 off! Follow this link for more info and to purchase This offer will only be live until Monday 22nd August 2022. 13.8.22


Russ Brown and David Brookhouse 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: "Russ Brown and David Brookhouse: House of Secrets, performing in schools and more..." YouTube. 13.8.22


The Selbit Saw Souvenir Charm sells for £1,885 at auction. Fellows Auctioneers write: The charm had amazing provenance. A woman called Gladys was given it in 1921 for taking part in the illusion. Her granddaughter tells the story: "This gold saw was given to my grandmother by the Magician P.T. Selbit for assisting in his sawing through a woman act at his show at the Finsbury Park Empire in 1921. It has been kept by my family ever since. Members of the audience were invited on stage to help with the act and my grandmother took part. We can assume that Gladys was one of the people holding the ropes which must have been very exciting."


The gold saw, fashioned as a small charm, was engraved "Sawing through a woman with P. T. Selbit's compliments." Weighing just 1.5g. and made of 9ct gold, it is a piece of history - a souvenir of a pioneering magic act that has become iconic. Fellows entered the charm into auction with an estimate of £30 – £50. However, the magic of the charm was strong and 14 bidders fought to win the piece. In the end it sold for a hammer price of £1,450 (£1,885 including fees) 13.8.22


Magic Memorabilia and Vintage Props Wanted!

- Spirit clock dials
- Handkerchief Burning Globes
- Old flyers, posters, programs etc.
- Props and costumes owned and used by famous magicians of the past
- Tommy Cooper owned props, items, set lists, etc.
- Brass Cups & Balls (not Morrisey/Indian made)
- Will Goldston/Harry Leat era props
- Autographs
- Sooty memorabilia and original puppets
- Job lots of magic, full collections, full libraries, have van and can pickup everything!

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Indices to classic magic magazines. Abracadabra, Gen, Magigram, Club71, Demon Telegraph, Goodliffe's Magic Monthly, Magic Magazine - Val Andrews, Mind and Magic - Ted Lesley, The Wizard.


Indices cover Tricks and Articles, Biographies and Obituaries, Photographs, Names, Advertisements and Cartoons in various combinations. Indexed by Title, Author and up to 8 Categories. For example Abraindex has 30,333 Article/Trick entries plus 10,951 photograph entries and 1,051 Cartoons, with a total of 773 different categories. For full details contact Dr. Michael Colley 13.8.22


Mid Essex Magical Society Table Sale, Sunday 25th September, The County Hotel, Chelmsford. Jim Cooper writes: Magic Table Sale on Sunday 25th September at The County Hotel, 29 Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 2PZ. The stands are all in the Crystal Suite. There is parking behind the hotel. A public car park at the Civic Theatre is also nearby and Chelmsford station is just a 5 minute walk away. Get in for setup is from 11am and doors are open to buyers from 12 noon till 5pm. Stand fee is £15 and includes access for 2 people. Buyers £5 cash on the door. Contact Jim Cooper 07802 201881 or to reserve a table. Drinks and bar food will be available from the public bar in the hotel during the day. 13.8.22


The Largest Secondhand Sale of Props and Magic on the South Coast! From the organisers: Portsmouth & District Magic Circle are delighted to be hosting the largest secondhand sale of Props and Magic on the South Coast on Sunday 6th November 2022. Doors for sellers will open at 8.30am with buyers attending from 9am. We are using a new venue for this event and hope to be oversubscribed for tables. There is plenty of parking on site and we look forward to welcoming everyone along. Venue: Innlodge Hotel Portsmouth, Burrfields Road, Portsmouth PO3 5HH. Cost per table: £12 prepaid via PayPal please (details on request). Buyers: free entry; please bring cash. For further information, contact Nicky Lewis on 01903 532413 for all table bookings, queries and questions. Come and grab a bargain! 13.8.22


Andrew Normansell Lecture - The Order of The Magi, Manchester. Mike Sharples, Secretary, writes: On Tuesday the 23rd August The Order of The Magi are very pleased to announce that friend of The Magi Andrew Normansell, will be presenting a new lecture and dealer dem at The Irish World Heritage Centre at 7.30pm. Whilst the contents of this evening are currently being kept a secret, there is definitely going be something for everyone – including close-up, cabaret and bizarre / mentalism.

Those who have been to one of Andrew’s lectures will know how much information is packed into the evening. If you would like to check out some of the items Andrew will be demonstrating, head over to The meeting is open to non-members by prior arrangement for an entry fee of £5.00. Please contact Mike Sharples on 0774 8833666. There is free parking on site or the Metrolink stops 100 yards away from the centre.


