Number 1175 - Saturday 31st December 2022


John Lenahan lectures at the Cotswold Magical Society on Wednesday 4th January. Colin Dymond writes: John Lenahan is lecturing on Wednesday 4th January at the Cotswold Magical Society. John Lenahan has been a street performer, a table hopper, a top comedy club magician, a successful corporate entertainer, a TV star and a cruise ship performer. His lecture is about all or this with a few good tricks thrown in. The Hucclecote Community Centre, Hucclecote Road, Gloucester GL3 3RT. We meet at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start. £10 admission for non-members (very welcome). 31.12.22


Just days away... The Session, Heathrow, London, 13th-15th January. From the organisers: This year: Richard Turner, Markobi, Peter Turner, Mortenn Christiansen, Brian Watson, Arthur Benjamin, Gustav Kuhn, Matt Baker, Mark James, Luke Jermay, Darren Delaney, Alice Pailhes and Alex Romanoff. Started fifteen years ago, in Gloucestershire, by a bunch of friends simply trying to make the sort of convention they wanted to go to: a convention that wasn’t too big, that actively encouraged sessioning, and a convention where the performers actually wanted to, and did, hang with the attendees.

We sell out every single year. With previous guests like Juan Tamariz, Derren Brown, David Blaine, Luke Jermay, Christian Grace, Caroline Ravn and Roberto Giobbi it’s easy to see why. Secure your seat at the table. Book your ticket to The Session now. 13th-15th January, Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre, Heathrow, London:
. Anyone under 18 can get a free scholarship to attend Click Here for details. 31.12.22


Mind Mangler: Member of the Tragic Circle UK Tour. January - April 2023. From the promoter: Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer, the multi award-winning team behind the sold-out global smash hit The Play That Goes Wrong and the BBC comedy series The Goes Wrong Show, star in this hilarious new comedy by Mischief. Join the ‘Mind Mangler’ as he returns to the stage following a disappointing two-night run at the Luton Holiday Inn conference centre, suite 2b. His new two-man show solo spectacular is predicted to spiral into chaos as he attempts to read your mind...

Following a sold out run at the Edinburgh Festival this summer, Mind Mangler is a guaranteed night of ‘laugh filled, mind-bending silliness’ (Broadway World) that will leave you gasping for breath. Not to be missed! Tour dates and venues:


Lee Hathaway Lecture - The Home Counties Magical Society. Steve Graham writes: On Thursday January 5th 2023, The Home Counties Magical Society are pleased to welcome Lee Hathaway to lecture at Maiden Place Community Centre, Maiden Place, Kilnsea Drive, Lower Earley, RG6 3HE. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

Lee Hathaway a Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star and has been seen by over 7 million people worldwide. He is one of the UK's leading close-up and cabaret magicians and has appeared on TV on "Penn & Teller's Fool Us" where he actually fooled them too! Lee has written a superb book in which he passes on the benefit of his vast experience about how to be, as the title says, "A Happy, Busy Magician". Magicians who are not HCMS Members are welcome at this lecture; a £15 charge will apply to any non-members attending.


Pete Turner 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: "Pete Turner  on leaving Ellusionist" YouTube. 31.12.22


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week the four seasons from Arturo Brachetti on John Fisher's The Best of Magic on 13th September 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 31.12.22


The Impossible Magic of Steve Price, Wonderville, London. Saturday 7th January at 3pm and 8pm. From the organisers: On Saturday 7th January, Wonderville present The Impossible Magic of Steve Price. Steve is an award-winning Member of The Magic Circle, the world's most prestigious magical society, and he's bringing his show to the heart of London for the very first time. It's been running in Central Liverpool for the past two years under the title Magic on the Mersey. Steve has been a professional magician for the past 18 years, performing on cruise ships and in venues around the world. Despite having a busy schedule, Steve has seized the opportunity to tick 'Performing in the West End' off his bucket list. "The Impossible Magic of Steve Price" is an opportunity to enjoy world class magic in an intimate setting that allows you to see the magic really close-up, right before your eyes, from the comfort of your seat. Wonderville is one of London's best cabaret venues, bringing you Comedy, Music and Magic all under one roof.

