Number 1218 - Saturday 28th October 2023


Young Magicians Club Junior Day Awards, 2023. Charlie Burgess reports: Youngsters conjure up top prizes. A 13-year-old boy who lives in Spain and an 11-year-old girl from West Yorkshire were the big winners at this year’s annual Young Magicians Club Junior Day awards held at The Magic Circle’s London headquarters.

Harry Merlin Piper won the Stage Magician of the Year competition with a mixture of card manipulation and ventriloquism. His dummy "speaks" four languages - English, French, Spanish and Catalan. Harry, whose father Rodney James Piper runs a magic dinner show in Salou and is a Member of the Inner Magic Circle, was born in Spain.


Eva Wild won the Close-up competition. She had some inventive ways of winning chocolate from her spectators. Eva also won the award for originality.

In all there were seven awards which were handed out by Marvin Berglas, the president of The Magic Circle and the Young Magicians Club. He said: "It is so heartwarming to see the exceptional confidence and talents of our young magicians. The standard just gets better and better." Edward Hilsum, the co-chair of the Young Magicians Club said: "It’s amazing, considering our club is for 10 to 18-year-olds how young and talented the award winners are."

The Junior Day was on Sunday, and on Monday night members of The Magic Circle packed the theatre at their headquarters to see many of the winners perform.

The Young Magicians Club Stage Magician of the Year
1st - Harry Merlin Piper (13, Salou)
2nd - Rafferty Coope (14, Winchester)
3rd - Arabella Crawford (13, London)

The Young Magicians Club Close-Up Magician of the Year
1st - Eva Wild (11, West Yorkshire)
2nd - Christopher Doxey (14, Hampshire)
3rd - Ryland Petty (10, West Midlands)

The Young Magicians Club Member of the Year
Seb Gratwick (13, Ascot)

Fox Magic Award for Technical Ability
Dvishan Raao (17, Coventry)

Pete McCahon Trophy for Originality
Eva Wild (11, West Yorkshire)

Young & Strange Comedy Award
Christopher Doxey (14, Hampshire)

Marvin’s Magic Rising Star Award
Cillian O’Connor (14, Ireland)


Photos. Magic Circle President Marvin Berglas with Young Magicians Club Stage Magician of the Year winner Harry Merlin Piper and Marvin Berglas with Young Magicians Club Close-Up Magician of the Year winner Eva Wild and organisers Edward Hilsum and Harry De Cruz. Photos by Mark Hesketh Jennings. 28.10.23


London Magic Convention 2023, next Sunday! Sunday November 5th at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London: 3 amazing lectures, The London Close-Up Magic Championship 2023, the Patrick Page Award, and the unmissable '£4 Gala Show'! It's the funniest, tensest magic show ever! All this plus a plethora of magic dealers open all day. Book now at 28.10.23


British Ring Convention, Llandudno, September 2024. From the organisers: The I.B.M. British Ring Convention Team are pleased to announce the 2024 Convention will be held in the beautiful town of Llandudno in North Wales. There will be three full days of lectures, shows and competitions from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September. Additional free events for pre-registered delegates are being planned for Thursday 12th September. Registration is now open online ( or you can email the Registration Officer for a form ( Registration rates are available for juniors, British Ring members and non-members ranging from £30 to £190. We hope to see you there! 28.10.23


One small step for man - one giant leap for David Copperfield. "Illusionist David Copperfield reveals plans to make the moon disappear" Click Here. Life imitating art? You'll have to go back to an April Fool I created on April 1st 2006 to find out! Click Here. DT. 28.10.23


Magic Circle Mysteries 'Trick or Treat' Special – Virtual Tickets Now Available. Magicians and their friends from around the world can now enjoy this exclusive event live from the comfort of their own homes! Join us on Halloween night as we welcome Award Winning Comedy Magician John Archer, World Class Juggler Florian Brooks, Multi-award winning member of The Inner Magic Circle Oliver Tabor and Illusionist Vicky Butterfly to create a night to remember - Live from The Magic Circle HQ, London.

Each ticket allows viewing on one device, so you can choose to enjoy the show solo or share the fun with the entire family. During the performance the artists will be able to see, hear and interact with the online audience in real time, making this a truly unique experience. Capacity is limited so get your tickets today before they’re gone! You can grab your space now at


Michael Vincent - on the cover of the latest Genii. Michael Vincent: His Passion and His Paradox - Tenyo’s 2024 Products and Recent Festival - Why Are There No Kids in Kids’ Magic? - Some Extensive "Thoughts" on the Overhand Shuffle and much more. Digital and Print subscriptions: which include a searchable 86-year Archive plus every Genii ever published at your fingertips, and 25 years of Magic Magazine as well! 28.10.23


The Illusioneer Presents, Thursday 16th November, London. From the organisers: The Illusioneer team are excited to be back at the Belair House with their new magic show! Enjoy an evening of magic, illusion and wonder, while taking in the beautiful surroundings of this impressive venue. Best of all, the show is in support of Breathe, a charity that helps young people with hemiplegia by combining magic with physical therapy. All profits will go to this fantastic charity. Come and see an amazing magic show and help raise money for this brilliant cause! If you're feeling peckish, you can also book a pre-show meal at "1785", Belair's in-house Indian Restaurant. We checked and the food's delicious! Thursday 16th November, 7.30pm - 10pm. Venue: Belair House, 5 Gallery Road, London SE21 7AB. Tickets: Website: 28.10.23


