Number 930 - 21st April 2018

 

This year's Britain's Got Talent got off to an amazing start with Marc Spelmann getting Ant & Dec's Golden Buzzer (meaning Marc is straight through to the live shows) with a routine that baffled and captured hearts, and Matt Johnson with a genuinely dangerous escape that will also see him in the live shows I'm sure. Huge congratulations to both performers. Here's what some of the papers said:

"Marc Spelmann gets the first Golden Buzzer of 2018" YouTube.
"Here’s what else Britain’s Got Talent magician Marc Spelmann can do" www.radiotimes.com.

"The incredible magician's act that left an audience in tears" www.timeslive.co.za.
"Ant McPartlin broke down in tears on Britain’s Got Talent after contestant’s IVF struggle hit home" www.thesun.co.uk.
"Britain’s Got Talent magician Marc Spelmann leaves viewers stunned as his daughter guesses what Phil and Holly are thinking on This Morning" www.standard.co.uk.
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"Matt Johnson has Judges holding their breath in fear!" YouTube.

"What is Britain’s Got Talent 2018 escapologist Matt Johnson going to do next?" www.radiotimes.com.
"Escaping death. Britain’s Got Talent’s illusionist Matt Johnson admits underwater act was the closest he’s ever been to death" www.thesun.co.uk.
"Britain's Got Talent: Daredevil escapologist Matt Johnson reveals he was inspired by brother's battle with rare brain disease" www.dailymail.co.uk.
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Kevin Quantum's 'And For My Next Trick', 27th April, Southbank Festival, London. Magician-scientist hybrid Kevin Quantum makes his London debut next week with his comedy sketch magic production 'And For My Next Trick'. This fast-paced show has more blow-your-brains tricks than you can shake a wand at and will make you laugh. Nominated at the Scottish Comedy Awards and awarded 'Best Magic' at the 2018 Adelaide Fringe, Kevin Quantum will rock your socks off, and you won't even have to take off your shoes.
"Comic genius or daring magic wonder of the world" ★★★★★ (ThisIsRadelaide.com.au).
"Part science, part magic, part comedy, all genius" ★★★★★ (Cream Magazine).
"Bewildering sleight of hand" ★★★★ (Herald).
27th April 2018, 9.15pm, Southbank Festival. Tickets: www.underbellyfestival.com.
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SAMS Convention 2018. From the organisers: It is now less than a week until the start of the 2018 SAMS convention which will be taking place at The Normandy Hotel, Renfrew, on 27th, 28th and 29th April. The Saturday Night Dinner Cabaret features: 2017 SAMS Stage competition winner Elliot Bibby, singer, comedian and musician Gordon Cree, and all the way from the USA, we are delighted to welcome Jeff McBride and Larry Hass. Compere: Harry Robson. Lecturers: Jeff McBride and Larry Hass will both be lecturing over the weekend and they will also be holding a tribute to Eugene Burger on the Friday evening. We are delighted to welcome Harry Robson back to SAMS and he will also be providing a lecture. Dealers: Harry Robson, Adrian Harris, Alan Duncan and Jimmy Craig. Hotel Rooms: Please contact our secretary Elizabeth McNamara elizabethmcnamara@btinternet.com or 01563 821241. Registrations: Our Registration Secretary this year is Janet Colvan magic.janet71@gmail.com. Registration forms can be downloaded from www.scottishassociationofmagicalsocieties.co.uk. To anyone intending on coming please let Janet know as soon as possible as the hotel require advance numbers for the "dinner cabaret" and the "farewell lunch". The committee look forward to welcoming “old friends and new” to what will be a magical weekend. 21.4.18

 

Rabbit and Revelations with Bruce Smith. Congratulations are in order as Bruce Smith, Marvin’s Magic Demonstration Training Manager, is enjoying a very special anniversary at Hamleys. Bruce has been entertaining the crowds at Hamleys for 30 years and has helped to inspire magicians of tomorrow. Marvin’s Magic has always been a pioneer of in-store theatre, combining compelling demonstrations with remarkable sales. Bruce has played a big part in this, working closely with Marvin to ensure that the Marvin’s Magic demonstrators have that extra special sparkle which guarantees to put smiles and wonderment on faces.

