Number 1185 - Saturday 11th March 2023


Professor Eddie Dawes. Renowned magic historian Professor Eddie Dawes died on Friday 3rd March 2023. He’d had a couple of days in hospital and sadly developed pneumonia. Eddie was 97 and was born in Goole in the West Riding of Yorkshire on 6th July 1925, named Edwin Alfred Dawes, but of course no one called him Edwin, he was always Eddie to all his friends. Jon Marshall.


To read Jon Marshall's full obituary to Professor Eddie Dawes Click Here. Eddie’s funeral will be held at 11.30am on Monday 3rd April at the Haltemprice Crematorium, Willerby, East Yorkshire HU10 6DS, followed by a celebration of Eddie’s life at the University of Hull. 11.3.23


Thom Peterson. Farewell my lovely and brilliant friend Thom Peterson. There aren’t many people who could adopt the moniker ‘Amazing’ and then undersell and over-deliver in such a spectacular way. You were that... and then some. Taken far too early. My heart goes out to Annabel de Vetten-Peterson and all of our close, mutual friends at this terribly sad time. Rest well my friend. Lee Hathaway. 11.3.23


2023 British Ring Convention. From the Convention Team: Congratulations to the winners of our Blackpool Weekend Eastbourne 2023 Convention Registration Special Prize Draw, who have been notified of their prize! Our Convention is set to be four full days of fun, friendship and magic. Artistes confirmed so far are Chris Congreave, Keith Fields & Lady Sarah, Griffin & Jones, Louise Andrée, Jezo, John-Henry Larson, Joel Dickinson, plus the fabulous Sooty & Friends Show. Book now on our website or contact the registration officer at 11.3.23


Illusion The Show - Blackpool. Opening this month at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Illusion, The Show will run on selected dates at The Horseshoe, Blackpool, from 31st March until 16th April. From the promoter: Illusion The Show, a journey thru the impossible with incredible illusions performed to an edgy backdrop of mystery, with Master Illusionist Chris De Rosa and his fabulous assistant, Michelle Ferguson. The duo will be performing unbelievable magic entwined with the stylish and mood setting vocals of Lynsey Milroy and Alan Walker. Two of the UK's leading vocalists. Illusion takes the audience into a world of light and dark, guided by music, magic, mystery and illusion! It truly is a Magical, Mysterious Masterpiece! For online bookings: 11.3.23


An Evening of Insane Magic - Edinburgh. From the promoter: Insane Magic is a thrilling and mind-bending new magic show that will leave you on the edge of your seats. Witness some of the most incredible and unbelievable acts of magic as 3 of the best magicians in the country (Cameron Gibson, Elliot Bibby and Luke Osey) push the limits of what's possible. From insane magic tricks and impossible illusions, all the way to amazing acts of mind reading, Insane Magic is a show that has to be seen to be believed. Saturday 1st April at 7.30pm at Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR. Tickets: 11.3.23


Merlins of Wakefield's Magic Festival Day is on Sunday 14th May at The Academy Theatre, The Take 2 Centre, 311 Sheffield Road, Birdwell, Barnsley S70 5TU. With three great lectures, workshops, dealers, a side show and a full evening gala show. They are also giving away 'Goody Bags' to full registrants that are worth at least the price of the ticket! Book yours now at! 11.3.23


Ben Harris 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: "Ben Harris - Incredible Magic Author" YouTube. 11.3.23


Masters of Magic Convention, 11th-14th May 2023 in Turin. Just announced: An Exclusive VIP Workshop with World Champion Hojin Yu. From the organisers: 'Good Act' is the title of Hojin Yu's workshop. How to prepare, and what is important, to create an act. This is a unique opportunity to learn techniques and secrets you will never find on the web, face to face with one of the world's masters of magic. The workshop focuses not only on magic tricks, but also on presentation and audience interaction. Attending a workshop with a master magician like HoJin Yu can be a great way to challenge yourself beyond your normal limits. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. See and 11.3.23


Children’s Magic Show - London, Friday 7th April. From the organisers: Let your children enjoy a magical Easter, with a special seasonal show. Featuring one of the top professional children's magicians in the country. Colonel Custard presents a lively, funny and entrancing act that will have children and adults alike captivated.


