Number 894 - 12th August 2017


The Session 2018 (January 12th - 14th 2018) promises to be quite spectacular. Andi Gladwin and Joshua Jay are set to host Johnny Thompson, Mike Close, Paul Vigil and many others. With a variety of workshops, lectures, parties and plenty of time to session (of course!), it’s no wonder that The Session has sold out every single year. With one-off events and lectures designed specifically for this event, The Session is not just a conference; it is a learning experience like no other in magic. Registration is now live at 12.8.17


The Magic Circle Dealers' Day 2017. 21st October at The Crypt on the Green, St James Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell Close, London EC1R 0EA (Map) from 10am - 5pm. Free for members, £5 for non-members. 25+ Magic Dealers. New Talent area. Cafe & Social space. New Venue for 2017. 12.8.17


Len Insull Tribute Day, Little Angel Puppet Theatre, London. Austin Phillips writes: Leonard Insull was the most prolific builder of ventriloquist puppets/figures that England, and most of Europe, had ever seen. Originally an Illusionist and woodworker, Insull began building ventriloquist figures in the late 1930’s up until his death in 1974. It is recorded that from the early 1950’s to 1974 Mr. Insull made no less than 2,017 ventriloquist/puppet related items distributed through the Davenports Magic company alone, and an unknown amount of ventriloquist items in his time before then.

The day will be a chance for ventriloquists, collectors and admirers to come together and learn more about this genius maker. Throughout the day there will be performances, talks and a chance to see many of his works including some very famous creations including the original Archie Andrews, Shorty Harris, and some surprise guests. The day will also house the largest collection of Len Insull figures ever to be seen! Come support this one off special day and bring along your collection of Insull figures and stories to share. Saturday 28th October 2017, 9am - 5pm. Admission on the door £10.00. Little Angel Theatre, 14 Dagmar Passage, London N1 2DN (Map). (Also see for some amazing images and video clips. DT).


Mark Elsdon: Storytelling Workshop. Saturday, September 9th, London. "Wow, what an eye opener this course turned out to be." "From strong opening lines to the thought provoking closing lines, this course has it all!" "A fantastic session... the most surprising and useful Workshop I have ever done." The Workshop is intended for magicians, mentalists, public speakers and storytellers who want to add some depth, meaning and resonance to their performances. Students will learn the secrets of all great storytelling and the tools needed to learn, create and deliver stories that can elevate their performances to another level entirely! They will also learn some incredible story/effects that they can add to their repertoires immediately. There are a very limited number of places available for this exclusive event. To see the full programme and book your place see: 12.8.17


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Johnny Hart in a guest appearance on 'Michael Barrymore's Saturday Night Out' from 22nd July 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 12.8.17


North Wales Magic Circle Annual Dinner and Magic Cabaret Show. Christopher O'Brien writes: As part of our 75th Year celebrations as a magic society in North Wales, we will be holding a special night of fun and magic at our annual dinner on the 25th of November 2017 at the Springfield Hotel, Holywell, North Wales. You can enjoy a three-course dinner and a terrific night of fun and magic with our compere, Thom Peterson, aka "The Amazing Guy", Michael Jordan's 'High Jinx Magic & illusion Show' and our top of the bill, the amazingly funny Kockov, aka Jasper Blakeley, who was such a hit with his lecture at our club earlier in the year.


Tickets are £35 for the show and a three-course meal (6.30pm for 7pm). We also have a limited number of show-only tickets available at £25 from 9pm all tickets are bookable in advance. Contact Debra Ratcliffe or Chris O'Brien Lots of free car parking at the Hotel and if you need accommodation we have arranged a special price, for our dinner guests. Just mention the NWMC dinner discount when booking your room. We look forward to seeing our magic friends old and new. The Springfield Hotel, A55 Expressway, Pentre Halkyn, Holywell CH8 8BA (Map). 12.8.17


