Number 1191 - Saturday 22nd April 2023


Magic at the 35th Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza - Bank Holliday weekend: April 29th, 30th and May 1st. This year sees the exciting addition of the first ever Llandudno Fringe Festival, which is heavily focused on some of the best Fringe magic you will ever see. Our featured performers are: Pete Heat, Dave Alnwick, Luke Osey, Andrew McKinlay, Griffin & Jones, Elliot Bibby, Cammy Gibson, Mark James and Amsterdam Magic. The Fringe Festival is rounded out by comedians Aaron Wood and Eddie Fortune, whilst the Extravaganza itself also features fantastic street performances from Mario Morris, Lady Vee, Dr Diablo and Andrew Van Buren. More info and tickets: 22.4.23


Guest Magicians at Smoke & Mirrors, Bristol. We have some exciting events coming up very soon at Smoke & Mirrors! As well at our incredible House Comedy Magicians we have some of the best magicians in the country visiting us over the next few months:
22nd April - Kockov
6th May - The Great Baldini
19th May - Nemed Phoenix
20th May - Alan Hudson
10th June - Katherine Rhodes
17th June - Craig Petty
As well as the shows we will have bar magic at your table before and after each show, and live music from 10pm until late! Book via


Christian Grace - lecturing at Leeds Magic Jam 2023. Chris Stewart writes: Leeds Magic Jam 2023 is proud to announce our first lecturer will be Christian Grace! Christian is an incredibly inventive creator with extremely popular releases like 'Level One' and 'Switch One'. He also runs one of the most popular magic membership sites on the internet, where he puts out loads of killer material. We can't wait to see what his lecture holds! We also have lots more great lectures and workshops lined up for you and will be announcing our next act in May. Leeds Magic Jam, Garforth Welfare Hall, 56 Main Street, Garforth, Leeds LS25 1AA on Sunday 17th September 10.30am - 4.30pm. For more information on the Leeds Magic Jam one day magic convention and to book tickets visit: 22.4.23


Ed Fringe Magic

Ben Hart: Jadoo

World-renowned, multi award-winning magician and West End star Ben Hart returns with his most personal show yet. Drawn from his experience travelling through India to discover lost, real magic, Hart sheds his usual sleight of hand trickery in favour of stunning displays of wonderment, extra-sensory power and a search for the truth... This mind-popping show is rich in colour, passion and wicked humour. Don't miss this chance to catch the world's foremost magic storyteller in this all-new, jaw-dropping show. 'Ben Hart is a master' (Dynamo). 'There's nobody else we'd rather watch onstage' (Penn and Teller). 'Extraordinary' (Time Out)

Assembly George Square Gardens - Palais du Variete (Venue 3)
6pm. August 2nd-13th, 15th-27th. 1 hour. Suitability: 12+

Tickets: 22.4.23


Ed Fringe Magic

Chris Dugdale: Ethermind

'Best magic show' (Hello! Magazine). The only act to win the Edfest Bouquet four times! A unique blend of magic and mind control unleashed to influence your mind! The results are indisputable and highly entertaining! Random thoughts coalesce to create an incredible journey! Chris Dugdale has mystified everyone from Beyoncé to The Pentagon. He is a world-renowned magician and mind-control expert, having performed for Her Late Majesty The Queen and 14 times for the Royal Family. Featured on the BBC, NBC, The CW, Sky and ITV. As seen on Penn and Teller: Fool Us! Book now!

Assembly Rooms - Drawing Room (Venue 20)
8.35pm. August 3rd-20th, 22nd-27th. 1 hour. Suitability: 8+


Ed Fringe Magic

Colin Cloud: After Dark

Warning: this show contains spoilers about your future. Direct from Las Vegas, Colin Cloud makes his highly anticipated return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for five nights only with a brand-new show, promising to astound, delight and move you in equal measures. He'll read you like a book and deduce how your story ends, whilst exposing the biggest secret he's ever kept. As seen on: America's Got Talent, This Morning, Britain's Got Talent: The Ultimate Magician, The Royal Variety Performance. 'The undisputed rock star of the Edinburgh Fringe' ( 'A real-life Sherlock Holmes' (Daily Record).

