Number 1183 - Saturday 25th February 2023


South Korea's Hyunjoon Kim is The One! Adrien Quillen, Brian Aksnes Hoseth, Mr Triton, Miguel Munoz, Mario Lopez, Goncalo Gil, Imanol D'Albeniz and Hyunjoon Kim competed last Saturday in 'The One' for magic's biggest prize of £30,000 at magic's biggest convention, The Blackpool Magic Convention. Mike Caveney, Kevin James and Andy Nyman judged, and Mike Hammer emceed. Huge congratulations to Hyunjoon Kim! [Photo by Dan Eden, Eden Photography:]. 25.2.23


The Blackpool Magic Convention 2024. 4,400 registrants just enjoyed an outstanding three days of magic and are already itching to book for next year's event which will take place on 16th-18th February 2024. Registration will go live at 10am (GMT) on Monday April 3rd and the best seats will go almost immediately, so don't delay. Mac King has already been announced as a headliner. 25.2.23


Blackpool Magic Convention 2023. Brendan Rodrigues vlogs The Blackpool Magic Convention 2023: YouTube. 25.2.23


Magical Bones: Soulful Magic UK Tour - starts this Thursday, March 2nd! Broken Robot Production Presents Magical Bones: Soulful Magic. Following sell out runs at the Edinburgh Festival and across the UK, the Britain’s Got Talent finalist takes to the road with a brand-new show full of the most awe-inspiring and high energy magic you’ll see this year. Direct from appearances on America’s Penn & Teller Fool Us, BBC1’s BAFTA Awards, ITV1’s This Morning and Sky’s Around The World In 80 Tricks. Age guidance: 10+
"A dazzling show… full of imagination and flair"
★★★★ The Guardian
"What’s happening on stage really is magic"
The Telegraph
"A spellbinding show that leaves the audience gasping in disbelief"
★★★★ The Wee Review

2nd Swindon: Arts Centre
3rd Monmouth: Savoy Theatre
9th Beccles: Public Hall & Theatre
10th Didcot: Cornerstone
17th Liverpool: Playhouse
18th Norwich: Playhouse
19th Leicester: Curve
23rd Barrow In Furness: The Forum
24th Lancaster: Grand
26th Lytham St Annes: Lowther Pavilion
31st Bridport: Electric Palace

1st Launceston: Town Hall
2nd Plymouth: Quad Theatre
5th Salford: The Lowry Quays
6th Radlett: Centre
12th Poole: Lighthouse Theatre
13th Farnham: Maltings
14th Bridgwater: McMillan Theatre
16th Winchester: Theatre Royal
21st Leeds: City Varieties
27th Milton Keynes: The Stables
28th Tunbridge Wells: Trinity Theatre
29th Crewe: Lyceum
30th Weston-Super-Mare: Playhouse

5th Maidenhead: Norden Farm
12th Scarborough: Spa Theatre
13th Huntingdon: Performing Arts Centre
20th Bury St Edmunds: Theatre Royal
25th Chipping Norton: Theatre
26th Southend: Palace Theatre
27th Bedford: Quarry Theatre.


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Hans Klock: Illusions of the New Millennium (edited due to copyright restrictions). See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 25.2.23


Ulster Society of Magicians Dinner and Lecture. James Hobart writes: Final reminder. Due to the venue restricting our numbers this year there are now only a dozen places left for the next big event in the Ulster Society of Magicians calendar for 2023 - the Ted Oldham Memorial Lecture and Chairman’s Dinner on Saturday, 1st April 2023.

It’s a perfect opportunity to meet and learn from Max Fulham - the undisputed hit of Blackpool 2023 where he compered the Sunday night Gala Show. The afternoon lecture and Q&A by Max Fulham will take place in Ballynafeigh Community Association at the bottom of the Ormeau Road, Belfast at 2.30 pm. The lecture is free of charge to members attending the dinner that evening and £10 if not attending. For non-members the fees are £15 and £20 respectively.

