Number 1016 - 14th December 2019


Penn Jillette on The Jonathan Ross Show, tonight at 10.10pm on ITV. This week on The Jonathan Ross Show, Jonathan is joined by Rebel Wilson and Jason Derulo - stars of upcoming Hollywood blockbuster Cats, the breakout sporting star of 2019, cricketer Jofra Archer, world famous award-winning magician Penn Jillette, hilarious comedian Katherine Ryan, and one of the biggest-selling bands of the millennium Keane will be performing in the studio. See TV Magic for details. 14.12.19


Phil Hitchcock is celebrating 25 years of Panto by appearing in Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the London Palladium. It’s an all-star cast in a multi-million pound QDOS Entertainments production. Phil has designed new illusions for the production including an outstanding version of his award-winning bird act. He's also created an mind blowing version of his floating fireball with a spectacular finale! Inspired by Siegfried & Roy and with thanks to Alpha, this is an exclusive illusion that is wowing audiences twice daily. The show is receiving rave reviews and has almost sold-out for the 5 week run. 14.12.19


The Magic Circle Christmas Show, 20th-30th December, 2019. From The Magic Circle: The Magic Circle Christmas Show is our annual fund raising event featuring family entertainment. The show is for families so arrive when the doors open to make the most of your experience at The Magic Circle. The museum will be open prior to each show and magicians will be mixing with the audience. The matinee performance (2.30pm show time) should be finished by 5pm and the evening show (6.30pm show time) by 9.30pm. The Magic Circle has a fully stocked bar with soft drinks for children and adult refreshments. Confectionary is also available and there are a large selection of restaurants near The Magic Circle. See for full details and to book. 14.12.19


Dancing on Ice at Christmas. Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby present the launch show for the 12th series of the skating challenge. The famous faces taking part this year are magician Ben Hanlin, reality TV star Maura Higgins, Diversity member Perri Kiely, model and businesswoman Caprice, TV presenter Trisha Goddard, actress Lisa George, Paralympian Libby Clegg, ex-EastEnder Joe Swash, Steps singer Ian `H" Watkins, newsreader Lucrezia Millarini, former footballer Kevin Kilbane, and TV personality Michael Barrymore. In this first edition, the celebrities are paired up with their professional partners, while Torvill and Dean also perform a spectacular routine with some special guests, before taking to the judges' desk alongside Ashley Banjo and newcomer John Barrowman. 7pm on Sunday 22nd December on ITV. "Ben Hanlin reveals Dancing on Ice 2020 skating partner" Click Here. 14.12.19


Midlands Magic Convention, 31st May, 2020. From the organisers: On Sunday 31st May 2020 Rob Harper, a magician from the Midlands, has arranged a one day charity convention to be held at the Birmingham Conference & Events Centre. The day is a fundraiser for the charity Hope For Justice. Rob is also a police officer and along with a team of ten others is heading to Cambodia in September 2020 to work with victims of child sexual exploitation. With a top quality line up including Lee Smith, Fay Presto, Etienne Pradier, Leo Smetsers, Wayne Goodman, Jon Allen, John Moreton, Joel Dickinson and Jasper Blakeley (with his Russian alter ego Kockov) the day is going to be amazing. Early bird tickets are now for sale priced at £40 until the end of December. Visit the Facebook page for details. 14.12.19


The Magic Club York to launch in the New Year. Phil Shaw writes: We are a group of magicians whose aim is to provide a fun, friendly and social environment for anyone with a strong interest in magic. We will meet at 7.30pm on the 1st Monday of every month at Acomb Bowls Club, 302 Thanet Road, York YO24 2NW (Map). The club’s first meeting, on 6th January 2020, will be free to attend. Feel free to pop along and see what we are all about and meet our guest Adrian Sullivan who will be demonstrating magic that will be available to purchase at very low prices. If you would like to become a member of the club there will be a £30 annual subscription fee which will be due either on the night or at February’s meeting. We look forward to seeing you there. Find us on Facebook or 14.12.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week David Blaine on BBC1's Friday Night with Jonathan Ross from 23rd November 2002. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 14.12.19


Magicians go on the road to conjure up fun for Scottish Schoolchildren. Magicians are on a mission to help make learning fun in Scottish schools during the run-up to Christmas. Magic School on the Road is a touring workshop presenting free-of-charge magic lessons to kids who wouldn’t have otherwise been able to attend MagicFest events.

