Number 1237 - Saturday 9th March 2024


The Magic Circle Convention, Sunday 12th May 2024. From the organisers: Join us for The Magic Circle's 3rd Annual Convention on May 12th at the prestigious Magic Circle HQ, nestled in the heart of London on Stephenson Way. Experience The Magic Dealers Emporium with over 25 dealers split over two rooms and all conveniently located at The Wesley Hotel, just behind the HQ. Enjoy performances from world class magicians, including the legendary King of close-up magic Mr Michael Vincent, witness the amazing pickpocketing skills of James Freedman and be blown away by the stars of stage and screen, Richard Griffin and Ryan Hayashi, and the... To top it all off... We have Magic Royalty - the lovely and legendary Debbie McGee!

Open to all. Whether you're a member or non-member, tickets are available now for this once in a lifetime event. Last year was a complete sell out and tickets are going fast, so secure your place now! You can purchase your tickets at: This isn’t just any convention, this is The Magic Circle Convention. Don't miss the chance to be part of this very special day #MagicCircleConvention.


An Amazing Night of Magic - with Fay Presto and Friends. From The Magic Circle: Friday 8th March was International Women's Day and to celebrate this The Magic Circle featured four amazing female magician members: Sarah Stott MIMC, Bron Coveney AIMC, Julie Carpenter MMC, and Paryss Bee MMC, each making their debuts, entertaining at a sell-out Magic Circle Close-up Show.


Furthermore, The Magic Circle proudly present An Amazing Night of Magic - with Fay Presto and Friends on Sunday May 5th 2024 at The Magic Circle theatre in London. Fay has been flying the flag for women in magic since the 80's and has been the 'go to' magic performer for countless VIPs, celebrities and Royalty. Her style of magic is hard hitting, incredible and defies all logic. She is a Gold Star Member of The Inner Magic Circle, a past winner of The Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year, and the current holder of the top accolade for services to British Magic. Tickets on sale shortly. 9.3.24


Merlins 7th Annual Magic Festival Day, Sunday 19th May 2024. From the organisers: With three star lectures from Chris Congreave presenting his brand of clever commercial close-up magic that you will use. Graeme Shaw, a former Family Entertainer of the Year winner, who performs on stage and in close-up, and John Morton; a unique chance to learn from one of the very few who have actually fooled Penn & Teller! Plus a Mini Talk on the Houdini Water Torture Cell, Dealers, free parking, bar and food on site and an Evening Gala Show - all for just £40! And if you book for the full event, you will receive a goody bag worth more than the ticket price. Book Now! Sunday 19th may at the Birdwell Academy Theatre near Barnsley. 9.3.24


South Tyneside International Magic Festival, 12th - 13th October 2024. From the organisers: Tickets include two days of workshops, gala shows, magic jam, close-up and lectures. It's going to be so special that we aren’t going to spoil the surprise just yet and tell you what we have in store. Book now, you won’t be disappointed. Tickets are priced at £80 per person and include entry into both gala shows and all the convention sessions. Day tickets are also available. Click Here for more information and to book. 9.3.24


Huge Street Performer Painting by magician Gary Animal. Billy Kidd writes: "Magician Gary Animal/Gary Knights, maker of the Gazzo Cups, is creating a massive street performer painting. He started this project during lockdown when the Edinburgh Festival didn't happen during Covid. There really is nothing that documents street performers historically to this scale that I know of, so this painting is going to be quite epic." Find out all about the project and how you can back it by visiting "Long-standing Edinburgh street performer's giant painting to show off decades of Fringe heritage" 9.3.24


At Home with Marc Oberon & The Oberons. Russell Hall writes: Another edition of the 'At Home' series at Sheffield's Magick Lounge. Marc is a former World Champion and European Champion of Magic. He tours worldwide with his award-winning show and headlines on several of the world's most prestigious cruise ships. Marc has developed a sensational two-person mental act together with opera singer Emily Yarrow.

