Number 882 - 20th May 2017


Photo Coverage: Atlantic Theater Company Celebrates Opening Night of Derren Brown: Secret Click Here • "Derren Brown: Secret review – illusionist's US debut bamboozles and baffles" Click Here • "Derren Brown: Secret review: A thrilling spectacle of psychological magic" Click Here • "Derren Brown: Secret ★★★★★ by Tulis McCall" Click Here • "Derren Brown: Secret. Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Masterful, Riveting" Click Here • "12 Off-Broadway Shows to Make Time to See During Tony Awards Season" Click Here. 20.5.17


"Ant & Dec give Matt Edwards a shot at Semi-Finals! Auditions Week 5. Britain’s Got Talent 2017" YouTube. Matt struck like a thunderbolt last Saturday and deservedly goes straight through to the semi-finals thanks to Ant & Dec's Golden Buzzer. The week-long live semi-finals start on Monday 29th May (see TV Magic) and it looks like we are set to see at least four magic acts in the semi-finals this year. Here's a preview of tonight's razor-munching magician, from Shizuoka, Japan, it's Tanba: YouTube. DT • "Suffolk magician Matt Edwards ‘overwhelmed by love and support’ after Britain’s Got Talent success" Click Here • "Golden Boy. Who is Matt Edwards? Britain’s Got Talent 2017 Golden Buzzer magician who’s as ‘funny as Lee Evans’" Click Here • "'We just wanted to help!': Magician Matt Edwards sobs with delight as he finally gets his big break when Ant and Dec press their Golden Buzzer on Britain's Got Talent" Click Here • "Are Harry Gardner and Matt Edwards among favourites for Britain’s Got Talent crown?" Click Here. The live final take place all week commencing Monday 29th May, see TV Magic. 20.5.17


The Clairvoyants Tonight at the London Palladium. The Clairvoyants, Thommy Ten and Amélie van Tass from Vienna, Austria, will appear on Tonight at the London Palladium on Wednesday, 24th May: "Bradley Walsh hosts the variety show, featuring the very first TV performance from the hotly anticipated musical revival Annie, incredible mind-reading from international award-winners The Clairvoyants and music from legendary British blues singer Elkie Brooks. The star of Joseph and former X Factor winner Joe McElderry takes to the stage, there is a surprise visit from Brian Conley, and the British National Latin Formation Champions Fever Formation show off their trophy-winning talent." See TV Magic. 20.5.17


Conjuring at the Court – Thursday 25th May. From the organisers: On Thursday 25th May Conjuring at the Court offers a night of great magic and comedy and a surprise celebrity performer! We can't release his name... but you may have seen his spectacular magic making a huge impression on Britain's Got Talent. He’ll be trying out a new effect for BGT, so you can see it live at Conjuring at the Court first – without those annoying camera cutaways and reaction shots! The rest of the line-up is terrific too There’s the hilarious magic of Mark Shortland; the original and inventive Jon Allen; comedy and mystery from Stu Turner; and Norvil’s wonderful vaudeville style act, elegant, sophisticated... but with a dark side. Stephen Barry comperes in his usual exuberant fashion. 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 20.5.17


Beautiful Magicians Club, June 2nd, London. From the organisers: This time we have a TV Star, a member of Royalty, and a Playboy Cover Star! Following the sell-out success of their debut at the Brentham Club, Beautiful Magicians' Club return to bring the finest magicians, music and world-class variety acts for a night of fun, laughs and wows! Our beautiful line up: Max Somerset, Katrina Darling, Kheski Kobler, Jisu Park, Diobo and Mat Boden. Beautiful Magicians' Club, The Brentham Club, 38A Meadvale Rodd, London W5 1NP (Map). Doors 7.30pm. Show 8pm. Age guide: 14+ 100 seated capacity. Tickets: Click Here. More info: 20.5.17


Modern Magic: Jake Banfield, Saturday 3rd June, 8th July and 22nd July in London. 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. Tickets: Front Row: £35, Parlour: £25. Doors 7.30pm. Show 8pm. Venue: The Charlotte Street Hotel, 15-17 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RJ (Map). 20.5.17


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, 'Penn and Teller's Magic and Mystery Tour: India' from 2001, ahead of their UK tour, which starts on June 10th at the Manchester O2 Apollo (see What's On). See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. "'We wish we could make Donald Trump disappear', say magicians Penn & Teller" Click Here. 20.5.17


