Number 1012 - 16th November 2019


Close-up Magic Stars at Blackpool 2020! From the organisers: It's time to announce some of the incredible world class close-up magic that we've booked for Blackpool 2020. Michael Ammar, Jay Sankey, Takumi Takahashi, Henry Evans, Sergio Starman, Patrick Kun, Ryan Schlutz and Kyle Littleton are just some of the names already booked and confirmed to perform and lecture. Numbers are already up on last year (which was a record), so come and join over 4,500 other like-minded people for a weekend of mind-blowing magic and fun! Book now to get the best seats currently available and join our headliners Lance Burton, Arturo Brachetti, Mac King and Uri Geller for the world's biggest and best magic convention. Believe it or not, we still have some amazing names and events still to announce! 16.11.19


Wayne Dobson Lecture - The Northamptonshire Magicians Club, Tuesday 19th November. Mark Paul MMC, Secretary, The Northamptonshire Magicians Club writes: Wayne needs no introduction. What a great way to end the year. We were very lucky to book Wayne. A night 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). 16.11.19


Ringmaster David Williamson in 'Circus 1903' at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall for Christmas, from 19th December to 5th January. The new acts joining the Circus 1903 family adventure include a daring duo aerial act ‘The Flying Fredonis’ performed by Russian artists Dasha Shelest and Vadym Pankevych, Cuban hand balancer ‘The Great Rokardy’ (Rokardy Rodriguez) and the furious flexible feats of Russian Rolling Ball Hula Hoopist ‘Mademoiselle Natalia’ (Natalia Leontieva). The Southbank Centre will also host The Wheel of Death, a ginormous rotating apparatus featuring large metal hoops at each end in and on which performers Carlos Mayorga Macias, Jerson Alexander Valencia Garcia and Ray Freddy Valencia Bocanegra will carry out eye-popping acrobatic skills whilst the wheel is rotating.


Transporting audiences back to the wonders of the Golden Age of Circus, new acts will join the previous and much-loved mind-bending juggler, ‘The Great Gaston’ (François Borie), the legendary balancing act Rola Bola by ‘The Sensational Sozonov’ (Russian Mikhail Sozonov and Ukrainian Ievgeniia Fetkulova), unrivalled Ethiopian contortionist, ‘The Elastic Dislocationist’ (Senayet Asefa Amare) and the stomach churning heights of ‘The Daring Desafios’ (trio of Brazilian teeterboard daredevils João Guilherme de Lima Siqueira, Luan de Souza Vieira and Leonardo Louzada de Freitas). Dizzying Mongolian duo Ganbayar Munkhbat and Andryei Batbold will bring their Icarian Games act and the Russian Cradle will feature breathtaking performances from ‘Les Incredibles’ (Ivan Fomichev and Maria Boldyreva). See or What's On for all  tour dates. 16.11.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week a real treat 'Hocus Pocus It's Magic' (don't be put off by the title, the music or the very slow start!) highlights for me being Siegfried & Roy at the old MGM Grand (26 minutes in), The Great Tomsoni & Company (33 minutes in) and the wonderful Slydini (at about 1 hour in), plus Harry Blackstone Jr. and Mark Wilson. This show was produced in 1978 and broadcast here in the UK on BBC 2 in 1983 which is when I recorded it on my first video recorder, a long since defunct Sanyo Betamax. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. DT. 16.11.19


Paul Kieve has joined Jim Steinmeyer on the creative team of Mary Poppins which opened at the Prince Edward Theatre in London's West End on 13th November, some fourteen years after the original production played the same theatre. The illusions are now a combination of Jim’s original work together with supplementary material for this updated production, including a brand new ‘Spoonful of Sugar’ scene. It is the first time Jim and Paul have directly collaborated.

