Number 1176 - Saturday 7th January 2023


Italy 2024 FISM European Championship of Magic. From the organisers: A unique and unmissable event that attracts more than 3,000 magicians from all over the world: the FISM European Championship of Magic! For the first time the European Championship of Magic will be held in Italy. Its heart will beat in unison with the magical town of Saint-Vincent; a natural theatre for one of the most magical and innovative conventions ever! Click Here for more information. 7.1.23


The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition - Closing Date Extended. The closing date for The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition, which was to have been today, is extended until Monday 23rd January. The Competition is open to young people who were 14 years and over, but not yet 18, on 1st January 2023 and this year there is no Entry Fee.

Further information, including full rules and entry form can be found at The winner will receive not only the title of Young Magician of the Year 2023 but also full Membership of The Magic Circle on reaching the age of 18, with entrance fee and first four years’ subscription paid. In addition the winner will receive the Irving Schneider Travelling Scholarship to attend a magic course in the USA. We look forward to receiving your entry. Michael Colley - Competition Chairman.


Modern Magic - The Charlotte Street Hotel, London. Downstairs in the sumptuous screening room at the Charlotte Street Hotel, the audience will have their minds read, senses manipulated and experience some of the most astonishing feats of modern magic. Sit down and relax as Jake takes you on a journey of dapper deception, sophisticated sleight of hand and mischievous mind games. Back for 2023! Tickets: £35-£45. Saturday 14th January at The Charlotte Street Hotel, 15-17 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RJ. 7.1.23


Michael Jordan's High Jinx show is touring the UK throughout 2023, direct from the Blackpool Tower Circus. It's a fun-filled family show featuring amazing tricks, grand illusions, crazy circus thrills and so much more! For tour dates and ticket information visit 7.1.23


Evening Standard: How to be a CEO Podcast - Marvin Berglas. Marvin Berglas founded Marvin's Magic in the UK 35 years ago. It's now in 60 international markets. In this episode we talk about: The story of how they got into FAO Schwarz in New York’s Rockefeller Plaza. Their role in innovating "retail theatre" and experiential shopping. Why they hired actors instead of magicians. How QVC and TV shopping revolutionised their business model. Difficulties converting exhibition audiences into buying ones. The value of close partnerships. Protecting brand reputations in global markets. The product that made them. The magical legacy of the Berglas family.


Marvin will be appearing at the Evening Standard's SME Expo, which is being held at ExCel London on April 25th-26th See for more information and to register for tickets. 7.1.23


Pete Firman: Bag of Tricks - last chance! You’ve seen him on television, now experience his trademark blend of laugh-out-loud comedy and jaw-dropping magic live on stage. As seen on ITV1’s Tonight at the London Palladium and The Next Great Magician, BBC1’s The Magicians, The John Bishop Show and The Sarah Millican Television Programme. 4th February The Lightstickets Andover, 17th February The Hullabalootickets Darlington, 18th February Queen’s Halltickets Hexham and 3rd March The Stablestickets Milton Keynes. See 7.1.23


"Derren Brown gets personal and emotional as he shows off his Showman powers" ★★★★★ Derren is at his finest live on stage. His one-man shows have received wide critical acclaim and more Olivier wins and nominations than any other in history. Now, following the UK tour, Showman will play the Apollo Theatre on Shaftsbury Avenue from December 9th to March 19th 2023. Tickets: Showman is directed by Andrew O'Connor and Andy Nyman and written by Andy Nyman, Andrew O'Connor and Derren Brown. Trailer: YouTube. 7.1.23


The Magic Car Boot Sale returns on Sunday 5th February with over 30 stalls booked in and thousands of bargains on offer, all indoors. The venue as ever is The Austin Sports and Social Club, Tessall Lane, Birmingham B31 2SF. Ten minutes from Junction 4 on the M5. Ample free parking. Admission is £5 and it opens at 10.30 am. Hot food and drinks available. A list of traders can be found on The Magic Car Boot Sale Facebook group. Contact Alec Powell on 07831 115448 or email for more information. A few stall spaces are still available. 7.1.23


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Wayne Dobson in his weekly guest spot on The Joe Longthorne Show from 23rd August 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 7.1.23


