Number 999 - 17th August 2019


Kidology UK and Ventarama Conventions to combine. From the organisers: This year Kidology UK and Ventarama will be combined to take place on Tuesday, 24th September, at The Austin Sports and Social Club, 30 Tessall Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham B31 2SF (Map). With great lectures from: Martin Gardner, Dov Citron and, from Germany, ventriloquist Andreas Minz. Workshops with: Lisa Oakley, Chris Frostie Frost, Craig Newton, Shane West and Ozzy Dee. A Night Before get-together, Dealers Show and an Open Mic session. Plus on the night of the convention the Kidology Birthday Party, with music, dancing and cabaret. The following day, Wednesday, at 11am The Kidology UK Children’s Entertainer of the Year Competition. Registration covering all events £50. Full details at Join us on our Facebook Group Kidology UK. 17.8.19


Q&A with the Twins FX at the IBM British Ring Convention, Eastbourne. From the organisers: The Twins FX (Gary and Paul Hardy-Brown) will be talking about their career and answering questions at a special event in Eastbourne during the convention. With vast experience from performing together on some of the world's finest cruise liners and top venues around the world, The Twins FX are the leading company operating in the field of theatrical special effects, illusions and animatronics, providing their services to some of the biggest pantomimes in the UK plus arena and stadium shows. Drawing on their wealth of experience and knowledge, they produce amazing special effects to create intimate and powerful entertainment experiences. Their portfolio includes soaring airborne flying dragons, a mighty 8 metre tall gorilla, floating magic carpets, flying cars, a full size galleon, 3 sets of animatronic flying horses pulling Cinderella’s sparkling crystal coaches, a colossal dragon and a pink moped that flies and loops the loop in mid air! 17.8.19


"Britain's Got Talent: The Champions. Starts Saturday 31st August on ITV" YouTube. "Darcy Oake's trick on Britain's Got Talent: The Champions could kill him as medics are called" Click Here • "Magic Moments. Who is Issy Simpson and is she taking part in Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions?" Click Here • "Magic Man. Who is Richard Jones and is he taking part in Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions?" Click Here. 17.8.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive - every Saturday! This week, Geoffrey Durham on John Fisher's 'The Best of Magic' from 5th September 1990. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks Click Here. 10.8.19


Joshua Jay lecture, Medway Magical Society. Neil Colley writes: Joshua Jay is coming! From his home in New York, New York, where he is on break from his one-man Off-Broadway show Six Impossible Things. Joshua Jay will be delivering a new lecture for us featuring close-up and parlor magic using cards, coins, books, watches, and more. With only nine UK tour dates, this is a rare chance to see this American award-winning magician astound with his original brand of magic. Whether you've seen Joshua before or it's your first time, he is widely respected as one of the finest performers and teachers in magic. Members £5, non-member visiting magicians £10. 8pm on Wednesday 21st August ay Medway Magical Society, St George Hotel, 7-8 New Road Avenue, Chatham, Kent ME4 6BB (Map). 17.8.19


Joshua Jay lecture, Manchester Circle of Magicians. William Booth writes: All the way from the USA, award-winning magician Joshua Jay will be lecturing at the Manchester Circle of Magicians on Monday 19th August. This is a rare chance to see one of the world's top magicians and surely 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 17.8.19


South Tyneside International Magic Festival. Finbar Healy has been revealed as the act entertaining delegates at The Late Show on Friday 11th October, as part of the South Tyneside International Magic Festival’s three-day convention. The evening will be compered by Irish comedian and award-winning magician, Nevin Cody, who has more than 30 years of experience in the industry and was mentored by the late Paul Daniels. The South Tyneside International Magic Festival takes place from 10th to 13th October, with a number of lectures, workshops and gala shows for visitors to make the most of. Magicians from around the world are travelling to South Shields to take part, including Xulio Merino, Mike Pisciotta, Olmac, Maga Gisell, Richard Jones, Steve Hewlett, Mark Shortland, Safire, Mario “the Maker Magician” Marchese, Laura London, R. Paul Wilson, Nate Staniforth, Matricks and Adam Black. The event is organised by South Tyneside Council and magician, Steve Gore, with support from BBC Newcastle and sponsored by The Customs House and Magicbox. Convention tickets, which include entry to The Late Show are currently on sale for £65. For more information on the festival or to book a place, visit 17.8.19