Underbelly, Bristo Square - McEwan Hall (Venue 302)
9.15pm. August 17th-21st. 1 hour. Suitability: 12+

Tickets: 22.4.23


Steve Hewlett International Comedy Ventriloquist Live at Russ Brown's House of Secrets, Blackpool. Steve Hewlett is an International Comedy Ventriloquist who has been performing for three decades. See him live at the House of Secrets on Friday, 28th April 7pm-9.30pm. House of Secrets, 105 Church Street, BlackpoolFY1 1HU. 22.4.23


Magic Circle Book Signing Event. To celebrate the release of their new magic themed thriller - The Warlock Effect, Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson will be presenting a special event at The Magic Circle on May 30th. This event, for Magic Circle members, will be a reading from the novel and a Q&A. Copies of the novel, which was the 'Sunday Times Thriller of the Month', will be available on the night and will all have a commemorative 'signed at The Magic Circle' bookplate.


"Two great masters join forces to explosive effect" Richard Osman. "The Warlock Effect optioned for TV by Sherlock producer Hartswood, after hotly contested auction" read the full exclusive story in Not a member of The Magic Circle? Find out how to join: 22.4.23


The new April issue of The Dodo magazine is now available. From the publisher: Edited by Jerry Sadowitz, the new issue features a Royal Flush colour change, Donald Trump, a trick called Flummox and Adolf Crandall on the death of Harry Lorayne. Over 18's only. Email for details. 22.4.23


Quality Card Magic For Less. If you enjoy entertaining with cards, Mark Leveridge would like to draw your attention to a special compilation of four e-books which provide a wide variety of card routines which he thinks you would enjoy. Called The Complete Collected Card Magic of Mark Leveridge, this 270 page e-publication features 47 of Mark's best card effects, including fully illustrated instructions for classics such as Brainstormer, 1-2-3 Jumbo Cards Across, Spot The Difference, Colour Confusion, Ultimate Jumbo Stretch and many more.


All the tricks are fully rounded effects rather than simply a series of handling finesses, and all of them are achieved with methods that are subtle rather than difficult. The Complete Collection brings together the contents of all four volumes in the Collected Card Magic Series and offers them at a bargain price of just £28.00, this saving £12.00 on the combined price of purchasing the volumes individually. To see a full list of the contents and to order your copy go to 22.4.23


"Merlins of Wakefield: A look inside one of the only surviving magic shops in Yorkshire" 22.4.23


Britain's Got Talent was back on our screens last Saturday; the start of series 16. As ever, expect some magical surprises. "13-year-old schoolboy's marvellous magic! BGT 2023" YouTube. See TV Magic for BGT listings including tonight's show. 22.4.23


Steve Dela wins Tony Shelley Cup for Stage Magic. On Wednesday 19th April, The Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians held their annual stage competition for the Tony Shelley Cup. The worthy winner was Steve Dela, pictured here with his 26th Magic award. Sue Oakley. 22.4.23


Beautiful Magicians Club. One Night. Two Shows and an after-party, for one great price. Sam Hurst 'The Peoples Magician' invites you into his world of machine gun delivery, infectious charisma and what can only be described as real magic.

Sam is a master of close-up magic, and his show is a non-stop thrill ride of mind-boggling illusions and jaw-dropping stunts. But what really sets Sam apart is his connection with his audience. He has a way of making everyone feel like they're part of the show, and his genuine love of magic is infectious.

If you're looking for a show that will amaze, astound and leave you feeling like you've just witnessed something truly special, then Sam Hurst 'Magical AF' is the show for you. Friday, 12th May, 264 Acton High Street, London W3 9BH. Tickets are selling fast, so book yours today! Click Here.


