Number 1177 - Saturday 14th January 2023


Legends of The Magic Circle - An Evening with Terry Herbert. 7.30pm - 9pm on Monday 16th January. A magical evening celebrating Magic Circle Legend Terry Herbert, interviewed by Michael J Fitch and including video clips of Terry's work over the years and even a couple of Terry's favourite tricks - live. Entrance is free for Members and Associates of The Magic Circle. Non-members (welcome) who would like to attend should email in advance. [Magic Circle evenings are normally strictly 'members only', so this is a great opportunity to visit The Magic Circle and enjoy an evening with one of its star members. DT]. 14.1.23


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Terry Herbert as The Great Fiasco on John Fisher's The Best of Magic from 10th October 1990. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 14.1.23


Leeds Magic Jam 2023. From the organisers: Leeds Magic Jam is a one day magic convention with world class lectures, dealers and loads more. Leeds Magic Jam 2023 will be held on Sunday 17th September at Garforth Welfare Hall, Leeds. Our new venue has lots of free parking opposite, is only a 5 minute walk from Garforth train station and is close to lots of cafes, shops and bars. Full details of lectures and dealers will be announced closer to the event, check out our Facebook for up to date information. The main event will run from 10.30am and finish at 4.30pm. After the event has finished we will head to a local bar to continue the jamming till late. Tickets are strictly limited so book to avoid disappointment. Only £20 per ticket! Book now at: 14.1.23


The Wizard's Weekender is back! From the organiser: The Wizard's Weekender, The Chris Cross Magic Convention, is back for its second year! Taking place on April 21st - 23rd 2023 at The Gibside Hotel in Newcastle! Enjoy 3 days of lectures, dealers, gala shows and more world-class magic from some of the brightest stars in our business!

Last year saw Franz Harary, John Archer, Laura London, Marc Oberon and another half a dozen magical stars take to the stage at the inaugural convention. The lineup for this year is yet to be confirmed, but expect the very best. One act has been announced so far - the Egyptian magician Moustapha Berjaoui, who will be flying over from Cairo, specifically to lecture and perform at the event.

Earlybird tickets have just been released and are available in a strictly limited supply until 1st February at only £75 for the whole weekend. Be fast or be last! Full price tickets are £99 once the Earlybird tickets are gone. Fully Sponsored by The Enchanted Rabbit Magic Emporium, the largest antique magic dealer in the world, outside of the US. More info and tickets about the Chris Cross Convention here:


Get 10% off all products this January at Magicbox! Just use the code hapy2023 at the checkout 14.1.23


Kay Dyson Lecture - Darlington Magic Circle. Nick Richmond writes: Britain's Premier Female Magician lectures to the Darlington Magic Circle. Kay has appeared on GMTV, I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here ITV2, Penn and Teller's Wizard Wars, Sorcerer's Apprentice, Richard & Judy, Lorraine and The James Whale show, as well as appearing in a number of TV commercials. She has extensive experience in the corporate, sports and TV arenas as a female magician and all round entertainer. Kay has something for every magician. Come and learn! Thursday, February 2nd, from 7.30pm. Email: to reserve your place. £10 guest entry. Pay on the night. Venue: The Railway Institute, 93 North Road, Darlington DL1 2PP 14.1.23


David Alnwick's Nightmare Magic. 20th & 21st January at the Lantern Theatre Sheffield. Following a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Bedford Fringe Festival, and London Horror Festival, writer, actor, and magician David Alnwick presents a ghost story told using magic.
"Nightmare Magic is as much a one-man play as it is a magic show... Between the perfection of his execution and the well thought out props, the magic blends seamlessly into the plot of the show... pushing his own boundaries and the boundaries of magic as a genre." ★★★★★
World Magic Review

"Really well done... thoroughly enjoyed it... Really impressive work." Andy Nyman.

"Both the magic and the acting were on top form, and I was completely mesmerised throughout the entire performance." London Horror Festival.
20th & 21st January at the Lantern Theatre Sheffield. See


"Jonathan Bayme, founder of theory11, on designing stunning playing cards for licensors" 14.1.23


Rich Relish  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: "Rich Relish - Mind Reading Magician" YouTube. 14.1.23


Sal Piacente Show and Master Class, Liverpool Magic Circle, 10th February. Richard T Smith (secretary) writes: Liverpool Magic Circle presents Sal Piacente, one of the top gaming consultants in the world. His services are used by casinos all around the globe in teaching their staff what cheating to look out for. Sal is giving both a show and master class on the 10th February at 7pm performing and teaching his skills. Price: Show £10. Show & Master Class £20. Venue: Adelphi Hotel, Ranelagh Street, Liverpool L3 5UL. 14.1.23


Derren Brown: Unlock The Secret Power Of Your Mind! Predicting the lottery, playing Russian roulette on live TV and tricking people into robbing a security van in broad daylight. These are just a few of the stunts that Derren Brown has performed in over 20 years of pushing the boundaries of the believable. On "The Diary of a CEO" YouTube. 14.1.23


Inferno Aces present The History of Magic, Rotherham. From the promoter: Four magical acts coming together create a one of a kind show, filled with tricks and illusions taken from vintage magic shows, circus and sideshow, right through to the magic of today.

