Number 1171 - Saturday 3rd December 2022


The Magic Circle Christmas Show 2022. A seasonal spectacular at our wonderful London headquarters. The Magic Circle Christmas Show is our annual fundraising special event with all proceeds being donated to The Magic Circle Foundation. The Magic Circle Christmas Show is great for all family members over the age of 7. Arrive when the doors open to make the most of your visit as the museum is open and magicians will be circulating throughout the event. We have a licensed bar with a wide selection of drinks and snacks. Tuesday 20th December to Thursday 29th December. Doors open at 1.30pm for the afternoon performance and at 6pm for the evening. For more information and to book visit 3.12.22


The Ehrlich Brothers will be appearing on this year's Royal Variety Performance, which is set for transmission later this month. 3.12.22


Ellisdons, The History: Volume Two by Philip David Treece has just been released. The story of London’s iconic magic and joke shop concludes. Exclusive to and limited to just 100 copies.

This final volume on Ellisdons’ history joins the family in 1939. It charts all aspects of this strange business, including their London magic department, which evolved over the 1950s from a counter of pocket money toys to a social hub for professional conjurers. Regulars to the store included Tommy Cooper, Tony Corinda and Alex Elmsley, to name just a few. Ellisdons’ final 45 years saw many changes, ups and downs, scandals and triumphs. This is their colourful history.

This beautifully produced hardback book has 250 pages and contains 60 pages of full-colour plates illustrating the history of the company and the tricks they produced.

This edition is limited to just 100 copies and is available with Volume One as a boxed set for the special price of £55. This comes with a custom-made reproduction Ellisdons postal box, hand stitched by a traditional box maker in Sheffield. Volume Two can also be purchased with the box for £35 for those who already have the first volume. To purchase yours today head to


The Wayne Dobson Show with Mike Sullivan at Bexley Magic Society. [Update from Roy Marsh 7.12.22: Sadly Wayne Dobson will not be attending tomorrow night. His driver has tested positive for Covid-19. Mike Sullivan is still going to be present and is willing to entertain us so the evening will go ahead.]


Roy Marsh writes: Bexley Magic Society will be ending its 2022 programme with an amazing experience. We are proud to announce that we have The Wayne Dobson Show and Mike Sullivan at our hall on Wednesday, 7th December, starting at 8pm. It is free for members with a £10.00 charge to non-members. There will also be a finger buffet halfway through. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start at Bexley Magic Society, Bexley Club for the Disabled, Barton Close, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8JP. Please text Dave Andrews on 07506 699872 of your intention to attend - this way we can hopefully ensure that there is enough food to go around. Roy Marsh. 3.12.22


Learn World Class Magic Online! A brand new magic website launched this week: Created by Russ Stevens, the man behind the magic on Britain's Got Talent, the RSVPMagic Online Video Library is one of the very best, and now it's available to you as an online streaming service, at a truly unbeatable price!

• Over 100 videos available to watch now.
• Updated with new magic monthly.
• Free 3 day trail - no obligation.
• Cancel at any time - only £9.99 a month.

Find out more - visit 3.12.22


New! Jeff McBride Mini-print. Jeff McBride writes: Magical artist Jay Fortune and I have recently been collaborating on a charcoal portrait. Jay has now made mini-prints of the original available for magicians free! However, if you're in a position to do so, you can pay just £10 (approx. $12) for your print at Jay's art store and the money will be donated to our Scholarship Fund here at the Magic and Mystery School. To get yours, visit Jay's store and get your Jeff McBride mini-print before they disappear! Full T&Cs at Jay's store. 3.12.22


Magic Night at The Mill, Sonning. Come along and join us for a night of fun with magicians from the world famous Magic Circle. Dan Hudson presents the show with his magical friends who will astound, amaze and leave you asking for more. Tickets include a delicious Two Course Meal in our restaurant before the show and must be booked in advance. Acts include: Darren Delaney, Fay Presto and John Archer Monday 30th January 2023. The Mill at Sonning, Sonning Eye, Reading RG4 6TY. For more information and to book visit 3.12.22


Magic Maisie 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: "Magic Maisie - The Teenage Phenomenon" YouTube. 3.12.22


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Kohl & Company on The Paul Daniels Magic Show on 16th January 1988. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 3.12.22


John Field, Founder of the Surrey Society of Magicians and Associate Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star, has been appointed national subject advisor on magic by the University of the Third Age. By this appointment John will be able to give advice to members who wish to start magic groups within that organisation. He has for about 5 years run a Magic For Grandparents group at his own branch. For more information, contact John at 3.12.22


