Number 1032 - 4th April 2020


TMC TV! The Magic Circle have just launched their own TV show, which is being streamed on its Facebook group every Monday at 7.30pm, the time when members would normally have been sitting down to watch lectures at the London HQ, or online for out of town and overseas members.

TMC TV, available to its 1,500 members worldwide, is part of The Magic Circle’s efforts to keep the members informed and entertained during the Coronavirus epidemics. The society’s governing Council has also announced that members’ quarterly subscriptions have been dropped to £1 to help those members facing financial difficulties.

This Monday will see the third instalment of a show which has already included a topical trick from Andy Nyman, an interview with Dynamo which continues next week, archive footage of Pat Page and yo-yo champion Don Robertson, tips on videoing, demos of tricks from The Circular (which continues to publish) and advice on how to keep well.

Megan Knowles-Bacon, vice-president, is fronting the initiative along with President Noel Britten and member Pete James. She said: "Our regional committee was already discussing ideas for regular content to be streamed on The Magic Circle’s Facebook group. The closure of our building meant we pushed forward quickly and TMC TV was born. We fully intend for it to continue once this crisis is over and feedback from our members has been extremely positive. Going forward we hope to include regular slots - more archive footage from The Magic Circle’s vaults, tricks and videos and thoughts from members, prop-building tips, interviews and council updates. We have lots of exciting ideas coming in."

Brian Sibley, chairman of The Magic Circle, said: "The Council continues to look at initiatives to help - and guide - our members through this difficult time. We are also keen to keep them inspired and entertained - and we think TMC TV will do that. Our Facebook group is full of videos, advice and humour, our regional and international reps are in regular contact with members, and our Flourish group is in action. Our ambition is to play our part in helping the magic community get through these difficult days."


If you’ve always wanted to be a part of The Magic Circle, the world’s premier magical society, then this link will give you all the information you need. 4.4.20


Their Lives. Reminisce with us, learn with us. Episode 1 - David Berglas MBE. From the makers: We had the immense pleasure of sitting down with David Berglas MBE this week to kick start our podcast series exploring the amazing stories and adventures of the elderly citizens in our society. We were so grateful to David being our first guest on the show. At the grand age of 93, David has been a pioneer in psychotherapy and magic throughout his incredible life. He is a mentor and inspiration to some of our generations finest magicians; David Copperfield, Derren Brown and Dynamo to name but a few.

It was David who really fused together this idea that psychology and magic have an important corresponding relationship. What we found so interesting besides the incredibly successful career David has had was actually his amazing stoic, go-getter attitude to life. Something that we can clearly see has inspired Derren Brown so much in his writings, performances and material. There was an obvious reason for beginning this podcast "Their Lives." We want to hopefully achieve three things:

1. Allow for our older generations to inspire our younger generations with their stories. 2. To give our older generations a platform to collectively reminisce. 3. To entertain our audience but most importantly send them on their way with lessons that they can practically use during these difficult times. We hope you find David as inspiring as we did. Enjoy our first episode!


Dynamo Beyond Belief, the brand new three-part special will be shown on Sky One and Now TV on Thursday 9th April, Friday 10th April and Saturday 11th April. The show combines jaw-dropping magic with the story of Dynamo’s road to recovery after the career threatening onslaught of chronic arthritis. Throughout the three episodes, stunning moments of magic are intertwined with Dynamo’s brutally honest back story narrative. The gripping series slowly reveals Dynamo’s journey from the start of his illness, through to the height of his hospitalisation where he created over 200 new magic ideas sketched from his hospital bed, and finally to his return to health. From the neon lights of Tokyo to the Day of the Dead festival in San Miguel De Allende, Dynamo visits extraordinary and dramatic places all over the world. He performs a spine tingling encounter with a Geisha in one of Tokyo’s royal tea rooms, makes vodka shots turn to ice in the heart of Moscow’s underworld and embarks on a daring adventure in one of Mexico’s notorious Barrios.  See TV Magic for details.


