Number 1170 - Saturday 26th November 2022


Derren Brown back in the West End from Friday 9th December. Derren Brown, the multi award-winning master of mind control and psychological illusion is back, bringing his critically acclaimed production Showman to the West End for the very first time. Fresh from a sold out tour of the UK and Ireland, his new, interactive show, has received the most off-the-chart reviews of his career. The content of Showman remains a closely guarded secret, but if you’ve seen him before, you know you’re in for a powerhouse treat! Book Now! 26.11.22


Ben Hart Live in Halifax. Britain’s Got Talent finalist, West End star and multi-award-winning magician Ben Hart is bringing his unique brand of magic to The Piece Hall this Christmas. Expect his most mind-blowing and exciting magic in a show that shines a light on magic, life, the universe and the darkest corners of your imaginations. With the simplest of props, using the objects and minds of the audience, Ben Hart conjures an altogether new kind of magic.  (Recommended 12+). Tuesday 13th December at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax HX1 1RE 26.11.22 now has the new revised edition of Juan Tamariz’s classic book Sonata ready for pre-order: We are ordering these directly from the publisher to get them to the UK as quickly as possible. Copies are expected in the UK the week commencing the 12th of December and will be shipped out to customers the day they arrive. Here’s what the publishers say about this special book:


“Sonata was Tamariz’s first volume of 'Bewitched Music'. Years later, Mnemonica, the second volume of the series, shook the magic scene. By that time, Sonata had been out of print for years and used copies fetched high prices. At long last, Sonata is back, newly edited, with errors and omissions corrected and information added. This is Sonata with an enhanced score. The material, while published decades ago, is still vibrant. It has not aged. It is a selection of some of the finest magic with playing cards and penknives ever published, ready to be presented by today’s performers for the amazement of today’s audiences. This sonata is written to be played—a classic work renewed for this and future generations. Included with Sonata is a reproduction booklet of The New Mini-Symbolic Method; a system of symbols developed by Juan Tamariz to read, interpret, and write down tricks. It was originally published in conjunction with Sonata in 1989. It has been revised for the new edition."

Sonata is available to pre-order now for £85 with free UK 2nd class postage from


The Wessex Magical Association's 90th Anniversary Year. The Wessex Magical Association has been marking its 90th anniversary this year. As well as a convention and gala show earlier in the year, the club recently received a visit from Megan Swann, President of The Magic Circle. In a special ceremony she presented to the club a copy of a painting of Jasper Maskelyne, the club’s very first president. Jasper was known as the War Magician and is most remembered for his accounts of his work for the British military during the Second World War, in which he claimed to have created large-scale ruses, deceptions and camouflage, as part of the war effort to defeat the Nazis.

The original painting was given as a gift over 40 years ago to a longstanding member of the club, Laurie Jackson. The painting was then later given to The Magic Circle for safekeeping, lest it get lost in an attic. Megan presented the picture to Joan Wright, the association’s first lady president, who in turn had presented the original painting to the Magic Circle back in 1978. Alistair Brien, the club’s outgoing president said, "This visit marks a full (magic!) circle. It’s great to welcome back a piece of the club's heritage after so long and it was a special treat to welcome Megan to our club to be part of our special celebrations."


Comedy & Magic Weekend in Barmouth. From the promoter: Comedians and Magicians heading to coast for weekend extravaganza. From the promoter: Some big names from the worlds of comedy and magic are heading to beautiful Barmouth in March 2023 for a weekend extravaganza of entertainment. Comedians Jo Enright and Dan Antopolski, along with compere Jack Campbell, headline the day of comedy on Saturday 25th March. And on Sunday evening, 26th March, there'll be close-up magic and hilarious illusions with the Comedy Illusionists and the Magic Duo: Craig and Russ - suitable for all the family. There's also a pirate-themed afternoon, HaHa-Ahoy!, for the younger comedy fans - plus a chance to enjoy the classic satirical comedy film A Private Function, starring Maggie Smith and Michael Palin.

