Number 1188 - Saturday 1st April 2023


Derren Brown is returning to Channel 4 in April with his hit sell-out West End show, 'Showman'. Showman is Derren's most personal journey into the mind to date, and he's excited to be able to bring the live stage show home for all to experience on the small (big!) screen. "Channel 4 have consistently allowed me the creative freedom to push boundaries and innovate as far as possible, so it's a real joy to bring what I feel is my best show to date to Channel 4 audiences" said Derren. We can't wait! 1.4.23


Bend it Like Geller by Ben Harris. "Friends, I never thought that 50 years after I first bent a spoon on TV it would still be such a powerful phenomenon! My natural ability began a whole culture, astonishing people the world over and mimicked by magicians to this day. Ben Harris & all who contributed to your stunning book, love to you all." Uri Geller (shared with permission). See for ordering details. 1.4.23


The Warlock Effect by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman. From Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, creators of the international smash-hit play and film Ghost Stories, comes a new novel: The Warlock Effect. Set in Soho in 1952, this thriller introduces us to Britain's most popular magician Louis Warlock, who is engaged by the British Secret Service to try and foil a deadly plot that threatens not only his life, but the safety and security of Great Britain itself.


The book is laced with the authors’ joint love of magic. Drawing on many real names and places from the magic community, this thriller not only pays homage to the rich world of British magic, but also creates new characters in Louis’ Brains Trust team, that are set to become new favourites. "Two great masters join forces to explosive effect" Richard Osman.

Andy and Jeremy magically introduce The Warlock Effect here:

To be published by Hodder on April 13th, pre-order via 1.4.23


The Wizard's Weekender. From the organiser: The Wizard's Weekender, The Chris Cross Magic Convention, is back for its second year! Taking place on April 21st - 23rd 2023 at The Gibside Hotel in Newcastle! Enjoy 3 days of lectures, dealers, gala shows and more world-class magic from some of the brightest stars in our business including Michael Ammar, Jonathan Goodwin, Tom Crosbie, Michael Murray and Romany. Fully Sponsored by The Enchanted Rabbit Magic Emporium, the largest antique magic dealer in the world, outside of the US. More info and tickets from 1.4.23


Frameworks - Now Shipping! Frameworks is a series of structures or systems designed for live mind reading, Q&A, and audience reading acts. For the first time ever, award winning mentalist Looch teaches you his innovative way to design and create a unique and baffling mind reading act that will leave your audiences delighted and dumbfounded in equal measure.

Answering questions, revealing interesting facts or even embarrassing memories from your audiences has never been simpler with this comprehensive and fully customisable structured Q&A system. Imagine being able to walk into any venue safe in the knowledge that you can perform a sure-fire act every time without having to worry about things like pre-show, stealing billets or having access to your audience beforehand. Find out more! Visit


A Night of Magic, Illusion and Circus. The Inferno Aces are a troupe of four magical acts pooling their talents to bring you a jam packed evening full of magic, illusion and circus! The Aces are Tom, who does a mixture or grand scale illusion along with dangerous stunts and escapes. Lucy, who as well as her magical skills specialises in retro circus style hula hoop dancing. Lee, a charismatic character who likes to bring the classics of magic and illusion to theatres. And Gaz, who does the fiendish type of stunts you'd expect to see in a early 1900s sideshow. One thing is for certain, this is sure to be a fun filled evening with plenty of energy and most definitely not to be missed at an absolute bargain price of £10 a ticket (£6 under 16s). The show may contain minor use of adult language and strong lighting. Doors 7pm, show 8pm on Thursday 8th June at SouthBank Club, Dean lane, Bristol BS3 1DB. Tickets available from 1.4.23


Morgan & West Lecture, Newcastle Magic Circle, Monday 10th April. From the organisers: Newcastle Magic Circle are proud to welcome Morgan & West to lecture at MagicBox, Unit 3, Strand House, Locomotion Way, Camperdown Industrial Estate, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE12 5US on Monday 10th April at 7.30pm.