Critics have singled out the magic for praise including Michael Billington in The Guardian describing one of the scenes as one of three highlights of ‘ecstasy’ in the show: "In A Spoonful of Sugar, thanks to the illusions of Paul Kieve and Jim Steinmeyer, a partially destroyed kitchen is restored to pristine order". The Evening Standard described their joint illusion work as "Terrific" and The Sun raved about the "Incredible staging" of the illusions. More reviews here:

'Mary Poppins' based on the stories of P L Travers and the Walt Disney film. Producers: Walt Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh. Prince Edward Theatre, London, booking to 7th June 2020. "How Mary Poppins has changed for the stage"


An Evening with Andy Nyman - Hosted by Jay Rayner. Monday 2nd December, London. Tickets are £29. Join us for a special fundraising evening with Andy Nyman, discussing his career on stage, in movies, as a writer and in magic. Hosted by Jay Rayner. See for details and to book. 16.11.19


A Magic Wednesday with Buddies, Brighton. Join us for a Preview Night of amazing magic and mind reading at Brighton's favourite Diner. A Magic Wednesday with Buddies is a chance to see magicians and mind readers performing new material and tricks. It's a fun and cheap midweek night out hosted by Buddies 24 hour diner on Brighton seafront. With a fully licensed bar and special food offers, we ask for a £2.50 donation on the door. Spaces are limited so we strongly advise you to book your free tickets in advance. Wednesday, November 27th, arrive for 7.30pm with a show start time of 8pm. So why not bring your friends and family for some low-cost midweek fun. Buddies 24 Hour Diner, 46-48 Kings Road, Brighton BN1 1NA (Map). For more info and to book visit 16.11.19


The Amazing Johnathan Documentary - opens nationwide this week. Benjamin Berman’s acclaimed feature directorial debut starts as the story of The Amazing Johnathan, an extraordinary magician who built a career out of shock and deception in the 1980s, which transforms into a bizarre story about the unravelling of the documentarian.

After Johnathan is diagnosed with a terminal heart condition and given one year to live, he’s forced to retire his act. Cut to three years later: Johnathan is not dead, much to everyone’s amazement, and documentarian Ben Berman films the illusionist on an epic comeback tour. But as their mutual journey kicks off, Johnathan drops a bombshell that sends the film spiraling into uncertainty. Embracing this unforeseen obstacle, Ben delves deeper to determine what is truth and what is illusion. Built into the heart of this quick-witted and highly meta story is an indelible commentary on the process and ethics of making a documentary today. Issues of negotiation and access become the central threads that reveal, and further cloud, our understanding of this elusive protagonist. The Amazing Johnathan Documentary.


Magic at The Grand Hotel Brighton, November 29th and Magic at The Hilton, Southampton, December 28th. From the organisers: Two special, magical, black-tie events featuring Etienne Pradier, Ryan Hayashi, Brendan Rodrigues, Paul Martin, Edward Askham-Spencer, Steel Johnson, Josh King, Ole Gold and the stunning vocals of Ashya Roberts. Plus a special secret Britain's Got Talent performer! People can expect a red carpet reception, three courses of fine dining, close-up magic and smooth songs from our vocalist throughout the night, culminating in a stage show. This has been set up with fundraising in aid of 'Help for Heroes' and 'Rock 2 Recovery', two veteran charities that do incredible work to support struggling veterans. Our last event at the Grand Café can be seen here: YouTube. Tickets £65.00 - visit for more details and to book. 16.11.19


Richard Jones: Escape. Extra tour dates just announced. From the promoters: "Richard Jones was the winner of Britain's Got Talent and is a British Army soldier as well as one of the world’s greatest magicians in The Magic Circle. Having recently had audiences on Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions completely captivated, Richard is extending his sell-out tour of the UK earlier this year. Therefore due to popularity, new dates in 2020 have been announced where the mesmerising Lance Corporal will confirm exactly what made him the stand out act to win Britain’s top talent show in 2016... And still the only magician to have won the show. After gasps of emotion shown on the ITV1 programme, much of the audience this month were reduced to tears when Richard paid tribute to his veteran mentor, Fergus Anckorn – a fellow magician who died last year before his 100th birthday. On his extended tour of Escape, Richard endeavours to break the boundaries of the mind with his ‘magic with meaning’, debuting a further twist on some of his newest, awe-inspiring magic. In heart-warming memory of Fergus, he will be recreating some of his dear friend’s most incredible tricks too - some of which the legendary soldier only ever taught Richard himself." See What's On for tour dates or visit 16.11.19