During the first half of the evening Marc Oberon will be talking about his magical career so far, including an unmissable Q&A session and a few magical demonstrations. After a break for tea, he will be joined by Emily for an intriguing presentation by The Oberons. Sunday 24th March 7.30pm-9.30pm. For more information visit


Northern Magic Circle Spring Convention – Latest News! From Secretary Brian Lead: Excitement continues to grow as Oliver Tabor, Vicky Butterfly and Wayne Trice – the stars of West End Magic, London’s longest-running magic show – join the lineup for the NMC Convention at the Crown Hotel in Harrogate, 6th-7th April. Romany will be presenting her full stage show, along with her Spun into Gold lecture, and the prolific creator of magic Chris Wardle will be delivering the Donald Bevan Lecture. Over the weekend you will also be able to see Franklin the Mind Magician, Andrew Normansell, award-winning ventriloquist Emily Brown and British Ring President Philip Partridge. In the History of Mystery slot, Kay Murray will be talking about her mother, Trixie Queen. Other attractions include a welcome meal on the Friday evening, with cabaret and close-up competition. "It's what every magic convention should be like!" Oliver Tabor.


A reminder that those wishing to compete in the close-up competition should contact Stuart Clarkson for details and entry form: To register, just follow the link: Booking forms and further information are also available from Registration Officer John Russell: contact or 07412 617856. 9.3.24


The Wessex Magical Association - One Day Convention in Bournemouth, Sunday 24th March. Join us from 9am until 9.30pm for a day filled with magic! Lecturers during the day include Luke Jermay, Oliver Tabor, Craig Petty and James Brown. Dealers include Alakazam, Discount Magic, Stellar Magic, Iain Bailey, Wayne Goodman and Craig Petty. The evening finishes with a Gala Show including Ryland Petty, Oliver Tabor, Katherine Rhodes, Wayne Trice and Jay & Joss.

With a free goody bag for every delegate and free admission for Juniors (under 17 must be accompanied by a full paying adult) you have to join us! Tickets to the Day only are £30, Gala Show tickets are an additional £15 for Adult, £10 for Junior. Tickets can be found at


Free entry: Win one of three available copies of The British Close Up Magic Symposium Collection E-Book (worth £35). The British Close Up Magic Symposium was a must-see bi-annual event on the UK convention calendar organised by MLM with top names in close-up magic from around the world coming to lecture and entertain. Each of the conventions had a book to go with it featuring the magic and thoughts of those who had taken part. The Symposium Collection brings together all these books and contains over 300 pages featuring more than 100 articles from a mega lineup of international close-up stars, offering a massive wealth of close-up knowledge and material which will provide hours of reading pleasure for anyone who loves quality close-up magic. To win one of three available copies for free, go to and on the homepage you will find a question about the Symposium with a choice of three different answers. Select the correct one no later than the 29th March 2024 and if your answer is correct, your name will be included in the draw on the following day. Good luck! 9.3.24


Alakazam Unlimited 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 "Alakazam Unlimited  with Peter Nardi, Harry Nardi and Jamie Daws." YouTube. 9.3.24


Penn & Teller limited edition fine art print. Jay Fortune writes: My brand new Penn & Teller limited edition print is now available for pre-order. This gorgeous artwork was painted throughout 2023 (entirely by hand: no AI or digital manipulation) and is limited to just 195 editions, each hand signed. Printed on the 'Ferrari' of fine art papers at 20" x 30", it's the perfect size for your magic den, home gallery or office wall. Each edition comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. Source image and subject used with the permission of Penn & Teller. Having now painted official portraits of Dai Vernon and Eugene Burger, I’m sure this new work will prove as equally popular and sought after by collectors of unique and original magic art. Released on 21st March, you can pre order your 'Penn & Teller' today exclusively from my online store 9.3.24


