Number 973 - 16th February 2019

 

Dynamo: Times Are Gone for Honest Men, Manchester, Belfast and Jersey dates. "Intensely personal storytelling with immersive, close-up magic and mental feats with the audience" ★★★★ The Mail on Sunday. See Dynamo on tour up close and personal, within the purpose built and immersive walls of The Abandoned Room. The performance last for approximately 70 minutes and there is no intermission. Strictly no cameras, recording devices or phones will be allowed within The Abandoned Room. Latecomers will not be admitted.
22nd February, 7pm & 9pm The Lowry Hotel, Manchester
23rd February, 7pm & 9pm The Lowry Hotel, Manchester
2nd March, 7pm & 9pm Europa Hotel, Belfast
3rd March, 7pm & 9pm Europa Hotel, Belfast
8th March, 7pm & 9pm Waterfront Hotel, Jersey
9th March, 7pm & 9pm Waterfront Hotel, Jersey
10th March, 3pm & 7pm Waterfront Hotel, Jersey

To book: www.abandoned-room.com. 16.2.19

 

Hans Klok on The Magicians' Podcast. Richard travels to Amsterdam to interview magic superstar Hans Klok to discuss his incredible life and career. Hans talks about his early influences and why he fell in love with stage illusions as opposed to the other forms of magic. He also talks about his on-stage assistants, the incredible 'Divas of Magic', and how he really feels about them leaving his act to become magicians in their own right. Hans also talks about how he gained permission to perform the Blackstone Floating Light bulb, his incredible West End show, and what went wrong with his 2007 Las Vegas show with Pamela Anderson, ahead of his return to the Vegas Strip in the summer of 2019 with a brand new show. Plus 'Blackpool Bingo' with Alan Hudson. The Magicians' Podcast, listen now, via iTunes, Podbean or Spotify. 16.2.19

 

Sideshow Showman by Jon Gresham. Jon Marshall is delighted to announce the publication of a new book for lovers of Sideshows, Fire-Eating and magic history. The unexpurgated memoirs of Fire-eater and Sideshow Showman, Jon Gresham. With an introduction and biography by magical historian Eddie Dawes, a chapter by Pat Gresham and the story of the restoration of the shows by Jon Marshall. In the 50s and 60s he presented Dracula’s Daughter, The Headless Lady, The Mummy, The Monster Show, Butterfly Girl and other shows at amusement parks and Fairs. His problems of finding girls, attracting the public and being "exposed" in the Sunday papers make fascinating reading. "I have told the truth throughout, nothing is exaggerated - it all happened." Profusely illustrated with colour and black & white photographs. Paperback, Soft Touch cover, 118 pages. £25 inc UK p&p. Sales contact: cleo@sideshowillusions.com. Michael Diamond will have these on his stand at the Blackpool Convention at £20 each. 16.2.19

 

Cornish Magical Society Annual Dinner with Star Guest Graham Jolley. Keith Sorted writes: Saturday 23rd March at 7.30pm. A great evening of entertainment, magic and a three-course meal. All for just £25, featuring award-winning mind reader Graham Jolley. People wishing to come along and watch the entertainment only: £15. Call 01326 312869 for tickets. Membly Hall Hotel, Cliff Road, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4NT (Map). 16.2.19

 

Paul Zenon will be giving two performances of Linking Rings at the Blackpool Convention on Saturday in the Pavilion Theatre, at 6.30pm and 9pm, and the DVD officially launches this weekend. Here’s a brief trailer: YouTube. 16.2.19

 

Luke Jermay: Intuition. Intuition is a strange thing and Luke Jermay is even stranger. Building on his acclaimed debut show Sixth Sense, entertainer Luke Jermay is back and better than ever with a brand new interactive stage show. Intuition is jam-packed with phenomenal jaw-dropping demonstrations of telepathy and prediction. Your mind will be read, your choices will be predicted and your future will be revealed. Join Luke Jermay for a funny, entertaining, emotional, controversial, uplifting, unique experience, that you will never forget!

