Number 911 - 9th December 2017


Derren Brown: Underground. Tour dates 2018. Derren Brown, the multi award winning master of mind control and psychological illusion, is taking his latest sensational show Underground on tour in 2018, in both the UK and Ireland. Derren said: "Underground was originally written for audiences in other countries who hadn’t seen me before. It meant finessing and revisiting past pieces and seeing them with fresh eyes. I sat down with my two co-writers and directors and we thought 'What would make the best possible Derren Brown show?' None of us were sure what the UK would make of it, but the resulting show felt so good, and met with such a great response when warming it up in London, that we decided to tour it. The reviews have been astonishing, and people who’ve seen all the shows have said they love being surprised by them again, and those who don’t know me so well are getting to see the best material for the first time. It’s a huge, huge joy to perform."


This is the second leg of the Underground tour, direct from the West End production at the Playhouse Theatre, which ran for thirty-five packed out performances in September and October 2017. Derren Brown: Underground is presented by Michael Vine, Andrew O’Connor, Derren Brown and Paul Sandler for Vaudeville Productions Ltd. and David Binder. It is directed by Andrew O’Connor and Andy Nyman, and written by Andy Nyman, Andrew O’Connor and Derren Brown.

April 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool
April 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
April 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, New Theatre, Hull
April 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, Theatre Royal, Nottingham
May 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Welsh Millennium Centre, Cardiff
May 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin
May 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, Grand Opera House, Belfast
May 28, 29, 30, 31, Opera House, Cork
June 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, Theatre Royal, Glasgow
June 11, 12,13, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth
June 15, 16, Orchard Theatre, Dartford
June 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, Theatre Royal, Norwich
June 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
July 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Cliffs Pavilion, Southend


See for more info and to book. 9.12.17


South Tyneside International Magic Festival is all set for 16th-18th March 2018, at their usual venue, the Customs House in South Tyneside. The impressive line-up features Bill Abbott, Tom Stone, Juan Luis Rubiales (photo), Woody Aragon, Javi Benitez, R Paul Wilson, Andi Gladwin, Ben Earl, Andrew Green, Robert Temple, Mark James, Henri White, Kennedy, James Phelan and Philip Partridge. The convention now runs for a full three days (Friday to Sunday), with two world-class gala shows on the Friday and Saturday evenings. Plus there's an extra show on Thursday evening, together with two optional masterclasses. To register phone Karri Prinn on 0191 424 7986. 9.12.17


Stars of Magic, Bristol. After a sell-out run last year, Bristol's Redgrave Theatre hosts the all new Stars of Magic show from 27th-30th December. From spectacular illusions to FISM-winning sleight of hand, join Alberto Giorgi & Laura (Italy), David Sousa (Portugal), Peter Clifford (UK), Neal Austin (UK), Jordan Gomez (France) and Rob James (UK) for an incredible show that you won't forget! Tickets are now on sale Click Here. 9.12.17


Conjuring at the Court, London – Thursday 28th December. From the organisers: Enjoy an evening of Christmas wonder! A top line-up with the hilarious Andy Clockwise, sparky Claire Lenahan, Britain’s top vent John Kimmons, and the stunning, graceful magic of Scott Penrose. Compere Russell Levinson. Tickets for the show are still only £11 from ...and the last two months were packed, so do book early! 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.  Just 12 minutes from Central London by tube. Tickets still just £11 in advance from 9.12.17


Conjuring at the Court – Children’s Christmas Magic Show. It’s the annual Children’s Christmas Magic show from the producers of Conjuring at the Court. Always a popular event so do book early! Andy Clockwise is a top children’s entertainer with lots of magic and fun. And Scott Penrose brings his amazing act to the show, classic visual magic that appeals to all ages. Thursday 28th December. The show starts at 2.30pm and will run to about 4pm with an interval. £7 children, £9 adults (16+). All children to be accompanied by an adult please. It’s in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Refreshments are available in the room. Seats are comfortable and all have a good view of the stage. Just 12 minutes from Central London by tube. Tickets available at 9.12.17


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, 'QED: The Magic of Memory' with Paul Daniels, from 6th January 1988. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 9.12.17


Blackpool Magicians' Club Annual Mega Auction. From the organisers: Blackpool Magicians' Club Annual Mega Auction, Thursday 15th February 2018. The Derham Lounge, Winter Gardens, Blackpool. Commences at 10.30am prompt with viewing from 10am. Admission is free for Convention Registrants. Further details on our website, or contact Michael Shepherd We have photographed a very small selection of items to be sold at the Mega Auction and they can be viewed on the website Regular updates will be added, so please keep checking back for details. 9.12.17


Easy Cube by Axel Hecklau. From the makers: Solve Rubik's Cube faster than the world record, without any brainwork!

