Number 1207 - Saturday 12th August 2023


Lior Manor - The 3rd London Workshop, Sunday 27th August. Starts around 12 noon and runs for about three and a half hours on Sunday 27th August. Price: £100. The workshop is for mentalists and magicians that are working for corporates, as emcees, at trade shows, as infotainers, in parlor, on stage, and so on. Lior writes: I will teach my special blindfold act, the new Celebrities routine, The Big Confabulation, Sing a Song, The Puzzles. The Big Trivia, Pixto Revelations and many more effects. I will also teach a full mentalism act that is really strong and pack flats (my show). Venue: 2 West End Lane, London NW6 4NT. Contact Lior Manor directly for full details. 12.8.23


Derren Brown's Unbelievable - reviewed before West End stint. "World famous illusionist Derren Brown has launched his newest show and Colchester theatregoers are among the first in the world to experience it. Ahead of a West End stint, Unbelievable launched at Colchester’s Mercury Theatre last week, fast becoming one of the theatre’s best-selling productions of all time..." Read the full review by Elliot Deady in the Gazette Standard. 12.8.23


Paul Zenon in Monkey Business - An 'Ed Fringe Magic' highlight, that's not magic! 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 Magazine). Guaranteed to shock and amaze or your money back!* (*Terms and conditions apply.)


[Anyone who saw Paul's delightful, original, 'Linking Rings' show a few years ago will know just how well he does this sort of thing. If you are heading to Edinburgh this year don't just put this one on your list... put it at the very top of your list! DT]. See 12.8.23


Ed Fringe Reviews...

Paul Zenon in Monkey Business - Starburst review by Anne-Louise Fortune ★★★★

Married at First Sleight - Broadway Baby review by Victor Black ★★★★

Pete Heat: Huge - One4Review review by Margot ★★★★★

1 Hour of Insane Magic – The Reviews Hub review by Jennie Eyres ★★★

Kevin Quantum: Momentum - Broadway World review by Natalie O'Donoghue ★★★★ 12.8.23


The I.B.M. British Ring No.25 85th Annual Convention 7th-10th September 2023 in Eastbourne. From the organisers: The schedule for the Convention is jam-packed and we are excited to announce the running order for the first two days: Thursday starts with the Official Convention Opening at 10.30am followed by Griffin and Jones performing their show direct from the Edinburgh Fringe! Chris Congreave will lecture at noon before the History of Mystery at 2pm and a lecture by John-Henry at 4pm. Then good luck to all the competitors in the Stage Competition (Thursday night) and Close-Up Competition, on Friday morning. Friday also sees JezO perform his Edinburgh Fringe show at 1.30pm followed by lectures from Christian Grace at 3pm, and Griffin and Jones at 4.15pm. Joel Dickinson will amaze delegates in his one-man show at 7.15pm before the return of the ever popular Ali Bongo Micro- Marathon at 8.45pm.

Whilst there is a full magical schedule for delegates over all four days, there will also be lots of opportunities between events to spend time in our Dealers Hall. The following dealers will be supporting the I.B.M. Convention with special delegate deals and discounts over the weekend. Register for the convention and go say hello!

Balloon Art Wholesale, Grum Leathercraft, Equity, Red Dragon Magic, Made to Measure Magic, Mel’s Magic Company, Hocus Pocus Magic, Albion Magic and Chris Congreave. Book on our website or email the registration officer


Magical Bones: Soulful Magic. From the promoter: Following his current run at the Edinburgh Festival, the Britain’s Got Talent finalist continues on the road with a brand new show full of the most awe-inspiring and high energy magic you’ll see this year. Direct from appearances on America’s Penn & Teller Fool Us, BBC1’s BAFTA Awards, ITV1’s This Morning and Sky’s Around The World In 80 Tricks. Age guidance: 10+
"A dazzling show… full of imagination and flair"
The Guardian
"What’s happening on stage really is magic"
The Telegraph
"A spellbinding show that leaves the audience gasping in disbelief"
The Wee Review

September 15th Bristol: Redgrave Theatre, Bristol

September 16th Kenton Theatre, Henley on Thames

September 20th Royal & Derngate: Northampton

September 22nd Core Theatre, Solihull

October 21st Bloomsbury Theatre, London. 12.8.23


A Night of Magic for Hallie at Arches, Coventry. From the organisers: Five magicians are ready to impress with table magic at the Arches, Coventry, on Friday the 25th August 2023 at 7pm. Only £10 per ticket (plus the games) with at least an hour of magic across the night, right under your nose. The magicians at the event are the amazing David Michaels Magic, Viper Magic, Lee Joseph Mystery Entertainer, Steve Clements and Sweet Deception Magic. Let's have fun with magic and mentalism and raise some money for an amazing little girl from Coventry! Hallie has Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukaemia, diagnosed at just 8 months. Let's help her with a little bit of magic, and your kind donations. Bring your cash for a raffle and games. Arches, 22-23 Arches Industrial Estate, Coventry CV1 3JQ. To purchase tickets Click Here. There are limited tickets, so please book early to avoid disappointment and to support Hallie! 12.8.23


Ed Fringe Magic
Arron Jones: Rockstar Magician

A musical comedy magic show to rock your socks off! Magic, music, comedy, raw sex appeal, zero self-awareness. From the creator of Edinburgh Live's number one pick of the Free Fringe 2022! What happens if Axl Rose and Paul Daniels had a baby? What about Derren Brown and Eddie Van Halen? That's right, you get Arron Jones! 'This guy is one of the best' ( 'Air of originality' ( 'Most Impressed!' ( 'Engaging Performer' (

