Number 1194 - Saturday 13th May 2023


The Magic Circle History Day 2023. The Magic Circle History Day is taking place at The Magic Circle's HQ, The Centre for the Magic Arts, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD on Saturday, 3rd June 2023. This event is dedicated to the study of the rich history of conjuring, its tricks, its performers, and the associated historical memorabilia. The event is open to both members and non-members of The Magic Circle.

The day will feature notable international speakers, discussing diverse aspects of the history of magic, together with a buffet lunch in The Wesley Hotel (next door), tea and  coffee breaks, an opportunity to mingle with fellow historians and collectors, and some surprises. Doors open at 9.30am and the day lasts until approximately 6pm. Members £55 from Non-members £60 from


Merlins of Wakefield Magic Festival Day - tomorrow! From the organisers: If you have a ticket, you are in for a real treat, if you don't, here is your last chance to get one! With loads going on throughout the day and evening it's always a fun day. Click Here to see the full programme of events. All this, plus a licensed bar and food available throughout the day and free parking - for just £40! And get this, if you buy a day ticket, we will give you a 'Goody Bag' which contains items and magic that's worth more than the ticket price! If you don't have a ticket, you can get one Click Here up until 2pm today (Saturday), after that, you will need to get one on the day, subject to availability! 13.5.23


Sharps and Flats by John Nevil Maskelyne is out today, available exclusively from First published in 1894, Sharps and Flats was one of the earliest and most thorough books explaining the trickery of crooked gamblers. At the time of its release, John Nevil Maskelyne was at the height of his fame, drawing large crowds to his magic performances at The Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly, London.

With illustrations and clear descriptions, this book explains methods from marked cards to hold-outs, weighted dice to secret reflectors. No stone was left unturned in Maskelyne’s campaign against gambling cheats and, as such, the book became a great success and is still seen as an important reference.

This beautiful paperback book has 335 pages, French flaps, six plates, many illustrations and is strictly limited to 500 copies. To order your copy today for £20, or to see more photos and details, visit


Ed Fringe Magic

Hudson & Hudson: Married at First Sleight

What happens when two magicians get married? Is life full of magic surprises or do they still have petty arguments over who's taking the bins out? Can you ever relax when your partner is constantly playing tricks on you in the middle of a boxset? Alan and Kat Hudson from Britain's Got Talent, winner of Penn & Teller: Fool Us and star of West End's Wonderville, join forces for the first time as a double act in a magic comedy show that could lead to fame and fortune. Or divorce.

Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose - Dram (Venue 24)

3.40pm. August 2nd-13th, 15th-27th. 1 hour. Suitability: 14+

Tickets: 13.5.23


Ed Fringe Magic

Magical Bones: Soulful Magic – Volume Two

As part of his nationwide tour, the Britain’s Got Talent and ITV’s The Ultimate Magician finalist hits Edinburgh with a limited Fringe run in a show full of the most awe-inspiring and high-energy magic you’ll see this year. Direct from appearances on America’s Penn & Teller Fool Us, BBC One’s BAFTA Awards, ITV1’s This Morning and Sky’s Around The World In 80 Tricks. ‘A dazzling show... full of imagination and flair’ **** (Guardian). ‘What’s happening on stage really is magic’ (Telegraph). ‘A spellbinding show that leaves the audience gasping in disbelief’ **** (

Underbelly, Bristo Square - Cowbarn (Venue 302)
6.10pm. August 16th-26th. 1 hour. Suitability: 12+

Tickets: 13.5.23


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JezO's Car-Crash Magic Show

Car-Crash Magic is a debut Edinburgh Fringe show presented by JezO, winner of the Family Entertainer of the Year Competition 2022 and member of the prestigious Magic Circle. JezO is a high-energy comedian who puts the E firmly in Entertainment. A funny man and a man of fun who performs stupid magic amongst great feats of wonder. This unusual blend of comedy, audience participation and magic will include moments of danger, crazy hilarity, original illusions and JezO's unique view of today's ever-changing universe. "Fantastic" The Stage.

Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose - Big Yin (Venue 24)

2pm. August 2nd-27th. 1 hour. Suitability: 5+

Tickets: 13.5.23


The Magic Room presents the Vinny Sagoo lecture, "The only Lecture that Counts!" Andrew Wookey writes: Vinny Sagoo from Neo Magic will be joining us on 30th May. Vinny has created hundreds of effects and has a passion for strong mentalism using maths. His brand new lecture 'The only Lecture that Counts', promises to have something for everyone. Remember, 4 out of 3 people struggle with maths, you won't want to miss this lecture! Visiting fee of £10. We look forward to seeing you all there. Tuesday 30th May at The Clansman, Motala Close, Corby NN18 9DT. Contact me for details 07563 940792. 13.5.23


Hackney Half Marathon, raising money for Breathe Magic. Edward Hilsum writes: I'm delighted to be taking on the Hackney Half Marathon on Sunday 21st May to raise money for the extraordinary work of Breathe Arts Health Research. Breathe is a small charity that delivers innovative, award winning programmes that improve the physical and mental health of NHS staff, patients and communities.

I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of being part of the Breathe Magic programmes since 2015. The magic camps help young people with hemiplegia as they learn, practice and perform magic created by Occupational Therapists and Magic Circle magicians. Seeing these young magicians’ physical improvement and boosted confidence over the course of the programme is a joy and their beaming smiles after their final theatre performance is a powerful reminder of the true power that magic can have. See


Chris James 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: "Chris James: Pop Wild, social media magic, abstract effects and more!" YouTube. 13.5.23


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, finger fitness with Greg Irwin. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 13.5.23


Blackpool Magicians Club Clubroom Magic Auction. From the club: After many requests we have reintroduced the BMC Clubroom Magic Auctions, so why not sort out those unwanted magic props and books and bring them along to the BMC Clubroom Auction? Clubroom Magic Auction, Tuesday 8th August at Blackpool Magicians Club, 56-60 Caunce Street, Blackpool FY1 3LE. Commences 6pm prompt with viewing from 5pm. For further details or a lot number please contact Michael Shepherd: 13.5.23


Studio52 Presents Cards and Coffee. Saturday, June 3rd. Studio52 write: Crack your knuckles (even though your Mum might've told you not to—it's cool) and pour yourself a cup of coffee, Tony Chang, Ricky Smith, and Ben Earl—bona fide sleight-of-hand artists are about to take you behind the scenes with all new moves, sleights, and thinking in a three-hour interactive live session. Best part? We'll send you the exclusively printed notes after the event.⁠

These are moves nobody has seen before, created and worked on in secret in some lonesome cabin or cave by the sea (or at home). We’re talking things like Ricky Smith's ridiculous Facelift Palm, a new Cherry Control handling and doing moves in reverse, and Tony Chang's evolution of the Side Steal and Spectator Cull, not to mention Ben Earl's Under Cover Pass and New Theory Colour Change, plus so much more. You'll walk away inspired and ready to level up. For more info Click Here.


The Invisible Man, Unicorn Theatre, London. Sunday 28th May to Sunday 18th June. Now you see me… Two artists, a stage technician and a musician are waiting to start their show. Everything is in place, but why hasn’t the audience arrived? Things start getting more and more unclear from then on. Who is playing the piano? Whose coffee mug is that, floating through the air? And who is that ghost sneaking off with that extension cord? Are the performers really here, or not? And can you actually see them, or will you just have to believe they are here? Imagine how much fun you can have when no one can see you. Now The Invisible Man invites you to take a seat and watch... well... no one really.

Created in the Netherlands by highly acclaimed, mischievous theatre-makers Theater Artemis (The Show in Which Hopefully Nothing Happens) this surreal and hilarious show is all about everything that you don’t see. And it secretly revels in the joy of remaining unseen. "What a treat. A continuous, terrific game of hide and seek." Scenes. "The roar of applause is well-deserved" De volkskrant. For ages 5 to 11. Use code INVISIWOS for 20% off


Mega Auction, Dublin, Ireland on Tuesday 13th June. Quentin Reynolds writes: The Society of Irish Magicians is hosting the auction of the collection of books and props of a retired member. Everything is in good to excellent condition. The venue is The Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin City Centre. Viewing from 7pm, starts at 7.30pm. In person bidding only and cash payment only. Details and list of items at 13.5.23


John Styles MBE is delighted to have been invited to appear at Wilton's, the oldest Music Hall in the world. Situated in the East End of London, this Grade 11 listed iconic building first staged Music Hall in 1859. On the 16th of May The Players, together with The British Music Hall Society, are staging an event that will celebrate Music Hall and Variety in the style of the BBC's long running television series 'The Good Old Days'. It will also commemorate the birthday of The Music Hall Society's late President, Roy Hudd OBE and is now sold out. 13.5.23


Iain Bailey Lecture - Bexley Magic Society Society. From the organisers: Iain Bailey is a Berkshire based magician, pickpocket and magic creator, with over 16 million views on TikTok. He was awarded London & South East Region’s "Wedding Entertainer of the Year" at the Wedding Industry Awards and is a proud member of The Magic Circle. He has had a number of effects released with Penguin Magic and Alakazam, including "Roasted" and "Measure for Measure".

