Number 1203 - Saturday 15th July 2023


British Ring Convention, Eastbourne, 7th-10th September. From the organisers: The full schedule is soon to be released, but here are some teasers to get everyone excited! Charlie Caper is a staple at the Edinburgh Fringe festival with his sell-out show and we are excited that he will be performing his incredible show to close our Convention on Sunday 10th September. Charlie started as a street performer and was the first magician in the world to win a ‘Got Talent’ show (Sweden’s got Talent in 2009). An early trailblazer in performing with 20th century technology and robots, he will also be lecturing on Saturday, 9th September.

After wowing the audience in ‘The One’ Competition at Blackpool Magic Convention, Adrien Quillien will be joining us at Eastbourne in the Gala Show on Saturday 9th September, with his fabulous Bar Act. He will also be presenting his lecture ‘Making Magic Sparkle!’ on Sunday 10th September.

Griffin & Jones won our 2022 Stage Competition and entertained everyone so much we had to invite them back to perform the opening show on Thursday 7th September and lecture Friday 8th September. They are The Pioneers of Slapdash Magic, and the original Idiot Magicians. Whether playfully coercing you into playing one of their ridiculous games, demonstrating one of their hare-brained inventions, or trying to flog you their own brand of miracle snake-oil, the energy remains high, the laughs come thick and fast, and the magic is thoroughly jaw-dropping.

Whilst we hope to see everyone enjoy the full four day convention, remember you can also purchase a weekend registration (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) or you can purchase day registrations for any day of the convention - lots of options so don’t miss out! Book on our website or contact the registration officer


Huge Magic Dealer Emporium this July in London! From the organisers: The Magic Circle Convention takes place on Sunday, 30th July at its HQ in London (Stephenson Way) and next door in the Wesley Hotel will be the incredible Dealers Emporium, where already a fantastic number of dealers are confirmed including: Alakazam, Pro Magic Academy, Sirus Magic, Christian Grace, Lightning Magic Shop, International Magic, Luke Oseland, Thomas Moore, Hocus Pocus Magic, Craig Petty, George Kovari, Chris Rawlings, Harri Harrington, Grum, Monster Magic, Pat Page Magic, JAK Magic, Street Magic, Angelo Carbone and more... Only £5 entry and not to be missed!


From close-up magic to stage, and from mind reading to handmade props, if there is something you need, then this is the place to go. Magic Circle members go for free and non-members can enter for just £5. Don’t miss this opportunity and if you haven’t yet bought a ticket for the Convention itself, then there is still time with a few tickets remaining: Member VIP Gold £100 - Member Standard £65 - Non-Member £85. See for full details and to book. 15.7.23


British Music Hall Society Weekend Conference 2023: How the Music Hall Worked 1840-1918. Speciality Acts, Families, and Agents and Circuits (including Continental ones) are our principal topics this year. Early-bird tickets on sale at just £40 for the whole weekend (28th & 29th October 2023), including teas and coffees, with early booking strongly advised as there are only 80 places. From Monday 11th September the price goes up to £55 members and £65 non-members.


We had a tremendous response to our call for prospective speakers and are expecting speakers from as far afield as Sweden, Finland, America and New Zealand. One talk of special interest for MagicWeek is "Celebrated but Forgotten: Female Magicians in Northern Europe 1880s-1890s - Pauliina Räsänen, PhD researcher at the University of Turku, Finland". The packed weekend will feature academics, museum curators, performers, archivists and other expert enthusiasts, plus walks, an archives discussion, a film screening, and two exhibitions. For full details and to book, visit 15.7.23


London Magic Convention, 5th November 2023. Completing our lineup of lecturers at London Magic Convention 2023 is the extraordinary Charlie Caper! Charlie is not only a Sweden's Got Talent winner, but also one of the most sought after street magicians in the entire world, performing his sell-out show regularly at the Edinburgh Fringe. We're incredibly excited to welcome Charlie to the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith on November 5th, where he'll be lecturing and performing his brilliant show in the evening. Tickets available only at 15.7.23


"Sounds Impossible" Kickstarter launched by Neil Kelso. "Neil Kelso is a member of The Magic Circle and a remarkable pianist who explores outstanding magic thru the medium of all forms of music. Definitely try to get seats. One of the best shows to see." The Herald. A Kickstarter project has just launched to turn this 5* Pick of the Fringe show into a fully immersive theatrical stage show and a movie. Rewards available for backers include tickets, visits to the rehearsal room, access to the creative teams notebooks, and much more. Visit Sounds Impossible on Kickstarter to find out more. 15.7.23


Pete Heat: Huge - Museum of Comedy, London, Sunday 16th July. Sharp, charmingly surreal and joyously unhinged, this hilarious modern magic show will break your brain into cute little pieces. (This is an Ed Fringe preview show). Sunday, 16th July at the Museum of Comedy, London: 15.7.23


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Mario Cavalli on The Paul Daniels Magic Show on 13th January 1990. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 15.7.23


PigCake 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: "PigCake - The Missing Piece Playing Cards, controversy and more" YouTube. 15.7.23


