Number 887 - 24th June 2017


Penn & Teller awarded the David Berglas International Magic Award. On Thursday evening, the Foundation for Promoting the Art of Magic presented the International Magic Award to Penn & Teller, seen here receiving the award from David Berglas backstage at the London Eventim Apollo where they are appearing as part of their UK tour. This marked the 10th anniversary of the prestigious award which was conceived by David Berglas in 2007. Previous recipients include David Copperfield, Derren Brown, Dynamo and Uri Geller. Accepting the award Penn & Teller said, “This means a great deal. David Berglas is an innovator of massive influence in both magic and in media. We couldn’t be more honoured.” 24.6.17


Secret Cellar, London’s hidden theatre of Close-up Magic. Summer/Autumn Season 2017. Secret Cellar returns to Vaulty Towers with a new line up of award-winning magicians and TV stars. With 5 star user reviews and a string of sell-out shows, London's hidden theatre of magic is fast becoming the capital’s underground hotspot for real magical talent. Witness incredible feats of illusion closer than ever before...

Chris Rawlins: I Remember Things. 26th–30th July. "Knocked me for six!" BBC.
Kockov: Mind-Messer. 2nd–6th August. "Truly remarkable" Rob Brydon.
Ian Rowland: The Mind Man. 6th–10th September. Consultant to Derren Brown, Uri Geller, MOD, British Olympic Team and the FBI.
Brendan Rodrigues: Intoxicated. 13th-17th September. Winner of the 2016 Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year.
The Vienna Experiment. 27th September – 1st October. Sell-out show at the London Horror Festival 2016.
Paul Zenon: Linking Rings. 18th–23rd October. "Contemporary master of his art" – The Times
Performances last 1 hour. Strictly limited to 33 seats. Please note due to the nature of the cellar there is no wheelchair access.
Secret Cellar, Vaulty Towers, 34 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7RG (Map)


IBM British Ring No.25 Convention 7th-10th September 2017 in Greenock, Scotland. The Convention Team is very excited to announce that The Jeffery Atkins Memorial Lecture will be presented by Richard Wiseman. Richard began his working life as a professional magician and is a Member of the Inner Magic Circle. He completed his PhD at the University of Edinburgh and currently holds Britain’s only Professorship in the Public Understanding of Psychology (University of Hertfordshire). In 2016 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Abertay University for his work into the public understanding of science. He has written several bestselling popular psychology books (including The Luck Factor, Quirkology, and 59 Seconds), and has sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Richard was listed in the Independent On Sunday’s top 100 people who make Britain a better place to live, and has acted as a consultant for Derren Brown, Brain Games, Your Bleeped Up Brain, and Mythbusters. This is definitely an event you don’t want to miss! To attend Richard’s lecture visit or email to register for the Convention. 24.6.17


Alien Autopsy - The Greatest Hoax of All Time: In 1995, Spyros Melaris created an illusion of global significance. His mission was to create something so unusual, so disturbing that it would rock the world. ‘The Alien Autopsy’ was not just a hoax. It challenged belief systems. It asked, 'Do Aliens exist, and are they visiting our planet?' The film fooled NASA, Kodak and every expert who had a say in the subject, including the Queen's Pathologist. The film maintained its integrity for 15 years until Melaris and his crew revealed the truth. Melaris has prepared slides, film and inside secrets exclusively for this show. Leicester Square Theatre, 24th September 2017. For more information and to book Click Here also see YouTube. 24.6.17


This week, from The MagicWeek Video Archive, illusionist Richard Cadell, in an appearance on 'The Big Stage Magic & Illusion Special' from December 29th 2000: The MagicWeek Video Archive. Richard Cadell is the IBM British Ring's President elect. To catch up with past weeks Click Here. 24.6.17


The Magic Hour, "London’s most exclusive magic show", has just been awarded a TripAdvisor 2017 Certificate of Excellence. "Step into the luxurious Park Lane Hotel (Sheraton Grand) to discover one of London’s best kept secrets – The Magic Hour. Established in 2013, Tony Middleton ‘Sonic’, as seen on Penn & Teller: Fool Us stuns audiences with Victorian style parlour magic. Dressed in tails against the evocative backdrop of the dark wood paneled Oak Room, he takes his audience on a journey into the Golden Age of Magic. Featuring classic sleight of hand, mind reading, and even a séance, you will never get closer to the impossible." See What's On for show details and to book, or visit 24.6.17


