Number 1219 - Saturday 4th November 2023


Edinburgh International Magic Festival 20th - 31st December. Edinburgh International Magic Festival is back this Christmas with a mind-blowing programme of shows, events and workshops to bring wonder and fun to the festive season: Kevin Quantum’s Christmas Special - Future Magicians - Vincent Gambini: This is not a magic show - Cameron Gibson and Friends - Richard Wiseman: Mind Magic - Elliot Bibby: The Best of Bibby - Tricky Ricky: Festive Funtime - Gary James: Wonderland - Gary Dunn: Jokes & Tricks - Kevin Quantum: Edinburgh Magic - Vincent Gambini: Out of Thin Air - Richard Wiseman: The World's Greatest Card Trick and Other Mysteries - Cameron Gibson: Street Magic Masterclass - Close-Up Magic at The Joker & The Thief - Castle of Light. We can't wait to see you this winter for our 2023 edition helping us "share the magic". See full details at 4.11.23


Marc Paul, John Lovick and Charlie Caper at the London Magic Convention tomorrow! Sunday November 5th at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London: 3 amazing lectures, The London Close-Up Magic Championship 2023, the Patrick Page Award, the unmissable '£4 Gala Show' and a host of magic dealers... Last minute tickets will be available on the door. See for times and venue details. 4.11.23


Misdirection - A Full Day Workshop with Tom Stone. Monday 8th January in Nottingham. Chris Wilder writes: Whilst you can read a lot about the art of "misdirection", learning how to apply it, and how to practice it, is an illusive subject. Presented by Swedish magician Tom Stone and in association with The Curious Cabaret, this workshop will not focus on the teaching of routines and methods, but rather give delegates the skills to greatly improve their existing performances through a careful study and application of theory through individual and group exercises. The workshop is therefore recommended only for professionals or magicians with a serious interest in elevating their work.


The day is ideal for parlour acts, but close-up and stage performers will also get a lot out of the day. There are only 20 places, with a limited number of early bird tickets available until the end of November. Includes breakfast pastries, refreshments and lunch. Monday 8th January, 9.45am to 5pm in Nottingham. For more info and to book Click Here. 4.11.23


Unbelievable is set to take to the stage at this year's Royal Variety Performance at The Royal Albert Hall. New trailer: 4.11.23


Magician and presenter Ben Hanlin was in Countdown's Dictionary Corner last week. Colin Murray and Rachel Riley hosted as contestants raced against the clock to pit their wits against vowels, consonants and numbers. Ben performed his magic every day. Catch up here: (Week 30th October to 3rd November). 4.11.23


Steve Faulkner: Failing Forward - Leicester Magic Circle, 6th November. The Leicester Magic Circle write: In this refreshingly unconventional lecture, Steve looks into the importance of learning through failure. While we all recognise the necessity of investing hours in honing our craft through practice, he reminds us that the journey doesn't end there. Embracing our flawed, and often horrendous (in Steve's case) early performances whether in front of friends, family, or a paying audience, is an essential part of the learning process, despite how horrifically embarrassing it may be. You'll even enjoy video evidence of the aforementioned horrors. Every failure is a funny story.

With a wealth of experience spanning over 30 years, Steve openly shares his own stories of painful failures, (some rather recent!) which have been instrumental in his continuous growth and development. In this candid presentation, he'll analyse recent and historic works in progress, helping you to overcome the fear of mistakes. Monday 6th November at 7.30pm at The Leicester Magic Circle, Braunstone Civic Centre, 209 Kingsway, Braunstone, Leicester LE3 2PP


New Release from Mark Leveridge Magic. Earlier this year MLM released the first two volumes in the new Four-midable Magic Series of trick ebooks (namely, Four-midable Card Magic and Four-midable Mental Mysteries), each of which contains four previously unpublished routines of a particular type extracted from the E-Club Pro resource. Now Mark Leveridge is pleased to announce the publication of volume 3 in the series, Four-midable Coin Creations, which features the following coin routines. Cash Withdrawal – a marked coin vanishes from an envelope and appears in an onlooker’s closed hand. Seeker Coin – an initialed coin vanishes and is found in the centre of the deck resting on a signed card. Loose Change – two coins magically change places in the cleanest of ways. Magnetic Coins – amazingly visual mini-matrix effect in which coins jump around beneath cards. No gimmicked coins are required for any of the effects and the 30 page e-book describes everything carefully and is supplemented by 41 colour photo illustrations. This download costs just £12.00 (£6.00 for members of E-Club Pro) and you can watch dems of all four included routines at 4.11.23


