Number 1238 - Saturday 16th March 2024


Woody Aragon Live at The Magic Circle - Masterclass and One Man Show, 7th April. From the organisers: We’re really excited to be launching a new season of Masterclasses and intimate one-person shows. To get things off to an incredible start, we’ve gone for the big guns, and on Sunday 7th April from 3pm are welcoming none other than the legend himself Woody Aragon! This is not your average teach-in or lecture. This is an intimate gathering for serious students and fans of Woody’s work. It will go further, deeper and more underground - a rare opportunity to spend quality time with a master. Places are strictly limited to 25 and when they’re gone, they’re gone! On the same evening, Woody will also be presenting a special ‘One Night Only’ performance in our theatre from 6.30pm. One Night Only Tickets available at Masterclass Tickets available at 16.3.24


Scottish Association of Magical Societies Convention 4th & 5th May 2024. Brian Jeffrey writes: Lecturing: Richard Wiseman, Dave Forrest, Nikola Arkane and Oliver Tabor. Also there is a close-up show, a fringe show, a theatre gala show featuring large-scale illusions, hilarious comedy, captivating circus skills, ventriloquism, extraordinary sleight of hand and even a European Champion of Magic! Plus a late night show, 3 competitions and dealers. A truly packed convention for a day and a half! Everything is being held in the Willowbank Hotel, 96 Greenock Road, Largs, Scotland, except the Gala Show which is being held in the Barrfields Pavilion, Greenock Road, Largs KA30 8QJ. Registration forms and further details can be obtained from Book now it looks like a great weekend. 16.3.24


Showtown Museum Blackpool - Now Open!

"Showtown: New £13m museum aims to recapture Blackpool's showbiz heyday"
"Whoopee cushions and Houdini’s cell: Blackpool’s new museum celebrates its rowdy heritage"

"23 awesome pictures of Blackpool's new Showtown museum as it prepares to open"

"Casson Mann creates dazzling designs for Blackpool’s first museum created with the help of a 'clowncil' of comedians and magicians, the museum’s exhibition design is as much of a spectacle as a Blackpool live show"

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Magic Circle Convention 2024. From the organisers: Over 50% of tickets are now sold and VIP Registration is Sold Out for The Magic Circle's 3rd Annual Convention on May 12th, held the prestigious Magic Circle HQ, nestled in the heart of London on Stephenson Way. Experience The Magic Dealers Emporium with more dealers than ever 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 Rya Hayashi, and, 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, there are still a few tickets left for what is going to be a sensational day of magic. To purchase your tickets Click Here. 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.


Composition - A practical lecture with Francisco Mousinho, Nottingham. From the organisers: April 1st from 7pm-10pm in Nottingham. Have you always struggled with creating an act that is filled with your persona on stage? How does one find their own identity? In this practical and enriching lecture, Francisco will share his creative process, plus the basic guidelines of what he considers to be the structural concepts that generate strong magic and engaging entertainment. While illustrating with his own professional repertoire as an example, Francisco deconstructs his own work to discover its genesis: techniques, choreography, theatricality and much more. This is the second event of a lecture and workshop series on Stagecraft, organised by the team behind The Curious Cabaret. Tickets for all events can be found at 16.3.24


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Wayne Dobson in his weekly guest spot on 'The Joe Longthorne Show' from 2nd August 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 16.3.24


David Jonathan and Nikolas Mavresis 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 "David Jonathan and Nikolas Mavresis - two creative giants join forces again" YouTube. 16.3.24


Fourth Annual Bath Circle of Magicians Magic Car Boot Sale and Auction. Roger Nicot writes: Just a month away! Thursday, April 18th at 7.30pm. The Fourth Annual Magic Car Boot Sale and Auction sponsored by the Bath Circle of Magicians. There will be a proverbial plethora of amazing new and gently used items for your purchasing pleasure. Our previous sales were a smashing success! Don't miss out on amazing deals. We hope to see you there! 7.30pm on Thursday April 18th at St Mary's Church Hall, Queen Square, High Street, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3EL. 16.3.24


