Number 1157 - Saturday 27th August 2022


Show Me the Magic! A Britain's Got Talent Magic Special is in the works, writes Felicity Cross in The Scottish Sun: ""Britain’s Got Talent to launch a brand new TV spin-off – with a mind-boggling twist. The one-off spectacular will invite acts like Marc Spelmann and Richard Jones back to the show that made their name, where they will vie to be crowned the Got Talent Champion of Magic... He [Simon Cowell] sees honing in on a specific theme as a really nice way forward and what better way to start than with magic." Read the full article in 27.8.22


"Simon Cowell axes Britain's Got Talent [US] spin-off after contestant is left paralysed. Showbiz mogul Simon Cowell has axed a Britain's Got Talent spin-off show after a contestant was left paralysed in a freak accident. In October, Jonathan Goodwin was involved in a horrific accident on the show whilst performing a stunt..." To read the full article by Laura Williams in Birmingham Live Click Here. 27.8.22


Not Britain's Got Talent... "Powertool Cheerleaders Vs the Boyband of the Screeching Dead". World Premiere: 29th August at FrightFest, Prince Charles cinema, Leicester Square, London. A full-tilt musical horror-comedy featuring toe-tapping songs and geysers of gore. On the eve of a televised talent show, an enthusiastic but dysfunctional cheerleading troop is on the brink of falling apart. But when a cursed necklace turns their rival boy band act into a screeching gang of zombies, the girls must learn to use their wits, friendship, and assorted power tools—before the TV finale takes a turn for the apocalyptic... Expect laughs, loud guitars, terrifying monsters and great songs like "I’m Just a Guy Dying on the Floor". See (Photo: Magician Paul Zenon, who appears in the film in a cameo role) 27.8.22


Fringe Snippets:

"Fringe review – Charlie Caper – Magical" 5 Stars
"Review: Mind Mangler, The Pleasance - Edinburgh Festival Fringe"
"Ben Hart: Wonder" 5 Stars

"Dunfermline stage manager on hand as magician Liam A Black takes on Edinburgh Fringe"

"The best of Edinburgh Festival and Fringe 2022: the critics’ verdicts" [subscription]
"Mischief's Mind Mangler: Member of the Tragic Circle – Edinburgh Fringe review" 4 Stars
"Edinburgh Review: The Greatest Magic Show at Assembly George Square Gardens" 4 Stars


IBM British Ring Convention, 1st-4th September, Eastbourne. From the organisers: British Ring President Alan Maskell welcomes International I.B.M. President Billy Hsueh to our four-day convention in Eastbourne, which starts later this week. Billy joins us all the way from Canada and is looking forward to meeting fellow magicians from across the pond!

The amazing lineup features: Amethyst, Bernado Sedlacek, Brando & Silvana, Brian Lead, Cameron Gibson, Craig Petty, Dion, Donald Bevan, Dr Diablo, Elliot Bibby, Fraser Stokes, Laura London, Mark James, Mark Shortland, Martin Duffy, Martyn James, Mel Harvey, Michael Carr, Neil Roberts, Nick Mohammed, Nikola Arkane, Oliver Tabor, Paul Gordon, Paul Stone, Rebecca Foyle, Richard Cadell & Sooty, Roy Field, Ryland Petty, Steve Hewlett, Taylor Morgan, Todd Landman, Tom Crosbie, Tom Stone, Wayne Dobson and Wayne Trice.

Added to our packed programme of lectures, workshops and shows, plus three prestigious competitions...we also have a large hall full of Magic Dealers! Online Registration at ends today, Saturday 27th August. But don’t worry, you can still register in person at the Registration Desk in Eastbourne, which will be open in the Welcome Building from 9.30am on Thursday 1st September. Card, PayPal, bank transfer and cash all accepted! See you there!


Chris Dugdale Ethermind at the Fringe. Ethermind has smashed all previous box office records: "Absolutely sensational show. Went to preview night on Friday; it was so good I went back Saturday too, with 10 friends. Polished show full of unexpected twists and mind-blowing skills and interestingly for a magic show there were different outcomes each of the two nights I went. Still don’t know how he does it but he is very very good. Go at least once, maybe twice." David Stephens

"I have seen Chris perform for a few years, and he just gets better and better. I attended a preview night for Ethermind, and it was incredible. The lovely captivating performance with mixture of emotions, comedy and magic kept the audience engaged every single minute. Amazing ending, which resulted in a full standing ovation, which is rare at the best of times, but to see this on a preview night speaks volumes. I walked out smiling."
Stuart Ebdy. Final two days, see


Mark Williams & Friends - An Evening of Magic & Comedy in Brighton. From the organisers: Mark Williams & Friends, an evening of magic and comedy, at a brand new venue in Brighton hosted by Sussex stand-up magician Mark Williams. Irish funny man Colly Dawson is flying in for the show from Dublin, where he is the warm-up guy for the Late Late Show on RTE and Name That Tune on Fox TV.


TikTok sensation Magic Singh, with over 2 million followers, is our star middle act. He was the guest star act in the West End Show Wonderville last year and is planning a solo tour himself in the very near future. Headlining the night is 2019 Britain's Got Talent magician Matt Stirling, who has already sold 90% of seats for his 2023 shows.