Marc Paul lecture - Bexley Magic Society. Roy Marsh MIMC writes: This Wednesday, 20th November, Bexley Magic Society is delighted to welcome back to their club the highly successful and very popular Marc Paul to give his latest lecture. Marc has been a full time professional mentalist for over 25 years. He performs all over the world working at corporate events, trade shows and on cruises. In this lecture, Marc will perform and teach a full 35/40 minute show that packs small, plays big and delivers a powerful dose of amazement. Even if you don’t normally perform mentalism this is a lecture that will get you thinking and creating. Visiting magicians welcome. Fee on the door £10.00. Bexley Magic Society, Barton Hall, Barton Close, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8JP (Map). 16.11.19


The Mark Leveridge November Podcast. Now that the nights have drawn in it's the ideal time to sit down and delve into the latest magic podcast from Mark Leveridge. For November: The dilemma that mentalists face when seeking to make their shows entertaining to the lay public. Organising your performance workspace can be key to putting on a good show. The brand new E-Club Pro Live lecture for 2020/21 is ready to book. It’s surprising how hackneyed the responses can be to magic and magicians. David Regal claims that there is a need to fail in order to achieve great things, but is this universally true? A New Release is announced of a classic effect for stand up or for a close-up show. Your magic bookshelf can reveal a lot about your magic pathway. The 30 minute audio podcast is free from either or from where you can also sign up to be a follower and receive each new monthly release as soon as it is ready. 16.11.19


Victoriana comes to North Norfolk. Chris and Belinda North are bringing their critically acclaimed Victorian show Amazing Mysteries to Sheringham Little Theatre. The show, which features Belinda as The Victorian Enchantress with her own brand of sorcery and illusion, plus Chris, will be taking a light-hearted and amusing look at some of the bizarre superstitions and unusual phenomena that were so prevalent in the Victorian era. Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham NR26 8RE (Map) – Thursday 21st November at 7.30pm. Tickets available via or call the box office on 01263 822347. 16.11.19


Manchester Circle of Magicians - Master Magician Competition. William Booth writes: Monday 16th November M.C.M. presents the Master Magician Competition. A competition which consists of stage and close-up magic. Definitely a night not to be missed. If you are in the area why not pop along? 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 or email 16.11.19


Thom Peterson lecture - Harrogate Society of Magicians. Gary Craswell writes: On Tuesday 19th November, the Harrogate Society of Magicians will be hosting a lecture from Thom Peterson. Thom teaches routines that are easy for all abilities, yet professional in their method and routining. All visiting magicians welcome, for the usual fee of £5. Lecture starts at 8pm in the back room of The Alexandra Pub, Prospect Place, Harrogate HG1 1LB (Map). For more information contact 16.11.19


South London Magic Society Stage Magician of the Year. Simon Rosselli writes: Congratulations to Liam Ball who successfully defended his title 'South London Magic Society Stage Magician of the Year'. In a closely fought battle with seven other magicians, he won over the judges (many thanks Barrie Westwell from the Illusioneer and to St. Christopher’s Ambassadors Dawn & Sally) with his Torn and Restored Newspaper and Wordsmyth. Congratulations also to Mr. Quinn who won the Best Newcomer award and to James Buchanan Cowan who won Most Original Act award, and best non-member of The Magic Circle award. 16.11.19


