Number 1221 - Saturday 18th November 2023


Dynamo is Dead. Live on Sky Max and streaming service NOW world renowned magician Dynamo is set to be killed by his creator as the finale to a jaw-dropping two-hour special: Dynamo is Dead. This feature length show will see Dynamo defy all odds by burying himself alive.

From walking on water to levitating above skyscrapers, Dynamo has become famous around the world for doing the impossible. And now the nation’s most admired magician is back with this brand-new not-to-be-missed TV special. Viewers will be left on the edge of their seats as they buckle up and prepare to watch Dynamo put his life on the line. Dynamo will dig his own grave in preparation for his perilous and climactic challenge, which will culminate in him laying Dynamo to rest. 

Dynamo is Dead will see the magician's journey of loss and hope. In the darkness, Dynamo hit rock bottom, but in the light he found strength. Viewers will follow Dynamo’s journey through recent conversations with Tyson Fury, Demi Lovato, Coldplay, Cara Delevingne and Steven Bartlett, taking Dynamo and viewers one step closer to discovering his freedom, as the guests uncover magic within themselves before the grand finale. 

The show was commissioned by Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts and Entertainment, for Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content at Sky. The Commissioning Editor for Sky is Shirley Jones. The show is co-produced by Expectation TV and Seventeen. The executive producers are Dynamo, Rowland French, Ben Wicks and Josh Berger. Dynamo is Dead will air live at 9pm on Sky Max and streaming service NOW, on 14th December in the UK.


Celebrating the Life of David Berglas. Here is the link to watch the Celebration of the Life of David Berglas MBE webcast, which took place on November 12th 2023.
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Paul Kieve 14.30 mins
Andy Nyman 27.00 mins
Uri Geller 32.45 mins
Laura London 35.10 mins
Kaplan Kaye Grand Order of Water Rats 42.00 mins
Irena 47.50 mins
Marvin 52.20 mins.


Houdini's Greatest Escape. Harry Houdini is the world's greatest entertainer. Just as his death-defying escapology stunts have him, and his wife Bess, on the cusp of a career-defining performance for King Edward, he finds himself framed for murder by a gang of criminals in cahoots with the chief of police. Can Harry & Bess escape the plot and clear their names? And how is their rival, The Superstar Spiritualist medium, involved?

All will be revealed in this hilarious 39 Steps-esque thriller, played out in New Old Friends' (Crimes on Centre Court) inimitable, award-winning style of physical comedy, sparkling wit and just a touch of chaos. Featuring a hard-working cast of four playing multiple roles on an almost harder-working set, this show will have you laughing and gasping throughout at the magic of theatre and the 'real' magic of illusions designed by TV's Pete Firman.

Between 6th February 2024 and 30th June 2024 this tour will visit 29 venues. See for more info and to book.


Martin Cox Auction - Watford Association of Magicians. Andy Clockwise writes: On Tuesday 5th December, the Watford Association of Magicians will be holding an auction on behalf of the late, great Martin Cox at their HQ. Martin had been in the business a very long time, and over that time had collected a lot of Magic. Not everything that Martin purchased made it into his shows, for one reason or another, and many items are still brand new and sealed in their original packaging. As well as these items there will of course be pieces that Martin did perform with and this will be a great opportunity to pick up something personally used by Martin in a performance.


The auction will be held on Tuesday 5th December at the Henderson Hub, Abbotts Langley, Hertfordshire WD5 0AR with a large car park nearby. Doors will open at 7.30pm and the auction will start at 8pm prompt. This is an "open" evening at the WAM HQ and if you do come along, please bring cash as it will be a cash only auction. All items will start at £1 and there will be no reserve on any items so you're sure to grab yourself a bargain. All proceeds from the auction will go to Martin's family. 18.11.23


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Paul Daniels and Anneka Rice at Wookey Hole from 28th September 1985. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 18.11.23


A New Zoom Event. Mark Leveridge is pleased to announce that he will be presenting a brand new online presentation on Tuesday 12th December 2023. Entitled The Best of 22/23 Zoom Event, Mark will be highlighting his personal favourite selection of routines, moves and advice segments that he has added to the E-Club Pro archives over the last two years.


He will perform and explain in full routines for walkabout and close-up shows, will teach a number of useful moves with cards and coins, plus will talk through a couple of advice sections relevant to marketing and stand up work. The Zoom event will start at 7.30pm and as ever with these online presentations you will get a 'front row' seat from the comfort of your own home, plus you will be able to ask questions and join in if you wish. Mark's Zoom events are always relaxed and fun to attend, and at just £10 per ticket, the Best of 22/23 Zoom Event is great value too. Current members of E-Club Pro will also receive a £10 credit voucher after the event in recognition of their membership. For more information and to register go to 18.11.23


Gordon Drayson 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: "Gordon Drayson - British Children's Entertainer National Champion" YouTube. 18.11.23


The new November issue of The Dodo is a special edition tribute to Karl Fulves. Very limited in numbers. Over 18's only. Only available from Jerry Sadowitz. Email for details. 18.11.23


Merlins of Wakefield - Competition winner and a 50% Off Sale! We held our annual Magic Competition last week and the winner was Magic Daz. Well done to everyone who competed and attended, the standard of the competitors this year was one of the best we have seen.


