Number 1164 - Saturday 15th October 2022


The Session. Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre, Heathrow, London. January 13th - 15th 2023. From the organisers: This year: Markobi, Peter Turner, Mortenn Christiansen, Brian Watson, Arthur Benjamin, Gustav Kuhn, Matt Baker, Mark James, Luke Jermay, Darren Delaney, Alice Pailhes and Alex Romanoff. Started fifteen years ago, in Gloucestershire, by a bunch of friends simply trying to make the sort of convention they wanted to go to: a convention that wasn’t too big, that actively encouraged sessioning, and a convention where the performers actually wanted to, and did, hang with the attendees.

We sell out every single year. With previous guests like Juan Tamariz, Derren Brown, David Blaine, Luke Jermay, Christian Grace, Caroline Ravn and Roberto Giobbi it’s easy to see why. Secure your seat at the table. Book your ticket to The Session now.
. Anyone under 18 can get a free scholarship to attend Click Here for details. 15.10.22


Eddie Dawes - A Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities. Jon Marshall writes: Hull Magicians' Circle members congratulate HMC President, Eddie Dawes on the publication of the first two volumes of his monumental work, "A Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities". Eddie completed an amazing milestone in 2020 - the final article in his series "A Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities", a collection of 500 historical articles researched and published monthly between 1972 and 2020 in The Magic Circular. Now these are being published by Magicana in a set of eight volumes and an index. Volume I and II have been released and others will follow over the next two years.

The original articles have been updated, expanded and additional images added. They are beautifully designed and produced. Only 250 sets will be printed (they are not available separately). Full details are available from The legendary Dr Dawes has dutifully revisited each article, updating and expanding where possible, making this set a truly rich and comprehensive collection of essays on magic history.


Britain's Got Talent - Manchester & London Open Auditions. ITV write: We’re delighted to announce that for the first time in three years, we're holding open auditions in Manchester and London! Are you a singing sensation like Susan Boyle? Got funny bones like 2022 winner Axel Blake? Do you have the magic touch like Marc Spelmann? Or the dancing dexterities of Diversity? If so, Britain’s Got Talent wants to meet you!

Auditions are open to any performer, of any age, with any talent. All you need is a skill and star quality! Anything goes, from magicians to comedians, drag acts to singers and acrobats to animals. Aspiring acts can apply now to register for one of the audition days. Or simply turn up on the day.

Successful acts could be in with the chance of performing in front of the Britain’s Got Talent Judges and be crowned the 2023 Britain’s Got Talent champion. The winner will walk away with a coveted spot in the Royal Variety Performance and a huge £250,000 cash prize. For more information visit


Illusion Impossible - final dates, including special guest Wayne Dobson. From the promoters: Illusion Impossible showcases some of the most incredible Illusionists in the world live on stage. A non-stop show packed with breathtaking magic and illusions! Award Winning Magician Michael Carr will join the cast on 21st and 29th October and our very special guest the legendary Wayne Dobson will join Illusion Impossible on 21st October and 30th October. Final 3 dates: Friday 21st October Mercury Theatre Colchester; Saturday 29th October Grove Theatre Dunstable; Sunday 30th October White Rock Theatre Hastings. For more info and to book visit 15.10.22


Chris Cross 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: "Chris Cross Talks The Wizard's Weekender and more!" YouTube. Find out about the first ever Chris Cross Convention "The Wizards Weekend", taking place from 11th - 13th November 2022 in Newcastle upon Tyne: Also see The Enchanted Rabbit Magic Emporium 15.10.22


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week The Magic of David Copperfield III with special magic guest Shimada. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 15.10.22


Britain's Got Talent - The Ultimate Magician. ITV write: We've witnessed some of the most spellbinding magic acts on BGT, and now they're going head-to-head with some of the greatest magicians in Got Talent history! Who will be crowned the Ultimate Magician? Britain's Got Talent: The Ultimate Magician, coming soon to ITV and STV. 15.10.22


Discount Magic Gaff Bicycle Cards. See the new range of gaff Bicycle Cards including double back, double face, blank face, blank back, blank and many more at 15.10.22


Illusionist Andrew Melia is into his second week performing on the big stage at Fright Nights, Walibi World in The Netherlands! Andrew's previous attraction park residency was at Duinrell in The Hague, back in 2017, where he performed 136 spectacular illusion shows to full houses every time! Shows continue this weekend, four times a night, from 6pm through to 11pm and run up until the end of October. (Photo: With Eddie the Clown) See and 15.10.22


The Politics of the Erdnase Mystery by Gregg Webb. "I had the Expert at the Card Table memorized in 1967. Years later I noticed that people were delving into who Erdnase actually was. I followed the developments, and believed as many did, that his name spelled backwards would yield the identity. Many came up with Andrews. I left it at that for a while, until finding out about Wilbur Edgerton Sanders..." To read the full article by Gregg Webb, Click Here. 15.10.22


Arsenal International stars give the thumbs up to Marvin’s Magic. Marvin Berglas, award winning magician and creator of Marvin’s Magic, impressed Arsenal star players for a unique film segment especially recorded for Sky Sports which aired prior to the Super Sunday Arsenal v Liverpool game last weekend.

