Number 1189 - Saturday 8th April 2023


Evolution starring magician and illusionist Craig Christian and Elizabeth Best (from Britain's Got Talent), returns to the Horseshoe Showbar at the Blackpool Pleasure Beach for the summer (24th June - 2nd September). "An electrifying show that blurs the very lines of reality! Join master of manipulation Craig Christian and Elizabeth with her thought-provoking tales of the impossible as they delve into the world of the unknown." This show is suitable for all ages. For more information and to book visit 8.4.23


Richard Jones: An Evening of Magic. April Tour Dates. From the promoter: Following the success of his most recent sell-out magic show, Richard Jones presents An Evening of Magic, a 25-date tour running from October 2022 to May 2023. With psychological illusions, mind-reading, audience participation and never before seen tricks for all the family to enjoy, Richard will leave audiences asking, how did he manage that?

You will recognise Richard from Britain’s Got Talent, which he won in 2016 after securing 2.6 million votes. He is also a Lance Corporal and has starred in Trooping the Colour and the Queen’s 70th Platinum Jubilee celebrations; Richard Jones is a true British icon. For his latest tour, An Evening of Magic, The Military Illusionist is set to amaze audiences. Richard rose to fame on Britain’s Got Talent after becoming the first and only magician to win the hit talent show, before earning the highest honour in The Magic Circle, the prestigious Gold Star.


"I am really excited about this tour. There are some magic tricks planned that I have never shown before, and I know that people are going to love them. I can’t wait to bring the joy of magic to audiences across the UK. Magic allows people to lose themselves in the wonder of it all, even if it is just for a couple of hours." Richard Jones.

8th April Harlequin Theatre, Redhill
14th February Cheque Mead Theatre, East Grinstead
15th April Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone
16th April the Princess Theatre, Hunstanton
21st April Castle Theatre, Wellingborough
22nd April Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury
28th April Empire Theatre, Blackburn
29th April Blake Theatre, Monmouth.


The Magic Live Lounge, Friday May 19th at The Chapel Arts House, Ormskirk. From the organsiers: Following 6 sell out shows in 2021/2022 The Magic Live Lounge returns to The Chapel Arts House in Ormskirk for another evening of Magic, Comedy & Mystery. The evening will be hosted Mind Reader & Mentalist Mason King and will feature the following acts:

Andrew James - Funnyman & Master Magician
The Great Borrini - Italy's Gentleman of Mystery
Mark Roberts - Beyond Sleight of Hand
Chris Manucal - American Family Friendly Magician

Doors open at 7pm with close-up magic from Rick Tynan, and live music from Stuart Belcher. Tickets are £12 per person. Friday May 19th at 8pm at The Chapel Arts House, St Helens Road, Ormskirk L39 4QR


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Paul Daniels from the top of the BT Tower on 24th January 1987. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 8.4.23


An Evening of Magic & Mystery, Friday 21st April at Barton Manor Hotel, Preston. Barton Manor Hotel welcome you for a night out with a difference with Mind Reader & Mentalist Mason King and The Great Borrini 'Gentlemen of Mystery'. Tickets are £35 per person which include a welcome drink on arrival with close-up magic, followed by a two course meal and a 90 minute show. Tickets can be booked by contacting Barton Manor on 01772 862551 or emailing Friday 21st April at 8pm at Barton Manor Hotel, 746-768 Garstang Road, Barton, Preston PR3 5AA. 8.4.23


Andy Nyman RSVP Interview. RSVP Magic Online write: In this exclusive interview with RSVP Magic Online, Andy Nyman talks all things magic, Derren Brown, and reveals an exclusive link to Derren’s brand new show that isn’t even on sale yet to the general public! This interview is only available to subscribers. Sign up now for a free 3 Day Trial. We're confident that you'll stay, along with hundreds of others from around the world: 8.4.23


Blackpool Magic Convention 2024. Registration is now open. Our first headliner, Mac King, has already been announced. He'll be performing his full Las Vegas Show for the first time outside of the USA. We have some very exciting announcements to make over the coming weeks! To book for Blackpool 2024 visit Blackpool Magic Convention 2023 highlights montage Click Here. 8.4.23


Marvin Berglas was honoured last week to have had a private audience entertaining HRH Crown Prince Alexander and HRH Crown Princess Katherine - the Royal Family of Serbia during their visit to London. It was particularly poignant as it was in the Prince Alexander Suite at Claridges - aptly named after the Royal who was born there 77 years ago!