16th February Junction, Goole
20th February Truck Theatre, Hull
21st February Gatehouse, Stafford
22nd February Century Theatre, Coalville
23rd February The Theatre, Chipping Norton
24th February Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax
26th February Bedales Theatre, Petersfield
28th February The Marlowe, Canterbury
1st March The Marlowe, Canterbury
2nd March Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes
6th March Old Town Hall Arts Centre, Hemel Hempstead
7th March Electric Theatre, Guildford
9th March Quay Arts, Newport Isle of Wight
10th March Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham by Sea
12th March Opera House, Jersey
14th March Cornerstone, Didcot
15th March EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge
19th March Miners Institute, Blackwood
20th March Arts Centre, Norwich
21st March Hertford Theatre, Hertford
22nd March Riverhouse Barn, Walton on Thames
23rd March Theatre Royal, Margate
24th March Greenwich Theatre, Greenwich

To book visit www.jermay.com/tour-dates. 16.2.19

 

Magic and Comedy at Conjuring at the Court! From the organisers: On Thursday 28th February enjoy magic with comedy at Conjuring at the Court! With the very funny Noel Britten, the dry wit of Carl Pettman, the Unusualist, and Russell Levinson. Tickets £11 from www.conjuringatthecourt.com . 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. 16.2.19

 

The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Paul Daniels, from 'The Paul Daniels Magic Show' on 13th December 1986. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 16.2.19

 

Michael O'Brien Lecture, Northamptonshire Magicians Club, Tuesday 19th February. Mark Paul writes: Michael is from California, and is a regular at The Magic Castle. Jeff McBride says of him: "‘your magic inspires!" Visiting magicians welcome, £10 charge. The lecture will start at 8pm. 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. 16.2.19

 

Michael O'Brien Lecture, Ilford Magical Society. Brian O'Leary writes: The Ilford Magical Society are please to host Michael O'Brien's lecture as part of his tour of the UK. The lecture includes: 'Invisible Purse' routine, 'Tour de Force', 'Hatline sealed card prediction', 'Card to Pokét' (Pokémon themed) and 'Tu Tu Transpo'. Wednesday, 20th of February at 8pm. Tickets are just £5 for non-members, available on the door. The Ilford Magical Society, The Parkside Community Centre, 176 Goodmayes Lane, Ilford IG3 9PP (Map) www.ilfordmagic.co.uk. Contact Brian O'Leary (brianaoleary@hotmail.com) if you have any questions. Phone: 07772 920 322. 16.2.19

 

Derek Scott: 'How to be the best performer you can be' Masterclass, 19th February, London. International Magic London write: Are you using your full potential as a performer? What are your best individual qualities and are they being utilised? Are you being the best 'you' that you can be on stage? Derek Scott teaches you how to use your own natural abilities to make you a better and stronger performer. He helps you bring out qualities that will make you and your performances unique. From discovering your natural rhythm, to building a relationship with the audience, Derek will show you that your strongest asset as a performer is always 'you'. Each participant in the workshop will discover the tools within them, that will bring out the very best performer that they can be.

 

Derek Scott has been performing professionally for over 30 years, from Broadway to Bahrain and has coached and taught workshops to magicians, actors, dancers, clowns, circus performers, singers and poets around the world. He works on stage, film and television as a magician, actor, clown, comedian, director, coach and teacher. We are now taking bookings for this fantastic masterclass. This is the only workshop Derek will host on his brief visit to London. Date: Tuesday 19th February 2019. Venue: 2nd Floor of Casa Italiana, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). Time: 1pm to 5pm. Workshop Price £75 per person. Bookings by email: martin@internationalmagic.com . Places are limited. www.internationalmagic.com. 16.2.19

 

Modern Magic: Jake Banfield. Prepare to believe in magic...! Downstairs in the sumptuous screening room at the Charlotte Street Hotel, an audience will have their minds read, have their senses manipulated and experience some of the most astonishing feats of modern magic. Sit down and relax as Jake takes you on a journey of dapper deception, sophisticated sleight of hand and mischievous mind games. Saturday 13th April. Doors 7.30pm. Show 8pm. Tickets: £30. Venue: The Charlotte Street Hotel, 15-17 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RJ (Map). www.modernmagic.co.uk. 16.2.19

 

MagicWeek recommends The Bank Bar & Grill, Blackpool. "The Bank Bar & Grill will be staying open from 11am straight through to 12:30am Saturday night and Sunday night in celebration of the Blackpool Magic Convention. We are happy to provide a late night fresh food establishment for all involved with the convention where you can relax, drink and eat in a comfortable friendly environment. So all performers, stage crew, dealers and patrons still have a chance to dine out in style. Fantastic cocktails, extensive wine list and all fresh food. Hope to see you all there. Riccardo & Alex." The Bank Bar & Grill is a half-minute walk from the convention, at 28 Corporation Street, Blackpool FY1 1EJ. Telephone: 01253 751555. www.thebankblackpool.com. 16.2.19

