Number 1187 - Saturday 25th March 2023


Penn and Teller: The Final UK Tour. From the promoter: These shows will feature Penn & Teller's classic magic performed live with their unique brand of humour and audience participation and will feature never before seen tricks in the UK. For over 45 years as magic's most outrageous and innovative team, Penn & Teller are Emmy award-winning TV stars, best-selling authors and Las Vegas icons. Their Showtime series, 'Penn & Teller: BS!' was nominated for 16 Emmys. Past ventures were the highly successful ITV's 'Penn & Teller Fool Us!' hosted by Jonathan Ross on Saturday nights and 'Penn & Teller Tell A Lie' for Discovery Channel and Channel 5's 'Fool Us in Vegas' TV show is in the 7th series.

Penn says "We’ve been working together 45 years and are now coming out of the longest break we've ever had from working together. We are so excited to start touring in the UK playing our favorite theaters. Is this our last UK tour? We don't know, but you're welcome to buy tickets and hope for that, while we'll be hoping for more final tours than the Stones and Cher put together." Don’t miss your chance to see the funniest and most unique magicians in the world in this brand new show.


4th-5th June 2023, O2 Apollo Manchester
8th-9th June 2023, New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

13th-18th June 2023, Eventim Apollo, London: 25.3.23


Cocktails and Conjuring, Covent Garden, London. Experience an enchanting evening of magic and cocktails at the Covent Garden Social Club! Our resident magician Saavan will be entertaining you throughout the evening, performing incredible acts of magic with fire, playing cards and even the cocktails you may be holding in your very own hand!

This exclusive event features a complimentary welcome cocktail on arrival alongside two hours of breathtaking close-up magic which will end with a stage set. Whether you're seeking a fun night out with friends or a unique date night experience, this discreet magic show is the perfect way to elevate your evening. Don't miss out on this chance to be stunned and amazed! Tickets can be booked via DesignMyNight for £10 per person. Sunday 2nd April at 8pm at Covent Garden Social Club, 6-7 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA


Ted Oldham Memorial Lecture, Belfast, 1st April. James Hobart writes: At the Ulster Society of Magicians AGM on Monday 4th June 2001 it was proposed by Wallace Blair that the society institute an Annual Ted Oldham Memorial lecture to pay tribute to and remember a long standing Secretary of the society who also served as Chairman in 1955/56 and 1984/85.

This year’s lecture will be given by Ventriloquist Max Fulham at Ballynafeigh Community Development Association, 283 Ormeau Road, Belfast BT7 3 GG at 2.30 pm. The event is free to members attending the Chairman’s Dinner that evening or £10 if not. For non-members the fees are £15 and £20 respectively.

We have now passed the deadline for the evening dinner and cabaret but could possibly squeeze in a few more last minute on request. Please contact the Secretary, James Hobart should you wish to attend the lecture, dinner or both.


David Penn lecture - The Leicester Magic Circle. John Constantine writes: On Monday, 3rd of April, the one and only David Penn, BGT and UK leading magician, will be lecturing at The Leicester Magic Circle. Find us at the easy to reach Braunstone Civic Centre, 209 Kingsway, Braunstone Town, Leicester LE3 2PP (just a few minutes off J21 of M1) with ample free parking. Don't miss this, it will be great! 7.30pm and visitors are welcome. £10 entrance fee on the night. 25.3.23


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Greg Frewin on The World's Greatest Magic III from 8th June 2001. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 25.3.23


Performance Storytelling by Leslie Melville is reviewed by Quentin Reynolds this week: "...Leslie Melville has the enviable knack of taking a simple, puzzle, trick or story and turning into a full performance piece, one that people will remember and talk about. This 110 page A5 book is crammed with examples." To read the full review Click Here. 25.3.23


Leon Anderson 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: "Leon Anderson and The Mid West Magic Convention" YouTube. 25.3.23


Comedy & Magic Weekend - Barmouth, this weekend! Comedians and Magicians heading to coast for weekend extravaganza. From the promoter: Some big names from the worlds of comedy and magic are heading to beautiful Barmouth in March 2023 for a weekend extravaganza of entertainment. Comedians Jo Enright and Dan Antopolski, along with compere Jack Campbell, headline the day of comedy on Saturday 25th March. And on Sunday evening, 26th March, there'll be close-up magic and hilarious illusions with the Comedy Illusionists and the Magic Duo: Craig and Russ - suitable for all the family. There's also a pirate-themed afternoon, HaHa-Ahoy!, for the younger comedy fans - plus a chance to enjoy the classic satirical comedy film A Private Function, starring Maggie Smith and Michael Palin.