Eric Jones UK Lecture Tour - last few dates. "Regarded by his peers as one of magic’s rising stars, Eric Jones has made quite a name for himself in the world of magic. Armed with cunning sleight of hand and a charming personality, he will astound you with his digital dexterity. When Eric performs, cards fly, coins multiply and audiences cheer! An award winning performer, Eric’s magic has been showcased at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, and at NYC’s Monday Night Magic, the longest running magic show in New York. Eric has appeared on television in 13 countries. Eric's lecture will challenge you to look at your magic in a whole new light: discussing ways to make close-up effects play to large audiences; re-directing attention rather than misdirecting it and how to properly block/stage your performances to both conceal methods as well as optimise audience reactions."
21/05/2017 Cornish Magical Society - Visitors welcome. 3pm at Carnon Downs Village Hall, Tregye Road, Carnon Downs, Truro TR3 6GH (Map).
22/05/2017 Manchester Circle of Magicians - Visitors are welcome with prior approval from the President and a charge of £5.00 on the night, see or email
23/05/2017 Blackpool Magicians Club.
24/05/2017 Newcastle Magic Circle.
25/05/2017 Darlington Magic Circle.
29/05/2017 3SM Magic Society (South Staffordshire).


Quentin Reynolds lecture at The Mercian Mystics Magic Society, Stoke-on-Trent. Quentin Reynolds will be presenting his lecture at The Mercian Mystics Magic Society in Stoke-on-Trent on Tuesday 6th of June at 8pm. Visiting magician welcome, £5.00 on the door. Venue: Smallthorne Victory WMC, 300 Smallthorne Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST6 1RE (Map). For more information email 20.5.17


Geoffrey Newton will present ‘The Key Ring Lecture’ at The Order of The Magi in Manchester on Tuesday 23rd May. Key Ring is the house magazine of the IBM British Ring and since its inception in May 2015, Geoffrey has been the editor. Together with a team of regular contributors he produces a lively magazine. Many tricks have been published from contributors including Ian Adair, Hans Van Esha, Troyno, Cooper’s Magic Moments, and Barrie Horridge. In the lecture he will describe as many effects as time permits covering cards, close-up, children’s and stage magic. Geoffrey has no lecture notes to sell or anything like that but if you need further information about any particular effect he will be pleased to email you the details. Door charge for non–members of The Magi. Further information from Mike Sharples: 0161 287 7865. 20.5.17


Magicseen's Book Bonanza Weekend! Magicseen write: Magicseen Publications has a small but good quality range of books to offer, in both printed and download formats. Place an order before midnight on Sunday 21st May 2017 for two or more books and you pay the full price for the book with the highest price, but for any further books or E-Books in the same order we will refund you half the normal retail price. This is a great opportunity to get your hands on printed books such as Congreave's Curiosities, Crafted With Carey, Mel Mellers-The Travelling Trickster, The Best Of British, The Man Who Would Be King, or to enjoy any of our download publications such as Wayne Dobson's WD40 or Chris Rawlins Roulette. To take advantage of this offer all you need to do is go to before the offer deadline and place your order for two or more books, and we will refund to your payment card the relevant discount amounts to ensure that your second and subsequent books are given at half price. Please note: Magicseen subscriber discounts still apply to this offer. So, if you are already a Magicseen subscriber, you can order the books at your normal 20% discount price, and we will then still refund you half the price you paid for the lowest priced titles. 20.5.17


Merlins Magic Auction - Tomorrow, Sunday 21st May. Merlins write: Our annual auction take place at the shop Click Here tomorrow, Sunday 21st. There are already 14 lots in, so come along and grab a bargain. Entry is just £3 but you must book a place in advance as space is limited. To book a space Click Here. A big thanks to everyone who came to Merlins Magic Festival last weekend, and all those who made the day possible. It went really well with everyone giving us positive comments, so will look at maybe doing it again next year - we will keep you posted. This week, we have a great special offer. Pre-order Stab by Peter Eggink for £19.95 before 29th May 2017 and receive a free copy of Pennies DVD (RRP £25.00). 20.5.17


