Number 1229 - Saturday 13th January 2024


Wonder & Co. Opened by professional magician Cameron Gibson in August 2023, Wonder & Co. is the UK’s newest independent online and brick-and-mortar magic shop! As well as this, it aims to bring high-quality magic shows, workshops, lectures and more to the local community.

Since opening it has hosted: parlour magic shows, traditional Victorian-style séances, workshops, and various session afternoons, open to all interested in the mystery arts to help advance the art of magic in Scotland and the rest of the UK! Make Wonder & Co. your independent magic dealer today! Wonder & Co., 14 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5JZ


Wessex Magic Convention 2024. Steve Bowring writes: The date for the Wessex Magic Convention 2024 has now been confirmed as Sunday 24th March 2024 to be held in Bournemouth. Lecturers, Dealers, Gala Show acts and ticket prices to be announced shortly. 13.1.24


Magic Car Boot Sale, Sunday 4th February in Birmingham. Organiser Alec Powell writes: The Magic Car Boot Sale takes place once again on Sunday 4th February 2024 at the usual venue, The Austin Sports and Social Club, Tessall Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham B312SF from 10am. Admission is £5. More than 30 stalls- guaranteed thousands of bargains to be had! Hot food available. At the time of writing there are a few stall spaces available. Further information contact Alec Powell on 07831 115448 or via x. 13.1.24


Mark James Lecture - Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians. Sue Oakley writes: On Wednesday 17th January, the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians are pleased to host a lecture from the amazing Mark James. Please note a change from our normal venue. The lecture will take place at The Claregate Pub, Codsall Road, Wolverhampton WV6 9ED.

For over two decades, Mark has performed his show at venues in over 40 countries, including the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. He’s provided 'audience warm up' for many of your favourite TV shows from The Xtra Factor and The Voice to a Question of Sport and Celebrity Tipping Point. Mark’s lecture is guaranteed to be entertaining, funny and informative. Visiting Magicians welcome for just £5.00. Lecture starts at 8pm. For more information, contact Sue Oakley


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Jonathan Miller on The Big Stage hosted by Bradley Walsh from 30th March 2000. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 13.1.24


The Entertainer’s Guide to Being Flipping Brilliant. Dave Allen writes: I’ve been an extra busy boy for a little while now, because I can now reveal this news. I’m excited to announce the release of my first book, The Entertainer’s Guide to Being Flipping Brilliant. A self help, inspirational guide to all I have done over the years in entertainment as well as tips on the industry and some fun stories. On over 300 pages. It also includes lots of routines, magic effects and vent scripts, and also contributions from some of the industry’s top magicians and entertainers including Paul Megram, Mark Shortland, Andy Clockwise, JezO and Christian Lee.

This hard back book is priced at £70 and will be released at my lecture at the world’s largest magic convention in Blackpool in February 2024. As a special pre order offer, you can purchase the book for £45. You can collect at Blackpool or if you wish to have it delivered, it will be sent after the convention UK free postage. Overseas £8 postage. Please see PayPal link below and say if you want it delivered after Blackpool or to collect at the convention.


Jake Keane 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: "Jake Keane Creativity Expert, on his lecture, his journey in magic and more" YouTube. 13.1.24


Paul Fowler's 'Working Magic' Lecture - Medway Magical Society. Guy Wade writes: Paul’s lecture 'Working Magic' focuses on EDC, organic props and clever presentations. You can expect to learn Paul's unreleased material that is not only visually stunning but also engaging for any audience. Attending his lecture will also give magicians the opportunity to learn how to connect and leave a lasting impression. Whether you're a hobbyist, amateur, or professional magician, Paul's lecture promises to have something for everyone. The material covered will be adaptable to all skill levels. This lecture is open to all magicians. MMS Members: free. Non-members: £10 (pay on the night). Tuesday 16th January at 8pm at The George Pub, 344 City Way, Rochester ME1 2BH. 13.1.24


New From Mark Leveridge Magic. Here are the details of the latest two routines to be added to the MLM Select range:

1. Flex The Mindreading Teddy. This is a fabulously commercial walkabout or close up show/parlour show routine in which a small teddy takes centre stage! The presentation is full of great comic moments as the stuffed toy comes ‘alive’ and appears to read two spectators’ minds in order to successfully reveal cards they have genuinely freely selected. I have used this extensively with great success, including at a number of trade shows where the teddy routine caused a lot of fun and comment. The supplied download video also contains some great advice about how to use strolling magic at trade shows and business exhibitions, thus giving you extra value.


