Number 1190 - Saturday 15th April 2023


Derren Brown: Showman premieres 9pm, Sunday 23rd April, on Channel 4. This one-off special brings Derren Brown's record-breaking, five-star show to TV. Written by Derren Brown, Andrew O'Connor and Andy Nyman, the award-winning team behind Miracle, Svengali and Derren's BAFTA-winning Channel 4 specials, the critically acclaimed Showman is Derren's most personal show to date. Director: Julia Knowles. See TV Magic for details. 15.4.23


Magic Circle Scotland present Bill Malone: A Professional Development Course in Magic, 10th & 11th June, Glasgow. From the organisers: Magic Circle Scotland, Scotland's newest magical society launched itself as a, predominantly, teaching magical society last year. To mark its first anniversary its members have arranged a full two-day event with one of the world's foremost commercial magicians who is best known for his card, close-up, corporate events magic, and his highly energetic comedic style, Bill Malone.

Bill has worked for over 45 years in magic and has built a client base including several Fortune 500 companies, not to mention his magic comedy club "Houdini's Pub" and the Malone's Magic Bar in Florida. To entertain this high-end client base, Bill has developed a system which he runs all his performances through prior to developing shows and performing for clients. This system has worked flawlessly to lift Bill's magic to the level he has held over the last 45 years.


For the first time ever, in Glasgow, Scotland, on 10th & 11th June, Bill is going to reveal this Professional Development Course where he will teach his system and show it working in real-time situations with those attending the course. Obviously, given the nature of this course, numbers attending are extremely limited. This is not a lecture as we have come to expect at many clubs, this is a full two-day course designed from the ground up to elevate your magical performances. In short, Bill has guaranteed that if you apply his system as he teaches it, no matter whether you are a novice or a pro, your performances will improve significantly, enabling you to attract more high-end clients. You will also have a lifetime of access to Bill as a mentor. For Full details please visit and don't miss out. 15.4.23


The Wizard's Weekender - Newcastle, 21st-23rd April. 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 15.4.23


Northern Magic Circle Convention 2023 - Harrogate, 21st-23rd April. From the organisers: Master of Mind Magic, Chris Rawlins, has been added to the lineup for the Northern Magic Circle’s Spring Convention at the Crown Hotel in Harrogate, 21st-23rd April. Chris will be lecturing as well as performing on the gala show, along with British Ring President Oliver Tabor, who will be delivering a special Ernest Ainley Lecture in memory of our long-term member and benefactor.

Other lectures will be from the prolific, award-winning creator of magic, James Ward, and Punch & Judy man Chris Johnson, who will be saying "That’s the way to do it!" – while President Elect Neil Roberts will be reflecting upon The End of the Pier Show. Janette Page will be talking about Pat Page – the Man and his Magic, and we will have memories of David Budd from his daughter, Janet. Also appearing on the gala and/or children’s show will be Jason Steele and Joanne, Chris & Louise Taylor, the Harlequin puppets, Clivo & Jeani and Brian Lead. Mix in an auction and a quiz and we have a very full convention lined up for you. See


The Magic Hour – 10 Year Anniversary. Tony Middleton 'Sonic' celebrates 10 years of his show The Magic Hour, making it the longest running and most successful parlour magic show in the UK. His first performance took place at the St Pancras Renaissance in April 2013, where he was Resident Magician for a year. Since then the show has moved to several other prominent hotels in central London before reaching the prestigious Sheraton Grand Park Lane in Mayfair, where it has been playing weekly for the last 5 years.


Combining his training as a theatre director, producer and magician, he has a created a truly unique experience that has stood the test of time, and pioneered the immersive magic show format in the capital. "I always wanted to make a show that was intimate, personal and theatrical, and evoke the great history of illusion here in London, in a way that was atmospheric. The setting is so important, and the dark wood paneled Oak Room at the Park Lane is just the right backdrop for the experience. It has also been wonderful to play on the same road as Egyptian Hall and reference that in the show – I feel I’m part of the great tradition of magic in London" said Tony


The press have been unanimous in their praise of The Magic Hour – gaining him 5 star reviews across the board, as well as hundreds of 5 star reviews from the public too. Other successes of the show include it being listed as one of the top 10 Halloween experiences in The Metro, gaining the 'TripAdvisor Hall of Fame Award' in 2017 and becoming an 'OffWestEnd' finalist in 2022. His special anniversary show was a complete sell-out. If you love magic you can’t afford to miss this show. More information and tickets: 15.4.23


IBM British Ring Convention, Eastbourne - Win a free Convention Registration! From the Convention Team: Win a free Convention Registration! Our Convention in Eastbourne on the 7th - 10th September 2023 has a wonderful lineup with more acts soon to be announced. To celebrate friendship in magic we are giving away a fabulous free Registration for the full four day convention! Register as a delegate between now and 28th May 2023 to be included in the free prize draw for an additional registration. Terms and Conditions: Prize is an extra registration which can be any tariff, (Member, Partner, Non-member, Junior). Name on prize registration to be supplied to Registration Officer. No refunds or exchanges on prize once allocated. Book now on our website or contact the registration officer 15.4.23


Index to Stanyon's Magic. There is a new addition to Michael Colley's range of Indices to Magic Magazines. This is a complete index to the vintage magazine "Magic" published and edited by Ellis Stanyon from October 1900 to June 1920, which included a wide range of magic, from close-up to illusions, together with Stanyon's "Original Lessons in Magic" and his "Dictionary of Magic, which despite containing over 600 entries had only got as far as Card Tricks with Aces before the publication ceased. There are numerous biographies and reports from around the world of the 1900s.