"Dynamo tests positive for Coronavirus after experiencing ‘severe symptoms’ and reveals he’s high risk"

"Dynamo says having arthritis is the ‘worst thing that can happen to a magician’" 14.3.20


Jamie Allan's iMagician Live. Jamie and his team have been broadcasting a live show on Facebook every Friday at 7pm. The show has received rave reviews for its content and production. Special guests so far have included Greg Frewin, Xavier Mortimer and David Penn. On Friday April 10th BGT's Russ Stevens and Mega Illusionist Christian Farla join Jamie. More star names for future shows will be announced weekly. The show is a mixture of fun, star interviews and magic. Visit Jamie's public Facebook page to find out more and watch previous episodes:


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week 17 year old Lawrence Leyton in a TV spot from 13th August 1983. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here4.4.20


Derren Brown - Mentalist & Illusionist - Original Thinking. Derren Brown is best known for his mind-altering stage shows and Netflix TV specials. By mixing mentalism, magic, illusion, suggestion, hypnotism and suggestion, Derren’s performances are always innovative, distinct and continually push boundaries. So often surrounded in secrecy, what you're about to find out is the creative process that goes into developing some of his most famous stage shows and effects. Most people ask Derren how his performances are done but what you’re about to discover is even better - how he creates them in the first place. This episode is packed full of revelation and actionable advice that could be applied to everyone’s life.

Three takeaways from this episode include: How to find meaning at different stages of our life and why a creative endeavour is a great way to do it. Why becoming who you are is forgetting about who you are supposed to be. And why we should all be finding something of meaning that’s bigger than ourselves and putting everything into it. The Unlocking Creativity Podcast with Daniel Brookes. Find out more, visit: Apple Podcasts


The Zodiac Magical Society celebrated its 74th birthday with a virtual party! Simon Rudd writes: Around 30 members wore hats, played quizzes, watched magic and toasted the society via the Zoom platform on April 1st. Darren Delaney was the star entertainer. Performing online to a group of magicians must be one of the world's hardest gigs, but Darren masterfully pulled it off; what an inspiration to many in this challenging time he was! Long-time member Brian Barnes was awarded the Joe Stuthard trophy, a trophy awarded to "a member who has given much service to the society". The Zodiac continues to meet every week, with more and more members taking part and performing from their homes. We are holding a competition next week, and our first virtual lecture in early May. The Order of the Magi asked last week if they held a world-first as they held a virtual meeting on March 24th. We applaud and support you and all fellow clubs meeting in this period of isolation. As to if it was a world first, we can confirm it was not. The Zodiac Magical Society is not claiming to be the first in the world, but we can say we held our first virtual meeting on Wednesday 18th March, with 20 plus members attending!


Ali Bongo Book. Steve Short writes: With the kind assistance of Ali’s family, the long awaited Ali Bongo Book will be published later this year. Ali had a wonderful career in magic and was a great creator of effects used by magicians worldwide. Ali was a past president of The Magic Circle and worked with many stars of stage and screen, and was also the magic advisor to David Nixon and Paul Daniels. If anyone knew or worked with Ali, please can you let me have any stories or anecdotes including any photos, to me at


Sterling - International Magic. A mentalist's dream, this is a self working card/coin trick that has a huge impact, selling on sight when demonstrated in our London shop. Five different coins are handed to a spectator along with a pack of cards. The magician places a prediction face down and requests that the spectator places the coins in a random order on the table. This done, the spectator now deals a pile of cards in front of each coin according to its value (a 10p coin has 10 cards, 5p coin 5 cards etc). The spectator turns up the top card of each pile, the magician now hands the prediction which matches the order of the turned up cards exactly. What's more, we offer two versions of this great effect. The standard version is described above, the second version doesn't use the prediction card, but simply reveals a Royal Flush at the finish. Both versions work great, the more popular being the standard one, or you can buy both together at a special price. Very easy to perform, you'll work this right away. Watch the Video or for more info and to order visit www.internationalmagic.com4.4.20


United Kingdom Escape Artists 2020 - David De-Val Award. The 18th Annual General meeting of the United Kingdom Escape Artists (UKEA) took place on Saturday 14th March in Northampton, as reported last week. The meeting featured a number of lectures and presentations and also saw the 3rd David De-Val Award presentation take place; which went to Allan Taylor for his efforts during the last 12 months in promoting the art form. He was nominated for the work he has put into the United Kingdom Escape Artists. Allan has had a busy year doubling the membership and putting on the best UKEA Convention to date. He was also invited to David Copperfield’s International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts in Las Vegas, along with George Hardeen and Lee Terbosic. 4.4.20