Steve Dimmer 'Nuts & Bolts' lecture, South London Magic Society, June 6th. Simon Rosselli writes: Steve Dimmer presents his Children's Nuts & Bolts lecture to South London Magic Society on the 6th June 8-10pm. He explains many original effects with props all magicians will have and also goes into the practical side of being a children's entertainer. He explores how to sell your services more effectively, promoting yourself at parties with a view to getting more work, as well as how to make your shows more fun with new bits of business and sub-routines. Also addressed is the tricky issue of entertaining for the older child and tactics on the thorny problem of how to keep the adults quiet! Interspersed with this are original effects that he has devised for the hardest of audiences: teenagers, which can be performed to audiences of any age. These tricks have original methods. Steve is an Associate Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star and has won The Pip Ayres Memorial Trophy for Children's entertainment 8 years out of the past 10. £10 for non-members (welcome). London Magic Society, Clock House Methodist Church Hall, Clock House Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4JP (Map). 20.5.17


Care & Share Balloon Fun Days. Graham Lee writes: The Care & Share Balloon fun days are still going strong and are a great place to meet and network with like minded balloon artistes. I am going down to Cornwall for the first time to run a Care & Share day in June. Other dates throughout the year are listed below. For any more info about the days please email

19th June, Bodmin, Cornwall. Lecturer Graham Lee.
3rd July, Sutton, Surrey. Lecturer Linda Truscheit from Germany.
4th July, Sutton, Surrey. Lecturer Doctor Bob from Wales.
5th September, Airdrie, Scotland. Lecturer Thelma Levett & Graham Lee.
7th September, Manchester/Birmingham. TBC.
20th November, Birmingham. Lecturer Sam Cremeens from the USA.
21st November, Birmingham. Lecturer Sam Cremeens from the USA.
For more information or to book on the days see


'Introducing Dr Nicholas Grimoire' - Nick Brunger lecture, British Magical Society, Birmingham. Andy Kirk writes: With this lecture you’ll be welcomed to the weird and wonderful world of Nick Brunger. Dedicated to mystifying audiences of all kinds his business is to entertain us by combining the ancient crafts of magic and storytelling with a unique twist as he introduces his gothic alter-ego Dr Nicholas Grimoire and his dark, spooky magic, mentalism and storytelling. Nick is a multi-talented magician and psychological illusionist who can perform both close-up and on stage and is one of the UK's leading mentalists. Best known for his 'Tales from the Darker Side' which combine spooky story-telling with 'Derren Brown' style mind reading effects and psychological stunts. This promises to be a very interesting and different evening and one that will be full of surprises. I look forward to seeing you all on the night. To be held at: British Magical Society, The Avenue Club and Lodge, Weoley Avenue, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6PP (Map). May 23rd. Lecture at 7.30pm (doors open all-day). 20.5.17


The Mark Leveridge May Podcast. Whether it's in the car on the way to work or sitting at home or in the garden with your earplugs in, the Mark Leveridge magic podcast is always worthwhile. This month it's a Podcast Special, in which Mark offers you three Audio Files extracted from Mark's Monthly Message video presentations which were originally given to E-Club Pro members. Here you can listen to audio tracks which cover topics on how to approach a table, ways to get great reactions from spectators at those tables, and finally, how to judge the right length to stay at any given table. These advice audio tracks are three of 12 that are normally available for purchase at, but which you can listen to for free this month in the Podcast. So, kick off your shoes, grab a cuppa and enjoy 30 minutes of helpful audio by accessing the May Podcast from either or 20.5.17


E-Club Pro - Live! 2017-18 Version. A Lecture Like They Used To Be! The latest version of Mark Leveridge's professionally presented club lecture evening offers maximum value as it consists of a dozen varied routines and ideas, every single one of which is properly performed and then carefully and fully explained. And guess what - this is not a thinly disguised 'dealer dem' that requires the club members to put their hand in their pocket to pay for the props to perform the lecture items, as there are no individual items for sale afterwards at all! Yep, it's a lecture like they used to be! The reason is that the magic in this lecture uses everyday objects or commonly used props. There are routines with coins, cards, purses, Jumbo cards, silks, rope and more, and the effects themselves are all practical and well within the abilities of everyone except the total beginner. With magic to suit a close up show, and walkabout, as well as parlour performances and mentalism, there's pretty much something for everyone. All the routines come from the Vintage Vault and The Teach In sections of Mark's online magic resource E-Club Pro, hence the lecture title, and it provides an entertaining and fascinating evening of magic for all club members to enjoy. See the MagicWeek Lecturers page for more info and to book. 20.5.17