Mind Magic: Keith Barry. From the publisher: Keith Barry is a world-renowned brain-hacker and mentalist, with amazing skills that have been showcased in over forty international television shows. Interweaving stories from Keith’s own childhood with inspirational tips and life lessons, Mind Magic will encourage kids to embed a winning mindset, develop their own mental strength, build their confidence, learn how to adapt and respond to setbacks, and realise their true potential. Adapted from his bestselling book for adults, Brain Hacks, Keith shares techniques that have helped thousands of people to achieve their dream, now reworked for children. So, whether you want confidence to speak up at school, ways to improve your concentration to do well in tests or a winning mindset for sporting success, Keith shares his own tried and tested tips and tricks to help you succeed. To order via Click Here. 28.10.23


Paul Fowler 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: "Paul Fowler - High-impact, visual, dynamic magic, hypnosis and mind reading" YouTube. 28.10.23


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Geoffrey Durham on 'Talking Telephone Numbers' from 25th March 1996. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 28.10.23


Steve Gore Lecture - Paisley Magic Circle. From the organiser: Paisley Magic Circle is proud to host a lecture by Steve Gore aka The Happiest Magician on the Planet. He will be presenting his new lecture entitled 'Classics Reimagined!' Thursday 2nd November. Doors 7pm for a 7.30pm start at St Columba’s Church, 35 Campsie Drive, Renfrew PA4 0RB. Visiting Magicians £10 (pay on the night). 28.10.23


British Music Hall Society Weekend Conference - 28th & 29th October, London. British Music Hall Society Weekend Conference 2023: How the Music Hall Worked 1840-1918. Speciality Acts, Families, and Agents and Circuits (including Continental ones) are our principal topics this year. Early-bird tickets on sale at just £40 for the whole weekend (28th & 29th October 2023), including teas and coffees, with early booking strongly advised as there are only 80 places. From Monday 11th September the price goes up to £55 members and £65 non-members.


We had a tremendous response to our call for prospective speakers and are expecting speakers from as far afield as Sweden, Finland, America and New Zealand. One talk of special interest for MagicWeek is "Celebrated but Forgotten: Female Magicians in Northern Europe 1880s-1890s - Pauliina Räsänen, PhD researcher at the University of Turku, Finland". The packed weekend will feature academics, museum curators, performers, archivists and other expert enthusiasts, plus walks, an archives discussion, a film screening, and two exhibitions. The Cinema Museum, London SE11 4TH. For full details and to book, visit 28.10.23


Derby Magic Circle Grand Auction & Sale, Sunday 29th October. 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. 28.10.23


North West Magic Dealers' Day & Car Boot Sale - Manchester, 18th November. 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. To apply for space, and receive more information, please email your contact details to Full Details can be found at


The Repair Shop. A magician's table receives Steve Fletcher's attention, an item that conjures up wonderful memories of Beverley Swain's late father." (Repeat) Thursday 2nd November on BBC One. See TV Magic for details. 28.10.23


Damfino, An Evening of Psychological Magic - Darlington. From the promoter: ​Every decision you have ever made has left behind consequences, a ghost of itself. . Join Chris Mallon in, what is sure to be, an improbable evening where your fears will be explored. The theory of mind reading will be simultaneously proved and disproved. And the supernatural phenomena of the past will be brought into the modern era. ​Get ready for an ‘unreal’ evening that will leave you questioning what you really believe! The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG on Thursday 2nd November at 7.30pm. Tickets £12 from 28.10.23


The Mad Magician. "Grand Guignol shocker about an inventor of magic tricks driven over the edge when he loses his latest creations to a crooked employer and his wife to a rival magician. He sets out on an orgy of murder and revenge, killing famous magicians and then impersonating them. Starring Vincent Price. Tuesday 7th November on Talking Pictures TV. See TV Magic for details. 28.10.23


News Deadline reminder. MagicWeek welcomes your UK magic news, but please remember the news deadline... by Thursday if possible; final deadline 12 noon Friday. DT. 28.10.23


"The tale of 'The World’s Greatest Magician' who vanished from history" Click Here • "International magicians gather for Shanghai festival" Click Here • "Houdini Enthusiasts Meet for Annual Séance" Click Here • "Are Ouija boards really that scary?" Click Here • "Kuda Bux: The Indian magician who charmed the West with his 'X-ray eyes'" Click Here • "Culture Re-View: Houdini’s last show - Was the famed magician assassinated?" Click Here • "Josh Norbido brings the Magic to Studio 10" YouTube • "The Magician of the Year contest 2023" Click Here • "Dell O’Dell’s Trailblazing Magic Show Cast a Spell on Early Television Audiences" Click Here • "Live magic night to take place at Justine’s in Margate" Click Here • "Look Inside a Magician’s Treasury of Magic Mementos and Eccentric Ephemera Set to be Auctioned in Chicago" Click Here • "World’s most famous magicians suddenly appear on Niagara Falls casino stage" Click Here • That's it for another week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 28.10.23