 

Mark Leveridge Magic Web Offers. The two products selected for the February Web Offers: Going Walkabout and Holiday. The first is a wonderful advice E-Book called Going Walkabout, which contains 28 pages of important and valuable information about how to make a success of working close-up magic at reception style events where the spectators are all standing or where there is, at best, only a very informal arrangement of seats, but no tables. If you want to be truly successful at this type of performing, you need to read this E-Book. The second Web Offer item is a fun lightweight mental routine called Holiday. This lively, entertaining effect enables the performer to correctly predict the airline and holiday destination selected in a random manner by spectators. Both the above items can be yours in exchange for very little money, making the MLM Web Offers the best value in magic. For more info and to order go to www.markleveridge.co.uk/offers.php  before the 28th February 2019. 16.2.19

 

Shin Lim on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Monday 25th February on ITV2. "The host is joined by magician Shin Lim, Portia De Rossi, who talks about The Ellen Fund, and Olivia Munn, who discusses working with The Shelter Pet Project." See TV Magic. 16.2.19

 

Shawn Farquhar Lecture, Exonian Magical Society, Devon. Andrew Frazer writes: Shawn Farquhar Lecture - 'Powerful but Justified' - Exonian Magical Society, Heavitree Social Club, East Wonford Hill, Exeter EX1 3BS (Map) www.exonianmagicalsociety.co.uk. Wednesday 27th February at 7pm. Places Limited. £12.00 non-members, 4 guests for the price of 3. Bar. 16.2.19

 

Shawn Farquhar Lecture, Perth Magic Circle. Adrian Harris writes: Perth Magic Circle is proud to be hosting a lecture by Shawn Farquhar on Wednesday 20th February. Shawn will present his latest lecture which promises to have something for everyone, plus there will be many anecdotes about his life as a world renowned magician and entertainer. The evening starts at 7.30pm and the lecture will take place at Perth & District Ex-Servicemen's Club, 20 Milne Street, Perth PH1 5QL (Map). A warm invitation is extended to all Magicians to come and enjoy what is guaranteed to be a great evening of magic. Admission for non-members is £10.00 payable at the door. 16.2.19

 

Sean Carpenter features in the magic-themed video for Post-it-note Prophesies, the latest song by indie band Sleuth, taken from their EP Group of Bears. During the filming, singer and songwriter Christopher Taylor-Ashcroft spent most of the afternoon locked inside an old Supreme Magic Guillotine that hadn’t been used for nearly 20 years! You will have to watch the video to see if he survived, YouTube. This could also be the first music video ever to include a performance of the Sponge Banana trick! www.seancarpenter.co.uk. 16.2.19

 


 

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Sean Goodman Anglian Magic Society Lecture. Kyle Sarocen writes: The Anglian Magic Society have the very talented and inventive magician and mind reader Sean Goodman doing a spectacular lecture on Tuesday February 19th starting at 7.30pm at the White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). www.theanglianmagicsociety.uk. Sean has been inventing magic tricks for the professional magicians for many years. Sean also works many functions, from Weddings to Birthdays, and has a continuous work load, but still finds the time to put on his own fabulous Theatre shows which are very well attended. So do not miss this true professional at work. Within this lecture you will pick up some great knowledge that will improve your own shows. See you on the night. 16.2.19

 

Matt Edwards lectures at the Manchester Circle of Magicians on Monday, 18th February. William Booth writes: Magic at its best; surely a night not to be missed. Visitors are welcome with prior approval from the President and a charge of £10.00 on the night. For more information and details visit our website www.manchestercircleofmagicians.co.uk or email contact@manchestercircleofmagicians.co.uk. 16.2.19

 