Leamington & Warwick Magic Society Day of Magic. Mark Traversoni  writes: The Leamington Day of Magic this year is on Wednesday 14th June at the Cubbington Sports and Social Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Leamington Spa CV32 7LN (Map). The main lectures have been booked including Peter Turner, Max Somerset, Liam Montier and David Tomkins. The day officially starts on the Tuesday evening with a lecture from Andrew Normansell for local magicians or those that travel up the day before. Tickets are priced at £25 pre-paid or £30 on the door which includes breakfast for early arrivals, lunch, and weather permitting, an evening BBQ. In the evening Peter Turner will perform on stage and we also have the Midlands Champion of Champions Close-up Competition. Full details can be found on the clubs website: 20.5.17


Eric Jones and Etienne Pradier. Magicians at the Half Moon, Friday 26th May. Andy Clockwise writes: Whatever it is you're doing on Friday 26th May, put it on hold and get yourself along to see two international world class magicians perform at Magicians at the Half Moon. Eric Jones (from America) and Etienne Pradier (from France) have performed and lectured all over the world and both appeared on TV's Penn & Teller "Fool Us" show - they'll be performing for you next Friday. You must ring and reserve your seat for this one as it's undoubtedly going to be a packed house and if the room reaches its capacity and your name's not down, you're not getting in. Doors open at 7.30pm and the show will start at 8pm with show producer and compere Martin Cox holding court. The Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map). Entry is still just £10.00. 20.5.17


Steve Gore Derby Magic Circle lecture. Paul Sharp writes: Steve Gore makes a welcome return to Derby Magic Circle on Wednesday, 24th May, at Breadsall Village Hall, Derby DE21 5LF (Map). Doors open at 7.30pm, ready to start at 8pm. It's 5 years since Steve last lectured at Derby. He'll be presenting his latest releases and non-released effects, explained in full. There are a couple of his previous favourites in there, and one or two surprises too. It's all easy to perform with something for everyone. Come along and see why he's the 'Happiest Magician on the Planet!' A unique lecture, not to be missed! Past members and visiting Magicians are very welcome at Derby. There is a small fee of £10 payable on the night. Please contact our President, Allan Humphries on 01889 590 975 prior to attending. For more information about our programme for the remainder of the year visit 20.5.17


An Evening with Freddie "Parrot Face" Davies in York. York Society of Magicians will be holding a lecture by Freddie Davies on Wednesday 14th June at 7.30pm at The Red Lion pub on the A59 outskirts of York. Members of other societies will be charged £5. For more information email 20.5.17


Kiko Edinburgh Magic Circle lecture. John Whelan writes: A lecture by one of Spain's top magicians, Kiko, will be held at Edinburgh Magic Circle, Myreside Pavilion, Myreside Road on Monday 22nd May at 7.30pm. £10 for non members. 20.5.17


Christian Engblom Lecture. Monday 12th June at Liverpool Magic Circle. £10 Admission. 7.30pm. All are welcome. Liverpool Magic Circle, Longmoor Social Club, Longmoor Lane, Liverpool L9 9EN (Map). Alan Singleton. 20.5.17


Planning next year's programme of events for your club? Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page! 20.5.17


"Jonathan Creek 20th anniversary: 20 things you may not know about the classic BBC show" Click Here  "Bringing back the fez ... Tommy Cooper tribute show set for Barrfields" Click Here • "The Tommy Cooper Show returns to The Epstein Theatre" Click Here • "Inside David Blaine’s secret downtown magic lair" Click Here • "What Happened to Mat Franco – Recent News & Updates" Click Here • "Magic is a great icebreaker, says The Road Trick illusionist Adam Trent" Click Here • "Ilkley magician wins trophy" Click Here • "What it's like to be. . . a magician" Click Here • "Finally, Someone Has Made A TV Show About A Disgraced Magician Working With The FBI" Click Here • And finally: "Ready, Sheddy, Go... Stunning Shed of the Year photos reveal a backyard Tardis, fire station and boat shed are among those vying for garden glory" Click Here • "Magician hopes to conjure up votes for Shed of the Year competition" Click Here [to vote Click Here] • Really pleased to see the success Derren Brown is currently enjoying in New York. That's it for this week, see you next week, Duncan. 20.5.17

