Number 1193 - Saturday 6th May 2023


Dynamo: Mind Over Magic in production for Sky. Dynamo is currently in pre-production for a brand new series for Sky, with the working title 'Dynamo: Mind Over Magic'. Expectation is the production company behind the series. Until we hear more if you'd like to see Dynamo in person then you'll have to zip along to King Charles III's Coronation today: "King Charles coronation: Dynamo invited to ceremony" 6.5.23


Edinburgh Magic. An Intimate Evening of Wonder in Enchanting Surroundings. From the promoter: Kevin Quantum’s new show presents the Edinburgh magic that fooled the most brilliant minds.


• Intimate evening of mystery in the elegance of The Caledonian Hotel
• Rediscovered magical marvels of Scotland and Edinburgh’s past
• Consummate performance from international magician Kevin Quantum

Join Edinburgh’s own international magician Kevin Quantum for an incredible show packed with tricks that fooled some of the most brilliant and creative people ever to have lived. Among those left dumfounded were JK Rowling, Sir Paul McCartney and Houdini! Much of the magic has strong links to Edinburgh and Scotland and includes tricks rediscovered and recreated by Kevin after reading century-old newspaper accounts and Magic Circle meeting minutes.

This limited run, on Saturday evenings from 15th April to 1st July, offers an exclusive and up-close experience for audiences of just 30 people in the elegant surroundings of Edinburgh’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel, known locally as The Caledonian. Performances take place in the Versailles Suite and those who book front and second row tickets will be treated to a complementary glass of Prosecco on arrival. There's no strict code, but elegant evening attire is encouraged.


May 6th, 27th

June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

July 1st
Times: 6pm and 8pm

Duration: 60-70 minutes, with a five minute intermission
Venue: Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 2AB
Suitability: Age 12+
Ticket prices: £30 - £55
Booking and additional information:


Peter Pan at The London Palladium. Flying into The London Palladium this Christmas, Peter Pan will be the West End's ultimate pantomime adventure. Starring Jennifer Saunders as Captain Hook and Julian Clary as seaman Smee, the cast includes all your Palladium panto favourites, including Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot and the return of Rob Madge. Hook your tickets early to guarantee the best seats! 9th December - 14th January 2024: 6.5.23


PropDog's Coronation Weekend Sale! This week, to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III, we are having a mega sale. From 25% off selected items all the way up to 50% off! We may not be able to offer the crown jewels, but there are certainly gems to be had here. Finishing on Tuesday, fill your boots! 6.5.23


Final Call For The Commercial Close Up Refresher Event. On Tuesday 9th May 2023 at 7.30pm (BST) Mark Leveridge is presenting a special Zoom event dedicated to revealing key pointers to help close-up magicians to work successfully. 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 for more experienced entertainers, looking to refresh their knowledge. Tickets cost just £10.00. For more information and to book your 'front row' seat, go to 6.5.23


Wayne Fox  Lecture - Huddersfield Circle of Magicians. The incomparable Wayne Fox presents his brand new lecture live on Wednesday, 10th May, at Savoy Youth & Community Centre, 32A Elm Street, Skelmanthorpe, Huddersfield HD8 9BH. Visiting Magicians are most welcome, £10 on the door. 7.30pm for an 8pm start. 6.5.23


New Dodo Magazine for May. The new May 2023 issue of the Dodo magazine is now available. Written and illustrated by Jerry Sadowitz, the magazine consists of card magic, close-up, mentalism and comedy material that some will find offensive. This issue also includes a little known card miracle by Jack Vosburgh and a lesser known coin miracle by Tommy Cooper. Email for further details and price. 6.5.23


Leeds Magic Jam. Leeds Magic Jam are pleased to announce Jack Rhodes will be lecturing at our convention this year. Jack Rhodes mixes magic and video editing to create fantastic videos that are unique and engaging. After his incredible lecture at Blackpool this year we had to book him. Simply one of the best lectures we've seen. Not to be missed! For more information on the Leeds Magic Jam one day magic convention and to book tickets visit: 6.5.23


Chris Frost Lecture at the Wessex Magical Association. Steve Bowring writes: The Wessex Magical Association are hosting the Chris Frost lecture on Tuesday 9th May at 7.30pm at the Grasshopper Pub, 139-141 Bournemouth Road, Poole BH14 9HT. Visiting magicians welcome £10 on the door. Contact for details. 6.5.23


Magic Sam 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: "Magic Sam - The Beautiful Magicians Club, Magic Sam & Friends and more!" YouTube [See What's On for upcoming Sam Hurst/Magic Sam/Gambit! dates]. 6.5.23


Big Congratulations to Pete Heat winner of the Best Act award at the Llandudno Fringe last week! 6.5.23


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Paul Daniels with guest Danny La Rue, and Debbie McGee, on 'The Paul Daniels Magic Show' from 7th February 1987. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 6.5.23


Chance Powers and The Table of Death. Mitch Law writes: Professional magician, Duan Lafin has written a fictional novel called Chance Powers and The Table of Death. The story concerns a team of professional magicians who use their skills to take down fake psychics and mobsters. It's definitely worth taking on holiday for reading on the beach, or as a present for a magician you know. For more details see 6.5.23


Calling all Young Magicians! Want to learn the real secrets of magic? In partnership with the Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Kevin Quantum is running a workshop for 13-18 year old magicians and theatre makers interested in theatrical magic. "We’ve isolated three areas that magicians often trip up on: Presence, Character and Direction. We’re going to do a deep dive, examining your own performances and learning from working directors and magicians. The hardest tricks to master in magic tend not to be the complex sleight of hand but the art of comfortably standing on a stage in front of people, with ease and confidence." There are still a few places left so why not come along! 14th May, 11am, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. See 6.5.23


Auction Hunters: Viva Las Vegas. The Auction Hunters bid on some big units at a sale in Las Vegas, discovering an antique naval cane sword and a magician's prop from the seventies. Wednesday 17th May on Sky History 2. Repeat. See TV Magic for details. 6.5.23


"The magician who runs one of the world's smallest theatres" Click Here • "Northampton magician Sean Heydon lectures in Florida about his card tricks" Click Here • "Magician from Tilbury wins Amazon staff talent show title" Click Here • "Magic Legend Teller Reveals the Secrets of the Biggest ‘Mrs. Davis’ Tricks" Click Here • "The Chase viewers all have the same complaint as they spot bizarre trend with ITV contestants" Click Here • "David Blaine celebrates 50th birthday with Sergey Brin, Woody Harrelson" Click Here • "David Arquette Calls Playing Magician in Mrs. Davis 'Childhood Dream Come True'" Click Here • "Magician performs magic trick live on Good Day Orlando" Click Here • That's it for another week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 6.5.23