John Wade can be seen on The Good Old Days on Friday, in a recording that first went out in 1979: Leonard Sachs presents a 1979 edition of the old-time music hall programme from the stage of the City Varieties Theatre, Leeds. Featuring John Inman, Rita Morris, The Balladiers, John Wade, Julie Royce, Duo Barodies, Raymond Bowers and members of the Players' Theatre, London. See TV Magic. 24.6.17


Derek Lever Manchester Circle of Magicians lecture. Bill Booth writes: On Monday 26th June Derek Lever will be lecturing at The Manchester Circle of Magicians. Derek will be talking about, and displaying, props from his vast collection. If you want to know something about the history of magic why not come along? Visitors are welcome with prior approval from the President and a charge of £5.00 on the night. For more information and details visit our website at or email 24.6.17


Magicians at the Half Moon - Bishops Stortford: Friday 30th June. Martin Cox always tries to bring you the very best and newest acts in close-up magic at his "Magicians at the Half Moon" shows. On Friday, 30th June, Martin promises to deliver yet again, with two newcomers to the Half Moon: Alex Kirk and Darren Delaney. These evenings are always guaranteed to be a great night out and entry is just £10. Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map). Doors open at 7.30pm with the show starting at 8pm. To reserve yourself a front row seat, contact Martin on 01279 659562. For more information visit Andy Clockwise.



Shoot Ogawa Sheffield Circle of Magicians Lecture. Thursday 29th of June. Sheffield Circle of Magicians warmly invite you to join us for a lecture by Shoot Ogawa. The lecture is £5 for members and £10 for non-members (all welcome). Doors open at 7pm at the Magic Lounge, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield S2 5TG (Map) Andy Cooper, Secretary, Sheffield Circle of Magicians. 24.6.17


Edinburgh Festival Telepathy Magic Show. Martin T Hart writes: The Apex Grassmarket Hotel will be hosting ‘The Anomaly’, an incredible ‘Second Sight’ duo who claim to perform the most baffling telepathy magic you will ever witness on a live stage – and they don’t mind inviting magicians. Theatre critic Verity Williams saw the show in London and said, “the show is a totally unique and incredibly impressive experience”. Shane Wilder, CBS TV News, TX, said “I like this new take on duo mentalism”. ‘The Anomaly’ are at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. The show is being hosted by the 4-star Apex Grassmarket International Hotel and includes a three-course dinner in their award-winning restaurant, which overlooks Edinburgh Castle. You can also expect a cocktail of comedy, a slice of romance, a sprinkle of danger, a side-dish of discovery, all garnished with freshly cut sprigs of criminal behaviour. For exclusive discounts on these tickets use the link below. Performance dates are 25th, 26th, 27th & 28th of August at 7pm. The event is expected to be very popular and these discount tickets are limited to 35 places per date, book via For more information email 24.6.17


Congratulations to Franklin the Mind Magician, the 2017 winner of the Leeds Magic Circle Mentalism Competition, as voted for by members of the Leeds Magic Circle, together with a lay audience. This makes it the third time that Franklin has won this award! 24.6.17


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Number 886 - 17th June 2017


4Minds Conference 2017. 1st & 2nd July, Newcastle. Limited to just 90 delegates, the line-up for Michael Murray's 4Minds 2017 is now confirmed as: Jan Forster (Germany), Anthony Jacquin (UK), Stephen Young (The Netherlands), Phill Smith (UK), Ian Harvey Stone (UK), Thomas Heine (Germany) and Rainer Mees (Germany). Michael is also in talks with a couple of up and coming mentalists to feature in a series of mini-lectures throughout the weekend. The registration fee includes access to all of the lectures, together with the following extras: a limited edition book detailing routines, ideas and advice from the lecturers; a delegates pack; chilled bottled water, tea, coffee, juice; a light buffet lunch, and lecture discounts. Those who are arriving early on the Friday will also be invited to witness a unique show (full details to be announced shortly!). For more information and to register visit: Also see the two separate Friday events below. 17.6.17