1. A Rubik's cube is mixed by the audience.
2. You place it into a popcorn bag.
3. Within seconds you (or a spectator!) solve it one-handed, without looking.
4. The bag is empty.
5. You show the cube on all 6 sides.
This is only one of many possible routines. Easy Cube is not a single trick - it's a tool for cube magic. Axel Hecklau kept the secret of this gimmick for 2 years and won FISM Europe in Blackpool 2017 with it. Easy Cube is great for magicians who like to concentrate on performance over method, but it is also a perfect tool for advanced cube magicians. Super quality - made in Germany! Watch the trailer and live performances at The first edition produced on December 1st sold out within 24 hours!.


Victorian Séance & the Birth of Mentalism by Paul Voodini. "Paul Voodini presents 'Victorian Séance & the Birth of Mentalism', a 17,000 word, 60 page PDF recounting the rise of Spiritualism in the 1800s, the antics, tricks, and techniques of the fraudulent mediums, and how this led directly to the birth of that branch of the magical arts known as mentalism." To read Jonathan Royle's glowing review, and for ordering details, Click Here. 9.12.17


Malta's 'Chamber of Mysteries' show is reviewed by Mike Danata this week. "...before I left the UK for a short break in Malta, I decided to check Google to see what "magical things" might be on there, not really expecting to find anything to be honest! However to my surprise when I Googled "Magic Show Malta" I came across a very highly rated Dinner/Show called "Chamber of Mysteries" starring Brian Role & Lola. I was intrigued, especially as it was limited to only 25 people! I also discovered that every year since it started in 2011 it had picked up a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor." To read the full review Click Here. 9.12.17


Magician gets standing ovation at the Pentagon! This just in: Chris Dugdale received a standing ovation from some of the Pentagon’s greatest minds on Friday December 1st. Playing to a packed audience of 350 people, Dugdale demonstrated his very unique approach to magic and mind control to a rapturous Pentagon reception. Tasked with entertaining some of the greatest brains in the U.S. government, Dugdale’s set played for 50 minutes and included his very unique approach to mind jamming and sleight of hand. At the end of the standing ovation Chris was called back onto the stage and presented with a 3 Star General's Limited Edition minted coin in front of the audience. Dugdale dedicated this award to his late father Ivor Dugdale. It was an emotional moment for Chris and he had trouble maintaining composure during his acceptance speech. 9.12.17


The Nottingham Guild of Magicians held their annual Stage and Close Up Magic competition recently. This annual competition and show was once again a complete sell out. Here are the winners being presented with their trophies by the President, Andrew Morrison. From left to right, Stage Magic competition winner Stuart Brown, President Andrew Morrison, Junior Close Up winner Lewis Badder, Senior Close Up winner David Hurst. 9.12.17


The MLM Gift Voucher. MLM write: You can't always know what somebody else may want for Christmas, and it's true that there are probably plenty of members of your family, who feel a bit stuck for what to buy you. So, that's where the Mark Leveridge Magic Gift Voucher can help solve the problem. Available in any multiple of £10, these vouchers, delivered via email (thus avoiding any Christmas postal delays) are the perfect gift. The recipient can use the money as part or full payment for any MLM product, even those on special offer, and with no expiry date, the voucher can be cashed when the person is ready to redeem it. For more info and to order, go to 9.12.17


The Merlins of Wakefield Magic Club annual Magic Quiz took place last week. With keen rivalry between the three teams, the winners were Nat, Tom, Theo and Michael. Well done to everyone who came along and made for an entertaining evening. Also, our last ‘Preview’ for 2017 is now available. With loads of great magic, the latest from Tenyo, offers and stocking fillers, there is something for everyone. For a free copy, email and we will post out a copy or send you a PDF. 9.12.17


Noel Qualter's "Happy Cokemas" YouTube • "Death of well known former travel agent and magician" Click Here • "Magician teaches students resilience" Click Here • "Watch This Magician Casually Split His Body in Half And Terrify Everyone!" Click Here • "Magician Dynamo talks his daily battle with Crohn’s disease and still getting star-struck" Click Here • "Magician Performs Trick For Couple, But Girlfriend Has No Clue He Has Surprise Engagement Ring" Click Here • "Homegrown illusionist Cosentino has produced a new fantasy fiction book for kids" Click Here • And finally, don't forget to book the best seats in the house for The Last Jedi! See you next week, Duncan. 9.12.17