The profits from the night are going to a local charity, The Sussex Cricket Foundation. 120 tickets sold out in just 10 days for the work in progress show the week before... so don't leave it too late for these. Wednesday 14th September 2022 at Ironworks Studios, 30 Cheapside, Brighton BN1 4GD. See:


Collin Claus 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: "Collin Claus: Sleight of hand, Rubik Cubes and some amazing magic " YouTube. 27.8.22


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week John Calvert 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. 27.8.22


Inferno Aces present The History of Magic. From the promoter: An evening full of magic and illusion featuring four magical acts presenting tricks and tales from vintage sideshows, magic shows and circuses, through to the magic of today. Friday February 24th 2023 at 7pm at Treeton Miners Welfare, Arundel Street, Treeton, Rotherham S60 5PW. For more info and to book visit 27.8.22


Andrew Normansell Lecture at The Home Counties Magical Society on Thursday 1st of September. Robert Wilson writes: Andrew Normansell will lecture for The Home Counties Magical Society on Thursday 1st of September 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

Andrew Normansell has been well established as an entertainer, magician and mentalist for over twenty five years, and has performed extensively both in the UK and abroad. Andrew has authored many books on the subjects of magic and mind reading and is one of the leaders in the field of mentalism and creative thinking. Andrew has appeared at the IBM International Convention, the Swedish Magic Circle Convention with Wayne Dobson and has even appeared in the Guinness Book of Records in the Stand Up 100 in 2002. Andrew also assisted as consultant in the recent series of the BBC drama Life on Mars. So if you would like to see Andrew Normansell lecture come along.


Modern Mystic League Bumper Auction, 11th September, Blackburn. Brian Lead, Events Secretary of the Modern Mystic League (Blackburn), writes: On Sunday, September 11th, auctioneer extraordinaire Brian Berry will be bringing his hammer down on around 300 choice items at the MML’s bumper auction. Lots range from close-up effects to larger stage items – many unused or nearly new, and all in good condition. Admission is free, there will be complimentary refreshments available throughout the afternoon, and each attendee will receive a batch of magazines courtesy of the late Trevor Dawson. The sale will begin promptly at 2pm, with viewing from 1.30pm. Venue: St Francis Church Hall, St Francis Road, Blackburn, Lancashire BB2 2TZ. The hall is behind the church, with plenty of parking space. For a full list of all items on offer, please contact Secretary, Paul Guy: 27.8.22


The MLM Web Offers. The two products currently selected for substantial discounts include one of Mark's signature products plus an e-book series that takes some beating. Here are the details. 1. Ring And String Deluxe Combo. Learn Mark's highly acclaimed ring and string moves via this excellent e-book and online video bundle. The e-book provides clear instructions accompanied by many colour photos to help you to get to grips with all six of the moves. To further help, you receive a link to online video performance and explanation footage making this a great teaching package. Web Offer price is £10.00 (saving you £5). 2. The Professional Worker Series Complete Collection. Receive in one e-book all six of Mark's great advice publications, each of which covers a specific aspect of magic performance. The nearly 200 pages of this unique collection are packed full of real world advice and help, all of which is designed to enable you to tackle the magic world with confidence and knowledge. Bought individually, each title costs £10.00, but the Complete Collection is available as a Web Offer for only £30.00. For more information on both of the above go to 27.8.22


Mini Chop Cup kit. The Chop Cup with props and training course by Magic Makers. This magical cup is precision made for the professional magician as well as those just starting in magic. What you will get: The Magic Makers Chop Cup. A set of special red knit balls. A set of rubber bounce balls. Instructional magic training course for fast learning to make the magic happen. Find out more and watch a video at 27.8.22


Bicycle Cards UK. For over 135 years, Bicycle Playing Cards have been the bestselling and most widely used playing card brand in the world. Nothing beats the feel of Bicycle cards in your hands. That’s just one reason why Bicycle is preferred by Magicians, Cardists and Card players worldwide. Bicycle Cards UK. 27.8.22


Bargain Loving Brits in the Sun. "New Saydo Park arrivals Carole and Phyllis already love life in Spain but they want to experience more of the community spirit, so they sign up for fellow resident Margaret's mystery tour. Where will it take them? Tree surgeon Rocky faces danger on a daily basis as he tends to the high branches of the Costa del Sol, while young magician Dean faces the first night of a residency at the Chamber of Secrets theatre." Friday 2nd September on Channel 5. Repeat. See TV Magic for details. 27.8.22


"Magician Piff the Magic Dragon: 'I spent $70k on a trick to trap a watch in jelly'" [subscription] Click Here • "America's Got Talent: Teenage singer Sara James and French magician Nicolas Ribs advance to finals" Click Here • "Magician’s magic trick in washroom leaves man beside him perplexed. Watch" Click Here • "Meet the Belgian illusionist crowned the World Magic Champion for his dancing paper trick" Click Here • "Belgian magician’s paper dance casts a spell" Click Here • "'Failing your GCSEs isn't the end of the world - I got none and now I'm a magician'" Click Here • "Jessica Gao Reveals How Benedict Wong Used His Magician Skills To Improv On She-Hulk" Click Here • "'How? Just how??' ask awestruck 'AGT' fans after watching French magician Nicolas Ribs' card trick" Click Here • "How Yu Hojin Changed Simon Cowell's Mind During the Live Shows" Click Here • "Siriusly wand-erful: Magician handcrafts everything from Harry Potter to memorial wands and beyond" Click Here • "Inside the secretive world of Australia’s award-winning magicians" Click Here • That's all for this week. Keep your news coming. See you next week, Duncan. 27.8.22