Number 934 - 19th May 2018


The David Berglas Digital Scrapbooks. David Berglas is about to share a lifetime of magical memories via his 'Digital Scrapbooks' on YouTube. An introductory video offers a glimpse of what's to come. Expect anecdotes, video clips, photographs and memorabilia, spanning about eighty years. Starting on June 1st plans are underway to add two new videos every week. They will include David's work on radio, television, film and in variety theatres, as well as many product launches. The first video, which will go live on Friday, 1st June, will feature David explaining how a last minute decision to attend a magic convention led to an introduction to a national magazine. They challenged him to perform an impossible stunt – and he accepted! What a wonderful project. See YouTube for the introduction video. DT. 19.5.18


Magic man Maddox wows with Rubik’s Cube wizardry! "Think there’s only so much that can be done with a Rubik’s Cube? Think again! Watch magician Maddox Dixon blow our Judges away with his incredible magic tricks" YouTube.

"BGT magician blows our minds with Rubik's Cube prowess" Click Here.
"Magician who wowed Britain’s Got Talent judges reveals he got his big break thanks to superstar frontman" Click Here.
"Britain's Got Talent: Maddox Dixon BGT audition 'rumbled' by ITV viewers as magician stuns judges with Rubik’s Cube trick" Click Here.
"Magician Baffles The 'Britain's Got Talent' Judges With Rubik's Cube Trick" Click Here.


50th Annual Academy of Magical Arts Awards Ceremony, Los Angeles. At the recent 50th annual Academy of Magical Arts Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles two British magicians were honoured. Wayne Dobson was presented with the Award of Merit as his "ebullient, masterful, live and television performances have become the stuff of legend. His writings have generously passed his wealth of knowledge to us all". Peter Lane was presented with a Special Fellowship to recognise his voluntary work every week for 20 years as Executive Librarian of The Magic Circle. He was also recognised for his work as a magic historian and researcher which he shares with other collectors and writers by providing them with information and illustrations which "keep the beacon of magic history burning". There were many other Awards including a Lifetime Achievement Fellowship to Shimada. David Copperfield received a Masters Fellowship and also a presentation as Magician of The Decade. 19.5.18


"Kid Magician Issy Simpson Shows Off Her Tricks" Just last week charismatic young magician Issy Simpson made a special guest appearance on The Ellen Show in the States, see YouTube. 19.5.18


Conjuring at the Court, Thursday 31st May, London. From the organisers: Witness the impossible at London’s longest-running monthly magic show. Featuring the very funny Carl Pettman, the amazing Fay Presto, magic from Holland with Fritz Alkemade, and Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year for two years running, Matt Le Mottee. Compere Hugh Levinson. Tickets just £11 from – it’s cheaper to book in advance. The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm with an interval. It’s in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Come early to enjoy a meal before the show! Parking is free from 6.30pm (Happy 70th from the MagicWeek team Fay!). 19.5.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, David Blaine's infamous appearance on GMTV with Eamonn Holmes, reflected on, on 'The 100 Greatest TV Treats of the Year 2001'. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 19.5.18


Magic History Gathering at The Magic Circle, 9th June. There are only three weeks to go before The Magic History Gathering. There will be two presentations about the female magicians Talma and Suzi Wandas, two about the card performers Edward G.Brown and Cliff Green. There are also talks on the Pinchbecks, Servais Le Roy and the mysterious life of Jardine Ellis. There will be a sale of collectable books. Tickets cost £40 and can be purchased from The Magic Circle's website: The price includes a substantial buffet lunch, morning coffee and afternoon tea. The event is open to non-members of The Magic Circle. 19.5.18


Miraculous Magic Live! - Westcliff-on-Sea, today, Saturday 19th May. Mix stunning magic, baffling illusions and cheeky comedy with a young, energetic, enthusiastic magician and what do you get? 'Miraculous Magic' is a brand-new magical experience for children and is guaranteed to create laughs and gasps. Top magician Danny Lee Grew will turn audience members into princesses and ask them to guess what's inside his sandwich. Mr Ted, the magical teddy bear, makes a special appearance and you will be amazed when Danny performs the world-famous glass and bottle illusion. Saturday 19th May at 2pm. Tickets £9.50 from Venue: Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9LA (Map). 19.5.18