ShareMagic: Live! - online tomorrow. A free online magic lecture event. Vanishing Inc. write: In these unsettling times, we feel the world needs magic more than ever. Vanishing Inc. is proud to announce the launch of ShareMagic Live: The world’s first free, live-streamed, international magic event; a free, live, online magic event with lectures, chat and fun competitions along the way. Lecturing: Daniel Garcia, Caroline Ravn, Harapan Ong, Morgan & West, Jim Krenz, along with some very special surprise guests and two newcomers we like to support called Andi Gladwin and Joshua Jay. We’ll be streaming live and each of our stars will share some of their favourite magic with you. You'll be able to interact and chat with the performers while they are live. How much is it? It’s free. When is it? Sunday, April 5th, at 4pm GMT (12 noon EST). Find out more, visit:


Masters of Magic World Convention - update. From organiser Walter Rolfo: In the past few weeks, I have thought a lot about all of you and your families. Postponing an event is never an easy task: postponing to see so many friends I particularly care about, even more so. However, the respect that I owe to all of you who have followed me with affection from all over the world for years - in compliance with the provisions issued by the Authorities to counteract the Coronavirus pandemic - requires to postpone to Autumn 2020, the Masters of Magic World Convention, currently scheduled from 27th to 31st May. Obviously the registrations already made will remain valid for the new dates. In such a special moment, I express my closeness and friendship to you and your loved ones, counting on your precious understanding. www.mastersofmagicconvention.com4.4.20


The Coin And Purse Collection - New from Mark Leveridge Magic. The Coin And Purse Collection is a brand new e-book from Mark Leveridge featuring six of his favourite routines using a regular purse and coins. The 46 page downloadable PDF contains detailed written instructions which are supplemented by 80 colour photographs. In addition, in order to ensure that the plot and presentation of each effect is clear, there is a link embedded in the book that will take you to an online video demonstration of all six of the routines. The tricks included are: The Security Pen, Coin Purse Surprise, Assembly Point, The Robin Hood Coins Across, Slo Mo and Broke. The routines require fairly basic handling skills (palming, coin vanish techniques etc.), but there is nothing very difficult. Apart from the coins and purses you will only require one commonly available coin gimmick, a deck of cards, a large sponge ball and a pen to perform all six effects. For more details and to watch the online dems of each effect, go to E-Club Pro and Elite members can purchase at a 50% discount. 4.4.20


The Article v.2.0 - The Ultimate Live Prediction System! "The Article v2, the method I used to fool the Police and a room full of journalists! The Article is a custom built A4 sized Clipboard that enables you to predict headlines and outcomes of events anywhere in the world..." Find out what it's all about, visit


Magicseen Lite Issue 6 - April 2020. The latest edition of Magicseen Lite, the free digital taster of the main issue released in March, is now available to download to anyone who would like it. In this copy we have selected the following content for your reading pleasure. 4MG - the full article on our cover stars includes a synopsis of their magical path thus far, their experiences on BGT, and their plans for the future. We have an interesting article on the use that top magicians are making of computer technology to hugely enhance their magical offerings, Martin Haderer returns after 14 years with an update on magic in his home country of Austria, and the Masterclass features a routine from an Austrian magician as well. We top this off with the letters page and a selection of the product reviews from the original issue. You can download your personal free copy of Magicseen Lite #6 from the publishers at or from Card Shark, Vanishing Inc, PropDog, Discount Magic, Black Artefacts and Mission Magic. 4.4.20


The Table False Shuffle Project and The Table False Cut Project- Downloads. Eddie McColl writes: 1. The Table False Shuffle Project : "I am really excited to announce a download that has been highly requested when I’ve attended conferences, workshops and gatherings over the past 10 years. In the Table Shuffle Project I teach how I do Edward Marlo’s ‘Strip Out shuffle’. I have spent over a decade studying Marlo’s Riffle Shuffle Systems and in this download share my interpretation of this false shuffle." Find out more, visit:


2. The Table False Cut Project. In this download, Eddie teaches five powerful false-cuts for use at the table. Alongside teaching his handlings of these moves, Eddie also includes some of his insights into structuring your magic. Eddie discusses when to use false-cuts; how to add beats and pauses to make them even more deceiving, together with his thoughts on how to pace an effect to remove suspicion. See