Sam Fitton - Edinburgh Magic Circle Lecture, Monday, 18th November. From the organisers: Let’s be honest, if you’ve heard of Sam Fitton it’s probably because he said something incredibly blunt on a Facebook magic group or you’ve seen him perform at the Blackpool Magic Convention or heard his name in relation to his book, ‘The Golden Rules of Wedding Magic.’ Well... For the very first time Sam is lecturing on the business of wedding magic. No fluff, no BS, just 100% real world, practical, straight-to-the-point advice direct from the trenches. Sam’s refreshing, upbeat, customer focused approach has led him to both win and train national award winners as well as be regarded as one of the top wedding performers in the country. He’s performed at over 600 weddings and if you think that’s tough you should try writing this in 3rd person! Hold on! It won’t all be business as Sam will also be teaching some of his favourite effects that are not yet commercially available as well as share some surprising upgrades to classics that we all know and love. If you want to up your game, get inspired, blitz the wedding industry or just fancy seeing how someone else runs their business then this is the lecture for you.  Monday, 18th November at 8pm. Visiting magicians welcome (small charge). The Mercat Bar & Kitchen, 28 West Maitland Street, Edinburgh EH12 5DX (Map). 16.11.19


Olmac 2020 lecture - two dates remain. Tony Junior, Secretary of the Newcastle Magic Circle writes: I am organising "An Evening with Olmac" in February 2020. We only have two dates left: Wednesday 5th or Sunday 9th. If this lecture is of interest to your club please email me for full details. Following Olmac's recent appearance at the South Tyneside International Magic Festival, I am looking at putting out a 2020 Olmac UK lecture tour next year, in either February or March. Olmac was simply sensational at the South Tyneside International Magic Convention. Since 2000 he has participated in numerous competitions and magic championships and has won several titles. Particularly known for his impressive card manipulations, Olmac created many DVDs for wizards around the world. In 2007, Olmac began the TV series ‘Al Camera Assahira Magic Olmac’ consisting of 250 episodes of 6 minutes each, which aired on the Moroccan channel 2M. Olmac shot his own one-man show in Washington DC in 2013 and is currently the President of the Magic Club of Nice, The Magic Star. He made a TV show on CCTV in China with his Black Light act in 2015. That same year he represented France at the 2015 Magic World Championships in Rimini. 16.11.19


Reach thousands of potential customers with Magicseen Lite. From the publishers: Containing some of the content from the November 2019 full edition of Magicseen, the download only taster edition will be released on the 1st December and will be distributed free by Magicseen as well as a number of other prominent dealers. Do you have a message that you want magicians the world over to see? Then submit an advert at quarter, half or full page size right now and give yourself the chance to make sales and create new customers to visit your website. Rates are extremely competitive but you need to be quick as the deadline for issue 4 is the 20th November. Contact Mark Leveridge now on to get full details and prices. 16.11.19


Tony Griffith is now booking his P.E.C. Lecture (Practical - Entertaining - Commercial) for 2020: "This lecture has well scripted presentations and clever and easy to do methods that allow you to focus on interacting with your audience and express your personality. In an age where so much 'new' material is devised more with a view to just fooling the purchasing magician than being suitable for the lay public Tony's magic bucks the trend. The material presented covers a wide range of the magic art. There is something for everyone, regardless of whether you perform close up magic, stand up magic or children's magic. The magic has been designed so that it can be performed in a whole variety of situations. Tony Griffith has been all the way around the magic roundabout. He is a Member of The Inner Magic Circle and has lectured there on numerous occasions as well as at The Magic Castle, Hollywood. He has also lectured throughout the USA, New Zealand, Europe and the UK. The most frequently heard comment from those who have seen Tony's lecture is that it is choc full of practical entertaining commercial magic for anyone who wishes to go out and entertain the public. What more could you wish for? 01275 835463" 16.11.19


Andy Clockwise, Chris North, Ian Keable, Jez Rose, Mark Leveridge, Martin Duffy, Mike Stoner, Noel Qualter, Oliver Tabor, Paul Gordon, Steve Dimmer, Steve Gore and Tony Griffith... book a magic lecturer for your club today! Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page. 16.11.19