Jamie Williams Lecture - Dragon Valley Magic Club, South Wales. Angharad Evans writes: Following the smash hit effect "Sticker Kicker", Jamie will be lecturing at the Dragon Valley Magic Club in South Wales on Thursday 18th August (7pm-9pm). All are welcome and entry for non-members is £5 (pay on the night). Jamie has lectured all over the UK and has released some of the best magic effects of the last few years, including "Celebrikey", "Kung Fu Kap" and "Sticker Kicker". Here he will share real world effects that are suitable for beginners and professionals. Dragon Valley Magic Club, GB Mens Club, Slowcombe Road, Rhymney NP22 5LZ on Thursday 18th August from 7pm. 13.8.22


Get Three Free Routines From Mark Leveridge Magic. Treat yourself this summer by joining either E-Club Pro, or the premium version, E-Club Elite, and not only will you open up a fantastic online resource full of great magic, advice and help, but you will also receive for each of your first three months of membership free magic as follows: In August – your free download will be the terrific named-card-in-envelope effect called Imagination. In September – your gift will be 1-2-3 Jumbo Cards Across, the easy version of the classic effect which is suitable for adult of children’s shows. In October – you will receive the link to download The Symposium Collection which contains all 9 of the Symposium books. To get these great free offers you need to sign up to E-Club Pro or E-Club Elite no later than the 31st August 2022. To find out more information about the E-Club go to and join today! 13.8.22


The Comedy Helpline - the softback book that'll make you funnier! From the publishers. Many close-up and stand-up magicians use comedy in their acts to make their magic more entertaining, but doing this well is not necessarily that easy. That is why Magicseen Publications have produced The Comedy Helpline, a softback book running to well over 100 pages in which top comedy stars explain how they use humour to enhance their performances. The roll call of contributors is a veritable who's who of comedy stars including David Williamson, Gaetan Bloom, John Archer, Nathan Kranzo, Alan Hudson, Jasper Blakeley, Scott and Muriel, Graham Jolley and many more. Humour is a very personal thing and no one can 'make you humorous' just like that, but the experience and great advice that this book offers will provide you with the tools and motivation to get to work on your own kind of funny. As well as the advice there are also some comedy routines and one liners to give you a kickstart. The Comedy Helpline costs just £25.00 + p&p and full information can be found at 13.8.22


What Happens in Vegas by Liam Montier - Alakazam Magic. What Happens in Vegas is a super-easy, ultra baffling, double prediction effect. A deck of Vegas Casino playing cards is shown. Each card has a different back design representing a different casino and a different face. Your spectator is invited to stop you at any point as you start dealing the cards into a pile onto the table (they have a free choice of where to stop; let's say they stop you on Ballys). You now flip the deck over and start dealing a face-up pile on to the table (let's say your spectator now stops you on the 7 of spades). You now reveal your prediction, a beautiful poker chip, but the casino is wrong? You turn over the chip and show it has a card printed on the other side, but once again it doesn’t match. Well so far this hasn’t gone too well, but then you remember! You turn over the Ballys card and wham! The card on the face matches the chip! Now comes hit number two, you turn over their playing card to reveal the casino on the back and double whammy, the casino on the back matches your chip!

What Happens In Vegas
is so easy to do and comes with all the beautiful custom props and full online tutorial. You will love performing this great effect! For more info and to order visit


Classic Columbo, tomorrow on 5USA. "Columbo Goes to the Guillotine" The dishevelled detective investigates the suspicious death of a stage magician. All the evidence points toward suicide - but the sleuth is soon on the trail of an ex-convict who once conspired with the illusionist to steal military secrets. Detective drama, starring Peter Falk, Anthony Andrews and Karen Austin. 12 noon on Sunday 14th August - see TV Magic for details. 13.8.22


"The Ehrlich Brother's Magic Tricks Blow Josie & Craig's Minds" YouTube • "I’m too secretive for even Magic Circle" Click Here • "For His Latest Trick, the Millionaires’ Magician Has Taken Up Running" Click Here • "Michael Jordan magician and illusionist in Blackpool" Click Here • "Uri Geller: 'Why I started my own country'" Click Here • "Houdini called him a ‘super magician’ and an American pretended to be Chinese to copy his act. Who was Ching Ling Foo?" Click Here • "Peter Jackson weighed hypnosis to see Lord of the Rings with fresh eyes" Click Here • "‘The Illusionist Brain’ Review: A Mind for Magic" Click Here • "Criss Angel Magic With The Stars" Click Here • Thanks to everyone who submitted news this week. Stay cool, see you next week, Duncan. 13.8.22