Magicseen Issue 85 March 2019. Released early for the Blackpool Convention, the March edition of the UK's only independent magic magazine features diverting interviews with top performers such as cover star Gary Jones, US card expert Jason Ladanye and the highly successful Edward Hilsum. We take a look at the star studded conventions organised by Vanishing Inc (The Event and The Session), Jay Fortune provides lots of excellent advice on how to use agents to get work, and Club Land returns with a major article that takes a detailed look at the South African Magic Society, a club which has many magical links with the UK. The Masterclass includes a neat T&R Card idea from Jeramy Neugin, as well as a clever coin routine extracted from Gary Jones's new book, Life's A Beach, which Magicseen has just published. The Product Review section as always features honest comments on the latest releases, with the full range of assessments from praised to panned! Plus there are the usual fun articles to enjoy including a Games Of Thrones Lookalike article! You can catch up with this latest issue right now by taking out a 1 or 2 year printed copy or download sub, or simply by buying the current issue on its own from www.magicseen.co.uk. 16.2.19

 

Granville Taylor who was known as Faust the Magician sadly passed away on 9th February aged 88. He became a professional magician in 1957 and went on to perform in theatres throughout the UK and Europe. He presented a large two hour show in the Far East for many years. Previously he had worked as a stage assistant to Murray and The Great Lyle. Guy Taylor. 16.2.19

 

"Britain's Got Talent to get its own all star 'The Champions' series" Click Here • "Oxford man performs Magic for Smiles shows to Syrian refugees" Click Here • "Doncaster schoolboy magician lands big TV role in kids comedy series" Click Here • "Angelica Hale, Magician Shin Lim Advance to ‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’ Finals" Click Here • "Interview: magician and comedian Pete Firman" Click Here • "The Portchester magicians who entertained the likes of Prince William and Harry" Click Here • "Joshua Jay: Six Impossible Things is a different kind of magic show" Click Here • "Jon Dorenbos stuns judges on AGT, has a big announcement after his trick" Click Here • "Is your brain lying to you?" Click Here • "Spoon-Bending Illusionist Uri Geller Looks for Flexibility in Tax Ruling" Click Here • "Pete Firman: 'You can't watch someone hitting a nail into their face passively'" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcome, see you next wekk, Duncan. 16.2.19

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Number 972 - 9th February 2019

 

Blackpool's Got Talent! Friday Night Gala Show: Matt Edwards, Colin Cloud, Issy Simpson, Charlie Frye, Patrick Lehnen, Lee Thompson, Mikael Szanyiel. Saturday Night Gals Show: Eric Chien, Mandy Muden, David Stone, Rudy Coby, Tom Noddy, Hector Mancha, Derek Scott. Sunday Night Gala Show: Hans Klok, Paul Zerdin, Miguel Minoz, Jack Beavis, Kris Kremo, Fielding West, Marc Spelmann, Hector Mancha. Friday 15th February, Saturday 16th February, Sunday 17th February. Book Now! www.blackpoolmagic.com. 9.2.19

 

Damon Conlan: Jocular Prestidigitator, Upstairs At The Western, Leicester, Sunday 10th February: Mortals! Come seek refuge from the political fallout of the modern age and witness miracles* of a scientific nature. In this post-apocalyptic sanctuary observe a new world of mutant showbiz raccoons, cocoa-based gluttony, and spectacular telepathy†. *Miracles aren't real, fools. †Telepathy isn't real, fools. Part of the Leicester Comedy Festival. Sunday, 10th February at 7.30pm. Tickets £8.00. Venue: Upstairs At The Western, 70 Western Road, Leicester LE3 0GA (Map). More info: www.comedy-festival.co.uk. 9.2.19

 

Luke Jermay: Intuition - tonight, 9th February, London. Intuition is a strange thing and Luke Jermay is even stranger. Building on his acclaimed debut show Sixth Sense, entertainer Luke Jermay is back and better than ever with a brand new interactive stage show. Intuition is jam-packed with phenomenal jaw-dropping demonstrations of telepathy and prediction. Your mind will be read, your choices will be predicted and your future will be revealed. Join Luke Jermay for a funny, entertaining, emotional, controversial, uplifting, unique experience, that you will never forget! Saturday 9th February 2019, at 7.30pm. Tickets from £12. Book online: www.artsdepot.co.uk. Artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London N12 0GA (Map). 9.2.19

 

The Craft - Performance Craft and Business Craft Workshops, Brussels, Belgium, 25th-26th May. For the first time, Ken Dyne is peeling back the curtain on character, stage craft, routine selection and show structure, based on his professional training as an actor and now more than 16 years of experience as a full time performer. This day will immediately be followed by a day working on your business, marketing, and branding strategies, and how to get more of the gigs you want. Book either day, or grab a 2-day pass. Full details here: www.kendynemasterclass.com. Tickets are limited to just 35 spaces and are, understandably, selling fast. 9.2.19

 

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group acquires the makers of ‘The Illusionists’ franchise. Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group announced on Wednesday the acquisition of The Works Entertainment, the world-class creative and production company known for The Illusionists franchise and other variety shows. The addition of well-known brands to Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group’s portfolio allows the global leader in live entertainment to continue its diversification of content offering and consolidate its presence in soft-seat theatres.