National Lottery Awards for All Scotland and Kiran’s Trust Charity support the Edinburgh MagicFest event, which is now touring seven primaries and secondaries in the capital and Falkirk, in areas of deprivation. Magic School on the Road takes some of the great activities from highly popular Magic School workshop, that takes place during the Magic Festival, and conjures them up for children in the classroom. Last week Magic School headmaster Gary James delighted children from Primary 4 A and B at Craigour Park Primary School where he taught them tricks to perform for their family and friends over Christmas and the New Year. Thanks to cunning sleight of hand the children were also learning to apply mental arithmetic as well as developing skills in critical analysis and performance.

Gary, who has been running the MagicFest (Edinburgh International Magic Festival’s) Magic School for a decade, said: “A lot of the children have never seen a live magic performance before, so it’s a treat for them, and there’s a lot hidden away in there of real educational value.” MagicFest organisers, Svetlana McMahon and her magician husband Kevin Quantum, piloted Magic School on the Road last year and felt it had real potential. Svetlana said: “This year is the 10th annual MagicFest and we wanted to do something really special. Not every child can get along to festival events like Magic School so we thought that we would go on the road and take it to their schools. And while on one level it’s all about having lots of fun – magic is a great way to get kids learning.” Not going to your school? You can still get tickets for the events over Christmas at YouTube.


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All the latest from Merlins! Merlins of Wakefield write: We have our latest Magic ‘Preview’ available now. It’s packed with over 100 magic books, tricks and offers. To get a download, Click Here. If you would prefer a printed copy, just email your postal address to us for a free 20 page copy We also have tickets available for our Magic Festival Day in May 2020. It’s our 25th Anniversary year, so we are pulling out all the stops to make the day the best ever - for more details Click Here. We have the 2020 Tenyo Magic in stock Click Here for more details. With Christmas just around the corner, don’t forget we do Gift Vouchers. These can be bought online and the voucher is emailed to you, so can be done up to 1pm Christmas Eve. For details of how to buy Gift Vouchers Click Here. 14.12.19


Children’s Magic Show, Friday 27th December in London. From the organisers: Let your children enjoy the magic of Christmas! With top children’s entertainer Colonel Custard, and the fabulous magic and dance act of Megan Swann. Tickets: £7 children £9 adults from The show starts at 2.30pm and runs to 4pm with an interval. It’s in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Just 12 minutes from Central London; take the West Ealing train from Paddington and the hotel is 2 minutes walk from the station. 14.12.19


Conjuring at the Court, Friday 27th December in London. From the organisers: Enjoy Christmas with mystery and fun from Carl Pettman, Paul Megram, Stephen Barry, and the balletic magic of Megan Swann. Compere Russell Levinson. Tickets still only £11 from 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). Just 12 minutes from Central London; take the West Ealing train from Paddington and the pub is 2 minutes walk from the station. Parking is free from 6.30pm. 14.12.19


Neptune Magic Society Juniors' Christmas Show. The first annual Christmas Show from the Junior section of the Neptune Magic Society was staged last week at Magicbox in Newcastle in front of a sell-out crowd. The Neptune Magic Society would like to thank everyone at Magicbox for all of their help and support in making it such a wonderful event. Ajay Vora reviews the show, Click Here. Also see 14.12.19


The Mark Leveridge December 2019 Podcast. The final podcast of the year sees Mark giving comment and opinion on: The changing nature of magic conventions means that the most successful and sustainable events are those which are focused in terms of their theme or content. How do you decide how many tricks to carry when performing strolling magic? Audio books are a great learning tool for those who say they don’t read books any more. A good performing style or personality can help dictate the type of magic you choose for your act. The decline of general theatrical agents has removed a quality control mechanism. Manage your bookers’ expectations if you want to avoid them being disappointed with you. The podcast is the ideal 30 minute festive magic tonic, so pull up a chair and listen for free either at or at from where you can also sign up as a follower and receive every new edition automatically on its release. 14.12.19


Dynamo: Magician Impossible is being repeated over the Christmas period. See TV Magic for details. 14.12.19