The December 2022 E-Video Newsletter. Mark Leveridge is pleased to announce the release of his latest online video presentation. Here are the contents. The Teach In – make a borrowed finger ring penetrate onto a pencil centre while the ends are held by spectators. Pro Peeks – the routine Cup And Ball, extracted from the E-Club Pro Teach In Archive, is taught this time. Keeping Control Unplugged – part 28 reflects on how eye contact and keeping a lively performance pace can help to engage a close up audience. Web Offers – save a total of £8.00 when you buy the Learning From Experience advice e-book and the TricKlip entitled A Bic Too Far. 60 Seconds To Success – here are some suggestions for how to avoid spectator confrontation by taking the sting out of magic. The Review Corner – Liam Montier’s Blankety comes under the microscope this time. Access to the 30 minute presentation is free, you simply have to be signed up to Mark's no cost E-Club Lite, which delivers a monthly email newsletter containing the link to the E-Video Newsletter. To join now go to 3.12.22


Back in stock! Quirky Forces by Chris Wardle. Having completely sold out twice, Quirky Forces is reprinted and now available again from all major dealers. This hardbacked, 200-page book, contains 50 sneaky, ingenious, offbeat forcing methods from award-winning originator Chris Wardle, with a foreword by Ian Rowland. Over eight chapters, the book explores deviously simple forces with words, images, cards, numbers, magic squares and grids, forcing gimmicks, book tests and colours, together with complete routines for the working magician.

"Quirky Forces is a wonderful collection of tools, techniques and tricks that control a spectator’s choice. Ranging from impromptu dodges to simple crafts made from everyday stationery items, Chris Wardle has provided the reader with practical ideas to spark the imagination. For both magicians and mentalists, the book’s contents will be revisited time and time again when developing new material." Dr Matt Pritchard.

"'Quirky Forces' is an ambitious subject and Chris has managed to present an impressive number of clever ideas and forces. I was super impressed." Andi Gladwin.


Tony Griffith Mini At Homes. Tony Griffith has been holding his 'At Homes' for the last 25 years at his home in Bristol. These are occasions when it is possible to take a more in-depth look at various aspects of the magic art than is possible at a normal magic club meeting. Tony will be holding two Mini At Homes at his home in Norton Malreward, Bristol, on Sunday 15th January (Semi Automatic Card Tricks) and on Sunday 12th February (No card tricks - Stand Up and Close Up). Time 2pm-5pm. Price £10 (includes tea and cake). Proceeds to local food bank. Numbers attending limited due to space.

Tony has 25 years experience as a professional magician. He has lectured throughout Europe, the USA, Australia and New Zealand, at The Magic Circle on six occasions and at The Magic Castle, Hollywood on five occasions, where he has also presented his Close Up act just over 100 times. For more details or to book make contact via: 01275 835463


Magician Tom Elderfield can currently be seen on BBC1's new reality series The Traitors. Claudia Winkleman greets 22 strangers as they arrive at a beautiful castle in the Scottish Highlands to play the ultimate reality game of detection, backstabbing and trust, in the hope of winning up to £120,000. It’s not long before the players are questioning everything, and everyone, as Claudia secretly assigns three traitors. It is up to the traitors, under the cover of darkness, to pick off their fellow players one by one, murdering them from the game.

The rest of the players, the faithful, must try to work out who the traitors are and banish them from the game before they become their next victim. The lucky ones who survive to the end will have a chance to win that life-changing cash. But if a traitor remains undetected, they will take all the money.


Alex Lodge can be seen in Cinderella throughout December at The Academy Theatre in Birdwell, Barnsley. See for info and to book. The Academy Theatre, The Take 2 Centre, 311 Sheffield Road, Birdwell, Barnsley S70 5TU. 3.12.22


David Blaine: Beyond Magic and Real or Magic? double bill. David Blaine returns with his most revealing performance yet in Beyond Magic, which has been two years in the making. Blaine pulls the lid off his signature brand of street magic, sparking reactions that will leave audiences in awe and defy all expectations. Magic meets documentary in the one-hour special. Followed by Real or Magic? Wednesday 14th December on Sky Max. See TV Magic for details. 3.12.22


Potter & Potter's Winter Magic Auction. Our winter sale of magicana includes a diverse offering of magic apparatus from the collections of William Trotter, Jim Deloach, and Bill Taylor, as well as choice Houdiniana, posters, and a strong selection of collectible and antiquarian books. December 10th online. See 3.12.22


Book a magic lecturer for your club today. Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page! 3.12.22


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