In celebration, Marvin who is also the Vice-President of The Magic Circle, interviewed Bruce in front of a packed Magic Circle audience during his regular 'Rabbit and Revelations' quick-fire interview segment, which celebrates talent, diversity and creativity. They spoke about how he has probably done more live magic than any other magician in Britain, having demonstrated at Hamleys Regent Street for 30 years. His many celebrity customers have included Princess Diana, Margaret Thatcher and Michael Jackson. For the hundreds of thousands of children he has inspired, the hundreds of demonstrator magicians he has trained and the dozens of professionals he has inspired, Marvin described him in three words: 'Perceptive - Unique - Royalty' and presented him with special commemorative gifts to mark the occasion.
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Northern Magic Summit. Northern Magic Circle Secretary Brian Lead writes: At the Northern Magic Summit, held in Newcastle last weekend, Richard Cadell joined Debbie McGee as an Honorary Vice President of the NMC. Also honoured, with Hon Life Vice Presidency, was Hedley Fawcett, who joined the NMC just a few months after its inception in 1956 and performed the first open-air stunt in Harrogate. Chris Stewart, representing Leeds Magic Circle, won the John Pye Close-up Trophy, while Tony Noon was awarded the Eric Bland Trophy for his contributions to the Northern Lights magazine; both of these winners being decided by members’ votes. It was a packed weekend with lectures, dealers, competitions, an archive exhibition and two shows in the historic Tyne Theatre. At the end of it all Rick Tynan handed over the President’s chain to Stuart Clarkson, whose first job was to welcome his own son, Rhys, as our youngest ever Junior member, celebrating his eleventh birthday at the convention! Donald Bevan reviews the entire Northern Magic Summit this week, Click Here. 21.4.18

 

Jeff McBride and Larry Hass lecture at the Manchester Circle of Magicians on Tuesday 24th April. William Booth writes: Experts at Stage and Close-up magic; it's sure to be a great evening. With magic, showmanship and storytelling what more could you ask for. Visitors are welcome with prior approval from the President and a charge of £5.00 on the night. For more information and details visit our website www.manchestercircleofmagicians.co.uk or email contact@manchestercircleofmagicians.co.uk. 21.4.18

 

Alan Maskell, long serving Cambridge Pentacle Club secretary retires. Alan has created a record that will probably never be beaten: 22 years non-stop as the Pentacle Club secretary. In addition to his work with the Pentacle Club, Alan is well known in the world of magic for his performing and lectures, as well as for work with The Magic Circle and the IBM British Ring. Alan retired from his Pentacle post at the AGM on 17th April. On behalf of past and present members Chris Kostecki voiced our appreciation for all Alan has done. The Club surprised Alan by presenting him with a plaque to mark his time as secretary. Our new secretary is Hugh Newsam who can be reached via www.pentacleclub.com. Who knows whether Hugh will still be secretary in 2040! John Davenport. 21.4.18

 

Jeff McBride and Lawrence Hass Eugene Burger Legacy Tour - York Society of Magicians, Wednesday 25th April. Adrian Salamon writes: York Society of Magicians will be hosting a very special lecture on April 25th at our venue at The Red Lion, Poppleton, Boroughbridge Road, Upper Poppleton, York YO26 6PR (Map). We have got the legend that is Jeff McBride as well as Lawrence Hass presenting their lecture on the legacy of Eugene Burger. This is not to be missed. Tickets £15. Email  contact@yorksocietyofmagicians.co.uk to reserve your place and arrange payment. Limited availability so book now! Wednesday 25th April at 7pm. www.yorksocietyofmagicians.co.uk. 21.4.18

 

Magic Cruise. Magic takes to the high seas in August when a host of top magicians entertain on Cruise & Maritime's luxurious flagship Columbus, during a magic-themed 13-night cruise from Tilbury, London to St Petersburg, departing August 11th. This family-friendly round trip, featuring gala shows and workshops, stars John Archer, Paul Wilson, The Great Nardini and baffling double act Fifth Dimension and Malin. For details call 0844 963 0000 or visit www.cruiseandmaritime.com. Neil Bonner, showbiz cruise ship lecturer and member of the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians. 21.4.18

 

Kevin Cunliffe lecture, Bolton Magic Club. Paul Goodman writes: Bolton Magic Club presents Kevin Cunliffe's lecture. Kevin has been performing professionally for almost 35 years. Over this time he has won many awards for his performances. Kevin has appeared with the Circus of Horrors and on the BBC. Now it is your chance to see this not to be missed performer. Kevin will be including many of his working close-up routines, which he has been using daily for over 10 years. Also, many of his never revealed routines including many impromptu routines that can be used for both close-up and stage. Doors open at 8.30pm on Wednesday 25th April at The Doffcocker Inn, 780 Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QD (Map). www.boltonmagicclub.uk. Visiting magicians from other societies are most welcome. There will be an entrance fee £10.00 for non-members. 21.4.18

