Number 1179 - Saturday 28th January 2023


London magic show celebrates 10 years with UK tour. Since 2013, West End Magic has run throughout the year at the Leicester Square Theatre. This year marks a decade of the regular London based show, so to celebrate, it’s off on tour around the country, starting and finishing at the Leicester Square Theatre in London.

The show offers a mixture of magic, comedy and variety acts, featuring the current President of the IBM British Ring Oliver Tabor with magical compere Wayne Trice and special guest acts.

The family-friendly show begins 2023 at its London residency in March before embarking on a 15-date tour around the UK, finishing back at the Leicester Square Theatre in October. Featuring magic, mind-reading, and comedy, plus magic and variety acts selected from some of the UK’s finest. Suitable for all ages, and the perfect treat for all the family.

Tickets and info:
11th March - Leicester Square Theatre, London
1st April - Key Theatre, Peterborough
2nd April - Heyward Civic, Manchester
5th April - Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth
29th April - Sheringham Little Theatre, Norfolk
12th May - Public Halls, Witney
26th May - Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm
2nd June - Haverhill Arts Centre, Suffolk
3rd June - South Mill Arts Centre, Bishops Stortford
16th June - Lamproom Theatre, Barnsley
17th June - Queens Theatre, Barnstable
22nd July - Palace Theatre, Paignton
25th August - Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich
23rd September -Leatherhead Theatre, Surrey
30th September - Beccles Public Hall & Theatre, Beccles
14th October - Leicester Square Theatre, London.


Jerry Sadowitz card lecture + Q&A + magic book sale on Thursday, 9th March, at the Casa Italiana, Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL from 7pm-10pm. Tickets £30. Seats are strictly limited with bookings in advance only. Email for further details. 28.1.23


NMC Spring Convention 23. From the organisers: The Northern Magic Circle welcomes you to its 'Return from Covid' convention, on 21st – 23rd April at the Crown Hotel in Harrogate. Prepare for a mixture of magical delights: Welcome meal with a cabaret of magic and music from The Mansfields (Jez and Emma) - close-up competition - children’s showtime - star lecture from James Ward, prolific creator and winner of the Hoffmann Award - Janette Page presenting Pat Page, the Man and his Magic - Punch & Judy Man Chris Johnson says "That’s the way to do it!" - gala show featuring Jason Steele and Joanne, Oliver Tabor and Chris and Louise Taylor - special feature lecture from British Ring President Oliver Tabor - conjuring quiz - auction - Neil Roberts on The End of the Pier Show - with more to be announced!


Those who have experienced the friendship of the Northern before won't need further encouragement; those who haven’t have a treat in store. Owing to the current financial situation, registration is being set at the lowest possible rates. For more details head over to our website or contact John Russell 07412 617856. 28.1.23


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week the end credits from The Avengers featuring the International/Unique Fanning deck manipulated by John Wade. Made in 1968, I recorded this as a repeat when the series was showing in 1984. As a boy I loved this sequence and am sure it contributed to my fascination with card fanning/manipulation. DT. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 28.1.23 recently purchased the Gaff Card Collection of magic dealer Cards4Magic so many hard to find  gaffs and gimmicks are now back in stock having been off the market for a number of years, together with a number of new items in the collection. With over 500 designs available as single cards, and more being added all the time, take a look at for the full selection. 28.1.23


At last the story is told: George Cooke of Maskelyne and Cooke. Maskelyne and Cooke’s entertainments at the Egyptian Hall on Piccadilly were a feature of the London scene for over thirty years. During that time a great deal was written about them in newspapers and magazines. The publicity invariably focused on J.N. Maskelyne, who was sole proprietor of Maskelyne and Cooke’s. Virtually nothing was written about his stage partner, George Cooke. This was an injustice because Maskelyne’s success would have been impossible without Cooke’s talent, loyalty and hard work. This article by Peter Brunning brings George Cooke into the spotlight by telling the story of his life.

Over the years Maskelyne went to great lengths to protect his magic secrets. Cooke also went out of his way to protect secrets but, in his case, they were family secrets. Peter has unravelled Cooke’s unconventional private life as well as identifying his important contribution to the popularity of the Maskelyne and Cooke entertainments. Read Peter’s article on the Davenport Collection website here:


Drew Perry 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: "Drew Perry - The man behind the magic steps forward" YouTube. 28.1.23


Abracadabra! Magician’s London warehouse transformed into a modern family home. The ill-fated illusionist known as Chung Ling Soo constructed the three-level building more than a 100 years ago for his props writes Liz Lucking in Mansion Global. To read the full article Click Here. To see the listing "A rare opportunity to purchase this contemporary converted warehouse close to the river, offering excellent lateral space with an impressive roof terrace." And to put in an offer, visit! 28.1.23


John Archer Lecture - Bexley Magic Society, Wednesday 1st February. Roy Marsh writes: On Wednesday 1st February, Bexley Magic Society is truly delighted to welcome back a firm favourite of just about everyone in the magic world, the accomplished John Archer, to give his lecture: "John Archer…the best of."

