Number 852 - 22nd October 2016


More names added to the International Magic Get Together on November 20th in Chiswick, London. From the organisers: Bill Herz (photo), America's top corporate magic booker and Bob Gill, who not only organises many top UK corporate events but is also a highly regarded and sought after script and speech writer, will both be joining us at The George IV pub on November 20th. Both will offer invaluable insight into what it needs and takes to increase the effectiveness, and ultimately value, of your performances. Whether you are a newcomer to magic or well established, there will be a wealth of new information to benefit you at this thought provoking and insightful day of talks and performances, no matter which genre of magic you work in. You are guaranteed a valuable injection of 'magical drive'! Tickets are only £10 for the whole day which runs from 2pm to 10pm. PayPal £10 to to be put on the list of attendees. 22.10.16


Tricked: House of Horrors. Prankster and magician Ben Hanlin returns with a Halloween special of his hidden camera magic show. Celebrity guests including Made in Chelsea's Jamie Laing, Geordie Shore's Marnie Simpson, TOWIE's Danni Armstrong and Love Island's Scott Thomas and Kady McDermott try to survive Ben's House of Horrors, TOWIE's Megan McKenna witnesses some paranormal activity, and Blue's Lee Ryan finally gets revenge on bandmate Simon Webbe for his caravan prank which left the rest of the group in utter shock. Tricked: House of Horrors, Thursday 27th October see TV Magic. 22.10.16


Jamie Raven Live at The Magic Circle: 28th, 29th 30th October. Britain's Got Talent star Jamie Raven is set to play a special series of intimate shows at The Magic Circle in London this week. Long shrouded in mystery, The Magic Circle has been a worldwide beacon for the art of magic since its inception in 1905. Ahead of a nationwide tour in November, Jamie will be inviting audiences inside this unique venue offering them a rare opportunity to witness some of its many secrets. After headlining in the West End box office smash hit The Illusionists and selling out his own national theatre tour, Jamie is now gearing up for a very exciting and exclusive evening of magic, trickery and illusion. VIP pre-show reservations also available. The Magic Circle, London. Tickets: Video Click Here. Also see 22.10.16


Chris Cox will be appearing in New Victoria Theatre’s production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, alongside Warwick Davis, this Christmas. Chris plays Muddles and plans to slip in a little mind reading along the way! Chris just returned from a sell-out run of Impossible at the Dubai Opera House. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 10th December to the 8th January 2017: 22.10.16


"I Can't Believe It's Not Magic!" Victoria Hall Theatre, Old Harlow, Essex. On 4th November, Andy Clockwise will be hosting another Magic Night at the Victoria Hall Theatre, Bury Road, Old Harlow CM17 0ED (Map) featuring Jacob Banfield, Oliver Tabor, Oliver Graham and The Great Al-Prendo, with music from Brian Clark. The Victoria Hall Theatre is a beautiful, intimate theatre seating around 110 with free parking close by. Suitable for children aged 12 and older. Tickets are £15 each but if you book before 1st November and use promo code "MAGICWEEK" you'll save £5 per ticket. Tickets available to purchase from 22.10.16


One of the UK's finest magic exports, Piff the Magic Dragon, just celebrated his first year at the Flamingo in Las Vegas with a party for Mr. Piffles and friends including Penn, Lance Burton and Mac King:

"Piff the Magic Dragon celebrates first anniversary at The Flamingo" Click Here

"Piff’s real magic is in the jokes — but the cute Chihuahua helps" Click Here

"Piff The Magic Dragon marks first anniversary of Flamingo Las Vegas engagement" Click Here. 22.10.16


Victorian Entertainments: There Will Be Fun. An exhibition celebrating some of the most popular entertainments of Victorian times has just opened at British Library. Focusing on five colourful characters, follow their stories as the exhibition brings the worlds they inhabited to life. These Victorian A-listers include Dan Leno, the original pantomime dame and ‘funniest man on earth’, John Nevil Maskelyne, magician and manager of ‘England’s Home of Mystery’, and the great circus showman ‘Lord’ George Sanger. Also hear of those whose fame has now faded such as Annie De Montford, a mill worker turned mesmerist, and Evanion the Royal conjuror. The exhibition contains many items loaned from The Magic Circle Museum collection and archive. The exhibition runs until Sunday 12th February 2017 during public library opening hours. Free admission. Every Saturday (from 15th October – 17th December, 3pm-5pm), a company of actors and performers will present archive material from the exhibition through the prism of contemporary performance. "Victorian conjuror's collection goes on show at British Library" Click Here. 22.10.16


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Brett Sherwood, on Channel 5's Big Stage Magic & Illusion Special from December 2000. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 22.10.16