 

40 Years in show business! Jonathan Royle writes: Yes, indeed it's true I am celebrating my 40th year in this crazy business we call show. Some photographic memories, videos and a biography spanning four decades can be seen here: Facebook. 21.4.18

 

Pro Show Magic lecture, Blackpool Magicians' Club, 26th April. From  the organisers: The Pro Show Magic lecture will be presented by full time professional magicians Gary James and Ricky McLeod. Over the past 20 years, the duo have teamed up at many events, including the F1 in Bahrain for the past 2 years, performing onboard the Orient Express, over 100 performances at the world famous Gleneagles Hotel, and 8 years of performing at the Edinburgh International Magic Festival, not including the hundreds of weddings, corporate events and family shows. The Pro Show Lecture has been well received by numerous magical organisations and is a mixture of ideas for the presentation of new effects, as well as a few twists on some classic effects. They will also be discussing and demonstrating some of Pro Show Magic’s new products. Thursday 26th April 'The Pro Show Magic Lecture' Blackpool Magicians' Club, 56-60 Caunce Street, Blackpool FY1 3NE (Map). www.blackpoolmagic.com. For booking info email g.james@blueyonder.co.uk. 21.4.18

 

The Twins FX, based in Wareham, Dorset, are proud winners of another award this month. The Twins FX were nominated for 2018's Best Special Effect at The Great British Panto Awards in London. The award-winning special effect made by The Twins FX was the big red Flying London Bus (see last week) that wowed Dick Whittington audiences at the London Palladium during the pantomime season 2017/18. They also won this award last year for the spectacular ‘Upside Down Carpet’ in Cinderella at the London Palladium and are pleased to have repeated the success this year.

Paul, Creative Director, describes the magical creations by The Twins FX team in Wareham: "We have pioneered flying in recent years, with a bespoke system 'Flying without Wires'. We are a one-stop shop and do everything ourselves: designing, creating/building and delivering the wow factor. We make the impossible... possible!" The Twins FX have a core team of 6, but at their busiest, there are as many as 30 model makers, painters and engineers working away in their workshops. www.thetwinsfx.com.
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Jonathan Royle's ESP. From the organisers: Bizarre comedy mind reader and belly button reading psychic entertainer Jonathan Royle has just been added to the line up of artistes, comedians and bands performing at the Byline Festival. He will present his 45 minute show "Egg, Sausage & Peas" in the Forest Forum to over a 1,000 people on Friday 24th August. Other names appearing include: Alexi Sayle, Hugh Grant, The Priscillas, The Blow Monkeys, Fly Circus from New Orleans, and comedy legend John Cleese among numerous others. Full details of this 4 day event are at www.bylinefestival.com. 21.4.18

 

Wessex Magical Association Convention 2019. Next year's convention will take place on Sunday 7th April 2019 at The Hub, Verwood, Dorset BH31 7QE (Map). www.wmagic.uk. 21.4.18

 

The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Paul Daniels, with some 'Extra Sensory Deception' from 13th December, 1986. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 21.4.18

 

"Dynamo's Crohn's disease battle: Magician 'doesn't want to be defined' by his illness as he puts career on hold during recovery" Click Here • "Harry Anderson, magician and star of 'Night Court,' dies at 65" Click Here • "Illusionist Rick Thomas: ‘Nothing happens until you dream’" Click Here • "Derren's act is a mystery to us all" Click Here • "Illusionist Jay Owenhouse returns to Prescott" Click Here • "Illusionist Copperfield takes stand in tourist injury case" Click Here • "David Copperfield forced to reveal secret of vanishing trick as he is sued by British audience member" Click Here • Chris North's 'Cavalcade of Wonders' is reviewed by Steve Majes this week, Click Here • "David Blaine: No stunt in my show is a guarantee" Click Here • "‘Peep Show’ Creator Andrew O’Connor Lists Eclectic Contemporary in L.A.’s Brentwood" Click Here • The sun's shining, at last! Hope you are reading this in the garden... many thanks for all your news items, see you next week, Duncan. 21.4.18

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Number 929 - 14th April 2018

 