In his lecture Iain will be teaching his fun, quick, easy to understand effects that are suitable for most ages. Tricks using things you’ll find in a coffee shop, as well as his "Tricks of the Trade" series, using tools you have in your home tool kit! Whatever magic level you are at you will find something of value in this lecture. It will be a great evening! "Iain Bailey creates some of the most organic looking magic I’ve seen. His effects are awesome, his presentation is fun and his methods are killer. If you get a chance to watch his lecture, just do it. You will not be disappointed!"

It will be a great evening! Wednesday, 17th May. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start at Bexley Magic Society, Bexley Club, Barton Close, Bexleyheath DA6 8JP. Visiting magicians welcome for a £5 fee which can be used against full membership.


Free E-Books When You Join E-Club Pro. Irrespective of our magical experience, most of us at some point will feel the need for specific help and advice. It might be to do with the creation of a new act, or how to market yourself effectively, or maybe just a need to learn some new moves and sleights. But where to turn to? Well, Mark Leveridge has been a full time professional for 42 years and in that time has amassed a huge amount of knowledge and expertise, and for the last 12 years he has been passing it all on to the members of his online club, E-Club Pro. By joining you will give yourself access to a huge amount of valuable information about all aspects of magic performance, creation and marketing, as well as be able to dip into the hundreds of practical routines and ideas Mark has put together during his decades of performing and lecturing. To benefit immediately from a total of over 1000 pages of online content you simply need to go to where you will find full details of everything the E-Club has to offer. Plus, if you join before the 30th May 2023, for each of your first three months of membership you will receive two advice e-books from Mark's Professional Worker Series, so that by the third month you will have collected the complete 6 volume set (worth £60 when purchased separately). So, complete the simple sign up process today and make the most of Mark's professional advice and knowledge. 13.5.23


Radek Hoffman Lecture - Zodiac Magical Society. Donato Capitella writes: Join us for Radek Hoffman's lecture, presenting a mix of magic, mentalism, suggestion, manipulation and psychology on Wednesday, May 17th from 8pm-10pm at our club room located just a five-minute walk from the Northfields Tube station on the Piccadilly Line. There is a charge for visitors. You need to email to let us know that you are coming. You can follow us on Instagram at @zodiacmagicalsociety for updates. 13.5.23


Martin Duffy Lecture - Northamptonshire Magicians Club. Martin Duffy lectures at the Northamptonshire Magicians Club on Tuesday 16th May at Brafield Working Mens Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield NN7. 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Visiting Magicians welcome for our usual £10 non-members fee. 13.5.23


Knight Rider with Lance Burton. Deadly Knightshade. Series 4, episode 15. Drama series about a young man who fights for law and justice in an incredible supercar: the Knight Industries Two Thousand, or KITT. Michael suspects a magician of two murders, but he appears to have the perfect alibi. Starring: David Hasselhoff. On Monday 22nd May on HorrorXtra. From 1986. See TV Magic for details. 13.5.23


Wynne's Welsh 70s. Wynne Evans turns his attention to the BBC Wales archive of 1972. His highlights include Welsh actress Nerys Hughes co-starring in hit comedy The Liver Birds and a serious Tommy Cooper on how his magical act going wrong gave him an idea for success. Friday 19th May on BBC One Wales. See TV Magic for details. 13.5.23


News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. Many thanks, DT. 13.5.23


"Cara Delevingne shrieks while driving spike through David Blaine’s arm live on stage" Click Here • "LeBron James and Anthony Davis couldn’t believe David Blaine’s magic trick" Click Here • "Magician Michael Carbonaro bringing his tricks to Santa Fe" Click Here • "Shlomo Levinger: Magician to the Stars" Click Here • "Royal fans confused as Dynamo the magician joins star-studded guests at King Charles’ coronation" Click Here • "I performed Britain’s Got Talent’s best ever magic trick – but my final performance had unexpected problems" Click Here • "Inside magician Dynamo's life: From convict dad, cruel bullies and brave health battle" Click Here • "How Mrs. Davis' Resident Magician taught a nun new tricks" Click Here • That's it for this week, your UK magic news is welcomed as ever - see you next week, Duncan. 13.5.23