Number 1212 - Saturday 16th September 2023


Philip Partridge - the new President of the British Ring! Jemma Tynan reports on last week's convention: After an amazing convention in Eastbourne, I.B.M. British Ring No.25 officially installed their new President Philip Partridge. Philip’s comedy magic has won British Ring awards and Magic Philip is well known on the children’s entertainment circuit in the Northwest. Philip looks forward to promoting the British Ring throughout his presidential year and welcoming everyone to the 86th Annual Convention in September 2024! 16.9.23


The British Ring was delighted to bestow Terry Herbert with the position of Honorary Vice-President during the convention, which he graciously accepted amidst a standing ovation (and after jokingly confirming it meant he no longer had to pay subs!). Tea with Terry was a highlight of the Convention for many delegates and congratulations also go to Terry for winning this year’s Ali Bongo Micro-Marathon! 16.9.23


Congratulations to Moira Fletcher! International I.B.M. President Charles Arkin surprised our honourable Executive Secretary and Convention Team Leader with a Presidential Award for her outstanding contribution to the magic community. The award specifically mentioned that her boundless energy and kind spirit is inspirational and he thanked her for her 'extraordinary work to elevate our art of magic'. Sentiments the British Ring Membership echo wholeheartedly! 16.9.23


Stage Competition results
Well done to all our competition entrants and congratulations to our winners:

First place and British Ring Trophy - Daan Ho
2nd Place and Theo Speaker Cup - Dean Raymond
3rd Place and Alastair Wand - Andy Storm.


Close-Up Competition results
First Place and Zina Bennett Trophy - Edward Hilsum
2nd Place - Robbie Stevens
Third Place and Rovi Trophy (for most skilful and entertaining act using cards) - David Gemmell.


Legends of The Magic Circle - An Evening with The Great Kovari. The Magic Circle write: Presenting a magical evening, celebrating Magic Circle Legend George Kovari, interviewed by Michael J Fitch and including video clips of Kovari’s work over the years. Monday 18th September, 7.30pm - 9pm Entrance is free for Members and Associates of The Magic Circle. Non-members £15. Those who would like to attend please email in advance. Magic Circle evenings are normally strictly 'Members Only', so this is a great opportunity to visit The Magic Circle and enjoy an evening with The Great Kovari. 16.9.23


North West Magic Dealers' Day & Car Boot Sale. Stuart Cassels writes: The Order of The Magi is proud to announce the return of the North West Magic Dealers' Day & Car Boot Sale to Manchester, on Saturday 18th November 2023. Taking place at our Headquarters at The Irish Heritage Centre, Manchester, the Magi can already confirm the following:

Low Rates for Magic Dealers.
£5 entry fee for Magicians, including a raffle ticket.
Free Car Parking.
An additional Room for Lectures, Dealer Dems and Jamming Sessions.
Food and Drink available throughout the day.
Tables for Magicians to sell their unwanted props, books etc., in a Car-Boot style setting (as space allows).
Convenient Access from across the region via M62, and public transport links including Metrolink.
Hotel accommodation just 2 minutes walk from IWHC.
An opportunity to find out more about The Order of The Magi, and apply for membership. It is the oldest magic society in the region, now in its 114th year.
More information to be released soon.

To apply for space, and receive more information, please email your contact details to Full Details can be found at


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Wayne Dobson's Sam Shovel in a guest spot on The Joe Longthorne Show from 22nd September 1988. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 16.9.23


Christian Grace 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: "Christian Grace talks Enigma and taking the Mentalism world by storm" YouTube. 16.9.23


Ava Beaux: Tales of Magic, Crazy Coqs, London. Enjoy extraordinary magic, storytelling, and laughs, as magician Ava Beaux takes you on an adventure into the mysterious worlds of witchcraft and wizardry. Watch impossible things happen with cards, hear mischievous tales of old witches, and wonder how objects are appearing from thin air. "Visually gorgeous... perfect, stunning" ★★★★★ World Magic Review.