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Number 881 - 13th May 2017


Conjuring a Better Future: The Magic Circle, London, 1st July. College of Magic, South Africa, write: For one night only - Guy Hollingworth presents 'Conjuring a Better Future', a unique charity show on Saturday 1st July at the world-famous Magic Circle in London in support of the College of Magic in South Africa. Featuring Guy Hollingworth and friends, including one of the world's greatest pickpockets, James Freedman, World Champion magician Richard McDougall, and the mind reader who fooled Penn & Teller, Graham Jolley - this is an unrivalled opportunity to see some of the UK's best performers in the most magical venue in London! We are honoured to have the support of such an amazing group of performers. Guy first visited the College of Magic in 2015 - and has been an incredible advocate of the organisation ever since. Tickets for this unique fundraising show are already nearly sold out and available via 100% of the ticket price goes directly to the College of Magic's outreach efforts. 13.5.17


One of the world's greatest magicians, Marko Karvo, together with a Les Chapeaux Blancs, Aaron Crow, Bertox, Alan Hudson and Kevin Quantum can be seen in Scotland's MagicFest Gala Show on Saturday 8th July. What a great line-up! From the organisers: "The best illusion and circus acts from around the world assembled to perform a visually stunning and breathtaking flight of fancy, many making their Scottish debuts, at the Magic Festival’s flagship show." For more info and to book visit 13.5.17


Ali Cook Principles of Deception - Underbelly Festival 27th May. Taking its name from Arthur Buckley’s influential magic collection Principles and Deceptions, Ali Cook brings his exciting and innovative one-man show Principles of Deception to The Underbelly Festival, London, on Saturday 27th May. To book visit "Forget what you think you know about comedy magicians - Ali Cook is edgy, intelligent, self-referential, caustically hilarious and one of the most sought-after illusionists on the planet." GQ Magazine. "Ali Cook’s Card tricks are dazzling" Daily Mail. "A exceptionally talented magician." Time Out. 13.5.17


The Magic Manor weekend in Berkhamsted is fast approaching (19th-21st May). A fantastic weekend of magic and performance is planned, to be held on a private manor estate just five minutes from Berkhamsted. The Sunday will feature Ian Rowland, Fay Presto, Lee Hathaway and Simon Lovell, as well as special VIP guests, a cabaret show and complimentary BBQ in the evening. Day tickets are still available for only £25. For more info and to book visit 13.5.17


Conjuring at the Court – Thursday 25th May in London. From the organisers: Enjoy a night of mystery from London's longest-running monthly magic show, Conjuring at the Court. There’s the hilarious magic of Mark Shortland; the original and inventive Jon Allen; comedy and mystery from Stu Turner; and Norvil’s wonderful vaudeville style act, elegant, sophisticated... but with a dark side. Stephen Barry comperes in his usual exuberant fashion. 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 13.5.17


Aaron Calvert: Awaken. Manchester, Friday 16th June. From the organisers: Join Aaron in Manchester as Awaken makes its debut on the way up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Following a sensational 2016 sell-out debut, Aaron Calvert returns with more astounding mind reading and fascinating hypnotic feats in his brand new show Awaken. "Jaw-dropping entertainment from a modern day wizard" ★★★★★ Telegraph. "A talented showman that will leave you baffled" ★★★★★ Daily Mail. Venue: Urmston Grammar School, Moorside Road, Urmston, Manchester M41 5UU (Map). Tickets are £8.50, book via 13.5.17


Secret Cellar - Summer & Autumn Seasons. The Secret Cellar write: The Secret Cellar is delighted to announce that it will be extending its residency at Vaulty Towers. Having already established itself as the coolest place in London to watch top class close-up magic, more shows will take place in the summer and in an exciting autumn season as well. Plans are already well underway for the new programme, with some exciting shows which will be announced soon. However the producers would also like to hear from magicians who would like an opportunity to perform and have either, a 20-30 minute close-up or parlour set, or an hour-long show. To be considered, please email with as much information as possible about your act - including video footage. 13.5.17