The Magic of Storytelling - NeoMagic. "It all starts with a story, something to lock the minds together, something to transport your imagination to a place of wonder and mystery. So how do we spin this yarn of enlightenment?" Visit to find out more. 4.4.20


The Genie in a Bottle Trick - Zane's Magic Shop. The Genie comes to the rescue and produces a miniature of a chosen card inside the bottle! A most charming and magical card trick that’s great fun to perform! Complete with props! For more info and to watch a video visit www.zanesmagicshop.com4.4.20


Ferrybridge Day of Magic 2020 - update. News from Travis Perkins: It is with great regret that the Ferrybridge Day of Magic 2020 will not be taking place this year, due to factors currently effecting us all. We are however very pleased to announce that 2021 Ferrybridge Day of Magic will take place on the 4th July. Travis and Esme along with all of the members of the TPA would like to thank you all for your understanding during theses difficult times and wish everyone well. 4.4.20


First online Magic Club AGM? Andy Hart, Past President, Sussex Magic Circle writes: Re the Order of the Magi's boast last week about being the first to hold meetings online. The Sussex Magic Circle held their AGM online on March 26th! Is this an AGM first? We also plan to ask our forthcoming lecturers to hold these online if possible!


The Shows Must Go On! Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber is calling all musical lovers! Starting this weekend, we’ll be releasing a full-length, smash-hit musical once a week for you to watch for free! It will be available for 48 hours, so you can tune in whenever you like over the weekend! First up, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat! YouTube4.4.20


News Deadline reminder. MagicWeek loves receiving all your UK magic news (major and minor), but please remember the news deadline: Thursday if possible; final deadline 12 noon Friday. Many thanks, DT. 4.4.20


Pete Watts. Peter Kidd, Honorary Secretary, Cotswold Magical Society writes: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of the Cotswold Magical Society's longest-standing members, Pete Watts, who died in hospital last week after a short illness. Many readers will have known Pete, as he was a regular attendee at many conventions, and little did I know that when I saw him at Blackpool this year it would be for the last time.


Pete joined the Cotswold club aged just 12, and 65 years later it remains the only club of which he was ever a member. We were extremely lucky to have been blessed by his generosity and sense of fun for so many years, and he will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. That he was still working up to a week before his illness is testament to his love of magic.


Pete's funeral will be at 11am on Tuesday 7 April, but sadly, owing to current Coronavirus restrictions, it will be a ceremony for immediate family only. To mark the occasion, members of the Cotswold Magical Society will observe a minute's silence at that time and recall the many happy hours we spent with our friend. Pete's wife, Daphne, tells us she would be glad of a little privacy at this difficult time. RIP, Pete. Peter Kidd, Honorary Secretary, Cotswold Magical Society. 4.4.20


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Number 1031 - 28th March 2020


The Virtual Mentalism Convention - this weekend! Luca Volpe and a team of friends and artists are ready to present a wonderful mentalism marathon this weekend. 22 hours of international stars for the very first Virtual Mentalism Convention! If you are a magician, illusionist or mentalist, join the Facebook group: Click Here (also see Saturday 28th March at 1pm CET, 12 noon GMT, 8am ET, and Sunday 29th March at 1pm CET, 12 noon GMT, 8am ET. 28.3.20


Online Meetings Every Tuesday at The Order of the Magi - and you're invited! Mike Sharples writes: On Tuesday 24th March myself and several other members took part in the Order of The Magi's very first online/social distancing meeting (what a way to end our 110th year of magic in Manchester). This was set up by Stuart Cassel and our thanks go out to him for all his efforts. This was definitely a first for the society and we are trying to find out if this was a world first as well. Can anyone shed any light on this? We will be holding more meetings like this, take a look at the website for more details:


The information went out on Twitter and social media platforms. We have had a number of people that follow the society, Stuart, and myself, on Twitter asking if they can join in with the next one. We are planning this for Tuesday 31st March at 7.30pm GMT. The answer is of course, the more the merrier, all you need is a pc/ laptop/tablet with a camera and microphone and you can join in. Just remember it is going out live, so make sure you are dressed in more than your pyjamas, I have a very fragile mind. Please note this wasn’t a lecture, it was just a bunch of magicians having a chat and bringing their own drinks. Best wishes and stay safe from Mike Sharples and everyone at The Order of the Magi. 28.3.20