Ava’s enchanting one-woman show embodies her signature blend of impossible magic, slick patter, sharp wit, and drama, to give audiences a unique, unforgettable experience. A seasoned magician, comic, and show-woman, Ava is bound to have you gasping and laughing in equal measure, whilst also wondering whether the world around you, is just that little more magical than you thought. Wednesday 20th September at 9.15pm at Crazy Coqs, 20 Sherwood Street, London W1F 7ED. For more info and to book see


Leeds Magic Jam 2023 - tomorrow! From the organisers: Leeds Magic Jam is a one day magic convention with world class lectures, dealers and loads more. Leeds Magic Jam 2023 will be held on Sunday 17th September at Garforth Welfare Hall, Leeds. Our new venue has lots of free parking opposite, is only a 5 minute walk from Garforth train station and is close to lots of cafes, shops and bars. Nicholas Einhorn, Christian Grace, Jack Rhodes, Sam Fitton and Jack Rhodes... check out our Facebook for up to date information. The main event will run from 10.30am and finish at 4.30pm. After the event has finished we will head to a local bar to continue the jamming till late. Tickets are strictly limited so book to avoid disappointment. Only £20 per ticket! Book now at: 16.9.23


Kidology UK - Monday! 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. 16.9.23


"I make the cocktails, then jump on stage and do mind reading". From the magician who stops his show to serve at the bar to the actor who drives entire plays around in his car, for these theatre-lovers small really is beautiful, writes Kate Wyver in 16.9.23


Francis Haxton Card Competition Winners! The Zodiac Magical Society recently held the biennial Francis Haxton Card Competition, hosted with flair by Alan Browne. We were truly dazzled by the variety of card magic showcased by all participants! A massive congratulations goes out to William Spencer for clinching the top spot! Let's also extend our applause to Mark Lee (left) and Steve Graham (right) for securing the second and third places, respectively. Thank you to everyone who participated and made this event a magical success! Donato Capitella.



Mario the Maker Magician. Fresh from a smash-hit run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Mario the Maker Magician brings his show back home to New York for its off-Broadway debut at SoHo Playhouse this November and December! We are thrilled to join the rich magic offerings currently gracing NYC stages. Make a magic holiday vacation of it! Our matinee show times make it easy to coordinate with other shows. And as always, our show is an all-ages theater experience. For adults, kids, families... everyone. High-energy, interactive, and full of Robot Magic! Mario the Maker Magician is a co-production of SoHo Playhouse, Britain's Chris Cox, and Katie Rosa Marchese. 16.9.23


Geoffrey Newton presents his latest Key Ring lecture for The Order of The Magi.  Mike Sharples writes: On Tuesday 26th September Geoffrey Newton presents his latest Key Ring lecture for The Order of The Magi meeting at The Irish World Heritage Centre, Queens Road, Cheetham Hill, Manchester. The lecture starts at 7.45pm. This will be a new selection from the many effects published in that magazine over the years. Available on the night will be the recently produced compilation book The Key Ring Book of Magic which contains over 20 tricks, all practical and easy to make up. Proceeds from book sales are being donated to the Simone Cowland Trust for cystic fibrosis research. Visitors may attend for a fee of £5.00 by advance arrangement with Secretary Mike Sharples: 07748 833666. 16.9.23


Andrew Paul Lecture - Kent Magicians Guild, 26th September. Mike Ingham writes: Andrew Paul has been studying magic and sleight of hand since a very early age. Having been involved in magic for over 35 years, he has gained valuable insight into not only the how's, but the why's behind performing strong magic. As the manager of Alakazam Magic for nearly 10 years, Andrew has learnt valuable tips and ideas from some of the best in the business and his deep interest and active study of not only methods but theories, is evident in his approach.