The arrival time for the evening has been confirmed as 7.30pm for a 7.45pm sit down on the Marble Cedar Lounge, 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. Final Deadline for payment and booking is 15th March. 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


Coming up at Smoke & Mirrors, Bristol... Comedy & Magic Shows with Paul Martin (11th March) and Simon Virtue (18th March). Paul has performed across the world with celebrities and royals amongst his fan-base. Simon will hopefully bring along his dove, and is Gordon Ramsey's go-to guy when entertainment is needed for his restaurants. We have 2 shows every Saturday night with tickets sell fast so don't wait around and miss out: 25.2.23


Elliot Bibby 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: "Elliot Bibby - The Scottish Sensation" YouTube. 25.2.23


Mark Bennett Lecture - South London Magic Society. Simon Rosselli writes: South London Magic Society invite you to join them on the 7th of March, for the Mark Bennett lecture. Mark is a professional performer, magic bar owner and creator of magic and has been a professional magician for over 30 years. He'll tell his story of creating the UK’s first Magic Bars and the magic that he performs. He will also guide you in what makes a Bar Magician and how you can take a close-up set to the stage. Mark will breakdown routines which he has never revealed before. Lots of magic, and lots to takeaway on the night. Visiting magicians welcome - £10 for non-members on the door, which can be put towards membership if you wish to join. Doors open at 7.30pm - Lecture to start at 8pm. South London Magic Society, Clock House Methodist Church Hall, Clock House Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4JP. 25.2.23


John Archer Lecture - Ilford Magical Society. From the organisers: Ilford Magical Society will be hosting a lecture by one of the UK's top comedy magicians, John Archer, on Wednesday 8th March. John is a past winner of The Magic Circle's Stage Magician of the Year, a semi-finalist on Britain's Got Talent, and has fooled Pen & Teller. So this is a night not miss. The lecture will start at 8pm on Wednesday 8th March and last approximately 2 hours at the Parkside Community Centre, 176 Goodmayes Lane, Ilford, Essex IG3 9PP. Admission £10 - all welcome. 25.2.23


Bharat Patel Lecture - The Home Counties Magical Society. Steve Graham writes: On Thursday March 3rd, The Home Counties Magical Society are pleased to welcome International Magician Bharat Patel to Lecture at Maiden Place Community Centre, Maiden Place, Kilnsea Drive, Lower Earley, RG6 3HE. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.


Bharat Patel, a member of The Inner Magic Circle, is a multi award-winning magician. He includes close-up, stage illusions, parlour and mentalism in his repertoire. Bharat is an international illusionist with the music and colour of India. He regularly travels around the world performing to packed theatres and has performed at many private celebrity parties, corporate events and magic conventions. Magicians who are not HCMS Members are welcome at this lecture; a £15 charge will apply to any non-members attending. 25.2.23


John Archer at The Magic Room, Corby. Andrew Wookey writes: The Magic Room have the pleasure of John Archer lecturing for us on Thursday 23rd March. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start at The Clansman, Motala Close, Corby, Northamptonshire NN18 9DT.

Britain's Got Talent Semi-Finalist 2019, "The first man to fool Penn & Teller", "The Magic Circle Stage Magician of The Year 2008/2009", "Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star" and... "Possibly the best comedy magician in his house". All magicians are welcome. For non-members of The Magic Room the fee is £10 on the door. Limited space; 50 people only. Contact Andrew Wookey to book your place using or by mobile on 07563 940792.


Ian Keable Lecture - Kent Magicians Guild, 28th February. Mike Ingham writes: It's now less than a week to go until the Ian Keable Lecture 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.


