Number 968 - 12th January 2019


TV magician Ben Hanlin brings his critically acclaimed show 'Ben Hanlin: 50' to Midlands Arts Centre for a limited run! Ben has searched the globe, the history books and his own brain to find 50 fantastic magic tricks. He's added his own cheeky spin and presents them in this fast-paced magic show! Ben's warm and fun personality have made him a regular TV face, appearing in his own ITV2 show, Tricked, Celebrity Juice, Live at the Palladium and most recently Ben Hanlin's Live & Deadly: Drowned. Ben Hanlin: 50, Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH (Map) Monday 11th – Saturday 16th February at 7.30pm. See 12.1.19


Luke Jermay: Intuition. Friday 8th & Saturday 9th February 2019, London. Intuition is a strange thing and Luke Jermay is even stranger. Building on his acclaimed debut show Sixth Sense, entertainer Luke Jermay is back and better than ever with a brand new interactive stage show. Intuition is jam-packed with phenomenal jaw-dropping demonstrations of telepathy and prediction. Your mind will be read, your choices will be predicted and your future will be revealed. Join Luke Jermay for a funny, entertaining, emotional, controversial, uplifting, unique experience, that you will never forget! Friday 8th and Saturday 9th February 2019, at 7.30pm. Tickets from £12. Book online: Artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London N12 0GA (Map). 12.1.19


An Evening with Mandy Muden and her Cunning Stunts. Thursday, 14th February, London. A rare chance to explore London's most secret, intimate and utterly mind-blowing gothic venue, Simon Drake's House of Magic. Tickets from £17.50. 12.1.19


Dick & Dom Present The Great Wonderfest ~ A Family Festival Wonderland. Marvel at the wonder of Music, Magic and Merriment. Live Acts, DJs, Magic, Mystique, Family Shows, TV Stars, Vaudeville, Variety, Comedy, Cabaret and Big Games. VIP Packages and Boutique Accommodation. Isle of Wight, August 1st-4th 2019. For more info visit 12.1.19


It's magic for Berglas. Cape Times ran a story on David Berglas' MBE, and David's connection with Cape Town's only magical arts organisation, the College of Magic, a non-profit organisation that reported how thrilled they were on hearing David Berglas' news: "David's generous philanthropic support has seen the creation of many training facilities benefiting thousands of students and tens of thousands of school learners who have attended the College of Magic over the past 39 years. His inspiration, encouragement and recognition have played a pivotal role in building our organisation internationally and from within, strengthening our important transformative role among the youth of South Africa." The College of Magic, brainchild of current director, David Gore, opened its doors on February 23rd, 1980 providing desperately needed performance arts training for aspirant entertainers from all sections of the community. See 12.1.19


Etienne Pradier just celebrated his 15th year entertaining HRH Prince Charles at St James Palace, together with good friends Jamie Raven and Alex Conrali. Etienne writes how much everyone enjoyed the magic, and especially Jamie Raven's stage act [by coincidence, see this week's MagicWeek Video Archive to watch Etienne assisting Jeff Hobson with his act, 27 years ago! DT]. 12.1.19


The Magicians’ Podcast. For the first time ever, a previous guest returns to The Magicians' Podcast hot seat for a catch-up. Richard Cadell was the guest on Episode 31 back in 2015 and shared his amazing journey from fairground ride operator to stage illusionist, through to being the owner of Sooty & Co. In this episode he updates us with what he's been up to since that interview and discusses the exciting potential Sooty movie; how and why he decided to get back into performing illusions, and subsequently closing the Blackpool Magicians Convention Gala show in 2018; his time as IBM President, and what audiences can expect from his 2019 UK tour 'Sooty's Magic Show'. Plus, Alan 'alt. mug' Hudson returns, to chat all things magic with host Richard Young. The Magicians' Podcast, listen now, via iTunes, Podbean or Spotify. 12.1.19


Amazing Mysteries, Beccles Public Hall & Theatre. Following the success of A Night of Mystery and A Cavalcade of Wonders, this magic trilogy completes with ‘Amazing Mysteries’, the latest offering from illusionist Chris North. Witness some of the inexplicable curiosities that astounded Victorian audiences as Chris takes a light-hearted journey through the unusual and bizarre phenomena that helped define an era. As a unique feature of the show Chris is joined by ‘The Victorian Enchantress’, a skilled sorceress, whose sophisticated magic and illusion captivates all. Saturday 2nd February at 7.30pm at Beccles Public Hall & Theatre, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 9AD (Map). Tickets: 12.1.19


