Number 1192 - Saturday 29th April 2023


London Magic Convention 2023. Sunday November 5th at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London: 3 amazing lectures, The London Close-Up Magic Championship 2023, the Patrick Page Award, and the unmissable '£4 Gala Show'! It's the funniest, tensest magic show ever, and you could be the star of the show... and earn £4! With 10 spots available to anyone who wants to do a 4 minute set, but here's the deal: if your act comes in at between 3 minutes 45 seconds and 4 minutes, you will receive a Certificate, the hefty sum of £4, and the respect of all your peers. If, however, you go so much as one second under or over the 15-second 'Cash Zone' you get nothing! A timer will be running with the audience watching, leaving the performer as the only person unaware of what time they're at. And there's one new rule for this year - your act must end with these words: "...and that is the end of my act!" Apply now! The 10 spots will be drawn two weeks before the convention, and we'll email you to let you know if you made it onto the bill. All this plus a plethora of magic dealers open all day. Book now at 29.4.23


Derren Brown presents Unbelievable. Magic Reimagined. A new show coming to the West End this year. Everyone you meet is performing a kind of magic trick – presenting the parts of themselves they want you to see, their ‘effect’. And hiding the parts they don’t, their ‘method’.

Internationally acclaimed psychological illusionist Derren Brown announces a brand-new show Unbelievable, which comes to Manchester’s Palace Theatre this summer, ahead of opening in London’s West End at the Criterion Theatre on 19th September 2023.

Following the extraordinary success of Derren’s recent production of Showman, Unbelievable will be a magic show like no other. Fusing the best of theatre with jaw dropping illusions never before seen in the West End, Unbelievable features a New York Subway band and a company of multi-talented performers who will bring to life, live on stage, an evening of bewildering trickery, from the imagination of Derren Brown.

The show includes an updated version of a one act play not seen on the London stage in over 100 years! Will, The Witch and The Wolfman, combines comedy, illusion and song to provide a breathtaking conclusion to an extraordinary evening in the theatre.

The ambition for Unbelievable is to create an experience you can’t get anywhere else in the world. From the moment the audience set foot in the theatre, they will be an essential element – indeed the beating heart of the show. Unbelievable is created, written and directed by UK stage and screen phenomenon Derren Brown, and long-time collaborators Andy Nyman and Andrew O’Connor.


Top Magic Circle award for 25-year-old. Charlie Burgess reports: A magician, who has only been a Member of The Magic Circle for 18 months, has won the society’s prestigious Close-up Magician of the Year competition. John Duffett, beat five other contenders for the title with his performance of card magic at The Magic Circle’s London headquarters on Monday, 24th April. He convinced the judges of his skills as he made cards disappear and appear in impossible locations.


John, 25, who lives in Redbridge, London, was diagnosed with autism when he was seven. He says: "It was then I realised why I was shy and struggled to make friends and understand people." He stresses that his condition has not affected his life in a bad way and has in fact helped him. "It allows me to focus and concentrate on detail and I never get bored learning."

It was while revising during lockdown for his Politics and Philosophy degree, that magic took over his life. "I had been dead set on doing a regular job, but then realised that that would never give me satisfaction. I had been into magic as a young boy but it was not until I was stuck at home doing my revision - and I got my degree - that the cards took over as I sat there."

On his winning the award John says: "I don’t think I have ever been as nervous in my entire life. I have done some important gigs, like performing at the after-show party for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year and I regularly perform at The Magic Circle's public shows, but nothing compared to this."

In the competition Douglas Tilston was second and Russ Appleby third. The other competitors were The Sepp, Matthew Garrett and Danny Lee Grew. John Duffett was presented with his award by The Magic Circle President Megan Swann. The organiser of the competition was Liam Ball.


British Ring Eastbourne Convention - New Artistes Just Announced. From the organisers: The I.B.M. British Ring No.25 85th Annual Convention 7th-10th September 2023 in Eastbourne. With events starting at 10am on Thursday 7th September and finishing at 5pm on Sunday 10th September delegates will enjoy four whole days packed full of magic and fun! The Convention will take place in Eastbourne’s fabulous Welcome Building and Devonshire Park Theatre.