Poet of the Impossible. Not just a magician but a 'poet of the impossible', Scots-Italian conjurer and writer, Lorenzo 'Renz' Novani, weaves verbal wizardry and magic into 50 thought provoking and wonder-filled minutes that offer a glimpse of the magicians secretive mind. He'll take you on a journey into magic's mysterious past, and most importantly, present impossibilities that defy explanation and gravity. Expect audience involvement. Prepare to be spellbound! "Whatever he does, the audience is engrossed and the final few seconds are almost a miracle" Fringe Review 2016. Part of the 2017 Brighton Fringe (England's biggest Fringe Festival). Wednesday 24th May to Sun 28th May (10pm every day except Sundays at 9pm). Rialto Theatre, 11 Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 3FE (Map). Website: 13.5.17


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Marvin Berglas, creator of Marvin's Magic, chats to young magician Sam Cocklin at The Magic Circle for BBC's Newsround. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 13.5.17


Steve Wright in the Afternoon. "Steve and the team chat to world famous magician Penn from Penn & Teller, Tommy Sandhu and Sindhu Vee talk about the Asian Network comedy show in Leeds, and there's the food medic Dr Hazel Wallace. Plus more Factoids, the Non-Stop Oldies and the latest entertainment and lifestyle news." On iPlayer. 13.5.17


Richard Jones is one of Aled Jones's 'Weekend' guests on Sunday, May 14th. "Chat show presented by Aled Jones. Aled's guests today are comedian Jason Manford, Loose Women's Stacey Solomon and magician and Britain's Got Talent winner Richard Jones. Music comes from newcomer Becky Hill." See TV Magic. 13.5.17


Christian Lee lecture - Anglian Magic Society, Norwich. Steve Majes writes: Christian is an accomplished comedian, magician and actor. We have been extremely lucky to secure his lecture as Christian, after his hilarious comedy magic routine on Britain’s Got Talent involving his tribute to the film Titanic, is now working all over the world and has a very hectic schedule. With Christian’s varied skill set this promises to be an eye opening evening. Tuesday 16th May, £3.00 Members, £10.00 Visitors (welcome), 7.30pm start. The White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). 13.5.17


The May 2017 E-Video Newsletter. Catch up with the latest online video presentation from Mark Leveridge which comprises of the following six fun and interesting sections. The Teach In - learn a sneaky idea with a coin that can be adapted to different tricks. Top Tips - a way to ensure that you can carry all the props you need for close up work. It Could Only Happen Live - a story that confirms that doing kids' shows is not the soft option! Web Offers - dems and background info on the two feature effects for close up shows which are offered at a discount in May. 60 Seconds To Success - why you need to get good at recognising faces. The Review Corner - Mark takes a look at The Gold Standard by David Regal. Access to the full 36 minute online video presentation is available either on its own for a small payment, or it can be part of a one year subscription which automatically gives access to 12 monthly editions. Alternatively, you can join Mark's online magic resource, E-Club Pro, and receive every E-Video Newsletter at no extra charge. For more info go to 13.5.17


Brendan Rodrigues lecture - Bexley Magic Society. Roy Marsh writes: On Wednesday 17th May Bexley Magic Society welcomes The Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year 2016, Brendan Rodrigues with his lecture. Brendan’s unique style combines contact juggling, misdirection and magical manipulation to produce some stunning effects. He is originally from Mumbai but is now based in London and loves life here. He lives and breathes magic, performing for many people he meets which is how he got so good at what he does. Magic is not Brendan’s job, it is his passion. Brendan works mainly at corporate functions, at exhibitions and on television, often in a promotional role as he has extraordinary ways of demonstrating products like mobile phones, watches and jewellery. He was asked in 2015 to put his techniques into an instructional DVD as so many were demanding to see how he does what he does. This type of performance has to be seen to be believed. Visiting magicians are welcome. (£10.00 entrance for non members). Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start. 13.5.17


