Number 1213 - Saturday 23rd September 2023


London's 'Conjuring at the Court', back on Thursday 5th October with a top lineup! Russell Levinson writes: Young & Strange is a comedy double act who have headlined the world's largest international touring magic show, Champions of Magic, and Wonderville, at the Palace Theatre in the West End. Jon Allen is a most entertaining and inventive magician, with a dry wit and many original ideas, frequently borrowed, not to say stolen, by other magicians! Danny Buckler is ridiculously entertaining, a very funny man who compered The Magic Circle Christmas Show to great acclaim. Michael Vadini is one of our favourite magicians. With his gentle style, exceptional theatricality and sleight of hand, he creates an atmosphere of wonder that lulls you into believing that the impossible is perfectly natural.


Don't miss this chance to enjoy a night of laughter, magic and amazement, at an amazingly low price. The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm with an interval. Why not come early and enjoy a meal before the show! Book now at just £13 for a ticket at or £14 on the door. 23.9.23


South Tyneside International Magic Festival 2023. Steve Gore writes: The festival runs from 13th-15th October 2023, starring: Tom Brace, Dov Citron aka Captain Calamity, Ashleigh Goodwin, Deanna Gore, Steve Gore, Christian Grace, Luke Jermay, Michael Jordan & High Jinx, Yollin Lee, Markobi, Moritz Müeller, Robert Reed, Jack Rhodes, Giancarlo Scalia, Marc Spelmann and R Paul Wilson.


There is a maximum number of 150 delegates, so I highly recommend you book your slot now before they sell out! Online booking is still down unfortunately, but you can book via Chris: Website: 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. We will be offering day tickets also. £30 per day, which includes a gala ticket for the Friday or Saturday evening. 23.9.23


British acts on America's Got Talent 2023:

"Hilarious magician Mandy Muden showcases wardrobe wizardry" America's Got Talent 2023 YouTube.

"10-year-old Ryland performs mind-blowing Magic!" YouTube. 23.9.23


Punch & Judy Festival, next weekend. James Arnott writes: Next weekend sees the first Bognor Regis Punch & Judy Festival. Organised by The Punch & Judy Club and Bognor Regis Heritage Partnership this two day event, held at the Royal Norfolk Hotel, celebrates the 60th anniversary of Tony Hancock’s 1963 film The Punch and Judy Man. There will be 10 of the very best Punch & Judy and puppet shows, plus clowns, magic, marionettes, puppet making workshops, archive displays, and vintage fairground rides. And it’s all free! 11am - 5pm, Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October. Visiting Punch profs should bring a puppet to join in the photocall. See for further details. 23.9.23


The Magic Room - Lichfield Night of Magic, Wednesday, 22nd November. Unveil the secrets of The Magic Room, where the thrill of parlour magic comes alive in a lively and memorable night out. Designed for a small group of curious souls, our evening is about mystery, astonishment, and pure enjoyment.


Incredible magic awaits, like you've never seen before. With just a small group, everyone gets a perfect view as our magicians conjure the impossible right before your eyes. Interactive entertainment - where you might even become the star of the night. Quit surfing Netflix, and join us for a night of live spectacle. A truly unique experience unlike anything else in Lichfield. Beyond the tricks, it's a chance to simply have a great night out with your friends and family. Wednesday, 22 November, at 7.30pm at 55 Wade Street, Lichfield WS13 6HL see to book.


The Magic Room in Lichfield enjoyed its opening night last week (see, with a captivating parlour show starring co-organisers Ed Sumner and Damon Conlan plus special guest MC, Comedian Richard Dadd. Designed for a small group of curious souls, our evening is about mystery, comedy, and of course incredible live magic! 23.9.23


Steve Spill - Magic Circle Lecture, this Tuesday in London. Darryl Rose writes: Steve Spill from USA will be giving an additional special lecture at The Magic Circle this Tuesday, 26th September, at 7.30pm. Open to both members and non-members of The Magic Circle.

His lecture 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 in Santa Monica, California, Magicopolis. 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, 'Assassin,' 'Magic is My Weed,' and 'How to Make Love the Steve Spill Way' will be available.

Magician guests (non-members) can be registered via with a £15 Door fee. Doors open at 6pm. Members are free of charge.


