Number 1167 - Saturday 5th November 2022


Max Maven by David Britland


This week we have the sad news Max Maven has passed, on November 1st, 2022. He was one of the most influential mentalists of our time, reinventing the art in the 1970s with his dramatic presentation and clever approach to both effect and method.

Max Maven was born Philip Thorner Goldstein on December 21st, 1950. He was 9 years old and visiting Israel when someone showed him a paddle routine. To Max’s astonishment the man gave him the paddles, the secret, and a passion for magic that lasted for the rest of his life.

As a young man he tried every kind of job, including working as a DJ, a graphic designer and playing in two bands but magic was his true calling and mentalism became his speciality. His decision to shave his hair into a vampiric peak, wear eye shadow and jewellery and dress only in black was made in the 1970s. ‘People told me I was crazy,’ he said. But his new alter ego, the Mephistophelean Max Maven became his future.

Max Maven, Yiddish for 'expert,' cut a distinctive figure in the world of entertainment. He played the club circuit and made many television appearances including hosting his own television series in the UK. He redefined interactive magic for our time, as showcased in his CD-ROM Max Maven’s Mind Games and many effects he and others used on television. He always maintained close links with fellow magicians, contributing hundreds, possibly thousands of articles to magazines, appearing at conventions across the globe, and taking office at The Magic Castle. Max Maven always had time for everyone.

His last major interview with magicians took place in July, at FISM 2022 in Quebec. Talking to interviewer Luis de Matos he discussed the things he had learned over the years. I thought the following summed up Max perfectly. He said, ‘One of the things I’ve learned is that being cynical takes a lot of effort. And it’s much easier to be nice.’


FISM Québec 2022 : Max Maven Interview. Luis De Matos' intimate conversation with Max Maven, July 26th, 2022. YouTube.


"Max Maven Dies: Mentalist And Magical Historian Was 71"


"RIP Max Maven: Death of performer, 71, mourned by magic community"


Max Maven - Masters Fellowship. On Thursday, September 27th 2022, the Academy of Magical Arts gave Max Maven its highest honor, the Masters Fellowship. Max has had a profound influence on our art, as well as on the lives and careers of countless among us. As a way of showing Max our love, we put together a bit of a thank you card. For you, Max. Marcie Hume, Michael Albright, Erika Larsen. Music by Alice Guerlot, Lonely Anticipation and Thomas Toccafondi, Velvet Moon. YouTube. 5.11.22


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week Max Maven in a guest spot on The Paul Daniels Magic Show on 29th September 1984. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 5.11.22


Derren Brown. As Channel 4 celebrates 40 years The Guardian have assembled a Top 40 homegrown originals list, with Derren Brown: Mind Control (2000-2003) coming in at healthy 27, writing: "The mentalist foxed us with his mix of 'magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship'. Brown pivoted into one-off specials, with 2003’s Russian Roulette condemned by police and 2004’s Séance attracting hundreds of complaints." [Pedantic Note: The Guardian placed 'Big Brother' 1st in its "Top 40 homegrown originals only" list, but Big Brother is of Dutch origin, created by John de Mol Jr., and first broadcast in the Netherlands in 1999. It was then franchised out worldwide. In contrast Derren Brown's work was, and continues to be, homegrown and supremely original! DT].


"Derren Brown: Go-to Northampton hotel for celebrities reveals what it was like to host famous magician and 'Jedi master'" 5.11.22


Mark Leveridge Retires From Magicseen. After almost 18 years as editor and co-owner of Magicseen Magazine, Mark Leveridge has now retired from the role, the current November issue being his final one. Mark said: "Nothing lasts for ever, and for me personally I have reached a point in my life where the most precious commodity in it, is my time. Fun though Magicseen has been, I have decided that this is the right moment to leave my editor's desk and to withdraw from the magazine. It's not a decision that I took lightly, but once having made the decision, it feels like the right thing to do." Although no longer involved with Magicseen, Mark is not retiring completely from magic and will continue to put his energies into Mark Leveridge Magic and his online club, E-Club Pro. Magicseen will move forward under the stewardship of Phil Shaw, one of the founders who started the magazine back in 2005. 5.11.22