This is more than a lecture, this is an interactive conversation highlighting Andrew's experiences and beliefs in magic illustrated with examples from close-up and stand-up pieces (involving playing cards, coins and Mentalism) which are explained throughout. Guests are very welcome, only £5.00 per ticket, which will be taken off the joining fee if you decide to join our very friendly club. Tuesday 26th September at 8pm at Kent Magicians Guild, The Stag Theatre, London Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1ZZ


Juan Tamariz Love & Magic: "Love & Magic. A film portrait of Juan Tamariz, Spanish celebrity and national treasure, widely regarded to be the greatest living magician. An independent documentary film about legendary magician Juan Tamariz and his unique relationship with the art of magic featuring interviews with Luis Piedrahita, Juan Herrera, Jorge Blass, Gaetan Bloom, Asi Wind, Penn & Teller and many more..." Find out more at 16.9.23


European Magic History Conference Report. Jan Isenbart writes: If you have missed the recent European Magic History Conference in Ghent, Belgium, you can catch up with my full report and some photos on my blog now at UK speakers included Fergus Roy (on Murray), Ian Keable (on Cups & Balls vs Thimble-Rigging), and Paul Kieve (on Servais le Roy). The next European Magic History Conference (2025) will kindly be hosted by Enrico and Dace Pezzoli in Riga, Latvia. Registration is already open: 16.9.23


Sean Heydon Lecture - Northamptonshire Magicians Club, Tuesday. David Miller writes: Doors open at 7pm and the lecture starts at 8pm on Tuesday, 19th September. Non-members welcome, admission £10. Brafield Working Mens Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield-on-the-Green, Northampton NN7 1BD. Bring a deck and close-up mat if possible. 16.9.23


Steve Spill's 'The Lecture You Never Thought You'd See' - Bath Circle of Magicians. Roger Nicot writes: Steve's lecture is about creativity in presentation and method and putting together acts and shows that have fluidity as opposed to a feeling of being pasted together. Original versions of several modern classics are taught with principles that can be applied to all performances. Bath Circle of Magicians, St. Mary's Church Hall, High Street, Saltford BS31 3EL at 8pm on Thursday, September 21st. Entrance is £10 for non-members (welcome, pay on the night). Website: 16.9.23


Kill Him, Mary! Magician Zane writes: "Having written children's books about performing magic, I wanted to get my teeth into an adult-only action thriller novel (magic does get a mention). The title is called, 'Kill Him, Mary!' by R. J. Robinson. It is basically about two ex-Royal Marines, and it is based in Dubai and Royal Tunbridge Wells. I had fun writing it, and I'm very pleased with the response. For anyone who likes a gritty read and a touch of black comedy, I think you will like it. It is available to buy on Amazon, Waterstones, etc. The cheapest price is on Amazon at £9.99. Here's the link: If customers buy directly from me, they will receive a signed copy! Email" 16.9.23


The Simpsons. "The Great Simpsina". Lisa becomes an apprentice to the Great Raymondo. Guest starring Martin Landau, Jack McBrayer and a trio of magicians, including David Copperfield. 12.30pm on Sunday 17th September on Channel 4. See TV Magic. 16.9.23


Magicians Wanted. Jared Gale writes: Are you looking to become a full time magician? Ketsy’s Young Magicians are looking for new magic tutors to join their growing team, in Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire, teaching magic in schools. This opportunity offers their magicians guaranteed midweek work, which is a great step into helping you take the plunge to become a full time performer. If you have a keen interest in magic, and becoming a magician, then this is a fantastic opportunity for you. Find out more details on 16.9.23


"Hachette Children’s Group signs Wiseman’s debut children’s book Magic Your Mind Happy" Click Here • "Renowned Magician Sean Heydon Returns to Northampton for an enchanting night of magic and learning" Click Here • "Slung Low and Leeds People’s Theatre release new film The Magician online" Click Here • "Magician David Blaine Makes a Leap to Wynn Las Vegas" Click Here • "Joe The Magician - Live" Click Here • "Scott Silven's At the Illusionist's Table Returns to McKittrick Hotel September 14" Click Here • "Criss Angel performs Houdini inspired feat at Colts Kickoff Concert" Click Here • That's it for another week - your UK magic news (big and small!) is always welcome. See you next week, Duncan. 16.9.23