It’s in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH. Just 12 minutes from Central London. Take the West Ealing train from Paddington, or the Elizabeth Line towards Reading, and the hotel is a 2 minutes walk from the station. Doors open at 2pm, show starts at 2.30pm and runs to 4pm with a break. Tickets £8 children £10 adults from All children to be accompanied by an adult please. 11.3.23


Conjuring at the Court - London, Friday 7th April. From the organisers: Enjoy a terrific magical lineup full of variety. With the multi-talented Max Somerset, an expert magician and musician who turns conjuring into theatrical drama; social media star, magician Neil Henry; clever and humorous deception from Paul Megram; and the extraordinary vaudeville performer, Norvil. Your host is Russell Levinson.

The evening performance starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm with an interval. It’s in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH. Just 12 minutes from Central London. Take the West Ealing train from Paddington, or the Elizabeth Line towards Reading, and the hotel is a 2 minutes walk from the station. Parking is free from 6.30pm. You can enjoy a meal before the show, and a drink with the magic! Tickets £13 from


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Escapologist Margo on The World's Most Dangerous Magic II in 1999. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 11.3.23


'The Illusioneer Presents', Thursday 30th March, Belair House, London. This event is for special children's charity Breathe and all fees including artists fees are donated. Tickets from £16. Start your evening with a pre show meal at "1785" Belair's in house Indian Restaurant; it's great food! Service starts at 5pm. Show starts at 8pm. At 7.30pm Make your way up the staircase to the ballroom and bar to find a seat and get ready for the Parlour Show with our international magicians and illusionists. Parlour Show 8pm to 9pm. Then a short pause while our performers appreciate to their individual Close-up Magic booths for some Street Magic and Puzzlements. Booth Performances from 9.15pm to late. There are five booths to see and each booth performance is different and lasts about 20 minutes and then gets repeated, so take your time, get a drink and watch The Illusioneers at your leisure.


Venue: Belair House, Gallery Road, London SE21 7AB Car parking available on site. Nearest train: West Dulwich (regular trains half an hour from Victoria) Nearest bus: P4 from Brixton Tube. Bookings: Also see 11.3.23


New From Mark Leveridge Magic. Just released, the latest in a line of audio books from MLM in which Mark reads through a selection of his advice ebooks. In the Learning From Experience Audio Book he looks back over his 40 years of full time professional experience and identifies 20 key things about performing commercially for lay people that he wishes he had known when he started. Organising these into 20 Key Facts, Mark explains the lessons that he has learned in this rich period of experience about performance, marketing, fees, trick selection, dealing with spectators and more, and sets out clear advice and food for thought to help you to short track your way to making good decisions. Supplied as a downloadable mp3 audio file, the Learning From Experience Audio Book allows you to sit back and absorb the information in a relaxing manner - it's the best way to assimilate the helpful advice, tips and hints. The Learning From Experience Audio Book costs just £10.00 (£5.00 for members of E-Club Pro). For more information and to order go to 11.3.23


Mark Shortland Lecture - The Cotswold Magical Society. Colin Dymond writes: Something for everyone in this fantastic evening of stunning magic from Mark's working repertoire. Fresh from a sold out run at The Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham. If you saw him there then you know what a treat you are in for. Guaranteed to be a fun evening. £10 for non-members (very welcome). Wednesday 15th March at 7.45pm at Hucclecote Community Centre, Hucclecote Road, Gloucester GL3 3RT. 11.3.23


John Archer Lecture - Zodiac Magical Society, West London. Donato Capitella writes: On 15th March at 8pm the Zodiac Magical Society in West London is pleased to host a lecture by John Archer. John Archer has been wowing audiences around the world for over 20 years with his unique blend of comedy and magic. He's won numerous awards, including The Magic Circle's Stage Magician of the Year, and has appeared on hit TV shows like Britain's Got Talent and Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Our club room is conveniently located just a five-minute walk from the Northfields Tube station on the Piccadilly Line. The lecture is open to non-members for a fee, please contact our secretary for details: 11.3.23


Paul Martin - Smoke & Mirrors, Bristol - tonight, 11th March! Paul has performed across the world with celebrities and royals amongst his fan-base. We have 2 shows every Saturday night with tickets sell fast so don't wait around and miss out: 11.3.23


Magic Night - The Tower Theatre, Folkestone, Kent, tonight! 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 11.3.23


Quantum Leap. The Great Spontini. "Sam materialises as a struggling stage magician locked in a custody battle with his estranged wife. Time-travelling adventure, starring Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell." Thursday 16th March on Sky Max. See TV Magic. 11.3.23


Book a magic lecturer for your club today. Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page! 11.3.23


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