Auction - Merlins of Wakefield, 16th July. Auction, at the shop, this Sunday 16th July. Admission is by ticket only; there will be no admittance without pre-booking. Get your ticket Here. 15.7.23


Nottingham Guild of Magicians Annual Auction, Thursday 20th July. Stuart Brown writes: The Nottingham Guild of Magicians annual auction will be taking place on Thursday July 20th. The Auction will commence at 7.30pm prompt with viewing and lots accepted from 6.30pm. Please have three copies of the list of items you have for auction, one for the lot itself, one for the cashier and one for the auctioneer. The listing should clearly show your name and contact details, plus item description and any relevant info. such as "well used" "brand new" "no instructions" etc. Sellers will be charged just 10% for any items sold. Cash only on the night. Free entry to all magicians, simply turn up on the night. Venue: The Nottingham Guild of Magicians, Pond Hills Lane Community Centre, Pond hills Lane, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 8DR 15.7.23


Clubroom Magic Auction - Blackpool Magicians Club, Tuesday 8th August. From the organisers: Remember on Tuesday 8th August 2023 there will be the Blackpool Magicians Club Clubroom Magic Auction. 56-60 Caunce Street, Blackpool FY13LE. Commencing at 6pm and finishing much later, maybe on the same day! Spend the day in Sunny Blackpool - before visiting the clubroom and auction. There is one auction space still available; closing day for lots is 23rd July. For further details or a lot number please contact Michael Shepherd gmfs.msm@gmail.comx. 15.7.23


South Downs Magicians Secondhand Sale of Props and Effects, Sunday, 5th November. From the organisers: South Downs Magicians are hosting a secondhand sale of props and effects on Sunday, 5th November at Handcross Village Hall, High Street, Handcross RH17 6BJ. Tables are priced at £12 paid in advance with a maximum 2 sellers per stand. Sellers should arrive at 8am. Doors open to buyers from 9am. We aim to be finished by 1pm. Refreshments will be available from our members. Contact Tony Hoare for table bookings on 01403 267833. One third of tables have already been sold so get in quickly if you want one! Ample free car parking. Easily accessible to A23, A24 and M25. A small free lecture is planned. There is a local restaurant for those wanting to eat that's just a 5 minute walk from the venue, offering really good food. 15.7.23


Mr Sam The Magic Man's recent "What I Do and How I Do It!" lecture for The Anglian Magic Society is reviewed by Steve Majes this week. "I have to say that Sam is probably the most creative thinker in children’s and family magic that I know. It’s fascinating to see how Sam’s ideas develop, working them in during his professional shows and tweaking them until they play perfectly with an audience. Most magicians would be keeping this performance gold to themselves, but Sam is so generous and likes to share his ideas." To read the full review Click Here. 15.7.23


SJ Magic Believe the Impossible - London, 22nd July. From the promoter: The Magic Circle Premium Tour is a unique opportunity to learn about the history of magic and experience a magical performance by SJ Magic. The tour begins with a visit to the Magic Circle headquarters, where you will learn about the organization's history and its members. You will then be given a tour of the museum, which houses a collection of magic memorabilia, including props, costumes, and photographs.


After the tour, you will be taken to the theatre to watch SJ Magic's new show, Believe the Impossible. SJ Magic is an award-winning magician who has performed for audiences all over the world. His show is a mix of magic, comedy and music, and it is sure to amaze and entertain you. VIP ticket holders will receive a welcome drink, a high chance to be involved in the show, a pack of signed playing cards, and a special gift.

12noon - 3.30pm or 5pm - 8.30pm on Saturday 22nd July at The Magic Circle, Centre for the Magic Arts, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD. In aid of St Lukes Hospice. For more information and to book visit


Rob & Romesh vs Magic in Vegas. Magic in Vegas. Series 5, episode 1. Comedians Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan team up again to take on more challenges, beginning as they are invited by Penn & Teller to join Las Vegas's longest-running residency show, but have just three days to pull their act together. Wednesday 19th July on Sky Showcase, see TV Magic for details. 15.7.23


Parkinson: The Interviews. Tommy Cooper and Frankie Howerd. Michael Parkinson introduces a recut of two interviews he did with Frankie Howerd during the Parkinson show series and a Christmas interview with Tommy Cooper. Frankie Howerd wanted everything scripted, resulting in an unprompted and unrehearsed interview whilst Tommy Cooper managed to run rings around a delighted Parkinson. Includes clips from Up Pompeii, The Main Attraction and The Bob Monkhouse Show. Saturday 22nd July on BBC 4, see TV Magic for details. 15.7.23


"TikTok magician Ben Hanlin to perform surprise gig in Welshpool, Powys" Click Here • "Chicago Magician John Sturk Elected National President Of The Society Of American Magicians" Click Here • "Award-Winning Magician is Bringing His New Show to Kenton" Click Here • "Howell Township family is planning star-studded fundraiser featuring magician Lance Burton" Click Here • "Brightons magician Elliot Bibby appearing at Polmont's Beancross Farm" Click Here • "Magic marker; enter the world of deception with Bharatkrishnan" Click Here • That's it for another week, your UK magic news is always welcome, see you next week, Duncan. 15.7.23