Mark Leveridge Magic Web Offers. Save money by ordering the following two products before the end of March. 1. DC's Rope Routine. This downloadable video file shows a live performance and full explanation of a fun-filled version of the classic Cut and Restored Rope designed for the 3-6 year old age group. Mark has used this hilarious presentation for years in his own children's shows and it will soon become one of your favourite routines. £6.00 (saving £4). 2. The Okito and Boston Box Routine . Secretly combining Okito and Boston Boxes, this sleight of hand coin routine is full of visual magic and great surprises! Designed as a close-up performance piece presented on a close up mat, this effect is fun to learn and present for anyone who is into coin magic. Comes as a downloadable TricKlip Video file. £4.00 (saving £3). For more information and to order go to 25.2.23


Magic Night - The Tower Theatre, Folkestone, Kent, 11th March. We are delighted to welcome three of the best magicians in the country to The Tower Theatre for an evening full of wonder on Saturday, 11th March!

Award winning Etienne Pradier, known as the French magician, uses wit, charm and comedy to create a relaxed atmosphere, performing interactive magic using everyday objects and features audience participation. He is a favourite among celebrities and has been booked over a dozen times to entertain King Charles III and other members of the Royal Family. Etienne is one of only 250 members of The Magic Circle with a Gold Star.

Matt Daniel-Baker, the mind reader, has been thrilling audiences around the world for almost 20 years with his exciting and bewildering combination of phenomenal mind reading and razor sharp wit. Counting Justin Timberlake amongst his fans, Matt uses psychology, body language, lie detection and social manipulation to read minds and steal thoughts!

Josh King, the sleight of hand artist, is considered one of the UK’s top young magicians. Energetic, with a friendly approach, he creates an unforgettable show. Josh has also performed for King Charles III and the Queen Consort Christmas party at St. James’s Palace.

8pm on Saturday, 11th March at The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone, Kent CT20 3HL 25.2.23


The Amazing Johnathan Documentary. "Benjamin Berman finds the line between truth and illusion start to blur as he documents the final tour of a dying magician." Tuesday 7th March on Sky Documentaries. See TV Magic for details. 25.2.23


Carl De Rome. Jonathan Royle writes: On Monday morning 20th February 2023 following the Blackpool Magic Convention, Magician, Illusionist, Singer and all round entertainer Carl De Rome died peacefully after finally losing his battle with cancer. Those who knew Carl will remember him as a truly larger than life character who always had time to help anybody and everybody just so long as you did not treat him or others he knew badly. He stuck up for what he believed in and having visited him in person on Thursday 16th February I'm glad to say he kept his dark sense of humour and mental alertness to the very end.


Carl's family have announced details of his funeral which will take place on Friday 24th March 2023 from 1.15pm at Carleton Cemetery & Crematorium, Stocks Road, Blackpool FY6 7QS. All are welcome to attend as they also are at the wake afterwards, taking place at The Wainright Club, 173 Hornby Road, Blackpool FY1 4RD. Please do come and pay your respects, but also please do RSVP that you are coming to Carl's niece, Stacey, via her Facebook Messages: 25.2.23


"Northampton magician wins the highest accolade, in recognition of his career, from The Magic Circle" Click Here • "Irish magician Aidan McCann wows judges on America’s Got Talent: All Stars finale" Click Here • "‘Exposing trick’ spells trouble for Lincolnshire magician banned from Magic Circle" Click Here • "Magician Mat Franco updates his successful Las Vegas show" Click Here • "James Phelan - the Greatest Magician brings show to Cardigan" Click Here • "Renowned magician Michael Jordan started his biggest-ever tour in his home town of Huddersfield – and here’s our review" Click Here • "Acclaimed comedy magician Pete Firman to visit Swindon later this year" Click Here • "He’s back! Acclaimed illusionist returns to the Church of God convention" Click Here • "Recognise magic as art, demand magicians" Click Here • And finally, the Got Talent franchise has just launched in Japan and it looks like one of the judges (the Simon) is going to be a little trigger-happy YouTube • Your UK news is always welcomed, big and small. See you next week, Duncan. 25.2.23