Chris Wardle makes a rare stage appearance at The British Ring ‘Picnic’. Chris is well-known for his magical creations and lecturing. His effects have appeared in several books and have been used on TV, radio and on the stage. Top performers including Geoffrey Durham and Richard Cadell have used his ideas. Gerry Cottle will be interviewed about his amazing life in circus and Andy Storm with Hex illusions will top the afternoon show. There’s plenty going on and a buffet lunch too for only £7 (children £5) at the Little Theatre in Leicester on Sunday May 27th. Pay on the door; but places must be booked in advance by calling 01827 912305 or emailing The theatre is close to bus and rail stations and ample parking facilities. Have a magic day out at a very economic price. Geoffrey Newton PRO. 19.5.18


The Mark Leveridge Magic May Web Offers. Every month Mark selects two items from his product range and makes them available at a discount, and for May there are two contrasting items. The first is a TricKlip downloadable video file of a terrific Boston Box routine called The Emperor's Coins. The presentation supplied with this effect makes it very unusual and creates a really entertaining coin magic effect. The other Web Offer is an E-Book entitled A Simple Guide To Creativity. If you have ever wanted to adapt the magic you do, or improve it, or even create new effects, this book will explain many different ways to do it. Mark explores in easy to understand ways the essence of creativity and then using concrete examples, shows you how you put the theory into practise. The clear explanations contained in this book will help you to make your magic more individual and personal to you. Both the above items are available during May at 40% off, so to find out more and to order, go to and get yourself a bargain. 19.5.18


Order of the Magi Jumbo Magic Auction, Manchester. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: The Order of the Magi (Manchester) are holding a Jumbo Auction on Tuesday 22nd May at The Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Manchester M8 0AE (Map) at 7.30pm prompt, with viewing from 6.30pm. Lot numbers are now available, so if you need one please contact Secretary Mike Sharples on 0161 287 7865 Details are on Door charge £3 for non-members. Do come along as there might be there the very thing you are looking for. 19.5.18


Magicseen May Money Saver Offer. From the publishers: We feel our magazine offers some terrific content (well, we would, wouldn't we!?), and we want to ensure that as many people as possible get to read it all and enjoy it. So, to that end we are offering a special flash subscription offer. Take out a 1 year (6 issues) subscription and we will supply you with one extra issue free by extending your sub period to 7 issues. Or, take out a 2 year (12 issues) subscription, and we will give you two free additional issues, making your subscription period last for 14 issues. This offer apples to both printed copy and download subscribers. This offer finishes at midnight on Sunday 20th May 2018. If you already have a current subscription with us, sign up again for 1 or 2 years and we will extend your present sub period by either 7 or 14 issues. Magicseen is already a great value read, and this offer makes it even better! So go to the brand new Magicseen website at and subscribe before the deadline on Sunday 20th May 2018 and receive your extra free issues with our compliments. 19.5.18


Marcus Eddie UK Lecture tour - final dates and review. "...this was such a valuable evening of creativity and simplicity of method presented by a very talented and warm-hearted performer, it would be a pleasure to have Marcus back to lecture on a future visit to the UK." To read the full review from Steve Majes, Click Here. Final Dates: Northamptonshire Magicians' Club on 22nd May. Free to NMC Members, £10 charge for guests. The evening starts at 8pm prompt, ends 10.30pm. Northamptonshire Magicians' Club, Brafield on the Green Working Men's Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD (Map). And Alakazam Magic Club on 29th May, contact: 19.5.18


Steve Short presents his Johnny Hart lecture for the Kent Magicians' Guild on Tuesday 29th May at 8pm at CIU Dunton Green Social Club, 159 London Road, Dunton Green, Kent TN13 2TA (Map). Members of other magic clubs are invited; £5.00 door charge. 19.5.18


Grumbleweeds, lecture and Q&A now booking. From the organisers: Legendary comedy act, The Grumbleweeds, present a no holds barred comedy lecture and Q&A session, where they'll lift the lid on all things comedy... Regarded by their peers as the best in the business, The Grumbleweeds, James and Robin, have just completed a record-breaking six week run in the Qdos production of 'Cinderella', at the Birmingham Hippodrome, playing 72 shows, twice a day, to around 150,000 people during the run. They have created, devised and performed some of comedy's classic routines and they're available now to lecture at your magical society!