Article / trick entries total 2091, each classified by up to 10 categories, plus 2558 Name entries and 195 Picture entries. There are 400 different categories. The Index is provided by download as an Access Database with search facilities, but can also be supplied as .pdf or as .csv for importing into other databases. The price is £15.

This brings the Colley Indices to 13 - ABRAcadabra, Club71, Demon Telegraph, Gen, Goodliffe's Magic Monthly, The Jinx, Max Andrews Magic Magazine, Magigram, Ted Lesley's Mind and Magic, Stanyon's Magic, Wizard, Magic Circular Pictures and the cumulated Names and Pictures index covering many of the above (34593 Pictures from eight of the Magazines and 17799 Name entries from five). For full details and "tester" database please contact Work is in progress on an index to Peter Warlock's "Pentagram" - yes, there is one already, but it is incomplete and much less detailed than a "Colley Index".


Trevor Duffy UK August/September Lecture Tour - now booking. South Africa's Trevor Duffy is setting up a UK lecture tour for late August early September 2023, and writes: I have lectured worldwide for the past 20 years and am offering an exciting new lecture 'Thinking with Intention' for this tour. It consists of several Close-up and Parlour routines using banknotes, Coin to Impossible Location, Cards Magic, Diminishing Cards and my favourite Rocky routine, which is very adaptable to any 'animal' type of routine. The lecture is extremely user-friendly and woven together with meaningful gems for anyone wanting to add more value to their art. I have created numerous magic devices and tricks over the years, many of which have been seen at Blackpool. I guarantee a fabulous evening. The fee is £250.00 plus B&B/hotel. Please see and email to receive his synopsis and/or make a booking. 15.4.23


Learn The Key Secrets of Strolling and Table Hopping Magic. Mark Leveridge has 42 years of full time professional experience as a commercial close-up performer, and on Tuesday 9th May 2023 at 7.30pm (BST) Mark is presenting a special Zoom event in which he will reveal many of the important aspects that can help to create a successful performance. Entitled The Commercial Close Up Refresher Session, the 2 hour event will be split into two halves.


Part 1 will concentrate on the techniques required to perform at mix and mingle events where the audience is possibly as mobile as the magician! Getting and keeping attention, performing while completely surrounded, breaking into closed groups of standing spectators plus much more are all explained. Part 2 turns attention to table hopping where the performer is working at table sides in restaurants or at dinner functions. Important aspects of timing when to perform, dealing with different sized tables, how to become a valued member of a restaurant team are just some of the techniques Mark will be discussing. As well as providing expert advice, hints and tips, Mark will also perform and explain 8 routines from his own working repertoire which are designed for these working conditions.


This event is equally useful for beginners to this sort of work and also to more experienced entertainers looking to refresh their knowledge. Tickets cost just £10.00, but if you register no later than midnight on the 30th April 2023, after the event you will receive a credit voucher worth £10 to put towards purchases from MLM. For more information and to book your 'front row' seat, go to 15.4.23


Danny Hunt 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: "Danny Hunt - Illusionist, Escapologist, Magician and more" YouTube. 15.4.23


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, pop group Steps on 'Friday Night's All Wright' in 1999. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 15.4.23P


Masters of Magic Convention, 11th-14th May 2023 in Turin. The official programme is now online PDF. Starring: Alain Choquette, Raul Cremona, Dani DaOrtiz, Francesco Fontanelli, Axel Hecklau, Michel Huot, Walter Maffei, Miguel Muñoz, Luis Olmedo, Víctor Piña, Hojin Yu, C.Y., Hannah, Léa Kyle, Miguel Muñoz, Florian Sainvet, Walter Rolfo, Tempei and Young-Min. Find out all about the convention at 15.4.23


Jay Adkins Mind Magician Live. From the organisers: Jay Adkins Mind Magician Live is a mentalism show mixed with comedy and fun. Audience members will be involved in the show from the very start and will be blown away by the mind reading demonstrations. They will leave the show asking "How is this possible?". The show combines mind reading, comedy, predictions and danger. Friday 28th April 2023 at 7.30pm at The Greig, Kinwarton Road, Alcester, Warwickshire B49 6AD. Tickets £8 plus booking fee: 15.4.23


College of Magic Fundraiser. Richard Wiseman and Vanishing Inc have just launched a new fund raiser for the amazing College of Magic. The College is a wonderful charity that uses magic to improve the lives of marginalised children in South Africa. Richard has worked with the College to produce a full-colour booklet in which their students teach lots of tricks, and this comes with a custom deck of cards. Both feature great artwork by South African illustrator, Ndumiso Nyoni, and all the profits support the College. For more information, visit 15.4.23


Patrick Page Talk at the Zodiac Magical Society, London, on Wednesday, April 19th. Donato Capitella writes: Don't miss out on a unique opportunity to learn about the fascinating life of Patrick Page, one of the most iconic names in magic history! Join us for an exclusive talk by Janette and Philip, who have traveled up and down the UK sharing their insights on Patrick Page's incredible journey in the world of magic. Discover how he first got interested in the craft, hear about his involvement in best-selling magic books, and get a glimpse of his private life through never-before-seen images and videos.

