Number 1199 - Saturday 17th June 2023


Ben Hart Jadoo A Tale of Indian Magic - 2023 UK Tour. World-renowned, multi award-winning magician and West End star Ben Hart returns to the stage in his most personal show yet. Drawn from his experience of travelling India to discover lost, real magic, Hart sheds his usual sleight of hand trickery and lies in favour of stunning displays of wonderment, mysticism, extra-sensory power, and a search for the truth...

Rooted in his family heritage in India, this mind-popping show is rich in colour, infectious passion, and wicked humour. Ben Hart has an unparalleled reputation for making extraordinary works of magic. A member of The Inner Magic Circle, Ben has collaborated with and designed magic for the RSC, Penn & Teller, Mission Impossible 7, and Mischief Theatre to name a few. His work has been seen on television including hosting his own series for the BBC and as a finalist on Britain’s Got Talent as well as AGT The Champions, The One Show, and hundreds of other TV appearances around the world. Don’t miss this chance to catch the world’s foremost magic storyteller in this all-new show.

"Ben Hart is a master" Dynamo
"There’s nobody else we’d rather watch onstage"
Penn & Teller

Wednesday September 20th - Newcastle - Northern Stage
Thursday 28th September: Aberdeen - Tivolli
Friday September 29th: Dundee - Gardyne Theatre
Saturday 30th September: Inverness - Eden Court- One Touch

Tuesday 3rd October: Maidstone - Hazlitt
Wednesday 4th October: Norwich - Playhouse
Sunday 8th October: Winchester - Theatre Royal

Friday 10th October: Hull - Truck Theatre
Thursday 12th October: Taunton - Brewhouse
Saturday 14th October 2023: Leicester - Leicester Curve
Sunday 15th October: Memorial Hall, Sheffield City Hall
Wednesday 18th October: Bristol - Redgrave
Thursday 19th October: Wellingborough - Castle Theatre
Saturday 21st October 2023: Barnsley - The Civic
Sunday 22nd October: Northwich - Memorial Court
Monday 23rd October: - Salford - The Lowry
Thursday 26th October: Surrey - Leatherhead Theatre
Sunday 29th October: Milford Haven - Torch Theatre
Tuesday 31st October: Lytham St Annes - The Lowther Pavilion

Wednesday 1st November: Burnley - Mechanics
Thursday 2nd November: Hexham - Queen's Hall
Wednesday 8th November: Belfast - The MAC, Downstairs Theatre
Saturday 11th November: Kenton - Kenton Theatre
Sunday 12th November: Colchester - Arts Centre
Thursday 16th November: Poole - Lighthouse
Friday 17th November: Portsmouth - New Theatre Royal
Wednesday 22nd November: Andover - The Lights
Friday 24th November: Cheltenham - Town Hall
Saturday 25th November: Wantage - The Beacon


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"Penn & Teller’s long goodbye: megastar magicians put new spins on old tricks. The duo’s First Final UK Tour is more amusing than astonishing but demonstrates what drew them to the confounding craft in the first place..." Read the full review from Brian Logan in

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"Review: Penn & Teller, Eventim Apollo"

Just a few tickets remain: 17.6.23


Steve Hewlett VentriloQuest - The Tour. Celebrating 25 years as a professional entertainer Steve Hewlett brings his most accomplished theatre tour to a venue near you in 2023. This is your chance to see a ventriloquist demonstrate the art he loves adding that key ingredient of laughter, visual comedy and audience interaction... aka laughter.

From Britain’s Got Talent to America, Butlins to Canada, Cruise Ships from New York City to Sydney Harbour the act has toured worldwide and now Arthur Lager and his funny friends join Steve to entertain your whole family. Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton, Devon TQ3 3HF Saturday July 29th. See


Family and Children's Entertainers, The Podcast, launches. Gordon Drayson writes: I have launched a new podcast and vidcast dedicated to Family and Children's Entertainers. It is shining a spotlight on what they do and how they do it. The podcast is called Family and Children's Entertainers, The Podcast (or FACE the Podcast for short) and the first episode is available for free now - and it's a good one - it's Terry Herbert. You can subscribe on all your favourite podcast platforms, or on YouTube. The website is which has all the details. There is also a page to suggest a future guest for the show, which can be filled in by anyone so we get the best people on the show, and not just people I know. 17.6.23