Conjuring at the Court – Thursday 27th October. Enjoy a bewitching night of magic and comedy at our Hallowe’en Special!
• Mel Mellers has always been one of our most popular performers. He’s one of the most successful comedy magicians in the UK. If you haven’t seen him yet – don’t miss him!
• The multi-talented James Brown, magician, hypnotist, pickpocket…. Unlike most performers, he doesn’t work to a set routine; as a ‘professional opportunist’, he creates something completely new whenever he performs. It’s a sort of jazz magic – and it’s breathtaking.
• Megan Knowles-Bacon is of the rare concept acts that grace the world of magic, combining delightful ballet with skilled sleight of hand to produce a charming and unforgettable performance.
• And we welcome Al Prendo, a comedy magician with a completely original style. His appearance on Britain’s Got Talent has attracted 1.5 million YouTube Hits! ‘Comic Genius – the new Tommy Cooper’ - Piers Morgan. ‘I have never laughed so much in my whole life’ – Amanda Holden.
• Compèred by co-producer Russell Levinson.
The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm with an interval. It’s in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court. Come early to enjoy a meal before the show. The Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Book now for just £11 from – it’s cheaper to buy in advance!


Magic and Mayhem Thursday 24th November, Leicester. From the producers: Come join us for an evening of amazing stunts, mind reading, stand-up comedy and magic that isn’t sh*t! Let 'The Hypnotist' Anthony Jacquin (Reality Is Plastic) bend your brain with non-hypnosis hypnosis; 'The Empathist' Ian Harvey Stone (The Devil Without) will open your mind and tickle your funny bones; 'The Detective' Ben Cardall (Sherlockian) will reveal your inner thoughts and the contents of your pocket and 'The Comedian' Phil Knoxville (SCIN) is the stand-up magician with the twisted skills to pay the bills and a fully fledged license to rock. Thursday 24th November 2016 at 7.30pm at The Exchange, 50 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RD (Map). Free Entry! See Facebook, Click Here. 22.10.16


Andi Gladwin has lectured all over the world, appearing at: FISM, Magic Live, Masters of Magic, the Blackpool Convention, and at many more events, worldwide. His lecture is split into two sections: Parlour Magic, including his original Magic Square routine and Easy Close-up Magic, for everyone. Over the next couple of weeks he will be lecturing across the UK for: Leeds Magic Society (25th October), Sheffield Circle of Magicians (26th October), Hull Magicians' Circle (27th October) and at the Cotswold Magic Society (2nd November). 22.10.16


Table Top Sale & Mini Auction, Perth Magic Circle. Wednesday, 2nd November at 7.30pm. Adrian Harris writes: This is our annual event where anyone is welcome to sell their unwanted magic! Tables must be booked in advance at a cost of £5.00. Access will be from 7pm, to allow sellers time to set out goods for sale and doors will be opened to buyers at 7.30pm. This is a great opportunity to purchase new effects, books or DVDs at bargain prices and also meet up with friends from other clubs. Admission, which includes free entry into our raffle, is £3.00 payable at the door. Perth Magic Circle, Perth & District Ex-Servicemen's Club, 5 Milne Street, Perth PH1 5QL (Map). 22.10.16


Blackpool Magicians' Club Opening Night. Alan Horne writes: On Monday 10th October Blackpool Magicians Club were proud to have our official opening night at the now completed clubroom. President Michael Shepherd welcomed members and guests and was ably assisted by Mr Ken Dodd who cut the ribbon and said a few words. 22.10.16


The Annual British Magical Society Dinner. Jay Adkins writes: 80 is a magic number! This is the maximum number of seats available at next year’s B.M.S. Annual Dinner on Saturday, March 11th 2017 at The Tally Ho Conference and Banqueting Centre, Edgbaston, Birmingham! With cabaret from the one and only Martin Daniels this is going to be a great night, so early booking is definitely advised. Family and friends are welcome to enjoy this special evening with an excellent meal, presentations, close-up magic, raffle, tombola and Star Cabaret with Martin Daniels. All seats only £35.00. Tally Ho Conference & Banqueting Centre, Pershore Road, Birmingham B5 7RN (Map). Contact info at 22.10.16


Christian Magicians UK 2017 Conference, 13th to 17th February. Austin Siviter writes: The early booking discount ends in a few days time on 31st October. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy a week of top class magic, including full board accommodation at CCT High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, EN11 8SG. The Final Lineup includes: Steve Gore - a truly versatile entertainer with over 25 years experience, including performing at the World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood; Dave Allen - Comedy Magician and Ventriloquist, the proud winner of many titles including being International Comedy act of the year 2010/11, for the International Brotherhood of Magicians, which he also won in 2005. He is also the current holder of British Isles Family Entertainer of the Year; Nathan Ward - a versatile communicator, consultant with a degree in theology, and international magicians Joshua Jay and Andi Gladwin - co-founders of Vanishing Inc. Joshua is a lecturer, author and photographer of all things mysterious and has performed in over fifty countries. At the age of seventeen he was crowned world champion of close-up magic at the World Magic Seminar, and is today regarded as one of the leading creative forces in the magic world. Andi is a UK-based entrepreneur, publisher and professional close-up magician is also the tricks editor at Genii Magazine. He has performed throughout Europe and North America and has lectured throughout the world, such as at Masters of Magic in Italy and Magic Live in Las Vegas. Visit the conference page at for further details and to book online. 22.10.16