Later that evening Marvin performed on stage for their 175 guests at The Lifeline 2023 gala dinner in the ballroom, which besides including the Royals also included a host of dignitaries, ambassadors, lords and ladies. Said Marvin "I shall treasure their reactions and comments from my show and was delighted to help be part of a truly magical evening which raised significant funds for the Serbian humanitarian effort".


Kevin Quantum 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: "Kevin Quantum, The Magician, Scientist and Adventurer" YouTube. 8.4.23


Bertie Pearce lecture at the Kent Magicians Guild, Tuesday April 25th. Mike Ingham writes:  We are very lucky to have secured the services of the excellent all-round magician and fun entertainer, Bertie Pearce. Bertie is a born Entertainer. His shows are remembered years afterwards for all the right reasons: Dazzling Close Up Magic; Original and Waggish Cabaret; A Member of The Inner Magic Circle; hilarious audience participation.

Bertie is bringing his unique style of magic and comedy to the Kent Magicians Guild. Bertie has performed all over the world in weird and wonderful places including: The Magic Castle in Hollywood; The Kulm Hotel in St Moritz and The Bertie and Boo Cafe in Balham, London.
His Soiree Fantastique Show at The Magic Circle in 1999 was a sell-out and in 2003 he put on All Aboard The Comedy of Cruising at The Bridewell Theatre in London which sold out for 11 nights.

This lovely man is steeped in magical history. He inherited a fascination with conjuring from his maternal Grandfather Charles Derek Hill who was a classic amateur conjurer of his day, building illusions at the family firm, Higgs and Hill. Do come along and witness what will be another one of our top lectures at the KMG. Guests are welcome; ticket price on the door is only £5. Definitely not one to be missed! Tuesday April 25th at 8pm at Kent Magicians Guild, The Stag Theatre, London Road, Sevenoaks, Kent.TN13 1ZZ


Roy Noakes Lecture -  Merlin Magical Society, Potters Bar. Secretary & Vice President John Clayton writes: On the 20th April the Merlin Magical Society is having a lecture by Roy Noakes entitled "Matrimonial Miracles, How 'I Do' Weddings". Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. £10 entry for non-members. Merlin Magical Society, Little Heath Parish Hall, Thornton Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1JJ. Here is a link that takes you to our web page with full details: 8.4.23


The April/May 2023 E-Video Newsletter. Mark Leveridge is pleased to announce the availability of his latest online video magazine programme. This edition is a bumper 45 minute version, featuring: The Teach In – Mark goes through the handling for a neat routine called Irritating in which a selected card keeps misbehaving! Pro Peeks – lifted from The Vintage Vault in the E-Club Pro Archive is a magical Okito Box Routine with some lovely subtle handling touches. Keeping Control Unplugged – part 30 discusses how to deal with interruptions when working mix and mingle or tables. The Trick Box – this time you can learn an entertaining blank deck routine that was an early forerunner to Mark's classic Brainstormer routine. Web Offers – if you love your card magic get one of my Collected Card Magic e-books for less as well as pick up a parlour effect at a bargain price. 60 Seconds To Success – all children’s entertainers have battled against chatting adults at the back, so here are some ways to deal with it.


