Number 1232 - Saturday 3rd February 2024


The Magic Circle History Day 2024. The Magic Circle History Day is taking place at The Magic Circle Headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD on Saturday, 8th June 2024. This event is dedicated to the study of the rich history of Conjuring, its tricks and its performers, and to historical magic memorabilia. The event is open to both members, apprentices and non-members of The Magic Circle.

The day will feature notable international speakers, discussing diverse aspects on the history of magic, a buffet lunch in The Wesley Hotel (next door), tea & coffee breaks, an opportunity to mingle with fellow historians and collectors and some surprise events. Doors open at 9am and the day lasts until approximately 6pm.


Tickets will go on sale shortly.

Members £54.00

Non-members £60.00 3.2.24


Shiv Duggal 1959–2024. We regret to report the death of our dear friend Shiv Duggal. He suffered a cardiac arrest on the 25th January and was taken to Basildon Hospital where he was put on sedation. Unfortunately, he could not be revived and passed away on the morning of February 1st with his wife Amanda and family by his side.

Card magic was Shiv’s fascination and his forte. He had been a regular at Ken Brooke’s Magic Place in Wardour Street, and a close friend of Eric Mason. Our first meetings were in the late 1970s, at the Marlborough Arms on the nights The Magic Circle met, but then we began meeting every Saturday at restaurants in central London, notably Pizza Express in Coptic Street. Ian Keable joined our merry band and others, including J.J., Danny Buckler, Guy Hollingworth, Alex Conran, Tim Bran, Noel Britten, Richard McDougall and Carlo Ramirez. All knew where to find us should they be in town.

When not reading, talking, performing, or lecturing about magic, Shiv worked in the civil service, rising to the position of Policy Advisor in the Department of Education. Several years ago, he took early retirement and, intrigued by hypnosis, trained as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist.

But mostly, he loved magic, a passion that extended to fantasy literature and the thick tomes produced by authors such as Frank Herbert. He had a prodigious memory and was a go-to guy when you wanted to know where some move or trick was published. He had a vast library of magic books and seemed to recall just about everything he had read. This was all the more impressive because Shiv was dyslexic. How he managed it, we never knew.

He was serious about card magic and happy to argue fervently over the value of a particular card sleight, why a complicated routine is better than a simple one, or books were better than video, but he did so with good humour, and was wonderful company. Shiv Duggal was a kind man, generous of spirit, a diplomat, and a steadfast friend. We miss him greatly, as will all who knew him. Our condolences go to his family, friends, and his wife Amanda.

David Britland & Chris Power.


Alain Simonov, Celia Munoz, Montreal Trio, Shoot Ogawa, Axel Adler, Phillip Hitchcock , Raymond Crowe, Ikeda Yosuke, and host Mel Mellers... on the Sunday Night Gala Show at the world's biggest magic convention. 173 Dealers - 37 Lectures - 3 Main Gala Shows (including the full Mac King Las Vegas Show) - 7 Standalone Fringe Shows - 3 Late Night Shows... and you! Blackpool Magic Convention 15th-18th February 2024: 3.2.24


Leeds Magic Jam 2024. From the organisers: Following our sell out event last year Leeds Magic Jam is back for 2024! This year it will be held on Sunday 8th September at the same venue as last year. Tickets go on sale soon so keep an eye on MagicWeek and our Facebook page for updates: 3.2.24


Retro Rocketeers Casino Phantom at Merlins. Merlins of Wakefield write: We have the latest product from Retro Rocketeers available now, Casino Phantom. It's made to the same super quality as usual and comes direct from their new base in Australia. This is a Merlins UK Exclusive and is in very small quantities. Place your order here: We will be taking one to Blackpool to demonstrate and will take orders if sold out. 3.2.24


John Bannon & Tom Dobrowolski Workshop, Manchester. Secret Magic Workshops write: Taking place on Monday February 19th from 3pm - 7pm at a secret location in Manchester. *Optional post workshop hangout included! This secret workshop will be split between both John and Tom and is a very rare opportunity to spend intimate time learning from these two masters.

Tom will serve up a generous slice of classic Chicago bar magic from his mentor James Patrick Ryan The Darling of the Geritol Set, as relevant today as ever, as well as some of his own Chicago style magic including his best-selling classics Oiater, In The Hands Wild Card, Big Four Poker and more.

Does John Bannon need any introduction? Maybe you saw John's hit lecture at The Magic Circle or Blackpool. Here's the rest of the story! Join a small and exclusive group with John as he goes behind the scenes with all different material. He will cover new, undisclosed card magic as well as prime underground favorites. In addition to discussing any questions you have about anything, it's the perfect forum to get hands-on detail. Get some great new card tricks you'll want to do right away. Hear how they came about and what makes them worth your attention. John does not do workshops; this will be among his first. Take this opportunity to spend some quality time with an undisputed master. You may not get another chance. Ever. Seriously.

This 4 hour workshop and hangout is limited in number, tickets are £80 per person. No recording allowed. Please email the organiser to purchase a ticket. Venue: A Secret Location in or around Manchester. Ticket holders will be given the location 48 hours prior to the event. Contact to book..


