Number 1050 - 8th August 2020


Derren Brown: 20 Years of Mind Control - Live. Channel 4 Sunday 16th August. The illusionist performs his latest psychological masterpiece live, and also revisits some of the most memorable moments of his 20 years of making programmes for Channel 4. He reveals how he has used hypnosis and the power of suggestion to baffle the British public, before opening up about his most controversial, headline-grabbing moments, including playing Russian Roulette, 'sticking' viewers to their sofas, and the zombie-fuelled Apocalypse illusion. Sunday 16th August at 9pm on Channel 4. See TV Magic for details. 8.8.20


Derren Brown's Greatest Stunt. Channel 4 Sunday 16th August. Following on from 'Live: Derren Brown - 20 Years of Mind Control' the nation's favourite Derren Brown special will be shown, as chosen by viewers from a shortlist of: Russian Roulette, The Heist, Hero at 30,000 Feet, Apocalypse, and Pushed to the Edge. Sunday 16th August at 11.10pm on Channel 4. See TV Magic for details. (The genuine 100% bona fide psychic team here at MagicWeek predict it will be Russian Roulette! DT). 8.8.20


50 Secrets To Successful Magic - new from Magicseen Publications. From the publishers: Just released, this is a wonderful 322 page soft backed book that is packed with brilliant advice from some of magic's most knowledgeable performers. We have selected 50 of the very best and most informative articles originally published in Magicseen Magazine, and presented them to you in a collection that is rich in variety and replete with great advice and information. The 70+ contributors cover subjects related to commercial close up, mentalism, stand up and stage performance, cruise work, ventriloquism, kid show work, character creation, bizarre magic, self promotion and more. We probably all have more tricks than we know what to do with, but solid, practical advice on all the other aspects of entertainment is harder to come by. This new book provides you with a one-stop shop to everything you need to know all in one nicely produced tome that you will refer to again and again. Selling at the bargain price of just £20.00 + p&p, you can get your copy right now from 8.8.20


Pro Magic Academy Presents the Hoop & Glass Masterclass.

Finally Revealed for the first time ever on video Paul Martin's fantastic Hoop & Glass routine:
• 24 easy to follow lessons that anyone can do
• All my secret tips revealed
• From beginner to advanced routines for any situation
• Get the WOW factor at your next event
• Full support and access in our private Facebook group
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The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Rudy Coby in a guest appearance on 'Edinburgh Nights' 22 years ago. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here8.8.20


The Landmark, Ilfracombe - Outdoor Summer Festival. Featuring: Ben Hart's '2 Metre Magic' on Saturday, 29th August. Renowned magician and Britain's Got Talent finalist Ben Hart performs his most intimate magic show yet in an evening of close-up magic featuring his classic routines. Ben presents a magical and skilful show which transcends the 2 metre gap. For more info and to book visit Also see and Ben was a guest on BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends last week, Click Here. 8.8.20


The MagicWeek Video Archive. During the week I added more videos. Here's Eugene Burger presenting his 'Spirit Theatre' close-up magic on a 'Paul Daniels: Live at Halloween' special, from 31st October 1987. See YouTube. 8.8.20


The MagicWeek Video Archive. Tom Mullica, in a guest spot on 'Jack Dee's Saturday Night' from 30th December 1995. See YouTube. 8.8.20


The MagicWeek Video Archive. David Copperfield, in an interview on 'Hollywood Report' from September 1993. See YouTube. 8.8.20


Inspired by grand illusionists with extravagant productions and exotic animals, Matt Pritchard, the science magician, has recreated a classic illusion without a big budget or a dangerous wild animal in sight! Faster than The Pendragons, less hair than Hans Klok, and significantly more legs than a Las Vegas chorus line, this is one trick you really have to see to believe! YouTube (I loved the final second! DT). 8.8.20


Loosley Speaking with Dave Loosley and Careena Fenton. Join magician Dave Loosley as he chats with some of the world's best magicians. Always laid-back and fun. Available every Friday via your favourite listening platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. 8.8.20


Talking Shtick with Mark James and Bill Abbott. Bill is a man who needs no introduction and is as well known for his hilarious stand-up magic shows as he is for his incredible magic products. Mark and Bill chat about everything from the Five Card Box and the No Brainer to Bill in Lime and Smart Ass. It's a terrific chat with all the info on Bill's signature effects. Every Friday via your favourite listening platform including Podbean. 8.8.20


"How a Legendary Magician Builds the World's Greatest Illusions. Will the greatest illusion designer in the world tell us his secrets?" To read the full article by David Howard in Popular Mechanics Click Here. 8.8.20


The August 2020 Mark Leveridge Podcast. Your monthly invitation to sit down for 30 minutes with Mark Leveridge, as he chats over the following: We are all having to get used to different ways of working when entertaining via Zoom. The top magicians are those who learn how to relax and pause when performing says Christopher Barnes. Why we shouldn’t care about what people say about our show. When having a disaster is actually very lucky. Are digital magic magazines more acceptable that digital books? Dani DaOrtiz reverses an old magic adage that says you should never tell the audience in advance what you are going to do. Mark's podcasts are free and are published on the 1st of every month. You can listen online or download the August issue from either, or from where you can also sign up to be a follower and then receive every new edition as soon as it is published. 8.8.20


Become a magician in 7 days! Have you ever wanted to be a magician? Well now's your chance. The Magic Hour opens its Summer School experience today, Saturday 8th August for magic beginners. Two, live, hour-long Zoom classes and an amazing trick in your inbox each day, for just £35. Live classes are limited to 30 people, so be quick! Find out more, visit 8.8.20


"The Legacy of America’s Got Talent Winner Shin Lim and how he changed the platform for magicians" Click Here • "Ruth Ewan’s Worker’s Song Storydeck: a Marxist magic trick" Click Here • "Watch Jeff Bezos and internet pioneer Vint Cerf get fooled by card tricks from illusionist David Blaine" Click Here • "David Blaine Blows Celebrity Minds in 2020 TV Special, 'The Magic Way'" Click Here • "My unbelievable experience with mentalist David Magee" Click Here • "David Blaine brings magic to coronavirus patients, medical workers" Click Here • "Five magical illusions that had us totally fooled" Click Here • "Comic magician to put on interactive Zoom shows for Ruth Eckerd Hall" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed - big and small! See you next week, Duncan. 8.8.20