Number 1180 - Saturday 4th February 2023


It's the world's largest magic convention and it's just days away! Amazing gala shows featuring world-class performers, star lectures, extensive dealers hall, 'The One' competition with a £30,000 prize and much more. Blackpool Magic Convention promises a world-class lineup of international award-winning magicians, illusionists and acts, brought together in one fantastic venue to provide a weekend like no other, to bring you the very best Magic Convention of its kind, anywhere in the world. We hope to see you in Blackpool from the 16th February to Sunday 19th February 2023.

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Michael Ammar at The Chris Cross Wizards Weekend Convention. From the organisers: Michael Ammar is making his first UK appearance in years, and his only UK appearance this year, at The Chris Cross Wizards Weekend Convention. Ammar joins daredevil Jonathan Goodwin, Romany Diva of Magic, Tom Crosbie the Performing Nerd, Ireland's Pat Fallon, Mentalism Mastermind Michael Murray of MindFX, Moustapha Berjaoui Egypt’s foremost mentalist and Chris Cross. Final acts still to be announced. Tickets are priced at only £99. They include all lectures and gala shows across the 3 days (21st-23rd April) at The Gibside Hotel in Whickham, Newcastle upon Tyne. The capacity is 120 registrants - book now to secure your place! 4.2.23


Alan Hudson Fools Penn & Teller! Alan Hudson goes to Las Vegas to try to fool two of the best known magicians in the world, Penn & Teller. The premise is simple: find a signed playing card, without using your hands. Expertly wrapped in cling film by host Alyson Hannigan... YouTube. 4.2.23


Michael Vincent Lecture - Newcastle Magic Circle. Newcastle Magic Circle have just released their 2023 programme of lectures. Starting off with Michael Vincent on Monday 6th February at 7.30pm. Michael Vincent' elegant sleight of hand and close-up skills are a delight to witness. His international award-winning magic has taken him across the world with appearances at the Magic Castle in Hollywood and on television with 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'. He will be performing a 30-minute show, followed by a lecture covering routines, routine design, structure, construction, audience management and engagement. Concluding with a Q&A session. Guests are welcome to join us for this lecture although fees apply. For more information visit our website or email 4.2.23


Matthew Wright's "How to Fool Friends and Entertain People" lecture - Huddersfield Circle of Magicians. From the organisers: For the first time ever Matthew Wright is pulling back the curtain to reveal all about his award winning show in Spain - The Chamber of Secrets.

For the past 8 years Matthew, along with his wife Alarna, has been selling out every show and getting rave reviews. Consistently voted the Trip Advisor number 1 Thing to Do for the entire region of Andalucia he has also been short listed into the top five tourist attractions in Spain competing with multi million dollar businesses such as the Madrid SeaLife Centre, Barcelona's Neu Camp Stadium and the Guadi Cathedral Not bad for a two man band!

During this lecture Matthew takes you through every step of what makes a great show. From meeting and greeting to selecting an audience member, through to making sure you get the positive reviews you need to thrive in this business. This isn't a lecture just full of theory though. Matthew performs parts of his show and not only explains how the tricks work but more importantly why the tricks work, and why each trick is done at that particular time to create the best reactions and the best experience possible from your magic. A rare opportunity to get a real insight into one of the worlds most successful magicians and magic shows. Not to be missed!


Wednesday 8th February at 7.30pm for an 8pm start at the Huddersfield Circle of Magicians, The Savoy Community Centre, 32A Elm Street, Skelmanthorpe, Huddersfield HD8 9BH. Visiting magicians welcome - £10 on the door. 4.2.23


Young & Strange, seen here snapped at the end of the first outing for their full evening show ‘Delusionists’ which played at the Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara, California, on Sunday evening. Having now left Dallas, they start a run of shows in Houston with Champions of Magic. It's always so good to see friends enjoying international success. DT. 4.2.23


Richard Wiseman's On Your Mind. The podcast that aims to answer a thousand questions about the human mind, from laughter, dreaming and luck to sleep, memory and the paranormal. On Wednesday 8th February, Podimo and Telltale Industries will launch Richard Wiseman's On Your Mind podcast. This is the ultimate guide to the human psyche that dives into how we think, feel and behave.