New Artistes Just Announced:

Recently seen in ‘The One’ Competition at Blackpool Magic Convention, Adrien Quillien was a semi-finalist on France’s Got Talent. He will be joining us at Eastbourne in the Gala Show with his fabulous Bar Act where he plays a ‘Magic Madness Bartender’ bubbling with dexterity. With a contagious rhythm he multiplies juggling, flash appearances and disappearances to an electro swing music soundtrack – a real magic potion to shake and raise the audience! He will also be presenting a lecture ‘Making Magic Sparkle!’

We also have the amazing Charlie Caper whose charming stage presence and world class magic will win the hearts of any audience. He became a full time magician in 2001 and has since performed all over the world and appeared on television in over a dozen countries, including winning Sweden’s Got Talent. He will be performing his one man show at Eastbourne.

Artistes announced so far: Charlie Caper, Adrien Quillien, Chris Congreave, Keith Fields and Lady Sarah, Griffin and Jones, Louise Andrée, John-Henry Larsson, JezO, Joel Dickinson, Yollin Lee, Mel Harvey, Christian Grace, Richard Cadell and Sooty. Register by 28th May to be entered into a prize draw for an additional free registration (terms and conditions apply). Book on our website or contact the registration officer at Photo credit: Adrien Quillien Bar Act ©Alexor.


Magician reveals his trick with huge plot twist! Audition BGT 2023 YouTube. 29.4.23


Very Hush-Hush by John Bannon - International Magic.
• Forty card tricks with a mental slant
• Little to no sleight of hand required
• Impossible location effects
• Prediction tricks
• Bannon's take on 'The Magic Square'
• An easy to read book that's full of great magic
A quality hardbound book by one of the most creative of modern magicians. Full of tricks that require minimum sleights, for maximum effect, and with a slant towards mentalism. More than 250 pages, this hardbound has plenty of photographs assisting the in-depth descriptions, and finishes with a chapter about the author. Very Hush-Hush is a must for all card magicians. In stock. For full contents and to order visit


Merlins of Wakefield Magic Festival Day, Sunday 14th May. From the organisers: Merlins of Wakefield Magic Festival Day is fast approaching on Sunday 14th May at Birdwell Academy Theatre featuring a full day of magic and an evening Gala Show. Plus internet sensation Danny Malin from 'Rate My Takeaway' will be there during the day. Danny has been interested in magic for over 30 years, and used to have his own Magic Shop! Come and see his infamous chair and table and have a picture with him!


There will be a Close-up Magic Jam hosted by Kev Mark and Rob Shersby and a very special collectors lecture from Mark Lee, showing some of his rare and unusual items including some owned by Paul Daniels. Other Artists include: Kay Dyson, Vinny Sagoo, Chris Cross, Dean & Kazia, Darren Mac, Michael Jordan, Dave Burns and High Jinx Illusion.

If you register for the full Day and Gala Show (£40) you will receive a Merlins Goody Bag with magic to at least the value of the ticket price – so it's like a free ticket! Book your tickets today Click Here for a great day of magic and fun!


Early Bird Tickets for MagicFest Christmas Special Now on Sale! Pick the best seats and enjoy an early bird discount. After sell-out shows last Christmas, we’re delighted to announce that our Christmas Special with Kevin Quantum and guests goes on sale early! We are back at the wonderful Church Hill Theatre for December 2023 with more astonishing illusions and big laughs in a riotously fun and magical Christmas show for the whole family! Book by 1st May and save 10% with the code XMAS10. 24th, 27th-30th December 2023. See 29.4.22


Darlington Magic Circle May Day of Magic. The Darlington Magic Circle's annual May Day of Magic will be held on Sunday the 14th of May 2023 from 10am to 5pm at The Railway Club, 93 North Road, Darlington DL1 2PP. We have no less than 5 top lecturers, all of whom will have dealer stalls. Starting off with Bazz Fazackerley of Black Cat Magic, Graeme Shaw of Magicbox, Steve Dela, Chris Congreave and our headline act, Michael Murray! There will be free tea and coffee all day and our venue has a private licensed bar. All of this for only £20! Tickets are now available to purchase via with a debit or credit card. There is no extra admin charge. Also see our Facebook page. Nick Richmond, Secretary, Darlington Magic Circle. 29.4.23


