Number 1235 - Saturday 24th February 2024


West End Magic, Saturday 24th February. London’s longest-running theatre magic show West End Magic presents some of the most exciting names in magic and variety in the UK. A family-friendly show offering an amazing mixture of magic, comedy and variety acts, featuring British Champion of Magic Oliver Tabor, magical compere Wayne Trice and special guest acts.

Since 2013, this regular London-based show runs throughout the year, featuring incredible award-winning magic, mind reading mysteries, hilarious comedy acts and specialty acts. The perfect treat for all the family, suitable for ages 5 upwards. Guaranteed to deliver the best in magic, illusion, comedy and variety! Saturday 24th February at 3.30pm - see to book.


The Blackpool Magic Convention 2024 may be over but registrations for 2025 go on sale in just a few weeks on Tuesday, 2nd April. Make a note in your diary now! 13th-16th February 2025. 24.2.24


Young & Strange Delusionists, North American Tour - Final Two Dates:
February 24th – Plymouth Memorial Hall, Plymouth, Massachusetts.
February 25th – Paramount Hudson Valley, Hudson Valley, Peekskill, New York.

With over 50 million online views Britain's most famous comedy illusionists Young & Strange present their smash hit show 'Delusionists'. Fun for the entire family, it’s a fully interactive, immersive experience, with extraordinary appearances, vanishes, mind reading feats and more. All tied together with a mind blowing, sensational finale set to rival any Las Vegas show! Trailer: YouTube. 24.2.24


Wessex Magic Convention 2024 - Youth Initiative! As part of our goal to introduce the next generation of magicians into our captivating world of magic we are allowing free entry to juniors (16 and under) to the daytime activities (this excludes the Gala show) if accompanied by a full paying adult on Sunday 24th March in Bournemouth. Doors open at 8.30am, and the day begins at 9am. As well as our Dealers' Hall, lecturers during the day will include Luke Jermay, Craig Petty, Oliver Tabor and James Brown. Refreshments will be available throughout, and from 5.30pm we will have a licensed bar prior to our Gala show which starts at 6.30pm. The show will end at around 9.30pm. Star names performing include: Ryland Petty, Katherine Rhodes, Oliver Tabor and Jay & Joss. Wessex Magic Convention 2024, Bournemouth School for Girls, Castle Gate Close, Castle Lane West, Bournemouth, Dorset BH8 9UJ. See: 24.2.24


The Magicians' Podcast Network Blackpool 2024 Special Episodes. What a time it was! We reviewed Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a different special guest each day. All three podcasts live right now - relive all the excitement of an incredible weekend!

Friday - with Rob James
Discussed: Beginning with taking in Chris De Rosa's Illusion show at the Pleasure Beach on the eve of the convention. They also discuss various lectures they took in, including Richard Griffin, Ben Hart and Mat O' Neill, plus the shows of Shoot Ogawa and Harrison Greenbaum, the big Gala Show and also the hits so far from the dealer hall.

Saturday- with Rodney James Piper
Discussed: The big event in The Opera House, the full Mac King Comedy Magic Show from Las Vegas, the hits from day 2 in the dealers hall, The Family Entertainer of the year competition, Tom Wright's show, Ben Hart’s Jadoo and Harrison Greenbaum's Late Night Roast.

Sunday - with Spooky Nyman
Discussed: We cover the amazing new discoveries in the dealers hall which just kept on coming even late into Sunday including the amazing Paul Richard's whose stand was so busy it was hard to get close. We also discuss the Mac King interview hosted by Noel Britten, The Harrison Greenbaum lecture, Suhani Shah and Steve Valentine's shows and the sensational Gala Shows featuring Philip Hitchcock, Mel Mellors, Shoot Ogawa, Celia Munoz, Montreal Trio, Raymond Crowe and more.

Subscribe and listen to all 3 Podcasts right now: Apple Podcasts or Spotify.


Hull Magicians' Circle - Fine Dining and Magic Theatre Show. Saturday 20th April. From the organisers: Get your glad rags on! You are invited to a sumptuous four-course banquet and a magnificent magic stage show with award winning performers direct from appearances in London's West End and television's Britain's Got Talent and Penn & Teller's Fool Us!

Starring Hudson & Hudson, two of the UK's most entertaining and original comedy performers with a string of TV and theatre credits. And yes they are married and from 'Ull! The Glamourists are Oliver Tabor and Vicki Butterfly, both headline artistes in their own right. They have appeared, with their unique theatrical illusions in Blackpool Tower's Ballroom, London theatres and in the Illusion:Impossible UK tour, as well as international shows from Australia to the USA.

Prepare to be thrilled! As a pre-dinner attraction you can meet the larger than life seven-foot-tall animated Frankenstein's Monster from showman Jon Gresham's 1950s Horror sideshow, brought back to life by House of Automata for television's Salvage Hunters Restored. Dare you have your picture taken with Frankie! Reserve your tickets now - Ring 07936 584540. For more information visit


Ulster Society of Magicians Annual Dinner. James Hobart writes: Preliminary details have now been released for the Ulster Society of Magicians Chairman’s Dinner on 11th May 2024. We will be returning to previous successful venue Rockmount Golf Club, Carryduff, Belfast for the Ted Oldham Memorial Lecture at 2.30 pm with a break before gathering at 7.30 pm for a 7.45pm start to the evening activities. Special guests performing at the dinner will be Vice President of The Ulster Society of Magicians, Magical Legend Fay Presto and President of the British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Comedy Conjuror Philip Partridge.