Brian Rogers. Choreographer Brian Rogers died earlier this month. Over the years he worked with many magicians on television productions including The Best of Magic and Magic Comedy Strip, working on the staging of illusions as well as the choreography. 14.12.19


"Pete Firman returns to Taunton with his amazing TBC tour" Click Here • "Piff the Magic Dragon is Heading to Silverthorne Pavilion" Click Here • "Illusionist and Asia's Got Talent Winner Eric Chien Says Some of His Tricks Have Come Straight Out of Dreams" Click Here • "BWW Review: The Illusionists return to Broadway with Magic of the Holidays" Click Here • "The Illusionists' Dom Chambers and Eric Chien Blow Our Minds with Magic" Click Here • "The Illusionists share some secrets" Click Here • "Q&A: Shin Lim" Click Here • "Derren Brown On Why Magic Is More Theatrical Than You Think" Click Here • And finally, not magic but for Star Wars fans, here's Mark Hamill in conversation with Frank Oz just last week, YouTube • Many thanks for your UK magic news, always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 14.12.19

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Number 1015 - 7th December 2019


Magic Goes Wrong opens at the Vaudeville Theatre on Saturday 14th December. From the producers: Mischief Theatre collaborate with co-writers for the first time as they bring their new show Magic Goes Wrong, created with stage legends Penn and Teller, to the London stage as part of the company’s year-long residency at the Vaudeville Theatre.

The creators of The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery have collaborated with Penn & Teller, whose successful double act has seen rise to become one of the world’s biggest magic acts selling out venues in London and the US. It is the next ‘Goes Wrong’ comedy in the West End after Peter Pan Goes Wrong and The Play That Goes Wrong. Magic Goes Wrong will see the original company return to star in the show, which has been written by Penn Jillette, Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields and Teller, and it will be directed by Adam Meggido with magic consultancy by Ben Hart. Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London WC2 from 14th December 2019 to 15th March 2020. For more information and to book visit [Penn & Teller will not be appearing in the production, but will be in the UK, and can be heard on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, 6.30am-9.30am, on BBC Radio 2 on Tuesday 10th December. DT].


"It's Magic... Up North!" An Evening of Magic with Martin Daniels & Chris Cross. From the promoters: Roll up, Roll up! Daniels & Cross are two of the Best Comedy Magicians in the UK - combining quick wit and stand-up comedy with very clever illusions and magic tricks, expect a magical stage performance with plenty of laughs! Suitable for both adults and children.

Chris Cross is The Great Magician of the North and has been performing magic tricks since he was just 10 years old! Now, with over 20 years in the game, this tricky Geordie cheekster has appeared on BBC’s The One Show, CBBC’s The Slammer, performed for The British Royal Family, International Royalty and has amazed many celebrities at many high profile events around the world – including Boy George’s 50th Birthday Party, Alice Cooper’s press conference, Mike Tyson’s sportsmans dinner, on-set for Sir David Jason and backstage magic for The Arctic Monkeys! Cross performed to 2,000 people at The Edinburgh Playhouse in 2019, as a surprise on David Blaine’s show, during Blaine’s first ever UK tour.

Martin Daniels has had a career in show business spanning decades and is the successor of his Dad, the late and very great Paul Daniels. He’s now carrying the flame of the Daniels Magical Dynasty and for the past 20 years has been performing all over the globe on cruise ships. He’s a wonderful comedy magician in his own right – with television appearances throughout the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s on The Paul Daniels Magic Show, and The Les Dennis Laughter Show. He presented TV’s ‘Game for a Laugh’ and he has appeared on The Children’s Royal Variety Show five times. In 2011, Daniels received a standing ovation from American magicians, Penn & Teller, on the hit TV show ‘Fool Us’, where he performed a masterful illusion – fooling everyone in the audience! See them together in the Toon for one night only, book now! Sunday 9th February at Tyne Theatre & Opera House, 117 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4AG


Colin Skinner presents The Trick with Andy Reay and Sean Heydon this Wednesday, 11th December at 8pm. From the promoters: Leicester's only magic and illusion night returns, with two more incredible magicians, hosted by Colin Skinner.