Magician Amy Windsor is seen here performing some magic at Everest Base Camp at 5,364 metres. Is this a magic land altitude record? Amy took her magic and mind-reading stuff along to keep her fellow trekkers amused over the weeks - but once the gloves came off at EBC it turned out to be harder than she'd anticipated! 16.11.19


Hawaii Five-0 "Chin Ho and Jerry attend a high-school reunion, where one of their old classmates winds up dead. The finger of suspicion soon points at a struggling illusionist, but has he really got blood on his hands? Meanwhile, McGarrett and Danny head to the secret burial site in search of clues." Friday 22nd November on Sky One. See TV Magic. 16.11.19


David Lait. Steve and Trica Blake emailed to say that sadly former Young Magician of the Year winner (1969) David Lait had died. David spent his life working and performing in the cruise industry as a cruise director. A close friend and cruise director Joyce Gleeson-Adamidis, wrote: "David's career was vast and exciting. He thrilled crew and passengers alike as a magician and comic. Decades of his delight and charm and the way he helped friends will be missed in ways words can never express. David passed at the end of May 2019 much to the shock of all who knew him." Tricia wrote: "David was the most kind and fun person who spent his life on ships. He was such a wonderful guy. For my birthday whilst in Caribbean he hired a Catamaran and threw a fabulous party." 16.11.19


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Number 1011 - 9th November 2019


The Illusioneer Presents Guy Hollingworth. From the organisers: 'The Illusioneer Presents' is a series of shows that brings together some of London's most talented magicians for a full evening of sophisticated entertainment in an elegant setting. This month's show features guest performer, Guy Hollingworth. Guy is regarded by his peers as one of magic's greatest talents. He performs at exclusive events worldwide and has made numerous television appearances including NBC's The World's Greatest Magic III, Illusoes with Luis de Matos in Portugal, The Five Greatest Magicians in the World in Japan, Britain's Worst Cheats, Heroes of Magic, and the BBC's History of Magic in England. One of Guy's best-know magical creations was listed as one of the 50 greatest magic tricks of all time.


Thursday, 5th December at 8pm. Tickets £20 via Venue: Belair House, Gallery Road, Dulwich, London SE21 7AB (Map). 'The Illusioneer Presents' is hosted at Belair House, a Grade II listed Georgian manor. It aims to recapture the excitement created by high society of the 1920s and 30s. Before the show, guests will have the opportunity to explore the manor, to indulge at the bar and to unwind in a glamorous setting. 9.11.19


Thom Peterson - The Farewell Tour, Thursday, November 21st at The Bath Circle of Magicians. Roger Nicot, President of The Bath Circle of Magicians writes: He's a magician. He's a comedian. He's a master of ceremonies. And he's a darn nice guy. But he and his wife Annabel are moving to Los Angeles. This could be the last time you will be able to see him lecture in the UK! An event so epic, you would be daft to miss it! Thom is a member of the prestigious Magic Circle in London (AIMC), the British Magical Society (Close-Up Magician of the Year), and a regular performer at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. He is regularly called on to perform for some of the world's largest corporations and is a regular sell-out at comedy and arts festivals worldwide. In fact, Thom has performed in over 90 countries. If you're going to trust someone to show you the tricks of the trade, there's no one better! Non-Members £10. Thursday, November 21st at 8pm at The Bath Circle of Magicians, St. Mary's Church, Queen Square, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3EL (Map). Also see 9.11.19


Free 'Finger Impaler' by Peter Kane with all orders over £30 at Magicbox. Magicbox write: To continue our 25 years in business celebration, this month we are giving away a 'Finger Impaler' by Peter Kane, with every order over £30. Simply make your order up to £30 or more and the voucher will appear at the checkout, add this and claim your free trick! 9.11.19


Britain's John Archer is currently on tour in 'A Magical Cirque Christmas' in the USA, which opens in Reading, Pennsylvania, on November 13th through to Thousand Oaks, California, on December 29th. See for dates and details. 9.11.19


The Smoke and Mirrors Gathering, Sunday 24th November, Bristol. 11am - 6pm. 4 Lectures, a day of jamming, fun challenges and learning. £15 for the whole day, or £20 which includes a lovely stone baked pizza. The aim of the day is to learn magic from professionals in an informal environment, a very relaxed atmosphere, where everyone is welcome and there's plenty of time to network with fellow magicians. On Sunday, 24th November, you can attend the first official “Smoke and Mirrors Convention”.

