Number 1184 - Saturday 4th March 2023


An Evening with Wayne Dobson. The Electric Theatre, Guildford. From success in Las Vegas, to starring on the Royal Variety Show and his own TV series, magician Wayne Dobson returns to the stage with a magic show unlike any you’ve seen before. Combining eye-boggling tricks and Wayne’s special brand of comedy, The Wayne Dobson Show is not to be missed.

At the height of his stardom which included three hit TV series of 'Wayne Dobson: A Kind of Magic', which attracted 11 million viewers weekly, Wayne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. As the condition worsened and consigned Wayne to a wheelchair, he retired from public performance. Feeling the urge to perform again, Wayne tried out a couple of private shows and was overwhelmed with his audiences' response. So much so he has decided to do some more. Wayne is joined by his right hand man Mike Sullivan and Special Guest, International Illusionist Kayden Black. Saturday 6th May at 4pm at The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street, Guildford GU1 4SZ. See


West End Magic - Saturday 11th March. From the organisers: Celebrating 10 years of shows in London, the family friendly show starts its UK tour at the Leicester Square Theatre. Expect magic, mind-reading mysteries, card throwing mayhem, bewildering buffoonery and some bloke trying to escape from his jacket! Featuring gentleman conjuror Guy Hollingworth, card throwing stunts from the Card Ninja, Vaudevillian magician Mark James, the magical feats of Oliver Tabor, madcap buffoonery from Chris Frostie and magical compere Wayne Trice.

Back in March of 2013, the first West End Magic show took place at the Leicester Square Theatre, making it now one of London’s longest running theatre magic shows. It has introduced some of the most exciting names in magic and variety in the UK, delivering magic, illusion, comedy and variety, to family audiences for 10 years. Saturday 11th March at 3.30pm. Tickets: Further dates:


Edinburgh Magic. An Intimate Evening of Wonder in Enchanting Surroundings. From the promoter: Kevin Quantum’s new show presents the Edinburgh magic that fooled the most brilliant minds.


• Intimate evening of mystery in the elegance of The Caledonian Hotel
• Rediscovered magical marvels of Scotland and Edinburgh’s past
• Consummate performance from international magician Kevin Quantum

Join Edinburgh’s own international magician Kevin Quantum for an incredible show packed with tricks that fooled some of the most brilliant and creative people ever to have lived. Among those left dumfounded were JK Rowling, Sir Paul McCartney and Houdini! Much of the magic has strong links to Edinburgh and Scotland and includes tricks rediscovered and recreated by Kevin after reading century-old newspaper accounts and Magic Circle meeting minutes.

This limited run, on Saturday evenings from 15th April to 1st July, offers an exclusive and up-close experience for audiences of just 30 people in the elegant surroundings of Edinburgh’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel, known locally as The Caledonian. Performances take place in the Versailles Suite and those who book front and second row tickets will be treated to a complementary glass of Prosecco on arrival. There's no strict code, but elegant evening attire is encouraged.

Dates: Saturday 15th, 22nd, 29th April, 6th, 27th May, 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th June, and July 1st.
Times: 6pm and 8pm

Duration: 60-70 minutes, with a five minute intermission
Venue: Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 2AB
Suitability: Age 12+
Ticket prices: £30 - £55
Booking and additional information:


The British Magical Society is pleased to announce that Fergus Roy has been awarded the 2023 David Berglas award for outstanding services to British magic. He and Betty will be attending the 116th Annual Dinner on Friday 24th March where the award will be presented. There are a few tickets remaining for the dinner which starts at 7.30pm at the Westmead Hotel in Hopwood, South Birmingham. Special Guests include Mark Shortland, Oliver Tabor, President of the British Ring of the IBM, and Steve Hewlett who will be entertaining us with an after dinner cabaret. Full details on the BMS website or from Chris Newson 4.3.23


International Escape Artists Convention, Sheffield, 10th-11th March. From the organisers: Welcome to the first International Escape Artists Convention, a 2 day event jointly organised by the Global Escapology Organisation and the United Kingdom Escape Artists. Special guests - The Handcuff Challenge - Mick Hanzlik Award - Street Cuff Award - Lectures - Museum access. Keep up to date with GEO announcements: International Escape Artists Convention, 10th-11th March at the National Emergency Services Museum, The Old Police/Fire Station, West Bar, Sheffield S3 8PT. 4.3.23


Ian Adair MIMC celebrates the publication of his 331st book, Mind Blowing Mentalism. Published by Magicseen, Mind Blowing Mentalism contains 40 original mental effects and routines. Fully illustrated, this 144 page book was launched at the recent Blackpool Convention.

Ian specialised in dove magic and in mentalism when he was in his teens, and appeared in many programmes on STV (Scottish Television) forecasting the results of football cup finals. His first book on mentalism was published in 1959, simply titled Mental Magic, and over decades he has contributed hundreds of mental type effects in various magic magazines.

This month, two new effects dealing with mental magic have been manufactured by Sam Dalal's firm Funtime Innovations Ltd., in India: 'A Queen like no Other' and 'Crystal Clear Image'. These two effects add to an approximate total of over one thousand marketed products from Ian, advertised and sold by magic dealers worldwide. Asked if any further books are being planned, the now 82 year-old replied "Yes, I have just finished another one - not on mentalism this time. Got to keep that magic brain of mine active!"