Please reserve your place by sending the names of your guest(s) and any special dietary requirements to Treasurer Paula McIntyre at or 0771 618 3298. Contact Paula to arrange your preferred method of payment. Final Deadline for payment and booking is 1st May 2024. Please prepare your group of friends for an evening of fine food, raffle, magic and laughter for the bargain price of just £45.00 (Steak supplement £10). Any questions can be addressed to the Secretary, James Hobart, whose contact details, and other information about the Society can be found on our website For those wishing to stay overnight in Belfast 10% has been arranged off rooms at The Ivanhoe Hotel (taxi transfers will be arranged before and after the event if there is sufficient interest). Please book directly with them and quote the magic dinner when doing so.


Pop Dog by Rick Green. Discount Magic write: Fresh from Blackpool 2024, Pop Dog! You begin by showing 4 playing cards with 4 different coloured balloon dogs on them. One at a time they turn face down, and as the final dog turns face down, you ask the spectator what the colour was of the last face-down dog... as they start to answer Pop! the dog visually pops off the card becoming a small rubber balloon dog, turning the final card over shows an explosion actually printed onto that card! Comes with everything you need to perform this trick right out of the box! For more info and to watch a video dem see 24.2.24


Peter Clifford’s Magical Mythologies - Bristol. Discover why you can’t trust your eyes... and you may well not believe your mind, with Peter Clifford’s latest, mind-melting magic show. In the intimate and exciting space of The Wardrobe Theatre, Peter Clifford will weave his magic around stories of life, conjuring and the wonders of the world. Join him as he plays with puzzles of perception and prestidigitates for your pleasure. Let your grip on reality slip for a moment and be transported into something far more fantastical and exciting. You really have to see it to not believe it.


27th February to 2nd March at 7.30pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) at The Wardrobe Theatre, The Old Market Assembly, 25 West Street, Old Market, Bristol BS2 0DF. Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes (with interval). Ages 12+. "Peter Clifford is one of my favourite magicians and one of the loveliest people I know… Do everything you can to get tickets!" Derren Brown. 24.2.24


Alakazam Magic Present Desert Island Tricks. Each week we invite one of the biggest guests in the world of magic to maroon themselves on a desert island. They are allowed to take with them 8 tricks, 1 book and 1 non-magic item that they use for magic! We discuss their "can't live without" lists and why those items were chosen. Episodes are uploaded every Friday and are available via all Podcast service providers! To find out more about the team behind Desert Island Tricks, visit: 24.2.24


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Paul Lytton on The Big Stage from 4th April 2000. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 24.2.24


Magical Memories in aid of Trinity Hospice. Jonathan Royle reports: Just over £1,500 was raised on Sunday 18th February towards buying a new piece of equipment for Trinity Hospice who helped the late magician, singer and entertainer Carl DeRome to live out his final days peacefully at home, before he died the day after Blackpool Magic Convention 2023. Acts including Comedy Magician Jonathan Royle, Comedy Legend Ricky Lane, Singers Tony Just, Ant Oliver, Johnny Rox and John Kelly all performed during the event, as did Vocalist and Event Organiser Peter Young in what was also a Tribute to Carl's memory, attended by family, friends and fellow showbiz performers at Blackpool Royal British Legion. The fund-raising continues, and donations can be made here: 24.2.24


Jake Banfield: Modern Magic - The Charlotte Street Hotel, London, tonight! The longest running parlour magic show in London. Downstairs in the sumptuous screening room at the Charlotte Street Hotel, the audience will have their minds read, senses manipulated and experience some of the most astonishing feats of modern magic. Sit down and relax as Jake takes you on a journey of dapper deception, sophisticated sleight of hand and mischievous mind games. The Charlotte Street Hotel, 15-17 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RJ. 24.2.24


All Star Family Fortunes. Paul Daniels v Joe Swash. Magician Paul Daniels and former EastEnder Joe Swash compete, teaming up with their relatives to guess the answers to surveys of 100 people in a bid to reach the final round, in which they can win up to £30,000 for a charity of their choice. Game show, hosted by Vernon Kay. Saturday 2nd March on Challenge. See TV Magic for details. 24.2.24


"Penn and Teller interview: The magic duo spill their secrets" Click Here • "Adelaide Fringe - Magician moves entire audience mid-show as fringe plunges into blackout" Click Here • "Master illusionist Michael Carbonaro heads to Tulsa June 15" Click Here • "A New Orleans magician says a Democratic operative paid him to make the fake Biden robocall" Click Here • "The reigning world champions of mental magic Anca & Lucca are opening a new magical world of experience in the Vienna Prater this summer" Click Here • "Mind Mangler to embark on tour after West End run" Click HereThat's it for this week, your UK magic news is always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 24.2.24