Great Lives. Matthew Parris and Paul Daniels explore the life of Harry Houdini with his biographer William Kalush, who argues that the master escapologist may have been murdered by spiritualists. From September 2009. Thursday 17th August on BBC Radio 4 Extra. See TV Magic. 12.8.17


Urban Voodoo Club - Sunday, August 13th, Leeds: Urban Voodoo Club's maelstrom of magic and mindreading whips into Leeds on August 13th to stir up another frenzy of excitement at Hyde Park Book Club. Our headliner this month is Franklin, The Mind Magician. Steady your souls as Franklin takes you on an amazing trip into the hidden recesses of the human mind, where closely guarded thoughts are brought to life in incredible ways. Joined by Urban Voodoo Club hosts, Harrison the Perceptionist and Jay George, we will even be celebrating our Chief Witch Doctor's birthday, so there'll be more voodoo than ever to shake your thang at. Get there early, and pack your tin foil hats! Pay what you decide after the show. August 13th at 7.30pm. Venue: Hyde Park Book Club, 27-29 Headingley Lane, Leeds LS6 1BL (Map)., 12.8.17


Andi Gladwin appeared on the American television series Penn & Teller: Fool Us last week. Filmed earlier this year in Las Vegas, Andi performed his "magician in a balloon" act. He received high praise from the Vegas duo (specifically Penn) who said that his act was "really terrific and wonderfully funny!". In the run-up to the show, Andi was featured in The New York Times, on Penn's Sunday School podcast and bookended the commercials running every few hours on American television. 12.8.17


The Ipswich Magical Society present Beyond Belief. At the Wickhambrook Memorial Social Centre on Saturday 2nd September. Tickets are £7.50 and the doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. There is a bar, a raffle and a whole evening of stage and close-up magic performed by the members of the Ipswich Magical Society! An evening not to be missed. Gemma Raymond. Memorial Social Centre, Cemetery Road, Wickhambrook, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 8XR (Map). For more information call Gemma Raymond on 07825 561670. 12.8.17


North Wales Magic Circle invite you to 'Magic In The Park' on Sunday 3rd September 2017. Christopher O'Brien writes: The North Wales Magic Circle is pleased to invite you to our Magic In The Park event, which is part of our 75th birthday celebrations. We will be providing a variety of magic and fun events throughout the afternoon. Admission is free, and this will include our Children's Entertainer competition, which begins at 1pm. We will be collecting donations for 3 children's charities: Happy Faces, Chernobyl Children and Ty Gobaith. Refreshments will be available. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you! Sunday 3rd September 2017 noon till 4pm at The Botanical Gardens, Grange Road, Rhyl LL18 4DA (Map). Christopher O'Brien. 12.8.17


Nottingham Guild of Magicians Annual Stage and Close-Up Competition, Sunday 26th November. From the organisers: The annual Stage and Close-up magic competition by members of The Nottingham Guild of Magicians. This is a popular family friendly show. Sunday 26th November at 6pm. Tickets are just £12.50 each and include a buffet meal, contact Andrew Morrison on 07966 494 095 or Dawn May on 07772 513007 to book. John Godber Centre, Ogle Street, Hucknall, Nottingham NG15 7FQ (Map). Also see 12.8.17


E-Video Newsletter August 2017. Another month, another fun 30 minute online video presentation from Mark Leveridge. The August edition has the following: The Teach In - a cool and effective way to vanish any small object is explained. Wrinkles - learn a new effect using the marvellous El Duco Wallet. It Could Only Happen Live - a true story that reflects the challenges of performing a kids' show outside. Web Offers - background info on two coin routines which are reduced in price this month. 60 Seconds To Success - an explanation of why writing a blog can be helpful for your website. The Review Corner - the mental effect 'Key Prediction' is assessed. Access to the full August E-Video Newsletter can be purchased for a tiny sum, or by taking out a 1 year subscription, the individual cost per Newsletter reduces even further! To watch a trailer, or to order your full access now, go to 12.8.17