Marvin amazed captain Martin Odegaard and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale with some unbelievable magic which captured some great reactions. The clip was later shared on social media and had well over a million views in the first 24 hours on Instagram and Twitter! (Over 800,000 on Instagram and 212,000 on Twitter).

The full 18 minute segment is also available on YouTube which chalked up a further 60,000 views in the first day featuring Marvin's Magic and some unique art with a touch of magic to create a magical concept kit. Marvin said "As an Arsenal fan and the first resident magician in the Premier League I really enjoy performing for the players. They also seem to appreciate the skill they have with their feet - us magicians have with our hands!". See
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Britain's Vanhargen Twins fool Penn & Teller. Martin hart writes: The Vanhargen Twins performed a telepathic routine on the hit TV show Penn & Teller Fool Us, baffling the world’s most knowledgeable magicians, Penn & Teller. In the performance, the twins, Poppy & Sasha, took on the roles of Telepathic Athletes, (Telepathletes) competing to be the fastest senders of thought messages in the world’s first Telepathic Olympics. Competing in three telepathy events, the twins managed to communicate random information with each other without talking and with lightning speed. Penn & Teller had no explanation for what they had just witnessed.

The twins flew to Las Vegas from their hometown of Gloucester, determined to win the prestigious ‘Fool Us’ trophy and star in Penn & Teller’s Las Vegas stage show at the Rio Hotel & Casino, the star prize for fooling the famous duo. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The Vanhargen twins returned home with the famous ‘Fool Us’ trophy and will appear on stage with Penn & Teller in Las Vegas very soon. The Vanhargen Twins: YouTube
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Mario Morris' Bizarre Magic and Mystery Lecture in Glastonbury. For those who enjoy Mystery, Magic and Tales; an evening talk and presentation from Mario Morris at the Town Hall of Glastonbury on Wednesday 19th October at The Town Hall at 7pm. "As the evenings grow darker, and the deep, velvetine cloak of Samhain surrounds the bubbling cauldron of our ancient town... A sparkling evening of intrigue, awareness, fun, and magic awaits, with Avalon's brilliant magician, Mario Morris!" Sam Gelfling, founder - Inner Light Community, Glastonbury. See Facebook for more info. 15.10.22


Nick Einhorn Lecture - Coventry Magic Circle, Tuesday 18th October. Steve Clements writes: A rare opportunity to experience Nick Einhorn lecture at Coventry Magic Circle. Nick Einhorn is considered by many to be at the forefront of British magic. Here is an opportunity to experience a Gold Star member of The Inner Magic Circle, 3 times winner of The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year, published author, FISM award winner, resident magician at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, star performer aboard the world's finest luxury cruise ships. £10 for visiting magicians on the night Tuesday 18th October at 8pm at Coventry Magic Circle, Bedworth Ex Servicemen's, Rye Piece Ringway, Bedworth CV12 8JH. 15.10.22


Greg Wilson Lecture - The British Magical Society, Tuesday 18th October. Phil Sweeting writes: Due to a last minute change of plans, the British Magical Society are pleased to announce that the legendary Greg Wilson will be lecturing this Tuesday, 18th October at 7:30pm. Visiting magicians are welcome for a £5 fee (on the night). The British Magical Society, The Weoley Castle Working Men's Club, Barnes Hill Road, Weoley Castle, Birmingham B29 5TY. 15.10.22


Nearly 25 years on... I had a lovely email from Darren McDonald this week and although not intended for publication I couldn't resist. Darren wrote: "I thought I’d share this with you not because it is newsworthy but just that it is a lovely coincidence and one that you helped with. I was in a bar last night in Islington with a corporate finance company I was working with at a conference. A guy in the group pointed out Gaby Roslin was sitting behind me. She of course presented the show I was on as a youngster and thanks to your video archive I was able to search 'MagicWeek Darren' and find the video to show her and our group. She was genuinely thrilled at the coincidence and we recreated a moment 25 years on. I've attached the image for you to see. As always, thanks for your hard work keeping the magic community connected!"


In the photo Darren has recreated a childhood memory, replacing his then red fez with a red bag! The original video really is delightful, capturing the fun and excitement of a young Darren McDonald, being announced the winner: "Magicians' Nicky, Darren and Robert compete on 'Whatever You Want' - 1998" See YouTube. DT. 15.10.22


Ferran Rizo Lecture - South Downs Magicians. Des King writes: On Wednesday 19th October at 8pm South Downs Magicians will be having a lecture by Ferran Rizo Ferran is an international lecturer. He has travelled across Europe teaching his magic secrets to the magic community, lecturing at the best magic clubs, conventions and venues. Guests are welcome at a fee of £8.00 (on the night). The venue is Handcross Parish Hall, High Street, Handcross, Haywards Heath RH17 6BJ. Anyone wishing to come along please contact Jonathan Cann 01444 230409 or 07850 917126 15.10.22