The Evolution of Magic, Blackpool. Starring Craig Christian and Elizabeth Best (As Seen On BGT). The show is packed with mind-blowing magic, mentalism, and skilful cardistry, with fresh music and stunning lighting effects. Returning to the UK for its fourth year, The Evolution of Magic is a must-see show in Blackpool. The show has recently been awarded a Certificate of Excellence for its consistently high standard of reviews. Until 1st September at The Horseshoe, Pleasure Beach, 525 Ocean Blvd, Blackpool, FY4 1EZ. Book online: also see 17.8.19


The Summer Show 2019, West Cliff Theatre, Clacton on Sea. From the promoters: The West Cliff Theatre in Clacton can date the origin of its annual summer show back to 1894 – which makes it the longest running continuous summer season in the UK and a milestone as we celebrate 125 years of variety. Come and indulge in the glitz and glamour of our great British revue show. Featuring laugh out loud comedy from Don MacLean, spellbinding magic from Danny Lee Grew who returns for his second year, plus spine tingling vocals from Kilke John and James Waud, together with a company of eight dancers and our junior ensemble. Tickets are £18.00 and children are free with a full paying adult. Tuesday 20th August 2pm & 7.30pm. Wednesday 21st August 2pm & 6pm. Saturday 24th 2pm & 7.30pm. Tickets can be booked via: Danny will also be talking about magic and The Summer Show on BBC Essex Radio on Thursday 21st August at 7.15pm. 17.8.19


Youth scholarship initiative for young magicians and Vanishing Inc. Podcasts: The Session is the UK's only dedicated close-up magic convention and is held every January in Heathrow, London. Next year's event will feature performances and lectures from David Williamson, David Regal, Denis Behr, Andrew Goldernhersh, Henry Harrius, and many more. Organisers Andi Gladwin and Joshua Jay have announced a youth scholarship programme to help young magicians (under eighteen) attend: "At Vanishing Inc. we’ve been running a youth scholarship for Magifest for some time. It’s super simple. Anyone under 18 can get a free pass for the convention (plus one for a parent/guardian). All they need to do is perform one free pubic show at a school, hospital, anything. Send us the proof of that, and they can get in free. For the first time we’re doing the same thing for The Session." For more information and to apply Click Here. Also from Vanishing Inc., a series of 30 minute Podcasts hosted by Damian Jennings who this week finds out about Rug Rats, secrets, onions on pizza and what's wrong with the Hot Rod force thanks to David Regal, Click Here. 17.8.19


MLM Web Offers August 2019. Two very contrasting items are on promotion this month. The first is a children's effect called Gnashers. Based on the classic Lesson In Magic plot, this entertaining routine involves the exploits of a chosen silk hanky which 'accidentally' gets damaged and which the performer attempts, somewhat haphazardly, to repair with magic. Full of funny bits of business, this effect is perfect for the 3-6 age range and only requires a few silks, a change bag and a set of wind up chattering teeth. Full instructions are supplied as a downloadable PDF E-Routine text file. The second Web Offer is a wonderfully different feature close up routine called The Emperor's Coins. This Boston Box effect has a presentation which is comic and unusual and which incorporates magic that is surprising with a strong ending. This comes as a TricKlip Video Download featuring live performance and full studio explanation. Both the above products are generously discounted this month, so go to for full info and to order. 17.8.19


The Magic Car Boot Sale is back once again on Sunday 22nd September at the Austin Sports and Social Club, 30 Tessall Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham B31 2SF (Map). This has, for more than 20 years, meant a very early start for some supporters so we have put back the opening time to 10.30am to make life a bit easier for everyone. It will run until about 2.30pm. We still have a few stall spaces available at £15 each. Admission on the day is £5 for buyers. Join us on our Facebook group Magic Car Boot Sale. For more information or to book, call Alec Powell on 07831 115448 or email 17.8.19


Anglian Magic Society 'Show and Tell' night. Kyle Sarocen writes: Our next meeting of the Anglian Magic Society is on Tuesday the 20th of August with a Show and Tell night, so come along and share a few tricks with your fellow members and learn a few yourself. This is just going to be a fun night for all. Starting at 7.30pm at the White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). See you on the night, everyone welcome. 17.8.19