High Jinx Magic, Illusion & Circus Show, Blackpool. Michael Jordan is pleased to announce he will be returning to Viva Blackpool for his 8th consecutive season with his High Jinx Magic, Illusion & Circus Show. Opening with a one night special on Thursday 14th February 14th, ahead of the Blackpool Magicians Convention, then on selected dates from July to November (see The High Jinx Show was Blackpool's number-one family show on TripAdvisor throughout the summer of 2018. Michael is currently preparing to support Richard Cadell & Sooty on their Nationwide tour from February to June 2019. See 12.1.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, the final Magic Comedy Strip from 1992 starring The Pendragons, Jeff Hobson, David Williamson, Rudy Coby, Joe Pasquale, Terry Seabrooke and Al Carthy. This show went out on April 27th. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 12.1.19


Magic Extravaganza, Cambridge Guildhall, Sunday 24th February at 2.30pm. Cambridge’s Pentacle Club is celebrating its centenary this year. As part of the celebrations they are presenting this special show in aid of local charity The Red Hen Project. The club will be wowing crowds with spellbinding miracles, stage illusions, close-up magic, comedy and pulse-quickening danger. The show is family friendly and suitable for all. As well as the magic on stage, there will be strolling magicians to entertain and amaze on your arrival and during the interval. Performers include professional magicians, and members of The Magic Circle. This includes the charismatic Dr Bondini, plus JezO with his high-energy interactive comedy magic. They are joined by Chris Kostecki and Will Bearcroft, fresh from his success at the Edinburgh Fringe. Come along, enjoy the magic and support a local charity. For tickets see John Davenport. 12.1.19


Paul Megram (aka Colonel Custard) after a 5 year absence has just started lecturing again. He has been asked by many magic clubs over the years and has finally succumbed. Last time he lectured on the Business of Magic, but this time it's 'All About the Tricks' - ones that are suitable for family audiences. If you are interested then email Paul directly: 12.1.19


The Barely Methodical Troupe on Talking Tricks. Kane & Abel write: This week on Talking Tricks, we are joined by contemporary circus company The Barely Methodical Troupe to discuss their show Shift which opens the London International Mime Festival this week. BMT co-founders Charlie Wheeler and Louis Gift, along with fellow cast members Esmeralda Nikolajeff and Elihu Vazquez, discuss their roles in the show, what led to them starting the troupe/joining the troupe, why collaboration is key in contemporary circus and the narrative and themes of their performances and why they are always open to audience interpretation. They also talk about their previous smash hit Bromance and other show Kin. You can listen to the podcast via iTunes or Podbean. 12.1.19


Mark Leveridge Lecture - Kent Magicians' Guild. Bruce Graham writes: Our next meeting is on the 29th January (7.30pm for an 8pm start), when we will be having the completely new lecture from veteran Mark Leveridge. None of the items shown will be for sale, which makes it a unique experience from a lecturer nowadays. As usual, visitors pay a £5.00 fee, but members are of course free. Kent Magicians' Guild, CIU Dunton Green Social Club, 159 London Road, Dunton Green, Kent TN13 2TA (Map). 12.1.19


Chris Wood lectures for The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday, 17th January. Adam Mosley writes: With over 40 lectures to his credit including an "At the Table" for Murphy's Magic, Chris is an accomplished performer who runs The Magic Circle Close-Up shows and is known for his insight and attention to detail when improving effects. Recent talks at The Magic Circle have focused on topics such as scripting, an exemplar on physical misdirection, impromptu card magic and a masterclass workshop on clarity, rhythm and pace. His lectures similarly cover in depth the why as well as the how behind some of the routines from his working repertoire. This will be his second lecture at The Surrey Society of Magicians. Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. The lecture takes place in East Horsley, Surrey at 8pm. For full details contact Adam Mosley: See and 12.1.19


Magicseen Advertising. From the publishers: Are you a magic dealer looking to reach a wider target audience? Are you an inventor looking to promote your own creations? Are you connected with a magic club wishing to attract new members? Or are you a convention organiser seeking to entice more attendees? If any of the above applies to you then you need to contact Magicseen Magazine with a view to letting them help you to get your important message across. Magicseen is the only independent UK magic magazine and with its popularity and good reputation is uniquely placed to promote you to a wide spectrum of readers across the UK and around the world. The magazine is printed in both the UK and in the US, and is distributed as a quality printed publication as well as in a convenient download format. Because it is a real magazine, it lies around visible in people's homes for a whole two months meaning that your message is available to be seen in the current issue for a long period, making the already reasonable advertising rates even better value for money. The next issue (#85 March 19) will be published early to be ready before Blackpool, so if you want to feature in our biggest selling issue of the year, you need to act immediately and contact in order to secure the limited remaining available advertising space. 12.1.19


