Number 1181 - Saturday 11th February 2023


Jamie Allan - Everything. I’m Jamie and this is my book, 'Everything'. It earned that title because it touches on everything I know about this business. 'Everything' is not for everyone, but it is for people that are interested in taking their magic to a wider audience. For close-up workers, it will show you how to take your magic to the stage for thousands. For the stage workers, it will describe stage illusion on an epic scale.

And if you’re not remotely interested in the practical details of making cars, motorbikes and helicopters appear and disappear (which are described in intimate detail), or learning the secrets of the bullet catch that fooled everyone, then maybe the more practical stage illusions included are for you. Even if you hate live illusions and just wanted to improve your show via direction or production value, perhaps the information gleaned from years of performing might be of interest.


And presuming you know all of the above, you might enjoy the information that is more than worth the price of the book, as I give you the inside track on how to promote, produce, and market your shows in theatrical venues across the world. I might even tip that hat on how I raised millions of dollars to produce the largest magic shows in the world during a pandemic.

It’s an honest insight to the highs and lows of the last 40 years of magic and how I made and lost huge sums. It is not, however, for anyone who does not dream of a better show and a bigger experience for their respective audience. I have tried to write the book I wish I had owned when I was starting out, as I had to learn the hard way. It’s not been an easy task, but I’m very proud of the end result and slightly worried that I have given too much away.


"Jamie thinks differently and this book can help you shake up your own thinking. (He has some good tricks too)." Penn Jillette.


[Jamie Allan - Everything is now available for pre-order and will be released at the Blackpool Magic Convention next weekend. Each first edition copy of Everything will be hand signed and numbered by Jamie, and will include a named certificate of purchase. To find out more and to place a pre-order see This is a book that I am sure will really excite and inspire magicians to take their magic ever forward, turning dreams into reality. DT]. 11.2.23


Mid West Magic Convention, Ireland, 17th-19th November 2023. From the organisers: Jay Sankey (Canada) and Micheal Finney (USA) are already booked to lecture and perform in our Gala Show on the Sunday Night. For our first convention, we are going all out. Our aim is to have at least 30 top-class dealers from all over the world. We will also run Close-up, Stage and Junior competitions. It's The Mid-West Magic Society's commitment to support younger magicians and that's why we are offering free tickets for under 14's. Venue: Treacys West County Hotel, Limerick Road, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland. For more info and to be added to the Early Bird ticket notification list visit 11.2.23


The Magic of Jon Gresham's Sideshows - Blackpool. Any magicians arriving early in Blackpool for the convention may be interested in attending this free event promoted by Showtown - Blackpool's Museum of Fun and Entertainment due to open in 2023. On Tuesday 14th February at 2.30pm at Liberty's Hotel, Cocker Square, Blackpool FY1 1RX, Jon Marshall will be regaling stories of living Headless Ladies, Girls in Goldfish Bowls and Frankenstein’s Monster!


Showman Jon Gresham built a sideshow empire throughout the UK, mainly at seaside resorts and back end fairs presenting his live illusion shows from 1955 to 1969. Similar shows featured on Blackpool’s famous Golden Mile tempting visitors to spend their sixpences on attractions that had disappeared as part of our popular culture by the early 1970s. Jon Marshall has researched, restored and presented many of Jon Gresham’s creations and this illustrated talk will vividly bring to life the strange and exotic sideshows of a bygone era. Just come along – no need to book! Free admission. See


John Archer Lecture - Hull Magicians' Circle. From the organisers: John Archer needs no introduction to the magic world. He's a brilliant comedy magician and an originator of some great effects. John was the first person to fool Penn and Teller on their long-running series. This will be a lecture you won't want to miss. Visiting Magicians are welcome to attend for £5. The meeting starts at 7.45pm on Thursday, 16th February. We have a new venue: Men in Shed's Community Centre, First Lane, Anlaby, Hull HU10 6UE. See 11.2.23


Cards At Many Numbers by Martin MacMillan. To be released at the Blackpool Magic Convention next weekend. A twist on the popular Card At Any Number magic plot, Cards At Many Numbers is a baffling five card prediction that you'll love performing. Watch the demonstration video Click Here.