Morgan & West are a fantastic double act from the Victorian era. Performing together for over 10 years, they have developed amazing routines and performances that will make tonight’s lecture one of the highlights of the year. Morgan & West have released a brilliant hardback book 'Parlour Tricks' outlining every part of their routines, from stage guidance, scripting and the methods involved. They have also released a DVD set about coding called 'Decoded'. Although the exact information on what the duo will be lecturing for us isn’t released, we believe they will share some code work with us. Guests are welcome to join us for this lecture although fees apply. For more information visit our website or email 1.4.23


A Brand New Zoom Event From Mark Leveridge. Join Mark for an exciting evening of magic and information on strolling and table hopping work on Tuesday 9th May 2023 at 7.30pm BST. This special 2 hour Zoom presentation is designed to provide a 'crash' course in how to succeed with strolling magic at mix and mingle events as well as provide key information and advice on how best to cope with table work in restaurants and at dinner functions.

The first hour will concentrate on strolling magic and will reveal the techniques for working to groups of people who are arranged informally at mix and mingle events. The second hour will be all about working at tables in which Mark will not only bring out the differences in approach needed compared to strolling events, but also reveal how techniques vary between restaurant work and dinner functions.

As well as providing plenty of commercial advice Mark will also perform and explain 8 effects taken from his own working repertoire, all of which are suitable for the type of working conditions under discussion.

To book your personal 'front row' seat register now for just £10.00 by going to, and if you sign up no later than midnight on the 30th April 2023, and provided you then attend the Zoom lecture on the night, after the session you will be sent a discount voucher worth £10.00 to spend on any MLM download products.


Magic and Theatre Workshop, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. Join award-winning magician Kevin Quantum and The Lyceum's Creative Learning Officer, Sophie Howell, for a full day workshop that explores how a ‘trick or puzzle’ can be elevated to the level of ‘magic’. We will examine, at an introductory level, three key character and presentational elements of many magic performances, working with participants to understand and enhance their own skill set and participate in the often misunderstood genre of theatrical magic.

The real secrets of magic lie not in the tricks or illusions, no matter how fantastical, but the character of the magician and the theatrical skills they have, allowing the audience to be free to believe. 11am - 4pm (ages 13-18) on Sunday, 14th May, at Royal Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AX. See


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Borra 'The King of Pickpockets' on The Paul Daniels Magic Show from 29th October 1983. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 1.4.23


Lord Harri Harrington 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: "Lord Harri Harrington" YouTube. 1.4.23


Magi-Tok launches. Henrik Kerkherdere writes: Magi-Tok's™ mission is to share magic worldwide, so that it can be enjoyed and performed not just by magicians, but by everyone. What you choose to present on your Magi-Tok™ channel is up to your imagination. Videos can range in duration from 5 seconds to 5 minutes and can include: magic performances, magic creations, magic methods, magic reviews, magic interviews - anything, so long as it is magic!

Magi-Tok's™ core value is to always challenge, but never judge. The creativity is yours. The magic is yours. Magi-Tok™ allows creators to monetize their videos immediately following sign-up. As we say in the Netherlands "hoge bomen vangen veel wind" ("high trees catch a lot of wind"). Thousands of creators joined during our initial soft launch period. We are now launching worldwide. Magi-Tok™ is governed under jurisdiction of the Netherlands. Full terms and account activation at


Sale of Magic Props, Books and DVDs - South Downs Magicians, Wednesday 5th April. Des King writes: On Wednesday 5th April South Downs Magicians will hold their AGM. This will be followed by a Sale of Magic Props, Books and DVDs from the estates of previous members. Visiting magicians are welcome to come along free of charge. The sale will be cash only so bring money if you think you might want to pick up a bargain. The venue is Handcross Parish Hall, High Street, Handcross, Haywards Heath RH17 6BJ. Anyone wishing to come along please contact Jonathan Cann 01444 230409 or 07850 917126 1.4.23


Chris Wardle’s ‘Crafty Conjuring’ Lecture – Northamptonshire Magicians Club, Tuesday 4th April. This is a lecture of ‘crafty’ magic covering close-up, children’s magic, impromptu items and mentalism, with the emphasis on cunning, streamlined methods. It also includes effects from his new, best-selling book, 'Quirky Forces'. An evening of practical material you can use, with something for everyone. His ideas have appeared in books, magazines and have been used on TV, radio and on the stage. Chris has a regular column in The Magic Circle’s magazine and he is an award-winning Member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. There is a charge of £10 for visiting magicians. Tuesday 4th April at 8pm. The meeting is held at Brafield on the Green WMC, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield on the Green, Northampton, NN7 1BD. Please visit for more details. 1.4.23


Steve Gore's 'Classics... Reimagined!' lecture, Nottingham Guild of Magicians, Thursday 6th April. From the organiser: Steve Gore aka The Happiest Magician on the Planet is presenting his brand new lecture ‘Classics... Reimagined!’ for the Nottingham Guild of Magicians on Thursday 6th April. Some of the effects included are his variations on the classics, i.e. The Anniversary Waltz (Together Forever), The Ambitious Card (The Emojious Card), and his latest variant for the classic Any Card At Any Number (TAKAAN). You won’t want to miss this one!