The Family Festival of Magic - Great Yarmouth, 22nd & 23rd August. From the organisers: Britain's Got Talent Stars of Magic come to Great Yarmouth for The Family Festival of Magic. Imagine a cavalcade of magicians descending into Great Yarmouth who will wave their magic wands and make your troubles disappear... well, for a few hours at least. That’s exactly what’s happening at the St. Georges Theatre and Plaza on August 22nd and 23rd as Great Yarmouth plays host to the first Family Festival of Magic. Magical folk and entertainers of all kinds will be performing their skills inside and out at the St. Georges venue on King Street with Free Entry to the daytime events featuring: balloon modellers, children's magicians, Punch & Judy, close-up conjurors and circus style performers.

TV comedy stunt man Jeff Drayton and TV comedy magician Stevie Pink from Britain's Got Talent will both be appearing along with Chris North from ITV's New Faces and 3,2,1. The evening magic shows are priced at £3.00 per person and feature these local TV stars of magic together with many other local stars of variety, magic and wizardry. The Family Festival of Magic is a two-day event which will be raising funds to help the local magic clubs. The Gathering and The Anglian Magic Society. If anyone wishes to join in the event during the two days please contact Kyle 07982 819727. Also see: and


Matt Johnson Lecture - North Wales Magic Circle, Tuesday 5th September. Christopher O'Brien writes: Our magic lecturer on the 5th September is from Matt Johnson. Magician, Mentalist and Escape Artist, you may have seen him on Penn and Teller Fool Us, or Wizard Wars, Penguin Live, or any other of his many TV appearances over the last 20 years. He's from Vancouver, Canada, but if I remember correctly he was originally from Sheffield, England, Members and affiliated club members £5, other visiting magicians £10 on the door. 7.30pm for 8pm start. Another lecturer not to be missed. You can see some of Matt's work on the YouTube. Free parking. Venue: North Wales Magic Circle, St. Paul's Hall, The Corner of St. Gorge Road & Bridge Street, Abergele LL22 7HA (Map). 12.8.17


Manchester Circle Jumbo Auction. From the organisers: Magical Bargains Galore on Monday 14th August at Salford Masonic Hall, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Near Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Organised by Manchester Circle of Magicians. Free for members, £3.00 door charge for non-members. Doors open at 5.30pm and viewing commences at 6pm. Auction commences at 6.30 pm. Star Auctioneers are Quentin Reynolds and Derek Lever. Hundreds of items being sold many without reserve, such as DVDs, books, close-up, kids tricks, mentalism, etc. See you there! 12.8.17


Inside the Mind of 'Mind FX', with Michael Murray. "Phil and Ian are joined by Michael Murray of Mind FX: The magicians talk about Michael’s life as a mentalist, as opposed to a traditional ‘magician’, and how to present yourself if you want your audience to believe in what you are doing. Michael talks us through what he carries in his pockets on a daily basis; he explains the psychology behind how he has gained his powers (as viewed by his spectators), and how to break down pre conceived barriers between performer and spectator regarding psychic/mentalist abilities. Michael also discusses why mentalism might not be best suited for weddings and parties. Stay tuned to the end where there is a discount code for Michael’s award winning book A Piece Of My Mind." 12.8.17


Baffling Blandford magical town walk, 4pm every summertime Sunday (until 10th September). Discover the secrets of Blandford, both fact and fantasy, as we illustrate this fine Georgian town's magical hotspots with stunning illusions. Tickets £8 (£7 conc./£20 family) from: Blandford Information Centre, Crown Hotel reception, or just turn up on the day! (New: online discounts). Free nearby parking on Sundays at the Marsh & Ham Car Park DT11 7AW. The walk starts from the Crown Hotel, West Street, Blandford Forum DT11 7AJ (Map). 12.8.17


Adam Beeson - The Magician's Daughter. Shot on stage, a dying magician passes secrets of his act to his daughter. Fearing rivals, she disappears. Stars James Bryce. Tuesday 15th August on BBC Radio 4 Extra. See TV Magic. 12.8.17