Free: Merlins of Wakefield Magic Academy Live. Merlins write: Do you have a 10 to 16 year old at home? Are they looking for something different? Then why not get them interested in watching some Magic Tricks they can learn and perform? We are running a Magic Academy, online on Facebook Live, starting on Saturday 28th March at 1pm and it's free! For the first session all you will need is a regular pack of playing cards! Just go to the Merlins of Wakefield Facebook page to watch. Also see


Plus, for all magicians: A Daily Dem at 1pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with daily deals a Virus Daily Deal: Click Here. Plus, Mystery Stay at Home Packs - offer now extended whilst stocks last! Click Here28.3.20


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Dominic Wood and wife to be Sandi, on 'Children in Need' from 16th November 2001. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 28.3.20


United Kingdom Escape Artists 2020. The 18th Annual General meeting of the United Kingdom Escape Artists (UKEA) took place on Saturday, 14th March, in Northampton with a strong turnout of both professional and amateur escape artists. The meeting featured a number of lectures and presentations and also saw the 5th annual Mick Hanzlik Award competition and the 3rd David De-Val Award.

This year, the Mick Hanzlik Award was won by Andy Robertson from Scotland. Andy presented a full view escape from a pillory. His escape was indeed very different as often you see this type of escape either behind a curtain or other such barrier. Andy, however, did this not only in full view, but also with added restraints. The added restraints were a large hasp and locks, as well as handcuffs on extended chains. The Award is named after Houdini Historian and Master Locksmith Mick Hanzlik. 


Kevin Quantum Launches Free Daily Magic Lessons. MagicFest write: MagicFest Artistic Director Kevin Quantum is delighted to announce the launch of ‘Quantum Magic Lab’! With all the craziness in the world right now Kevin is going to use his powers for good for the next few months by creating daily magic tuition videos that he’ll be putting out on his YouTube channel! This is for geeks, kids stuck at home, or anyone who’s ever been intrigued by magic.

Magic is an amazing educational tool and we want to teach magician skills – performing, sleight of hand, we want to get you thinking, creating, making stuff. Of course Kevin is a magician-scientist so he’ll be putting a science spin on it all; not just how it works but the deeper secrets of why it works! Like a weird fusion of Hogwarts and CERN. The whole thing will be designed so you should have everything you need in your stationary drawer and your dry recycling bin. All you’ll need for the first lesson is an elastic band (or hair bobble) your hands and a table to sit at. Here it is: YouTube


Free Online Mentalism Show & Training. Comedy Mind Reader Jonathan Royle has released the videos of his entire evening theatre show "ESP: Egg, Sausage, Peas, A bizarre comedy psychic style show" just for magicians and mentalists, together with free access to over 6 hours of training videos that teach how the original routines were achieved. Click Here for more info. 28.3.20


Master Peek Envelope - Read My Mind. The Only Peek Envelope you'll ever need! Read My Mind Ltd are proud to present our 'Master Peek' envelopes! A custom made utility prop that allows you an easy, yet ultra deceptive peek of anything written onto the back of a business card. The Master Peek envelopes are not simply existing envelopes that have been modified. These envelopes have been designed and engineered from the ground up to be the absolute best in the business. The Master Peeks were designed and made for one thing... Peeking! Each Master Peek envelope is expertly manufactured from the highest grade Kraft Stock material to match existing envelopes already on the market. The increased thickness of the envelopes adds to their durability, creating another high quality professional mentalism product that you have come to expect from Read My Mind Ltd.