Learn from the best, as they lift the lid on what really makes comedy tick: How routines are created, what makes something funny, how to get more comedy into your performances and how to get maximum comedy impact on every routine that you do. They'll talk and demonstrate how they create ideas, how they put it all together and how to make comedy really work in your act. Don't miss this chance to learn how to make it all work at the highest level, from two of the industry finest exponents. Now available to magical societies throughout the UK. Contact: James Brandon: 07799 268689 for more information. Also see YouTube and


Fried Mind Show - Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham. Fresh from a successful run at Brighton Fringe, comedy magician and mind reader David Terrence is performing a full evening of his latest mind frying routines at the Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham. "Funny and impressive mind-reading" 4 star review from Voice Mag UK. "Totally excellent. The whole package is here" UK Cabaret Magazine. Fried Mind Show starts at 8pm on Friday 8th June. Tickets are £10 per adult: Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex BN43 5EG (Map). 19.5.18


Punch & Judy at The British Ring ‘Picnic’. For the first time Mel Harvey will be presenting a special version of his Punch & Judy Show at an IBM (British Ring) gathering. The newly revived The British Ring ‘Picnic’ is being held at The Little Theatre, Leicester on Sunday 27th May. Having toured with Harry Corbett's Sooty Show and appeared on the TV show back in the 70s and 80s, Mel is looking forward to Mr Punch being able to meet Sooty, and six to four he will! The following Saturday, June 2nd, Mel will be at The Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne with his comedy magic act for a "Day by the Sea" with Roy Hudd, Wyn Calvin, Jan Hunt and members of The British Music Hall Society. Mel is looking forward to meeting friends old and new at both venues. 19.5.18


Magic in Schools Lecture by Martin Duffy, Wednesday 23rd May, The Cotswold Magical Society. Peter Kidd writes: Martin Duffy started his professional career as a children's entertainer at a private holiday camp when he was 21 and has been a full-time professional children's entertainer in the Newcastle area since 1986. In recent years he has made a name for himself for his shows for schools and has developed special educational magic shows covering themes such as: environmental issues, mathematics, science, healthy eating, road safety and stranger danger. In 2017, he gave a 15-minute presentation on the subject at the Trix in the Stix convention, and this year he launched his Maths Magic Show course, limiting it to 100 magicians worldwide. It sold out within a week.

The Cotswold Magical Society is very lucky to have secured Martin to present his full Magic in Schools lecture for us the day after this year's Trix in the Stix convention, so that those 'Trixsters' travelling south after the convention can call in to enjoy Martin's lecture on their journeys home. Doors open at 7.30pm, entrance is £10 for visitors and you are all are very welcome. The Cotswold Magical Society, The Hucclecote Community Centre, Hucclecote Road, Gloucester GL3 3RT (Map). also see


The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam and Kyle Sarocen write: Our next gathering will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday June 5th, at The Grosvenor Casino, Great Yarmouth NR30 3JG (Map). The aim of the evenings is to allow magicians to meet and socialise, and exchange ideas, in a relaxed atmosphere. Our social evenings are free of charge and you will be able to buy drinks from the bar. The evening starts at 7.30pm, so come along and enjoy the atmosphere. If anyone wants to come along, please email or you can phone Kyle on 07982 819727 for further information. 19.5.18


Two Balloon Days in Birmingham,11th & 12th June. Graham Lee writes: Birmingham, 11th June: Paul Brown 'Building large costumes'. Paul came up with the Hulk and Captain America costumes 18 months ago and they went viral on the internet. Paul will be explaining a few more designs and then everyone will have a chance to build a design during the day. A good photo opportunity for your website. Birmingham, 12th June: Patrick van de Ven (photo) from Holland 'My Favorite Things'. What can you say about Patrick... arguably the number one twister in the world. A day not to be missed. Both days run from 10am to 5.30pm. For more info and to book, 19.5.18


