Number 1196 - Saturday 27th May 2023


Penn & Teller: The First Final Farewell Tour - opens on Thursday in Wolverhampton! From the promoter: These shows will feature Penn & Teller's classic magic performed live with their unique brand of humour and audience participation and will feature never before seen tricks in the UK. For over 45 years as magic's most outrageous and innovative team, Penn & Teller are Emmy award-winning TV stars, best-selling authors and Las Vegas icons. Their Showtime series, 'Penn & Teller: BS!' was nominated for 16 Emmys. Past ventures were the highly successful ITV's 'Penn & Teller Fool Us!' hosted by Jonathan Ross on Saturday nights and 'Penn & Teller Tell A Lie' for Discovery Channel and Channel 5's 'Fool Us in Vegas' TV show is in the 7th series.

Penn said "We’ve been working together 45 years and are now coming out of the longest break we've ever had from working together. We are so excited to start touring in the UK playing our favorite theaters. Is this our last UK tour? We don't know, but you're welcome to buy tickets and hope for that, while we'll be hoping for more final tours than the Stones and Cher put together." Don’t miss your chance to see the funniest and most unique magicians in the world in this brand new show.


1st June The Halls, Wolverhampton

4th-5th June O2 Apollo Manchester
8th-9th June New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

13th-18th June Eventim Apollo, London

Tickets: 27.5.23


The  Magic Circle Convention 2023. The Magic Circle's 2nd Annual Convention. A jam-packed day of star-studded lectures, entertainment and special events for your enjoyment, starring:


Mario Lopez - FISM Winner from Spain
Magic Singh - TikTok Magic Journey
Andrew Frost - Sleightly Unusual
Fay Presto - Queen of Close-up Lecture
Laura London - Close-up Magician Sleight of Hand Performer
Troy - Exceptional Close-up Magic
Terry Herbert - Brilliant Comedy Magic
Jay Rawlings - A Guinness world-record holder


Sunday 30th July at The Magic Circle's 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! This event has strictly limited places and tickets are now available: Member VIP Gold £100 - Member Standard £65 - Non-Member £85. See for full details and to book 27.5.23


Last chance to win a free Eastbourne 2023 Convention Registration! Register as a delegate by 4pm on Sunday, 28th May, to be included in a prize draw for an additional free Registration for the full four-day convention! (T&Cs apply). Our Convention in Eastbourne on the 7th-10th September 2023 has a wonderful lineup. The location is excellent and The Welcome Building is within walking distance of the Devonshire Park Theatre, Stage Door pub, several restaurants and an ice cream parlour!

Artistes announced so far: Charlie Caper, Adrien Quillien, Chris Congreave, Keith Fields and Lady Sarah, Griffin and Jones, Louise Andrée, Safire, John-Henry Larsson, JezO, Joel Dickinson, Yollin Lee, Mel Harvey, Christian Grace, Richard Cadell and Sooty. Book on our website or contact the registration officer:


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Wayne Dobson and Secrets on Blue Peter with presenter Diane Louise Jordan in 1996 promoting his Sunday Night show at the Lyric Theatre in London's West End. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 27.5.23


A Night of Magic, Illusion and Circus. The Inferno Aces are a troupe of four magical acts pooling their talents to bring you a jam packed evening full of magic, illusion and circus! The Aces are Tom, who does a mixture or grand scale illusion along with dangerous stunts and escapes. Lucy, who as well as her magical skills specialises in retro circus style hula hoop dancing. Lee, a charismatic character who likes to bring the classics of magic and illusion to theatres. And Gaz, who does the fiendish type of stunts you'd expect to see in a early 1900s sideshow. One thing is for certain, this is sure to be a fun filled evening with plenty of energy and most definitely not to be missed at an absolute bargain price of £10 a ticket (£6 under 16s). The show may contain minor use of adult language and strong lighting. Doors 7pm, show 8pm on Thursday 8th June at SouthBank Club, Dean lane, Bristol BS3 1DB. Tickets available from 27.5.23


PropDog relocation. Dave Bonsall writes: Due to our relocation and the closure of our Hounslow shop, as from Tuesday 30th May the shop will be closed to walk-in customers. This will not affect online orders which will be processed as normal. Dave and the team would like to thank all those that visited the shop over the last 10 years! [MagicWeek would like to wish Dave all the very best in his new home and workshop in rural Wales, and thank him for being a MagicWeek advertiser for all those years, Duncan]. 27.5.23