Mark Elsdon's Storytelling & Mentalism Workshop. 10.30am Friday 30th June, Newcastle. This is the Friday morning before the 4Minds Convention that takes place over the weekend. "The greatest art in the world is the art of storytelling." Cecil B. DeMille. Mark Elsdon is running this brand new and highly collaborative Workshop for mentalists, mindreaders, magicians and entertainers who want to add some depth, meaning and resonance to their performances. Performers who enjoy delighting their audiences with something unique, interactive and memorable. For more info and to book: Click Here. 17.6.17


Ian Rowland: Anytime, Anywhere, Psychic Readings. 1.30pm Friday 30th June, Newcastle. 4Minds Conference organiser Michael Murray writes: After pleading and begging with Ian​ for well over a year he has finally agreed to do it! 'It' being the event that we have all dreamed of. I am sure that almost all of you have read Ian's highly acclaimed book "The Full Facts of Cold Reading". Now, for the very first time ever Ian will be teaching his personal cold reading system. This one system will enable you to give any kind of reading you want, anytime, anywhere to anyone. I for one will not be missing this amazing opportunity to learn from the very best in the business. To learn more and to secure your place visit Click Here. 17.6.17


Just two weeks to go until the UK's newest one-day magic convention takes off! Artistic Director Kevin McMahon writes: MagicFest Pro focuses primarily on live magic performance. As such, it will feature not only lectures from David Stone, Morgan & West, R Paul Wilson, Noel Qualter, Billy Reid, Dave Alnwick but live shows too! Also featuring live performances form Vincent Gambini, Alan Hudson, Elliot Bibby, Luke Eaton, Paul Di Stefano, Michael Neto, Adam Black, Tricky Ricky and Gary Dunn. All the above on one site with 6 theatres, bars, street food, a cafe, open air courtyard, magic dealer Alan Duncan, close-up magicians, a raked seated theatre (perfect for close-up lectures), live music and late night sessioning till the wee witching hours. Love live magic? Then you’ll love MagicFest Pro. Saturday 1st July. Full Day tickets just £50. Visit for details. 17.6.17


Steve Short's Johnny Hart Lecture - now booking. To coincide with the launch of Steve Short's Johnny Hart biography at the Blackpool Convention next year, Steve will be presenting a lecture on the life and career of Johnny Hart. The story of Johnny’s rise from Preston to the London Palladium at such a young age is a true success story. Most magicians will know that he was the first Magic Circle ‘Young Magician Of The Year’ winner in 1961. He then went on to a very successful career appearing all over the world including an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in America, making him the first British magician to ever appear on the show. For over three decades he worked virtually non-stop and appeared with many top names in show business. Steve has discovered numerous unseen and rare photographs which will be shown at the lectures. Also, Steve has obtained many video clips of Johnny’s TV appearances that have never been seen since their original broadcast. The lecture will be available for presentation from March 2018. Contact Steve Short directly to book: telephone 07803 125180. 17.6.17


Magic at the Barn, Saturday 1st July and Sunday 2nd July in Rochford, Essex. Witness incredible illusions, crazy juggling feats, magic and science colliding, plus award-winning magic and comedy. Suitable for all the family. Now in its 14th year! Award-winning magic and hilarious comedy, featuring some of the most exciting names in magic and variety in the UK held within an enchanting 17th century Red Brick Barn theatre. Starring the multi-award winning magic of Oliver Tabor, top international juggler Florian Brooks and the magic and science of Oliver Meech following his sell out run at the Edinburgh Festival. Outside entertainment will be running throughout the weekend featuring close-up magicians, plus bouncy castles, inflatable games and stalls offering face painting, food and drink. 4 amazing shows over 2 days! Saturday 1st July at 3pm & 7:30pm and Sunday 2nd July at 12noon & 3pm. Magic at the Barn, Red Brick Barn, Sutton Hall, Shopland Road, Rochford, Essex SS4 1LH (Map). Tickets Click Here or call the ticketline on 01702 543242. 17.6.17