“This transaction is a perfect example of how our group is diversifying through acquisitions, while always investing in our core activities,” said Daniel Lamarre, president and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group. “The Works productions have natural affinities with our own, in that they are high-quality universal live experiences that appeal to different audiences from different cultures around the world without having to adapt the show to each market. Magic, a genre of live entertainment that The Works has successfully mastered through their hugely successful Illusionists franchise, has been performed for centuries and continues to enjoy a steadfast popularity among audiences worldwide. I’m honoured to have their creative minds and theatrical expertise join our ranks.”

Established by Creative Producer Simon Painter and Executive Producer Tim Lawson, The Works Entertainment creates, produces and presents first-class entertainment since 2012. The Works Entertainment has a proven track record in mid-size theatrical productions with live magic shows like The Illusionists, and content developed from the big screen like Now You See Me Live. The Works’ portfolio also includes circus arts shows like Circus 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus, cabaret-style shows and musical theatre productions. The Illusionists are in the UK from July 6th to September 1st at Shaftsbury Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London. Tickets from www.theillusionistslive.com.
9.2.19

 

Jez Rose: We Are All Absolutely Beside Ourselves. Lecture now booking. An Associate Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star (London) and Member of the Academy of Magical Arts (Hollywood), Jez Rose is a highly respected lecturer, presenter and performer. His reputation is built on his ability to explore complicated topics with tremendous honesty, clarity, warmth and humour. Presented in Jez’s well-known relaxed and professional style, what is We Are All Absolutely Beside Ourselves?
• It is a lecture about taking effects you already perform and creatively making them different, more appealing, more theatrically interesting, entertaining and more magical.
• It is a lecture that will show how 3 seconds can instantly improve your performance.
• It is a lecture about differentiating yourself as a performer and what that means with your existing routines and how it can result in you earning more.
• It is a lecture that will explain how 7 seconds can instantly boost your confidence.
• It is a lecture that teaches some of Jez’s favourite routines, dissecting how to start with a moment, whether a purchased routine or a selection of items, and create something that audiences care about, which immediately makes you - and your magic - more fascinating, in turn creating a ‘category of one’.
• It is a lecture like no other. Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page for more information and to make contact.
9.2.19

 

Mandy Muden's first-ever tour is now underway across the UK. From the promoters: Mandy Muden, direct from her sensational appearances on 'Britain’s Got Talent' takes to the road with her brand new hilarious show 'Cunning Stunts'. Cunning Stunts will be packed with Mandy’s razor sharp wit, magic tricks and plenty of mind reading! A member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star, Mandy is the premier female comedian and magician, and in fact in 2007 was the recipient of The Magic Circle Carlton Award for Comedy in Magic. On TV Mandy has appeared on Dick and Dom’s Funny Business and as a mentor on Channel 4’s Faking It. Starting out life as an actress, having trained in Guildford, Mandy has been honing her magic skills for many years. Her initial foray into the world of magic was working in a Circus as a magician’s assistant but somewhat accident prone she managed to set fire to her caravan and had a run in with a boxing kangaroo! Mandy has performed all over the world from Comedy Clubs to the most prestigious venues ranging from The Magic Castle in Hollywood to Buckingham Palace. See What's On for dates. 9.2.19

 

Tom Noddy Lecture, The Magic Circle, London, 19th February. The Magic Circle write: Tom Noddy created a new kind of act when, in the early 1980s, he took his performance of Bubble Magic onto America’s Tonight Show and the UK’s Paul Daniels Magic Show. The hosts marvelled at the fact that this was something that no one had ever seen before. But maybe his follow-up, finding places to present this new form of entertainment, is just as impressive: nightclubs, Varieté theatres, math and physics conferences, science centres, magic and juggling venues... Tom will perform, answer questions and tell all. Children over 14 are permitted if accompanied by an adult. Magic Circle Members are free and guests are £15 each payable on the door. 3pm to 4.45pm on Tuesday 19th February at its London headquarters. Email guestlist@themagiccircle.co.uk to reserve a guest ticket. 9.2.19

