Number 1159 - Saturday 10th September 2022


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This is the first major announcement from the organisers of the Blackpool Magic Convention for their February 2023 Convention, and it's a biggie! For competition details simply click on the link to read the rules and find out how to apply to enter: To book your tickets for next year's convention visit 10.9.22


London Magic Convention 6th November - Special Announcement. From the organisers: These are pretty tough times and we are well aware that there will be some readers of MagicWeek who would love to attend the convention on November 6th, but faced with the rising cost of living, simply cannot afford it. We believe that a day of great fun, laughter and magic could do you the world of good. So we are offering 30 free 'Mitzvah tickets'. If you would love to come but don’t have the budget for it, simply email with the subject MITZVAH and we will happily give you a free ticket. There are no questions, no conditions, no shame and any emails will be kept completely confidential. Full details of the day at Sunday 6th November, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in the heart of London. 10.9.22


The IBM British Ring Convention took place last week in Eastbourne. Some of many highlights included lectures from Mark James, Tom Stone, Nikola Arkane, Craig Petty, Bernardo Selacek and the Stars of Close-up show. Other highlights featured shows direct from the Edinburgh Fringe, workshops, the History of Mystery, the Gala show and more. The winners of the stage competition were Griffin & Jones, who were also awarded the Comedy trophy, Yollin Lee came 3rd and was awarded the Manipulation Shield and Originality trophy. The winner of the close-up competition was Douglas Tilston, 2nd place Shane Miller, 3rd place Mike Sullivan. Congratulations to all of them.

During the closing ceremony, Oliver Tabor was appointed as the new president for the upcoming year. Next year the convention will be returning to Eastbourne from 7-10th September. For more details and info on how to join the IBM British Ring, visit


The Wizards Weekend. From the organiser: We have a fantastic lineup for our Wizard’s Weekend (The Chris Cross Magic Convention) on 11th - 13th November! Franz Harary, Laura London, John Archer, Marc Oberon, Chris Cross, Billy Kidd, James James, Jamie Raven, Mark Mason, Noel Britten, Paul Stone and more special surprise guests! "The Wizards Weekend", taking place from 11th - 13th November 2022 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Book via 10.9.22


Revolutionary show music control system ‘Solo’ - now on Kickstarter. From Sam Fitton, the developer: Solo is the world’s first-hands free music and show cue system, that cues specific music tracks. There are no playlists in sight, buttons to push, or car key fob style remotes. This is a brand-new system that uses you, your props, and your environment as triggers to make the magic (music) happen.

Just imagine picking up a deck of cards and your music begins playing at exactly the right moment. Or imagine a spectator placing down on the table a freely chosen photo of a celebrity, only for the theme tune of their film to start playing, moments later. Maybe, simply picking up a dusty old book cues your chilling background music! You can do all this with Solo. Solo only plays the music for routines that you're actively performing – meaning no more track skipping, guesswork or stress. You just perform your routine and Solo takes care of the rest! Mix things up, try out new routines and be totally prepared, without the hassle of editing playlists.


If you saw us at the Blackpool Magic Convention, then you’ll know just how amazing Solo is – and we’ve made some huge improvements since! We’re now live on Kickstarter so you can check out our tech specs, bag great savings and even get delivery before Christmas! See There are only 100 units available, so head to Kickstarter to grab a great deal. 10.9.22


Magic Car Boot Sale. This Sunday from 9am in Birmingham with 30 stalls and thousands of bargains! Alec Powell writes: No more space is available for stands which are all pre booked. Doors will open at 10am and admission is just £5. Food and refreshments are available. It is taking place at The Austin Sports and Social Club, 30 Tessall Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham B31 2SF. For more information visit the Facebook group or text Alec Powell on 07831 115 448. 10.9.22


Quirky Forces – A New Book From Chris Wardle. Having completely sold out in under 24 hours on its original release in August, 'Quirky Forces' is now available again, from all major dealers. Quirky Forces contains fifty simple, devious forces, over eight chapters, covering forces with words, images, cards, numbers, magic squares and grids, forcing gimmicks, book tests and colours, together with complete routines for the working magician.

• Fifty sneaky, ingenious, offbeat forcing methods from award-winning originator Chris Wardle.
• Hardback, with over 200 pages and 40 graphics (photographs/images/tables).
• With a foreword by Ian Rowland.

"His magical inventions are always practical, satisfyingly ingenious and slyly deceptive."
Ian Rowland.

"Chris is a treasure trove of inventive, commercial ideas, and this book is no different. I can always tell a good magic book by the amount of page corners I have folded down, and I can hand on heart say I turned more corners of Quirky Forces down than any other book."
Preston ‘Spooky’ Nyman, editor Mazel Magazine.

"If you want to cleanly force anything at all, in any category whatsoever, Chris has you covered. Highest recommendation from me; I consider this book a must-buy."
Mark Elsdon.

"Not only is this book packed full of useable effects, routines and principles, it is so clearly written that it feels like Chris himself is sat in the corner of your room."
Adam Hudson.