Official Eugene Burger portrait by Jay Fortune. Jay Fortune writes: I’m honoured to announce my latest limited-edition giclée print is now available to pre-order. With permission of the Estate of the late, great Eugene Burger, this stunning 22" x 22" giclée print will be the perfect centre piece for your home, office or magic den. Officially released on 21st March, only 195 editions will ever be produced. Each is fully certified, hand-signed and all pre-orders receive a free special mini-print of a work-in-progress sketch, free shipping worldwide and chance to win the original sketch. It is currently being created to the highest fine art specifications by my publishers who represent my work for high-end art galleries. Don’t miss out on this never to be repeated highly collectable artwork. See Eugene Burger - Official Limited-Edition Print. 4.3.23


Annual Magic Sale & Auction - Bath Circle of Magicians. Thursday, March 16th at 7.30pm. Third Annual Magic Car Boot Sale and Auction sponsored by the Bath Circle of Magicians. There will be a proverbial plethora of amazing new and gently used items for your purchasing pleasure. Our previous sales were a smashing success! Don't miss out on amazing deals. We hope to see you there! 7.30pm on Thursday March 16th at St Mary's Church Hall, Queen Square, High Street, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3EL. 4.3.23


Nikola Arkane 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: "Nikola Arkane - A Magic Close-Up Champion" YouTube. 4.3.23


John Archer Lecture - The Medway Magical Society. Tim Meadley writes: The Medway Magical Society is pleased to advise that on Tuesday March 7th the incomparable John Archer will be lecturing at the Walderslade Social Club, 274 Walderslade Road, Chatham ME5 0PA (close to junction 3 off the M2). The meeting starts at 8pm and non-members are welcome. Admission is just £10 on the door. Tim Meadley, Vice President MMS. 4.3.23


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week 'Extra Sensory Deception' from Paul Daniels on The Paul Daniels Magic Show from 31st January 1987. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 4.3.23


Blue Peter at the Blackpool Magic Convention. "Blue Peter: Amazing Authors with Tom Fletcher! Last month Tom Fletcher launched Blue Peter’s Amazing Authors competition, and today author and illustrator Dapo Adeola joins the team in the studio for a draw-along and to give his top story-writing tips. Meanwhile, Joel dazzles this month’s Blue Peter VIP at the world’s largest magic convention in Blackpool." 4.3.23


Jerry Sadowitz card lecture + Q&A + magic book sale - London. This 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. 4.3.23


Marc Spelmann Lecture - 'Northamptonshire Magicians Club Patron’s Lecture', 7th March. 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 4.3.23


New from Mark Leveridge Magic. The latest additions to the MLM Select range of downloads are now ready. Here are the details:


1. Impossible Swap. A small pay envelope with a square hole cut right through its centre is displayed and a selected card slipped inside where it is clearly shown. A second card is then chosen and cut into the deck’s centre. Moments later, the deck is ribbon spread face down to reveal the first selection now face up in the deck centre. Immediately the card inside the envelope is removed to reveal it is actually now the second chosen card. This incorporates a simple yet devious envelope principle that you will be able to use in other effects.


2. Squeeze. This is a wonderfully convincing and natural looking move to enable you to make a borrowed ring instantly penetrate off an ungimmicked length of cord. The ring is genuinely threaded onto the rope and hangs at the bottom of the rope loop. A hand is slid down the cord to the ring and with a single squeeze, the ring drops off and onto a spectator’s hand or the table. No gimmicks or extra rings required, this is one of the moves included in Mark's Ring And String Deluxe package and which is offered here on its own. Both video downloads cost just £7.00 each (£3.50 for E-Club Pro members) and can be found at 4.3.23


Get Your Act Together with Hans Klok. Steps singer Claire Richards is mentored by fire-eating act the Black Fire Girls, former politician Ann Widdecombe joins circus ringmaster Norman Barrett, one-time Coronation Street star Oliver Mellor (Dr Matt Carter) is coached by musical quintet the Bottle Boys, TOWIE's Elliott Wright teams up with Cyr wheel performer Billy George, and TV personality Nancy Dell'Olio collaborates with illusionist Hans Klok. Host Stephen Mulhern follows the rehearsals leading up to the contestants' big performances as they compete for a place in the final in a fortnight alongside Ray Quinn, Chip and last week's winning act, James Bolam. Sunday 12th March on Virgin Media Two (repeat) see TV Magic for details. 4.3.23


David Michaels 2023 Lecture now booking. David writes: After a successful debut in 2022 I am continuing my search for magic clubs who are looking to book a full evening lecture of professional magic tricks and advice. The topics of the lecture range from tricks with a Rubik's Cube to how to book weddings and residences, all presented with an interactive fast-paced style. If you, or any magic club you feel might be interested would like more information then please get in touch: 077258 03445 4.3.23


Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). That's How Murder Snowballs. Series 1, episode 5. Jeff enlists the help of ghostly partner Marty to find out who switched a stage magician's blank bullets for the real thing, turning a harmless illusion into a horrific and highly public killing. Comedy drama, starring Mike Pratt, Kenneth Cope and Annette Andre. See TV Magic for details. 4.3.23


"Fringe Review - Ben Hart Has 'The Finest Sleight Of Hand You'll Ever Witness'" Click Here • Illusionist Derren Brown spends birthday at The Pig at Bridge Place, Canterbury" Click Here • "Uri Geller cuts a mind-bending £7m from asking price for his luxury mansion after disillusioned housebuyers failed to snap it up" Click Here • "Wexford magician Aidan McCann reaches final five in America’s Got Talent All Stars" Click Here • "The Great Lafayette: The world famous magician who wanted to be buried in Edinburgh so he could stay with his dog" Click Here • That's it for another week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 4.3.23