Number 1204 - Saturday 22nd July 2023


Derren Brown presents Unbelievable - New West End teaser trailer launches YouTube. Internationally acclaimed psychological illusionist Derren Brown announces a brand-new show Unbelievable, which plays at Colchester’s Mercury Theatre and Manchester’s Palace Theatre this summer, ahead of opening in London’s West End at the Criterion Theatre on 19th September 2023.


Following the extraordinary success of Derren’s recent production of Showman, Unbelievable will be a magic show like no other.
Fusing the best of theatre with jaw dropping illusions never before seen in the West End, Unbelievable features a New York Subway band and a company of multi-talented performers who will bring to life, live on stage, an evening of bewildering trickery, from the imagination of Derren Brown.


The ambition for Unbelievable is to create an experience you can’t get anywhere else in the world. From the moment the audience set foot in the theatre, they will be an essential element – indeed the beating heart of the show. Unbelievable was created, written and directed by UK stage and screen phenomenon Derren Brown, and long-time collaborators Andy Nyman and Andrew O’Connor. Book Now 22.7.23


European Championship FISM Italy 2024. From the organisers: The ECM 2024 will be the most important magic congress in the world. It will take place in Saint-Vincent, Italy, from 23rd to 26th May 2024. During the championship, the greatest artists will compete with one another in the presence of a prestigious jury, both on stage and close-up, to win the title of Champion of Magic.

Besides, you will find lectures, workshops, gala shows, magic shops and many other special events. All lectures and shows will be in English, with simultaneous translations into French, Spanish, Italian and German. The program is enriched with extraordinary cultural events and shows to let you experience both the territory and the event in full. You will have the opportunity to attend:

• a show, with the greatest names in International Magic;
• social events: great space and attention will be given to conviviality, with theme parties and happenings for entertainment throughout the day;
• free tours to visit Torino, Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta.

For more information visit


Steve Dela lectures at the British Magical Society on Tuesday 25th July. Phil Sweeting writes: Steve Dela needs little introduction as one of the most decorated magical performers in the world ,with 19 international awards to his name. These include, UK Close Up Magic Champion as awarded by the International Brotherhood of Magicians a title Steve has now held on two occasions. He's also the creator of the fabulous Night Flight Deck. You're guaranteed a great night of entertaining and commercial magic. Visiting magicians welcome - £10 on the door. Free buffet and plenty of parking. Tuesday 25th July at 7.30pm at The British Magical Society, The Weoley Castle Working Men's Club, Barnes Hill Road, Weoley Castle, Birmingham B29 5TY. 22.7.23


British Ring Eastbourne Convention updates. From the organisers: The I.B.M. British Ring No.25 85th Annual Convention 7th-10th September 2023 in Eastbourne. Just Announced: Delivering our prestigious Jeffery Atkins Memorial Lecture at Eastbourne is David Wood. As an actor David co-starred with Malcolm McDowell in the iconic film IF..., played opposite Shelley Winters on television in The Vamp, and alongside Sir Michael Redgrave on stage in A Voyage Round My Father. However, magic was his introduction to show business and in his teens he started entertaining at children’s parties, and later toured The David Wood Magic and Music Show to UK theatres. As a children’s BBC TV presenter he was a regular on Jackanory and Play Away, culminating in Tricky Business, in which he played himself (Woody) as the proprietor of a magic shop. One of his many children’s books, Funny Bunny’s Magic Show, is often used by children’s entertainers as giveaway prizes and will be for sale at a special Convention price from the Registration Desk during the convention.

The History of Mystery session has always held a special place in conventioneers’ hearts. Established in 1973 by the late Eddie Dawes, the History of Mystery is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a talk by Joy Spencer about her parents, Ron and Nancy, and their ‘Minds in Harmony’ act. Eddie once commented: "‘For the second half of the last century, this charming couple captured the imagination and brought mystery to their audiences. It was always a pleasure to find them on the bill." Brian Lead, as Eddie’s History of Mystery successor, will be hosting the session and presenting 'Collect, Collate and Communicate' – A Tribute to Eddie Dawes, along with the help of some special guests.

We have member, non-member and junior rates on full, weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) or day registrations (for any day of the convention) - lots of options to get involved and not miss out! Book on our website or contact the registration officer at


West End Magic - tonight, Palace Theatre, Paignton. Since 2013, West End Magic has run throughout the year at the Leicester Square Theatre. This year marks a decade of the regular London based show, so to celebrate, it’s off on tour around the country, starting and finishing at the Leicester Square Theatre in London.

The show offers a mixture of magic, comedy and variety acts, featuring the current President of the IBM British Ring Oliver Tabor with magical compere Wayne Trice and special guest acts.