The magician clearly displays a pack of cards to be in a completely random order, then hands a spectator five different numbers. "These", the magician claims, "are my lucky numbers", and proceeds to explain that cards will be dealt from the pack to the positions of each lucky number in an order chosen by the spectator. In explaining this, it's pointed out that there are 120 different combinations of the five numbers, and if the combination is even slightly changed, the located cards would be completely different.

The procedure is followed and the dealt to cards dealt are put aside. The remaining pack is again shown to be random, and the located cards turned over. At this point a prediction is removed from an envelope, and the five dealt to cards are shown to have been perfectly predicted by the magician.

Only one prediction used. No outs. Easy to do. Self working. Numbers given in spectator's chosen order (120 combinations). Full pack of cards displayed in a random order. Prediction always correct. 3 individual routines. Find out more and watch a demonstration at


Ian Keable Lecture - Kent Magicians Guild. Mike Ingham writes: Very excited to announce that Ian Keable is coming to lecture at the Kent Magicians Guild on Tuesday 28th February. We meet at the Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks. Guests are very welcome at only £5 per ticket, which will be taken off the membership fee if you decide to join our very friendly club.

Ian Keable has been a professional magician for over 30 years, specialising in comedy magic. He is the author of Stand-Up: A Professional Guide to Comedy Magic. In more recent years he has concentrated on historical writing and research, producing Charles Dickens Magician: Conjuring in Life, Letters and Literature, and The Century of Deception: The Birth of the Hoax in 18th Century England. He gives talks on both these subjects to organisations and societies. In this lecture he will be performing and explaining tricks from his repertoire of close-up, stand-up and magic related talks. For more information or to secure a place, message me on 07724 273157.


Marc Spelmann - Northamptonshire Magicians Club Patron’s Lecture. Nigel Quinn writes: David Penn is proud to announce that his ‘Northamptonshire Magicians Club Patron’s Lecture’ will be the one and only Marc Spelmann. On the 7th March, in a special one off presentation, Marc will be sharing routines, insights, and inspiration, with members and guest magicians. David Penn has been a huge admirer of Marc’s work for a very long time, so we know that this night will be very special. Free for members, and £10 for guests. 7.30pm at Northamptonshire Magicians Club, Brafield on the Green WMC, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield-on-the-Green, Northampton NN7 1BD 11.2.23


Hull Magicians' Circle Annual Dinner and Entertainment. A date for your diary - Hull Magicians' Circle President Eddie Dawes, with his guests Fergus Roy and Betty Davenport invites you to a night of sumptuous dining and sparkling entertainment with a five course meal, pre-dinner close-up magic and a theatre show featuring the eccentric and fun Abigail Collins, and the comedy magic of Thomas Anthony and Darren Mac. It's held at The Canham Turner building, University of Hull on Saturday 22nd April, 6.30pm for 7pm. Tickets £52 available from or telephone 07936 584540. 11.2.23


Ted Oldham Memorial Lecture and Chairman’s Dinner - The Ulster Society of Magicians. James Hobart writes: Booking is now open for the next big event in the Ulster Society of Magicians calendar for 2023 - the Ted Oldham Memorial Lecture and Chairman’s Dinner on 1st April. The afternoon lecture by Max Fulham will take place in Ballynafeigh Community Association at the bottom of the Ormeau Road, Belfast at 2.30pm. The start time for the evening is yet to be confirmed but will be upstairs in The Errigle Inn, also on the Ormeau Road. Due to venue licensing laws the evening event is restricted to patrons over 18 years of age. Please reserve your place by sending the names of your guest(s) to Paula McIntyre at or 0771 618 3298 and follow up with their choices from the menu available online at or from the USM Secretary on request. Contact Paula to arrange your preferred method of payment. Final Deadline for payment and booking is 15th March 2023.