"Champions of Magic to Bring Holiday Illusions to Playhouse Square" Click Here • "The 'daunting' task of being the youngest magician to perform at Edinburgh Fringe Festival" Click Here • "Watch magician's incredible trick using a can of Coke" Click Here • "What sorcery is this? Teen magician performs phenomenal tricks for the AGT judges" Click Here • "AI Helps Magicians Perform Mind Reading Tricks" Click Here • "Success for young magician" Click Here • "Magician may sue after being accused of dirty tricks" Click Here • 'A Night with Andy Normansell' is reviewed by Geoffrey Newton this week, Click Here • 'Magic In The Real World' What You Need To Know Before You Quit Your Day Job by Christian Painter is reviewed by Quentin Reynolds this week, Click Here • "Dorset's own Magic Martin reaches the finals of national competition" Click Here • "Illusionist Keith Barry's 'mind games' with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in bid to lower Ireland's taxes" Click Here • "Edinburgh Fringe Review: A magical evening At the Illusionist’s Table" Click Here • "Theatre: Derren Brown's Newcastle-bound 'greatest hits' show gives the psychological illusionist a second chance at some of his most spectacular magic" Click Here • "Murray the Magician Invited Backstage at David Copperfield’s Show at MGM Grand Las Vegas" Click Here • "Derren Brown pays tribute to late magic mentor" Click Here • That's it for another week. Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 12.8.17

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Number 893 - 5th August 2017


Blackpool Convention 2018. From the organisers: Due to the huge success of last year's new children's entertainment format, Blackpool Magic Convention will have more lectures and shows based around the subject than ever before for the 2018 convention. Heading the line-up, David Kaye, aka Silly Billy, author of the Bible of children's magic, 'Seriously Silly'. Add to this the finals of the 'Family Entertainer of the Year' competition hosted by Brian Daly and this makes the 2018 convention a 'must see' event for all family entertainers. Blackpool Convention, 16th-18th February 2018. For more information and to register visit 5.8.17


Corporate & Trade Show Workshop, 13th September, Liverpool. From the organisers: The Corporate & Trade Show Workshop on Wednesday 13th September at Jury's Inn Hotel in Liverpool is nearly sold out. We are strictly limiting the number of delegates to 50 and there are now only 10 places left for this very special event.

If you have ever wanted to break into this extremely lucrative branch of the magic business and make the big money but didn't know how, this is a one time only opportunity to learn from possibly the most impressive line-up of corporate magicians ever assembled in one place. From USA Nick Lewin, Bob Kohler and Seth Kramer and from UK Trevor Liley and Paul Stone. Trevor Liley has never before shared the secrets that have made him incredibly successful in this business for over 30 years and his Masterclass is alone worth many times the price of admission.

If you are serious about making real money with magic you need to sign up now whilst there is still space. Whether you already work in the corporate marketplace and would like to significantly increase your bottom line earnings or are new to this type of work you must be at this event and need to sign up quickly. It could be a life changing experience. For full details and to register, go to and click on the Corporate and Trade Show link at the top of the page.


International Stars of Magic & Variety Gala Show. The International Brotherhood of Magicians British Ring presents 'International Stars of Magic & Variety': Stars from America, Europe and around the UK join together to bring a fun-filled and spellbinding extravaganza to Greenock. With award-winning international performers, witness magic and variety at its very best as you are taken on a journey of comedy, manipulation, juggling, contortion, shadowgraphy, theatre of the mind, quick change, grand illusion and so much more. Geoff Williams from America will welcome you to this amazing night and introduce Garry Seagraves from Aberdeen, Fritz from Amsterdam, Paul Dabek from London, Katie Trickett from Sheffield, Mat Ricardo from London and Rafael from Belgium. A truly magical experience not to be missed. The 81st IBM British Ring Convention runs from 7th-10th September in Greenock, Scotland. For more information and to register visit 5.8.17


