Number 1215 - Saturday 7th October 2023


Britain's favourite comedy illusionists, Young & Strange, take their full evening show to Canada next week. Four nights, four theatres... With over 50 million online views Britain's most famous comedy illusionists Young & Strange present their smash hit show 'Delusionists'. Fun for the entire family, it’s a fully interactive, immersive experience, with extraordinary appearances, vanishes, mind reading feats and more. All tied together with a mind blowing, sensational finale set to rival any Las Vegas show! Trailer: YouTube

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Win Tickets For Unbelievable! If you buy tickets for The London Magic Convention in the next three days, you will automatically enter a prize draw to win a pair of tickets for the new West End magic show 'Unbelievable'. The winners will be announced on October 10th - so hurry and book your convention tickets asap for a chance to win 7.10.23


Charles Greene's new book on the history of the Friedländer Lithography company is out today on This specialist booklet is a valuable and essential resource for collectors and fans of Friedländer lithographs, the finest magic posters ever made. are the exclusive UK and EU distributor for this title and all their copies are signed by the author. Visit for more details and to purchase. 7.10.23


Opportunity for Young Magicians! From the organisers: Would you like to get some expert mentoring to work on an act that will be part of the Edinburgh Magic Festival this Christmas? Following the success of last year, we’re delighted to bring back the Future Magicians programme at MagicFest - a guided mentorship programme - to assist and encourage young magicians who want to build positive rehearsal habits and produce high quality work. It's free for young magicians to take part and you'll work with professionals to create an act ready for a live theatre performance at the end of December 2023!


This opportunity is limited to 5 young magicians (aged 12-18) who already have some magic experience and want to progressively build an act toward a deadline performance at the Magic Festival. Applications close 31st October 2023, so be quick! You'll need to be available on 3rd December (rehearsal and sharing) and 29th and 30th December (final performances) in Edinburgh. Coordinated and created by Kevin Quantum (MagicFest organiser), many local and international magicians gave their time to assist. Here’s a BBC new slot demonstrating how the young magicians got on last year: YouTube. Visit for more info and to sign up. Photo credit: Tommy Ga Ken Wan. 7.10.23


Review: Beautifully baffled by Ben Hart: Jadoo at Eden Court. Magician Ben Hart brings wow moments and wonderment to the stage at Eden Court, Inverness... Read the full review by Jenni Gee in and see What's On for current UK tour dates.. 7.10.23


Mark James's Stage Magic Lecture - now booking for early 2024. Mark writes: Hey friends! I’m taking my new lecture on the road throughout January and February. It’s jam packed with all of my favourite magic: Cups & Balls with a Chop Cup alternative ending, Silk to Egg, Blindfolded Book Test, Jelly Bean Prediction with customisable presentations, 8 Card to Pocket (YouTube), Billiard Balls, Multiplying Bottles and much more! With this lecture you don’t just learn great magic, you get a great show too! It also features a whole host of tips and tricks on how to create a stage show, how to use music effectively, after-show sales, and how to find your own voice and make a show that’s your own. Email to enquire via 7.10.23


Ian Adair MIMC receives the British Ring's Eddie Dawes Award for Literature. British Ring 25 of The International Brotherhood of Magicians has just launched a new award, 'The Eddie Dawes Award for Literature'. The first recipient to win this award is Ian Adair MIMC, a long-standing member of Ring 25 (over 60 years), awarded for his prolific output: 331 published books, with two new books in preparation, thousands of trick items published in countless magic magazines over the years, including Ian's current magazine contributions which are published in The Key Ring (25 continuous years), Magicseen, Secrets (The Magic Circle magazine for their Young Magicians Club) and The Linking Ring.


"It's a great honour to receive this award" said Ian, "I first met Eddie Dawes in 1956 at one of the SAMS conventions; a remarkable performer, author, lecturer, and magical historian, who certainly made his mark in the magical world. I sincerely thank the British Ring for selecting me as the first magician to receive it." 7.10.23


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Japan's Kenichi Kuroki on John Fisher's The Best of Magic from 3rd October 1990. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 7.10.23


Dave Loosley lectures for The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday 12th October. Adam Mosley writes: In his lecture, Dave Loosley will take you through the tried and tested routines used hundreds of times in the real world. Dave’s magic is easy to perform, very visual to watch and always creative. You are going to learn some incredible magic with sweets, cards, napkins and rubber bands. This lecture will be crammed with great information including the creative process Dave goes through when inventing his unique style of magic. Expect a lot of fun and laughter along the way!