Mark Leveridge Magic Web Offers January 2019. Each month Mark selects at random two products from his range and offers them at specially discounted prices for the duration of that month. These are not end-of-line product offers but items selected from the core of his marketed range. Here are the Web Offers for January: Audio Files Compilation 2. This 55 minute mp3 audio download features the sound tracks from 6 Mark's Monthly Message video presentations which members of Mark's online club E-Club Pro receive each month. Each track covers advice, opinion and help on a specific magical topic, and in Compilation 2 the topics covered are: Approaching A Table, Deciding How Long To Perform For, Expecting The Unexpected, Getting Great Table Reactions, Using Patter Lines Sensitively and Working Close Up Outside. The second Web Offer is a commercial card routine called Breakout. This comedy presentation is used regularly by Mark in his current repertoire and requires nothing more than a regular deck and a handkerchief to create several minutes of highly entertaining magic. The routine is supplied as a TricKlipXtra Video Download. Full details of both these Web Offers, including a dem of Breakout, can be found at 12.1.19


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Number 967 - 5th January 2019


Magic in the City - Sunday 19th May 2019, Bristol. For 57 years the Bristol Society of Magic has hosted one of the best one day magic conventions in the UK. In 2019 they move to a new venue, the DoubleTree by Hilton in the centre of Bristol. Magicians already booked to appear include Jon Allen, Denis Behr, Peter Clifford, Henri White, Michael Murray, Kieron Johnson and Ken Dyne. DoubleTree by Hilton has easy direct transport links and is just a short walk from the main shopping area, and is close to the vibrant historical docks, featuring cafes and attractions such as the SS Great Britain and Industrial Museum. In short, something for the whole family. ​Magic Dealers will be announced shortly. For more info and to book, visit: 5.1.19


The Session & The Event - next weekend! Join Andi Gladwin, Andy Nyman, Ben Hart, Ben Seidman, Dani Daortiz (photo), Florian Brooks, Hide Kimoto, James Went, Jared Kopf, Jason Ladanye, Joshua Jay, Kyle Littleton, Looch, Luke Jermay, Mac King, Marc Kerstein, Max Maven, Michael Weber, Ross Johnson and Tom Elderfield! Visit for the latest updates and to register. 5.1.19


Max Maven Lecture, Blackpool Magicians' Club, Tuesday 15th January 2019. Blackpool Magicians' Club write: Blackpool Magicians' Club are very proud to welcome a world class lecturer to Blackpool Magicians' Club Headquarters. Max Maven will be presenting his lecture on 15th January 2019 and for the first time BMC will welcome guests to its unique headquarters.


Max Maven has presented his mysteries in theaters and nightclubs around the world. He has starred in television shows in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, North and South America. Orson Welles wrote that Max has "the most original mind in magic". He has been a consultant to most of the important names in modern magic, and an advisor for more than one hundred television shows. He has published about two thousand tricks, articles, and essays, and now he is very tired. As you’d expect, the emphasis will be on mentalism, but with ideas that can be applied to every type of magic. You’ll learn commercial, practical effects that will fool you first, and delight your audiences later. Offbeat plots and intriguing methods, with special emphasis on psychology and audience management. Blackpool Magicians Club, 60 Caunce Street, Blackpool FY1 3NE (Map) at 7pm. Only 40 places are available so book early: 5.1.19


Kayla Drescher: The Magicians’ Podcast. In this episode host Richard Young chats to Los Angeles based performer Kayla Drescher who provides a fascinating insight into life as a gigging close-up magician in the USA. Kayla won a competition a few years ago where David Copperfield searched for the next great magician on a TV show and choose Kayla as the overall winner. He took her on a tour of his incredible warehouse and museum in Las Vegas and Kayla shares the story of that incredible experience here. Kayla is also one of the cast members of Champions of Magic and discusses her time with the show. Alan 'no mug' Hudson returns to discuss 'what's going on' and a competition is launched in association with Giggio to win a Gold Pass for this year's Blackpool Magic Convention. (Kayla Drescher is also the co-host of her own podcast which you can listen to here: The Magicians' Podcast, listen now, via iTunes, Podbean or Spotify. 5.1.19


