Number 1195 - Saturday 20th May 2023


The Magic Circle Convention 2023. The Magic Circle's 2nd Annual Convention will be held on Sunday 30th July at its HQ in London, with The Wesley Hotel next door providing the perfect additional space for The Magic Emporium Dealers' Showcase. Don't miss this star-studded day with amazing lectures and an International Gala show like no other! Acts will include FISM winner Mario Lopez from Spain and many, many more Stars of Magic yet to be revealed... This event has strictly limited places and tickets are now available: Member VIP Gold £100 - Member Standard £65 - Non-Member £85. Book here: 20.5.23


Marc Oberon, international magician and FISM winner will be presenting his award-winning cruise ship show at Magicbox on Wednesday, 31st May! Magicbox write: Marc Oberon is an English magician based in Nottingham, specializing in artful stage, close-up and mentalism magic. Performing internationally, as well as innovating and developing new magic for other performers worldwide, Marc is a significant fixture in the pantheon of world-class magicians.

Marc is a Gold Star Member of The Inner Magic Circle, his philosophy of magic is encapsulated in his book "Grips, Lines & Looks – A Theory of Magical Choreography." He is regularly invited to lecture to magical societies all over the world to speak on his unique approach to performance. An innovator - Marc has designed and invented many magical effects that are used by professional magicians worldwide. A Headline Act - appearing regularly on the world’s most prestigious cruise ship stages (Cunard, SilverSea, Seabourn, Saga, Holland America).

Wednesday 31st May. Doors 6pm. Show 7.30pm. Seats are limited. No physical tickets will be sent, your details will be noted for entry on the night. It may be possible to pay on the door if it is not sold out. Free tea and coffee, other refreshments also available. Venue: Magicbox, Unit 3 Strand House, Locomotion Way, Camperdown Ind. Est., Killingworth, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE12 5US


Christian Grace Lecture - Newcastle Magic Circle. Alan Hooper writes: Newcastle Magic Circle are proud to welcome Christian Grace on Monday, 22nd May, for the next lecture in their programme. Christian is well known for his amazing effects and creativity. Releasing effects: Level One, Miracle One and Inevitable Choice amongst others. He has worked with Vanishing Inc and Ellusionist. Speaking with members from other Circles I know there is a buzz already about this lecture. Join us at MagicBox for this lecture. Doors open 7pm, Lecture starts 7.30pm. Guest fees apply. For more information email: or visit 20.5.23


Nick Mohammed Presents The Very Best & Worst of Mr. Swallow. Duke of York's Theatre, London, Sunday 21st May. Nick Mohammed is one of the UK’s most celebrated comedians, actors and writers. Nick has received feverish critical acclaim for his previous Mr. Swallow shows Dracula!, Houdini and The Vanishing Elephant and has wowed audiences as Mr. Swallow in Dictionary Corner on Channel 4’s Cats Does Countdown, with clips of his performances quickly going viral. He is the writer and star of Sky’s hit series Intelligence with David Schwimmer and has recently featured in a host of TV comedies including Stath Lets Flats, Inside No. 9 and This Time with Alan Partridge. 20.5.23


Britain's Got Talent - the live semi-finals. A week of live semi-finals starts on Monday, 29th May, as acts compete for the chance to win a large cash prize and a spot on the Royal Variety Performance. See TV Magic for details. 20.5.23


James Keatley 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: "James Keatley: One of the hottest names in magic, and the 'Trick of Blackpool 2023" YouTube. 20.5.23


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Ian Keable and Danny Buckler promoting their upcoming show 'Uri Geller Stopped My Clock' on ITV's Funny Business with presenter Iain Coyle from 26 years ago on 6th March 1997. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 20.5.23


Ed Fringe Magic

Mario the Maker Magician

Robot magic live from New York! Mario the Maker Magician brings a family show full of original magic, handmade robots, and modern slapstick. Fast-paced, interactive, and full of heart, the ever-endearing Mario leads you through a romping explosion of contagious energy and belly laughs. For kids, adults, families; everyone! Mario brings his show to Edinburgh for the very first time. As seen on Sesame Street, Universal Kids, and live on tour with David Blaine. ‘The best kids' magician in the world!!' (David Blaine). 'Magic with a soupçon of science (NY Times). 'An incredible gift' (David Copperfield).

Underbelly, George Square - Underbelly (Venue 300)
10.55am. August 5th-27th. 50 minutes. Suitability: 3+ (3 and older)

Tickets: 20.5.23


Ed Fringe Magic

Adults Only Magic Show

'An absolute riot!' ***** ( Prepare to be wowed out of your comfy red seats in this absolute jam-packed adults only spectacular! Magic duo Sam and Justin have toured across the world presenting their unique display of hilariously raucous comedy, mind-bending illusions, stunningly dangerous stunts and just a cheeky hint of nudity! Winner – Best Magic Show, Adelaide Fringe Weeklies 2021. Come indulge in this rollicking evening of guaranteed entertainment and join two of the best magicians in the business in a show that will not soon be forgotten!