A psychologist, magician and academic, Professor Richard Wiseman holds the UK’s only professorship in the public understanding of psychology. He's fascinated by the science behind magic, deception, the paranormal, luck and self-development – Richard’s books on these topics have sold over 3 million copies and his YouTube videos have racked up over 600 million views.

Now, along with science journalist Marnie Chesterton, he's on a mission to answer a thousand questions about the human mind. The pair are taking on all manner of questions from the public, celebrities and each other about everything from laughter, dreaming and luck to sleep, memory and the paranormal. The series starts with criminal barrister and broadcaster Rob Rinder asking if there's a secret to becoming a human lie detector. Curious listeners are invited to send in their own questions via @wisemanpod on Twitter.

Richard tackles each topic by drawing on his deep knowledge of psychology, while also providing an endless supply of witty anecdotes... Marnie tries to stick to the script and ensures there are practical takeaways in each episode.

Listeners can expect a fact-filled and irreverent podcast that provides them with an invaluable toolkit for successful living. Launching Wednesday, 8th February:


Masters of Magic World Tour Convention - Turin, 2023. Starring Hojin Yu, Alain Choquette, Raul Cremona, Dani Daortiz, Hannah, Axel Hecklau, Michel Huot, Miguel Muñoz, Luis Olmedo, Andrea Paris, Tempei, Víctor Piña, Florian Sainvet, C.Y. and Léa Kyle, with more names to be announced. Visit for full details and to book. 4.2.23


A new issue of The Dodo is out now. The Dodo contains mainly card magic and mentalism, and humour that some will find offensive. Over 18's only. Very limited numbers. For payment details email 4.2.23


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week silent magic from Spain's Juan Mayoral in a guest spot on The Paul Daniels Magic Show from 18th January 1992. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 4.2.23


Chris Dugdale 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: "Chris Dugdale on 'Becoming Better', his latest book" YouTube. 4.2.23


The Ricky Jay Collection Auction - February 25th. Potter & Potter is thrilled to bring to auction the remarkable, singular, eclectic collection of Ricky Jay, the lauded actor, celebrated sleight of hand magician, and noted author, who curated his own extensive collection of magic, circus, and showbiz ephemera - a one-of-a-kind wunderkammer. From the literature of cheating, gambling, and conmen, to vibrant vintage circus and sideshow posters, flamboyant text-filled broadsides spanning the last four centuries, and memorabilia of magic shows of yesteryear, this, the first of three auctions promises to be a true celebration of curious characters and the rare relics that tell their stories. 4.2.23


The Magic Car Boot Sale. Birmingham, tomorrow, 5th February! 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. 4.2.23


Imagine by Peter and Harry Nardi. "Easy to perform, versatile and guaranteed to become one of your favourite pieces to perform..." 4.2.23


Renowned magic store owner and Shocker basketball great Joe Stevens dies at 86. 4.2.23


"Simon Cowell set on fire by Britain's Got Talent [magic] hopeful in terrifying stunt" Click Here • "British Magician Billy Menezes Releases His First-Ever Playing Cards" Click Here • "ITV Britain's Got Talent breakdancing illusionist heading to Lancashire on tour" Click Here • "Take 6 with Cosentino, Australia’s most famous illusionist" Click Here • "The Prestige vs. The Illusionist: Which 2006 Film Wins the Battle of the Magicians?" Click Here • "Jaw dropping magic show coming to Theatre Royal in February" Click Here • "‘Asi Wind’s Inner Circle’ Review: Pick a Card, Not Just Any Card" Click Here • "Watch Howie Mandel Run Off the Stage “Terrified” After "Stab" During 'AGT: All Stars' Act" Click Here • That's it! Keep your magic news coming. See you next week, Duncan. 4.2.23