Travis Perkins Assembly 25th Ferrybridge Day of Magic, Sunday 2nd July. From the organisers: With Lecturettes from Steve Gore and Alec Powell, a Workshopette from Alex Csurko, and the star-studded Showette featuring: Alex Powell, Steve Gore, Matthew Pomeroy and Cameron Glenwright. The venue is The Community Centre, The Square, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire WF11 8PQ (Map). Doors open at 9.45am and the day ends at 5pm. Refreshments available all day. Entrance fee £6. For more information please visit our Facebook page: Ferrybridge Day of Magic, contact the Travis Perkins Assembly on 01904 709500 or email Michael Shepherd or Danny Hunt 17.6.17


3D Magic Works at Merlins of Wakefield. Merlins of Wakefield write: We had a problem with our computers last week, but they are now sorted, and we are catching up with orders and correspondence as quickly as possible, apologies for any delays. From the end of June, Merlins are pleased to announce that we have entered into an exclusive agreement to supply 3D Magic Works products in the UK. This American company produces excellent quality ‘3D printed magic tricks’ on a made to order basis, which will take 5 to 6 weeks to supply. We are now taking orders, (at a special discount of £10 off RRP till the end of June) and these will be sent out in order of receipt. The sooner you order, the sooner you will receive them. Click Here to see the range, which we will be updating weekly as more items become available. Our DVD sale is still on, but finishes 30th June. Click Here for the ‘12@£12 DVD’ deals. We also have our latest 16 page June/July Preview catalogue available, Click Here, or if you would prefer a printed copy, just email us with your address and we will post you a free copy! 17.6.17


Gareth Shoulder wins short documentary award at Sheffield Doc Fest. Magician and raconteur Gareth Shoulder picked up the Virgin Money Short Film Award on Monday night for a film based around the theme of Curiosity. His film "A Medium at Large" was an investigation into the techniques psychics use, and whether they cause more harm than good? The judges called the film "ambitious" and "the idea of a magician using his skills to trick the tricksters, fascinating". See the winning film here: Vimeo, and all 7 finalists here: 17.6.17


The June Mark Leveridge Podcast. This month Mark returns to the normal format of 30 minutes of chat on a varied line up of topics as follows: Summer seems to have arrived, yet Mark for one is not that thrilled! - What constitutes a good trick? Mark looks at some options - There are three different types of show enquiry that you may be getting and Mark explains how you might categorise them and what they each mean - Lectures have changed in nature but Mark's latest offering is more like they used to be - How music can be a real asset for a close up performer - Your credibility as a magician is important for potential bookers, so here's a way to ensure you get some. You can listen to the Podcast for free online, or you can download it to any mp3 player in order to enjoy it in the car, in the garden or on the beach! Go to either or 17.6.17


Gary Jones Lecture hosted by Banished Magicians, Banbury. From the organisers: Banished Magicians (the Banbury based magic club) are delighted to be holding a lecture from one of the UK's finest magicians - Gary Jones on Tuesday 18th July at 7.30pm at Hanwell Community Centre, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX16 1ER (Map). If you are interested in coming please let us know in advance as there is limited space, email or visit our website For Banished Magicians members this lecture is free. Non-members are welcome at a cost of £10 (£6 under 18's). 17.6.17


Christian Engblom lecture, Northamptonshire Magicians Club, 20th June. Christian Engblom lectures at Northamptonshire Magicians' Club, Brafield on the Green Working Men’s Club, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD (Map) from 8pm - 10pm on Tuesday 20th June. Free for Members, £10 door charge for visiting magicians (welcome). 17.6.17


Impossible! The Latest Premier E-Routine Download from MLM. "This month Mark Leveridge has made one of his strongest card routines available as a Premier E-Routine Download. The effect, called Impossible!, uses two regular decks in a routine which is useable for both a close up show and walkabout work. A spectator genuinely freely names any card from a blue backed deck. The card is shown and then lost back in the pack which is boxed and given to the spectator to hold. The performer names a different card as his selection and this is similarly shown and lost back into the red deck which is then also boxed. With no moves, the two selected cards vanish from their respective cases and are found reversed in the centre of the other deck, the red backed selection being reversed in the blue deck, and the blue selection in the red. Everything is immediately examinable, thus eliminating the possible use of duplicates or fake cards. The effect resets in front of the spectators. You receive PDF instructions as well as a link to online downloadable video directions . This is strong card magic. For more information and to order visit" 17.6.17