Magic History Gathering at The Magic Circle, Saturday 9th June. For anyone interested in the history of magic, this really is a very special event. Open to both members and non-members of The Magic Circle, the speakers are: Peter Brunning on Jardine Ellis, Andi Gladwin on Edward G. Brown, Richard Evans on The Pinchbecks, Richard Kaufman on Cliff Green professional card magician, Barry Murray will show a film of A Cavalcade of Conjurers, Kobe Van Herwegan on Suzy Wandas the lady with the fairy fingers, Laura London will talk about Talma, and Paul Kieve on Servais Le Roy. Relatives of Servais Leroy and Talma will be attending. The day will conclude with a table sale of collectable books. The sale is only open to those attending The History Gathering. The cost of the day is £40 which includes morning coffee, afternoon tea and a substantial buffet lunch. Saturday, 9th June. Doors open at 9.45am for coffee and the first speaker will be at 10.45am. The day will finish by 6.30pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance from The Magic Circle website www.themagiccircle.co.uk. It is not possible to pay for admission at the door. Venue: The Magic Circle Headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). 14.4.18

 

BGT starts a new series on Saturday - Issy Simpson makes her US TV debut on Sunday. The first episode of the new series of Britain's Got Talent airs on ITV this evening at 8pm. It’s nearly a year since magician Issy Simpson won the nation’s hearts and tomorrow evening she'll be making her US television debut on NBC's 'Little Big Shots' (Sunday evening at 8pm/7pm Central - Preview: twitter.com/NBCLilBigShots). "This year’s Britain’s Got Talent judges golden buzzer acts are all singers – Ant and Dec instead pick a magician" Click Here. "Hartford magician set to appear on Britain's Got Talent" Click Here. (Expect to see a number of magicians on BGT tonight! DT.) 14.4.18

 

David Stone: Magic Unleashed. 5th-18th April, Leicester Square Theatre Lounge, London. From the organisers: Direct from Paris, multi-award-winning magician David Stone presents his unique brand of comedy and illusion live in Leicester Square. Limited to just 55 seats, experience the impossible and hilarious, closer than ever before. Having amazed the likes of Bono and Bruce Willis, in this show he will make bottles of Champagne appear from nowhere, multiply dozens of packets of cigarettes while desperately trying to quit smoking, and vanish a borrowed ring that will reappear in a very unexpected place! Highly respected by the magic community, David Stone won the French Championship of Magic aged just 23, and the Close-up Grand Prix of South America at 24. He later gained 3rd place at the World Championships of Magic in Stockholm. He is quite simply one of the finest performers in the world – a creative and skilful magician who likes misdirection, wacky comedy and lemons. Enjoy a ridiculous mix of weirdness and sublime sleight-of-hand in this intimate West End venue. 15th-18th April. See www.secretcellarlondon.com for more info and to book. 14.4.18

 

"Can you make a London Bus float over a theatre audience?" "Yes!" Gary & Paul Hardy Brown, aka 'The Twins FX' were recognised as part of the creative team who helped Qdos Entertainments achieve their Olivier award in London last Sunday evening. Dick Whittington at the London Palladium won in the category 'Entertainment and Family'. It’s the first time that a pantomime has won such a prestigious award and a first for Pantomime in the West End. Michael Harrison, Managing Director of Qdos Entertainments and Director on the show said winning the Olivier Award signalled recognition from the West End theatre industry that pantomime could be "something quite special." Gary Hardy Brown, The Twins FX Managing Director, added "it’s such a fantastic production and a pleasure to part of the creative team". www.thetwinsfx.com. 14.4.18

 

Conjuring at the Court, London, Thursday 26th April. From the organisers: Witness the impossible at London’s longest-running monthly magic show! Featuring the very funny and amazing Graham Jolley, Jon Allen, James Pritchard and Russell Levinson. Another terrific night of magic! Tickets just £11 from www.conjuringatthecourt.com – 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. 14.4.18

 

The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Greg Frewin's dove act from an appearance on 'Talking Telephone Numbers' on 3rd November 1997. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 14.4.18

 

Haim Goldenberg and Lior Manor are presenting a six-hour workshop for mentalists and corporate magicians in Berlin, Germany, on Sunday, May 6th. "One of the reasons I’m friends with Haim and Lior for so many years is for the brilliant thinkers they are. Haim and Lior are super-creative, intelligent, and very practical when it comes to implementing Mentalism. They are constantly uncovering and creating more. So, I’m not only recommending, but urge you to sign-up for their workshop if you consider yourself a professional mentalist." Asi Wind. For full details visit: www.haimgoldenberg.com/phone/berlin18.html. 14.4.18