Magicseen Issue 74 May 2017. From the publishers: The story of Richard Jones' meteoric rise from member of the British Army Band of the Household Cavalry to star of stage and screen is proof, if it was ever needed, that fairy tales do happen, and we are delighted to talk to him all about his success in last year's Britain's Got Talent and the aftermath of that triumph. We also get up close and personal with hilarious comedy magician Stephen Bargatze, who turned a terrible moment in his early childhood into a huge positive for his career, and Jay Fortune, the highly versatile and talented magician, entrepreneur, creator and artist. There are also two interesting and very different feature articles in the May issue, one by Geraint Clarke, who reveals 5 Rules That Every Close Up Magician Must Break, and the other being on e-signature technology and how it can help all commercial magicians with their booking process. We also invite the famous singer Olivia Newton John to have a chat In The Phonebox (turns out she's a bit of a magic fan!), we learn about the great work Leon Anderson is doing in Ireland to help children with their literacy and numeracy through his Class Magic, and Paul Stone reveals his plans for a new magic event in Liverpool called Magic On The Mersey. All this plus more is crammed into the latest issue of Magicseen, the full colour glossy magazine that just can't wait for you to read it. For information and to order via a 1 or 2 year printed copy or download subscription, please go to 13.5.17


The Doug Henning Project. Neil McNally writes: For all those interested in the art and magic of Doug Henning a new website "The Doug Henning Project" has been launched. Over the coming days and weeks you will see new interviews with legendary magic designers, friends of Doug, and admirers. The goal is to bring a greater understanding to what he brought to magic and, in the process, put it in a fresh and new historical context. Visit: 13.5.17


Craig Stephenson: Deception. Edinburgh Fringe. From the producer: What would you do if you could read someone’s private thoughts? Yorkshire based comedy magician Craig Stephenson returns to the Edinburgh Fringe to perform his new one-man magic show, Deception. The show involves mindreading and magical misdirection all delivered in his devilishly funny style. After many years performing magic throughout the UK, in 2016 Craig took his show, Impossible, to the Edinburgh Fringe. Over its fourteen-night run the show sold out on seven separate nights and attracted a lot of positive attention from audiences and media, including mentions on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4. Following this success, Craig is now taking his latest, and highly original show, Deception to Edinburgh. This exciting production promises more dazzling magic and incredible mindreading, all delivered in his uniquely funny style. This brand-new show will see him performing material designed to surprise and delight. “If you only see one magician in your life, make it him.” One&Other magazine. Venue: The Space @ Surgeon’s Hall – Venue 53. 4th–26th August (but not Sunday 13th) at 7.05pm (50 mins running time). Craig is also performing at the Great Yorkshire Fringe raising funds for York Against Cancer on Friday 21st July at 9.45pm. For every ticket sold for his Great Yorkshire Fringe performance Craig will donate £1 to this local charity that he has supported for many years. Venue: The Teapot, Piccadilly Square, York. See 13.5.17


Banbury Magic Club - now recruiting! David Gardner writes: We are looking for new members to join our club. If you are interested please go to our website where you will find all our details. New members will be made very welcome. 13.5.17


Scottish Escapology Exhibition. Scottish Escape Artist Andy Robertson is currently hosting Scotland's first escapology Exhibition at the East Kilbride Arts Centre. It's on until May 28th, daily, from 10am to 8pm. At the exhibition you'll be able to see a large picture of Houdini at the Glasgow Pavilion from 1920, only the second time it’s been on public display; a Houdini Milk can made by David De-Val; a large display of handcuffs from all over the world, including ankle and thumb cuffs; a Medieval gibbet cage; several straitjackets, and lots more. To download the PDF exhibition booklet Click Here. Andy is personally appearing most weekends at the Exhibition from noon to 2pm to give some demonstrations and to show people some of the exhibits in the displays, as well as answer any questions. Andy said: "The exhibition has been a huge success so far with people coming to see it from all over the country. I’m delighted that the council and management have supported this venture and it’s a real pleasure to be able to have all this on show. It was well over a year in the making, but it’s all been worth it." See 13.5.17


Merlin Magical Society Clifford Morrow Cup Competition and Creative Workshop. John Clayton, Secretary of the Merlin Magical Society, writes: On Thursday the 18th May the Merlin Magical Society is holding its annual Clifford Morrow Cup Competition. It will be judged by Steve Rowe, who will after the competition perform his Creative Workshop. It's only £5 for non members. Full details can be found here: 13.5.17


A Bit of Magic with Stu & Friends. A one-hour cabaret style show at the Brighton Fringe on May 13th, 14th, 20th & 21st. See for details. 13.5.17


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