"David Blaine guesses Trevor Noah’s number" Click Here • "David Blaine, An Oyster Beer Fest and 12 Other Things to Do and See in Portland May 16-22" Click Here • "Win 2 tickets to watch magician Dynamo live in Cape Town plus a meet and greet" Click Here • "Revealed: the surprising scientific passion of Charles Dickens" Click Here • "He was a respected scientist and 'born sceptic'… so just how did a Cambridge-educated son of a General become Britain's grandest ghostbuster?" Click Here • "Get sneak peak of a new show by magician Pete at The Mill" Click Here • "An Irish Magician Does Tricks In McDonalds And It's Trippy" Click Here • "Paul Driscoll, one of the magicians at Houston's old Magic Island, reminisces about the club" Click Here • "Magic tricks disappear: Thief steals trailer containing tools of Elloree illusionist’s trade" Click Here • And another week disappears forever. Many thanks for all your news submissions this week, see you next week, Duncan. 19.5.18

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Number 933 - 12th May 2018


Spun Into Gold - ‘The Secret life of a Female Magician’ by Romany Romany is reviewed by Jay Fortune this week: "The meat, which is very often missing from celebrity biographies, is here in spades. By ‘meat’ I refer to the challenges of simply keeping afloat in a tough world where payment is often low, and even non-existent, especially in the early days of one’s performing career. And, perhaps, even more so for a female performer, especially one who is entering the male-dominated world of magic. This book is vital reading for those who are thinking of following their dreams to being a professional magician or performer of (almost) any discipline..." To read the full review, Click Here. 12.5.18


"Danger Alert: Blindfolded magician throws a knife at Dec! Andrew Lee has travelled all the way from Malaysia to treat us to one of the most dangerous acts we’ve ever seen on our stage." YouTube

"Who is Andrew Lee? Britain’s Got Talent 2018 contestant and magician from Malaysia."
"Declan Donnelly has a knife thrown at him in nail-biting Britain’s Got Talent stunt."
"Dec says he’s 'never been so nervous' as he volunteers for deadly Britain’s Got Talent magic trick."


"Wardrobe wizards! Are these the quickest costume changes of all time?! Ellie and Jeki, possibly the world’s cutest couple, have jetted in all the way from South Korea to treat us to an amazing quick-change act." YouTube.

"Who are Ellie and Jeki? Britain’s Got Talent 2018 acting and magic duo hailing from South Korea." 12.5.18


Tonight on BGT. "First look: Magic Maddox has the Judges under his spell. Magician Maddox Dixon can do incredible things with a Rubik's cube. Whether this is sleight of hand or straight up wizardry we can't get enough of this captivating act!" YouTube. 12.5.18


KFC3... now in it's 3rd great year! The Karl Fulves Convention, organised by Allan Brown, is set up to honour one of the greatest unsung geniuses and giants of close up magic...Karl Fulves. As ever, this highly informal event will take place at the Holiday Inn Express, 30 Jamestown Road, Camden Town, London NW1 7BY (Map). Saturday 21st July 6pm. All attendees must come with at least one magic trick from any Fulves publication that they can share with others. This year, we hope to be joined by Thomas Ellis, Andrew Hockney, and Jerry Mensfield who will be demonstrating a number of items from Rigmarole#5. Free entry, very informal, no need to register... just turn up. Any questions email 12.5.18


"Live magic offers audiences an instant hit" As the Edinburgh International Magic Festival casts its spell on the city this week, artistic director Kevin Quantum looks at the spooky legacy of the capital: 12.5.18


Merlins Magic Festival, A Magic Geek’s Haven, tomorrow, Sunday 13th May at The Academy Theatre, Birdwell, Barnsley S70 5TU (Map) Click Here. "Merlins Magic Festival returns for a 3rd year, and they're moving to a great new venue. Read all about it and the previous successes of this one-day convention from Matthew Cope, one of the attendees, Click Here. For more info on the day Click Here. 12.5.18


Magic Lectures UK present four exclusive lecturers: An underground sensation, A Vegas magician, A genius thinker and a television consultant. Appearing over the next few months, as well as hosting some rare masterclasses.