The Master Peek envelopes are reusable, and with care will last for years. At the time of writing this, Looch has been using the same set for nearly 18 months and it's still going strong! Each pack contains one gimmicked 'Master Peek' envelope and one un-gimmicked envelope. The envelopes are supplied blank ready for your customisation. Full instructions are provided via a password protected online video. For more info and to order visit


3 Card Joe by Joe Monti and PropDog - PropDog. Two sizes: Large or Small. Back by popular demand and this time, created by PropDog! These cards (Large "11 x 17") have been expertly engineered and beautifully screen printed on a special hard wearing plastic, with a coating that allows the cards to spread perfectly. So, why should I buy this set when there are others on the market? Here's why: This is not a small close-up card trick. The cards are big. It is a rare effect that plays as big and grand as an Illusion yet can be done up close as well as on stage! This will be the one routine you'll keep in your act because it's designed to bring the house down. It's like Three Card Monarch and Chase the Ace on Steroids! This is a professional effect for professionals! Three powerful segments of the routine validate your expertise as a skilled serious or comedy magician. You can play it either way. Perfect for trade shows, corporate events, private shows, fund raisers, comedy clubs, cruise ships, children's shows, close-up, stage, and TV because the cards are held in front of you and above your waist for a bigger audience to view! Joe Monti takes you through the easy to learn method and demonstrates every move and nuance in detail on the enclosed DVDs. Theory included. This personal instruction alone is worth the price of the kit! Close-up Magicians become Stage Performers and Stage Performers will have a fresh new routine that can replace a big bulky illusion! If properly treated these cards will last for many years to come. Each set comes with a Joe Monti signed Certificate of Authenticity. For more info, to watch a video, and to order visit (small) (large). 28.3.20


Have your mind read via email. Adam Hudson writes: As many of us continue to self-isolate, I am a specialist in Radio and Long Distance Mentalism and would like to offer any person currently self-isolating the opportunity to have their mind read via e-mail. The service is free of charge and comes with completely no strings attached. Just send me an e-mail introducing yourself to and we'll take it from there. Stay safe. 28.3.20


Dominic Twose Lecture DVD - International Magic. In this DVD, Dominic Twose presents some of his favourite card tricks from his book 'Impromptu Secrets', along with others that were not included in the book. This is more than just a display of excellent card tricks though. Here Dominic goes into great detail with the explanations, includes tips on moves, and finishes the lecture with his previously unpublished 'Cups & Balls' routine.

What's more - after the lecture was recorded, Dominic returned to London for an interview about his teacher and mentor, Fred Robinson. Dominic gives a great insight into Fred's character, describing how by chance he first met him. Then how Fred amazed him, baffled and impressed him. He then proceeds to demonstrate some of Fred's thinking on both moves and misdirection. Here we have a rare opportunity for an insight into the mind of one of Magic's Greatest Thinkers, Fred Robinson. See for full contents, more info, and to order. 


Impromptu Secrets, Dominic Twose - International Magic. 2nd Print Now Available. This book is aimed at magicians who want to perform card magic without any preparation. Magicians who want to pick up a pack of cards, anywhere, anytime and present miracles. It is not a book for beginners, likewise - it does not require expert skills, but it is a must have book for the card magician who knows the basic counts, moves etc.

With 34 impromptu card routines (plus 8 impromptu routines without cards), 10 moves, 4 previously unpublished Vernon variations and an essay on the Malini Colour Change, you can see why it caused such a stir on its publication. For those who are not already aware of Dominic Twose his magic knowledge is immense, he was a pupil of the legendary close-up magic expert Fred Robinson, he has studied classic material from the greats of magic for 40 years and is currently completing a book on Bruce Cervon. Here, in his first major release to the magic world is a book you'll treasure and keep referring to it again and again. See for reviews, more info, and to order. 


Dynamo Beyond Belief, Thursday 9th April, Sky One. "Series 1, Episode 1. Documentary following the magician on tour around the globe as well as charting his road to recovery from a career-threatening illness brought on by Crohn's disease." See TV Magic for details. 28.3.20


A Simple Guide to Creativity - Audio Book. Mark Leveridge Magic. Demystify the creative process and open up your mind to simple yet effective ways to improve your magic. Over the years, there have been a number of books which have sought to create some sort of ‘system’ to explain and to formalise the process of magical creation. The problem is that in seeking to explain and elucidate the process so much jargon and complex theorising takes place that the average reader is left with little that is understandable to work on at the finish.

A Simple Guide To Creativity Audio Book sets out to cut through the complexity and to present a guide that is totally understandable and above all will leave the listener with practical ideas to act upon. Creativity is not just about coming up with brand new tricks and ideas. In fact, in many ways this is the least likely form in which creativity will manifest itself. Creativity for most performers comes through the ways that we adapt and change the magic that we do in order to improve it or to make it more suitable for our skill level and ways of working.