Steve's unique blend of world class sleight of hand and laugh out loud comedy will create incredible moments and impossible illusions. Milton Jones described The Impossible Magic of Steve Price as "Rock solid and suitable for everyone. It's more than just a show - it's an experience. It s a chance to forget the worries of life and be transported to a world where anything is possible. It's what we all need." The Impossible Magic of Steve Price is suitable for all ages and takes place on Saturday 7th January at 3pm and 8pm. Running time is 75 minutes without an interval. Limited capacity seating. Tickets: Click Here. Venue: Wonderville, 57-60 Haymarket, St. James's, London SW1Y 4QX.


Family Xmas Magic Show (to 2nd January). 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 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 31.12.22


Dave Allen aka Magic Dave wins the Watford Association of Magicians Family and Children’s Entertainer of the Year Competition 2022. Dave made a decision a while back that he would like to see if he could win all three categories, Close-up, Stage and Kids Magic, that members of the Watford Association of Magicians compete for in their competitions, one more time. He'd previously won all three titles over 15 years ago, when he was a whippersnapper, and on the 28th December he is pleased to say he did it again... after winning the other competitions early on in the year and in 2021! "That’s it for comps at WAM until at least another 15 years" said Dave! Well done to all the competitors: Dov Citron in 2nd Place, Julie Capenter in 3rd Place and Keith Hubert and John Ducket. 31.12.22


Perro Verde by Mario Lopez - Alakazam Magic. "The Card-Warp, reinvented by the crazy mind of Spanish FISM Award Winner Mario Lopez. This really is the best version of Card Warp we have ever seen!" Watch a video and find out more at 31.12.22


South London Magic Society - Monster Magic Grand Launch Dealer Dem. Simon Rossselli writes: South London Magic Society is proud to invite you to the above event. Monster Magic is a new magic company started by Alex Kirk. You may know Alex from PropDog and his notoriously honest reviews, well Monster Magic follows the PropDog philosophy including having stock on its shelves to ship the same day. The major difference is that Alex curates the stock, so the cream rises to the top and doesn't get lost in the mix. Best of all it's free for all magicians (members and non-members!). Tuesday 10th January. Doors open at 7.30pm. Venue: Clock House Methodist Church Hall, Clock House Road, Beckenham BR3 4JP (opposite Clock House Railway Station) 31.12.22


David Britland's Cardopolis. Always excellent. If you're really into magic Cardopolis is for you! Magic, notes, trivia, and other fragments from the deceptive art. It's free, but a click on the 'Buy Me A Coffee' link is a nice gesture. The latest edition focuses on the work of Max maven. Subscribe at: 31.12.22


1985's cult classic Desperately Seeking Susan was shown over Christmas. If you've never seen it then it can be enjoyed on iPlayer for a few more weeks. "Roberta, a bored New Jersey housewife, gets her kicks reading the personal columns in the newspaper. When she becomes obsessed with a relationship between two lovers who arrange their meetings through the columns, she decides to find out for herself who they are. But when Roberta is involved in an accident, she loses her memory and thinks she is Susan, the free-spirited woman in the personals. Unfortunately, Susan is in a lot of trouble, and Roberta finds herself caught in the middle." The Magic Consultant was Sal St. George. On for the next few weeks. 31.12.22


Alex Lodge as Dandini in Cinderella. Alex Lodge can be seen in Cinderella at The Academy Theatre in Birdwell, Barnsley. See for info and to book (final show today at 2pm!). Here is Alex, live, in the pantomime: YouTube. 31.12.22


Eric Sykes' Tommy Cooper Show. "Eric Sykes makes a prediction that by 1990 celebrities will have to pay to be on TV. Tommy Cooper is tasked with finding other acts who include Henry Cooper and Dandy Nichols. Comedy." Friday 30th December on That's TV. See TV Magic for details. 31.12.22


The Royal Variety Performance with The Ehrlich Brothers. 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. Sunday 1st January on ITV3 (repeat). See TV Magic for details. 31.12.22


"How old was Jasper Cherry on Britain's Got Talent? Young magician’s audition explored ahead of his appearance on AGT: All-Stars" Click Here • "I refuse to spend hundreds of pounds on my kids’ birthday parties – my son’s cost £40" Click Here • "In Conversation With Mentalist and Magician Suhani Shah" Click Here • "Christmas magic continues courtesy of The Illusionists" Click Here • "Casting a spell with old-school magic" Click Here • "Debbie McGee put in 'control' of Paul Daniels finances as she addressed late star's will" Click Here • That's it for another year. Many thanks to Chris North for checking my typos every week, and to all the MagicWeek Backers and Advertisers, who keep it all ticking over. All best wishes for 2023, Duncan. 31.12.22