Number 1216 - Saturday 14th October 2023


The Young Magicians Club Junior Day 2023, Sunday 22nd October. From the organisers: Held at The Magic Circle HQ in London, this is the highlight of The YMC calendar. A full day packed with international, award-winning performers: 2 star lectures (Tobias Dostal and Nick Einhorn); an interview with Emmy nominated actor and magician Nick Mohammed; Dealer’s Hall; Gala Show starring Billy Kidd, Yollin Lee, Jake Allen, Tobias Dostal, Florian Brooks, hosted by Young & Strange; The Finals of The YMC Close-Up and Stage Magician of the Year Competitions! Anyone aged 10 to 18 years old is welcome. Join the Young Magicians Club and get your ticket here: 14.10.23


Tricks & Treats, The Magic Circle Mysteries Show Halloween Special. Join us for this very special spooky edition of our highly acclaimed 'Mysteries' show. Be prepared to freak out as you witness magic performed right under your nose, explore and take in the mysteries that adorn The Magic Circle, see highlights from our collection of wonder and then it's off to The Magic Circle Theatre for our Trick or Treat spectacular cabaret! See John Archer, Florian Brooks, Oliver Tabor & Vicky Butterfly, and Special Guests! Tuesday 31st October. Tickets 14.10.23


"Why Derren Brown doesn’t want to shock you any more... Derren Brown wants to take the male ego out of the magic show. Tom Nicholson went behind the scenes at his new production to find out how" "Four Stars: Derren Brown’s Unbelievable is just that, as new magicians take on his skills and leave audience speechless" "‘Love Thy Neighbourhood’ episode 10: Derren Brown in Hoxton" Unbelievable - now booking to April 2024: 14.10.23


Britain's favourite reptilian export, Piff the Magic Dragon, extends Las Vegas run to December 31st 2024. Mr Piffles writes: The Piff the Magic Dragon Show opened on November 9th, 2015 in Bugsy’s Theatre at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas. Back in those days we were part timers, playing Monday - Wednesday with Frank, Sammy and Dean (our pet goldfish) while we travelled North America the rest of the week, spreading the good word. When we moved into the historic Flamingo Showroom all that changed. With a bigger show came bigger responsibilities. Mr Piffles now has his own dressing room, valet and private jet. And Piff has the bill.


So in 2024 we’ll be spending 46 out of the 52 weeks at our beloved Flaming-O, breaking out our favourites tricks and breaking in new bits, but mainly paying down the dog’s gambling debts. We hope you can join us. Book here: 14.10.23


The London Magic Convention and Preston Nyman 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: "The London Magic Convention discussion with Preston Nyman" YouTube. For more info and to book visit 14.10.23


Paul Zenon is Abanazar in Aladdin at the Theatre Royal, Windsor. Make all of your wishes come true and join Windsor’s favourite threesome on a magical (carpet) ride of adventure and fun! Returning for his 10th Windsor Pantomime, everyone’s favourite fox ‘Basil Brush’ is back alongside Windsor favourites Steven Blakeley, Kevin Cruise and Anita Harris. Joining them this year is star of the Real Marigold Hotel Patti Boulaye, plus TV Trickster Paul Zenon. Featuring Theatre Royal Windsor’s traditional pantomime comedy capers, dazzling dancers, colourful costumes and a sprinkling of magic, you won’t want to miss this ‘Genie’-ous show! 24th November - 14th January 2024, see 14.10.23


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, The Simmons Brothers on Beadle's Box of Tricks in 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 14.10.23


The Oct/Nov 2023 Mark Leveridge Podcast. Your latest bi-monthly podcast fix featuring Mark Leveridge's chat and opinion is ready and this time contains the following topics: New Magic Circle president Marvin Berglas could be the right person to re-focus the club and its aims. Richard Young re-ignites the flame under the Magicians’ Podcast. Some fun definitions of what magic actually is. How restricting the kid show space can be beneficial. The increase in magic pay-per-view websites. Do we all have a personal ceiling for our magic improvement? Reflecting on the huge changes in magic show marketing. Ageism can affect the way people view you as a magician. So much to gain from reading magic books. There are two ways to listen to this free 45 minute podcast. You can catch it either from, or from where you can also sign up to be a follower and receive each new release automatically. 14.10.23


South Tyneside International Magic Festival 2023 - this weekend! The festival runs from 13th-15th October, and stars: 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. See 14.10.23


Crashing. The comedy starring Pete Holmes returns. A chance encounter with American magician Penn Jillette rocks Pete's world and leads to a wild night. The Atheist, series 2, episode 1. Wednesday 18th October on Sky Comedy. See TV Magic for details. 14.10.23


The Chris Cross Magic Box of Wonders. Chris Cross writes: The Box of Wonders is The Chris Cross Magic Set designed in association with Marvin's Magic. The perfect Halloween tricks and treats set, or a great magical Christmas gift for all beginners of magic, and great fun for the collections of professional magicians as well! Pre-order yours now, directly. Can be signed and dedicated upon request: 14.10.23


Derby Magic Circle Grand Auction & Sale. Allan Humphries writes: Derby Magic Circle for some years was the home of the largest Auction & Sale of magic props in the Midlands. Again on Sunday 29th October we will be holding another Grand Auction & Sale. At Breadsall Memorial Hall, Brookside Road, Breadsall, Derby DE21 5LF. Doors open at 8.30am and the auction starts 10am. Breakfast and refreshments available all day. Lots accepted on a first come basis - phone Dave Charles 07782 189871 for more information. 14.10.23


West End Magic - back in the West End tonight! 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. Magic, mind-reading, and comedy. Suitable for all ages, and the perfect treat for all the family. Tickets and info: 14.10.23


Ben Hart Jadoo A Tale of Indian Magic - UK Tour continues... World-renowned, multi award-winning magician and West End star Ben Hart returns to the stage in his most personal show yet. Drawn from his experience of travelling India to discover lost, real magic, Hart sheds his usual sleight of hand trickery and lies in favour of stunning displays of wonderment, mysticism, extra-sensory power, and a search for the truth...

Rooted in his family heritage in India, this mind-popping show is rich in colour, infectious passion, and wicked humour. Ben Hart has an unparalleled reputation for making extraordinary works of magic. A member of The Inner Magic Circle, Ben has collaborated with and designed magic for the RSC, Penn & Teller, Mission Impossible 7, and Mischief Theatre to name a few. His work has been seen on television including hosting his own series for the BBC and as a finalist on Britain’s Got Talent as well as AGT The Champions, The One Show, and hundreds of other TV appearances around the world. Don’t miss this chance to catch the world’s foremost magic storyteller in this all-new show. See What's On for more info and dates.


Jamie Williams Lecture - Northamptonshire Magicians Club, Tuesday 17th October. David Miller writes: Jamie won the Penguin Trick of the Year in 2022 with 'Sticker Kicker' and has released many other effects over the years. Doors open at 7pm. Lecture starts at 8pm. Non-members welcome, £10 on the door.  Brafield Working Men's Club, 35 Bedford Road, Northampton NN71BD. 14.10.23


Conjuring Kesha. A Terrifying Truth. Series 1, episode 3. Kesha and rapper GaTa check in for a night of terror at the Westerfeld House. Is illusionist Harry Houdini responsible for the electrifying paranormal activity? Saturday 14th October on Really, see TV Magic for details. 14.10.23


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