 

Tom Noddy Lecture, Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians, 20th February. Sue Oakley writes: On Wednesday 20th February, Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians will welcome Tom Noddy, following his appearance at Blackpool Convention. Tom will be performing a show and giving a talk on how he developed his act, that has taken him to over 50 countries. Visiting magicians are welcome for a fee of £5. Lecture starts at 8pm. Contact sueoakley61@gmail.com. Before first bringing his performance to television in the early 80s, Tom Noddy spent over a decade developing a new kind of performance piece. Sitting alone with dime store bubble solution, a childlike sense of wonder and an adult sense of humor, he brought a new thing into being: Bubble Magic. Tom has taken his uniquely warm charm and intellectual interest in soap bubbles to audiences around the world. The bubbles are truly exquisite and Tom’s lively humor and engaging sense of fun leave his audiences both delighted and intrigued. 9.2.19

 

The World's Number One Magic Podcast, The Magicians' Podcast. Richard Young writes: This week's guest is an international award-winning magician. Greg Frewin sits down with Richard to discuss his amazing nightly magic show near Niagara Falls, which features the largest illusions, spectacular dancers and also incredible tigers. He tells us what it's like to have the pressure of 70 employees and 700 seats to fill every night. He also talks about competing at FISM and how he prepared for it, performing on The Paul Daniels TV series Secrets, NBC's The World's Greatest Magic and Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Greg also talks frankly about the way the world is changing and how having tigers in the show is becoming harder for the public to accept and how he is dealing with that change. Plus 'What's Going On' with co-host Alan Hudson. The Magicians' Podcast, listen now, via iTunes, Podbean or Spotify. 9.2.19

 

Morgan & West are back on tour, with two different shows: 'Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show' (for kids) and 'Parlour Tricks' (for adults). Why not peruse the live dates and see when that couple of crafty conjurers is headed to a town near you. Time travelling magic duo Morgan & West present a brand new show chock full of jaw dropping, brain bursting, gasp eliciting feats of magic. The dashing chaps offer up a plateful of illusion and impossibility, all served with wit, charm and no small amount of panache. Be sure to wear a hat – Morgan & West might just blow your mind. See What's On for more info and dates. 9.2.19

 

Shawn Farquhar 'Powerful but Justified' Lecture, Thursday, February 28th, Bath Circle of Magicians. Roger Nicot writes: After his first Bread & Butter lecture in 2010, Shawn is coming to Bath, UK with his PB & J Lecture! (Powerful but Justified). Shawn's lecture is filled with great lessons, fun stories, and of course a multitude of amazing magic tricks, including: RSVP/Resealed Deck; The Jealous King; Torn 2 Pieces; Card 2 Wallet; NetTriks; Omni Deck; Switch; H.G.Effect; Easy Memorized Deck; Invisible Stack; Oh, Sh*t The Card Trick; Toxico; Classic Force. £15.00 for non-members of the Bath Circle of Magicians. Email: Roger Nicot roger@card-shark.de. 8pm on Thursday, February 28th at The Bath Circle of Magicians, St Mary's Church, Queen Square, Salford, Bristol BS31 3EL (Map) www.bathcircleofmagicians.co.uk. 9.2.19

 

How to be a wedding magician and score a BBC show on Talking Tricks. Kane & Abel write: BBC Social star and wedding crasher Elliot Bibby talks tricks. If you’ve ever considered performing at a wedding you need to listen to this. Joining us on Talking Tricks is professional magician and professional wedding crasher Elliott Bibby. Bibby discusses performing at an average of two weddings a week, the different packages he offers, the best and worst time to perform magic at a wedding, bridezillas, and how to secure more bookings. He also talks about being the star of his own BBC Social series, missing his university graduation to work on a Las Vegas show, the Edinburgh Fringe, Perth World Fringe, inspirations and much more. Listen to Talking Tricks with Kane & Abel via Podbean or iTunes. 9.2.19

 