Ali Cook Principles of Deception Tour. Ali Cook is on tour from September 16th with his one-man show 'Principles of Deception' taking in Aberdeen, Norwich, Bridport, Guildford, Chipping Norton, Bangor, Hemel Hempstead, Birmingham, Didcot and Melton. Tickets via Star of the West End magic show 'Impossible', BBC's 'Now You See It', 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us', 'Dirty Tricks' and 'Monkey Magic' Ali Cook returns with his own brand of awe-inspiring magic and off-beat comedy. Expect to be genuinely amazed. Taking its name from Arthur Buckley’s influential magic collection Principles and Deceptions – the first book to categorize every magic trick – the show demonstrates Ali Cook’s skill as a historian of deception. In a masterclass of technique across a range of magic disciplines, including close-up magic, mind reading and sleight of hand, expect an evening of magical invention and re-invention. "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. See What's On for tour dates. 5.8.17


Armando Lucero Masterclass at the Hippodrome Casino, London. Paul Stone writes: I'm excited to be able to announce two Masterclasses taking place at the Hippodrome Casino in London on Monday 18th September. The first will be presented by one of the top close-up magicians in the world, Armando Lucero from Las Vegas. This will be a very exclusive event and is limited to just 12 people. For full details and to register Click Here. 5.8.17


Kris Kremo Masterclass at the Hippodrome Casino, London. The second Masterclass will be presented by Juggling Legend Kris Kremo. This is an extremely rare opportunity to listen to and learn from a world class performer who has appeared at every major theatre and on every TV Variety Show around the globe during his stellar career. His credits include an 11 year run at the Stardust Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. For full details and to register Click Here. 5.8.17


Conjuring at the Court, London, Thursday 31st August. From the producers: This month the show features Jamie Raven, second-placed finalist in Britain’s Got Talent 2015, and star of West End show, The Illusionists. And there’s Max Somerset, with his brilliantly original theatrical style; socialist magician Ian Saville (he’s hilarious, no matter what your political views); and the zany antics of Wes Zaharuk. Compèred for the first time by Hugh Levinson, it’s going to be a great night of comedy and magic. 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 - do book early to make sure of a place! 5.8.17


Lance Corporal Richard Jones, winner of Britain's Got Talent 2016 is back on the road with 'The Power of Imagination. See for booking details.
Saturday 5th August – The Library Theatre – Luton
Monday 7th August – Festival Centre – Drayton
Thursday 10th August – Engine Shed – Lincoln
Friday 11th August – Riley Smith Theatre – Leeds
Friday 15th September – Playhouse Theatre – Norwich
Thursday 12th October – MAC Theatre – Birmingham
Friday 20th October – The Marine Theatre – Dorset
Friday 3rd November – Civic Theatre – Chelmsford
Friday 10th November – Corn Exchange – Bedford.


Ben Hanlin's 'Tricked' is being repeated on Be3 from this evening, Saturday 5th August. "Magician Ben Hanlin goes undercover using sleight of hand, mental powers and misdirection to pull epic magical pranks on members of the public and celebrities. This time Rylan has a very strange encounter in a lift and boyband Blue get the shock of their lives." See TV Magic. 5.8.17


Magic on the Fringe - Edinburgh. This year's list of magic and magic-related productions features 67 different shows! Once again card man Peter McLanachan ( has kindly pieced it all together for MagicWeek readers heading off to Edinburgh (many thanks Pete!) Click Here. 5.8.17


Mark James Sideshow Tricks, Blackpool, to October 25th. Mark James has worked professionally for over a decade on land and at sea worldwide. He now brings his critically acclaimed show to The Festival Suite at Viva, Blackpool! Mark combines original comedy and magic with juggling, escapology and sideshow stunts to create a one-man variety show like no other. The show is fresh, original and always family friendly. In ‘Sideshow Tricks’ there’s something for the whole family. You’ll see Mark perform world class sleight of hand magic, escape from a straightjacket, eat fire, and even juggle mousetraps! The show promises to be hilarious, so whether you’re 5 or 105 grab your ticket, hold on to your hat and take your seat for a night you’ll never forget! Tickets via 5.8.17


