Number 1208 - Saturday 19th August 2023


Paul Zerdin: Puppetman. The America’s Got Talent winner is back with a brand-new comedy show for 2023. Join Paul and an array of 'funny and sharp-tongued' (The Observer) creations including Sam, Albert, Baby, Roger the bodyguard and an urban fox, as he takes to the road with a show which promises that 'when you are not laughing, you will simply be left in awe' (Three Weeks). As seen on Lost Voice Guy’s Christmas Comedy Club (ITV), Michael McIntyre’s Big Show (BBC1), The Royal Variety Performance (ITV), and Tonight at The London Palladium (ITV). Magicians will be interested to know that there’s quite a bit of magic in this new show, including a Zig Zag illusion performed by Paul's old man puppet character!


"A Ventriloquist at the top of his game, Zerdin is in a league of his own... a show so polished it shines" ★★★★★ The Scotsman. For booking info visit (which includes details of his current Blackpool 'Paul Zerdin Family Show' dates as well).


Puppetman Tour - September
Fri 1st Southend Palace Theatre
Sat 2nd High Wycombe Old Town Hall
Sun 3rd Milton Keynes The Stables
Fri 8th Worthing Pavilion
Sat 9th Tunbridge Wells Trinity Theatre
Thu 14th Bristol Redgrave Theatre
Fri 15th Bedford Quarry Theatre
Sat 16th Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal
Sun 17th London (Wayne Dobson & Friends) His Majesty's Theatre
Wed 27th Isle Of Wight Shanklin Theatre
Thu 28th Chipping Norton Theatre
Fri 29th Monmouth Savoy Theatre

Puppetman Tour - October
Sun 1st Salford Lowry (Quays)
Thu 5th Bridgwater McMillan Theatre
Fri 6th Poole Lighthouse
Sat 7th Launceston Town Hall
Thu 12th Northampton Royal & Derngate
Fri 13th Diss Corn Hall
Sat 14th Aldeburgh Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall
Sun 15th Norwich Playhouse
Thu 19th Dumfries Theatre Royal Dumfries
Fri 20th Dunfermline Alhambra Theatre
Sun 22nd Lytham Lowther Pavilion
Thu 26th Hereford Courtyard
Fri 27th Winchester Theatre Royal
Sat 28th Colchester Mercury Theatre

Puppetman Tour - November
Thu 2nd Bridport Electric Palace
Fri 3rd Maidstone Hazlitt Theatre
Sat 4th Radlett Centre
Sun 5th Shrewsbury Theatre Severn
Wed 8th Leicester Curve
Thu 9th Solihull Core Theatre
Fri 10th London Leicester Square Theatre
Sat 11th London Leicester Square Theatre.


South Tyneside International Magic Festival 2023. Steve Gore writes: The festival runs from 13th-15th October 2023, and stars Tom Brace, Dov Citron aka Captain Calamity, Maddox Dixon, Ashleigh Goodwin, Deanna Gore, Christian Grace, Luke Jermay, Michael Jordan & High Jinx, Yollin Lee (South Korea), Markobi (France), Moritz Müeller (Germany), Jack Rhodes, Giancarlo Scalia (Spain), Marc Spelmann, and R Paul Wilson. Tickets, which are an amazing £65 for the whole 3 days, can be purchased here. There is a maximum number of 150 delegates, so I highly recommend you book your slot now before they sell out!

For those that haven’t been before, nothing overlaps, so you get to see everything you want. There are two different public stage gala shows, two different close-up shows (each performed twice to half the delegates) and 11 lectures! There is also a separate family/kids magic gala show on the Thursday night (separate ticket needed).


Sooty and Friends Magic Show at the British Ring Convention 7th-10th September in Eastbourne. The Convention Team write: We are putting together the finishing touches for a fabulous convention and can now announce the running order for Saturday and Sunday:

On Saturday the dealers open bright and early at 9.30am before the fabulous Charlie Caper Lecture, ‘Thoughts on Delivering Magic’, at 10am. The Sooty and Friends Magic Show will be delighting audiences at the Devonshire Park Theatre at 10.30am, though please note this is an optional extra for delegates and tickets can only be purchased direct from the Box Office. At 11.30am the Stars of Close-Up showcases the talents of Chris Wood, Keith Fields, Joel Dickinson and Chris Congreave. The wonderful David Wood will be delivering the Jeffery Atkins Memorial Lecture at 2pm followed by a lecture by JezO, ‘Be More JezO’, at 3.30pm. The Evening of Magic Gala Show is at 7.30pm featuring Yollin Lee, John-Henry, Michael Jordan, Richard Cadell, Adrien Quillien, Keith Fields & Lady Sarah, Louise Andrée and Safire.

On Sunday there is a lecture by Joel Dickinson at 10am followed by The Stars of The Future Show in the Devonshire Park Theatre, one not to be missed! At 1.30pm Adrien Quillien delivers his lecture, ‘Cocktails, Magic and Potions’, before a lecture by Chris Wood, ‘No Theory –Just Tricks!’ Plus don’t forget that there is time between all these events to visit the Dealers Hall. The Final Show before the official close of the convention is Charlie Caper, ‘Magical’, direct from the Edinburgh Fringe.