2. Impromptu Lie Detector. This is a straightforward version of the classic Lie Detector routine that can be performed with any deck (even a borrowed one) and with no advance set up. A deck is shuffled by a spectator to put the cards into a genuinely random order, and the performer then extracts one prediction card which he leaves sight unseen in view on the table. The magician then asks a spectator three questions about the tabled card, and the helper is invited to make up his answers (since he doesn’t know at this stage what the tabled card actually is!). Whatever answers the participant gives, the performer spells the word by taking a card from the top of the deck for each letter. After the last reply has been spelled, the card finally arrived at is seen to be a matching colour and number of the prediction card. No sleight of hand required, just a regular deck and some low cunning! Each download costs just £7.00 (£3.50 for members of E-Club Pro). To order go to 13.1.24


James Phelan: The Greatest Magician - tonight in Stafford. From the promoter: Showman Live Presents... The Greatest Magician. A dazzling new magic show from James Phelan. This astonishing, enigmatic, five-star rated magic show will leave you aching from laughter and dizzy in disbelief. This mind-blowing magic show comes to the stage for the first time. You’ll be transported to a jaw-dropping world of light-hearted hilarity, wonderment, and mystery. Focusing on mind-bending feats of illusion, from making people forget their own names to vanishing them from the auditorium entirely! See What's On for more tour dates. 13.1.24


The Inferno Aces present A Night of Magic, Circus and Illusion in Coventry. Lee Joseph writes: Coventry calling... that's right, the Inferno Aces are coming to the Arches venue Coventry to bring to you an evening full of Magic, Circus and Illusion. So roll up, roll up and get your tickets for what promises to be an energetic evening full magic! 8pm on Friday 9th of February at The Arches Venue, Arches Industrial Estate, Coventry CV1 3JQ. Tickets £10 available from 13.1.24


Northamptonshire Magicians Club Annual Tabletop Sale, 16th January. David Miller writes: Northamptonshire Magicians Club wish to announce that their Annual Tabletop sale will take place on Tuesday 16th January at our usual venue: Brafield Working Mens Club,35 Bedford Road, Brafield-on-the-Green, Northampton NN7 1BD. Free entry for buyers, and £5 per table for sellers who are non-members. Apart from all the other sellers, NMC will have a large collection of books and effects donated by past members, including many rare items, all to be sold at bargain prices.


As well as many magazines including 510 Abras, 111 Magic Magazines, 92 Linking Rings, Magigrams etc., all open to offers. Sellers set up at 7pm, buyers 7.30pm to 10.30pm. To book a sellers table call 07870 140958. 13.1.24


Massive Magic Show For Kids. Morgan & West are back with a massive magic show for kids (and their childish grown-ups), full of their trademark wit, whimsy, and wall-to-wall silliness. Expect gawps, gasps, and guffaws in this relentlessly funny and fantastical magic filled extravaganza. Sunday 24th March at 11am and 2pm at Jacksons Lane, 269a Archway Road, London N6 5AA 13.1.24


Strangers on a Plane. "On the last day in Cagliari, Sardinia, the week's final host, stage magician Dave from Yorkshire, opts for a morning of water sports. At their final dinner together, Dave reveals his hidden talent with magic tricks and hypnosis." Repeat. Monday 22nd January on Channel 4. See TV Magic for details. 13.1.24


For Sale & Wanted. The free MagicWeek classified ads have been going strong since issue 1 back in July 2000. Please double-check the T&Cs to make sure your ad appears. For Sale Wanted. DT. 13.1.24


"Andy Nyman reveals he could have had Derren Brown’s job" Click Here • "Simon Cowell picks young Meath magician to appear on spin off TV talent show" Click Here • "Top 5 Magicians for a Magical Wedding Ceremony" Click Here • "20 memorable songs dealing with magic" Click Here • That's it for another week. Your UK magic news is always welcome. see you next week, Duncan. 13.1.24