Miss Magic (Kay Dyson) is appearing at the Hearing Fund UK Annual Gala on August 12th. Join us for a red carpet reception and flame lights as you enter The New Dock Hall. You will be offered a glass of wine or soft drink on arrival. Tickets include a delicious 3 course dinner, celebrity auctions and raffles and great entertainment from Brian Conley, Steve Hewlett, Miss Magic and Chris Watkins throughout the evening while raising awareness and money for the children’s charity, The Hearing Fund UK. A night of spectacular entertainment and moving testimonials from those who have been helped by The Hearing Fund UK, founded by Merrill Osmond’s son, Justin Osmond, himself born with a ninety per cent hearing loss. An after show VIP party will be held where there will be photo opportunities and a chance to mingle with the stars! The New Dock Hall, Royal Armouries, Leeds LS10 1LT (Map) on August 12th, at 7pm for 7.30pm. For more info and to book visit also see 5.8.17


The Dragon's Chamber at Merlins of Wakefield. Merlins write: We have a new Magic Wagon item available next week: The Dragon's Chamber. Magic Wagon items are superb quality and are only made in limited quantities – once sold out, they will not be available again. We also have our latest Aug/Sep Preview out, which contains loads of new magic and special offers. You can download it Click Here or email us your postal address and we will send you a free printed copy, email The latest 3D Magic Works items will also be arriving mid-August. We have the exclusive UK rights for 3D Magic Works – all the items are printed on a 3D printer in the USA. These take 5 to 6 weeks from ordering, but we do have a limited number of items available straight away, contact us for more details on 01924 339933. 5.8.17


Robert Temple: The Hypnotist - Live & Outrageous (UK Tour 2018). From the producers: The first few tour dates have just been announced! Forget swinging watches and people clucking like chickens – “The Hypnotist: Live & Outrageous” is a cutting-edge, thrilling show featuring incredible hypnosis and never before seen side splitting sketches... which are guaranteed to tickle the very naughtiest parts of your mind. Whether you want to take part or just laugh at the people who do – this will be one of the funniest shows you’ll see this year... so don’t miss out. Co-written and directed by Kennedy. *Not for the easily offended. For dates and to book visit 5.8.17


New from Mark Leveridge Magic for Children's Entertainers. One of Mark's longest running kids' show effects from his own act is a routine called Hanky Juggling. Involving two young helpers up on stage, this is a 6-7 minute romp using the simplest of props and loads of fun and good magic. The complete routine is now being made available as a Premier E-Routine download, comprising of a PDF set of written instructions which include a link to online footage of a live performance of the complete effect. The only props you will need to supply are a regular wand, a 12" silk, an unprepared cloth bag and one small gimmick which you will either have or which is readily available at minimal cost. This has been a true hit in Mark's children's shows and as it is very straightforward to perform, you will soon be able to feature it in yours. To watch a trailer and for more information or to order, go to 5.8.17


Carl Royle lectures at the Manchester Circle of Magicians on Monday 7th August: "Top class close-up from a top class magician. Visitors are welcome with prior approval from the President and a charge of £5.00 on the night. For more information and details visit our website at or email" 5.8.17


Smoke & Mirrors: Magic at your Table. "Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday we have strolling magicians performing right at your table. So if you have missed a chance to see our Comedy & Magic Show (sold out tonight, Saturday 5th August), don't panic, as our House Magicians will have you entertained from 6:30pm till 12am. This is what makes us so unique!" Find out about the Theatre Shows, Stand-up Nights, Comedy & Magic Show, Burlesque nights and more, visit: Smoke & Mirrors, 8 Denmark Street, Bristol BS1 5DQ (Map). 5.8.17


Craig Christian: Evolution of Magic, Blackpool. Craig Christian and Elizabeth Best are back with another groundbreaking show, 'The Evolution of Magic' at the Horseshoe Bar, Blackpool Pleasure Beach. After touring and headlining in Germany for the past year, Craig is ready to surpass all expectations with a cool, urban show, featuring illusions, close-up sleight of hand magic and mind reading. Expect to be amazed! Tickets are available online or at the Pleasure Beach box office. Running from July 11th to September 3rd. Also see YouTube. 5.8.17