This Audio Book will help you in practical ways to make those important improvements. In easy to follow stages, creativity is broken down and analysed and then concrete examples and strategies are explained to enable you to immediately go to work. Anyone who has the desire will be able to take the information imparted here and use it to make a difference. The Audio Book runs for 1 hour 26 minutes and the Chapters are: What Is Creativity?, Building Blocks For Creativity, What Does A Trick Consist Of?, The Core Effects and Creating A New Trick. Whether your aim is to come up with completely new effects or whether you simply want to effectively tweak what you already do, this Audio Book will give you a huge amount of information and support. See for more info and to order. 


Plum House, Wednesday 8th April, BBC Radio 4. "The curator Peter Knight finds unlikely TV fame when he is featured on an ancestry show helping Derren Brown trace his roots to the museum. Starring Simon Callow, Jane Horrocks, Miles Jupp, Pearce Quigley, Tom Bell and Louise Ford. See TV Magic for details. 28.3.20


Magic & Tech! Ebuyer, one of the UK’s leading online tech retailers is publishing a regular magic blog in conjunction with Magicseen magazine. The blogs will feature how tech is used in magic to create unusual and stunning effects. If any performers would like to write a blog relating to using tech in performance, please send it to Ebuyer supplies tech to many performers and venues, and is keen to feature magicians using tech. The Ebuyer blog gets over 40,000 hits per month and blog links are also sent out to many thousands of Ebuyer customers. If magicians are featured in any blogs, we’ll link back to their own personal websites. We also feature the blogs on Twitter and Facebook which has over 100K followers. Here are two magic blogs: Can Uri Geller fix a laptop with his mind? and Magic & Tech featuring the brilliant Keylan Leyser and Tony Chapek. 28.3.20


Special Measures From Magicseen Magazine. Magicseen write: In recognition of the extraordinary circumstances that we all find ourselves in, we at Magicseen have been discussing how we can best help our readers to survive and perhaps even thrive despite everything. Firstly, with more time at home for most of us, maybe the thought of having a magic magazine to read is attractive. So, for the next few weeks, while the crisis is on, we are offering special 6 month (3 issue) subscriptions, making a download sub just £12.00. You can also have the same deal on printed copy subs, although you should be aware that the next issue, #92 May 2020, will only be produced in digital format as we will be unable to print physical copies. We hope to return to normal for the July issue, but will need to take a decision nearer the time. At the same time as making these 6 month subs available, we are also selling all of our E-Books at 50% off, so there's no reason not to get some instant magical gratification while you are in this enforced period of idleness. Plus, we have just launched E-Book versions of Life's A Beach Volumes 1 and 2 by Gary Jones, which means that with the current offer you can download even these titles for half price! For more information and to order the mini 6 month subs or E-Books at 50% off please go to


Zane's Mind Reading Express Deck - Zane's Magic Shop. This brand new deck of cards created by Zane will enable the wonder worker to perform quick-fire mind reading magic! A deck of cards is mixed and spread face up to show the cards are in no particular order. Three spectators are asked to choose three cards at random from different parts of the deck by merely glimpsing at cards in quick succession and committing them to memory, all the while the wonder worker’s head is turned well away. The wonder worker then looks into each of the spectators’ eyes in turn and quickly and correctly names the thought of cards in an instant! For the last card, a prediction, which was written on a ‘Post-it Note’, and stuck to the card case before the card was even chosen and kept in full view is read out and proves to be correct! Commercial, quick, mind-blowing mentalism and so easy to do thanks to this special deck of cards! (This is completely different in method to the 'Tossed Out Deck' trick). For more info and to order visit www.zanesmagicshop.com28.3.20


Watch Mark Leveridge's April E-Video Newsletter For Free! On the 1st April the latest E-Video Newsletter will be released. Lasting 40 minutes it is a lively collection of ideas, magic and advice. Normally to access this video presentation you need either to be a member of E-Club Pro, Mark's online magic club, or you need to have a subscription to the newsletter itself, or even purchase individual access. Well, as a gesture of goodwill to all customers, Mark has decided that during the current crisis he will be making access to the E-Video Newsletter free to anyone! All you have to do is be signed up for Mark's free E-Club Lite membership. This means that you will receive, on the first of each month, an email newsletter full of interesting information and advice, and in that newsletter will be the link to the latest E-Video Newsletter. Access to each newsletter remains open for two months thus giving you plenty of time to enjoy the contents. This free access will continue for a few months or until such time as the coronavirus crisis has abated and we can all return to normal. To sign up for E-Club Lite go to and you will then receive the April newsletter with the link to the April E-Video Newsletter. 28.3.20