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Philippe Socrate on The Paul Daniels Magic Show on 6th February 1993. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 17.6.23


Mark Bennett 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: "Mark Bennett Returns To Talk Magic!" YouTube. 17.6.23


Get MLM Products For Less. Members of Mark Leveridge's E-Club Pro can purchase any MLM download product at half price, while members of E-Club Elite also get to own a selection of Mark's marketed ideas for free! If you're not a member of either (time to join, perhaps?), you can still get money off by selecting items from the MLM Web Offers. Here are the current choices: 1. Devil's Island. This is an entertaining and audience-involving mentalism routine designed for a close up show or for a parlour setting which is easy to do. Watch the dem to appreciate the plot. 2. The Tube Of Wonder. A wineglass is set down inverted on the table and is covered with a simple, examinable cardboard tube. A ball is dropped into the tube so that it ends up resting on the base of the glass. When the tube is lifted again, the ball is seen to have somehow penetrated the glass and is now trapped under the glass bowl. The tube is empty as are the performer's hands. Both the above TricKlip Video Downloads normally cost £7, but because they are Web Offers, they are both discounted to just £4 each until the end of July. Go to for more details and to watch video dems. 17.6.23


Merlins of Wakefield - July Auction and Summer 'Merlins Mail'. Merlins write: Our latest 24 page Merlins Mail is now available. With over 70 items from Magic Wagon, Viking, Collectors Workshop and more. To download a free PDF copy Click Here. We are also having an Auction at the shop on Sunday 16th July. Admission is by ticket only; there will be no admittance without pre-booking. 10 lots already, get your ticket Here. 17.6.23


Travis Perkins Assembly - Ferrybridge Day of Magic. Update from the organisers: Travis Perkins is pleased to announce the first participants appearing at the Ferrybridge Day of Magic on Sunday, 2nd July. Steve Macrow and Freddie Wilkinson will be delivering a Lecturette, and the fabulous Michael Jordon will be performing in the Showette! Along with Dealers and traders, the day looks promising, and all for £7.00. Venue is The Community Centre, The Square, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire WF11 8PQ. Doors open 9.45am and the day closes at 5pm. Information can be obtained from: or 17.6.23


Jay Adkins - An Evening of Mind Magic & Comedy, Saltburn-by-the-Sea. From the promoter: Clever, intriguing, humorous and brilliant! These are words used to describe award-winning Mentalist and Illusionist Jay Adkins as he leaves his audience mesmerised, engaged and amused with his naturally charming and entertaining style. Combining psychological mind-manipulation together with magic and comedy, Jay brings a fresh vitality to the genre of Mentalism and audience members will be involved in the show from the very start. Saturday 17th June at 8pm at Staithes Athletic Club, 5 Seaton Crescent, Staithes, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS13 5AY. Tickets £3.00 on the door also camping available at the venue (bring your own tent or campervan). 17.6.23


An Evening of Magic - Reading. Come along and join us for a night of fun with magicians from the world famous Magic Circle. Dan Hudson presents the show with his magical friends who will astound, amaze, and leave you asking for more. Tickets will include a delicious Two Course Meal in our restaurant before the show. Monday 19th June. Bar from 6pm. Dinner from 6.15pm. Show at 8.15pm at The Mill at Sonning Theatre, Sonning Eye, Reading RG4 6TY. See 17.6.23


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"Why does Teller not speak? The magician’s silence explained, as Penn & Teller continue their 2023 UK tour" Click Here • "You Won't Believe Trigg Watson's Mind-Blowing Digital Magic" Click Here • "Irish BGT magician Cillian O'Connor inspires autistic nine-year-old to utter first words" Click Here • "Famous magician pays $2.2m owed property tax" Click Here • "What colour do you see? This Coke can isn't actually red – how mind-boggling optical illusion tricks your brain" Click Here • "Pete Davidson assists David Blaine with a shocking magic trick by stabbing him with an ice pick during illusionist's Las Vegas residency show" Click Here • That's all for this week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 17.6.23