 

Associated Conjurers of East Sussex (A.C.E.S.) to end. Martin Lewis writes. It was with great sadness during our club meeting last Wednesday that the committee and I announced the demise of our lovely magic club, the Associated Conjurers of East Sussex (A.C.E.S.) Founded in 1992 by Mark Worgan, Robin Toft and Tony Richards,  A.C.E.S., with a motto "Friendship through the art of magic", was seen as groundbreaking, with a 'no rules' policy. 26 years later and with many, many happy memories we will be closing our doors after our July meeting. We have hosted many great lecturers and orators over the years with many highlights. Our Annual Dinners were the envy of many. On a personal note having served as Chairman for 10 years and President for the last 12, I will miss our monthly get-togethers and the friendships that have been formed. Numbers reducing and hall fees increasing have led to this very difficult decision. My sincere thanks must go out to stalwart Treasurer John Holden for all his hard work and current Chairman Rick Martyn for helping come to this very difficult decision. My wife Nicky has served alongside me as Secretary for the last 12 years and has worked so hard organising the club and its members, and helped me to keep things going until now. Once again it is with great regret but who knows the phoenix may rise again in the future. Martin Lewis. www.magic-clubs-in-sussex.co.uk. 14.4.18

 

Sean Heydon lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on April 19th.

The evening will be split in to 4 sections:
Part 1: My parlour magic show including magician fooling trickery, culminating in the levitation of one of your members.
Part 2: A workshop teaching the false shuffle that Bill Malone asked me to teach him.
Part 3: A mini lecture teaching self-working methods to take advantage of every opportunity and the chance to make your magic even more impossible and amazing.
Part 4: A question and answers section, where you can ask anything.

Sean Heydon AIMC, is the co-presenter on the Wizard Product Review, and has had appearances on 'Soccer AM' and 'The Paul O’Grady Show' amongst other shows. Marketed products include 'The Multiple Card Find' and 'Magic and Madness'. Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. The lecture takes place in East Horsley, Surrey at 8pm. For full details email Adam Mosley info@surreymagic.org.uk. 14.4.18

 

Derren Brown: Underground. 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. See What's On for current tour dates. 14.4.18

 

The Mark Leveridge April Podcast. If you've got half an hour to spare and you fancy listening to some magic chat, why not log on to the latest Mark Leveridge free Podcast? The April edition features the following topics: Richard Kaufman has a 'pop' at Magicseen. Your magic competitors may actually be your allies. Hyphens and underscores make difficult to decipher email addresses even worse. GDPR is on its way, but will it matter to us magicians? A spectator accurately observes and gives a fascinating insight into the processes that we strolling magicians go through when we entertain at tables. If you appear to be an expert at what you do, you are more likely to get the show enquiry/booking. You can listen online or download the mp3 file to play back on any suitable device either from www.markleveridge.co.uk/podcast.php or from www.markleveridge.podbean.com. 14.4.18

 

Gary Jones Lecture - Northamptonshire Magicians' Club, 17th April. Gary Jones lectures for the Northamptonshire Magicians' Club on Tuesday, 17th April at 8pm. A lecture not to be missed. Visiting magicians welcome, £10 charge. The lecture starts at 8pm at Northamptonshire Magicians' Club, Brafield on the Green Working Men's Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD (Map). www.northamptonshiremagicians.uk. Mark Paul MMC, Secretary, The Northamptonshire Magicians' Club. 14.4.18

 

Gregory Wilson - UK Lecture Tour continues. From the tour organiser: Magic Lectures UK is proud to present Gregory Wilson, the two-time FISM Award-Winning performer, Gregory Wilson is back to lecture in the UK. His mission is simple: To share with you professional routines that are cool, clever, and cutting edge. Gregory Wilson is a bottomless well of ideas, lines and tricks. He's a master of sleight of hand, misdirection, routining and presentation, mixed with creativity, charm and lightning speed wit. He can do it all... and he can teach it all to you. He'll also talk a lot about using natural props, direct methods and compelling presentations. You can look forward to an arsenal of ideas that run the gamut from beginner to expert level and cover a wide variety of genres. See What's On for venues and dates. 14.4.18

 