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, "Physical Grand illusion" from The Pendragons on John Fisher's The Best of Magic from 12th September 1990. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 3.2.24


The Enchanted Rabbit - Click & Collect at Blackpool! Chris Cross writes: The Enchanted Rabbit is one of the largest antique and used magical dealerships in the World! Make sure you pop by and say hello to us at Blackpool. We're next to the Vanishing Inc stand, in the main dealers hall. If there's anything specific that you want to collect or would like us to bring along then do let us know and we can bring it for you. Drop us an email ASAP to plan ahead of the convention and you can easily pickup your pre-bagged and ready to collect order from our stand. Swaps, Trades, Sales and anything else, simply contact us ASAP to arrange: Chris Cross 3.2.24


An Evening with Harry Robson and Matthew Wright - Zodiac Magical Society, London. Donato Capitella writes: Show Business: an Unmissable Evening with Harry Robson and Matthew Wright. This isn’t the kind of magic club lecture you might be used to. This is a show, packed with magic, comedy, laughs and maybe even some tears... and to top it off you will learn a few things too! This event will take place on Wednesday 7th February, 8pm-10pm, at our club room located just a five-minute walk from the Northfields Tube station on the Piccadilly Line. There is a charge for visitors, you need to email to let us know that you are coming. You can follow us on Instagram at @zodiacmagicalsociety for updates. 3.2.24


Adam Wilber, Luca Volpe, Marc Paul, Justin Miller & 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: "Luca Volpe, Marc Paul, Justin Miller and Jake Keane on 'Evoke'" YouTube. 3.2.24


'That’s impossible!' Why UK theatre’s gone mad for magic and wild special effects. "Need to make an elephant vanish, an aeroplane take off or a wizard fly? As magic grips the stage, illusionist supremos reveal how they turn the likes of Stranger Things into eye-popping spectaculars..." writes Kate Wyver in The Guardian. To read the full article Click Here. 3.2.24


The February E-Video Newsletter. Mark Leveridge's latest bi-monthly streaming video programme is now ready and has the following line up. The Teach In – a simple yet effective close up routine called Cash Out using a purse and four regular coins is taught. Pro Peeks – extracted from The Vintage Vault in the E-Club Pro Archive is a neat rope routine called Knot, Knot, Knot. The Table Magician Unplugged – in part 4 of the series based on The Table Magician e-book Mark takes a look at how to work different shaped tables. The Trick Box – this time The Modest Card is explained from Vol.2 of the Collected Card Magic Of Mark Leveridge. Web Offers – receive £4 off the Keeping Control e-book and get a £3 discount on The Hypnotised Coin. 60 Seconds To Success – ad libs do not need to be totally spontaneous if you prepare yourself properly. Access to the complete 41 min presentation is free, you simply have to be signed up to Mark's E-Club Lite. To get more information and to register go to 3.2.24


Bertie Pearce  Lecture - South Downs Magicians. Des King writes: On Wednesday 7th February at 8pm South Downs Magicians will be having a lecture by Bertie Pearce  Bertie performs dazzling close-up magic, original and waggish cabaret, and he's a Member of The Inner Magic Circle. Visiting magicians may attend at a fee of £8. The meeting will be in the Handcross Parish Hall, High Street, Handcross, Haywards Heath RH17 6BJ. Anyone wishing to come along please contact Jonathan Cann 01444 230409 or 07850 917126. 3.2.24


1972: Most Shocking Moments. Controversies, scandals and shocks in TV, film, music and politics, when a royal reunion proved divisive, Uri Geller demonstrated his fork-bending talents, and Cosmopolitan magazine was launched. A Clockwork Orange and Last Tango in Paris shocked cinema audiences, as did Jesus Christ Superstar on stage. Saturday 3rd February on Channel 5. See TV Magic. 3.2.24


Magic Car Boot Sale - Birmingham, tomorrow! 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 3.2.24


Iain Bailey Lecture - Northamptonshire Magicians Club. David Miller writes: Iain lectures at Northamptonshire Magicians Club on Tuesday February 6th. 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. Iain Bailey has had a number of effects released including "Wand O Blocks", "Dig It" and "Measure for Measure". In this Lecture Iain will be teaching fun, quick, easy to understand effects, that are suitable for most ages. 3.2.24


Blackpool Magicians Club Mega Auction, Thursday 15th February 2024. From the organisers: Remember on Thursday 15th February there will be the Blackpool Magicians Club Annual Mega Auction in the Derham Lounge, Winter Gardens, Blackpool. Commencing at 10am, and finishing much later, and maybe on the same day! It is worth arriving in Blackpool early and in time for the auction – over 900 hundred items now booked in. All lots have now been allocated. www.blackpoolmagic.coms. 3.2.24


Dave Rawson's Hypnosis Lecture - now booking. Dave Rawson writes: I have started this year touring the UK, visiting Magic Societies talking about my 25 years experience as a Professional. I will teach: Suggestibility Tests, Rapid Inductions, and the law in the UK regarding Stage Hypnosis Shows. Upcoming lecture dates: Monday 4th March: The Magic Circle (members only). Sunday 10th March: Modern Mystic League Blackburn. Tuesday 26th March: Watford Magic Circle. Tuesday 18th June: Northampton Magic Circle. If any other societies would like to book my lecture call 07761035495 or email I has previously lectured at Blackpool Magicians Club, the North Western Society of Magicians, the Nottingham Guild of Magicians and, just recently, the Bristol Society of Magicians. 3.2.24


The Collection of Edwin A Dawes, Part I. Potter & Potter Auctions, February 24th. Equal parts scholar, author, historian, professor, and magician, Edwin Dawes was a singular figure in the world of magic and magicians, and the most prolific chronicler of conjuring history in the twentieth century. This first offering from his collection features unique lithographs, antiquarian books, early broadsides, and remarkable vintage apparatus from the seventeenth century to the present day. 3.2.24


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 15th February on Talking Pictures TV. See TV Magic. 3.2.24


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. 3.2.24


"Magic: The Magic Circle giving away 'magical history'" Click Here • "Spellbinding North Yorkshire entertainer named Wedding Magician Of The Year – again!" Click Here • "The story of Nashville's Black magician, who played for segregated schools, troops" Click Here • "Magician Michael Mock dies, ages 58" Click Here • Shiv was a lovely man and always great company. He's really going to be missed. See you next week, Duncan. 3.2.24