Tales from the Shadows is an evening of spine-chilling stories of the supernatural, of murder and of mystery delicately laced with bizarre magic by award-winning magician Tracy Wise. Definitely not a show for those of a nervous disposition. The ticket price includes a themed cocktail served in the atmospheric Dr. Legba’s Emporium of Cocktails and Curiosities, part of The Royal Hotel, Southend-on-Sea. See for details. 17.8.19


The Simpsons, Saturday 24th August on Sky1. "The Great Simpsina. Series 22, episode 18. Lisa becomes an apprentice to the Great Raymondo. Guest starring Martin Landau, Jack McBrayer and a trio of magicians, including David Copperfield." See TV Magic. 17.8.19


"Ben Berman Set Out To Make a Documentary About a Dying Magician—Then Learned His Latest Trick" Click Here • "Review: ‘The Amazing Johnathan Documentary’ profiles irascible magician in an illusory way" Click Here • "Bad Boys of Magic trade the birds and bunnies for booze and banter" Click Here • "Magician to recreate Houdini’s escape at Aberdeen Harbour" Click Here • "Not all of David Copperfield's shows are magic — sometimes things go wrong. He tells PBS News Hour what he has learned from those experiences." Click Here "James Freedman: Moment of Truth" Click Here • Magic – The Greatest Magic Show at Assembly Festival" Click Here • "#Dave Alnwick: Literally the Best Magician" Click Here • "Magician Shin Lim is Getting Married and His Relationship is Truly Magical" Click Here • "Q&A: Hans Klok" Click Here • "Penn Jillette performed a Séance at a Steven Spielberg party" Click Here • "Magician Oz Pearlman snaps up $4.5M Brooklyn penthouse" Click Here • "The Illusionists Will Return to Broadway With 5th Holiday Show" Click Here • It's our 1,000th edition next week, so if you have some UK magic news make sure you're in it! See you next week, Duncan. 17.8.19

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Number 998 - 10th August 2019


IBM British Ring presents An Evening of Magic. From the organisers: Witness a spectacular show featuring the most exciting names in magic and variety in the UK including The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year and Sooty! Offering incredible grand illusion, nail biting escapes, thrilling award-winning magic, sophisticated juggling, pickpocketing and comedy. Featuring Stage Magician of the Year Edward Hilsum, Sooty & Richard Cadell, dangerous and fast-paced illusions from Hocus Pocus, gentleman juggler Florian Brooks, award-winning magic from Roy Davenport, the pickpocketing skills of James Freedman plus the Zoe Pennington dancers and comedy magic from compère Paul Megram. A one-off night, promising the best in magic, juggling, comedy and variety. Guaranteed entertainment for all the family. Saturday 7th September at 7.30pm at Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Tickets £15. Box office 01323 412000. Tickets: 10.8.19


Two classes from Ian Rowland, scheduled for September. Saturday, September 7th: 'Cold Reading For Business'. Applying cold reading communication psychology to business situations. And, Sunday, September 8th: 'Super Psychic Readings'. How to give any type of reading (palm, tarot etc.) to anyone and always get great results. Both of these one-day classes will be held in a central London training venue. Full details: 10.8.19


Psycon, London, Saturday 16th November. From the organisers: Psycon is a brand new convention that explores the esoteric threads that weave through many performance arts. It is not a magic convention but a convention that explores the magic within the arts. Cara Hamilton will be giving a fascinating talk about the origins of many themes that bizarre magicians (and others) use as part of their stage shows. Ashton Carter will be exploring how to create horror events with impact which will appeal to anyone with an interest in escape rooms, bizarre magic, the psychology of performance etc. Just two of our key speakers. Other key speakers include academic Nik Taylor, authors Penny Billington and Dodie Hamilton, bizarre magician and writer Paul Voodini and 'The Enigmaologist' Adam Daniel. Talks will be interspersed with some independent short films and a panel discussion, followed by some evening entertainment to round off the day. Lunch and tea/coffee are all included in the price, and on the Friday night participants have the option to join one of my 'Whitechapel Murder Trail' walks. A 2-hour walk exploring the 11 Whitechapel Victims, exploring FBI profiling techniques and with suitably themed magic en-route! See and for more info and to book visit 10.8.19