Rabbits Out of the Hat - The Comedy Musical Magic Show, London, 28th and 30th May. Rabbits Out of the Hat is a musical play about a magic show. Vaudevillian duo Norvil & Josephine present their magical extravaganza. He is a magician with a secret and his sister assistant has a mission. With jaw-dropping magic and circus feats plus showstopper songs, magicians Norvil & Josephine share a funny and heartwarming story about being yourself, no matter what. Tickets £10-£12. Greater London shows at Harrow Arts Centre (28th May at 2pm at 171 Uxbridge Road, Pinner, London HA5 4EA) and Stanley Arts (30th May at 3pm and 7.30pm at 12 South Norwood Hill, London SE25 6AB). For show info and box office links visit: 16.3.24


Alakazam Weekly Vlog - Episode 3. "A behind the scenes look at one of the largest magic shops" YouTube. 16.3.24


Mind Mangler: Member of the Tragic Circle - London's Apollo Theatre to 28th April. Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer, the multi award-winning team behind the sold-out global smash hit The Play That Goes Wrong and the BBC comedy series The Goes Wrong Show, star in this hilarious new comedy by Mischief.

Join the 'Mind Mangler' as he returns to the stage following a disappointing two-night run at the Luton Holiday Inn conference centre, suite 2b. His new two-man show solo spectacular is predicted to spiral into chaos as he attempts to read your mind... Following a sold out run at the Edinburgh Festival this summer, Mind Mangler is a guaranteed night of "laugh filled, mind-bending silliness" (Broadway World) that will leave you gasping for breath. See


Giancarlo Scalia Lecture - Medway Magical Society. Tim Meadley writes: On Tuesday 19th March the Medway Magical Society will be hosting a lecture by Giancarlo Scalia. This Italian born magician now living in Madrid has a fast growing reputation for developing and performing magic that appears simple yet achieves maximum effectiveness. The lecture will be held at The George, City Way, Rochester ME1 2BH commencing at 8pm. Visiting magicians welcome - admission £10. 16.3.24


New From Mark Leveridge Magic. Here are the latest two routines to be released in the MLM Select range. 1. Magnetic Coins. Two coins are tipped from a purse and are placed apart on the table. They are then covered by two playing cards. With no apparent moves the two coins are suddenly found together under one of the cards. Replacing them apart again, they are covered once more. Again the two coins magically jump together under one card. Finally one coin is placed back into the purse and the other is covered by the two cards. Instantly it vanishes and is found inside the purse with the first coin. This sleight of hand effect requires no gimmicks and must be worked on a close up mat. You will only require some coins, a purse and some playing cards.

2. Parade Of The Kings Revisited. This is a revised version of the classic Parade Of The Kings packet trick from the 1970s. Four blue backed cards are counted face down and the performer explains that these are the four Kings. Two spectators between them decide on one of the Kings. Immediately the magician spreads the cards to reveal the chosen King has now magically turned face up. But there is a further surprise when the back of this King is shown to have also now changed to red. Then there is a final kicker when the other three face down Kings are turned face up to reveal they are in fact three blank faced cards and so were never there in the first place! The full face of the selected King can be openly shown. The handling is casual and innocent looking. Only one packet of cards is used. Each download costs just £7.00 (£3.50 for members of E-Club Pro). To watch dems and to order go to


Houdini. The story of the master magician, escapologist, and at the time of his death in 1926, one of the most famous men in the world, Harry Houdini. From 1996. On BBC Radio 4 Extra on Monday 25th March. See TV Magic for details. 16.3.24


Fred Van Buren. Andrew Van Buren writes: Sadly my father Fred Van Buren passed away on 6 March 2024 aged 91. He lead a full life of adventure touring his large shows around the world along with my mother Connie Greta. Dad was not only an illusionist but also inventor and builder of numerous large scale illusions, all able to be worked 'in the round', including the unique 'Van Buren's Vanishing Motorbike and Rider surrounded'. Funeral Monday 15 April, details to be announced. 16.3.24


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