Leveridge Legerdemain. Mark Leveridge presented his first lecture way back in 1977 and since that time he has taken his ideas every year to clubs and conventions all over the world. Each lecture is full of entertainingly presented, practical routines, that appeal to magicians of all types and experience. Has your club had a visit from Mark in recent times? If not, then consider booking Mark's latest collection of fine material entitled Leveridge Legerdemain. 10 varied routines covering magic for close-up, stand-up, strolling and mentalism are performed and carefully explained, ensuring that all attendees go away inspired and with new material to try out and to add to their repertoire. With no associated sales, Leveridge Legerdemain is a lecture like lectures used to be - magic with everyday objects or commonly owned or easy to make props that do not require purchases to be made to access the material. Available in both Zoom and In Person formats, more information can be found at 23.9.23


Mark Shortland Lecture - The Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians, 27th September. Sue Oakley writes: On Wednesday 27th September, The Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians are hosting a lecture, from the very talented Mark Shortland. Mark is a multi award-winning comedy magician and inventor of many products including The Amazebox and Sketching Svengali. It’ll be a great lecture and we welcome visiting magicians for a fee of £5. Lecture starts at 8pm at the ECC Sports & Social Club, Showell Road, Wolverhampton WV10 9LU. For more information, contact Sue Oakley secretary 23.9.23


Jasper Blakeley's Showtime Lecture - The Surrey Society of Magicians, Thursday 28th September. Adam Mosley writes: Many will probably know Jasper Blakeley as the Russian-esque Comedy Magician Kockov, but what you might not know is that Jasper has owned The World’s Smallest Magic Theatre in his hometown of Barry in south Wales for over five years. Performing a twice-weekly comedy magic and mind-reading parlour show to an intimate public audience of just 26, Jasper not only has an amazing insight into running a unique magic venue, but he also has a full understanding of how to put together literally hours of ever-changing magic cabaret material.

In this ‘Showtime’ Lecture, Jasper will discuss the realities of owning and running a magic venue, marketing events, choosing material and constructing full 90 minute magic shows (his shows change every 9 months or so due to repeat customers wanting to book). Jasper will also talk about which commercially available effects, both cabaret and close-up, can be easily adapted to work in an intimate show environment, plus how to take what you already own and turning it into a stage piece to perform at your next wedding or event. Jasper will also be performing and explaining numerous original effects never lectured before, but each one is ‘a worker’ having featured in his previous theatre shows. 8pm on Thursday 28th September at The Surrey Society of Magicians.  Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. The lecture takes place in East Horsley, Surrey. For full details please contact Adam Mosley:


Dr. Matt Pritchard's 'Designing Deceptions' lecture, South London Magic Society, 3rd October. Simon Rosselli writes: Optical illusions have both an aesthetic and scientific appeal as they question our perception of reality. This talk will deconstruct the development process of creating new illusions. Charting the journey from first inspiration, through practical hurdles, to the final design and public impact. It will also explain how optical principles, smart materials, and even typographical word play can be exploited in magic effects. The speaker, Dr Matt Pritchard, is a previous winner of the international Best Illusion of the Year Contest. Since the pandemic lockdown, his work has focused on creating novel illusion videos that have delighted/frustrated the magic community and have been described by Popular Mechanics as “charmingly analogue”. Dr Matt Pritchard is a science magician and illusion designer. In 2021 he won the international Best Illusion of the Year contest for his “Phantom Queen” entry. His lecture at Blackpool got him a standing ovation.

Tuesday 3rd October. South London Magic Society, Clock House Methodist Church Hall, Clock House Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4JP, just opposite the station. £10 for non-members which can go towards joining. Doors open 7pm - Lecture 8pm - 10pm.


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, illusionist and inventor Franz Harary on John Fisher's 'The Best of Magic' from 20th September 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 23.9.23


Alex Alejandro 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: "Alex Alejandro - 'BMWGuy' his journey in magic, The Magic Cafe, and more! " YouTube. 23.9.23


The Ricky Jay Collection Part II - Potter & Potter Auctions. Unusual relics were the hallmark of Ricky Jay's storied collection. This second auction from his archives features an astonishing array of the fantastic, the funny, and the flabbergasting. October 28th. 23.9.23


Pete Firman TrikTok - Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton - tonight! Pete Firman is back with his brand new live show ‘TrikTok’! Audiences can expect laugh-out-loud comedy and jaw-dropping magic. Grab a ticket before they all disappear! See What's On for all tour dates. 23.9.23


West End Magic - Leatherhead Theatre, Surrey - tonight! Since 2013, West End Magic has run throughout the year at the Leicester Square Theatre. This year marks a decade of the regular London based show, so to celebrate, it’s off on tour around the country, starting and finishing at the Leicester Square Theatre in London.

The show offers a mixture of magic, comedy and variety acts, featuring the current President of the IBM British Ring Oliver Tabor with magical compere Wayne Trice and special guest acts.

The family-friendly show begins 2023 at its London residency in March before embarking on a 15-date tour around the UK, finishing back at the Leicester Square Theatre in October. Featuring magic, mind-reading, and comedy, plus magic and variety acts selected from some of the UK’s finest. Suitable for all ages, and the perfect treat for all the family. See What's On for all tour dates.


The Plank. Silent comedy written and directed by Eric Sykes about two bungling workmen trying desperately to transport a wooden plank through a suburb of London to a building site starring Tommy Cooper, Eric Sykes, Jimmy Edwards, Roy Castle, Graham Stark and Stratford Johns. Today, at 6.05pm on Talking Pictures TV. 23.9.23


News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. Many thanks, DT. 23.9.23


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