Dee Christopher to lecture at the Secrets Day on Sunday 6th October, in Bedford. Producer Gary Young writes: Pleased to announce that Dee Christopher will be giving a very rare lecture at the Secrets Day on Sunday 6th October, in Bedford. Dee has featured in Comedy Central's 13 Tricks To Seriously Freak You Out and has been seen worldwide on the BBC, Fox8 and The Discovery Channel . He also starred in the award-winning BBC show Killer Magic. He will be lecturing powerful items that are easily within your grasp, regardless of your skill level. You'll learn how to take a different approach to your mentalism and magic to amplify impact and wonder, as well as the importance of style and branding when selling your character and act for live shows and TV. We guarantee that Dee will turn the energy in the room up to 11! Dee joins Dan Harlan (UK exclusive appearance), Sean Goodman and Simon Sparkles, plus there'll be dealers galore! Don't miss this! Full details at: 10.8.19


James Brown Lecture, Huddersfield Circle of Magicians. Oliver Bassett writes: 'Professional Opportunist’ James Brown lectures for Huddersfield Circle of Magicians on Tuesday 3rd September. James’ lecture will focus on his principles of misdirection and his understanding of how belief and suggestion works. Drawing on his arsenal of close-up card magic, coins, pick pocketing and hypnotic suggestion. Rarely lecturing in the North, this is an event not to be missed. Start time 7.30pm. Visiting magicians welcome, £10 on the door. Huddersfield Circle of Magicians, Thongsbridge Cricket Club, Miry Lane, Thongsbridge, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire HD9 7RY (Map). 10.8.19


Conjuring at the Court, London. Enjoy a night of great magic with Conjuring at the Court on Thursday 29th August. With the amazingly theatrical Max Somerset, people’s magician Sam Hurst, and the fascinating political magic of Ian Saville. 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. Tickets still just £11 in advance from 10.8.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive - every Saturday! This week, Pat Hazell on Beadle's Box of Tricks from just over 30 years ago (22nd July 1989). See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks Click Here. 10.8.19


‘Mystery-On-Sea’ is a 90 minute 'mystorycal' walking tour exploring the mystery and history of the Royal Terrace and Clifftown area of Southend-on-Sea, interlaced with magic. Hosted by Adrian Fox and Tracy Wise and launched in June 2019 the tour has proved very popular with locals and holidaymakers alike. Suitable for ages 10+. Click Here for more details. 10.8.19


Myles Thornton, Home Counties Magical Society Lecture, Thursday, 15th August. The Home Counties Magical Society are delighted to welcome Myles Thornton and his 'Myles Per Hour' lecture at 8pm on Thursday, 15th August. Myles’ lecture will feature highly visual magic, including a workers coin routine, colour changing sharpie, how to make a wine glass float out of a spectator's hands, the visual art of contact juggling and much much more! See Magicians who are not HCMS Members are welcome at this lecture for a £15 charge. Please see for details of where we meet. Kevin Hutchinson, HCMS Programme Secretary. 10.8.19


Potter & Potter Auctions Automata: Life and Other Illusions Auction. Our August sale features the automaton collection of Michael Kam. Over 150 vintage and modern mechanical marvels will go on the block, including rare and unusual examples by Vichy, Lambert, Phalbois, and their contemporaries. Fine and unique examples by modern makers of these intricate living sculptures will also be represented. The automatons will be complemented by a selection of kinetic art, puppets, and associated objects. August 24th. 10.8.19


Jack Delvin Lecture, Kent Magicians' Guild. Bruce Graham, President of the KMG. writes: On Tuesday 27th August, one of the real legends of magic will be at Dunton Green, Kent, for the Kent Magicians Guild. Past President of the Magic Circle, Jack Delvin, will show that the magician is bigger than the tricks he presents. Not to be missed, at 8pm, visiting magicians welcome (only £5.00). Kent Magicians' Guild, CIU Dunton Green Social Club, 159 London Road, Dunton Green, Kent TN13 2TA (Map) 10.8.19