"This is a lecture you can not afford to miss. It's nice to know the new generation of magic is in safe hands." Wayne Dobson. Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. The lecture takes place in East Horsley, Surrey at 8pm. For full details please contact Adam Mosley:


John Danbury - An Evening of Magic & Comedy, Dewsbury. John Danbury is a long time friend of Dewsbury Arts Group and he's coming along to wow us with another evening full of magic. John Danbury has been resident magician for The London Hilton on Park Lane, The Orient Express, Northern Belle and performed corporate hospitality for many seasons at various Premiership Football Clubs. Dewsbury Arts Group, Dewsbury WF13 2ED on Saturday 14th October at 7.30pm. 7.10.23


Vinny Sagoo's Neo Magic Lecture/Dealer Dem - The Order of The Magi, Manchester. Mike Sharples writes: The Order of The Magi is pleased to announce that on Tuesday 17th October Vinny Sagoo also known as Neo Magic presents his latest lecture/dealer demonstration at The Irish World Heritage Centre, Queens Road, Cheetham Hill, Manchester. The lecture starts at 7.45pm. This will be a new and innovative selection of magic from Vinny himself, including his latest effect Supernova. If you have seen Vinny at a lecture before or met him at his stand in Blackpool you will know that his items are excellent. Visitors may attend for a fee of £5.00 by advance arrangement with Secretary Mike Sharples: or 07748 833666. Hope to see as many of you there as possible. 7.10.23


The Oct/Nov 2023 E-Video Newsletter. Mark Leveridge's latest online video presentation is ready, featuring: The Teach In – Jammy Sandwich provides you with an easy to do and light hearted presentation for the sandwich effect. Pro Peeks – the extract from the E-Club Pro Archive this time is an edition of the Mark’s Monthly Message advice video on act helper management. The Table Magician Unplugged – part 2 of the series based on The Table Magician e-book looks at the type of events table magic may be used for. The Trick Box – although this takes some practice, the Slap Coin Vanish explained here enables both hands to be shown empty at the end. Web Offers – The Strolling Magician E-Book is a classic work on the genre and Diary Of A Nobody is a strong version of the ‘diary’ trick. 60 Seconds To Success – opinion on how to use targeted testimonials effectively in your show paperwork. The E-Video Newsletter is free to view, just sign up to Mark's monthly E-Club Lite Newsletter which, amongst other interesting content, will give you the link to the latest E-Video Newsletter plus the previous two editions as well. Go to for more details on E-Club Lite and to sign up for free. 7.10.23


The Lord Harri Lecture! Ilford Magical Society, 18th October. Peter Meacham writes: The Ilford Magical Society Presents The Lord Harri Lecture!, at 8pm on Wednesday 18th October at The Ilford Magical Society, Parkside Community Centre, 176 Goodmayes Lane, Ilford IG3 9PP. £10 for non-members payable on the night. 7.10.23


Balloon Workshop Days, Birmingham and Sutton. From the organiser: There are two balloon workshop days coming up, Birmingham 8th November and Sutton, Surrey on the 5th December. Both days run from 10am till 5pm with the first hour being a beginners workshop, so people can get up to speed. At the Birmingham Day Graham Lee and Amanda Smith will be running the workshops and for Sutton we have Graham Lee, Danielle Burnige and Rob Driscoll. Two full days with a fun competition and time to jam with friends and others. Plus, the best part, it’s free... well it’s £10 but you get a £10 voucher to spend on the day. For more details please contact Graham Lee: or book here The days are kindly sponsored by Qualatex Balloons. 7.10.23


South Downs Magicians Secondhand Sale of Props and Effects, 5th November. 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. 7.10.23


Adam Dadswell Lecture: Mentalism Applied - Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle, 12th October. Matthew Gill writes: The next lecture at Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle will be Magician and Mentalist Adam Dadswell with his brand new lecture - Mentalism Applied. Adam has been performing magic for the last 16 years, initially as a close-up card magician before venturing into the world of mental magic and mentalism. Over the last few years, Adam has begun to share his work with the magic community, notably his projects with The 1914 and Mindhaus were particularly well received.


During Mentalism Applied, Adam will share a handful of workable, practical mentalism effects that come straight from his working repertoire (don't worry, it's not just playing cards!). Although Adam is well known for performing in close-up environments, in this lecture he will share real world lessons and thoughts on making mentalism play bigger. Rumour has it, that he will also share a parlour / stage routine he's been keeping under wraps for a while now. Thursday October 12th at 8pm. Entry: Free to members and £12 for visiting magicians. Venue: St Stephen's Church Hall, St Stephen's Road, Hightown, Liverpool L38 0BL 7.10.23


The Magic & Illusions of The Inferno Aces - Glastonbury, tonight! Lee Joseph writes: The Inferno Aces are a troupe of four magical acts, pooling there talents to bring you a jam-packed evening of magic, illusion and circus. The Aces are Tom, who does a mixture or grand scale illusion along with dangerous stunts and escapes. Lucy, who as well as her magical skills specialises in retro circus style hula hoop dancing. Lee, a charismatic character who likes to bring the classics of magic and illusion to theatres. And Gaz, who performs the fiendish type of stunts you'd expect to see in an early 1900s sideshow. One thing's for certain, this is sure to be a fun-filled evening with plenty of energy, and most definitely not to be missed at an absolute bargain price of £10 a ticket (£6 under 16s). Show may contain minor use of adult language and strong lighting. Saturday, 7th October at 7pm at The Assembly Rooms of Glastonbury, High Street, Glastonbury BA6 9DU. Tickets: 7.10.23


News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. Many thanks, DT. 7.10.23


The Motion Show. Graeme Garden chairs the debating game with Gyles Brandreth, Scott Capurro, Arthur Smith and Paul Daniels. From June 2001. Tuesday 10th October on BBC Radio 4 Extra. See TV Magic for details. 7.10.23


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