Magician impossible Ben Hart on his latest show, Britain's Got Talent and teaching Tom Cruise magic. "Sophie Clarke chats to world-renowned magician Ben Hart about performing in Belfast for the first time, reaching the final of Britain's Got Talent and teaching Tom Cruise magic on the set of Mission: Impossible..." Read the full story in 4.11.23


The Session launches a new initiative for 2024. Damian Jennings writes: For The Session this year we’re launching a new initiative called Basecamp. The idea is that some people are really intimidated by conventions, especially if they’ve not been to one before. Worried they won’t know anyone, not knowing what to do, etc. Or maybe people are just a bit shy or want to make new friends. That’s what Basecamp is for.

Basecamp attendees will get a special pin, to let people know they are part of it. They'll also get special events and reserved tables for the jamming sessions and at mealtimes, run by Vanishing Inc. team members. This means there is always a safe space to go, where they can meet new people and hang out. See


This year we’re also running our Youth Scholars programme. This gives young magicians under 18 (plus a parent or guardian) the chance to attend the convention for free. For details Click Here. 4.11.23


Free Mentorship Opportunity for Young Magicians at MagicFest! 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 from 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 make 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 12-19) who already have some magic experience and want to progressively build an act toward a deadline performance at the Magic Festival. There are two spaces left - be quick - deadline has been extended to 9th November. Register your interest here: 4.11.23


Influence. Thursday 19th October to Saturday 2nd December, Collective Theatre, London. Influence tells The Magician’s story. Bringing back a long-forgotten act, Kit Young stars in this story of deception and revenge. Descended from and inspired by a long line of mentalists, conjurers, and illusionists, for the first time he brings his skills in acting and magic together, to present an enchanting journey through a long-forgotten act, brought back to life.

With a few new surprises along the way, the work challenges the audiences’ powers of perception, and asks them if they can really believe what they see and hear? Full of twists and turns, Influence plays with illusion, throwing into question the difference between truth and deception, reality and fiction. Magic Consultant: Scott Penrose. 19th October to Saturday 2nd December at Collective Theatre, Hornsey Road Baths, 2 Tiltman Place, London N7 7EET. To book tickets visit "...cleverly fogs the boundary between performance and reality" The Stage.


Ian Kendall’s Magic Show, London, Monday 20th November. Edinburgh magician Ian Kendall is coming down to the Hen & Chickens Theatre in Islington on Monday 20th November to put on a full evening show of magic for everyone (over 18, because it’s in a pub. Ian has been called the "Sleight of Hand King" by the Sunday Times, and "Highly entertaining... Impressive magician’s skill" by the Scotsman. Tickets are £12.50 and available from 4.11.23


Andrew Paul Smith lectures for The Surrey Society on Thursday 9th November. Adam Mosley 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. 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 4.11.23


Javier Jarquin Card Ninja - The New Victory Theater, New York, November 10th – 26th. Stand-up comedy meets standout card tricks when Javier Jarquin captivates with wry wisecracks and dazzling displays of dexterity. You won’t believe how far, how fast, how flawlessly he flicks a playing card at its target! A sold-out hit at festivals around the world and viewed over a million times online, this one-man-many-cards show will have you laughing and gasping in equal measure.