Mark Leveridge Podcast August 2019. Last month was a Podcast Gold edition, in which Mark put together a collection of his six favourite topics from the previous 12 months. Now he is back this time with the more regular lineup of new varied topics for you to enjoy: Mark considers how big a factor performance risk can be when considering trick methods. Predicting how magic will be sold in the future is put into context by a blog article that Mark wrote way back in 1995. The new MLM site is scheduled to launch at the end of this month and an insight is given into what it has taken to make it happen. Magic is pretty unique in the way it can be used to put across messages or to help others in a variety of ways. If the effect is everything, does it matter at all what the method is, or will literally anything be suitable? The key question to ask if considering turning full time pro. The 30 minute podcast is available free to listen to online or to download to any mp3 player from either or 10.8.19


Potter & Potter Auctions Summer Online Magic Auction. Our summer magic auction includes over 250 lots of choice vintage and contemporary magic collectibles. Among the featured objects are rare mind-reading ephemera and costumes, uncommon Houdiniana, large archives of correspondence, collections of vintage photographs, Dai Vernon ephemera, and finely leather bound books. A selection of uncommon and collectible apparatus rounds out the sale. The auction will be conducted exclusively on Potter & Potter's online bidding platform and absentee bids are now being accepted. August 17th. 10.8.19


David Stone Lecture Masterclass - Le Meridien Piccadilly Hotel, London, tomorrow! From the organisers: Join multi-award winning magician David Stone for a 2 hour lecture in the heart of London. Having performed 183 lectures in 19 countries - this is a unique opportunity to learn from one of the most creative performers in magic today. Strictly limited attendees. This lecture will feature over 14 new effects and audience tested routines, ready to amaze your own spectators. Including: Mirage - learn how to visually and slowly make a deck of cards vanish. Zenith - The card on ceiling effect completely revisited, safer, and easier than this classic effect (a version kept for his own performance for years). A new gimmick as powerful as The Tool that will enable you to perform dozens of tricks completely differently. A new weapon for close-up magicians wanting to refresh their repertoires. David will also talk and explain how he performs in close-up situations and on stage, for audiences up to 2,000 in size. £25 per seat - strictly limited availability. 2pm on Sunday 11th August at Le Meridien Piccadilly Hotel. To book: 10.8.19


Magic Sale. Philip Bond writes: Preliminary announcement. A Dispersal Sale of almost the entire stock and equipment of an illusionist and magician will be conducted by informal auction during late September. The catalogue will be published on the website and updated weekly. Please see for further details, some early lots, and a hint of what is to come. 10.8.19


David Blaine: Beyond Magic, Sunday 18th August on 4 Music (repeat). Following his critically acclaimed ratings smash David Blaine: Real or Magic, Blaine returns with his most revealing performance yet, which has been two years in the making. Blaine pulls the lid off his signature brand of street magic, sparking reactions that will leave audiences in awe and defy all expectations. Magic meets documentary in the one-hour special, as Blaine blows the minds of some of the most recognisable celebrities in the world, including David Beckham, Johnny Depp, Drake, Steph Curry, Dave Chappelle, John Travolta, Patrick Stewart, Emma Stone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others. See TV Magic. 10.8.19


"Paul Zenon: Trust Me! stuns audiences at Le Monde" Click Here • "Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 Review: Colin Cloud – Sinful" Click Here • "Chris Dugdale: Down to One" review Click Here • "Paul Zenon: Trust Me!" review Click Here •  Chris Dugdale Ed Fringe Podcast with Aaron Crow Click Here • "Magician James Phelan at Chortle's Fast Fringe" Click Here • "Edinburgh Festival: Is this the world's tastiest magic trick?" Click Here • "Harry Potter magic coach Pete Heat spills the beans about working with Jude Law, and his Fringe show" Click Here • "Four Edinburgh Fringe Stars To Watch" Click Here • "Illusionist defies death with suit that is ‘invisible’ to sharks" Click Here • "‘The Illusionists’ To Conjure Fifth Holiday Season On Broadway" Click Here • "Siegfried and Roy respond to trainer's account of tiger attack l ABC News" YouTube • "World of Magic! Comes to Artscape Theatre This October" Click Here • "Spellbinding magician makes his bed in just seconds with just one wave of his wand in amazing video" Click Here • "Could America's Got Talent Have A Magician Win Two Years In A Row?" Click Here • And finally, here's Ron Burgundy (‎Will Ferrell) on The Late Show, talking about Fred Kaps YouTube • That's it, see you next week, Duncan. 10.8.19