Think Nguyen: 14th - 30th June
Think is known to make his cards “come to life”, he is now currently lecturing in Europe with his next stop being the UK. The lecture focuses on card magic and the theories underlying magic in general. Besides sharing his favourite routines, Think will briefly cover some of his main work on the concept of Estimation and Jazz Magic.

Paul Vigil: 16th - 30th June
A student of the great Johnny Thompson, considered one of the most influential thinkers in the world of magic. In his lecture he shares unpublished secrets of the technical construction, presentation, and creativity involved in his performances.

Jared Kopf: 1st - 12th August
A magician you've most likely never heard of, but undoubtedly seen much of his work through film, TV and magic. A regular writer for Magic magazine and the author of several books and pamphlets. The lecture covers a variety of topics: sleight-of-hand card magic, classic magic (Cups & Balls, Linking Rings), mentalism, and readings with the Tarot de Marseille.

James Went: 2nd - 16th November
One of the men behind Derren Brown's recently toured shows and the BAFTA winning show 'Help my Supply Teacher is Magic!' presents a brand new lecture that takes a look into working in television and theatre, as both a consultant and performer, as well as examining the material published on his DVD 'Meditations'. Plus a collection of unreleased material, exclusive to the lecture.

To book any of these lecturers for your club or event email for more information.


Jamy Ian Swiss Cups & Balls Masterclass. Magic Lectures UK write: Magic Lectures UK are proud to present a masterclass on the Cups & Balls, by one of magic's greatest teachers. Very few people get the opportunity to study with Jamy Ian Swiss. This masterclass gives you the opportunity learn about a subject in which he is an undisputed master: the Cups & Balls. The day will comprise of: His routine (which is based on Dai Vernon’s classic routine), but also highlights moments and ideas from other influential past masters and Jamy’s final load sequence, which includes a terrific and detailed discussion on liquid loads, as well as timing, misdirection, and routine construction. You will learn the Cups & Balls along with Jamy, and on a more fundamental level, you get a chance to observe a master at work, learn hands-on and ask questions. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend a day with one of the living greats, as he entertains, instructs and informs you with his distinctive and expert handling of the Cups & Balls. £60 Per Person. Limited spaces available. Locations: Leeds 2nd June, London 16th June. Venues TBC. See for updates. To reserve your place email: 12.5.18


John Guastaferro Lecture, Friday 18th May, at the Ramada Encore, Belfast. George Bleeks writes: The Ulster Society of Magicians is delighted to let you know that we have secured an exclusive Belfast lecture from the one-and-only John Guastaferro on Friday 18th May commencing at 7.30pm in the Oscar Wilde Suite, Ramada Encore Belfast, Saint Anne's Square, Belfast BT1 2LD. John Guastaferro is a world-renowned magician, creator, author, and columnist for Genii magazine. John has appeared in over 50 cities and 8 countries. In this 2-hour lecture, John will perform material from his best-selling book One Degree and his newest book, En Route. The lecture will focus predominantly on cards, plus a few non-card effects using a straw, a ring and string. John will share how small changes can make an extraordinary impact in your magic. John will also share how to strengthen your magic and your personal brand. Learn a visual opener, a hands-off Ace production, a three-phase Card to Pocket routine, and many other amazing effects. The charge will be £10 for USM members and £20 for visiting magicians. This is an opportunity not to be missed. For further information contact George Bleeks on 07860 115611 or email 12.5.18


Nick Einhorn and Craig Squires have just released the Android version of Digital Force Bag (DFB). Originally released in January for iOS users, it has been receiving rave reviews. This amazingly powerful, yet invisible, app allows you to force any one of 100 items listed in your Notes app. Force: a celebrity, shopping list item, colour, place, product, literally anything! This app is fully customisable so you can create bespoke magic for your audiences and clients in minutes. (You can also customise your language for non-English speakers). For android users, Click Here for iOS users Click Here. Some of the world’s top magicians are using this already. Find out why! 12.5.18