Magicseen at Blackpool 2019. If you are attending the Blackpool Convention this coming week, don't forget to visit the Magicseen stand where we will have: the brand new issue for March, which is jam packed with great features, top magical personalities, on-the-money advice and honest reviews; the release of Gary Jones' new book Life's A Beach, which is full of brilliant magic and helpful performance tips; a selection of our best E-Books available on CD just for the convention, including some great value compilation discs, and all at brilliant prices ; a wide range of printed copy back issues from our collection of 85 editions stretching back to 2005 when it all started; plus, other special offers, free gifts and the chance to hang out with other big names in magic who simply can't keep away from the Magicseen aura! Graham and Phil from the Magicseen team will be handcuffed to the stand for most of the convention, and if you are really unlucky, you may even catch Mark there from time to time too. We look forward to seeing you one and all! 9.2.19

 

Zane's Magic Shop at Blackpool 2019. Zane writes: "Zane's Magic Shop will be trading at The Blackpool Magic Convention next week, and Zane (Shane Robinson) will be doing a book signing for his new book 'The Amazing Fartzini: An incredible story about a boy who found magic!' at his stand located in The Arena. The book is an ideal gift for children aged between 9-15 years old. As well as being an entertaining novel about magic and magicians, the book also teaches over two dozen amazing magic tricks with everyday objects. Plus, it is filled with advice for aspiring wizards, not only about performing magic, but in dealing with confidence issues. Paperback, 384 pages, beautifully illustrated, £9.99." See: www.zanesmagicshop.com. 9.2.19

 

Anglian Magic Society news. Kyle Sarocen writes: The Anglian Magic Society is pleased to announce that Jamie Raven has accepted the position of our Patron, and has stated he is willing to attend a meeting of the said Society on a once a year basis on a mutually agreed date. The members where informed of this news at a special meeting that was held at the Norwich Snow Sports Centre on Tuesday 29th of January where a fantastic lecture was put on by Jon Allen. A change of venue is being discussed with the members as we are looking to reinvent and make the Society more modern and forward thinking, and an inviting place for those that are professional, semi-professional and for those that are hobbyists, from teens to 90s and regardless of gender, as all are welcome. www.theanglianmagicsociety.uk. 9.2.19

 


 

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Located conveniently and a leisurely amble from The Winter Gardens at 79-81 Lord Street, Blackpool FY1 2DG
For the 3 days, Friday 15th February, Saturday 16th February and Sunday 17th February we are offering very special accommodation prices.
Please look us up on booking.com but do not use booking.com to book. Contact us direct to take advantage of the special rates.
Ring us on 07791 201821 or 01253 626981 and mention MagicWeek when booking.
Double Room Ensuite, booking.com price £59.90 a night, our offer for Magicians £49.00 a night
Twin Room Ensuite booking.com price £62.50 a night our offer for Magicians £52.00
Family Room Ensuite booking.com price £79.90 a night our offer for Magicians £65.00
Single Room Ensuite booking.com price £44.90 a night our offer for Magicians £38.00
Single Room share bathroom booking.com price £39.90 our offer for Magicians £34.00
Small Double Ensuite booking.com price £54.90 our offer for Magicians £45.00
ALL PRICES INCLUDE OUR HIGHLY PRAISED BREAKFAST WHICH IS SERVED FROM 8.30am TO 10am (EARLIER IF REQUIRED)
We look forward to meeting and greeting magicians and guests.
BOOK EARLY, CALL 07791 201821 or 01253 626981 BEFORE THESE PRICES "DISAPPEAR"!
Trevor and Walter.

 


 

The Mark Leveridge February Podcast. How Mark comes up with a different variety of topics for discussion every month on his podcast is one of magic's biggest kept secrets, but manage it he does, and here is the line up for February. Mark reflects on The Event and The Session conventions from last month: do mentalists have a more difficult job than magicians presenting their effects as strolling entertainers? : if you want to work your magic for local businesses, get involved in your local business community : why face-to-face conversation will stimulate and progress your magic quicker than anything else : when creating new magic, should you start with the effect or the method? : the biggest challenge for busy performers is maintaining a freshness and spontaneity of presentation. All the above is crammed into just half an hour, which is the perfect amount of time for even busy people to devote to their magic entertainment and education. You can listen for free at www.markleveridge.co.uk/podcast.php, where you can also catch any/all of the previous 73 episodes, or www.markleveridge.podbean.com, where you can also sign up as a follower and receive each new podcast automatically when it is released on the 1st of each month. 9.2.19