Zandman Book Tests back in stock - Workers Lounge. Illustrated: Sherlock Holmes by Josh Zandman & Theory 11. Instantly divine exactly which word the spectator is thinking of – with no forces of any kind. You riffle through the pages of a book and tell the spectator to say stop on any page – they can even change their mind. The spectator thinks of the first word on that page – it’s totally fair. Without asking any questions or having anything written down, you instantly know the exact word the spectator is thinking of. The best part? It’s remarkably easy. There’s nothing to memorise and the book is completely examinable. The Zandman Book Test gives you the freedom to perform a powerful mind reading miracle, anywhere at any time, without the need to memorise a single thing.

You can also hand out the book before, during, and after the performance – the spectator will find nothing. The method is practically undetectable, even under close examination. Two options are available – Gatsby and Sherlock. Each book can be used to accomplish the same effect on their own. However, by combining the two books, you will have access to a diabolical new method that will take your book test to even greater heights. Includes principles and subtleties by Larry Becker, Ted Karmilovich and Banachek, to bring your performance to another level. For over 10 years, the world’s most talented mentalists have included Zandman’s book test techniques in their shows and performances. Today, finally, it’s yours. The Zandman Book Test comes with one 4.25″ x 7″ paperback with over 200 pages and an HD streaming instructional video. Order from


10% Off Special - Zane's Magic Shop. Zane writes: I am happy to give 10% off all orders between now and May 2020! Customers would need to quote they are a 'MagicWeek reader'. Also, we have these in stock in the UK: Spider Pens £90.00, Tarantula £70.00, Deformer £95.00 and Oxbender £90.00. Phone for these products 01843 850036. www.zanesmagicshop.com28.3.20


Sunday Night at the London Palladium, Sunday 29th March on Talking Pictures. Jimmy Tarbuck hosts an episode of the variety show from 1965, featuring Cliff Richard and the Shadows, Charlie Drake and Henry McGee, Freddy Davis and Robert Harbin. See TV Magic for details. 28.3.20


David Budd MIMC. Remembered by John Davenport. I’m sad to report that David Budd MIMC of Leamington Spa died on Saturday 21 March. He was 90, had not been well for some time and died peacefully in a hospice. David’s name may not be well known to younger magicians but he was active on the cabaret circuit, particularly in the Midlands and London areas. David, with his wife Rita, had an act called Magic in Lavender. He often performed at The Magic Circle events and was great friends with John Salisse, who was for many years secretary of The Magic Circle.

David had a printing business which was often used by people in the worlds of magic and variety. Goodliffe, who was another good friend, was one such customer. David maintained his passion for magic and variety theatre in general and was well known at magic history events in the UK, continental Europe and the USA. He was particularly interested in exploring the history of his mentor Milton Woodward and was working on a book at the time of his death. David was terrific company and will be sorely missed by his family and friends. 


The Deckchair Dandies Visit Barry Island. A little light relief from MagicWeek favourites Jasper Blakeley and Frank E Haschka YouTube • "HONOR's new MagicBook 14 holds all the cards" Click Here • "Dynamo: Beyond Belief – Mesmerising trailer for return of TV magician" Click Here • "Magician Dynamo conjures up new show of tricks learnt on his road to recovery" Click Here • "Magician Steve Cohen on the Magic of Cocktail Making in Think-a-Drink" Click Here • "We wonder if this cat thinks that its hooman is a magician after this trick" Click Here • "St. Joseph magician remembers his colleague lost to Covid-19" Click Here • "Happy birthday Harry Houdini, a look at the magician’s glorious tricks" Click Here • "SXSW 2020 Interview: Alexis Manya Spraic on Preserving the Mystery of the Magic Castle in 'M for Magic'" Click Here • Finally, here's some useful information from HMRC for the self-employed: "Claim a grant through the coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme" • That's it for another week, many thanks to everyone who submitted news. Take lots of care. See you next week, Duncan. 28.3.20