The Big Magic Sale, Leeds Magic Jam, 24th March. Chris Stewart writes: Leeds Magic Jam are proud to announce we are hosting a Big Magic Sale on Sunday 24th March from 11am to 2pm. There are a few tables still available for anyone wanting to sell some magic. Tables are £10, advance booking only, and can be reserved by emailing Entry for non-sellers is just £5 on the door! In true Leeds Magic Jam style, we like to give crazy value for money, there will also be mini-lectures / workshops for you to enjoy and free tea and coffee! The venue is at Leeds Magic Jam HQ, aka: Miners Welfare Hall, Main Street, Garforth, Leeds LS25 7BZ. There's plenty of free parking opposite and along the main street. So, join us for a fun day of selling, buying, learning and jamming! 9.3.24


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Mark Wilson and Nani Darnell on John Fisher's The Best of Magic from 3rd October 1990. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 9.3.24


The Magic Live Lounge in Ormskirk on 15th March and Southport on 4th April. Jack Hartley writes: The Magic Live Lounge returns to The Chapel Arts House in Ormskirk for another evening of Magic, Mystery and Comedy. The show will be hosted by Comedy Trickster from the USA Chris Manucal, featuring:

The Great Borrini - The Italian Gentlemen of Mystery
Mason King - Mind Reader & Psychological Entertainer
Mark Roberts - Beyond Sleight of Hand Illusionist
Magik Ash - Rising star making his Magic Live Lounge debut
There will also be pre show entertainment from local musician Stuart Belcher and close-up performer Magic Dan. Friday 15th March at 8pm at The Chapel Arts House, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire L39 4QR. Tickets:


The Magic Live Lounge makes its Southport debut on Thursday April 4th.
The show will be hosted by Mind Reader & Psychological Entertainer Mason King and will feature:
Paul Sylvester - Magic’s Best Kept Secret
Mark Roberts - Beyond Sleight of Hand Illusionist
Chris Manucal - Comedy Trickster from the USA
The Amazing Leonardo - Greek Master of the Cups and Balls
The show will also feature pre-show entertainment from Jazz & Vintage singer Kahli Morris and close-up performer Magic Dan.
Thursday April 4th at 8pm (Doors open 7pm) at Lord Street West Church Hall, Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside PR8 2BH. Tickets:


Dangers of Hypnosis. Jonathan Royle writes: Dangers of Hypnosis - President of The Professional Organisation of Stage Hypnotists (POSH) Jonathan Royle has put together some educational videos and resource links to help magicians, mentalists and indeed anyone using hypnosis and/or suggestion for entertainment purposes to ensure that they have the correct insurance and that it remains valid whilst also ensuring that they perform legally, lawfully and, above all else, in a safe manner that protects both themselves, their volunteers and the general public at large. Discover more, Click Here. 9.3.24


KOBA by Jamie Williams. The ultimate EDC or as we like to call it KOBA (Keep On Body Always). We have created the KOBA with every type of magician in mind, this card will allow you to perform six completely separate tricks and it all fits in your pocket or wallet or purse. Easy to do, and custom designed and made from tough long lasting plastic, this is KOBA. For more info and to order visit 9.3.24


When Chat Shows Go Horribly Wrong. Gloria Hunniford narrates a compilation of on-air disasters from chat shows, featuring stroppy hosts, technical troubles and on screen bust-ups. Highlights include Russell Harty getting an unfortunate blow to the groin, John Stapleton being attacked by Rod Hull's Emu, Spike Milligan handling an unexpected guest on Wogan in a way that only he could, and TV veteran Eamonn Holmes lifting the lid on his worst interview ever, with a practically mute David Blaine. Sunday 10th March on Channel 5. Repeat. See TV Magic for details. 9.3.24


News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. Many thanks, DT. 9.3.24


"Debbie McGee is forced to move out of £3million Berkshire mansion as it floods again" Click Here • "Huge new cruise ship launches with magicians and glass walls that tilt over the ocean" Click Here • "Uri Geller and BBC face off in spoon bending challenge" Click Here • "Tommy Cooper gets brand new Exeter memorial" Click Here • "Former Culcheth High student named one of best entertainers in UK" Click Here • That's it for another week. Your UK magic news is always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 9.3.24