David Penn Lecture at The Cambridge Pentacle Club. Tuesday 10th January at 8pm. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Visiting magicians welcome, book here: The Cambridge Pentacle Club, St Andrew's Church Hall, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge CB1 3JS. 7.1.23


A Brand New Release From Mark Leveridge Magic. Mark Leveridge is pleased to announce the launch of a new e-book, which is the first volume in a proposed series of four-trick publications. Four-midable Card Magic, is a 29 page e-book features full instructions for four previously unpublished Mark Leveridge card effects, all of which have previously only be available in video format for members of E-Club Pro. The routines are: 1. Royal Flush - a spectator helps the magician to find cards to make up a Royal Flush from a shuffled deck. 2. Big Deal - this is a wonderfully clean version of the 'stop' trick in which a spectator stops completely freely on a card from a shuffled deck that is the colour and number match of a prediction. 3. It's Not What You Think - two selected cards are found in surprising ways, with a great kicker ending. 4. The Reds And The Blacks - four red suit cards pass magically one at a time through a set of four black suit cards, with no gimmicks or extra cards. The clear instructions are supplemented by 39 colour photo illustrations to ensure that you can learn and perform these routines as quickly as possible. Available to download now for £12.00 (£6.00 for members of E-Club Pro) from 7.1.23


Peter Samelson - Bath Circle of Magicians, 19th January. Covering The Phoenix, One Coin, Body Snatchers, The LoveLocks and more! Practical, hard-hitting magic and the theory beneath it, that will spread into your other work. 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 at 8pm. Meetings are held at 8pm at Bath Circle of Magicians, St Mary's Church Hall, Queen Square, High Street, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3EL


Tony Griffith 'Mini At Home' Events: 25 years a professional magician Tony Griffith is holding a mini 'At Home' event at his home in Norton Malreward on Sunday 15th January (Semi Automatic Card Tricks) and on Sunday 12th February (No card tricks – Stand up and Close Up items). All items commercially proven. 2pm–5pm. £10 (including tea & cake). Proceeds to local food bank. Tony has lectured throughout the UK and Europe and in Australia, New Zealand and the USA and is a Member of The Inner Magic Circle. His four publications: Reflections, Further Reflections, Final Reflections, Ultimate Reflections have received great reviews in the magic press. Numbers attending will be limited due to space. Early booking is advised. Previous At Homes have been described by those who have attended as a Magic Master Class. Details: Tony Griffith 01275 835463 7.1.23


First Balloon Day for 2023. Graham Lee writes: The first Balloon Day for 2023 is all set for Tuesday 31st January in Sutton running from 10am to 5pm. It will be a balloon jam and mini workshop day. I will explain a couple of balloon designs I'm working on and am open to requests as well. Then we will have a fun competition if you would like to join in with plenty of time for some jamming, balloon and business-wise if required. The day is free to attend as you get a voucher to spend at the day. Please bring balloons, pump and a camera along with you. Any questions then please contact or to book, 7.1.23


The Circus: The Glamorous Assistant by Paul McVeigh. A magician's long-suffering wife is coerced into performing as his assistant. Read by Abigail McGibbon. Sunday 15th January (15 minutes) on BBC Radio 4. See TV Magic for details. 7.1.23


Darcy Oake: Edge of Reality. "Christine Bleakley presents a magic special starring illusionist Darcy Oake. Recorded before a live theatre audience, it is an evening of breathtaking, logic-defying, spectacular illusions in the grand old tradition of stage magic. Prepare to be amazed as Darcy promises three things: some things you will have never seen before, some things you will never see again and some things you will have to see to believe." Friday 13th January (repeat) on Virgin Media Two. See TV Magic for details. 7.1.23


"The Man Who Made Spain the Magic Capital of the World" [subscription] Click Here • "The 'Wall Street' mentalist stuns the 'Squawk Box' crew with market magic" Click Here • "Review: The Art of Illusion Hampstead Theatre Downstairs" Click Here • "The Art of Illusion review – a little less than meets the eye" Click Here • "The Lights: Magician and comedian Pete Firman set to entertain" Click Here • "Magician, Entrepreneur, Author: This Young Talent Is a Heady Cocktail" Click Here • That's it for another week, many thanks for all your news submissions - always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 7.1.23