"We are so delighted to be able to welcome our stars for what's sure to be a fantastic weekend," said Dragon chair of trustees Janice Horrocks. Theatre volunteer Katie Price added: "We know that comedy fans, magic enthusiasts and the people of Barmouth will all be flocking to these events - get your tickets now!" Tickets for all the events are on sale now at


Cinderella, Blackburn Empire Theatre, 26th November to 31st December 2022. From the promoter: JezO (aka Jez Bond), Family Entertainer 2022 and all-round funny man, has hitched a lift on the golden coach to Blackburn with Fairy Godmother Linda Lusardi. JezO will play Buttons in this, his tenth pantomime, and is excited to be venturing to the northern lands after six wonderful seasons at the Margate Theatre Royal. His brand of high-energy comedy and mayhem will redefine the roll of Buttons for years to come as he joins Tom Rolfe Productions and a cast also including Lucy Kane as Cinderella and Colin Roberts and Mervyn Francis as the Ugly Sisters. See and, also see 26.11.22


The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition 2023. To celebrate the return of the Competition after the unavoidable break we are allowing entry to the Competition this year without an entry fee. The Competition is open to young people who will be 14 but not yet 18 years of age on 1st January 2023. They must present a stage magic act of between 8 and 12 minutes suitable for a family audience. Heats will be held at The Centre for the Magic Arts in London on 12th February 2023 and the Final on Sunday 16th April. Full Rules and Entry Forms can be obtained from the Chairman, Dr. Michael Colley, and the closing date for receipt of entries will be 7th January 2023. 26.11.22


The Inner Circle Zoom Card Session Video. Last May Mark Leveridge presented a special 2 hour Zoom event featuring the performance and explanation of 8 of his best card routines plus 4 useful but often not seen card moves. The edited version of this lecture is available as a downloadable video file offering you top quality instruction of the following effects: Imagination V2, The Unprint Button, Easy Prediction, The Department Store, The Exchange, New Aces Through Newspaper, Excalibur and Pure Cards Across. The methods used are always practical and do not require difficult sleights, and the magic covers performance for walkabout, a close up show, mentalism, and stand up/parlour work. If you enjoy well constructed card routines, these will provide you with some great new card material to perform. The price of the downloadable video is £30.00 (£15.00 for members of E-Club Pro). For more info and to watch a trailer go to 26.11.22


Tyler Lunsford 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: "Tyler Lunsford  - Magic YouTube reviewer, creator and temporary magic podcast co-host!" YouTube. 26.11.22


Zane's Magic Shop. "As a passionate magician with many years experience in the magic business, I have seen and used hundreds of tricks and illusions so I know what works and what doesn't. Within this shop I have collected a large selection of the best tricks available. I'm a working magician and regularly use these tricks in my own acts, so I can guarantee they work - and work well!" Visit Zane's Magic Shop today! 26.11.22


Sam & Friends Magic Show, London, with guest Ryland Petty. Thursday 29th December. Ealing resident and UK Family Entertainer of the Year Sam Hurst presents a very festive family show along with his very talented friends! Expect circus acts, beat boxing, special secret acts and a live DJ following the show. This kids' show is ram-packed with entertainment! Not only that, Britain's Got Talent finalist 2022 young magician Ryland Petty will be blowing your minds with his incredible skills. Tickets include a complimentary glass of fizz (adults) and magical mystery gift for the child. Thursday 29th December from 12 noon at The Aeronaut, 264 Acton High Street, London W3 9BH. See for full details. (Also see 'Santa's Secret Circus' Click Here and 'Bad Santa' Click Here two additional events from Sam Hurst). 26.11.22