We are now having a special November Sale. All items are 50% of RRP and will change every Saturday during November. Limited supply - so check out what's available each Saturday here: 18.11.23


Andy Smith Lecture - The Medway Magical Society. Tim Meadley writes: The Medway Magical Society are pleased to announce that former Member, long-time friend of the Society, and now the Business and Customer Service Manager of Alakazam Magic, Andy Smith will be lecturing on Tuesday 21st November. Andy's easy-going style and in-depth knowledge of magic, much of it gained from his large library, are sure to provide us with an informative and interesting evening. Non-member magicians are welcome to attend (cost £10) at The George, City Way, Rochester ME1 2BH commencing at 8pm. For more info see [Andy's recent lecture given at The Surrey Society of Magicians is reviewed by Chris Wardle this week, Click Here]. 18.11.23


Roddy McGhie Lecture - The Order of The Magi, Manchester. Mike Sharples writes: The Order of The Magi is very pleased to announce that on the 28th November we have a lecture from the amazing Mr. Roddy McGhie. Roddy is a close-up magician with big fans among magic's big names. For many years, Roddy operated 'under the radar' applying his talents to creating effects for his own close-up performances and creating unique, original effects for a number of TV productions. Over the past 10 years Roddy has released many of his effects through Full52 and Penguin Magic to great critical acclaim, and now he is bringing them to The Order of The Magi in Manchester.

In this lecture Roddy will share the secrets behind many of these effects and the creative process behind them, as well as sharing his top tips for creating your own unique effects. Visiting Magicians are welcome for a entrance fee of £5.00 via prior arrangement with the secretary Mike Sharples on 07748 833 666 or The meeting will start at 7.30pm at the Irish World Heritage Centre, Irish Town Way, Cheetham Hill, Manchester. For more details see


The Vendula House of Cards Magic Shop is now open! Featuring bold red and monochrome colourways, this range cannot help but draw in the eye and enchant those who pass by. Peer into the mysterious windows of our Shopfront and be mesmerised by the lenticular effect windows, and reach inside the top hat to find a white rabbit, perhaps? This collection reveals some exciting new additions, including our brand-new Talluah bag shape, plus plenty of Vendula favourites! Vendula London is a quirky, original fashion accessories brand with one guiding philosophy – to make people ask, "Where did you get that bag!?" 18.11.23


North West Magic Dealers' Day & Car Boot Sale - Order of the Magi, Manchester - today! The Order of The Magi presents the return of The North West Dealers' Day & Magic Car Boot Sale. Saturday 18th November 10am - 6pm. The Irish World Heritage Centre, Queens Road, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M8 0RY. Sellers Tables only £20. Buyers Entrance £5 - or Free for members of any Magic Society & Equity. 18.11.23


Mid West Magic Convention, Ireland - this weekend! From the organisers: Jay Sankey (Canada) and Micheal Finney (USA) are already booked to lecture and perform in our Gala Show on the Sunday Night. For our first convention, we are going all out. Our aim is to have at least 30 top-class dealers from all over the world. We will also run Close-up, Stage and Junior competitions. It's The Mid-West Magic Society's commitment to support younger magicians and that's why we are offering free tickets for under 14's. Venue: Treacys West County Hotel, Limerick Road, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland. 18th & 19th November 18.11.23


Select Secrets Auction - Potter & Potter. From J.N. Maskelyne's toolbox to rare Houdiniana (posters, handcuffs, autographs), David Devant's passport to a magic trick that helped predict the outbreak of WWII, Robert Harbin's sketch for the Zig-Zag Girl and Al Delage's Sub Trunk, our December sale of magicana is a closely-curated offering of real rarities. A select number of lots, many from the careers of real "heroes of magic," will cross the block on auction day, most of them for the first time. December 9th 2023.


13 Steps To Mentalism Special Edition Set by Corinda & Murphy's Magic - at Alakazam Magic. Tony Corinda's 13 Steps to Mentalism has long been considered the bible of mentalism. Now, for the first time, you will receive everything you need to start performing mentalism like a pro all in one set! 18.11.23


"West End chat show 'A Spotlight on Live' to launch this December" Click Here • "Magicians less prone to mental disorders than other artists, finds research" Click Here • "How Did Illusionist Jeanette Andrews Get Her First Museum Show? The Answer Involves C.I.A. Mind Control" Click Here • "Young scuba diver plunges head first into new magic hobby to break underwater record" Click Here • "Dua Lipa Just Took Over the Houdini Estate to Celebrate Her New Single" Click Here • "Magician Jesse shares the tricks of the trade" Click Here • "Criss Angel proposes to ex-wife Shaunyl Benson again after divorce: ‘Still the one’" Click Here • Many thanks for your news submissions this week, always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 18.11.23