Andy Reay is one of the funniest comedy magicians in the UK today. His superb comic timing and engaging style mean he's in high demand with theatre and comedy club audiences the world over. A truly international performer, he has wowed audiences in 28 major cities around the world for both corporate and private clients. He's chuckled with Whoopee Goldberg and astounded Neil Patrick Harris in New York and he's even shown David Copperfield a few tricks in Las Vegas. Andy is proud to be a member of The Magic Circle, the most prestigious magic club in the world.

Sean Heydon is arguably the most televised illusionist in the UK, and is fast becoming one of the world's most exciting and cutting edge performers. With experience spanning over two decades and already a multi-award winning entertainer, Heydon is widely recognised as The Alternative Magician. His unique creative take on traditional magic, coupled with a natural ability to perform comedy, is what sets him aside from his peers. Entertaining through comedy dusted with a little magic is Heydon's forte.


Doors open at 7.30pm, with the first performance beginning at around 8pm. Performance times will be around 40 minutes, with a break for you to try and figure out how they did it and head to the bar. Entry starts at £8 in advance, including an Agwa cocktail. Advance tickets will come off sale at 7pm on the day of the event, and you can then get tickets on the door for £10 - but you don't get a free cocktail, and you will not be guaranteed a seat. Your seats will be grouped by the lead bookers name, so please book together or send us an email to ensure you're with your friends. Finish time 10.30pm. Bar open until 11pm. Age: 18+ Venue: The Shed, 5 Yeoman Street, Leicester LE1 1UT (Map) See 7.12.19


MagicFest 2019. 27th December to 5th January in Edinburgh. Join The Trickster, Jingles the Reindeer and Sonny the Bunny on the nutty train to Magical Christmas Madness! Just one of the many events at the 10th MagicFest. The four-times winner of Scottish ‘Children’s Entertainer of the Year’ Tricky Ricky takes you on a magical festive journey. Prepare to be amused and amazed in a fast-paced, nutty, comedic and chaotic magic show for kids aged from 1 to 101! “A polished performance” Edinburgh Evening News. “A Consummate professional” List Magazine. Saturday 28th December. See 7.12.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week The Zodiac Brothers (Paul Kieve and Lawrence Leyton) in a guest spot on The Ronn Lucas Show from 4th February 1991. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 7.12.19


'The Illusioneer' presents 'The Magic of Christmas' on Wednesday, 18th December. From the organisers: The show brings together some of London's most talented magicians for a full evening of sophisticated entertainment. It's a cornucopia of magic: close up, parlour and casino trickery, as well as an opportunity to enjoy magic puzzles and mystery. Before the show, guests will have the chance to explore the manor, to indulge at the bar and to unwind in a glamorous setting. Doors and bar open from 6pm to 12 midnight; the show will start at 8pm. Duration approximately 2 hours 30 minutes including short intervals. Food available from the bar. Car Parking available. Tickets and more info via or Venue: Belair House, Gallery Road, West Dulwich, London SE21 7AB (Map). 7.12.19


Creating the Impossible by Chris Wardle and James Ward. Looking for a magical read this festive season? Would you like to add a book to your Christmas list? Want to spark your creativity and learn 15 new effects in the process? Since its publication, Creating the Impossible has received a Five Star review in Vanish magazine, as well as amazing comments and reviews from Jason Goldberg, Angelo Carbone, Walt Lees and Dan Garrett, to name just a few. Chris Wardle and James Ward are both award-winning members of The Magic Circle and have between them devised effects which have been published in numerous books and magazines and which have featured on TV, radio and the stage. The book has a foreword by Geoffrey Durham and is available now from your favourite magic dealer. 7.12.19


Darcy Oake: Edge of Reality is being repeated on Wednesday 18th December on Virgin Media One. "Christine Bleakley presents a magic special starring illusionist Darcy Oake. Recorded before a live theatre audience, it is an evening of breathtaking, logic-defying, spectacular illusions in the grand old tradition of stage magic. Prepare to be amazed as Darcy promises three things: some things you will have never seen before, some things you will never see again and some things you will have to see to believe." See TV Magic for details. 7.12.19