The November 2022 issue of Magicseen Magazine, number 107, is now available, packed full of interviews, advice, masterclass effects and product reviews, plus much more. Visit  to get your copy in printed or PDF format, or subscribe to receive each issue automatically through your letterbox for 12 or 24 months. 5.11.22


The Wizards Weekend - Newcastle upon Tyne, next weekend! From the organisers: Roll Up, Roll Up! Come along to the first ever Chris Cross Convention - "The Wizards Weekend", taking place from 11th - 13th November 2022 in Newcastle upon Tyne! Expect Lectures, Gala Shows, Special Surprise Guests, Dealers and Demonstrations, A Magic Auction, Masterclasses and More! Confirmed Special Guests to date: Chris Cross, Billy Kidd, Marc Oberon, John Archer, Franz Harary, Laura London, Mark Mason, Freak, Claire-Elizabeth, Jonathan Goodwin, Noel Britten, Jamie Raven and James James.

A very exclusive and friendly convention, featuring some of the biggest names in magic today, in an up close and intimate setting. Limited to only 175 Registrants. Secure your place now! The Full Registration Ticket includes registration for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday and entry to both Friday and Saturday Night Shows. Please note that all acts and guests are subject to change at any time, however, at the time of tickets being released, all names that have been released are 100% confirmed!


Ferran Rizo and Natalie Machado Order of The Magi Manchester Lecture. Mike Sharples writes: The Order of The Magi is pleased to announce that on the 15th November 2022, we will be hosting Ferran Rizo and Natalie Machado in Manchester as part of their UK tour. Ferran and Natalie have lectured all over the world and now it is our turn to experience the magic of this amazing couple.

This lecture has something for everyone, from cards, coins, comedy and a bucketful of entertainment. The venue is The Irish World Heritage Centre, Irish Town Way, off Queens Road, Cheetham Hill Manchester. The venue is 5 minutes walk from the Metrolink tram stop and there is plenty of free on-site parking at the IWHC. The lecture starts at 7.45pm and non members are welcome for an entrance fee of £5.00 which is payable on the door. For more information please contact Secretary Mike Sharples on 0774 8833666.


Bernard Mariano 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: "Bernard Mariano - Hong Kong Magician Extraordinaire" YouTube. 5.11.22


Lee Hathaway lectures at the British Magical Society. Phil Sweeting writes: Lee Hathaway lectures live at the British Magical Society on Tuesday 8th November at 7.30pm. Lee needs little introduction - his many distinctions in the world of magic are well known. He will be performing his well-reviewed new lecture and we'd love you to join us - visiting magicians welcome for only £5 on the night, including free buffet. The British Magical Society, The Weoley Castle Working Men s Club, Barnes Hill Road, Weoley Castle, Birmingham B29 5TY. 5.11.22


Kane & Abel: Twinpossible. Kane and Abel perform comedy and magic based on the clichés of being twins. Can they really feel each other’s pain and read one another’s thoughts? Don’t miss this show to find out. Friday 11th November at 7.30pm at Viva Arts & Community Group, Soham, Cambridgeshire. Tickets (£15.00) 5.11.22


The Ultimate Drunken Deck. Chris Dugdale asks: Is this the most visual close-up trick of all time? 5.11.22


The Ocean at the End of the Lane. From the imagination of Neil Gaiman, best-selling author of Coraline, Good Omens and The Sandman (now a major Netflix series), comes the National Theatre’s major new stage adaptation of The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

This five-star spectacular from the producers of War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a thrilling adventure of fantasy, myth and friendship, taking audiences on an epic journey to a childhood once forgotten and the darkness that lurks at the very edge of it.

The man behind the magic is Jamie Harrison, an Olivier, Tony award-winning magic and illusions director and designer. He previously was awarded the Edinburgh International Magic Festival's Great Lafayette Award for outstanding contribution to stage magic and has worked on productions such as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Pinocchio.

John Bulleid is the associate magic and illusions director whose work behind multiple Olivier Award winning productions includes The Worst Witch, Death of a Salesman. He holds the title of Associate of The Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star.