Assembly George Square Studios - Studio Three (Venue 17)
9.15pm. August 2nd-20th, 22nd-27th. 1 hour 10 minutes. Suitability: 18+

Tickets: 20.5.23


Ed Fringe Magic

Luke Osey: Immature Magic

Back from his hit show – Drunk Magic – Osey's back again! In Immature Magic, Luke takes you on his journey from writing for the top magicians in the world, to becoming a performing comedy magician. See why Luke Osey 'will be famous one day' ( and is deemed 'top of his game' ( as he performs stupid stunts, incredible feats, and hilarious magic that will leave you wondering, how? As well as, why? 'Luke never ceases to amaze me' (Dynamo).

PBH's Free Fringe @ Voodoo Rooms - Speakeasy (Venue 68)
2pm. August 2nd-13th, 15th-27th. 1 hour. Suitability: 18+

Tickets: 20.5.23


New From Mark Leveridge Magic. MLM write: Two fresh products have been added to the MLM Select range this month. 1 - The Flying Card. A spectator gets the chance to perform his own magic trick. He genuinely selects any card and an initialled sticker is attached. The card is then slipped into a pay envelope which has his initials added to the flap and address side to prevent it being switched out. With a snap of his fingers, the spectator is going to attempt to make his signed card jump from the envelope and back into the deck’s centre. However, after a couple of tries, nothing appears to have happened. On removing the card from the initialled envelope it is seen to have changed to a blank card with the words ‘your card’ written on it! So where’s the selection? A second sealed envelope is removed from the performer’s pocket, and on cutting it open the signed selection is found inside. No palming, no sleight of hand, this is strong, easy to do magic incorporating a cunning method.  Go to

2 - Colour Key. Four double-blank cards are displayed. One is placed in view to one side while the other three are arranged in a column on the table. Four keys are shown, there being one each of red, blue, green and silver. A spectator selects one of the keys (let’s say the green one) and it is dropped on top of the blank card just placed to one side. The other three keys are slipped into envelopes which are mixed by a spectator before being placed down next to the blank cards in the order they were mixed into. The performer makes a magical gesture over the cards and on turning them over they are seen to be printed with pictures of red, blue and silver coloured padlocks. That’s a surprise, but then when the keys are tipped from the mixed envelopes, the correct coloured key is seen to have been magically aligned with the same coloured padlock! The final kicker comes when the card originally placed aside is turned over to reveal it has a green door printed on it to match the green key originally selected by the spectator. Both downloads, which have been extracted from the E-Club Pro files, cost just £7.00 and are available for a limited time only. Go to


Bill Malone: A Professional Development Course in Magic - Magic Circle Scotland. 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. 20.5..23


The Chamber of Wallets. Neil Turton writes: I've created a useful website for mentalists and magicians called Chamber of Wallets. It is essentially an A-Z Index of not only wallets, but peek devices, coin holders and deck holders. There are over 220 listings on the site so far. Each has its own page, with a description, photos, forum links and YouTube videos where discussed or reviewed. Hopefully this will help buyers choose the right wallet.

As new wallets, peek devices, coin holders and deck holders are released all the time the A-Z Index will be constantly updated. Upcoming features will include: A search function. A blog. Details of product launches and competitions. You can check out the site at:


Tommy Cooper: 30 Greatest Moments. "A two-hour celebration of one of the most-loved British comedians of all time, a man recognised by his red fez alone who made a career out of his apparent lack of conjuring skills. The programme traces Tommy's career." Sunday 21st May on 5Select. See TV Magic for details. 20.5.23


Hull: Is 'England's oldest joke shop' having last laugh in tough times? "With the disappearance of big household names from our high streets in recent years, how are smaller but just as established independent businesses coping in uncertain economic times?" There's a wonderful photo of Dinsdales, in Hull's historic Hepworth Arcade, still looking as it did decades ago in this article by Kevin Shoesmith: Thanks to Phil Smith for letting us know about this story. 20.5.23


"Nile Rodgers looks on as magician Dynamo chats with the King" [scroll down] Click Here • "Video of magician’s flying stunt viral with false claims about powers of Yoga" Click Here • "What book would TV presenter, magician and comedian Stephen Mulhern take to a desert island?" Click Here • "Penn & Teller prepare to celebrate 30 years in Las Vegas" Click Here • "Penn & Teller: Fool Us: Season 10; CW Renews Magic Competition Series with New Host" Click Here • "The time a fake London magician conned so many people it started a riot" Click Here • "Magician Ben Levy not only reads your mind – he controls it too!" Click Here • That's all for this week. Your UK magic news is always welcomed. Have a good weekend, Duncan. 20.5.23