The family-friendly show begins 2023 at its London residency in March before embarking on a 15-date tour around the UK, finishing back at the Leicester Square Theatre in October. Featuring magic, mind-reading, and comedy, plus magic and variety acts selected from some of the UK’s finest. Suitable for all ages, and the perfect treat for all the family.

Tickets and info:
22nd July - Palace Theatre, Paignton

"A touch of magic heads Paignton's way" 22.7.23


Paul Zenon in Monkey Business - Brighton, this Sunday! Edinburgh comedy preview. Upstairs at the Caroline of Brunswick, Brighton. Sunday 23rd July. Doors 3.45pm, show 4pm. 18 and over. The amazing, strange-but-true story behind the weird stuff advertised in vintage American comics...

Incredible! Alive! Scientific! A nostalgic deep-dive into the cynical sea of con tricks targeting kids - a world of wonder, promising the Moon on a stick, but which generally delivered just a stick. A really small one. Be The First On Your Block! A brand-new work, written and presented by Paul Zenon, award-winning snake-oil salesman and honest liar. "The perfect raconteur." "Genuinely funny... mesmerising stuff." Empire. Guaranteed To Shock and Amaze or Your Money Back!* (*Terms and conditions apply.)


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, 'Things That Go Bump In The Night' from Doug Henning's World of Magic V recorded at the Hilton, Las Vegas in 1979. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 22.7.23


Oliver Tabor 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: "Oliver Tabor and the IBM British Ring Magic Convention" YouTube. 22.7.23


E-Club Pro - Your Partner In Magic. Having an interest in magic can be a lifelong passion and provide hours of fun and enjoyment. But sometimes it can be a bit frustrating, because when you need help, advice or information to allow you to progress with your hobby, it can be hard to know where to get good, knowledgeable assistance. This is where E-Club Pro can help. Established over 12 years ago, this is Mark Leveridge's amazing online database which contains over 1000 pages of content covering a wide variety of topics and themes. If you want practical, audience-pleasing new magic to perform, E-Club Pro will provide video instruction on hundreds of effects for close up, stand up, mentalism and children's magic. Need help on technical matters? The database is crammed full of bite size advice text and videos that will answer your questions and help you to move on successfully. Whatever your level of current knowledge and expertise, E-Club Pro has material to assist and enthuse you. With updates every month, there's always something new to enjoy from the comfort of your own home, and everything is underpinned by Mark's 42 years as a full time pro. To get more information go to and sign up to one of magic's best online support networks. 22.7.23


Newcastle Magic Circle Lecture. Alan Hooper writes: Newcastle Magic Circle is proud to present Hooper & Piatt’s "The Original HP Creativity Lecture" on Monday 24th July at 7.30pm at MagicBox. Alan Hooper and James Piatt have a habit of developing routines that are outside the box. The concepts are sometimes wacky and generally memorable for many reasons. Tonight they will share the thought processes behind developing and creating new ideas. They will break down the journey of development, share trigger points and explain some of the secrets of their routines. The second half of the lecture is workshop based, and together with some pointers, will develop a new routine to share. NMC Members are free and guest fees apply. Monday, 24th July at 7.30pm at MagicBox. 22.7.23


Review of Chris Wardle's Lecture for The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday 13th July. Adam Mosley writes: Chris is an award-winning Member of The Inner Magic Circle who has devised numerous effects seen in magazines and books, and used by noted performers, over the last 25 years. His lecture offered a varied selection of tricks which were all virtually self-working but high on impact. He performed effects with coins, pens, ESP symbols, menus, banknotes and playing cards. Some items were from his best-selling book 'Quirky Forces'. All were fully explained and easy to perform. It was a brilliant lecture with many excellent effects from a creative genius. Thank you Chris! 22.7.23


Mental Die by Tony Anverdi. "You hand out a single die (choice of white die with black dots or black die with white dots). Even though your back is turned, you know with 100% confidence which number has been chosen on the die. This classic effect has been 100% upgraded with today's modern technology and materials. However, the possibilities are endless. Way beyond the typical "I know your number" routines. And we included some creative routines to get you started." Order via 22.7.23


"Hugh Lennon obituary" Click Here. 22.7.23


"That's magic: Forth Valley Magic Circle conjure up a major honour for Archie, 92" Click Here • "Britain's Got Talent magician wows presenters in the studio ahead of Bristol performance" Click Here • "TikTok magician Ben Hanlin dazzles audience in Powys venue" Click Here • "Magician's air tag adventure" Click Here • "Magician Ben Hart to bring show to Taunton Brewhouse" Click Here • "Comedy magician Pete Firman heads to Cambridge Junction during ‘TrikTok’ adventure" Click Here • "Everything to Know About ‘AGT’s Comedic Magician Magic Mike Jacobson" Click Here • That's it for another week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 22.7.23