Number 1165 - Saturday 22nd October 2022


Richard Turner: Guest of Honour at The Session, January 2023. From the organisers: Richard Turner will be our Guest of Honour at The Session in January. He’ll be interviewed on stage, and will also perform his full evening show - something he’s never done at any magic convention! Additionally, the hilarious and wonderfully talented Nick Diffatte has also just been announced. This will be his first time at The Session, presenting a lecture and a spot in the Gala Show as well. It's shaping up to be quite the convention. In order to preserve the intimacy of The Session, we’ve made the difficult decision to cap attendance to 400 people. This is to maintain the "small" atmosphere, and to make sure people can meet (and jam with) their heroes. 22.10.22


X-Treme Magic UK Tour - Final Week!

Billingham, Cheltenham, Wimbledon, Yeovil, Canterbury, York and Wolverhampton.

Watch the new trailer here: YouTube.

Starring: Richard Cadell, Richard Jones, John Archer, Solange Kardinaly and Arkadio. From the promoter: X-Treme Magic, The World’s Most Dangerous Thrilling Show! X-Treme Magic will deliver a non-stop adrenaline rush. A spectacular show packed with fire, illusion and death-defying stunts. Created in Las Vegas and brought over to the UK to entertain audiences up and down the country. Imagine making a motorcycle appear from nowhere, playing Russian Roulette with sticks of dynamite, or trying to escape from a straight jacket whilst hung from a burning rope... the stars of X-Treme Magic do all this and more! Suitable for children aged 12 and over.

Dates & venues:
Saturday 22nd October Forum Theatre, Billingham
Monday 24th October Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham
Tuesday 25th October New Wimbledon Theatre
Wednesday 26th October Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
Thursday 27th October Malthouse Theatre, Canterbury
Sunday 30th October Grand Opera House, York
Monday 31st October Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

See for full details and to book. 22.10.22


The Paul Daniels Magic Collection Auction - 23rd & 24th November in Newbury and online. Special Auction Services write: The auction will include illusions such as Geometrix. Also going under the hammer is an unfinished magic table that Paul was working on before he passed away. Amongst the many highlights is the biggest collection of magic posters ever to be sold in the UK. Over 350 lots of posters, worth £60,000 depicting Paul and many other renowned magicians in magic shows both in the UK and worldwide.

The sale also features Paul’s extensive book and programme collection, several of which are Limited Edition or First Editions. A run of 16 books, estimated at £100-150, published by C Arthur Pearson Ltd London including two 1904 First Editions of the Book of pocket tricks one of which belonged to magicians Tom Harris, Will Goldston and Fred Wiles before it was acquired and signed by Paul in 1978 and Robert-Houdin The Secrets of Conjuring & Magic dated 1878 which is expected to fetch £100-150. For more information and to register to bid visit The online catalogue will be published shortly.


Laura London Cheat - Friday, 11th November. From the organisers: As part of The Chris Cross 'Wizard’s Weekend' Convention, a limited amount of 'show only' tickets are now on sale to the public for Laura London's 'Cheat' show at The Gibside Hotel in Whickham, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne on Friday November 11th. Chris Cross will be supporting with a few card tricks. It'll be a cracking night of intimate sleight-of-hand card magic and card sharping expertise. Book your tickets for only £12 from (Note: Tickets will not be available on the door). 22.10.22


Worldwide Stars of Magic Gala Show - Saturday, 12th November. From the organisers: As part of The Chris Cross 'Wizard’s Weekend' Convention, on the Saturday night (November 12th) a very limited amount of show only tickets are being released to the public. The show features Chris Cross, Franz Harary, John Archer, James James, Billy Kidd, Laura London, Dan 'Freak' Johnson and Marc Oberon! Tickets only £20 and are available now. Advance booking essential, these will sell out. No tickets will be available on the door: 22.10.22


Enjoy a Magical Christmas – MagicFest Unveils a world-class lineup of Fun and Wonder! Edinburgh International Magic Festival is back with a mind-blowing programme of shows, events and workshops to bring wonder and fun to the festive season. The only event of its kind in the UK, MagicFest takes place across the city from 17th-31st December. It features international stars including Edinburgh’s own Kevin Quantum and Spanish FISM Champion Héctor Mancha. As ever MagicFest, which has been running since 2010, will be packed with illusions, mind reading, sleight of hand and comedy from world-class performers and home-grown talent for adults, families and children. Kevin Quantum, magician and festival organiser, said: "This year’s MagicFest aims to contribute to the buzz in the city and bring a bit of escapism and wonder into your life. We’ve got a great programme lined up for audiences of every age. Enjoy big laughs, big gasps." For full details visit "MagicFest 2022 Has Its Big Reveal" 22.10.22


