Number 1222 - Saturday 25th November 2023


Andy Clockwise is The Magic Circle Children’s Entertainer of the Year 2023. On Sunday 19th November, The Magic Circle held its Children’s Entertainer of the Year competition in front of a sold-out theatre audience at their headquarters in London. The six finalists were Professor Strange, Tony Baloney, Magic Kurtis, Flip, Mr Belldini and Andy Clockwise. The judging was decided by combining votes from children in the audience, who put gold coins into boxes which featured a photo of their favourite performer, with marks awarded by the judges (Terry Herbert, Russ Brown and Paul Longhurst).


Many congratulations to Andy Clockwise, who was awarded first place plus £1000, Mr Belldini who was awarded 2nd and £500 and Tony Baloney 3rd, together with £250. Andy, who has been a children’s entertainer for 27 years and is a favourite with celebrities' children and performs regularly on P&O cruise ships, said "What an incredible line-up of talent and what a show. The atmosphere in the theatre from the families was incredible and I’m overjoyed to have won. I’m so pleased that The Magic Circle recognises this branch of our art as well as Close-Up Magic and Stage Magic. Children’s entertainers are so important and are quite often a child’s first experience of magic and live entertainment at birthday parties. Being presented the award from a legend in children’s entertainment, Terry Herbert MIMC, makes this win even more special."


This is only the second time that The Magic Circle has held this competition, the first being in 2019. This year's competition was organised by members of the Children’s Entertainer of the Year Competition committee: Dave Allen, Kevin Doig, Gordon Drayson and Jezzo. Plans are to run the competition every 2 years moving forward, so if you’re a member of The Magic Circle and would like to enter, keep a look out for entry details in 2025. Photo L to R: President Marvin Berglas, Andy Clockwise and Terry Herbert, presenting Andy with the 'Terry Herbert Award'. Photo credit: Gordon Drayson. 25.11.23


Jack Delvin MIMC 1931 - 20th November 2023. Jack spent a lifetime in magic from his initial interest as a child to working behind the counter of Ellisdons in Holborn, to becoming the President of The Magic Circle in September 2009, following the sudden death of Ali Bongo. Enthused with a never-ending passion for magic Jack was a very popular and regular 'Monday Nighter' at The Magic Circle during which time he contributed so much to magic (one of the first sets of lecture notes I ever bought was 'Delvin's Deceptions' in the late 70s). He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Duncan Trillo. [Image: President of The Magic Circle Jack Delvin on the cover of 'The Magic Circular', January 2010]. 25.11.23


Support Breathe Magic and Double your Money. Breathe Magic is the award-winning charity that blends magic tricks with occupational therapy to help children who’ve had a brain injury or stoke. It is a fun and engaging approach, scientifically proven to improve young people’s hand and arm function, confidence and life-long independence.

For one week only from Tuesday 28th November to Tuesday 5th December, Breathe Magic is taking part in The Big Give Christmas Campaign, the UK’s largest matched giving scheme. This means that donations to the Breathe Magic charity that week will be doubled. Lydia Hayes from the Charity writes: “We are a small charity and would be extremely grateful to any MagicWeek readers who can help us this week, either by sharing the links below, or by making a donation during our match funding campaign. This will magically turn every ten pounds into twenty...without a thumb tip! Thank you so much for any help you can give.”

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Wonder & Co. is a brand-new brick-and-mortar (as well as online) magic shop and space in Edinburgh! Opened by professional magician Cameron Gibson (of Insane Magic, Magic Immersive, and Illusionarium) in August 2023, its aim is to bring high quality magic shows to the public, as well as lectures, workshops and of course retail magic to the thriving Scottish magic community.

In the two months since it's opened it has hosted: parlour magic shows, traditional Victorian-style séances, an exclusive workshop from Steve Reynolds, and various session afternoons open to all interested in the mystery arts to help forward the art of magic in Scotland and the rest of the UK! Wonder & Co. is a brand-new brick-and-mortar (as well as online) magic shop and space in Edinburgh! Opened by professional magician Cameron Gibson (of Insane Magic, Magic Immersive, and Illusionarium) in August 2023, its aim is to bring high quality magic shows to the public, as well as lectures, workshops and of course retail magic to the thriving Scottish magic community. Wonder & Co., 14 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5JZ


Luke Jermay Lecture - The Ilford Magical Society. Peter Meacham writes: The Ilford Magical Society will be hosting Mr Luke Jermay for a lecture on Wednesday 29th November at 8pm. Non-member magicians are welcome (£10 - pay on the night). The Parkside Community Association, 176 Goodmayes Lane, Ilford IG3 9PP. "Jaw dropping... Jermay puts us in a state where we feel life has more possibilities than we thought it did an hour before" The Times. 25.11.23


Well Hello Dolly! MagicWeek favourite Andy Nyman will be starring as Horace Vandergleder opposite Imelda Staunton in 'Hello Dolly' at the London Palladium next summer. Andy said "It's a dream come true to perform at the Palladium - truly one of the greatest theatres in the world. Imelda and I are raring to get going and spread some joy and laughter in this wonderful musical." Limited summer season: 6th July to 14th September. Sign up now for priority booking at "Breaking Baz: 'The Crown's Imelda Staunton To Lead 'Hello, Dolly!' Revival Into London Palladium For Limited 2024 Summer Season" 25.11.23