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Number 910 - 2nd December 2017


Tommy Cooper Forever. Part one, Thursday 14th December, on ITV3. Tommy Cooper Forever will reveal how an act that started out in the desert during the Second World War went on to take the comedy world by storm. Over three decades have passed since Tommy Cooper died but rather than the memories fading with time, the nation’s love for unique magician has only gone from strength to strength. In these two programmes, using previously unseen footage, we hear how Tommy scoured the magic shops of London to create his routines and we trace his extraordinary journey from South Wales to top of the bill at the Palladium, with the help of family, friends who worked with him and famous fans – a cast list which includes Jennifer Saunders, Simon Callow, Lionel Blair, Anita Harris, Les Dennis and Jerome Flynn. See TV Magic for details. 2.12.17


Dai Vernon: The Spirit of Magic: "This documentary was produced to explore the life and magic of Dai Vernon (David Frederick Wingfield Verner, 1894-1992), the most influential magician of the twentieth century—possibly of all time. Directed by Daniel Zuckerbrot. Narrated by Patrick Watson. Featuring interviews and performances by (in order of appearance) Max Maven, Derek Verner, Jackie Flosso, Herb Zarrow, David Ben, Edward Verner, Ricky Jay, John Carney, Persi Diaconis, Steeve Freeman." Watch it at (Spotted by Quentin Reynolds, posted on the Genii Forum). 2.12.17


Risky Rabbit Bristol Launch, Smoke & Mirrors, Thursday, January 11th. Come and witness professional magicians practice new material together with new magicians stepping onto the stage for the very first time, at Bristol's only open-mic night for conjurers, Risky Rabbit! Amazing magic and mind reading will be performed by local performers. The whole evening will be hosted by "Bristol's 31st funniest man or woman", Mark Bennett! (Bristol Post The night will take place on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 8pm, and should finish around 10.30pm. The night is free for audience members with donations at the end (suggested donation is £2). For a performance slot email Venue Smoke & Mirrors, 8 Denmark Street, Bristol BS1 5DQ (Map) 2.12.17


Eggheads v The Egg Bags... Merlins of Wakefield were on Eggheads last week. The Merlins Magic Club entered a team (The Egg Bags!) to pit their wits against the finest brains in the land. Bob, Kim, Darren, Phil and Mark, with Tony in reserve, conjured up some magic as well as entertaining Jeremy and the crew. To see how they got on you can watch the whole show on iPlayer. The latest 3D Magic Works items will be arriving shortly, including On-Line, Ribbon Ruse and Hip n Hop N Spot. These normally take 5 to 6 weeks to order, but Merlins will have a few spare ones in time for Christmas if you order quickly. For more details and availability email or call 01924 339933. 2.12.17


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Geoffrey Durham on John Fisher's 'The Best of Magic' from 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 2.12.17


The December E-Video Newsletter. Mark Leveridge is pleased to offer the latest edition of his popular monthly online video presentation. For his festive issue: The Teach In - Mark explains the 3rd move from his Ring Competition ring and rope effect. Top Tips - a simple way to 'tame' your magician's rope! It Could Only Happen Live - Mark reveals how he almost got caught by an 'in joke' at a show. Web Offers - details of a great advice E-Book and a money routine suitable for the pub, both of which are on offer in December. 60 Seconds To Success - a strategy for kid show planning. The Review Corner - Mark takes a considered look at Sven Lee's Svenlopes. The E-Video Newsletter is available in exchange for a very small amount of money, and a 1 year sub makes the price per edition even smaller - it really is one of the best deals in magic. To watch a video trailer and for more information or to order, go to 2.12.17


Dynamo on Good Morning Britain. "Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart chat about their new film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Matthew Kelly talks about taking Christmas classic The Box of Delights on to the stage. British magician Dynamo has a few tricks up his sleeve today for the GMB team!" ITV, 14th December. See TV Magic for details. 2.12.17


Paul Zerdin in Dick Whittington. Playing at the stunning London Palladium over the 2017/18 festive season is the UK’s favourite pantomime, Dick Whittington! Starring your returning favourites and some magical new faces including Julian Clary (Spirit of the Bells), musical theatre royalty Elaine Paige (Queen Rat), Ashley Banjo & Diversity, Paul Zerdin (Idle Jack), Nigel Havers (Captain Nigel), Gary Wilmot (Sarah the Cook) and direct from Half A Sixpence – Charlie Stemp as the title role of Dick Whittington. A seasonal must-see for young and old, don’t miss your chance to visit the West End these holidays and put some sparkle in your Christmas celebrations. Book your tickets to Dick Whittington today! Click Here. 2.12.17