Magic Afternoon Tea. From the organisers: To celebrate Halloween (28th - 31st October), The Park Lane Hotel have crafted a Magic Afternoon Tea to pay tribute to Harry Houdini on the 90th anniversary of his death. Guests can indulge in a complimentary cocktail alongside a range of themed treats, while enjoying some first class close-up magic from magician Tony Middleton, who appeared on Penn & Teller: Fool Us and is the star of the hit London show, The Magic Hour. The Palm Court at Sheraton London Park Lane, is Mayfair's premium meeting place. A beautiful setting in the heart of London offering a glimpse into the magic and history of the roaring 20s. To book: 22.10.16


Magic Circle Dealers Day - today! From the organisers: 22nd October, 10am to 5pm at the Galleon Suite, Royal National Hotel, 38-51 Bedford Way, Nr Russell Square, London WC1H 0DG (Map). £5 entry on the door (free for Magic Circle Members/ Apprentices/ YMC Members). Dealers from all over the country, covering all aspects of magic. Café/Restaurant/ Bar on site, Hotel car park / Euston station / Russell Square underground just around the corner. Meet up with all your magic friends for a great day. 22.10.16


Phill Smith lecture, Peterborough Society of Magicians. From the organisers: Phill Smith is a Leicester based mentalist, designer and creator of mentalism effects, writer of three ground-breaking books and creative consultant to TV shows like Impossible. Price for non-members is £6.00 at the door. Tuesday, 15th November, at 7pm. Peterborough Society of Magicians, The Millfield Community Centre, New England Complex, Lincoln Road, Peterborough PE1 2PE (Map). 22.10.16


The October E-Club Pro Sign Up Offer. There are just a few days left for you to take advantage of the fabulous money-saving sign up offer which will enable you to become a member of Mark Leveridge's online resource E-Club Pro. When you join you will get access to the following Members' Only website sections: The ToolBox - a wide range of moves clearly explained on video. The Vintage Vault - video instruction for Mark Leveridge routines which have never been filmed before. The TricKlip Viewer - watch the performance and explanation each month of a different routine extracted from Mark's DVDs. The Lecture Room - experience bite size video extracts from many of Mark's live lectures. The Book Corner - a different segment from one of Mark's books is posted here each month. The Advice Centre - not only have access to Mark to ask magic questions important to you, but also read through 150 previous questions covering a huge range of topics. The E-Club Pro Shop - get a massive 40% discount on a selected item from the MLM range each month. The Archive - dip into the huge database of video help, advice and trick instruction lifted from the monthly E-Video Newsletters. The Download Portal - download and keep a PDF routine each month. The Instruction Locker - watch video directions for MLM products that originally only came with printed instructions. All this plus get Mark's Monthly Message advice video in the middle of each month and in addition get full access to the monthly E-Video Newsletter. For full details and to get the special sign up offer, visit before 31st October 2016. 22.10.16


Pete Firman Trix plays the Ashcroft Arts Centre this evening. "The UK’s leading comedy magician" (Time Out) returns to the Fringe to celebrate a decade of sell-out shows. Star of BBC1’s The Magicians expect Pete’s trademark blend of crowd-pleasing comedy and jaw-dropping magic... it’s a show not to be missed! "The man from Middlesbrough sets the pace for comedy-meets-magic in the 21st century" The Times. "The new poster-boy for British comedy magic" The Telegraph. See What's On for tour dates. 22.10.16


Mark Bennett & The House Magicians Comedy & Magic Show. Smoke & Mirrors offer you a chance to experience the number one show in the South West with our resident performers The House Magicians. Two great comedy magicians will make you gasp and laugh, and will entertain you for 2 hours - book via our own box office today. Tonight (October 22nd) Mark Bennett is joined by Sunil Singh. Smoke & Mirrors, 8 Denmark Street, Bristol BS1 5DQ (Map). See for tickets and future dates. 22.10.16