Tricks to learn, moves to master, advice to take. On Tuesday 12th December at 7.30pm (GMT) Mark Leveridge is presenting his latest online Zoom event. Entitled The Best Of 22/23, this 2 hour presentation features a top selection of great magic and helpful advice which has been added to the E-Club Pro web pages over the last two years. For instance, amongst other effects, Mark shares his table hopping version of Coin Into Bottle which does not require you to carry a large bottle around or have any coin gimmicks, reveals his no-palm Signed Card to Sealed Envelope routine, and explains a commercial quickie using a spectator's finger ring. In the 'moves' section, Mark runs through an effective finesse on the Retention of Vision Coin Vanish and details a clever but easy card force, while for advice he talks about why online show marketing is not everything and suggests ways to get the most out of onstage helpers. In total the lecture will include at least 6 routines, 4 moves and 2 advice segments, all of which will add up to a fun and interesting evening. You can book your place now for just £10 at 25.11.23


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Rudy Coby on The Paul Daniels Magic Show from 18th January 1990. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 25.11.23


Steve Allen's Christmas Cracker. Join Steve Allen for some festive frolics, some dazzling close-up magic and a spectacular show in The Magic Circle Theatre! Proceeds go to The Magic Circle's charity The Centre for The Magic Arts. Saturday December 30th at 1pm and 6pm. Info and tickets: 25.11.23


Nathan Earl Talks Street Magic 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: "Street Magic Needs Your Help - Nathan Earl Talks Covent Garden" YouTube. 25.11.23


"The end of the Covent Garden street performer? Magicians, jugglers and other artists in London's shopping hub are under threat from council clampdown on noise complaints. Covent Garden's iconic street performers fear they could be turfed out of London's shopping hub by Christmas as part of a council plan to reduce noise..." Read the full article by Lettice Bromovsky in 25.11.23


Paul Zerdin in Peter Pan at The London Palladium. Flying into The London Palladium this Christmas, Peter Pan will be the West End’s ultimate pantomime adventure. Starring Jennifer Saunders as Captain Hook and Julian Clary as seaman Smee, the cast includes all your Palladium panto favourites, including Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot and the return of Louis Gaunt and Rob Madge with Frances Mayli McCann making her Palladium panto debut.

Back for an eighth season, The London Palladium pantomime is renowned as the most spectacular show staged in the West End with fabulous sets and costumes, jaw-dropping special effects and all the spectacle and magic you’d expect from the UK’s biggest panto. Hook your tickets early to guarantee the best seats!


Spellbinding night in store from Aberdeen Magical Society. From the organisers: Aberdeen Magical Society will bring a special kind of magic to the Granite City later this month. The society – which has brought together conjurers in the north east of Scotland for almost 100 years – returns with its annual Social Night on November 28th.

Eight of the region’s top magic acts will perform on the night, including Fifth Dimension’s Smith & Burns (photo), Carl Howse (aka The Great Hootini), Paul Rae, and Garry Seagraves. Garry, president of Aberdeen Magical Society, said: “We can’t wait to get together again to entertain the north east of Scotland with a lineup of the region’s best magical performers. Every act has their own unique style and skills, which will all come together into a fantastic show. It's also a great chance for those interested in joining the society to visit, meet our members, and find out what we're all about."

The lineup for Aberdeen Magical Society’s Social Night is completed by James Dickson, Scott Clegg, Jim Aiken and Jonathan Geary (aka Magic Jono). Compering the evening are John Boyd and vice-president Dave Goulding. The Aberdeen Magical Society Social Night takes place at 8pm on November 28th, at The Sportsman’s Club on Aberdeen’s Queens Road. Tickets cost just £10 and are available from

Aberdeen Magical Society was founded in 1926, and for almost a century has promoted the art of magic across the north east of Scotland. Membership is open to anyone aged 18+ with a genuine interest in performing or studying magic. For more information visit or follow Aberdeen Magical Society on Facebook.


Eternally Yours. A magician's wife is bored with her marriage because of her husband's obsession with tricks - can he conjure up the necessary spark? Romantic comedy, starring Loretta Young and David Niven. Thursday 7th December, on Talking Pictures TV. See TV Magic for details. 25.11.23


Ben Hart Jadoo A Tale of Indian Magic - 2023 UK Tour, final date tonight in Oxford! 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. Saturday 25th November: The Beacon Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 9BX. See


Houdini's Last Secrets - parts 1 to 4. How did Harry Houdini pull off his death-defying escapes? A team of experts investigate his illusions. All four parts showing on Discovery Science. See TV Magic for details. 25.11.23


"Wizard from the West: British magician comes to UAE" Click Here • "Eastleigh man is regional Wedding Magician of the Year" Click Here • "From magician’s assistant to tech mogul — and creator of Soho’s most flamboyant hotel" [requires sign-up] Click Here • "Mind Mangler: Makeshift Magician Makes Mischief" Click Here • "Rishi Sunak is no magician" Click Here • "David Copperfield Continues His Magical Reign In Las Vegas" Click Here • Lovers of music and cinema will welcome the return of HMV to its original Oxford Street location yesterday Click Here. That's all for another week. Thanks as always for your magic news - see you next week, Duncan. 25.11.23