Born in Costa Rica, and living in the UK for the last 10 years, Javier Jarquin was raised in New Zealand by Latin American and Chinese parents. Growing up, he loved martial arts films and pretended to be a ninja. Instead, he became a computer programmer and would fling business cards while bored at work. One day, he got a card to boomerang and thought, “Let’s take this on the road!” Since moving to London in August 2010 he has established himself as a UK circuit regular and headline act. He has performed on the same bill with top names such as Jimmy Carr, Stewart Lee, Jo Brand and Paul Daniels. Javier Jarquin Card Ninja. November10th-26th. Book here: 4.11.23


Martin Peirce 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: "Martin Peirce - the background and creative process from of one of the most fooling magicians" YouTube. 4.11.23


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Paul Zenon, Paul Zerdin, Peter Brough and Bruce Forsyth on "It shouldn't happen to a Television Performer" 20 years ago. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 4.11.23


Paul Zerdin: Puppetman - last few tour dates. The America’s Got Talent winner is back with a brand-new comedy show for 2023. Join Paul and an array of 'funny and sharp-tongued' (The Observer) creations including Sam, Albert, Baby, Roger the bodyguard and an urban fox, as he takes to the road with a show which promises that 'when you are not laughing, you will simply be left in awe' (Three Weeks). As seen on Lost Voice Guy’s Christmas Comedy Club (ITV), Michael McIntyre’s Big Show (BBC1), The Royal Variety Performance (ITV), and Tonight at The London Palladium (ITV). Magicians will be interested to know that there’s quite a bit of magic in this new show, including a Zig Zag illusion performed by Paul's old man puppet character!

Saturday November 4th Radlett Centre
Sunday November 5th Shrewsbury Theatre Severn
Wednesday November 8th Leicester Curve
Thursday November 9th Solihull Core Theatre
Friday November 10th London Leicester Square Theatre
Saturday November 11th London Leicester Square Theatre

Sunday November 12th London Leicester Square Theatre. 4.11.23


Jamie Williams AIMC will be taking his brand new lecture on the road in 2024 and invites all magic clubs to get in touch for lecture details and to book: 4.11.23


South Downs Magicians Secondhand Sale of Props and Effects - tomorrow, 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. Doors open to buyers from 9am. We aim to be finished by 1pm. Refreshments will be available from our members. 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. (Note: Sellers' tables are now all sold out.). 4.11.23


Bess the other Houdini -  Upstairs At The Gatehouse, London - final week. Escape Artists Theatre Company presents Bess - The Other Houdini, the startling true story of Harry Houdini’s beloved wife and her breakdown in the aftermath of his death. The world knew Bess as Houdini’s loyal partner, both on and off stage, his inspiration, his guiding star - or was their perfect marriage their greatest illusion?

It is 1929, the height of the Spiritualist frenzy. Houdini, the world’s first Superstar, has been dead two years and all attempts to contact him have failed. Yet surely if anyone can break through from the Other Side, it’s Harry. Meanwhile his widow, Bess, his beloved partner both offstage and on, is alone and lost, her fragile health already stretched thin by years of living in daily fear as her husband was buried alive, flung manacled into icy rivers and dangled upside down ten stories high in a straitjacket. Now she is deeply in debt, struggling with addiction and desperate to stay in the public eye.

When she is accused of rigging a séance, and with the press hounding her as a fraud, she is forced to flee to a private sanitarium. Does she truly believe her husband has reached out to her from the Beyond? Or, haunted as she is by her own memories and hallucinations, can she even tell the difference? As she battles with her own demons, she stumbles upon devastating clues about Houdini’s secret life, leading to the revelation that their perfect marriage may have been the greatest illusion of them all... For more info and to book Click Here.


Book a magic lecturer for your club today. Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page! 4.11.23


"Derren Brown reveals he's haunted at night by awkward meeting with ex-US President" Click Here • "Penn & Teller Don’t Mind Being Fooled" Click Here • "And for my next trick... the Moon will vanish! Magician David Copperfield announces latest stunt that's been in the works for the last three decades" Click Here • "This Nyack magician is headed to (off) Broadway" Click Here • "Look Inside a Magician’s Treasury of Magic Mementos and Eccentric Ephemera Set to be Auctioned in Chicago" Click Here • "Sunderland's Fire Station hosting magic and comedy with Pete Firman" Click Here • "Magician Joshua Jay to Launch New York Residency at Mastercard Midnight Theatre" Click Here • "Las Vegas magician Mac King shares advice on getting started in the art of illusion" Click Here • "International comedian and magician Mark Clearview to appear in Sidney" Click Here • That's it for another week, see you next week, Duncan. 4.11.23