The Vienna Experiment: "Explore the unexplained with Professor Franklin Fitzroy-Smogg and Baron Gustav von Wraith. Since first meeting in 1888 at the European Institute of Parapsychology in Baden-Baden, Germany, the Professor and the Baron have toured Europe exposing fake mediums and spiritual charlatans. Now you have an opportunity to join them at one of their famous ‘happenings’. Part lecture, part demonstration, they will not only lay bare the techniques used to deceive the vulnerable, but also take you through their most baffling and downright disturbing cases. They will conduct a series of thrilling experiments with, and on, you, their ‘witnesses’. From psychometry to spirits; from Tarot cards to the Ouija Board; from numerology to séance, join them as they search for conclusive proof of the existence of the ‘other realm’. Written and performed by magicians and actors Jasper Blakeley and Frank E. Haschka, The Vienna Experiment is a funny and thrilling theatrical event that will chill, delight and amaze in equal measure." Thursday 27th October. Over 18s only. To book Click Here. 22.10.16


Magicians at the Half Moon, Bishops Stortford, Friday 28th October: Prepare to be amazed on Friday 28th October when magicians Leon Thomson and Duncan Swan join Martin Cox for another evening of jammed packed magic at Magicians at the Half Moon. Tickets are just £10 each and are available to purchase on the door at the Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map) - reserve a front row seat by calling Martin on 01279 659562. Doors open at 7.30pm and the fun kicks off at 8pm. These evenings are always great fun and fantastic value for money. More information at 22.10.16


Behind the Business with Harry Robson. In this episode Phil Taylor and Ian Brennan talk to Harry Robson about: The business of magic; Booking Weddings; Fees; The Blackpool Convention; Upcoming projects and How to become an entertainer: 22.10.16


A Night of Wonders. Chris North writes: What a great night we had at Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, a complete sellout to help Mike Wallis restart Wallis’s Wonders following the devastating fire in the Indoor Market in Great Yarmouth. So huge thanks go to all the onstage performers, close-up magicians, the theatre, poster designer, cartoon artist and many others who all gave their services free of charge. The brand new Wallis’s Wonders is set to open on 5th November in the Royal Arcade in Great Yarmouth. Photo: Mike Wallis holding the show's poster. 22.10.16


Sounds of Bublé is a must-see for any Michael Bublé fan and big band lover. All of the classic Michael Bublé numbers will be performed, such as Cry Me a River, Feeling Good, Haven't Met You Yet and Home, to name just a few. Matt Fisher's uncanny vocals and mannerisms mirror Bublé himself, and along with the tight and crisp sounds of the huge 17 piece Junction 4 Big Band, you will feel you are actually watching a Michael Bublé concert at a fraction of the cost. With support acts Marley Blandford and top comedy magician Richie Austin. Tickets only £12. See Electric Theatre, Onslow Street, Guildford GU1 4SZ (Map). 22.10.16


Bexley Magic Society Close-up Competition. Roy Marsh writes: Wednesday 19th October saw the annual close-up magic competition at Bexley Magic Society. The Marvello Cup Competition is named after former member Terry Wright, who used to perform under that name. Five members of the club demonstrated their best close-up effects to a full audience including three judges, two of whom were lay people and one a magician from another club. Taking part were Adrian Sels, Jason Deverell, Kevin Goodwin, Andy Richardson and the eventual winner, Terry Herbert (pictured here being presented with the trophy by club President, Bernard Pinnock). The audience were treated to magic ranging from signed bank notes appearing inside kiwi fruit to linking rings as well as card tricks and mind reading. The judges were asked to mark in two categories, mystification and entertainment, giving marks out of ten in both cases. Terry’s winning act included some demonstrations of the “special characteristics” of the new plastic £5.00 note, allowing a pen to penetrate it but remain undamaged for example. He also produced a deck of cards, blank on both sides except for a freely named card, chosen after the deck had been show to be blank. Congratulations to Terry on his success and thank you to the other contestants for providing us with a great evening’s entertainment. 22.10.16


Lance Burton Revisits Magic of Johnny Carson’s ‘Tonight Show’ Click Here • "Great Escapes: Celebrating Harry Houdini Through Travel" Click Here • "Magician celebrates 25 years of women being allowed into prestigious Magic Circle" Click Here • Chris North's Mentalism Live is reviewed by Stephen Bolam this week, Click Here • "Derren Brown talks celebrity, stalkers and finding inner calm at the Lit Fest" Click Here • "Cumbrian magician’s spell-binding performance to mark charity’s 70th anniversary" Click Here • "‘Healer’ Derren plays a blinder" Click Here • "This Comic Magician’s Performance Will Leave You ROFL and Stunned At The Same Time!" Click Here • "Weird Wednesdays: The Handcuff King" Click Here • "Houdini, Arthur Conan Doyle debate magic in play based on own words" Click Here • "Hey presto! A magician’s guide to being happy and who better to write it than Derren Brown?" Click Here • "Review: Criss Angel back with awesome new television show 'Trick'D Up'" Click Here • "Now you see it, now you don’t" Click Here • "Can you master this magic trick by High Jinx magician Michael Jordan?" Click Here • "Magicians Morgan & West back in Dorset for half term" Click Here • Many thanks to everyone who submitted news this week, it's always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 22.10.16