Daniel Chard. Daniel will be sharing some of the powerful close up card work he is known for and also demonstrating some unpublished effects. Some of which are featured on his Penguin Live Magic that has been polished in the trenches.
Grant Maidment. Grant is a worker in every sense of the word, he will be sharing some visual close-up magic using a variety of different objects from his DVD set 'Frenetic'. You don’t want to miss this!
James Brown. A master close-up magician, hypnotist and pickpocket. James can cover a wide variety of different subjects. But one thing is certain, you’ll leave looking at magic in a different light.
Paul Pickford. Paul is the current joint winner of The Magic Circle Close-up Competition. Paul has a very disarming manner and relaxed presentational style. His work on what he calls the VS switch opens up many doors in card magic.
Plus more speakers to be announced shortly. For more info and to book see


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip every week! This week, Franz Harary on John Fisher's 'The Best of Magic' from 20th September 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 9.11.19


The Magicians Advice Podcast. Perform, Refine & Improve with Daniel Chard and Phil Taylor Click Here. To find out more about Daniel Chard see and to get tickets to see Daniel live and in person! 27.8.16


Merlins of Wakefield will have the new Tenyo 2020 range of magic available at the end of November. Merlins write: Check out our special price for all 6! For details of how to reserve yours Click Here. We also have our latest Preview to download, you can get it Here! We now have over 500 books and a 1000 used magic items in stock, as well as over 2000 new tricks, books and DVDs. With Christmas coming, a Gift Voucher is ideal, you can buy them Here and if you are in Wakefield, call in and see what’s available. If you are looking to buy or sell any used Magic, then get in touch with us and see if we can help! telephone: 01924 339933. 9.11.19


How a failed date led to a successful career for Ken Dyne. Kane & Abel write: Whether you know him as Ken Dyne, Kennedy or just that mind reader guy with the white hair you will know that he is one of the best mentalists on the planet. Ken joins us to discuss how his career only got started because he was showing off with mind reading on a date in a pub; inspirations from Max Maven to Al Koran; corporate after dinner performing; how to turn the people in the room into bookings; trade shows and why he is trying to get fewer gigs. He also talks about how Billy Idol led to his iconic look, trying new material during professional gigs and writing books. Listen via Podbean, acast or iTunes. 9.11.19


Thom Peterson is lecturing for the Cornish Magical Society on Sunday 17th November. The lecture is being held at Carnon Downs Village Hall and starts at 2pm. Doors open from 1.30pm. Non members are very welcome (£15.00 adults - £10.00 kids). This will certainly be another highlight with stacks of real world material performed and taught by 'That Funny Amazing Guy'. Cornish Magical Society, Carnon Downs Village Hall, Tregye Road, Carnon Downs, Truro TR3 6GH (Map). Jon Martin. 9.11.19


The Professional Worker Series - four for the price of three! There are countless publications which provide you with magic to add to your repertoire, but there are hardly any which offer professional, on-the-money advice about the real nitty gritty of performing commercially. Mark Leveridge's Professional Worker Series consists of four e-book titles which ignore the waffle and cut straight to the information that you need to help you to become a better magician. Volume 1 is Going Walkabout, an e-book dedicated to explaining exactly how to perform magic at mix and mingle informal events where there are no tables and where your audience is mobile. Volume 2 is Trade Show Magic which lifts the lid on how to use close up to promote companies at exhibitions. Volume 3 is called The Table Magician, which provides a detailed breakdown of exactly how to present magic effectively table side at dinner functions and in restaurants. And Volume 4 is Marketing Yourself, a thorough look at exactly how to promote yourself and your shows in the modern age. Each e-book costs £10.00, but if you buy any three of the titles before Sunday 17th November 2019, you will be sent a link to download the fourth one completely free! You've already got enough tricks, so wise up now on how to use those effects and get bookings by investing in the Professional Worker Series from Mark Leveridge. For more details and to order go to 9.11.19


