Number 1230 - Saturday 20th January 2024


Exonian Magical Society Convention 2024. Featuring Michael Vincent, Laura London, Paul Draper, Roy Charles and Phil Blackmore. Wednesday 9th October 2024. Registrations are limited to just 80 places and include a three-course meal. Limited accommodation is available at the convention venue, The Waie Inn, Zeal Monachorum, Crediton, Devon EX17 6DF. Featuring 4 lectures, a close-up session, workshops and a parlour show. Book early to avoid disappointment! Full Convention £65. Day only £30. Evening only £40. For full booking information email 20.1.24


Blackpool Magicians Club Mega Auction, Thursday 15th February 2024. Derham Lounge, Winter Gardens, Blackpool. Commences at 10am, with viewing from 9.30am. Lots will be posted on the Club website, as and when received from sellers, see for full details. Admission is free for Convention Registrants and visiting magicians. For further details email Michael Shepherd 20.1.24


Legends of The Magic Circle - An Evening Celebrating Patrick Page. Monday 22nd January from 7.30pm - 9pm at The Magic Circle, London. The Magic Circle write: Janette Page (daughter) and her husband Philip will share with us film of Pat performing, and photos of him and his magic friends and family. We will hear how he first got involved in magic and the great career that followed. He was a magician, teacher, comedian, historian, demonstrator, author, lecturer, compere and all round entertainer.

Pat was good friends with all the famous magicians of his era. Janette tells of frequent visitors to the house including Goshman, Ricky Jay, Jay Marshall, Fogel, Vernon, Silvan, Terri Rogers et al. Philip discusses the books, The Big Book of Magic and Magic Page by Page. A private and modest man who rarely spoke of his achievements, his family lift the lid on his huge contribution to magic. This is a light-hearted, entertaining celebration of the life of Patrick Page.

Entrance is free for Members and Associates of The Magic Circle and £20 for non-members (welcome) who would like to attend. Non-members should email in advance. Magic Circle evenings are normally strictly 'members only', so this is a great opportunity to visit The Magic Circle and enjoy an evening celebrating this legend of The Magic Circle, Patrick Page.


Northern Magic Circle Convention - updates. Brian Lead, Secretary of the Northern Magic Circle, writes: Three more exciting names have been added to the lineup for the NMC’s Spring Convention, to be held at the Crown Hotel in Harrogate over the weekend of 6/7 April.

Romany, the Diva of Magic, will be performing her full show and presenting her inspiring ‘Spun Into Gold’ lecture. Romany is the only female magician to have held the prestigious title of ‘Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year’, and is the only British winner of the Las Vegas World Magic Award. King Charles said of her: "Absolute genius – and so funny!"

Franklin the Mind Magician has twice held the title of ‘Mind Magician of the Year’, and is widely recognised as one of the leading exponents of this branch of magic. He will be lecturing, and performing in the gala show.

Andrew Normansell is a prolific creator of magic, and has performed extensively in the UK and abroad. With over 25 years of experience, he will be passing on valuable advice in a lecture and offering some of his very commercial routines for sale.

A reminder that those wishing to compete in the close-up competition should contact Stuart Clarkson for details and an entry form:
To register visit Booking forms and further information are also available from Registration Officer John Russell: or 07412 617856.


Richard Jones Soldier of Illusion UK Tour. From the promoter: Richard Jones rose to fame as the only magician to ever win Britain’s Got Talent and has since won the prestigious Gold Star accolade within The Inner Magic Circle, the highest honour in The Magic Circle. Known as 'The Military Illusionist' he represents the very best in cutting edge magic, mind-reading and psychological illusion. Richard combines his training from his 12 years serving in the British Army using his expert knowledge of deception to create a unique experience you will never forget! Following his headline sellout with the biggest magic show in the West End, Richard continues to astound audiences around the world with his incredible tours. See for more info and to book. 20.1.24


E-Club Pro Sign Up Offer - Just Over One Week Left! Don't miss this oppportunity to experience Mark Leveridge's online learning resource E-Club Pro at half price for the first 6 months! With over 1000 pages of online magic, advice and information, E-Club Pro and E-Club Elite constitute one of magic's best places for professional assistance at a reasonable monthly cost. Mark has assembled a varied cocktail of his personal magic for close-up, stand-up, mentalism and children's work, has provided opinion and guidance on many wide ranging magic areas based on his 40+ years as a full time pro, and all presented in a neat online format that allows you to get straight to the elements that interest you. Updated every month, E-Club Pro and E-Club Elite give you ongoing inspiration and help which, irrespective of your magical experience, will boost your knowledge and maximise your fun with magic. New members* who sign up before the 31st January 2024 will receive by email each month for the first 6 months a discount voucher worth half of their monthly membership fee (i.e. £6 for Pro or £10 for Elite). These vouchers can be used against any products sold by MLM. There is no fixed subscription period, so it’s a no-risk option, and monthly fees are quickly set up as automated PayPal payments. So kick start your 2024 in the best possible way by joining today. For more information and to register go to *To qualify for the half price rate, applications must come from people who are either first time members or who have not been a member since at least the 1st July 2023. 20.1.24


Merlins of Wakefield - Premier Range and Magic Festival Day. We will have a limited amount of stock from our Premier Range available at The Blackpool Magic Convention in February. They are: Pep-Silk-Ola by Mark Lee, Unity Illusion by Tony Davies and Gem-Sational by Mark Lee. You can order now online and we will send out straight after the Blackpool Convention. If you would like anything taking to Blackpool, purchase online and contact us via email and we will then refund your postage costs and take to Blackpool for you to collect. You can also purchase tickets for our Magic Festival Day here: 20.1.24