The December E-Video Newsletter. Mark Leveridge writes: the latest 30 minute online video presentation from Mark Leveridge Magic is out, and this month the contents are as follows. The Teach In – learn an easy to do routine for business or social use using a regular deck and a business card. Top Tips – some sound advice about using patter properly. The Strolling Magician Unplugged – part 23 provides the final two core elements that go to make up good strolling magic tricks. Web Offers – I take a look at one of the very best book tests available and the card routine I have performed the most, both of which are on offer this month. 60 Seconds To Success – how to help get more bookings. The Review Corner – I take a look at SansMinds’ Mimic effect. You can access the full E-Video Newsletter for just £2.00 when taken as part of a 1yr sub, or £5.00 if purchased on its own. For more information and to watch a trailer, go to 7.12.19


Blackpool Magicians' Club Annual Mega Auction. From the organisers: Thursday 13th February 2020 in The Derham Lounge, Winter Gardens, Blackpool. Commences at 10am with viewing from 9am. Please note: All lots have now been allocated for the 2020 Auction. Admission is free to Convention Registrants and visiting magicians. For further details please contact Michael Shepherd Also remember it is also the International Close-up Competition on the Thursday night. 7.12.19


Magical transformation. Joe Swing (magician Zane of Zane's Magic Shop) has a residency at The Weald of Kent Golf Club, near Ashford in Kent through December. He'll be singing two sets of Rat Pack hits on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, see As well as a restaurant, there's a bar, so if local magicians want to go along, have a listen and say hello, they'll be most welcome. 7.12.19


Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's multi award-winning musical Mary Poppins is flying high at the Prince Edward Theatre. Starring Zizi Strallen in the title role, Charlie Stemp as Bert, Joseph Millson as Mr Banks, Amy Griffiths as Mrs Banks and the legendary Petula Clark as The Bird Woman, the magical story of the world's favourite Nanny is triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs. Critics have singled out the magic for praise including Michael Billington in The Guardian describing one of the scenes as one of three highlights of ‘ecstasy’ in the show: "In A Spoonful of Sugar, thanks to the illusions of Paul Kieve and Jim Steinmeyer, a partially destroyed kitchen is restored to pristine order". The Evening Standard described their joint illusion work as "Terrific" and The Sun raved about the "Incredible staging" of the illusions. 'Mary Poppins' based on the stories of P L Travers and the Walt Disney film. Producers: Walt Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh. Prince Edward Theatre, London, booking to 7th June 2020. "How Mary Poppins has changed for the stage" 7.12.19


Magicseen Lite Issue 4. From the publishers: We are delighted to announce the release of our latest taster issue download, this one being based on the November 2019 full edition. Magicseen Lite Issue 4 contains the full article on Fay Presto, a performer who can never be accused of being dull, we offer kid show entertainers 10 ways to make children laugh, and in the latest Dealer's Booth we feature Mission Magic, a highly successful and somewhat unique magic supplier. We also provide a neat routine from Gary Jones in the Masterclass, and because we know how much most of you like to read comments on the new releases, we include a compilation of the latest product reviews. Magicseen Lite is completely free to download from the Magicseen website at, or you can get your copy from Card Shark, Discount Magic, Vanishing Inc, PropDog, Black Artefacts and Mission Magic, all of whom carry the publication as well. Magicseen Lite is a great way to discover what the UK's only independent magazine is all about, so download your free copy today. 7.12.19


Alex Foden wins Roy Johnson Close-up Competition 2019. Adam Edgeley writes: The Leicester Magic Circle is pleased to announce the winner of the Roy Johnson Close-up Competition 2019 is Alex Foden. Seven competitors took part in front of an audience of over 50 people. Also on the night, Tony Rix was awarded honorary President; to say he was happy is an understatement. Well done to everyone. 7.12.19


Magic at Christmas with Paul Ormonde, Saturday 21st December. From the organisers: Paul Ormonde will be appearing at Eddie Rockets, The Quays Shopping Centre, Newry, N. Ireland on Saturday 21st December from 2pm - 4pm. He will perform close-up magic for Christmas shoppers. The Magic of Christmas will include something for all ages when Paul Ormonde, a Member of The Magic Circle London, will demonstrate the visually impossible. Don't let this opportunity to see him disappear! 7.12.19


The Carbonaro Effect, the hidden-camera magic show, with illusionist-cum-prankster Michael Carbonaro is being repeated on 4Music right now, see TV Magic for details. 7.12.19


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