Congratulations to Juan Corrin, winner of the annual stage competition held by the Magicians of Mann on 24th November. He was presented with the Arthur Culpin Challenge Cup by David Evans, chairman of the Rotary Foundation and International Committee of the Club of Ramsey. The show raised funds for a project supporting visually impaired pupils in two Nepalese schools. Also taking part in the show, produced by Lexi Watterson and compèred by Mike Clague, were Chris Burns, Michael Kelly, Rosalie Beaumont, Keith Greenland, Paul Martin, Giles Beaumont, Michael Daniels and John Cain. Mike Clague, Secretary, Magicians of Mann. 2.12.17


Christmas Family Comedy Magic Show. Saturday December 30th at 1pm and 4pm at The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road, Nunhead, London SE15 3BE (Map). "Doors open 30 minutes early. Interval between two magical acts from Klassy Magic & Amigo's Magic. Magic before your very eyes, mayhem and comedy. One lucky person to have their stress removed and lots of audience participation! Great family entertainment. Free Bunny Copter to all those attending. Tickets £8 per child; adults £10; Family ticket of four £30. This sold out last year so please book early to avoid disappointment." Tel: 0208 480 8176. 2.12.17


Kevin Quantum Quantum Magic, tonight, 2nd December, in London. Catface Talent presents: Kevin Quantum Quantum Magic. After sell out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe every year since 2015, critically acclaimed Scottish magician Kevin Quantum makes his London debut with a one-off show at the Clapham Grand on Saturday 2nd December. The show ‘Quantum Magic’ combines state of the art magic with incredible science. As magic creatures go, Kevin fits somewhere between Gandalf and Brian Cox and is the closest thing to real magic a believer, or a cynic will ever find. Quantum Magic fuses sketch comedy, magic and science - from laugh out loud moments to remarkable feats of mental ability alongside sci-fi inspired illusions. Expect the impossible: think of a drink - he'll make it appear, watch personal objects getting teleported onto the stage and money appearing from thin air and gasp when an audience member gets suspended in space! 7.30pm on Saturday 2nd December at Clapham Grand, 1-25 St John's Hill, London SW11 1TT (Map). This event is 18+ For more information and to book: Click Here. “Quantum has such an entertainingly off-hand manner that you want to believe that he makes the impossible possible at every turn. Genuinely interactive” Herald ★★★★ “Astonishing” Edinburgh Evening News ★★★★★ “Superbly imaginative, clever and wonder-filled show” TV Bomb ★★★★. 2.12.17


The Magic of Houdini with Alan Davies is being repeated this week. Having had a fascination with the world of magic since he was a boy, Alan Davies explores the extraordinary life of illusionist and stunt performer, Harry Houdini, the man who against the odds became one of the most successful entertainers in the world. In a bid to understand why Houdini felt compelled to perform such terrifying death-defying acts, Alan visits New York where the young Eric Weiss arrived as a child with his Hungarian immigrant family, made his entry into show business and ultimately performed some of his most death-defying stunts. Immersing himself in the world of Houdini, Alan tries to hold his breath under ice cold water, lies on a bed of nails, gets strung upside down in a straitjacket and takes an exclusive look at David Copperfield's priceless collection of Houdini artefacts in Vegas. Alan talks to Houdini enthusiasts and delves into the family history of a man driven to conquer his rivals and be the very best. See TV Magic for details. 2.12.17


Nottingham University Magic Society. The Nottingham University Magic Society have just launched a new website. It contains a members zone for lecture notes and information, along with a members-only forum. 2.12.17


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"Neil Patrick Harris brings his love of magic to Seattle" Click Here • "'Escape' artist rescued after spending 19 days trying to free himself" Click Here • "David Blaine risks life and limb on tour" Click Here • "Indonesian illusionist Demian Aditya’s assistant reportedly severely injured during failed ‘death drop’ stunt" Click Here • "Illusionist Jason Bishop Makes Audiences 'Believe in Magic' Tonight at the New Victory Theater" Click Here • "The Maze illusionist performing in Rice Lake" Click Here • "Happy Resenting Day" YouTube • That's it for another week - see you next week, Duncan. 2.12.17