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week some Extra Sensory Deception from Paul Daniels on The Paul Daniels Magic Show from 17th January 1987. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 10.9.22


The Midnights deck. An exclusive deck of luxury playing cards celebrating 10 years of making magic and changing lives. Developed by Jez Rose, one of the Breathe Magic magicians working with Breathe Arts Health Research, the Midnights deck is now available to order. Printed on luxury cardistry stock by Cartamundi and designed with magicians in mind, 100% of the profits are donated to help Breathe Magic reach more young people. At the stroke of midnight, a new day begins, but for children attending the Breathe Magic camp, that strike at midnight represents a genuinely life-changing moment. (This really is a stunning, silky-smooth, deck! DT) Visit for more information and to order. 10.9.22


Modern Mystic League Bumper Auction, tomorrow, Sunday 11th September, in 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: 10.9.22


Balloon Workshop in Worksop on September 26th. From the organisers: Worksop, Line Work Workshop, Whitwell Community Centre, The Square, Whitwell, Worksop S80 4NN. September 26th, Worksop, near Sheffield. 10am to 5pm. Graham will be running four sessions during the day concentrating on making designs that are usable for the real world. Quick and easy designs using mainly just two balloons and a scrap. The day is just £15 to attend and is kindly sponsored by Qualatex Balloons. Any questions please email Graham, or to book the day see 10.9.22


The Largest Sale of secondhand effects and props 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! 10.9.22


Geoff Newton's Key Ring Lecture - The Order of The Magi, Manchester. Mike Sharples, Secretary, Order of The Magi, writes: On the 13th September Magi Past President, Editor, PRO and life time member Geoff Newton will present a lecture featuring some of his favourite routines published during his time as editor of one of the UK’s most prestigious magic magazines, The Key Ring, the IBM British Ring magic magazine. With a varied collection of routines, this lecture is one you won’t want to miss! Guests welcome (£5 charge) by prior arrangement by contacting Mike Sharples on 07748 833666 or emailing The lecture takes place at the Irish World Heritage Centre, Irish Town Way, (off Queens Road, Cheetham Hill, Manchester) and it starts at 7.30pm. 10.9.22


Michel Huot lectures for The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday, 15th September. From the organisers: Featuring commercial tricks you can do for real. Tricks with everyday objects. Tips for working corporate events. Real advice on the Classic Force and what to do if you miss! How to approach a group and when not to... and much more. "I hate Michel Huot. His stuff is so commercial. I really hate him." David Stone. Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. The lecture takes place in East Horsley, Surrey, at 8pm. For full details please contact Adam Mosley: 10.9.22


Tom Stone & Nikola Arkane Double Lecture - Manchester Circle of Magicians, Wednesday 14th September. Alex D Fisher, Entertainment Secretary, writes: There is limited availability left for the final venue on their tour this year. The Manchester Circle of Magicians invites anyone who would like to see this incredible duo to book now or to miss out completely! Remaining tickets available at 10.9.22


MLM New Releases. Mark Leveridge is pleased to announce that two new effects have been added to the E-Club Pro Select range. Here are the details. 1. ESPeriment. One single prediction card is placed face down in view to one side. Five different ESP symbol cards are openly displayed and then shuffled. A spectator is invited to freely nominate the first, second, third, fourth or fifth card in the pile. His choice is dropped out onto the table and the faces of the other cards displayed. When the selection is compared to the prediction card, they match! No force, this is direct and straightforward to perform and is very quick to re-set. 2. Colour Changing Sponge Ball. A red sponge ball is displayed openly, both the performer’s hands being clearly seen to be otherwise empty. Curling his left hand into a loose fist, the magician pushes the red sponge ball inside and then blows on the hand. Immediately the fist is opened to reveal the ball has changed to yellow and both hands are once again genuinely empty. This simple effect includes a principle which you will be able to use in many other effects. No gimmicks required. The above downloads cost just £7.00 each and are available from 10.9.22


The Real Magic Show, Saturday 24th September, Camberley Theatre, Surrey. "Welcome to ‘The Real Magic Show'. An exciting showcase of some of the finest magic from the best magicians in the UK today, featuring an immersive magical experience that will simply blow your mind! We set the benchmark high, using only the finest magicians in our shows. All our performers are members of the prestigious Magic Circle. This is the very best way to experience spellbinding magic in an intimate setting with all the action happening right before your eyes and directly under your nose. Magic as it should be seen!" For more info and to book visit 10.9.22


Henry Lewis - The Magic CircleHenry Lewis MBE. Henry Lewis MBE, MIMC, IBM, SAM, Hon Vice President of The Magic Circle, Emeritus Curator of TMC sadly died on Monday following an earlier fall. He was 102. There's a lovely photo of Henry, in this article in the Independent "Honorary vice president of Magic Circle receives MBE at 102" and more coverage of him being awarded his MBE in this article in the Daily Mail "Magician, 102, delights with a magic trick after receiving honour for charitable fundraising from Prince William" Indeed Henry was always a real delight. I'll remember him with great affection. Duncan Trillo. 10.9.22


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