John’s CV is very impressive. Here’s some of his more notable achievements: John is a past winner of ‘The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year’ and has spent the last 26 years entertaining audiences all over the world with regular tours to entertain British troops serving overseas. Thought by many to be the best Comedy Magician in the UK today. John is a Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star and has won many of their top awards, including ‘The Carlton Comedy Award’ for outstanding use of Comedy and Magic. John was the first man to fool Penn & Teller and won a trip to Las Vegas to perform with them at The Rio Hotel.

In 2013 The TV show, ‘Help My Supply Teacher is Still Magic’ which John starred in and wrote for, won a BAFTA at the Children’s BAFTA Awards. The list goes on, along with an impressive number of TV appearances, script writing successes, John is held in the highest regard by some of the top names in the business, including Derren Brown and Simon Cowell. All this and he is a prodigious musical talent too. This is one not to be missed. Visiting magicians welcome. Venue: Bexley Magic Society, Bexley Club for the Disabled, Barton Close, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8JP. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Admission £5.00.


John Archer Lecture - Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians, Wednesday 8th February. Sue Oakley writes: On Wednesday 8th February, the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians will be hosting a lecture from the one and only John Archer. If you have seen John before you'll know how good it's going to be and if you haven't, it's a lecture you won't want to miss. He was the first person to fool Penn & Teller. He's a member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star and probably the best comedy magician you're likely to see! Visiting magicians are welcome for only £5. Please Note: There will be a change from the usual venue for this lecture. Greenheath Progressive Working Men's Club, 21 Blewitt Street, Cannock, WS12 4BE. Lecture starts at 8pm. For more information, please contact 28.1.23


Sheffield Circle of Magicians Annual Auction, Thursday 2nd February. Luke Robson Treasurer Luke Robson writes: Whether you want to clear your shelves or add some sparkle and grab a bargain, don't miss our Annual Auction! Things to know... Free for members, £3 for guests.
If you are selling:

• Bring a list of your items including any reserve prices.
• The Circle takes a 10% commission rounded up to nearest 50p.
• Payments are settled at the end of the night.
If you are buying:
• Pay for purchases at the end of the auction

• Cash is preferred and encouraged, bank transfer accepted for amounts greater than £50

• Change is appreciated.
Thursday 2nd February at 7.30pm at Magick Enterprises, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield S2 5TG.


Half Price E-Club Pro Membership. Mark Leveridge's online magic resource, E-ClubPro, offers magicians of all experience and interest a fabulous way to access new magic, great tips and advice, and to benefit from personal support based on Mark's 40+ years as a full time pro. Collected together in over 1000 pages of online material, E-Club Pro is the perfect companion for your magic life. Constantly updated and augmented, E-Club Pro assembles an unrivalled database of magical knowledge that as a member you can dip into 24/7 or whenever you need it. Couple that with a blanket 50% discount on all MLM products and you can see it constitutes great value for money. Joining is quick and easy. E-Club Pro itself costs £12pm on a rolling PayPal payment, or you can opt for the exclusive E-Club Elite (£20pm) which provides everything Pro has to offer plus loads more detailed in depth content. There is no set membership period, you just let it run for as long as you wish. Sign up before 28th February 2023 and for each of your first three months of membership you will be refunded half of the membership cost. This special offer applies to new members only or those who have not previously been a member within the last 6 months. For more information about E-Club Pro go to 28.1.23


The Jinx. Michael Colley has produced another in his series of Magic Magazine indices. This time it's for The Jinx by Theo Annemann. The magazine ran for 151 Issues from 1934 to 1941, initially monthly but later weekly (before becoming somewhat sporadic!). The Index has 1,144 entries with up to 10 categories per entry. There are 391 different categories. Additionally, there are 3,444 Name entries and 170 Picture entries, with 23 entries for cartoons. The index is supplied as a fully searchable Access database, but can be supplied as .PDF files as well. The price is £12.50 direct from Michael, email: 28.1.23


Jon & Lucy's Odd Couples. Comedians Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont oversee proceedings as actress Amanda Abbington and escapologist Jonathan Goodwin are pitted against singer Kimberly Wyatt and model Max Rogers to decide which of the couples has the better relationship. Friday 3rd February on Channel 4. See TV Magic for details. 28.1.23


David Croucher Lecture - South Downs Magicians. Des King writes: On Wednesday 1st February South Downs Magicians will be hosting a lecture by David Croucher ( David is a very talented and inventive family and adult entertainer. Visiting magicians are welcome to come along at a fee of £8. The meeting will be in the Handcross Parish Hall, High Street, Handcross, Haywards Heath RH17 6BJ. Anyone wishing to come along please contact Jonathan Cann 01444 230409 or 07850 917126. 28.1.23


For Sale & Wanted. The free MagicWeek classified ads have been going strong since issue 1 back in July 2000. Please double-check the T&Cs to make sure your ad appears. For Sale Wanted. DT. 28.1.23


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