Number 1205 - Saturday 29th July 2023


The Wizards Weekender is back for 2024! The Enchanted Magic Emporium proudly presents 'The Wizards Weekender' the Chris Cross Magic Convention, from April 19th-21st 2024 at the Gibside Hotel, Front Street, Whickham, Newcastle upon Tyne NE16 4JG. Starring: Luke Jermay, Roy Davenport, Paul Wilson, Chris Cross, Michael Diamond (Dr Diablo). Daniel Dorian Johnson, Peter McLanachan, Ian Kendal and Steve Faulkner. plus the Parlour Magic Competition (£1,000 first prize). Early bird tickets are now available for just £75 for the whole 3 days of lectures, gala evening shows and more... See 29.7.23


Tomorrow's Magic Circle Convention is now sold out, but don’t worry, you can still visit the giant Dealers Emporium! From the organisers: The Magic Circle Convention takes place on Sunday, 30th July at its HQ in London (Stephenson Way). Next door in the Wesley Hotel there will be an incredible Dealers Emporium, where already a fantastic number of magic 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... The Wesley London Euston, 81-103 Euston Street, London NW1 2EZ from 10am. Entry is open to all magicians (members go free, non-members pay £5 on the door). 29.7.23


British Ring Eastbourne Convention, 7th -10th September 2023. From the convention team: The I.B.M. British Ring No.25 85th Annual Convention 7th -10th September 2023 in Eastbourne. Appearing in the Stars of Close-Up on Saturday 9th September: Chris Wood, Keith Fields, Joel Dickinson and Chris Congreave.

Chris Wood is a full time performer and for the past 12 years has run his own parlour show in a variety of theatres on the outskirts of London totalling over 1,000 performances. He has lectured for over 30 magic clubs in the UK and Europe and loves nothing more than talking about magic and sessioning with others.

Keith Fields and Lady Sarah moved to the USA 15 years ago where they run The Magic Soiree in Detroit, a Magic Comedy Dinner Show which has been called "The best night out in Michigan". As well as being entertained by Keith in the Stars of Close-Up, prepare to laugh and be amazed as Keith and Lady Sarah present their unique brand of comedy magic in the Gala Show.

Joel Dickinson has been wowing audiences with mind-blowing close-up magic since the age of ten. With a career that skyrocketed at fifteen, he's been making events and parties worldwide unforgettable for twenty years and counting. His secret? A passion for the seemingly impossible - magic, misdirection, and entertainment right under your nose.

Chris Congreave has been a professional magician for over 20 years performing mainly close-up magic at all manner of events. He has also released many practical and commercial effects such as Childsplay, Omen, Roll, The Light, Conopoly as well as a Murphy’s At the Table lecture and has also written three books on magic.

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


Solus by Marc Spelmann. Alakazam Magic write: Marc Spelmann is a prolific creator but very rarely releases material to the magic fraternity. His reason is quite simple, unless he has something to add and or something he has truly worked on, it simply remains in his notes. Marc Spelmann’s latest release Solus is available from Trailer: YouTube. 29.7.23


Ed Fringe Magic
Chris Cook Asked a Robot to Write Him a Five-Star Show and This Is What It Said

Over 10 years, Chris Cook has brought magical, thought-provoking comedy shows to the Fringe. For his 10th anniversary he asks: can AI do a better job? 'Cook is gradually making the world a better place one audience at a time' ***** ( 'An absolute master of the stage. His show is a testament to the captivating nature of skilful and surprising magic' **** (

PBH's Free Fringe @ Voodoo Rooms - Speakeasy (Venue 68)
4.50pm. August 5th-8th, 10th-15th, 17th-22nd, 24th-27th. 1 hour. Suitability: 18+


Ed Fringe Magic
Suhani Shah: Spellbound

Experience the extraordinary as Suhani Shah, the world's highest-subscribed mentalist, brings Spellbound to Edinburgh! Witness the debut of India's most-famous mind reader, captivating global audiences with her pioneering magic. You can choose to participate or spectate as the show delves into the depths of mental mysteries, enthralling with surprises, laughter and interactive engagement. With her charismatic persona, linguistic deception, mind-reading prowess and comedic charm, Suhani guarantees an unforgettable evening that will leave you Spellbound! 'Do you believe in magic? No? Well, here is Suhani Shah to prove you wrong' (Asian Age).