Magicseen Issue 84 January 2019. From the publishers: Start your new year the right way by getting your copy of the UK's only independent magic magazine. Top funny man Alan Hudson is our cover star and we learn plenty about his rise to fame and success. We also feature a tribute to the late Ricky Jay which is written by Chris Klimek who was Ricky's personal assistant and who therefore can give candid information about the great man. In our helpful articles line up this time we discuss whether performance contracts and cancellation clauses are worth the bother, and highly successful US entertainer Christopher Barnes provides some great advice about how to successfully create a strong performing character. Amongst other content we also look at the latest Magic Clips get together and wonder whether this could be the face of future conventions, actor Don Johnson finds himself contacted In The Phonebox, and there's an interesting article on performers who have come to a sticky end when entertaining - the moral of which is, stick to card tricks! The Masterclass has close up effects from Chiam Yu Sheng from Singapore and Fritz Alkemade from the Netherlands, there are plenty of products in the review section, plus of course there's a round up of news and letters amongst other things. Get your 2019 sorted right now by taking out a 1 or 2 year printed copy or download sub, or simply buy the current issue on its own from 5.1.19


The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition 2019. From the organisers: Time is running out to apply to enter The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition 2019. The Competition is open to young people between the ages of 14 and 18 with the winner receiving both the title and the Irving Schneider Award to attend a magic course in the U.S.A. and free Membership of The Magic Circle on reaching the age of 18. The closing date is 8th January 2019 and full details can be found at Entries can be sent by email. If you have any queries email Competition Secretary, Dr. Michael Colley 5.1.19


Shawn Farquhar Lecture, Thursday, February 28th, Bath. Roger Nicot writes: This multi-FISM Winner and Fooler of Penn & Teller will be lecturing at the Bath Circle of Magicians on Thursday, February 28th at 8pm. This not to be missed event will be filled with great lessons, fun stories and amazing magic. Bath Circle of Magicians, St. Mary's Church, Queens Square, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3EL (Map). 5.1.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, the fifth show of John Fisher's The Magic Comedy Strip from 1992 starring The Pendragons, Jeff Hobson, David Williamson, Rudy Coby, Joe Pasquale and Terry Seabrooke. This show went out on April 20th. Last in the series next week. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 5.1.19


John Carey Lecture - Cambridge Pentacle Club, Tuesday, 8th January. John Carey will be lecturing at the Cambridge Pentacle Club in the first of a series of lectures throughout the year to celebrate the centenary of the club on Tuesday, 8th January 2019 at 8pm. Free for members of the club, £10 for non-members. Doors open at 7.30pm, lecture 8pm-10pm, with a break for refreshments. The Pentacle Club, St. Andrew's Church Centre, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge CB1 9LR (Map). 5.1.19


Jake Ace Lecture - The Anglian Magic Society. From the organisers: The Anglian Magic Society has its next meeting on the 15th of January and we have a fantastic lecture by the talented young magician Jake Ace, ' Working with Children and Animals'. Jake covers his Children’s Show, as well as talking about techniques and motives for tricks, and ways to look for a different twist in effects and how to take your existing show and theme it for different times of the year. Jake's second half covers working with animals and in particular rabbits! Jake talks about training and handling techniques and different styles of productions for children and adult shows. The meeting will be held at The White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map) and starts at 7.30pm. The Usual fees of £3.00 for members and £10.00 for visiting guests apply. Please come along and show your support for Jake's first lecture. 5.1.19


31st Peterborough Sale, Exchange & Lecture Day, Sunday 22nd September 2019. Keith Downs writes: Opportunity to buy and sell new and used magic. Plus lectures. See our website as details are confirmed. Venue: The Fleet, Fleet Way, Fletton, Peterborough PE2 8DL (Map). 5.1.19


The Magic Car Boot Sale will take place again this year, on Sunday, 3rd February, at The Austin Sports and Social Club, Tessall Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham B31 2SF (Map) from 9.30am. Stalls are still available at £15 for a single (approx 2 metres) and £25 for a double. Contact Alec Powell on 07831 115448 or email to book. Admission on the day is £4. 5.1.19


Merlins of Wakefield New Year DVD Sale! Merlins write: All DVDs are 50% off retail, with over 60 titles available. Limited stock, once sold out, can’t be re-ordered at these incredible prices: DVD Sale. Also, our Magic Festival Day will take place this year on Sunday 12th May, so put the date in your diary. More details and artists will be announced at the end of January. To register an interest, just email and we will keep you updated. 5.1.19