Marc Oberon Lecture - British Magical Society. Phil Sweeting writes: Marc Oberon, international magician and FISM winner, will be presenting his lecture at the British Magical Society on Tuesday 30th May at 7.30pm. You are in for a wonderful night of award-winning creative magic and there will even be a free buffet! Visiting magicians welcome, £10 on the door. The British Magical Society, The Weoley Castle Working Men's Club, Barnes Hill Road, Weoley Castle, Birmingham B29 5TY. 27.5.23


Britain's Got Talent - Final, Sunday 4th June on ITV1. Ant and Dec return to host the grand finale of the talent search, while Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and Bruno Tonioli form the judging panel. Taking to stage are the acts who secured the judges' and public votes across the semi-finals, but the public vote alone determines the outcome of the final, where the chosen favourite will be named the winner of Britain's Got Talent 2023. As always, the victor will also be leaving the competition with a life-changing £250,000 cash prize and a coveted place at the Royal Variety Performance. The semi-finals run all week. See TV Magic for details. 27.5.23


When Magic Goes Horribly Wrong. A compilation of illusions that went spectacularly badly, including several cases where magicians nearly died. Escapologist Spencer Horsmann nearly drowned three times performing his water tank act, while Canadian magician Dean Gunnarson was pronounced dead after being fished out of a river following a stunt, and Shahid Malik has suffered both serious burns and a 40-foot fall from illusions gone wrong. Plus, mishaps featuring famous magicians including Dynamo, Paul Daniels and David Blaine. Saturday 3rd June on Channel 5 (repeat). See TV Magic for details. 27.5.23


Wayne Fox: Knockout Fx Lecture - Sheffield Circle of Magicians. From the organisers: This is a two hour lecture, consisting of easy to do mind reading effects and visual magic using props and components that you may already have, or that can be easily obtained from your local magic shop. Card magic, mind reading, how to be unique at a party, his 10 minute practice principal... these are just some of the topics covered. Hosted by Sheffield Circle of Magicians on Thursday 1st June at 7.30pm prompt. Free to paid up members. Guest magicians welcome £15. Venue: The Magick Lounge, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield S2 5TG. Any questions contact 27.5.23


Mike Davis 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: "Mike Davis - British Secret Service, launching in the pandemic and more" YouTube. 27.5.23


The Magic Circle History Day, next Saturday in London. 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


The Mark Leveridge Podcast. If you are sitting around in the sun at the moment, why not take the chance to catch up with some of the Mark Leveridge audio podcasts? Current ones last 45 minutes and cover a wide variety of topics that you will find interesting and absorbing. A new edition will be released at the start of June, but if you listen now to the April/May release, these are the conversation subjects you will find: The key to good magic for lay people - Paul Brook explains how to accentuate the difference between strolling mentalism and walkabout magic - patter lines and on-stage behaviours that change to comply with modern sensibilities - altering tricks to suit reduced capabilities - the rise in popularity of audio learning - letting new effects break into your established playlists - inspirational magical moments - introducing a crash course in strolling and table hopping magic - finding new material in unusual places. You can get free access either from, or from, where you can also sign up to be a follower and receive each new release automatically. 27.5.23


Chris Congreave Workshop - Wolverhampton. 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: 27.5.23


Tom Wright Presents An Evening of Magic & Comedy - Cleethorpes, 9th June. 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 27.5.23


News Deadline reminder. MagicWeek welcomes your UK magic news, but please remember the news deadline... by Thursday if possible; final deadline 12 noon Friday. DT. 27.5.23


"Ben Hart: JADOO Explores the World Class Magician's Indian Heritage in World Premiere at Edinburgh Fringe 2023" Click Here • "James Phelan brings his smash-hit show ‘The Greatest Magician’ back to Bristol" Click Here • "A singing magician auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent judges this weekend." Click Here • "Wrestling legend Nigel McGuinness inspired by Jay Briscoe’s tragic death to chase magician dream" Click Here • "Magician David Copperfield, CBS News" Video • "David Copperfield says he posts fake videos explaining his illusions to throw people off" Click Here • "From waiter to celebrity magician: The magical journey of a Filipino expat in Dubai" Click Here • Thank you to everyone who submitted news this week, it is always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 27.5.23