You will see: Lee Joseph Mystery Entertainer, Lucy Luawana, Tom Magick and Gaz Neale, in an evening full of magic, illusion, dance, dangerous stunts and escapes, to give it that early 1900 feel of a magic show or circus, through to the magic you would see today.

Please note this may be unsuitable for some viewers (special fx strobe lighting and a little bit of bad language children under 14 are welcome at your own risk and must be accompanied at all times). Friday February 24th 2023 at 7pm at Treeton Miners Welfare, Arundel Street, Treeton, Rotherham S60 5PW. For more info and to book visit


Twist Museum. A London first. Developed in collaboration with artists, neuroscientists and philosophers, Twist Museum is an immersive experience that explores – and puts to the test – the power of your mind in experiencing the world around you.

Explore the joy and wonder of illusion. Step into mind-altering immersive rooms, get up close and personal with unexpected interactive illusions, and discover how your brain interprets reality. Can you see colours that aren’t there? Do you always know which way is up? Can a corridor go on forever?

Find out for yourself at Twist Museum, through interactive exhibits that play with how you understand the world around you. It’s your reality, with a twist. Twist Museum, 248 Oxford Street, Oxford Circus, London, W1C 1DH


New Additions to E-Club Pro Select. Mark Leveridge is pleased to announce the release of two more download products in his exclusive Select range. Here are the details: 1. Assembly Point. This is a version of the classic four coin matrix effect. Four coins are tipped from a purse, placed out in a square and then covered with the four Aces. One at a time, three of the Aces are lifted to reveal that the coin they were covering has vanished. People expect all four coins to have collected beneath the fourth Ace, but when that is raised, there is nothing underneath there either! Immediately the purse that has been lying throughout on the table is opened to reveal that the four coins have assembled back inside it! No gimmicks required, the handling is subtle and clever. 2. Risk. A £5 note is borrowed from a spectator, the number noted, and then it is slipped into an empty envelope. Next, six further identical envelopes are introduced, each of which the performer claims contains a folded piece of paper. The envelope containing the spectator’s bank note is added to the other six and the spectator mixes them before dealing them out in any order on the table. In a fair yet random way six envelopes are discarded, yet somehow the one remaining envelope contains the spectator’s money! The financial risk, however, turns out to belong to the magician, not the spectator, as when the contents of all the discarded envelopes are taken out, each one is seen to contain a £20 note. Both video downloads cost just £7.00 each (£3.50 for E-Club Pro members) and can be found at 14.1.23


Paul Pickford, 2019 Winner of The Magic Circle Close-up Competition, will be lecturing for the Zodiac Magical Society in Ealing, West London, on Wednesday 18th January. Guests are welcome for a fee of £10. Please contact Alan Browne, President - Zodiac Magical Society. 14.1.23


Northamptonshire Magicians Club Annual Magic Table Top Sale, Tuesday 24th January. With free entry for buyers and only a £5 per table charge for sellers. Tables need to be reserved online via the website. Tuesday 24th January at 8pm at Northamptonshire Magicians Club, Brafield on the Green Working Mens Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD. All welcome. 14.1.23


Tony Griffith’s Mini At Home - change of date. Tony Griffith’s 'Semi Automatic Card Tricks' due to be held tomorrow, Sunday 15th January, has had to be postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. It will now be held on Sunday 12th March (2-5pm). See What's On. 14.1.23


Are you a magician who is into your food? Would you call yourself a foodie? Creative at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck and London’s DC Comics themed restaurant Park Row, Chris Cox wants to hear from you for a new project. If you’re into your food and know magic please email with some info about yourself, your magic, and experience with food. Just eating it doesn’t count. 14.1.23


Pete Wentworth is remembered by Bob Gill. Click Here. 14.1.23


News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. Many thanks, DT. 14.1.23


"Real Magic - Transcendental Meditation through the eyes of its most devoted illusionist" Click Here • "Magicians land in Christchurch for start of Bread & Circus festival" Click Here • "Asi Wind: A 'magician's magician'" Click Here • "Crawley’s home-grown magician gives update on career for 2023 and performs for the camera" Click Here • "Graham Norton 'turns down chance to join Britain's Got Talent as a judge' after David Walliams quit the show" Click Here • "Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of At The Illusionist's Table - Now Extended Through April" Click Here • "Exhibit celebrating the legacy of illusionist Harry Houdini includes a collector’s ‘crown jewel’" Click Here • "Children's magician is fined £400 for fly-tipping after clearing up rubbish strewn on the street by foxes and putting it in a council bin" Click Here • "Which of these cards would you pick? Magic trick study reveals two-thirds of us choose exactly the same card – see if you could foil a magician" Click Here • "Illusionist David Blaine Surprises Us With A Feel Good Story About His Mom!" Click Here • "Illusionist David Blaine stuns the women of GDLA" Click Here • "Review: The Art of Illusion, at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs" Click Here • "Australia’s most successful magician, Cosentino brings Decennium tour to Adelaide" Click Here • Your news, event listings and reviews always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 14.1.23