The tour opens in Salford at The Lowry on 12th December 2022 and plays there until 8th January 2023 where the show commences its tour to 28 venues, finishing in Wolverhampton on 30th September 2023. For more information and to book visit


Magic Roulette! Looking to magic away those Monday Blues? Forget rabbits from hats and dated tricks... Join us for London's only magic night with a twist. Expect the unexpected as award-winning magicians create brand new magic routines based on suggestions from the audience each month. Hosted by Tom Brace, this week’s guest acts included Abel From Kane & Abel and Ava Beaux. Monday 7th November at 7.30pm at The Glitch, Waterloo, London. Tickets £10.00 from 5.11.22


Houdini's Automatic Flowering Rosebush. Potter & Potter write: Potter & Potter Auctions sold the great magician's Automatic Flowering Rosebush apparatus for a world record $270,000 (plus buyers premium) on October 30th. This extraordinary illusion with full provenance to the beloved performer traded hands at the company's October 30th, 2022 Salon De Magie -The Klosterman Collection Part III event. Estimated at $25,000-50,000, it realized $324,000, nearly 13x its estimate. Watch this lot being sold here: YouTube. This object now holds the world record for the most expensive piece of magic memorabilia sold at public auction. 5.11.22


New Releases from MLM. The two new download products released in the E-Club Pro Select range for Nov/Dec 2022 are now available, and here are the details. 1. Coffee Break. A card is genuinely freely chosen by a spectator and slipped sight unseen into an envelope which is placed onto the performer’s hand. By simply rubbing his fingers across the envelope, the magician claims to be able to divine the name of the selection inside, and after a few moments names a card. The spectator takes the envelope and removes the card to reveal the performer is correct. This is just one effect made possible by this special, versatile envelope stack idea. Simple to make, this gimmick is based on a tried and tested classic principle. 2. Horoscope. From a pile of 12 cards each bearing one of the 12 star signs, a spectator removes theirs and it is slipped unseen by the performer into an envelope which is left in view. 12 further cards, which bear descriptive character trait words for each of the star signs, are shuffled and three selected by spectators at random. The performer takes the three cards and tries to assess whether the words on any of them appear to apply to the first spectator. He eventually decides on one card. On removing the star sign card from the envelope it is seen to match! Both the above downloads cost just £7.00 each (or only £3.50 for E-Club Pro members) and are available from 5.11.22


Portsmouth & District Magic Circle Sale - Tomorrow. Nicky Lewis writes: Tomorrow is the day that 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 7am with buyers attending from 9am. We are using a new venue for this event and there is plenty of parking on site as well as a restaurant. We look forward to welcoming everyone along. Venue: Innlodge Hotel Portsmouth, Burrfields Road, Portsmouth PO3 5HH. Free entry, please bring cash. 5.11.22


"As Teller recovers, it’s the Penn & Michael show at the Rio" 5.11.22


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) Sunday 12th November on Sky Documentaries. See TV Magic. 5.11.22


"World's oldest magician known for 'creating poodles from thin air' in magic act dies" 5.11.22


"The Illusionists: Magic, Magic and More Magic in Morristown" Click Here • "‘The Illusionist’ at North Beach’s Palace Theatre Has Me Believing in Magic Again" Click Here • "Las Vegas magician Penn Jillette on his new book 'Random' and more" Click Here • "Ben Zabin Is a Marijuana Magician" Click Here • "What to expect from David Blaine’s enchanting new Resorts World Las Vegas residency, ‘in spades’" Click Here • "Comedic magician Piff the Magic Dragon comes to Dallas" Click Here • "How a magician-mathematician revealed a casino loophole" Click Here • "‘Murder?’: Mysteries still surround Harry Houdini’s Halloween death" Click Here • "Criss Angel admits he feared for Ginuwine's life after singer blacked out during underwater stunt gone wrong on his new TV series Magic with the Stars in Vegas" Click Here • "Magician who starred in Spanish version of BGT dies after collapsing on stage mid-show" Click Here • "'It's unfair for me to hold onto this stuff': Debbie McGee says her decision to sell late Paul Daniels' magic props was 'really emotional' as she details how she wants to 'pass on his legacy'" Click Here • "Criss Angel admits he feared for Ginuwine's life after singer blacked out during underwater stunt gone wrong on his new TV series Magic with the Stars in Vegas" Click Here • That's all for this week. Have fun if you're attending the tomorrow. See you next week, Duncan. 5.11.22