Number 1160 - Saturday 17th September 2022


BGT Winner Richard Jones presents his latest UK-wide tour... An Evening of Magic. From the promoter: Following the success of his most recent sell-out magic show, Richard Jones presents An Evening of Magic, a 25-date tour running from October 2022 to May 2023. With psychological illusions, mind-reading, audience participation and never before seen tricks for all the family to enjoy, Richard will leave audiences asking, how did he manage that?

You will recognise Richard from Britain’s Got Talent, which he won in 2016 after securing 2.6 million votes. He is also a Lance Corporal and has starred in Trooping the Colour and the Queen’s 70th Platinum Jubilee celebrations; Richard Jones is a true British icon.

For his latest tour, An Evening of Magic, The Military Illusionist is set to amaze audiences. Richard rose to fame on Britain’s Got Talent after becoming the first and only magician to win the hit talent show, before earning the highest honour in The Magic Circle, the prestigious Gold Star.


"I am really excited about this tour. There are some magic tricks planned that I have never shown before, and I know that people are going to love them. I can’t wait to bring the joy of magic to audiences across the UK. Magic allows people to lose themselves in the wonder of it all, even if it is just for a couple of hours." Richard Jones.

2022 Dates
14th October at Capitol Theatre, Horsham
3rd November at The Concorde Theatre, Eastleigh
5th November at Mercury Theatre in Colchester
11th November at Spa Centre, Leamington Spa

2023 Dates
17th February The Addlestone Centre, Addlestone
8th April Harlequin Theatre, Redhill
14th February Cheque Mead Theatre, East Grinstead
15th April Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone
16th April the Princess Theatre, Hunstanton
21st April Castle Theatre, Wellingborough
22nd April Roses Theatre, Tewksbury
28th April Empire Theatre, Blackburn
29th April Blake Theatre, Monmouth
5th May Beccles Hall, Suffolk
6th May The Civic Hall, Grays
7th May Corn Exchange, Bedford
13th May The Lights, Andover
16th May Lowther Pavilion, Lytham St Annes
18th May Howden Park Theatre, Livingstone
19th May Whitehall Theatre, Dundee
20th May Gaiety Theatre, Ayr
21st May Town Hall, Elgin
27th May Town Hall, Stourbridge
28th May Lighthouse Theatre in Kettering.


In Depth with Graham Bensinger: David Blaine. "We’re at David Blaine’s home in New York City for the season debut episode, where the magician and endurance artist wows our crew with an array of card tricks and stunts." YouTube. "David Blaine freaks Jimmy out with a terrifying card and nail trick - The Tonight Show" Click Here. 17.9.22


Sam Fitton 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: "Sam Fitton talks about 'Solo' his hands free music and show queue system." YouTube [Also see which we featured last week. Sam Fitton's Solo is nothing short of brilliant. DT]. 17.9.22


Kidology UK - Birmingham: 19th, 20th, 21st September. Organiser Alec Powell writes: Kidology UK, the midweek convention for children’s entertainers, returns with a great lineup. It will be held at The Austin Sports and Social Club, Birmingham B31 2SF on Tuesday 20th September 2022 from 9am. Featuring: Dealers Hall, Auction and evening entertainment and cabaret with Jezo. Plus the UK Children's Entertainer of the Year Competition on Wednesday 21st September, all at the same venue. Speakers at the convention are Steve Hewlett, Jezo, Magic Touch JJ and Jonathan, Sammy Brooks, Steve Dimmer, Darron Woodward, Miraiker Wallace and Lisa Oakley. Entertainment on the evening of the convention will star Steve Hewlett. There will also be events on Monday 19th September. For more details and to book go to Registration is £50. 17.9.22


Mark Bennett: The Stand Up Lecture. So here it is... many people have asked me for advice about how do you progress from close-up magician to stage and owning your own Magic Bar and to be honest you'll need to book my lecture to find out. I've been a magician for 30 years and Magic Bar owner for half of those years. I started a Magic Bar business from reading a magazine and for the last 16 years I have given inspiration to many magicians and entrepreneurs around the globe. This lecture will include material that I have performed on stage, and my close-up material used at Smoke & Mirrors and Illusions Magic Bar for over 10 years. If you want hard hitting material and an honest approach to how to perform to lay public get in touch as I'm now going to let you know how I did it and give you routines that I have never revealed to magicians before. Contact me on to book your lecture for 2022-2023. 17.9.22


Evolution of Magic: The Glitch - Blackpool. Join master of manipulation Craig Christian, and thought-provoking feats of the impossible from Elizabeth, as together they delve into the world of the unknown. In 2019 Elizabeth appeared on Britain’s Got Talent reaching the semi-finals, shocking audiences and judges along the way! Evolution of Magic returns for an electrifying show that blurs the lines of fantasy and reality. Book now! Evolution of Magic 2022 trailer: YouTube. 17.9.22


Oliver Tabor at the Bexley Magic Society. Roy Marsh writes: On Wednesday 21st September Bexley Magic Society are delighted to welcome back Oliver Tabor to share his extensive knowledge gained during his highly successful career to date.

Oliver is a full-time stage and close-up magician, who recently become the president of the International Brotherhood of Magicians British Ring. He specialises in visual stage magic and regularly performs his stage/cabaret acts in theatre shows and cabaret venues around the UK and in London including the Hippodrome Casino. His London show, West End Magic, recently returned from a run at the Edinburgh Festival, and will celebrate 10 years at the Leicester Square theatre next year and embark on a UK theatre tour.