South London Magic Society Charity Evening. Simon Rosselli writes: On Tuesday, November 5th, South London Magic Society presented a cheque for £600 to St. Christopher’s Hospice. We put on a Magic Show at a local venue and had close-up magic in the Bar area before the show and then a stage show from 8pm – 10pm with five different acts and a 20 minute interval, where more close-up magic was performed. This is the second year in a row we have done this; it’s now become an annual event. Many thanks to all those who performed and all those helping behind the scenes. A great night for a great cause. 9.11.19


A 'thank you' from Magicseen Publications. From the publishers: A couple of weeks ago we announced the imminent publishing of Gary Jones's second volume of Life's A Beach, another collection of 40 of Gary's commercial routines and ideas. The response from magicians around the world was huge, making this 136 page soft backed book one of the fastest selling publications we have ever released. We would like to thank all the magicians who immediately ordered the book, many of whom had already purchased the first volume (still available!), and we are sure that they will be delighted with the new collection of Gary Jones magic. If you are one of those who has yet to invest, the book is now out and available by return, and it is full of the sort of magic that you will be keen to learn and introduce into your working repertoire. For more information and to order, please go to 9.11.19


The new biography Ernest Sewell and the London Magical Co. by Philip David Treece will be released on the 5th of December 2019. Pre-order now to receive 10% off the purchase price. This book details Ernest’s life and career from humble roots, leaving school at fourteen to join the printing industry, through to becoming a B.B.C. radio star and a highly successful entrepreneur. It covers his rise through the ranks of pierrot concerts to becoming one of the leading concert party magicians in the country.

Highlights include:
• His huge 1914 tour of Australasia supporting one of the biggest music hall stars of the age, Harry Lauder.
• His relationship with Will Goldston and Stanley Collins.
• The evolution of the London Magical Co. from a small one-room publisher for magicians to a factory employing seventy people, making toys and games for sale around the world.
• The story of how he found fame with his concert party group the Moonstones, becoming a regular star of B.B.C. Radio.
• His success as a solo performer which led to him being the first magician broadcast on television.
• Information on his magic sets, tying together how and why they changed over time.

The book has 80 A4 pages with 78 illustrations, fully indexed. Printed on high-quality satin paper with colour-printed covers. The book is £15 including UK delivery and £20 including international delivery. See for more details and to order. Philip is a conservator working on the care of statuary, decorative plaster and medieval wall paintings in museums, historic houses and places of worship around the UK. In his spare time he collects conjuring
apparatus, books and ephemera and runs a blog on the history of magic.


Reflections. The new book from John Carey. From the publisher: An incredible new exploration of the card, coin and close-up magic of John Carey. This all new, exciting, collection of eclectic material from magic creator John Carey is finally available for preorder. Reflections is a 196 page hardback book crammed with 88(ish) incredible magic pieces covering: cards, coins, mentalism, sleights, themes and ideas; plus astounding guest items from some of magic's biggest names. John has made a name for himself with material that is approachable, accessible, doable and super commercial - John focuses on strong, deceptive magic that is easy and fun to do, and that audiences will love to see just as much as you’ll enjoy doing it.