Access to the full 45 minute presentation is free, you simply have to be signed up to Mark's no cost E-Club Lite, which delivers a monthly email newsletter containing the link to the E-Video Newsletter. To join now go to 8.4.23


Britain’s Got Talent: The Ultimate Magician. Showcasing the very best magicians from Got Talent shows globally, as we see Britain’s Got Talent favourites competing against the very best magic acts from around the world. Stephen Mulhern will host this special edition of Britain’s Got Talent with Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams returning to the famous judging desk. For this one-off special edition, they will be joined by Las Vegas legend Penn Jillette – of Penn & Teller fame. Ten magical acts will perform, and the winner will be chosen by the theatre audience – but who will be crowned the Ultimate Magician and take away the £50,000 prize? (Repeat) Sunday 9th April, on Virgin Media Two. See TV Magic for details. 8.4.23


Care & Share, Balloon Days. Birmingham and Bishops Stortford. Graham Lee writes: Birmingham, 10am till 5pm, 25th April and Bishops Stortford, 10am till 5pm, 6th June. Join us for this full day of mini-workshops, jams, and help with your balloon projects and designs, together with a fun competition if you would like to join in. The Care & Share Balloon Days are designed for everyone at all levels. Come and expand your balloon knowledge of non-round balloons in a fun and friendly environment. Any questions then please email or to book visit 8.4.23


Just a Minute. King Kong, Harry Houdini and Snake Charming. Series 91, episode 3. Sue Perkins challenges Paul Merton, Jennifer Saunders, Julian Clary and Lucy Porter to speak for 60 seconds on King Kong, Harry Houdini and Snake Charming. Monday 17th April on BBC Radio 4. See TV Magic for details. 8.4.23


Tribute to Harry Lorayne. In 1975, my mother plucked Harry Lorayne's Secrets of Mind Power off the bookshelf and urged me to read it to help calm my anxiety. I read it and never looked back. It was, and still is, my favourite non-magic book. The year after, in 1976, I won Close-up Card Magic in a raffle at my local magic club. I read it and never looked back. It was, and still is, one of my favourite magic books. At the time, I was amazed that there were two authors called Harry Lorayne who wrote in a similar style. Harry laughed about it years later.

I started corresponding with Harry in 1979 and he always replied with charming letters. This went on for fourteen years, and then in 1993, we met for the first time in London. He treated me and my ex wife to a lavish meal in Park Lane. At the end of the meal I showed him about ten of my tricks. Most were published in Apocalypse between 1994 and 1997. In 1997 he asked me to perform and lecture at Tannen's Jubilee in New York. What a thrill. The experience opened lots of doors for me. Subsequently, I gave him various routines of mine for his various books and DVDs.

We talked often on the phone and during the covid lockdown, I interviewed him. It's still available on YouTube. Harry turned 90 in 2016 and I flew to New York to attend the party. I flew home immediately after and arrived home the next morning. It was a get-together to surpass all get-togethers. In 2022, Elizabeth (his daughter in law) asked me to help proofread his last book. His 'last book' rhetoric was legendary in magic, but The Essential Lorayne was genuinely his last book.

I'm writing this tribute just hours after his death and my hand is trembling as I write. I've written more eloquent things over the years but none as heartfelt. I'm truly heartbroken. The truth is that if it wasn't for Harry I wouldn't be in this racket. I wouldn't have my hobby, my profession, my writings and my friends. Harry once said we should have written a book together. Now we never will. Thanks for everything Harry. And I mean everything. My thoughts are with Robert, Elizabeth and Vivi at this saddest of times.

Paul Gordon, Friday, 7th April 2023.


"Illusionist Antonio Díaz's El Mago Pop will come to Broadway this summer" Click Here • "How does a magician trick other magicians? We went to find out." [requires sign-up] Click Here • "'If it happens it happens': Debbie McGee, 64, reveals she is open to finding love again" Click Here • "A Magician Did a Famous Trick For Monkeys, But The Real Magic Was Their Reactions" Click Here • "Them’s the breaks" Click Here • "Music as Misdirection by Jason Leddington" Click Here • "How a magician-mathematician revealed a casino loophole" Click Here • That's it for this week. Hope you enjoyed my Magi-Tok™ April Fool last week. Your UK magic news is always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 8.4.23