This is a convention full of world class magic in a fun and friendly atmosphere! To be part of it book on our website or contact the registration officer:


Ed Fringe Reviews...

Ben Hart: Jadoo - The List review by Lucy Ribchester ★★★★

Chris Dugdale: Ethermind - The List review by Rachel Cronin ★★★★

Ben Hart: Jadoo - Broadway Baby review by Frodo Allan ★★★★ 19.8.23


"Edinburgh’s superstar magicians on secrets and surprises: ‘You have to be very good at lying’ Magic and mentalism abounds at this year’s festival. But how are the tricks done? Some of the best performers remain tightlipped – while others reveal all", writes Kate Wyver in The Guardian. 19.8.23


As If By Magic - Dixon Studio, Palace Theatre, Southend. Southend's own Magic Club, Southend Sorcerers, is back with 'As If By Magic', an amazing week of magic, illusion and comedy for the whole family. It's entertainment all the way with incredible sleight of hand, mind reading and magic suitable for all ages. Every show is different and with a Saturday children's matinee as well, the show has something for everyone. Come and experience unbelievable close-up magic in the theatre foyer too, from 7pm each evening before the main show.

'As If By Magic' Tuesday 22nd to Saturday 26th August at 8pm, with a one-off children’s show on Saturday 26th at 2.30pm. See


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, the brilliant Wayne Dobson in his weekly guest spot on The Joe Longthorne Show, from 14th September 1988. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 19.8.23


Keith Fields 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: "Keith Fields - A man who wears more hats than just his signature bowler" YouTube. 19.8.23


Modern Mystic League Grand Auction, Blackburn, September 3rd. Brian Lead, Events Secretary of the Modern Mystic League writes: On Sunday, September 3, we will again be holding a grand auction, with lots ranging from close-up effects to larger stage items – many unused or nearly new, and all in good condition. There will be classic effects for adults and children, including some good quality Supreme items, plus books, DVDs, bound Abras and collectables. Items will continue to be added to the list on our website.


This year we are also hoping for an element of 'car boot' or table-top selling. Essential to any auction is the good-natured banter which ensues, and we can guarantee that this will be in good supply. Admission is free, there will be complimentary refreshments available throughout the afternoon and each attendee will receive a free batch of magazines. The sale will begin promptly at 2pm, with viewing from 1.30pm. Please note our new venue, which is not far from the previous one: Woodlands United Reform Church Hall, 457 Preston Old Road, Cherry Tree, Blackburn BB2 5ND. The hall is behind the church, with plenty of parking space. 19.8.23


The Aug/Sept 2023 Mark Leveridge Podcast. If you can spare 45 minutes of your time and would like to listen to some interesting magical chat, log in now to Mark Leveridge's latest audio podcast. Here are the contents. The Magic Circle looks at its degree system. It’s not more tricks we need, but better info about how to present the ones we’ve got. Has hyperbole in show publicity gone a bit too far? Volume 2 of the Four-midable Magic Series is released. The reasons why magicians are often impressed by tricks which lay people may dismiss. Listen to a fun story from the It Could Only Happen Live archive. UK currency is so poor for magic use. For the first time, a podcast competition!. Show enquiries, where speed of response matters. You can catch this latest broadcast from Mark Leveridge right now either from, or from where you can also sign up to be a follower and receive each new release automatically. 19.8.23


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. 19.8.23


Mason King - Sleight of Mind, Thursday 5th October, Liverpool Fringe Festival. Mind Reader & Psychological Entertainer Mason King makes his Liverpool Fringe Festival debut with his new show Mason King - Sleight of Mind! Tickets £8 (Full price) and £6 (Concessions). Doors open 7.30pm, show starts at 8pm at Liverpool Arts Bar, 22 Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BY. Tickets £8 (Full price) and £6 (Concessions) see 19.8.23


The Magic Live Lounge - Ormskirk. From the organisers: The Magic Live Lounge returns to The Chapel Arts House in Ormskirk on 15th October for another evening of Magic, Comedy and Mystery! The evening will be hosted by one of the UK s leading comedy magicians Andrew James and will feature the following acts:
Chris Manucal - Super talented entertainer from the USA
Mark Roberts - Beyond Sleight of Hand Illusionist
Paul Sylvester - Magic's best kept secret

Friday 15th October at 8pm at The Chapel Arts House, St Helens Road, Ormskirk L39 4QR see: 19.8.23


Chris Congreave's Table Hopping Masterclass and Workshop - Manchester, tomorrow. 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. 19.8.23


Yesitval, a fund raising festival for Brixham's Youth Enquiry Service. Free, with many attractions including conjuring from Gareth Foreman Magic, music, street food, a dog show, face painting and much more. Sunday August 27th from 12 noon to 8pm at Brixham Rugby Club, Astley Park, Rea Barn Rd, Brixham TQ5 9ED. See: 19.8.23


Gogglebox. "The armchair critics share their opinions on shows including The Yorkshire Vet, Britain's Got Talent, Dynamo: Beyond Belief and The Nest. Plus, they offer thoughts on news coverage of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's COVID-19 recovery and President Donald Trump's various proclamations." (Repeat) 1.20am on Monday 28th August on E4, see TV Magic. 19.8.23


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