Number 1209 - Saturday 26th August 2023


Megan's Swan Song - The Magic Circle Awards 2023. Charlie Burgess writes: Megan Swann bows out of her two year stint as the president of The Magic Circle next month but before that she is presenting the society's Annual Awards this Thursday, August 31st, and appearing in the accompanying show. Megan, who will be reviving her remarkable Black Swan ballet routine, is starring alongside comedy magician Neal Austin, Arabella Crawford who is an award winning member of The Young Magicians Club, and the mentalist duo TranscendenT, Adrian Neal and Suzy Ellen. The show will be compered by Ada Campe, who has been wowing audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe this month. Pre-show, guests will also be able to enjoy the close-up magic of Fay Presto, up close! Megan said this week: "I suppose you could call this my swan song! It promises to be a super evening. We have six awards to hand out. There are still a few tickets left and the evening is open to non-members." The awards recognise international as well as British magicians and also those who have done work for The Magic Circle itself. For tickets visit 26.8.23


The Magicians' Podcast Network Launches! Richard Young writes: We launch with the Derren Brown Notes From A Fellow Traveller interview and Q&A, from the book launch last month, and also, subscribers will not only be able to listen to it as a podcast, but also watch it as a full movie, as a welcome gift.

Subscribers will receive multiple magic based podcasts each week from topical discussions with special guests, to nostalgia based shows, insight, opinion and coverage of special events going on in the magic world. Our first week not only includes the Derren interview but also a two and a half hour podcast which features 8 interviews with magicians who are currently at The Edinburgh Fringe with magic shows including Ben Hart, Mario The Magician, Dom Chambers and more. Find out more and sign up at: Spotify Apple


Happy 90th Birthday Donald Bevan! (Tomorrow, Sunday, 27th August). Donald was Abracadabra's Associate Editor from 1965 to 1984 and then Managing Editor from 1984 right through to 2006 when he retired. For many of us, 'Abra' was a major part of our magic lives, so thank you Donald for so much, and here's wishing you a Very Happy 90th Birthday! Duncan. 26.8.23


The IBM British Ring No.25 85th Annual Convention 7th-10th September 2023 in Eastbourne. From the organisers: Less than two weeks to the start of the Convention! The Registration Desk is located in the Welcome Building on Compton Street and will be open from 9.30am each day, except Friday when it will open at 10am. For those who have already pre-registered and are arriving early, your convention packs are also available at an informal get-together in The Stage Door Pub between 7pm and 9pm on Wednesday 6th September - so on Thursday morning you can go direct to the Devonshire Park Theatre for the official opening at 10am and avoid the queue for registration!

The Stage Door is the ‘unofficial hang out’ of the Convention as it is conveniently located on the walk between the Welcome Building and The Devonshire Park Theatre and is open till late each evening. It is also the real world setting for the Ali Bongo Micro-Marathon on the Friday evening. Since the late and much revered Ali Bongo introduced a Micro Marathon of close-up magic at the Eastbourne Convention in 2008 it has continued to be a popular and well attended part of every convention. British Ring members of all magical levels of experience are encouraged to enter to showcase their skills to their fellow magicians and a real life audience, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. The winner is decided by the votes of the audience. To be part of this unique and exciting convention, book on our website or contact the registration officer


Edinburgh hasn't fallen! "I am here to say hello to you because I thought the show was fantastic. Blew my mind... it was a blast... you are incredibly incredibly talented; the audience loved it too, my family just left and they had such a great time. It's amazing man, your energy’s great!" Gerard Butler. Chris Dugdale and Gerard Butler: YouTube. 26.8.23


Ben Hart on Loose Ends. Clive Anderson and Michelle McManus are joined by Eddi Reader, Sumayya Usmani, Ben Hart and Kieran Hodgson for an eclectic mix of conversation, music and comedy. Today, 26th August on Radio 4 at 6.15pm Ben Hart: Jadoo tickets: 26.8.23


Ed Fringe Reviews...

Sam Hurst: Magical AF! Broadway Baby review by Frodo Allan ★★★★

Magical Bones: Soulful Magic Volume Two. West End Best Friend review by Rebecca Wallis ★★★

Liz Toonkel:  Magic For Animals. Get The Chance review by Hannah Goslin ★★★

Colin Cloud: After Dark. Broadway Baby review by James Macfarlane ★★★★★ 26.8.23


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Vik & Fabrini on John Fisher's The Best of Magic from 26th September 1990. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 26.8.23


Bank Holiday Specials and more at Merlins. Merlins of Wakefield are proud to announce their latest effect by Mark Lee, Pep-Silk-Ola. Available from the end of August, you can preorder yours now. This is from the Merlins Premier Range and will be handmade in limited numbers. To order yours, or for more details Click Here. Also, check out our Bank Holiday Specials with 50% off. Many are just one-offs, or have limited availability, Click Here for details. We are closed on Bank Holiday Monday, and reopen on Wednesday as usual. 26.8.23


Graeme Shaw Lecture - York Magic Circle, 4th September. Gren Dowson writes: Graeme Shaw from Magicbox of Newcastle will be holding a dealer demonstration at York Magic Circle on Monday 4th September. This will be a free event for York members and a £5 entry fee for visitors. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start at York & District Indoor Bowls Club, 302 Thanet Road, York YO24 2NW. 26.8.23


Top Secret: The Magic of Science is reviewed by Philip Partridge this week, Click Here. "This is a great family show which is both educational and  entertaining", writes Philip, see What's On for upcoming dates. 26.8.23


Trevor Duffy Lecture - South London Magic Society, 5th September. Simon Rosselli writes: Trevor Duffy from South Africa will be giving his lecture on the 5th of September at 8pm to South London Magic Society. Trevor has been performing pro for 30 years and has a wide range of experience between Close-up, Family and Corporate work. He shares freely and his new lecture, Thinking with Intention consists of several Close-up and Parlour routines using banknotes to impossible location, Cards, Diminishing Cards, and his favourite Rocky routine. The lecture is extremely user-friendly and woven together with meaningful gems for anyone wanting to add more value to their art.