Battle Magic Cabaret. Show 2. What do you get when you mix rap battles Cabaret and an Open Mic and then throw in a cash prize with an Audience vote? Top UK Cabaret Stars try out their new material and lay their performance fee on the line in an open mic battle where anything goes and winner takes all. Who will win? You decide! Friday, 12th May, 264 Acton High Street, London W3 9BH. Click Here. 22.4.23


Sven Bosch 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: "Sven Bosch - Close-up pads, premium magic and more!" YouTube. 22.4.23


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Max Maven in a guest spot on John Fisher's 'The Best of Magic' from 18th October 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 22.4.23P


Join Dan Hudson for An Evening of Magic - Reading. Come along and join us for a night of fun with magicians from the world famous Magic Circle. Dan Hudson presents the show with his magical friends who will astound, amaze, and leave you asking for more. Tickets will include a delicious Two Course Meal in our restaurant before the show. Monday 19th June. Bar from 6pm. Dinner from 6.15pm. Show at 8.15pm at The Mill at Sonning Theatre, Sonning Eye, Reading RG4 6TY. See 22.4.23


Derren Brown: Showman - tomorrow, 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. 22.4.23


Steve Rowe Lecture - British Magical Society. Phil Sweeting writes: On Tuesday 25th April at 7.30pm, the British Magical Society are hosting a lecture by Steve Rowe. Steve is the creator of many popular and ingenious magical effects and there will be something for everyone in this new lecture. Visiting magicians are welcome for £10 on the door - and the evening will include a free buffet. Tuesday 25th April at 7.30pm at The British Magical Society, The Weoley Castle Working Men's Club, Barnes Hill Road, Weoley Castle, Birmingham B29 5TY. 22.4.23


Magic Mafia Awards. On the 15th of April the Magic Mafia, an up and coming magic club in the Scottish Highlands going from strength to strength, had its award night. The main award and highest honour going to David Munro for Service to Magic in the Scottish Highlands. David has done a lot of things behind the scenes and is a major figure in the group, often interacting with other clubs and magicians and raising awareness of quality magic in the Highlands. Recipients of other awards where Greig Ewen for his incredible display of card handling and James Clark, awarded The Close-up Magician of the Year 2023. 22.4.23


Magic Live! Las Vegas. From the organisers: Registration to Magic Live 2023 is $465 per person. Each registration includes tickets to all performances, access to all sessions, workshops, special events, parties, and our dealer room, as well as all giveaway items. Registration can either be purchased in full or spread out over five monthly installments ($93 + $2 fee). Your registration is 90% refundable through June 1, 2023. For full details see 22.4.23


Lex Schoppi & Alina hand over the reins of their quick-change act to Maxim Maurice and Jennifer Martinez. Internationally renowned German quick-change magic duo Lex Schoppi & Alina have ended their performing Quick Change career "due to old age". After a comeback was ruled out for health reasons, the search for a worthy successor began. This month Lex Schoppi handed over the complete know-how of his act to the well-known German magic duo Maxim Maurice and Jennifer Martinez. Lex Schoppi continues in the quick-change field though, with his show, theatre and costume workshop, and excellent quick-change books at 22.4.23


Magic Sam & Friends - London. Come along to Magic Sam & Friends' super-fun, family cabaret show! Expect circus performance, beatboxing, a very special secret act and a live DJ party after the show. Tickets are £12 per person or £40 for a group ticket of 4 people and include a glass of fizz for adults and a magical mystery gift for kids. Monday, 1st May, 2pm-5pm, 264 Acton High Street, London W3 9BH. Tickets and more info Click Here. 22.4.23


Strangers on a Plane. "On the last day in Cagliari, Sardinia, the week's final host, stage magician Dave from Yorkshire, opts for a morning of water sports. At their final dinner together, Dave reveals his hidden talent with magic tricks and hypnosis. Later, the week's winner is announced." Friday 28th April on Channel 4. See TV Magic for details. 22.4.23


"How did he do that?! 13-year-old magician stuns Britain's Got Talent judges with mind reading trick" Click Here • "James & Dylan Piper" YouTube • "Magic Castle looks to encourage more female magicians" Click Here • "Edinburgh set for new magic show with three of the ‘best magicians’ in the country" Click Here • "Grab a seat At the Illusionist’s Table as Scott Silven performs during one-of-a-kind dinner party" Click Here • "How did he do that?! 13-year-old magician stuns Britain's Got Talent judges with mind reading trick" Click Here • "Family of Irish teen magician who wowed Britain's Got Talent judges 'extremely proud'" Click Here • "Meet the Tilbury Magician named winner of Amazon Talent Show" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed - see you next week, Duncan. 22.4.23