Number 1172 - Saturday 10th December 2022


Britain's Got Talent: The Ultimate Magician, Sunday 18th December on ITV1. 8pm on Sunday 18th December (2 hours) on ITV1. From the programme makers: Britain’s Got Talent: The Ultimate Magician showcases the very best magicians from Got Talent shows globally, as we see Britain’s Got Talent favourites competing against the very best magic acts from around the world. Stephen Mulhern will host this special edition of Britain’s Got Talent with Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams returning to the famous judging desk. For this one-off special edition, they will be joined by Las Vegas legend Penn Jillette – of Penn & Teller fame. Ten magical acts will perform, and the winner will be chosen by the theatre audience – but who will be crowned the Ultimate Magician and take away the £50,000 prize? Magical Bones, Richard Jones, The Witch, Marc Spelmann, The Clairvoyants, Tony, Kevin James, Eric Chien, Mandy Muden and Colin Cloud compete. See TV Magic for details. 10.12.22


Circus 1903 with Ringmaster David Williamson returns to London for Christmas! Experience all the thrills and daredevil entertainment of a turn-of-the-century circus in an all-new home for 2022 – Eventim Apollo! There’s a world of "entertainment to delight all ages this Christmas" (Evening Standard), as sensational puppetry from the award-winning team behind War Horse puts elephants back in the ring as never seen before, alongside a huge cast of the most unique, jaw-dropping and surprising acts from all four corners of the globe! From strong men to contortionists, acrobats to high wire and much more, Circus 1903 will astound, captivate, and transport audiences of all ages to the mesmerising Golden Age of circus.


For an intimate circus experience, sit within the stalls to be up close to all of the magic and daredevil action. Or soar to great heights and witness the spectacle with a cinematic view from our circle seats. Wherever you sit, you are guaranteed a magnificent circus 1903 experience. 15th - 30th December. 11am, 3pm, 7.30pm. 10.12.22


The Royal Variety Performance, Tuesday, 20th December on ITV1. Lee Mack hosts The Royal Variety Performance 2022 from the magnificent Royal Albert Hall in London in the presence of members of the Royal Family. The evening will be a spectacular celebration featuring exceptional performers, world class theatre, outstanding singers and hilarious British comedy. Amongst the acts, magic, from the phenomenal German duo The Ehrlich Brothers. Tuesday 20th December on ITV1. See TV Magic for details. 10.12.22


Derren Brown Sale: Wimbledon Auctions. The selected contents from Derren Brown's residence, to include items from his private taxidermy collection. Our sale offers a unique opportunity to acquire personal effects from renowned Illusionist Derren Brown. From luxury watches to rare and wonderful natural history, this is not an auction to be missed. 68 lots. Monday 12th December from 10.30am. 10.12.22


Looch 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: "Looch - World Class Mind Reader and Mentalist" YouTube. 10.12.22


Peter Samelson's 'Pure Magic' Lecture, Bath Circle of Magicians. Roger Nicot writes: Christened the "soft-spoken conceptualist of sorcery" by the New York Times, Peter Samelson has performed atop the Great Wall of China, in the jungles of Bali and the universities of Tokyo. He has performed for Mexican peasants, and Grand Prix race car drivers on the World Cruise of the Queen Elizabeth II.

He has entertained Princess Stephanie of Monaco, the jet-set of Paris and the fishermen mending their nets on the beaches of Cartegena. From Kenya to the Magic Castle, from television to trade shows, college campuses to commercials, the New York stage, night clubs and celebrity events, Peter Samelson has distinguished himself not only as a magician, but as an artist.
Penn Jillette 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). Thursday 19th January. Meetings are held at 8pm at Bath Circle of Magicians, St Mary's Church Hall, Queen Square, High Street, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3EL 10.12.22


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Galina on The World's Greatest Magic III from 1996. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 10.12.22


Kevin Gallagher is now taking bookings for his 2023 lecture. He has previously lectured and performed at many UK and European magic societies and events, was summer resident magician at 'Accademia Italiana Arte Magica', and has enjoyed competition success at the International magic Convention in London, and at the European Championships in Vienna. The lecture includes sleight of hand magic suitable for almost all conditions using no special props. For full details visit the Lecturers page. 10.12.22


The Magic Hour - London's finest parlour magic show. Enter the wood panelled drawing room of London's luxurious Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel for this spellbinding show of magic and illusion in the style of the Victorian masters of deception. Join Tony Middleton 'Sonic', as seen on Penn & Teller: Fool Us, and journey back in time to discover secrets and stories from the Golden Age of Magic. You will witness the impossible as objects vanish, time stops still, and spirits write messages from 'the other side'. Sunday December 11th and 18th. See for full details and to book. 10.12.22


Michelle Visage's Rule Breakers. Derren Brown: Becoming a Showman. "The host sits down with Derren Brown, the British illusionist who correctly guessed the National Lottery numbers and played Russian Roulette live on TV, to hear his life story. From hypnotising his friends at university to coming out at 30, Michelle gets to know the man behind the magic." Repeat. Sunday 11th December on BBC Radio 2. See TV Magic for details. 10.12.22


Andy Nyman's Three Skulls on a Spike. Andy writes: The demand for my new effect 'Three Skulls on a Spike' has been unbelievable and the first batch is now Sold Out! As each unit is handmade by Danny Hunt, there is a wait time for the new batch to arrive, probably in a few weeks time. So if you want one, please keep checking Thanks so much to all those people who bought them, hope you have a ball fooling people with it. 10.12.22


Snowlands – Book I – Zak and The Wanderer. Jay Fortune writes: Earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to be picked up by a publisher. Upon the release of my debut adult thriller ‘All Fall Down’ in bookshops last summer, I approached them with the idea to publish my first children’s book. The concept was a magical fantasy story but with a difference – it would include magic tricks that the reader would turn to in the book, as the story unfolded. I’ve never seen a magic book which does this (i.e. story and teaching tricks) but, of course, there’s nothing new under the sun, so no doubt it has been done before. With a mad rush to get it finished for the Christmas market, I’m delighted to announce my debut kid’s magic book is now available in all good bookshops. This 272-page paperback (and ebook) is titled ‘Snowlands – Book I – Zak and The Wanderer’ and features 15 magic tricks alongside the hero-journey narrative. Signed, dedicated copies are available directly from me at only £9.99 with free UK postage: Snowlands would make the perfect stocking filler for 7-12 year-olds. That’s two books this year, both around 5 years in the writing, so the others will come out sometime 2027! Or maybe next year if I get cracking. 10.12.22


Magic Live! Las Vegas. Registration opens. From the organisers: You can now secure your spot for Magic Live. Please don't delay. The last six Lives sold out months in advance. And seating priority is based on when you register. Registration to Magic Live 2023 is $465 per person. Each registration includes tickets to all performances, access to all sessions, workshops, special events, parties, and our dealer room, as well as all giveaway items. Registration can either be purchased in full or spread out over five monthly installments ($93 + $2 fee). Your registration is 90% refundable through June 1, 2023. For full details see 10.12.22


Celebrity Blockbusters. Simon Mayo invites six famous faces to play the general knowledge quiz in which contestants try to complete a path across or down a board of lettered hexagons. Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee take on Konnie Huq, before Fatima Whitbread and Keith Duffy go up against Alex James. Monday 19th December on Challenge. See TV Magic for details. 10.12.22


News Deadline reminder. MagicWeek welcomes your UK magic news, but please remember the news deadline: Thursday if possible; final deadline 12 noon Friday. Many thanks, DT. 10.12.22


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