The April 2018 E-Video Newsletter from Mark Leveridge. If you watch the trailer at www.markleveridge.co.uk/evn.php you'll be able to get a feel for what is in the latest half hour online video programme, but here's a run down of the contents anyway. The Teach In - learn how to make a wine glass vanish and instantly reappear from under a handkerchief. Top Tips - never forget a child's name during your show again. The Strolling Magician Unplugged - part 3 looks at dress and personal hygiene for performers. Web Offers - background info and dems for a great kids' effect and a close up mental item which are on offer in April. 60 Seconds To Success - how to carry enough material for commercial close up is covered. The Review Corner - Eric Leclerc's Baffling Blocks is reviewed. Access to the April edition is available now for a small payment, or you can sign up for a year and receive automatically every new programme as it is released on the first of each month. See: www.markleveridge.co.uk/evn.php for full details. 14.4.18

 

Potter & Potter Spring Magic Auction. Potter & Potter write: Our spring sale of magic memorabilia features two recently-rediscovered Houdini scrapbooks, never before made available for public sale. In addition, the auction will include Houdiniana in a range of categories - glass slides, autographs, books, and photographs. The Houdini memorabilia will be complemented by a diverse offering of vintage and antiquarian magic books, posters, broadsides, ephemera, and vintage magic apparatus. Previews take place in our Chicago gallery April 26 & 27, from 10am to 5pm. www.potterauctions.com. 14.4.18

 

Bisexuality Is Magic, Croydon. A new production by Marcus Morgan at Matthews Yard in Croydon on 14th April at 2pm and 8pm. A cross between a magic show and a play, join a beleaguered LGBT activist for the dress rehearsal for his "bisexual magic show". The stage is set, the supporting act is running late, and the director keeps putting their oar in. Will someone really get their gender stereotypes sawn in half? Will the magician find the one perfect trick to explain bisexuality in time? Probably the only magic show about sexuality you've ever seen. 14th April at 2pm and 8pm at 1 Matthews Yard, Croydon CR0 1FF (Map). For more info and tickets visit www.bisexualmagic.com. 14.4.18

 

Steve Short's Johnny Hart International Star of Magic lecture, Anglian Magic Society, 17th April. Steve Majes writes: Steve Short presents his lecture, 'Johnny Hart International Star of Magic' for the Anglian Magic Society on Tuesday 17th April at 7.30pm. "From the moment Johnny Hart won the very first Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition in 1961 his career took off on a rapid upward path that never slowed down." Steve Short presents his new book and lecture "Johnny Hart International Star of Magic". This lecture will be full of anecdotes from interviews, together with photos and very rare video clips which will bring to life the amazing career of Johnny Hart. Members £3.00 - Visitors £10.00. The Anglian Magic Society, The White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). www.theanglianmagicsociety.uk. 14.4.18

 

Criss Angel guests on Rules of Engagement on Tuesday 24th April on E4: Uh-Oh It's Magic. "Audrey tries to bond with Jeff's softball buddy Brenda, who has agreed to be their surrogate, but puts her foot in it by revealing the surrogacy plans to Brenda's new girlfriend Becky, who wasn't aware of them. Russell takes his date Jessica to a magic show, only to see the magician make her disappear and not return. Desperate to prove his DIY skills to Jennifer, Adam knocks himself out trying to install a new shower fitting." (Repeat) See TV Magic for details. 14.4.18

 

'The Art of Magic' Magic Singh's TEDx talk, recorded in India. "This video will make you believe in magic again. Get into the mind of an extraordinary performer and showman - Magic Singh. Where East meets West, Magic Singh epitomizes wondrous magical entertainment for all. One of the UK's finest talents, Magic Singh is the stage name for Amardeep." YouTube. 14.4.18

 

South London Magic Society Dealer Dem, 1st May. Simon Rosselli writes: On May 1st we are having a Dealer Dem by Adrian Sullivan, a very experienced international close-up magician and stage magician with his own unique range of magic tricks. Adrian specialises in high impact effects that provide value for money. Virtually all the tricks require little or no sleight of hand. Doors open at 7pm for 'Hands On' then 8pm-10pm for the Dealer Dem. £10 for non-members, which can go towards Membership fee. South London Magic Society, Clock House Methodist Church Hall, Clock House Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4JP (Map). www.southlondonmagic.co.uk. Also see www.adriansullivan.co.uk. 14.4.18

 

Wizards of Waverly Place, Saturday 14th April (30 minutes) on Disney. Harperella. "Harper is transported into a Cinderella-like world after reading a wizard story book and must rely on fairy godmother Alex to turn things back to normal. Guest star David Copperfield." (Repeat) See TV Magic for details. 14.4.18

 

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