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, comedy magician Alan Taylor on 'Barrymore' from 10th May 1997. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 20.1.24


The Magic Room, Lichfield. Parlour magic comes alive in a lively and memorable night out. Designed for a small group of curious souls, our evening is about mystery, astonishment, and pure enjoyment. Incredible magic like you've never seen it before. With just a small group, everyone gets a perfect view as our magicians conjure the impossible right before your eyes. A truly unique experience unlike anything else in Lichfield. Beyond the tricks, it's a chance to simply have a great night out with your friends and family. The Magic Room, 55 Wade Street, Lichfield WS13 6HL. Tickets and more info:

31st January - only one table remaining. Headline act: Sean Carpenter.
20th March - on sale now.
22nd May - on sale now.


Chris Congreave Lecture - Southend Sorcerers Society. Richard Graham writes: Chris Congreave lectures at the Southend Sorcerers Society on February 4th, commencing 8pm. Chris is well known for his creative effects such as The Omen, Roll and more recently Cloak and Monte Python. Visitors are welcome for a £10 guest fee (pay on the night). Southend Sorcerers Society, Ekco Social and Sports Association, Thornford Gardens, Southend-on Sea, Essex SS2 6PU 20.1.24


Nathan Earl Lecture - Northamptonshire Magicians Club. David Miller writes: Nathan Earl lectures at Northamptonshire Magicians Club on Tuesday 23rd January. Doors open at 7pm, lecture starts at 8pm. Non-members welcome, £10 on the night. Brafield Working Mens Club,35 Bedford Road, Brafield-on-the-Green, Northampton NN71BD. 20.1.24


Paul Gordon Lecture Now Booking for 2024. Paul writes: My new "Paul Gordon Magic Lecture" will soon be near you! And, if it isn't, there's still time to book it for 2024. It's a fun, fast-paced lecture full of worker commercial (and doable) card magic. The lecture has received raves from the likes of Boris Wild, Richard Sanders, Jeff McBride, David Regal, Chad Long, Harry Lorayne and more. Lectures are already booked for the Northampton Magicians on the 5th of March, Ilford on the 6th March, Leeds on the 25th of June and Kent on the 24th of September. My recent lecture at The Magic Circle (my 5th there since 1992) received great reviews. So, contact me at for more information about the current dates and about future ones for your club. Paul Gordon MIMC with Gold Star. 20.1.24


Phill Smith 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: "Phill Smith returns: Creative Mentalism Miracles, 'Fusion Mosaic Phenomenon' and more" YouTube. 20.1.24


The Blackpool Magic Convention App is now live and available to download from The App Store. Featuring all Artists, Lectures, Fringe Shows, Gala Shows, the 174 Dealers attending and full Venue Maps. You'll now be able to plan your convention weeks ahead of time and we'll also be able to send notifications to your device about upcoming news on future Convention plans, plus special offers for the 2025 event (such as advance notice to get the best seats first!). Download Here: Apple, Android. Note: If you still have last year's App, simply update. 20.1.24


James Freedman's recent lecture for the South London Magic Society is reviewed by James Cowan and Simon Rosselli this week: "The setting was a solitary table with a glass of water, a card box, and a watch. Removing my coat I wondered, "Can anyone lecture for two hours with such a minimal arrangement?" I needn't have worried. James captivated the whole audience within the first few seconds, not by boasting about his achievements but by sharing his genuine love of magic, instantly connecting with us..." To read the full review Click Here. 20.1.24


British Ring President's Dinner - Cheadle, 16th March. Philip Partridge President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians British Ring No.25 writes: I am thrilled to extend an exclusive invitation to you, for an unforgettable evening at my British Ring International Brotherhood of Magicians President’s Dinner. Date: Saturday 16th March 2024. Time: 6.30pm for 7.15pm. Venue: Village Hotel, Cheadle, Manchester SK8 1HW. Swimming Pool and Gym available for those staying over. I can't wait to share this enchanting evening with you. The event will include a drinks reception, a scrumptious three-course dinner, entertainment and after dinner cabaret. A choice of menu will be sent when booking tickets. Tickets for the dinner are £45 each and are available via [members and non-members welcome]. 20.1.24


Blankety Blank with Paul Daniels, from 1979. Terry Wogan hosts the quiz where contestants try to match their 'blanks' with celebrities Jack Douglas, Beryl Reid, David Copperfield (comedian), Stacey Dorning, Paul Daniels and Wanda Ventham. Friday 26th January on That's TV 2. See TV Magic for details. 20.1.24


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. 20.1.24


"Magician Joshua Jay stops by to show off some tricks from his new show at Carnegie Hall" Click Here • "Magician Lance Burton hits Caesars Windsor stage with show 'completely different' than Vegas" Click Here • "Acclaimed comedy magician Pete Firman is back on tour with ‘TrikTok’" Click Here • "Mischief’s new comedy 'Mind Mangler: Member of the Tragic Circle' to open in the West End" Click Here • "A night with illusionist Rodd Hogg to raise funds for Ballymoney Utd youth trip to Barcelona" Click Here • "How Stephen Mulhern went from teen magician to Dancing On Ice host" Click Here • That's it! Thanks as always for your UK magic news. See you next week, Duncan. 20.1.24