Some of the routines performed and fully explained are ones which he has performed during his 50 shows at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. There's a £10 door charge for non-members, and it starts at 7.30pm at Pond Hills Lane Community Centre, Pond Hills Lane, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 8DR.


Merlins of Wakefield have their latest 24 page Spring Mail catalogue out now! For the PDF version Click Here. If you would prefer a free printed copy, email us your postal address to Our Magic Festival Day is on Sunday 14th May and the latest lecture to be announced is Mark Lee. Click Here to see what he's planning! And finally, if you have any used magic, we are always interested in purchasing job lots, so get in touch with us. 1.4.23


David Blaine: Beyond Magic. Saturday 8th April on Sky Max. Following his critically acclaimed ratings smash David Blaine: Real or Magic, Blaine returns with his most revealing performance yet, which has been two years in the making. Blaine pulls the lid off his signature brand of street magic, sparking reactions that will leave audiences in awe and defy all expectations. Magic meets documentary in the one-hour special, as Blaine blows the minds of some of the most recognisable celebrities in the world, including David Beckham, Johnny Depp, Drake, Steph Curry, Dave Chappelle, John Travolta, Patrick Stewart, Emma Stone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others. See TV Magic for details. 1.4.23


David Blaine: Real or Magic? Saturday 8th April on Sky Max. For more than a decade, David Blaine has been captivating the world with his high-profile endurance stunts. Starting his career as a magician who appeared to do the impossible with a deck of cards, he was soon following in the footsteps of Houdini, seeking out that which seemed physically impossible, and actually doing it. This special programme follows Blaine's signature brand of street magic and mystifies some of the most recognisable celebrities in the world, including Jamie Foxx, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Ricky Gervais, Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz and Will Smith, to name a few. Blaine goes into the homes of Kanye West and Olivia Wilde, and visits Stephen Hawking at his office at Cambridge University. He also travels the world, astonishing people from all walks of life with never-seen-before, inconceivable magic. See TV Magic for details. 1.4.23


Official Gazzo Stroke Recovery Fund. Gazzo (Gary Osborne), is a comedy magician who has entertained audiences worldwide with his magic for over forty years. His unique talent and dedication to the art have earned him a loyal fan following across the globe. Gazzo suffered a life-changing stroke on March 21, 2023, (two days before his sixty-third birthday) in Key West, Floroda, while performing at Malory Square. He was admitted to Lower Keys Medical Center. The new stroke affected the right side of his body. He previously suffered a stroke in 1994 that affected his left side. He spent his 63rd birthday in the hospital, unable to walk, broken, in tears, and (slurring his words) barely able to speak. 1.4.23


Carl De Rome's Funeral Service. Jonathan Royle writes: On Friday 24th March, family and fiends from around the world gathered together in Blackpool to pay their final respects to Magician, Illusionist, Singer and all round entertainer Carl De Rome, who passed away on the Monday morning straight after this year's Blackpool Magic Convention after bravely fighting cancer for many months. The Funeral was recorded and those wishing to remember Carl can watch the recording at the Password to watch the video is 1469. A Broken Wand Ceremony was also conducted by Jonathan Royle for Carl in the presence of Carl's niece and brother at the wake which can be viewed here: YouTube. 1.4.23


"Penn & Teller add their own twist to a classic donut and ribbon trick on The Tonight Show" YouTube • "The truth about my channel, Chris Ramsay" YouTube • "Nick Mohammed at Duke Of York’s Theatre review" Click Here • "Local magician 'blows people's minds' with his magic tricks" Click Here • "The First Magician on the Vegas Strip" Click Here • "Top class magician will wow audiences in Devon" Click Here • "This former magician's warehouse in London is a lesson in open-plan living" Click Here • "Tucson-born magician Buss brings 'Shenanigans' back home" Click Here • "Musha Cay at Copperfield Bay in the Bahamas is the world’s priciest Airbnb, at A $88,800 per night" Click Here • That's it for this week, as ever your UK magic news is welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 1.4.23