During his lecture he offers effects, routines and ideas for close-up, mentalism, stage and children's magic. He’ll explain his process and inspiration behind a bubble act, which includes magic and basic manipulation with bubbles, balls, and a bottle appearance. He also covers his thoughts on stage magic with an introduction into how the techniques, psychology and rules followed by stage manipulators can easily be applied to all performance situations: from cabaret to close-up and from parlour to children's shows, plus he explains the thoughts and workings of a dove steal and how this method can be easily adapted to produce a range of different objects.

Lecture notes and products are on offer to purchase afterwards. Visiting magicians welcome. Venue: Bexley Club for the Disabled, Barton Close, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8JP. Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start. Fee on the door £10.00.


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week The Millionaires' Magician Steve Cohen on 'Open House with Gloria Hunniford' from 20 years ago on 3rd October 2002. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 17.9.22


Michel Huot Lecture - The Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians. Sue Oakley writes: On Wednesday 21st September, The Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians will be hosting a lecture from Michel Huot. Visiting magicians are welcome for a fee of just £5.00 (on the night). The lecture starts at 8pm at the ECC Sports & Social Club, Showell Road, Wolverhampton WV10 9LE.

Michel has been a corporate magician for 26 years. He has more than 4,500 performances in the corporate field. He has been an invitee at the FFFF for 21 years. His creations appeared in numerous magazines (Genii, Magic, The Magic Menu) and in many books by David Acer, John Lovick, Paul Rohmany and others. He has performed and lectured in Algeria, Mexico, USA, Canada, France, at The Magic Circle in London, Switzerland, Italy and more! He is also the creator of two best-sellers: Socks and Priceless. 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.


Ipswich Magical Society Magic Sale Night, Thursday 22nd September. A sales night for pre-loved magic; a good place to pick up a bargain or an old classic. Free for visitors to browse/buy, visiting sellers pay £5 for a table. Email to book a table. Space is limited. Venue: The Best Western Claydon Hotel, 16-18 Ipswich Road, Claydon, Ipswich IP6 0AR 17.9.22


Zoltar's Opener by Peter Nardi. 12 years ago I set myself the task of developing a quick, sure-fire, high impact effect for my mix and mingle performances. I was looking for an alternative to the Invisible Deck (which I used as part of a larger routine at tables). I created an effect which I performed for many years and because of the reactions it soon became my opening piece. It really ticks all the boxes.

In 2018 I had a new presentation idea which was fun and I believe took the effect to a new level. Zoltar’s Opener was never designed to be a magician fooler (even though it does fool a lot of magicians!) it was designed as a worker. The method is simple, yet sound, the presentation and story are fun and it may be performed in less than a minute (if required) or, if you're like me, you will build it up to a 2-3 minute effect with patter. Everything about this effect pleases me. The story the method and most importantly the impact it has on my spectators. Zoltar’s opener is also perfect to perform over Zoom. Comes complete with custom designed deck and tuck case. Pete Nardi. Find out more and watch a video at


Psychology: Why It Matters. Richard Wiseman. You are remarkable: You experience a vast range of thoughts and feelings, including falling in love, remembering last Tuesday, and contemplating the meaning of life. And you can carry all sorts of astonishing behaviours, such as sauntering down the street, singing in falsetto and riding a unicycle. Psychologists study every aspect of how you think, feel, and behave.

Richard Wiseman takes you on a personal journey into this fascinating world, focusing on what makes for meaningful research. He explores how psychology reveals the hidden workings of the mind, boosts critical thinking, debunks myths, improves lives, and informs debates in politics, philosophy, and education. This insider’s guide lifts the lid on how psychologists go about their work, examines contemporary challenges associated with studying the mind, and encourages students and researchers to reflect on why they do what they do.

If you’ve ever wanted to think like a psychologist, spot a liar, uncover the truth about happiness, or discover how to create a more altruistic society, then this book is for you. To order via Click Here.


Pelham Lodge, Blackpool. Autumn special offer. Martin Price of Pelham Lodge writes: As an Autumn Special, we offer all the magicians a 25% discount on a two or three-weekday stay at Pelham Lodge, our four-star guest accommodation near the North Pier, Blackpool. The offer also includes free admission to our puppet museum, boasting Pelham puppets, Punch & Judy, ventriloquist puppets, automata and more. On one memorable evening, Norman Barrett MBE will come along, meet you and have a brief talk on the Circus for his new book launch. Russell Brown will open the doors of his House of Secrets on Thursday each week, and show you a trick or two. It is just a kind gesture to Magicians if you book directly with us. 17.9.22


The Amazing Johnathan Documentary. "Benjamin Berman finds the line between truth and illusion start to blur as he documents the final tour of a dying magician." Repeat. Wednesday 28th September on Sky Documentaries. See TV Magic for details. 17.9.22


"I saw Derren Brown's Showman at Newcastle's Theatre Royal - and I can't tell you about it" ★★★★★ Click Here • "Paul Stone - No Stone Unturned" Click Here • "Meet the Glasgow woman who comes from three generations of magicians" Click Here • "Celebrity Favourite Normando the Magician Astonishing Audiences Across the Middle East" Click Here • "Looking For A Completely Different Form Of Entertainment? Enjoy An Evening With The Millionaires' Magician" Click Here • "'Champions of Magic' illusionists to dazzle crowd at Peterborough Memorial Centre Dec. 9" Click Here "‘Champions of Magic’ illusionists to dazzle crowd at Peterborough Memorial Centre Dec. 9" Click Here • "Magician-detective Dirk Darrow is on the case in Tim Sorley's Fringe show" Click Here • "The Illusionists-Magic of the Holidays at Findlay Toyota Center" Click Here • "Send in the clowns with James Walsh: September 13, 2022" Click Here • As always your UK magic news is very welcome. See you next week, Duncan. 17.9.22