The Magicians Advice Podcast. Phil Taylor writes: In this podcast I am joined by Paul Gordon (no Ian Brennan due to family commitments). We discuss the challenges of performing using only card tricks; the best way to do a double lift; beating your nerves; the importance of people skills; Paul’s experience of Penguin and Murphy’s lectures; Paul’s musical career, and how to get some of Paul’s magic tutorials for free. 17.6.17


Jumbo Magic Auction: Manchester Circle of Magicians. From the organisers: A Jumbo Magic Auction is being held on Monday 19th June by Manchester Circle of Magicians at Salford Masonic Hall, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Near Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Commencing at 6.30pm doors open at 5.30pm, viewing commences at 6pm. Star Auctioneers Derek Lever and Quentin Reynolds. Members admitted free of charge. Non members pay £3.00. Hundreds of items being sold, many without reserve. DVDs, books, kids tricks, close-up magic etc. Further details from Derek Lever: 17.6.17


Matthew Garrett lectures at The Mystic Ring in Dunstable on Thursday 22nd June. Peter Gardini writes: The evening starts at 8pm, but people usually meet in the bar for drinks from 7.30pm. There is a charge for non-members of the Mystic Ring of £5. The Mystic Ring, The Conservative Club, 49 High Street North, Dunstable LU6 1JE (Map). The car park in Regent Street is free after 7pm. 17.6.17


Jonathan Royle won the Order of the Magi's Close-Up Competition on Tuesday 13th June, together with the Sly Smith Shield for 'Best Card Trick'. To read the full story Click Here. 17.6.17


Tony Griffith 'At Home' - Sunday 8th October. Tony Griffith writes: I will be holding another of 'At Home' day on Sunday 8th October in Norton Malreward, Bristol. This a day-long event for those looking for a more in-depth discussion and learning experience in the magic art. The day will cover a variety of areas such as Presenting/Organising a One Man Show - Close Up/Stand Up - Promotion, Publicity, Organisation - After Dinner Speaking/Entertainment - Trade Shows/Corporate Hospitality - Working in Schools. I will be showing and explaining a great many of the routines that have served me well over the years. The day starts at 10.30am, finishing at 5pm. Registration is £40 and includes coffee on arrival, a sandwich lunch and tea/cake prior to departure. Seating is very limited. Early registration is essential. I had 30 years experience as a professional magician and have lectured throughout the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S.A. including the Magic Castle, Hollywood. I am a Gold Star Member of The Inner Magic Circle, and author of numerous publications including my recent Reflection series. For more details or to register email or telephone 01275 835463 13 Church Road, Norton Malreward, Bristol BS39 4EX. 17.6.17


The MagicWeek Video Archive this week features Fukai, appearing on The Paul Daniels Magic Show in December 1986: The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks Click Here. 17.6.17


"Review: Penn and Teller at The Palace Theatre" Click Here • "Jessica Jane talks magic career, influences and 'Fool Us'" Click Here • "Colin Cloud, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Mind-Reader: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know" Click Here • "Young magician set to leave audience spellbound on American TV talent show" Click Here • "‘America’s Got Talent’: One magician becomes two as French twins surprise judges" Click Here • "Magician aims for TV job after BGT success" Click Here • "Jim the Magician – he’s really magic!" Click Here • "Jim the Magician – he’s really magic!" Click Here • "Daredevil street magician walks barefoot through broken glass" Click Here • "Magical art of the illusory" Click Here • "Celebs are flocking to see New York’s hottest magic show" Click Here • "Matt Grindley to appear at The Bolton Panto at Wanderers’ Macron Stadium" Click Here • "Harry Houdini's Magical Harlem Townhouse Is Back on the Market" Click Here • And finally, not magic, but nice: "Charlie Chaplin blue plaque unveiled at his beloved Brixton flat" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 17.6.17