The Magic Live Lounge - Christmas Show. Friday 9th December at 7pm. After 4 successive sell out shows The Magic Live Lounge returns to The Chapel Arts House in Ormskirk for another evening of Magic, Mystery & Comedy! Starring: The Great Borrini - Gentleman of Mystery; Andrew James - Funnyman & Master Magician; Paul Sylvester - Magic's Best Kept Secret and Mason King - Mind Reader & Mentalist. Doors open at 7pm with live music and close-up magic in the bar, with the main show then beginning at 8pm. Venue: The Magic Live Lounge - Christmas Show, The Chapel, Ormskirk Arts House, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, L39 4QR. 26.11.22


Family Xmas Magic Show. From the promoter: Family Xmas Magic Show. 30th December to 2nd January, at 4pm. Foulsham Hall, 2 Foulsham Road, London CR7 8LQ. 90 Minutes of Magic, Comedy and Mayhem with Amigo’s Magic – Member of The Magic Circle and Equity. This show sold out previously, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Doors Open 30 minutes early. Two 45 minute halves with a 30 minute interval – concessions available. Magic, Mayhem and Comedy before your very eyes. One lucky person to have their stress removed, another to be sawn in half, make sweets magically using Ear Wax and Smelly Socks, Head Expanding and Shrinking Illusion, Money Making Machine and lots more Magic, along with lots of audience participation.


Chance to meet the Fluffy the Rabbit during the interval. Pocket Money Jokes/Magic Stall also available. Ticket Prices: £10 Adult, £8 Child, Family (4) £30, Family (5) £36. Great Family Entertainment. Free Bunny Copter to all those attending. 30th December to 2nd January, at 4pm at Foulsham Hall, 2 Foulsham Road, London CR7 8LQ 26.11.22


Christian Grace - Bath Circle of Magicians Winter Lecture Series, 1st December. Christian Grace from London. You know him from his online Magic Monthly as well as the many items that were released through Vanishing Inc. Entrance is £10 for non-members (welcome, pay on the night). Thursday 1st December. Meetings are held at 8pm at Bath Circle of Magicians, St Mary's Church Hall, Queen Square, High Street, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3EL 26.11.22


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Man of Mystery, Madness and Magic, Otiz Cannelloni from May 1991 (a MagicWeek favourite). See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 26.11.22


Surrey Stage Competition 2022. Adam Mosley writes: On Thursday, the 24th of November the Surrey Society of Magicians held their annual stage competition. There was a packed auditorium with a mixture of magicians and laypeople watching the seven acts in the theatre. A great night was had by all with a very high standard throughout. We would like to thank the audience members, John Field the compère, the two lay judges, and our magical judge Mike Sullivan for their hard task in finding the top three acts. In third place was David Andrews, second was Kelly Robinson and in first place was Jack Bedell-Pearce a great evening all round. The Bernard Weller comedy award was won by Paul Dickson. Another fantastic competition evening. Photo, L to R: Mike Sullivan, Jack Bedell-Pearce and John Field . 26.11.22


Transplant Links Community Deck of Cards Art Auction. The countdown begins to the most fantastical charity art auction you will ever see - The TLC (Transplant Links Community) Deck of Cards Vol III at 7pm on Friday 2nd of December! Register to bid now at and get ready to bag yourself one (or more!) of these fantastic artworks by renowned artists and support TLC's lifesaving work at the same time.


The TLC Art Auction is an annual art exhibition and online auction where art literally saves lives. Artists and celebrities generously donate artworks to feature in a one off exhibition, and the money raised goes directly to TLC (Transplant Links Community) who save the lives of children and adults in Africa and the Caribbean who suffer with kidney failure. Also see 26.11.22


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." Saturday 3rd December on Channel 5. See TV Magic for details. 26.11.22


The Paul Daniels Magic Collection Auction - Results. Here are the results of the two-day auction held on the 23rd & 24th November: "Paul Daniels: The magician's collections sold at rare auction" Wig of legendary TV magician Paul Daniels sells for a whopping £2,100 [+BP] at auction 26.11.2


Tricked Canada. Magician Eric Leclerc plays elaborate tricks on random people on the street and leaves them amazed while a hidden camera captures their reactions. See TV Magic for details. 26.11.22


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