"Liz Truss lasted exactly as long in her role as Prime Minister as David Blaine did without food in that box" 22.10.22


The Illusioneer Presents 'Magic Mix' on Saturday, 19th November in London. From the organisers: Puzzlements, Curiosities, Parlor, Street and Cabaret Magic from The Illusioneer team and guests in a fun and relaxed setting; now on a Saturday night in a seated Theatre style show. Bring your own liquid refreshments. We have the drinking vessels. Sorry no food allowed in the venue but there are a variety of eating places close by. Performers are from our resident team and guest artists, they will vary each show. All artists give their performances free and profits are donated to our special children's charity Breathe. Our special thanks to Fison Fitness Centre of Herne Hill for their support. The venue is close to train and bus transport. The Programme: 7.30pm doors open to show you Puzzles and Curiosities. The show of two halves starts at 8pm with a short interval. Finish 10pm to 10.15pm. Tickets £16-£19 Venue: Fison Fitness Centre, 280 Milkwood Road, Herne Hill Railway Arches, London SE24 0EZ. 22.10.22


Yoan Tanuji 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: "Yoan Tanuji - Owner of Magic Dream" YouTube. 22.10.22


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Kalin & Jinger on 'The World's Most Dangerous Magic Show' from 1998. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 22.10.22


Back to Magic Lecture - Ferran Rizo & Nataly, Bath Circle of Magicians, November 3rd. Roger Nicot writes: Back to Magic is the new lecture from Ferran Rizo and Nataly. A two-hour lecture full of fun and magic. You will learn some intimate effects taken from Ferran's private repertoire such as Safety Unlink; a complete, packs small and plays big routine where you will be able not only to link safety pins in a novel and visual way but also in the hands of your spectators. A complete and refined routine full of surprises! YouTube. In Vanish, Ferran will show you his reputation making Card on Window. A unique routine that he performed on his TV show YouTube. Next comes a selection of Ferran's coin magic that has not yet been published. You will discover the secrets only in this lecture YouTube. Also, you will discover Ferran's version of a classic plot, Cannibal Cards. Storytelling card magic at its finest! Nataly will also present a new and novel effect with a surprising end. Are you ready to learn original magic tested on real audiences? Do you want to have an amazing evening? If so, please join us for this lecture. £10 for non-members. Thursday November 3rd at 8pm at Bath Circle of Magicians, St. Mary's Church Hall, Queen's Square/High Street, Saltford BS31 3EL. 22.10.22


Northamptonshire Magicians Club, Wayne Fox Lecture, Tuesday 25th October. Nigel Quinn  writes: 'Knockout FX' This is a two hour lecture, consisting of mind reading, as well as visual magic. Importantly each item is easy to do, and Wayne talks about his '10 minute practice principal'. Effects and ideas using props and components that you may already have or can easily be obtained. Card magic, mind reading and how to be unique at the party, are just some of the subjects covered. Although this isn’t a dealer dem, there will be an opportunity to buy the new line of Magic Fox products at special lecture deal prices. This will be a knockout lecture and it's free to all attendees (members and visiting magicians). Northamptonshire Magicians Club, Brafield on the Green WMC, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield-on-the-Green, Northampton NN7 1BD at 8pm on Tuesday 25th October. 22.10.22


David Penn Lecture - Medway Magical Society. Tim Meadley, VP MMS writes: David Penn will be lecturing at the Medway Magical Society on Tuesday 8th November commencing at 8pm. This will be at the Society's new venue: Walderslade Social Club, 274 Walderslade Road, Chatham ME5 0PA, which is a short distance from junction 3 of the M2 (for a map see Admission for non-member magicians is just £10, payable at the door. For more information contact 22.10.22


An Evening of Magic in Manchester. Mike Sharples writes: The Order of The Magi present An Evening of Magic and Comedy on Tuesday 25th October at 7.30pm at Gullivers, Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW. Tickets are available for just £10.00 each from either or 22.10.22