We aim to ship Reflections on the 2nd December - all preorders placed between now and then will ship on the 2nd, so if you were thinking of treating yourself to a wonderful magical Christmas gift this is the best way! The normal retail price will be £35 (+p&p), but the preorder price is just £30 (+p&p). In addition to this great price, every single preorder will also receive the ebook edition of Carey's Way from 2018. That’s another 80+ items. To find out more about this brilliant new book, see the extensive full table of contents, and to place your preorder, head over to


Martin Cox's 'Fistful of Magic' lecture, Merlin Magical Society, Potters Bar. John Clayton, Secretary, writes: On Thursday the 14th November, the Merlin Magical Society is having a lecture by Martin Cox entitled “Fistful of Magic”. This is Martin's latest lecture, and covers Openers, Coins, Rope, and much more. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Entry for non members is £10 on the door. Merlin Magical Society, Little Heath Parish Hall, Thornton Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1JJ (Map). 9.11.19


3SM Joel Dickinson Lecture. Tony Dawson  writes: Come along and learn from one the hot properties in magic at the moment, Joel Dickinson. Joel performs both close-up and mentalism and is also an accomplished showman and creator. Don’t miss this one! Open to visiting magicians, £10 on the door. Monday 11th November at 8pm. Venue: Longford House Beefeater, Cannock WS11 1SJ (Map). See Email: for more info. 9.11.19


Steve Rowe Lecture - Bolton Magic Club. Paul Goodman writes: Bolton Magic Club presents Steve Rowe: In just 5 years, Steve Rowe has established himself as one of the most creative minds in UK magic. His 'Murphy's at the Table Lecture' was one of the fastest selling episodes and he has lectured at The Magic Circle. Known for his fun, visual and organic style, magicians worldwide are using his props and effects in their professional working repertoire. His work has featured on TV talent shows and his effects have been used on Social Media seen by millions. The lecture focuses on the full creative process with in-depth explanations, including: the initial idea, prop building, routining and pocket management. Steve will demonstrate some unpublished work as well. Every level of magician will take something away from Steve's lecture. The material is not only easy to perform, it has been worked over and over during Steve's professional act. Expect to see magic with money, cards, sweets, sharpies and more! Doors open at 8.30pm on Wednesday 13th November 2019 at The Doffcocker Inn, 780 Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QD (Map). Visiting magicians from other societies are most welcome. There will be an entrance fee £10.00 for non members. 9.11.19


Punch & Judy talk and show by David Wilde, Lewes Little Theatre, Sunday 17th November. David Wilde, one of Britain’s leading authorities on the history of the art of Punch & Judy, talks about the genre and performs his show, in a nostalgic trip to the seaside of our youth. On the street or in the home, on showground, park or village green, Professor David Wilde entertains children and adults alike with traditional skills of magic and the authentic Punch & Judy show. He collects puppets and ventriloquist dolls, his speciality being Punch & Judy figures where he is a considered a leading authority. In fact he is frequently consulted to establish values when puppet artefacts come to auction. He is a true enthusiast and this comes over in his performance. He is rated by his peers in the Punch & Judy profession as one of the best and most authentic shows to see. Book your tickets at Sunday 17th November at 2.30pm. Lewes Little Theatre, Lancaster Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2PX (Map). 9.11.19


Take Me Out, 16th November. The latest group of men entering the "love lift" are a tech-savvy personal trainer, an airline pilot, a magician and musician, and a city banker, all hoping to impress a studio full of single women and win a date - but must first get the 30 female participants to keep their lights on as a sign of approval. Paddy McGuinness presents. See TV Magic for details 9.11.19


Magician's props stolen in the Portsmouth area. Dean Nicholas writes: "Bit of a trauma, my close-up case with my A list material and my cabaret case with my stand-up show have been stolen in the Portsmouth area. Police are on it and I'm asking all local magicians to keep an eye out for anything unusual, especially in charity/second-hand shops around the area. I live in hope as the magic is of no use to anyone but us. Some things taken include a Mullica table I got directly from Tom, plus a Boston Box I was given by David Roth with silver half dollars in it. I’m currently in Blackpool doing some Christmas season work. I have a spare amount of close-up magic but need to put together my stand-up show so if anyone has some spare props to rebuild my show that would be a start." Contact Dean Nicholas if you can help. 9.11.19


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