For those wishing to stay overnight in Belfast we would recommend you book the Premier Inn in Alfred Street and will be arranging taxi transfers before and after the event if there is sufficient interest. Special guest at the dinner will be President of The Magic Circle Megan Swann and she will be supporting Max Fulham on the after dinner cabaret show. Please prepare your group of friends for an evening of fine food, raffle, magic and laughter for the bargain price of just £39.50. Any questions can be addressed to the Secretary, James Hobart, whose contact details, and other information about the Society can be found on our website:


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Geoffrey Durham on the show the he jointly hosted, John Fisher's The Best of Magic, from 3rd October 1990. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 11.2.23


Michael Murray 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: "Michael Murray - One of the highest respected mentalists of all time" YouTube. 11.2.23


Three Free Books For Magicians. Ian Rowland writes: I’m giving away three books to magicians. The first is 'Tricks And Stuff', the 'lecture book' I wrote to accompany my Magic Circle lecture last Monday. It includes 20 of my best (or least worst) tricks and routines plus stories, musings and other bits. The others are ’50:50 Fantasia’ (how to win any 50:50 bet) and ‘The CAT Test’ (fun you can have with telepathy). These are genuinely free. There’s no self-promotion or commercial motive. I’m not even harvesting email details. Anyone in the magic world can have these three books. Also, magicians are free to share the URL or the books themselves with their magic friends. See 11.2.23


The Feb/Mar 2023 E-Video Newsletter. Mark Leveridge is pleased to offer his latest online video programme featuring: The Teach In – learn a commercial card routine direct from Mark's current strolling repertoire. Pro Peeks – extracted from The Tool Box in the E-Club Pro Archive is an explanation of the Goshman Pinch coin move. Keeping Control Unplugged – part 29 expands further on ways to get and keep strolling audiences engaged with your performance. The Trick Box – a brand new section in which Mark performs and explains effects from books, lecture notes and elsewhere that haven’t been seen much before. Web Offers – get your hands on a top kid show routine and a classic feature close up effect, saving £4 on each one. 60 Seconds To Success – in this episode Mark discusses how best to manage show arrival times. Access to the full 37 minute presentation is free, you simply have to be signed up to Mark's no cost E-Club Lite, which delivers a monthly email newsletter containing the link to the E-Video Newsletter. To join now go to 11.2.23


Brando and Silvana Lecture - Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle, Tuesday 14th February. Matthew Gill writes: The first lecture of 2023 hosted by Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle will be International Artists Brando and Silvana! Originally from Argentina and currently residing in Barcelona, they are specialists in the performance of theatrical magic. In this lecture, Brando will present his book Paddle Move which features over 80 effects with paddles, as well as the history and reason for its operation. Welcome to the Paddlemania!

The date for this event is Tuesday 14th February and it will be held at St Stephens Church Hall in Hightown, Liverpool, L38 0BL. The meeting will begin at 8.30pm. Please do not arrive at the venue earlier than 8.15pm due to an event at the venue earlier in the evening. Visiting magicians are welcome - Entrance fee £12. Venue: St Stephen's Church Hall, Hightown, Liverpool L38 0BL.


The Young Magician of the Year Competition 2023. Just a reminder that the Heats of the Young Magician of the Year 2023 will not be taking place at The Magic Circle Headquarters tomorrow, Sunday 12th February. Please don't turn up as there will be no-one there. As there are only a very few entries these will be judged from video submissions. Watch this space for further news. Michael Colley, Chairman, Young Magician of the Year Competition. 11.2.23


Zane's Magic Shop - Blackpool Magic Convention 2023. Zane writes: Zane's Magic Shop will be attending the Blackpool Magic Convention next week; the stand will be located in the Horseshoe area - near the entrance. I look forward to seeing old and new customers on the stand. There will be something to buy for every type of magic; including some rare and out-of-print magic books (with some from my own personal collection by Larry Jennings, Steinmeyer, Paul Harris and Michael Ammar). Also, I've just added some new products to the website: 11.2.23


Inferno Aces present The History of Magic - Treeton, Rotherham, 24th February. From the promoter: An evening full of magic and illusion featuring four magical acts presenting tricks and tales from vintage sideshows, magic shows and circuses, through to the magic of today. You will see Lee Joseph, Lucy Luawana, Tom Magick and Gaz Neale come together to create a evening full of magic, illusion, dance, dangerous stunts, and escapes with a 1900s feel of a magic show or retro circus. Please note this may be unsuitable for some with 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 11.2.23


'The Avengers' - update. Thanks to reader Craig Gilbert for emailing this YouTube link which features a longer version of The Avengers credits that I uploaded to The MagicWeek Video Archive two weeks ago. This version was probably sourced from a more recent release on Blu-ray, and looks great. DT. 11.2.23


"America’s Got Talent star Scott Alexander dies of stroke aged 52" 11.2.23


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