This event will take place on Wednesday, April 19th, from 8pm-10pm at our club room located just a five-minute walk from Northfields Tube station on the Piccadilly Line. There is no charge for visitors but you need to email to let us know that you are coming.


Three Kings of England - Mr E Enterprises.  We have just released an item called Three Kings of England in time for the Coronation! "Have you had an invitation to the Coronation of King Charles III?", you ask your audience who reply, "No." In that case you say, "Join me in the Coronation of three previous Kings." And you show three pictures of old English Kings sitting on their thrones.

The Kings are King John, King Richard the Lionheart and King Henry VIII. You also display a cut-out Crown and allow a spectator a free choice of which King they wish to crown with this extra crown. The spectator can change his mind as many times as he wishes, but finally his free choice is marked by the loose crown, so no mistake can be made. Say he chooses King John who was made to seal the Magna Carta in the year 1215. You point out that your prediction of their choice has been in full view from the start, he turns over the crown and to the amazement of your audience in large red letters on its back it reads King John!

Note the following points: No force of any kind is used; the spectator can change their mind as often as they wish. Picture cards and crown are laminated for long life. Carry it in your pocket or wallet and its always ready to perform. The method was invented by Len Belcher, and it is truly baffling one and never fails. It is perfect for the forthcoming Coronation and can be used after this date simply by changing your initial question to, "Did you get an invitation?" Comes complete with laminated cards, prediction, crown, envelope and instructions.


Andrew Normansell's "Master Class" Lecture,  The Order of the Magi, 25th April. From the organisers: Andrew Normansell presents The Helen Moran Memorial Lecture: "Master Class" - A full evening dedicated to detailing the correct handlings and techniques of coin sleights, card handling and much more, hands-on teaching, allowing you a "hardcore" and interactive experience on the "rights and wrongs" of classic technique. Visitors are allowed (entrance fee of £5.00) please contact Mike Sharples on 0774 8833666 for more details. The lecture starts at 7.45pm on Tuesday 25th April at The Order of the Magi, Irish World Heritage Centre, Irish Town Way, Cheetham Hill, Manchester. 15.4.23


Joel Dickinson Lecture, Ipswich Magical Society, April 17th. Stacy Smith writes: Joel Dickinson of Northern Miracles, creator of Picture Consequences, Star Gazer, Roll With It, and more, is lecturing at the Ipswich Magical Society (7.30pm for an 8pm start) on Monday, April 17th. Guests are welcome for a mere £10 on the door: Ipswich Magical Society, Best Western Claydon Hotel, 16-18 Ipswich Road, Claydon, Ipswich IP6 0AR 15.4.23


Review of Chris Wardle's 'Crafty Conjuring' Lecture for the NMC on 4th April. The Northamptonshire Magicians Club had the pleasure of a lecture from Chris Wardle on the evening of the fourth of April. There was a lot packed into this lecture and hardly a playing card in sight, which was a refreshing change. There was something for everyone to add to their repertoire. Most of the effects were cost effective and could be made up at home. (Chris even tells you where to buy the items from!) A very enjoyable evening was had by all. Thanks Chris! Steve Butler, Club Secretary. 15.4.23


Jack Steel: by Mike Sharples Life Member Order of The Magi. It is with great sadness that I announce the news that Jack Steel (Highton) has passed away at the age of 91. Jack was a life member of The Order of The Magi in Manchester, a member of The British Ring of the IBM and a Life Member of Equity. In 2021 Jack celebrated 70 years continuous membership of The Magi. Full details of the funeral will be given in due course please see Thank you Jack for all the years’ service to the society, all the happiness and wonder that you have brought to people throughout the years, but most of all thank you for your friendship. Rest in peace dear friend. 15.4.23


"Harry Lorayne, Dazzling Master of Total Recall, Is Dead at 96" Click Here • "Willard House and Clock Museum brings back Richard Potter’s ‘19th Century Magic Show’" Click Here • "Mystery, Magic and Misdirection: Illusionists in Crime Fiction" Click Here • "I was bullied and struggled to make friends – until I became a magician" Click Here • "Alan Davies up for new Jonathan Creek episodes" Click Here • "A magical escape with Cosentino" Click Here • "Return of Britain’s Got Talent sees teenage magician take to the stage" Click Here • "The Illusionist Klek Entos at The Palais Des Glaces with Oserez-Vous?" Click Here • That's it! See you next week, Duncan. 15.4.23