Ask Paul Podcast - 26th Episode! Six months of weekly 'Ask Paul Podcasts' already! Listen to the latest episode or catch up with them all at 5.8.17


Magic and Mayhem at the Edinburgh Fringe! "Come join us for an afternoon of amazing stunts, mind reading, stand-up comedy and magic with 'The Detective' Ben Cardall (Sherlockian) who will reveal your inner thoughts and the contents of your pocket, and 'The Comedian' Phil Knoxville (SCIN) the stand-up magician with the twisted skills to pay the bills and a fully fledged licence to rock. 5th-12th August at 4.05pm at Liquid Room Warehouse, Venue 276, 9C Victoria Street, Edinburgh EH1 2HE (Map). Free Entry!" 5.8.17


Scottish Comedy and Variety Gala Performance - Kirkcaldy. From the organisers: An incredible new variety show with fully staged numbers featuring famed TV mentalist Drew McAdam, Scottish comic legend Dean Park, Comedy Central's David Kay, The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppets, Artie's Tartan Tales (formerly of the Singing Kettle) all hosted by Fife's own pantomime favorite Liam A Black with his hilarious stunts, magic, comedy and illusions, with new unseen material that was just too stupid for TV! This show is family friendly and is suitable for all ages. Friday 18th August at 7pm. Tickets start at only £15 and can be purchased via Adam Smith Theatre, Benochy Road, Kirkcaldy, Fife KY1 1ET (Map). 5.8.17


Potter & Potter Auctions. Sleight of Hand - The Jeff Busby Collection. "Our August 19th sale features the magic collection of Jeff Busby. Highlights include extensive archives of correspondence and ephemera related to the great sleight-of-hand artists of the twentieth century: Dai Vernon, Charlie Miller, Max Malini, Ross Bertram, Ed Marlo, Larry Jennings, Paul Fox, Michael Skinner, Faucett Ross, Cardini, and many more. The original Csuri notebooks will go on the block, along with Busby's library, an unparalleled collection of Paul Fox apparatus, as well as photographs, private notebooks, and more. Unpublished, unseen material - literally thousands of pages of "underground" manuscripts - will come to the market for the first time. The Busby collection will be complimented by a selection of vintage magic posters. Catalogs ship three weeks before the auction. The auction takes place at 10 am on Saturday, August 19th in our Chicago Gallery. Previews take place in the gallery from August 16-18 from 10am-5pm CST, or bid online." 5.8.17


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, P C Sorcar and Kurti Parehk on BBC2's Bombay Blush from May 2002 The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 5.8.17


Trevor Dawson. 9th December 1934 – 14th July 2017. Trevor Dawson, Honorary Life Vice President of The Modern Mystic League, is remembered by Roger Woods, Click Here. 5.8.17


"Underground’s the best show I’ve done says master of the mind Derren Brown" Click Here • "Leon the Magician, a coach at Barnet Table Tennis Centre, makes table tennis table disappear to raise awareness of funding cuts to the sport" Click Here • "Tricked-out treehouse is the ultimate man cave for Minnesota magician" Click Here • "Computer animation student magics up comedy short" Click Here • "Magicians to hold 80th Get Together in Michigan town" Click Here • "When Houdini escaped to Britain: Fascinating pictures of the world's greatest escapologist as he toured the UK" Click Here • "Magician films himself solving a Rubik's Cube one-handed on Water Skies while on holiday with his family" Click Here • "Windermere couple Michael and Hannah Ammar have something magical in common — they’re both magicians." Click Here • "‘America’s Got Talent’ 2017 judges cut South Korean magician Jeki Yoo" Click Here • "Magician Doug Leferovich works night and day on the Strip" Click Here • That's it for another week, see you next week, Duncan. 5.8.17