Underbelly, Bristo Square - Clover (Venue 302)
5.25pm. August 2nd-13th, 15th-27th. 1 hour. Suitability: 12+


Ed Fringe Magic
Collage-Magic Show

'Definitely raise a shudder' ( This multi-award winning sell-out sensation magic show is landing at Edinburgh Fringe. 'Are we all the same?' 'Are we unconsciously linked?' Like a collage painting, humans live in a society with different races, thoughts, personalities and appearances. Collage is a magic show that humorously discusses questions about diversity through wonder. Daan Ho x Yollin Lee. Winning prizes worldwide, performed in over 13 countries, they will subvert your mind this August in Edinburgh.

Greenside @ Riddles Court - Willow Studio (Venue 16)
10.15pm. August 21st-26th. 40 minutes. Suitability: 8+


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week master showman Hans Moretti on The Paul Daniels Magic Show on 30th October 1982, See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 29.7.23


Dave Forrest 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: "Dave Forrest - A Journey of magic, resilience and triumph" YouTube. 29.7.23


Hasta luego Mazel Magazine. Preston 'Spooky' Nyman's pocket sized magazine of wonder has come to an end, for now. Eclectic, eccentric, always fun and wholly original, it ran a full two years, and may well reappear at some point in the future. DT. 29.7.23


Win A Free MLM Routine! Mark Leveridge writes: Every now and again I run a competition in my E-Video Newsletter in which readers get the chance to win free magic prizes. However, one place that I have never included a competition before is in my podcast. Well, that is about to change, because the Aug/Sept 2023 podcast, which will be released on the 1st August, includes a simple to enter competition that will allow the winners to choose their own prize! My podcast, which has been going for several years, runs for 45 minutes per edition and covers a whole range of interesting magical topics. If you listen to the latest release when it appears on the 1st August you will come to the details of the competition, but to win your prize you will need to respond no later than midnight (BST) on Sunday 6th August 2023. To find the new podcast, and to access many of the previous ones, go to 29.7.23


Chris Congreave's Table Hopping Masterclass and Workshop, Manchester. Martin Allcock writes: Chris Congreave is bringing his Table Hopping Masterclass and Workshop to Manchester on Sunday, 20th of August. Starting at 2pm. If you're interested in learning how to deal with large tables in a corporate environment from one of the UK's most experienced performers this is your chance. Please contact Martin Allcock at Photo: Elm Ridge Photography. 29.7.23


Home Counties Magical Society Tabletop Sale and Auction Night. Robert Wilson writes: On Thursday 3rd of August Home Counties Magical Society will be holding a tabletop sale of magic and an auction. The first half of the evening will be a tabletop sale followed by the auction in the second half, to raise money for charity (Diabetes UK). We welcome visiting magicians and visitors who will be subject to a £5 fee on the door. So, any visitors are welcome to come along. You may find a hidden gem or something you have been searching for. Please beware that cash will be the preferred method of paying. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Maiden Place Community Centre, Maiden Place, Kilnsea Drive, Lower Earley RG6 3HE. For further information please get in contact with the Home Counties Magical Society 29.7.23


Magic Blog Boy. Why not feast your eyes on modern classics and literary masterpieces by checking out my blog? I am covering a whole host of topics ranging from Why Magic Works, to the controversial career of The Masked Magician... See 29.7.23


Chris Congreave Lecture - Sheffield Circle of Magicians. From the organisers: Chris Congreave is a proficient close-up worker, an acclaimed creator of a number of astonishing commercial effects and experienced in both wedding and corporate entertainment. Hosted by Sheffield Circle of Magicians on Thursday, 3rd August, 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 29.7.23


The Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians are pleased to welcome our new President, Robert Doyle. Bob has been a valued and active member of the society for the past six years and has planned an exciting year of lectures and club nights. Sue Oakley. 29.7.23


The UnXplained with William Shatner. The Greatest Escapes. Series 2, episode 1. Stories of escape that defy explanation, referencing Harry Houdini pulling off numerous escape acts and an attempted prison break from Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary. Thursday 10th August, on Blaze. See TV Magic for details. 29.7.23


"Magic Castle co-founder Milt Larsen, 92, remembered Monday at memorial service" Click Here • "Penwortham magician Brian Gore retires after 40 years of entertaining and putting smiles on faces" Click Here • "Asi Wind Invites You to Join His ‘Inner Circle’" Click Here • "My life as a cruise ship comedian: 'It's a week of heckling'" Click Here • "Weekend showcase for events at ancient tower includes family fun day" Click Here • "Eastbourne summer fun with The Invisible Man this August" Click Here • "Illusionist Derren Brown's Spooky Impact On Paranormal Beliefs" Click Here • As always your UK magic news is welcome. Thanks to everyone who contributes! See you next week, Duncan. 29.7.23