Number 1161 - Saturday 24th September 2022


The Young Magician of the Year Competition in 2023. After an unavoidable break we are hoping to hold The Magic Circle's Young Magician of the Year Competition in 2023. The Heats, which we be held at The Magic Circle Headquarters are provisionally scheduled for Sunday 12th February with the Final, also at Magic Circle HQ, on Sunday 16th April. The closing date for entries will be early in January 2023.

The competition is open to young people who will be over 14 years of age and under 18 years of age on 1st January 2023. They will be required to present a Stage magic act. The length of performance must not exceed 12 minutes and must not be less than 8 minutes. Further details will be available shortly, but in the meantime we encourage prospective competitors to start working on their acts. Dr. C. M. Colley, Chairman, The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition.
24.9.22 is excited to announce they have secured UK stock of Ionia by Charles Greene III. This beautifully produced in-depth hardback biography has over 330 pages and includes more than 180 full-colour images. Every copy is signed by the author. Here's what Jim Steinmeyer had to say about this groundbreaking book:


"Charles Greene has written an imaginative, unbelievable story about a beautiful music hall magician, famous wizards, a performing bear, spies, disappearing people, handsome suitors, and an elegant, mysterious European princess. The best part is that it all really happened. The tale of Ionia is one of the glories of magic history, a story so incredible that—as Charles so skillfully demonstrates—it had to be true. It’s a great book, full of surprises." Jim Steinmeyer.


For more details, and to purchase for just £86 with free UK postage, head to 24.9.22


Northamptonshire Magicians Club Étienne Pradier Lecture. Magic fit for a King! Nigel Quinn writes: 'Magic fit for a King!' Northamptonshire Magicians Club invites guests and members to join us at a lecture by the King's magician of choice, Étienne Pradier. This is going to be an amazing lecture! Étienne Pradier is The King’s favourite magician! He is a FISM champion and his lecture will be superb! We look forward to seeing you there! Tuesday 4th October at 8pm at Northamptonshire Magicians Club, Brafield on the Green WMC, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield-on-the-Green, Northampton NN7 1BD. NMC Members: Free, Visitors: £10 (on the night). 24.9.22


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Sav on Astounding Celebrities from 23rd December 2003. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 24.9.22


Wayne Fox: The Goodliffe Memorial Lecture. Chris Newson writes: Wayne Fox will deliver the Goodliffe Memorial Lecture at the British Magical Society on Tuesday, 27th September. The annual Goodliffe Memorial Lecture will be introduced by Donald Bevan and given by Wayne Fox MIMC. Wayne has been a professional magician for over 25 years. He is one of the best sleight of hand performers in the UK. As well as performing, he develops magic effects and his innovations and creations are used by many magicians. His iconic tricks include Neat & Tidy, Light & Heavy and the 52-1 Deck.


Tuesday, 27th September at 7.30 pm. Visiting magicians welcome. £5 on the door which includes a light buffet. Venue: The Weoley Castle Working Men's Club, 158 Barnes Hill, Weoley Castle, Birmingham B29 5TY. Also see 24.9.22


Alec Powell 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: "Alec Powell: Magician, kids entertainer, convention organiser and more!" YouTube. 24.9.22


The Colditz Conjurer: The amazing true story of Vincent 'Bush' Parker, Battle of Britain pilot and prisoner of war magician. A school-boy magician from the Australian outback, Bush left home to become an assistant to Long Tack Sam and The Great Levante. With World War Two looming, he gave this up to train as a Spitfire pilot. One of Churchill's Few, he fought in the Battle of Britain until he was shot down in a dramatic dogfight. As a prisoner-of-war in Germany, Vince Parker earned a reputation as a persistent escaper.


He ended up in the infamous Colditz Castle, a high-security fortress from which the Germans thought escape was impossible. In the footlights of the castle's theatre, this charismatic officer used his magic skills to boost the morale of his fellow prisoners. But, behind locked doors, he applied the secrets of stage magic and escapology to the real-life challenge of getting back home. A remarkable tale of perseverance, courage and cunning in the face of adversity; written by James Green MMC. To order via Click Here. 24.9.22


Ilford Magical Society are looking for new members. Oz Gosling writes: We are a group of magicians of all standards from hobbyist to professional. Why join a magic club? By joining a club, you will learn the art of performing your magic and interacting with the public, get tips and advice on different ways to perform your tricks with guidance from seasoned professionals. As a club we meet every other Wednesday for two hours at Parkside Community Centre, Goodmayes, Ilford, Essex. Here we practice or perform a trick related to the evenings theme, i.e. cards, coins etc. We also have several lectures throughout the year. There are several competitions held each year and once a month we will help local charities raise funds by providing a show consisting of four rounds of close-up magic per table followed by three stage acts. If you would like to join a group of friendly like-minded magicians at a club that has been going for over 80 years please contact us at 24.9.22


Mid Essex Magical Society Table Sale - Chelmsford, Sunday 25th September. 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. 24.9.22


Jamie Williams Lecture – now booking. Jamie writes: Following the success of my latest release 'Sticker Kicker' which earnt 100% reviews from the most respected names in magic and nominations for trick of the year I am now offering a full lecture evening. In this amazing lecture full of real workers, I will share some amazing easy to do effects that earnt me Silver Star as an Associate of The Inner Magic Circle. If you're a professional magician or a hobbyist, there is something for everyone in this lecture that delivers from "one of the most unique thinking magicians in the UK today".


"Jamie creates magic that entertains. In his lecture you'll learn solid material that's been road tested by a working pro. If you work weddings or are considering doing so then there's absolute gold to be found here." Roddy McGhie. To book your lecture contact me at 24.9.22


The UnXplained with William Shatner, 'The Greatest Escapes'. Stories of escape that defy explanation, referencing Harry Houdini pulling off numerous escape acts and an attempted prison break from Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary. Tuesday 4th October on Sky History. See TV Magic for details. 24.9.22


Mark Raffles. Our Dad, Mark Raffles, pictured here with his 100th birthday card from the Queen, sadly passed away in his sleep on Sunday evening at 8.45 pm. The staff at his nursing home in Llandudno formed a guard of honour as he left Queen Elizabeth Court yesterday. Deeply loved and greatly missed. RIP Dad. Tim Raffles-Taylor. [The North Wales Pioneer ran a really nice article on Mark as he celebrated his 100th birthday earlier this year. What an incredible life he led. DT] "'Magical' Llandudno care home resident celebrates 100th birthday"]. 24.9.22


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