 

Unquestionably Magic. This Saturday, 9th February at 7pm, Lee Tuffin presents the next show of "Unquestionably Magic" at The Entertainment Shed, 118 Castle Road, Bedford MK40 3QY (Map). The show features Lee Tuffin "The Bird Man of Bedford", Illusionists Jay & Joss and Mel Harvey (photo). Tickets £10, VIP Tickets £20 via www.magiceventslive.co.uk. 9.2.19

 

The Gentleman Cheater is an intimate magic performance, presented on the last Friday of every month at 7.30pm at Nadler Soho Hotel, 10 Carlisle Street, London W1D 3BR (Map). From the promoters: "When the cards start burning his hands, every trick becomes a new challenge. Do you like close-up magic? You will love playing against him! The Gentleman Cheater, an enriching experience, but he never loses. Christian Gambin, award-winning magician, World FISM and French Magic Champion, has been performing for three years in London's West End. Expert in close-up magic and cards cheating. The nearer you are, the less you can see! Come and see his sleight of hand and let the dream come true... a stunning magician." To book visit www.magicentertainmentlondon.co.uk. 9.2.19

 

The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Jeremy Beadle's Magic Shop, from 31st August 1996. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 9.2.19

 

Houdini's Last Secrets: To Catch a Bullet. "The bullet catch is one of the deadliest tricks in magic history. A team of experts recreate the famed trick to uncover how Houdini could have accomplished it." Wednesday 13th February on Discovery, see TV Magic. 9.2.19

 

James Gregory ('Jim') - 06/05/1936 - 23/01/2019. Jim began doing magic at the end of WW2, a fascinated child aged just 9 years old. He joined The Magic Circle and, along with Graham Kendall, began having weekly magic lessons from Leo Burns. Jim was a natural entertainer. In the heyday of the Variety circuit, he worked with all sorts of big names – singers, bands, comedians, dancers, novelty acts… touring the UK, first with his skilled manipulation act and then moving on to comedy magic, at which he excelled. He appeared on ‘Opportunity Knocks’ in the 1970s, was a member and President of numerous Magic Societies, as well as a member of The Inner Magic Circle. He also met and learnt from fellow magicians in Hong Kong whilst on National Service in the RAF, acquiring specialist tricks there that he brought back with him - including a three foot high painted wooden dragon that he had made and shipped back to the UK!


In his latter professional years, Jim continued to perform at corporate events, as well as doing participatory children's magic shows and so many, many people across Coventry and Warwickshire knew him. He continued attending Magic Conventions every year, managing to still get to Blackpool with his daughter last year. Magic was his true passion, which he performed for over 70 years. Even towards the end of his life, when he was in Myton Hospice, Jim would do magic for the doctors and nurses, offering moments of ridiculousness and fun, in the midst of the seriousness of the living and dying been done by those in the hospice.

Details of Jim's funeral can be found on the website below. Jim touched many many lives in the magic industry and this is also a place where his family would love for you to share memories and photos of Jim, as you remember him: www.funeralzone.co.uk/obituaries/57852. Jenny Gregory.
9.2.19

 

"Coming soon to Saudi: Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' and magician Dynamo" Click Here • "Limerick magician The Great Padini shows age no barrier to talent" Click Here • "Magician Shin Lim Is Even More Mind-Blowing On 'America's Got Talent: The Champions'" Click Here • "Michael Grandinetti is bringing magic into the modern era" Click Here • "Joe Diamond’s ‘Mystic’ a real pleasure" Click Here • "Do AGT: The Champions fans already know finale results? ‘Spoilers’ are being left on Shin Lim’s Instagram" Click Here • "Chris North's Amazing Mysteries" is reviewed by Mike Wallis this week, Click Here • "A Deadly Way to Make a Living: The Lamentable Fate of Chung Ling Soo, Marvellous Chinese Conjuror", a talk by Brian Lead at the Bradford Magic Circle, is reviewed by Ray Roberts Click Here • "Melbourne Magician Richard Vegas Presents No Smoke No Mirrors At The Butterfly Club" Click Here • "Who's that girl? Calgary magician Carisa Hendrix and the rise of Lucy Darling" Click Here • Have a great time if you are heading off to the Blackpool Convention; it's got "best ever" written all over it. Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 9.2.19

 

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