Lee Hathaway at Bexley Magic Society, Wednesday 19th October. Roy Marsh MIMC writes: Wednesday 19th October sees the welcome return of top performer, Lee Hathaway to Bexley Magic Society. Lee is one of the UK’s leading close-up and cabaret performers. Not just a member of The Magic Circle, but one of only 300 members of its prestigious Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. He has been seen by over 7 million people world-wide, including royalty, A-list celebrities and VIPs. He was one of the first artists to fool Penn & Teller. With over 20 years experience, his lecture is one not to be missed. Visiting magicians welcome. Free admission. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Bexley Magic Society, Bexley Club for the Disabled, Barton Close, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8JP. 15.10.22


Lee Hathaway lectures for The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday, 20th October. The lecture includes several of Lee's original ideas, ranging from a higher technical level, down to self-working, and even includes a children's effect as well as an easy-to-do watch steal; all whilst explaining why he does what he does, the thinking behind it, and how to enhance and maximise the magic you do. 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: 15.10.22


Bath Circle of Magicians Winter Lecture Series: November 3rd, December 1st, January 19th. Upcoming lectures at the Bath Circle of Magicians. They are all held on Thursdays at 8pm:

November 3rd - Ferran & Nataly Rizo from Madrid. All original card, coin, pin and cup effects. This is an all new lecture!
December 1st - Christian Grace from London. You know him from his online Magic Monthly as well as the many items that were released through Vanishing Inc.
January 19th - Peter Samelson from NYC. Penn Gillette has called Peter, "one of the best magicians alive!" You will want a front row seat! Peter is pure Genius!

Entrance is £10 for non-members (welcome, pay on the night). Meetings are held at 8pm at Bath Circle of Magicians, St Mary's Church Hall, Queen Square, High Street, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3EL
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E-Club Pro - The Magicians' Online Magic Resource. Irrespective of whether you are an enthusiastic amateur magician, or a semi or full time pro, Mark Leveridge's E-Club Pro online magic resource will provide you with relevant and useful magic, advice, tips, ideas, big MLM discounts and more. Divided into a number of indexed sections, members can browse and learn new magic for strolling, table hopping, close-up shows, stand-up, mentalism and children's work in the Vintage Vault and the Teach In Archive, can access clear video instruction for nearly 150 important moves in the Tool Box, can watch bite size extracts from Mark's live lectures in the Lecture Room, plus listen to serialisations of Mark's audio books in the Audio Booth.


Mark also makes his considerable experience available to members via his answers to their questions in the Advice Centre (there are over 200 of these currently), The TricKlip Viewer features a regularly changed video of a routine to learn, and the Download Portal enables members to download and keep PDF instructions for further magic. And members also get an amazing 50% discount on all MLM product purchases too! Standard membership costs £12pm (or £20pm for the exclusive Elite membership level offering even more content), and payment is taken automatically via PayPal with no set subscription length required. For more information and to start the simple and quick sign up process, go to 15.10.22


Magicians Wanted. Richard Kettle writes: If you've been looking to take the plunge and go full time as a magician, Ketsy's Young Magicians is offering the rare opportunity for a handful of magicians in the South East to join our team of magic teachers. It's a unique chance for guaranteed midweek work for a magician who's ready to take their performing career to the next level.


We are looking for a number of amateur/semi-professional magicians to join our existing team in delivering a quality, engaging and structured school club. We have developed a programme of unique and age-appropriate magic effects that is aimed at inspiring the next generation of magicians whilst building children's confidence. If you think that you have both; a keen interest in magic and strong interpersonal soft skills, please visit: 15.10.22


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Tommy Cooper: 30 Greatest Moments. "A two-hour celebration of one of the most-loved British comedians of all time, a man recognised by his red fez alone who made a career out of his apparent lack of conjuring skills. The programme traces Tommy's career." On Sunday 16th October - see TV Magic for details. 15.10.22


Mark Raffles Funeral Service Live Stream. Tim Raffles writes: Live Stream of 'Mark Raffles Funeral Service' will be Tuesday 18th October from the Salvation Army building in Blackpool at 11.00am. The stream will appear on Channel 1 of the following website here: www./ For privacy and security all streams are password protected and the password for this stream will be 3892. Please share this link and password with family and friends ahead of the day - but please make them aware the password will not work until just before the start of the service. The recording will appear on the Recordings Page within 24 hours and will be available to watch, share and download for up to 30 days. 15.10.22


"The Original Tiger Kings" Click Here • "Britain's Got Talent auditions 2023: Here's how to apply for next year's series" Click Here • "Review: Derren Brown: Showman at The Lyceum, Sheffield" Click Here • "Ant and Dec pull out of Britain's Got Talent special due to illness" Click Here • "Costa del Sol magician joins South Shields magic line-up" Click Here • "Person of Interest: Multitalented Magician Naathan Phan" Click Here • "Magician Richard Jones set for Colchester's Mercury Theatre" Click Here • "Ginuwine Conquers Fear of Water After Botched Magic Trick" Click Here • "Lagoa gears up for three days of magic" Click Here • "Bringing the magic to MSU: 2 student magicians share the art of the trick" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcome. See you next week, Duncaan. 15.10.22