Bexley Magic Society will be hosting James Brown on Wednesday 16th May. In this lecture James will share some of his favourite close-up effects, old and new, along with his views on the psychology of performing. Plus, James will share some of the principles behind the art of suggestion and how we can use it to enhance our magic. Bexley Magic Society can be found at Barton Hall, Barton Close, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8JP (Map). Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Visiting magicians are very welcome at £10 on the door. Roy Marsh. 12.5.18


The Expert At The Chard Table by Daniel Chard. Daniel Chard writes: I’m excited to announce my latest project “The Expert At The Chard Table by Daniel Chard” from Flat Cap Productions and Murphy's Magic is now available. Commercial, practical and achievable card material designed with laymen in mind. Truly something for everyone, available at your local deal or direct from Daniel at 12.5.18


Does your website pass Google's 'mobile-friendly' test? Take Google's test via to see if your website makes the grade. Recent mobile-friendly makeovers from Trilltec include - The UK Directory of Magicians. Trilltec specialise in producing affordable, engaging, mobile-friendly websites for magicians. All sites include a year's free business class web hosting, together with a free domain name registration to get you started. See DT. 28.4.18


The Mark Leveridge May Podcast. This month Mark offers some Podcast Gold! Looking back over the previous 12 Podcasts, Mark has selected six of his favourite topics and put them together in this special compilation. Whether you heard them when originally broadcast, or whether this is the first time you've come across them, you are bound to find this selection of interest and hopefully some use. The topics are: Fee negotiation - do you allow your rates to be a subject of discussion with a potential booker? Mark offers a theory about when you should hand write a prediction and when it is OK to have it pre-printed. Mark explains why he thinks going back to tables more than once is not a good idea. Comedy is as much about consistently selecting appropriate lines to suit our performing personality as it is about the lines themselves. Your credibility as a magician is important for potential bookers, so Mark offers a way to ensure you get some. Card to wallet - is it better to go down the palm-and-load route, or are the no-palm versions just as valid? You can listen to this Podcast Gold edition for free by going to either or from where you can also sign up as a 'follower' so that you receive each new Podcast when it is released at the start of each month. 12.5.18


Hoffman Memorial Lecture winner 2018. The Magic Circle has announced Dr Matt Pritchard as the winner of the Hoffman Memorial Lecture competition. The award celebrates original research into magical history and how that affects contemporary magic performance. This year's topic was on the compatibility of science and magic. Matt's essay focused on how both scientists and magicians share a sense of wonder even if their methods differed. With particular emphasis on the developments of the 19th Century, case studies included IK Brunel, Robert-Houdin, Walford Bodie and Nikola Tesla. Matt is now touring this demo packed lecture alongside his existing Science Magic Shows. For more info visit 12.5.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Simon Darnley on 'The Warehouse' from August 1997. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 12.5.18


Amy judges strippers, lands a plum movie role, and gets intimate with a magician... Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central, Late night May 15th, see TV Magic. 12.5.18


"And for my next trick..." Click Here • "From fantasy to reality" Click Here • "Magician from the old school" Click Here • "Magician Xavier Mortimer performs at LVN" Click Here • "Seeing is believing: Dynamo is in town" Click Here • "Legendary magician Teller masterfully combines magic, horror, humor and beauty to tell the story of 'Macbeth'" Click Here • "Penrith magician Stu Di Doo appears on Channel 4's First Dates" Click Here • "Dynamo's Crohn's disease battle: Magician performs card tricks backstage at boxing match... after putting his career on hold amid health battle" Click Here • "Pamela Anderson sizzles in sexy black leotard and fishnets as she joins illusionist Hans Klok on tour" Click Here • "Illusionist offers magic for the millennial generation" Click Here • Judge in Las Vegas calls off MGM Grand visit for Copperfield jury" Click Here • That's it for another week... your UK magic news is always welcomed - see you next week, Duncan. 17.5.18