PBH's Free Fringe @ Voodoo Rooms - Ballroom (Venue 68)
4.05pm. August 10th-17th. 1 hour. Suitability: 18+


Ed Fringe Magic
Las Vegas in Edinburgh

Siegfried and Joy are the new masters of magic. The incredible duo are enjoying a meteoric rise, and you can catch them before they go stratospheric! At this show, a sleight-of-hand spectacle bringing a little Vegas to Edinburgh. Marvel at the two magicians’ mind-bending illusions, brilliant comedy and incredible stage presence at the Fringe premiere on a stunning night of entertainment.

Assembly George Square Studios - Studio Three (Venue 17)
4.45pm. August 10th-17th. 1 hour. Suitability: 5+


Ed Fringe Magic
The Mystery of Dracula

Occult Illusionist David Alnwick investigates the true legend of Dracula. New for 2023. 'A distinct play/magic show... Bridged the genres of theatre and magic... Incredible' ***** ( 'A one-man play, and a magic show... Darkly delightful' ( **** ( **** ( Watch our TEDx Talk on YouTube: Why Magic Should Frighten You (

PBH's Free Fringe @ Voodoo Rooms - Speakeasy (Venue 68)
9.05pm. August 10th-17th. 1 hour. Suitability: 18+


AGT's Piff the Magic Dragon talks illness that made him leave IT job for showbiz, writes James Desborough in The Mirror. To read the full story Click Here. 12.8.23


Newmarket Magic Shindig, Saturday 11th November. Wayne Goodman writes: Tickets are now available for a free Magic Day in Newmarket on Saturday 11th November 2023. It's the 2nd Newmarket Magic Shindig, but in a new venue. A fantastic day where you can come and jam, session, watch, learn, teach, perform or just enjoy some great company with other magicians. It is a free day, but you need to secure a ticket as numbers are limited, to do so please email: 12.8.23


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Paul Daniels turns escapologist. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 12.8.23


Paul Longhurst 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: "Paul Longhurst, creator, performer and co-host of The Wizard Product Review" YouTube. 12.8.23


Web Offers From MLM. Here are the latest money saving offers from Mark Leveridge Magic: 1. The Coin And Purse Collection. 6 routines, 46 pages, 80 colour photo illustrations. In this interesting e-book Mark collects together six of his favourite routines using a standard purse and some coins. The effects featured are The Security Pen, Coin Purse Surprise, Assembly Point, The Robin Hood Coins Across, Slo Mo and Broke. All six routines have been carefully constructed to maximise the impact with the minimum of sleights. Some palming and coin vanish techniques required, but nothing advanced or very difficult. The presentation of each routine you can watch via a link in the e-book to online video performance footage. Then the handlings are carefully described with text and are supplemented with many colour photo illustrations. Web Offer Price: £12.00 (save £8).


2. The Commercial Sponge Ball Routine. This is Mark's classic handling for a direct sponge ball sequence that has stood the test of time and which has proved a winner in close up, stand up and even children's shows. Just three sponge balls required, no re-set. Supplied as a Master E-Routine, which is written downloadable instructions supplemented by line drawings. Web Offer Price: £6.00 (save £4). For more information and to order go to 12.8.23


The Magic Car Boot Sale - Birmingham, 17th September. The Magic Car Boot Sale returns on Sunday 17th September. It's now in its 23rd year featuring thousands of bargains and 36 stalls. The day before the Kidology Convention at The Austin Sports and Social Club, Tessall Lane, Birmingham B312SF. Ample free parking. Starts at 10.30am. Admission £5. Hot breakfasts available as ever. Join us on Facebook: Magic Car Boot Sale. Or call Alec Powell on 07831 115448. 12.8.23


Kidology UK - Birmingham, 18th September. From the organiser: Kidology UK - The Convention for Children's Entertainers. On Monday 18th September at The Austin Sports and Social Club, Tessall Lane, Birmingham B312SF. With a top lineup: Russ Brown, Roy Charles, Richard Pinner, Tricky Ricky and Meghan Swann. It runs from 9am to 5.30pm. Early arrivals on Sunday evening can join Sammy Brooks for his Karaoke Special. Those stopping over after the convention can enjoy an evening of cabaret and music. The Children’s Entertainer of the Year Competition is at 10am on Tuesday 19th September. All this for just £45. To book go to For enquiries contact Alec Powell Join us on Facebook Kidology UK. 12.8.23


South Downs Magicians Secondhand Sale of Props and Effects. 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. 12.8.23


Magic on the Mersey, tomorrow, 13th August. From the promoter: Magic on the Mersey is Liverpool's premier magic show. You will be amazed and amused by the magic of Steve Price, one of the UK's top magicians. Steve will have you laughing and wondering just how he does the impossible, turning ordinary objects into extraordinary memories. Steve is a Gold Star Member of The Inner Magic Circle, and he is widely acknowledged as one of the UK's busiest and most well-established magicians. Come and see the show that has entertained thousands of people across the UK and on cruise ships around the world. Tickets: £16-£21. Sunday 13th August at 7.30pm at Aloft Liverpool, No. 1 North John Street, Liverpool L2 5QW. 12.8.23


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