DTrik - The Magic of Wayne Dobson. Our new online store is now open! We're excited to announce that our new website is open and online. Check out or new releases, videos, blogs and photos. Now you can shop and browse from the comfort of your own home. 29.4.22


James Phelan: The Greatest Magician Tour. From the promoter: Showman Live Presents... The Greatest Magician. A dazzling new magic show from James Phelan. This astonishing, enigmatic, five-star rated magic show will leave you aching from laughter and dizzy in disbelief. This mind-blowing magic show comes to the stage for the first time. You’ll be transported to a jaw-dropping world of light-hearted hilarity, wonderment, and mystery. Focusing on mind-bending feats of illusion, from making people forget their own names to vanishing them from the auditorium entirely! 35+ tour dates - see What's On and 29.4.22


Tom Wright Presents An Evening of Magic & Comedy - Parkway Cinema & Theatre, Cleethorpes. Enter a world where nothing makes sense! Prepare to be amazed and thrilled! Comedy Magician Tom Wright takes to the stage with his unique style of visual magic, off the wall comedy, and charisma! Guaranteed to leave you entertained and totally gob-smacked! Sit back, relax, and strap yourself in! Friday 9th June at 8pm at Parkway Cinema & Theatre, Kings Road, Cleethorpes DN35 0AQ. For more info and to book visit 29.4.22


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Steve Wyrick on The World's Greatest Magic III in 1996. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 29.4.22


Chris Congreave will be holding a workshop on Sunday 4th June in Wolverhampton on performing at tables. Topics include: approaching a table, getting and holding their attention, dealing with difficult spectators, how to make small effects play bigger, pocket management and much more. Numbers will be limited as it will be a hands-on workshop. Contact Chris for more info and to book a place: 29.4.23


Chris Wardle - Surrey Society of Magicians Close-up Competition Winner 2023. Adam Mosley writes: The Surrey Society of Magicians Close-up competition took place on the 27th of April. A big congratulations to Chris Wardle, using all his own effects, who took first place and runners-up Dave Andrews and Paul Dickson. The Mary Oberoi Comedy Trophy went to Dave Andrews. It was a very high standard this year as always, so congratulations to all who took part.


We would like to give a big thank you to the two lay judges and also to our magical judge Iain Bailey; thank you for your hard work and difficult decisions. We would also like to thank all the audience members who we are sure had a great evening and our time keeper Colin Peters. Last but not least thank you to our brilliant compère Geoff Pescud. 29.4.23


Paul Brook Lecture - Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians, Wednesday 3rd May. Dave Taylor writes: On 3rd May we have Paul Brook lecturing at Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians. Paul is a professional presenter, author and mentalist, with over thirty books to his name specialising in psychological mind reading. Visitors welcome with just £5 fee. 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Venue is the ECC Sports and Social Club, Showell Road, Wolverhampton WV10 9LU. 29.4.23


Paul Brook Lecture 'Straight Outta Scotland' - Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle, Thursday 11th May. Matthew Gill writes: Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle is delighted to present 'Straight Outta Scotland' lecture, by Paul Brook. In 2004 Paul Brook abandoned a career in Psychology to begin one in Mentalism. He is now considered one of the most creative minds in modern mentalism, having written over 30 books and consulted for numerous film, theatre and television projects.

Following performances Paul decided to relocate to the remote mystical Scottish highlands and he now presents this new lecture 'Straight Outta Scotland'. Half of the material is his classics and the other half new and unreleased effects. Thursday 11th May at 8pm. Entry is free for members and £10 for visiting magicians at Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle, St Stephen s Church Hall, St Stephen's Road, Hightown, Liverpool L38 0BL


The Greatest Auction. AJ Odudu hosts as millionaires, private collectors and antique dealers compete to buy extraordinary items. Banksy experts take a risk on a piece of wall featuring work attributed to the anonymous artist and Tommy Cooper's iconic fez goes on sale. Plus an array of Buzzcocks memorabilia and more. Tuesday 9th May on Channel 4. See TV Magic for details. 29.4.23


News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. Many thanks, DT.


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