Olly Graham presents his "The F Word" lecture for the South London Magic Society at 8pm on Tuesday January 8th. Olly has been a magician and children's entertainer for over 25 years. For the last 10 years he has been the resident magician at Center Parcs, performing his family shows 3 nights a week. Olly is certainly not the most conventional children's entertainer and his lecture The F Word is all about one thing: family. Olly is a firm believer that when approaching children's entertainment your show should appeal to everyone, and this lecture will present his formula for engaging all ages. This is a must for children's and family entertainers. London Magic Society, Clock House Methodist Church Hall, Clock House Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4JP (Map). Non-members £10 (which can go towards the joining fee if you like the club). Annual Membership £35. Simon Rosselli. 5.1.19


Jay Adkins Mind Magician - Live. Thursday, January 31st, Oldham. From the promoters: Jay uses psychology, showmanship, hypnosis, suggestion and cold reading to captivate and engage his audience. Jay Adkins Mind Magician is a live audience show combining cutting edge mentalism and mind magic. Audience members will be involved in the show from the very start and will be blown away by the mind reading demonstrations. They will leave the show asking "how is this possible?". His inimitable style combined with memory feats that stun and amaze! Thursday, January 31st at 7pm in Oldham. See to book. Venue: Rhodes Bank Chambers, Union Street, Oldham OL1 1EN (Map). Also see 5.1.19


The January 2019 E-Video Newsletter. Mark Leveridge is pleased to announce the release of his latest monthly online video presentation which in January runs to a heady 40 minutes of interesting and entertaining content with: The Teach In - learn the first move from Mark's classic Ring Competition routine using a length of unprepared rope and an ungimmicked chrome ring. Top Tips - Mark explains what goes to make up a good business card. The Strolling Magician Unplugged - part 12 explains how to work with waiting staff to their benefit and yours. Web Offers - get background info on an Audio File Compilation and a top close up effect for commercial work. 60 Seconds To Success - some targeted advice on working close up outside. The Review Corner - Mark takes a look at Joshua Jay's Balance. Access to the complete E-Video Newsletter starts at just £1.50 if taken as part of a 1 year subscription, and you will find every edition interesting, helpful and fun! To buy access to the current issue or to take out a subscription go to 5.1.19


Sunday Night Live, Barrow-in-Furness, Sunday 6th January. From the organisers: Master of the mind and author of two books, Adam Hudson presents demonstrations of his super-human abilities. The evening will consist of jaw-dropping experiments, creating the illusion of genuine mind-reading and encounters with the strange and unusual. Thought-of playing cards will be known, spectator's birthdays will be predicted ahead of time and Rubik's Cube will be solved in seconds. This is a not to be missed event that is guaranteed to leave the audience asking "how?". What is Sunday Night Live? Free live entertainment organised by St. Mark's Church at Costa Coffee, 162 Dalton Road, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 1PU (Map) on the first Sunday of each month 7pm - 8.30pm, with doors opening at 6.30pm. See for details. 5.1.19


Chris Stevenson Lecture - Northamptonshire Magicians Club, Tuesday 8th January. Chris’s dedication to the art of magic is what makes his magic so outstanding and unforgettable. This will be a great start to the 2019 NMC calendar. Visiting magicians welcome, £10 charge. The lecture starts at 8pm on Tuesday 8th January at Brafield on the Green Working Men's Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD (Map). Mark Paul MMC, Secretary, The Northamptonshire Magicians' Club. 5.1.19


The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam and Kyle Sarocen write: Our next gathering will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 8th January, at The Grosvenor Casino, Great Yarmouth NR30 3JG (Map). The aim of the evenings is to allow magicians to meet and socialise, and exchange ideas and views, in a relaxed atmosphere. Our social evenings are free of charge and you will be able to buy drinks from the bar. The evening starts at 7.30pm, so come along and enjoy the atmosphere. Email or phone Kyle on 07982 819727 for further information. 5.1.19


Care & Share Balloon Fun Day, Sutton, Surrey, Monday 21st January. From the organisers: This will be a balloon-jam fun day, with the latest designs being shown and shared, and a fun competition or two along the way. Plus Graham will be building a balloon motorbike during the day and you can join in with the build or just sit and watch the process and the evolving build. For more info email or to book see 5.1.19


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