"We are so delighted to be able to welcome our stars for what's sure to be a fantastic weekend," said Dragon chair of trustees Janice Horrocks. Theatre volunteer Katie Price added: "We know that comedy fans, magic enthusiasts and the people of Barmouth will all be flocking to these events - get your tickets now!" 25th & 26th March. Tickets for all the events are on sale now at


Polaroid’s secret showman. A new article in Cabinet magazine by Jonathan Allen and Jan Isenbart explore how in the spring of 1948, months before Polaroid officially released its first revolutionary instant camera, the German magician Helmut Schreiber, aka Kalanag, somehow obtained a prototype in the ruins of postwar Hamburg and began incorporating the “magic of instantaneity” into his shows. How did Kalanag, former "chamber magician" to the Third Reich leadership, become one of Polaroid photography’s earliest creative interpreters, if not its first? In this Anglo-German collaboration, Jonathan and Jan investigate the technical and political legerdemain of Polaroid’s secret showman. If any collectors have Polaroids from Kalanag’s show in their collection, please do get in touch with Jonathan and Jan. 25.3.23


"Gazzo Infamous Range" at The Enchanted Rabbit. The Enchanted Rabbit write: The Enchanted Rabbit Proudly and Exclusively Presents The Gazzo Infamous Range. First, the Gazzo Cups Up Close Video Download. He’s the most (in)famous street performer in the world today... He started as a look out for Cracker Parker's criminal 3 card trick outfit on the streets of London, before changing direction and using his sleight of hand talents to become a professional street magician. In this new download, Gazzo reveals the secrets of his Close-up Cups & Balls Routine - direct from his current repertoire! This is very different from his large street cups act and is tailored to a more close-up "doorway show" type audience. Run time: approximately 80 minutes. Available now: Click Here.


Also exclusively available, Gazzo's Final Football Load Balls and his wooden Street Sticks, perfectly designed for working the Cups on the street. There’s another download on our site, too, which sees Gazzo chatting to Chris Cross about his life as a street performer and suchlike: Click Here. Also see 25.3.23


Chris Frostie Frost's recent lecture for The Anglian Magic Society is reviewed by Steve Majes this week. " well as the magic there were great tips on heightening your character and comedy performances with mime and physical exaggerations. And, an audience participation routine with great comedy interactions and byplay using simple props." To read the full review Click Here. 25.3.23


Symbol By Steve Cook - Alakazam Magic. Steve Cook has created a super slick ESP prediction. This awesome effect will fit neatly in your wallet and will fry any spectator! Imagine placing a single envelope onto the table along with six coloured ESP cards. Your spectator is asked to roll an imaginary die, they can roll it as many times as they like, change the number as many times as they like and yet the ESP symbol related to the number will match your prediction in the envelope 100%.

Symbol feels ultra-fair and is easy to do (absolutely no funny moves or sleight of hand required). Everything you need to perform Symbol is contained in the pack including a full in depth training video with additional tips and handling by Peter Nardi. Symbol resets instantly and is perfect for both Mentalists and Magicians. Find out more and watch a performance at


"Gloria Dea, Las Vegas magician who vanished into obscurity, dies at 100" Click Here • "Traumatised cruise ship magician breaks his silence after being attacked on stage by a woman's jealous lover - as he reveals the most confusing thing about the ordeal" Click Here • "'Mum's kidney donation changed my life,' says Doncaster grandson of TV magician Paul Daniels" Click Here • "Derren Brown visits Strangers Coffee in Norwich amid tour" Click Here • "World class magician coming to Ilfracombe" Click Here • That's it for this week. Your UK magic news is always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 25.3.23