Number 1234 - Saturday 17th February 2024


Michael Vincent's Magical Conversations - Episode 1 with Richard McDougall. This new project features Michael Vincent enjoying magical conversations with interesting people from different backgrounds. Topics under discussion will include: Magic, Personal Development, Business, Sport, Health & Wellness, Psychology, Communication and Show Business. Guests will include both friends and mentors. Episode 1 with Richard McDougall is now live: YouTube. 17.2.24


The Dublin Magic Convention, October 5th and 6th. Quentin Reynolds writes: Irish conventions are known for their fun, friendliness and good magic. Come and enjoy the weekend and maybe a short holiday before or after. The Dublin Magic Convention, Teachers' Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin City Centre D01 T6V6. Email for more information. 17.2.24


Ali Cook: Principles of Deception. As a child, acclaimed magician Ali Cook was given a copy of a 1948 book The Principles of Deception. It was the first book to describe every type of magic trick and now Ali is going to perform them all in one show! Thrilling, funny and fast paced, with a script co-written by Ali Cook and Dave Gorman, this is a magical tour de force. 5th & 6th July at Royal & Derngate Northampton, 19-21 Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP 17.2.24


Mark Elsdon & Martin MacMillan 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: "Mark Elsdon & Martin MacMillan talk Blackpool 2024" YouTube. 17.2.24


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, card magic from Paul Daniels on 'The Paul Daniels Magic Show' from 31st January 1987 (with Diane O'Brien). See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 17.2.24


Richard Jones Soldier of Illusion - Artrix Theatre, Bromsgrove, tonight... 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 What's On or for all remaining tour dates. 17.2.24


Pete Firman TrikTok - Civic Theatre, Rotherham, tonight... Pete Firman is back on the road with his brand new live show ‘TrikTok’! Audiences can expect laugh-out-loud comedy and jaw-dropping magic. Grab a ticket before they all disappear! See What's On or for all remaining tour dates. 17.2.24





British Magical Society's inaugural Donald Bevan Abra Award. Bob King writes: On Tuesday 13th February the BMS gathered to compete for a new competition - created to mark the 90th Birthday of longstanding and hardworking club past president Donald Bevan, who also edited Abra magazine for more than 40 years. Eight members of the club competed for the award which required them to perform a trick originally published in any edition of Abra. There was a wide mix of routines but Phil Sweeting won the trophy with a nostalgia-inducing routine involving the prediction of an amount of change to pay for a magic trick at 1970s prices! Phil was humbled to win the prize which was in honour of one of his magical heroes and is pictured here receiving the trophy from Donald, while club president Jim McLean watches on. 17.2.24


MLM Web Offers. MLM write: The Mark Leveridge range of magic downloads is already amazingly good value, but there are ways to make even these prices more favourable. For instance, members of E-Club Pro automatically can buy any MLM product at half price, while those who subscribe to E-Club Elite also get a collection of 10 MLM products (a list that is updated and changed every two months) from which they can download any of the effects they want at no extra charge! But what if you are not part of the E-Club? Well, every two months Mark Leveridge makes two of his products generally available as Web Offers, enabling anyone to purchase the selected items at around 40% off. Currently a close-up routine called The Hypnotised Coin is available as a downloadable video for just £4, plus an intriguing advice e-book called Keeping Control can be yours for a mere £6. For more information about the Web Offers, and to save yourself some money, go to 17.2.24


Shane McDermott wins Bryan Atherton Trophy - Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians. Sue Oakley writes: On Wednesday 7th February, the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians held the final round of the Bryan Atherton Trophy. This year's worthy winner was Shane McDermott. The trophy was presented by President Bob Doyle. 17.2.24


Paul Fowler's Working Magic lecture at Surrey Society of Magicians. Adam Mosley writes: Paul Fowler is a professional magician with over 10 years experience and has exploded onto the magic scene in the past 18 months with multiple product releases including Overdraft and Transaction. His magic has been positively received and is being performed by magicians all over the world. Paul takes pride in creating effects that not only get reactions but also make sense to the audience.

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 something for everyone. The material covered will be adaptable to all skill levels. Thursday 22nd February at 7.30pm. Email to attend.


Pawn Stars. A customer presents a signature worthy of presidential praise. Later, a magician has a car once owned by Siegfried and Roy. Repeat. Thursday 22nd February on Sky History. See TV Magic. 17.2.24


Castle. Quirky US crime drama series about a bestselling author who shadows a New York detective. When the owner of historic Drake's Magic Shop in New York is found drowned in Houdini's water torture tank, Castle and Beckett delve into the world of magicians and their secrets to find his killer. Repeat. Tuesday 27th February on Great TV. See TV Magic. 17.2.24


News Deadline reminder. MagicWeek welcomes your UK magic news (major and minor), but please remember the news deadline: Thursday if possible; final deadline 12 noon Friday. Many thanks, DT. 17.2.24


"Adelaide Fringe: Enchanting UK magician Ben Hart is set to cast a spell over Fringe with new show ‘Hex’" Click Here • "Magical tribute to late Blackpool entertainer Carl De Rome to raise funds for Trinity Hospice" Click Here • "Magic returns to The Players’ Ring Theatre with ‘Jonathan Harrington - 19th Century Magician’" Click Here • Simon Rosselli reviews Liam Ball's recent lecture at the South London Magical Society Click Here • "Sauce Gardner hilariously claims he is never going back to Vegas after being stunned by a magician" Click Here • "Watch Evan Rachel Wood Discuss New York Stage Debut—And Working as a Magician's Assistant" Click Here • "Magician Josh Maddocks whose popcorn trick reached millions on TikTok" Click Here • That's it. As ever your UK magic news is welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 17.2.24