Official limited edition Dai Vernon fine art print now available. From the publisher: Magical artist Jay Fortune has just released an official limited-edition fine art print of Dai Vernon and, working with the Estates of Ross Bertram and Dai Vernon, the 100 editions are being snapped up with many top names already acquiring theirs. Each print is produced on Hahnemuhle photo rag 310g – know in the industry as the Ferrari of Fine Art Papers – and is 22" x 22”. Each print is signed and numbered by the artist. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany every print. A percentage from every sale will be donated to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. Jay’s work is featured in prestigious galleries across the UK, with glowing reviews from Uri Geller, Derren Brown, David Berglas and many more. This piece is destined to become a collector’s item. Available to reserve now from only £50 at 22.10.22


The Doctor and The Fool - Exploring Fear, Monday 31st October in Preston. The Great Borrini and Magic's Best Kept Secret - Mr Paul Sylvester - have joined together to explore our darkest fears...on the Night of Halloween. A magic and mentalism show that will be "An Interactive Fear Experience"! Halloween Costume is not compulsory, but you better had wear one! Preston Playhouse, Preston, PR1 2HB. Monday 31st October 2022 at 8pm (doors open at 7pm) at Preston Playhouse, Preston, PR1 2HB. Tickets £15 (concessions £13). Box Office: 01772 252288 or via 22.10.22


John Nevil Maskelyne and the Home of Mystery by Professor Solomon. From the publisher: Maskelyne was a gifted illusionist (the first levitation, the celebrated Box Trick); an inventor (his typewriter was advertised as “the most perfect writing machine yet produced”); and the proprietor of the Egyptian Hall, England’s Home of Mystery. He was also an anti-Spiritualist and the foe of fraudulent mediums.

In this account of his career, you will meet Dr. Lynn, the magician who was his chief rival; the Davenport Brothers, whose ghostly manifestations he exposed; Archdeacon Colley, who sued him for libel; Psycho, a card-playing automaton that was featured in his show; George Sexton, a spokesman for Spiritualism; Thomas Monck, a medium with a trunkful of tricks; Madame Blavatsky, the High Priestess of Theosophy; Henry Slade, on whose slate the spirits left messages (and at whose trial Maskelyne demonstrated the nail-writer); Artemus Ward, the first stand-up comedian; Dr. Lynn, Jr., who revived his father’s act; and the Devil, who once played himself on the stage of the Egyptian Hall. 112 pages. Illustrated.
To order via Click Here. Professor Solomon is an author and magician. His books include How to Find Lost Objects, Japan in a Nutshell, Coney Island, and the Lives of the Conjurers series. 22.10.22


Perth Magic Circle Table Top Sale - Wednesday, 2nd November. Adrian Harris writes: With only 10 days to go before the Perth Club has the first Table Top Sale following the Covid lockdowns, we still have tables available for anyone wishing to sell any unwanted or surplus magic. Whether it be books, tricks, DVDs or accessories this could be a chance to convert to ready cash (to spend at other seller's tables?). In an attempt to get Scottish Magicians together again after such a long spell, there is no charge for sellers, so what you make is what you keep! In addition, visitors entry is free at the door. The event will take place on Wednesday, 2nd November in the Perth Ex Servicemen's Club starting 7.30pm. Email The Secretary at to book your space now, or for more information. 22.10.22


Portsmouth & District Magic Circle Props and Magic Sale - Sunday, 6th November. Nicky Lewis writes: Portsmouth & District Magic Circle are delighted to be hosting the largest second-hand sale of Props and Magic on the South Coast on Sunday 6th November. 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. In the first instance contact Nicky Lewis on 01903 532413 for all table bookings, queries and questions. Come and grab a bargain! 22.10.22


Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). That's How Murder Snowballs. Jeff enlists the help of ghostly partner Marty to find out who switched a stage magician's blank bullets for the real thing, turning a harmless illusion into a horrific and highly public killing. Comedy drama, starring Mike Pratt, Kenneth Cope and Annette Andre. Sunday 23rd October on Great! TV.See TV Magic for details. 22.10.22


News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. Many thanks, DT. 22.10.22


"‘Fool Us’ star Penn Jillette talks new season, gives update on Teller" Click Here • "Now You See Me 3 is finally happening" Click Here • "Magician Joel M: ‘I can’t imagine what my life would have been like if I hadn’t got into magic’" Click Here • "How a magician-mathematician revealed a casino loophole" Click Here • "Review: The Greatest Magician – The Rondo Theatre" Click Here • "Stephen Mulhern tells Chris Evans about his children’s book, Max Magic: 'It's based on me, growing up'" Click Here • "Criss Angel’s Magic with the Stars 2022: Meet the lead judge and master magician from The CW’s new competition series" Click Here • That's it for this week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 22.10.22