He has toured the world for 20 years, lecturing and exhibiting his numerous events, many of which came about through a need for more excellence in performance. £10 for non-members which can go towards Membership if you decide to join on the night. Doors open at 7.30pm and the lecture starts at 8pm at South London Magic Society, Clock House Methodist Church, Beckenham, BR3 4JP. 26.8.23


Steve Spill Dublin lecture, 5th September. From the organisers: An evening with Steve Spill focuses on stand-up magic - a genre Steve has worked professionally in for five decades on theatrical, concert, casino, and nightclub stages, as well as in his own 150 seat theatre, Magicopolis, in Santa Monica, California.

The lecture encompasses advice he would give himself as a beginning magician, as well as the presentation and instruction of several of his original versions of modern classics with principles that can be applied to all performances. Autographed copies of Steve's most popular books, including the highly rated Assassin, will be available. Tuesday 5th September at 8pm at Academy Plaza Hotel, 10-14, Findlater Place, Dublin D01 X2X0. Visiting magicians welcome, admission 10 Euros.


Wayne Fox All New Knockout FX Lecture. Nick Richmond writes: Description: In addition to the brand-new lecture, also on offer is this unique chance to experience the Light/Heavy Pen Workshop. For your spectator, objects become too heavy to lift from the table, a bottle a mobile phone, car keys, in fact anything which sits on the table will become too heavy to lift. It's like real magic. This workshop is limited to 10 people and is one hour long, and starts at 6.30pm before the lecture later that evening.

Along with the one-to-one tuition, each student receives the light/heavy instant download for them to look back on everything they've learned from Wayne earlier that day, plus their own Light/Heavy Pen. The price of the workshop is £25 per student payable on the night. This takes place at 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Interested persons must book your place for this in advance by emailing the DMC Secretary, Nick Richmond: Thursday, August 31st, from 7.30pm. Venue: The Railway Institute, 93 North Road, Darlington DL1 2PP.


The Four-midable Magic Series from MLM. Launched earlier this year, this series of e-books presents collections of four previously unpublished Mark Leveridge routines extracted from the E-Club Pro archives and dedicated to specific types or themes. The first volume, Four-midable Card Magic, offers the following effects. Royal Flush – the magician uses magic to produce a Royal Flush from a shuffled deck of cards. Big Deal – a spectator shuffles a deck and cards are dealt face up onto the table until a spectator calls ‘stop’ (no force). The card stopped at turns out to be the number and colour mate of a prediction card placed aside at the start. It’s Not What You Think – two selected cards are discovered in two baffling ways, with a kicker ending that comes as a total surprise! The Reds And The Blacks – four black suit cards and four red suit cards are used in a pleasing and magical sequence in which one at a time the red cards penetrate up through the black cards. Clean handling, no gimmicks and only 8 cards used. For more info go to


The second volume, entitled Four-midable Mental Mysteries, contains the following. Psychic Selection – a parlour routine in which a spectator cuts to a card that he has in his mind. Mental Coins – three times a spectator successfully guesses which of four different coins the magician has put in his pocket. ESPeriment – a participant selects any of five ESP symbols and it matches a prediction in full view on the table. Spectator Intuition – an onlooker manages to find at random which of six coins on a table has a sticker bearing his initials on the underside. For further details go to 26.8.23


The Order of The Magi Close Up Competition. Reported by Mike Sharples. On The 22nd August, The Order of The Magi (Manchester’s Magicians’ Society), held its first close up competition since 2019, the delay is for obvious reasons which I’m sure that I don’t need to go into. The competition was held at the Irish World Heritage Centre where the society holds its meetings (2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month). Both the overall competition winner and the John "Sly" Smith best card trick shield was won by Peter Jones. Peter is one of the Magi’s newest members but that didn’t stop him shining and performing brilliantly in order to win both trophies. Congratulations Peter on a well-deserved win.

If you are interested in joining the Order of The Magi, or would like more information on the society please contact Mike Sharples Secretary/ Treasurer and Life Member at or by phone on 0774 8833666. You can also download an application form, from


The Invisible Man - Eastbourne - final day! More than 50 magical illusions and stage effects make up The Eastbourne Theatres Devonshire Park‘s theatrical telling of the H G Wells classic The Invisible Man, adapted by Ken Hill. Directed by Chris Jordan, a cast of West End talent provide songs, comedy and mayhem interspersed with magic and drama to deliver a show where "not seeing is believing". Past president of The Magic Circle Scott Penrose designed and constructed the illusions for the theatre's summer spectacular, that runs until 26th August. Tickets can be booked here: 26.8.23


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"Magician Ben Hart set to perform in Aberdeen" Click Here • "Britain's hottest magician Magical Bones arrives in Northampton on 20th September!" Click Here • "Review: El Mago Pop Is a Great Magician but a Poor Underdog" Click Here • "Magic Play: Desperate magician tries to charm his ex back into his life" Click Here • "Special honour for Williton magician Pete Rawlinson as reward for Covid support" Click Here • "A Magician's Tricks of the Trade on Running a Small Business" Click Here • "The West End Magic Show at Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich" Click Here • "Illusionist and escapologist Paul Cosentino on growing up 'shy and introverted'" Click Here • "A 'half tank holiday' to a magical museum in Marshall" Click Here • "Inside the life of a Las Vegas Performer (Murray the Magician)" YouTube • That's it for this week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 26.8.23