Number 1223 - Saturday 2nd December 2023


The Magic Circle Christmas Show 2023. Our annual spellbinding spectacle returns, with an incredible lineup of world-class magicians, mind-readers and masters of manipulation! Starring the unique comedy double act Hudson & Hudson, Master Mentalist Marc Paul, Penn & Teller Fooler and FISM card magic first prize winner Horret Wu and FISM first prize manipulation winner Artem Shchukin, hosted by Dynamo's official Head of Magic, Harry De Cruz! Explore our magnificent building, be enchanted by our close-up magicians, enjoying a drink in the famous Magic Circle clubroom and then warm yourself up in true winter cheer with our magnificent show featuring world class performers in our gorgeous magical theatre! Book now 2.12.23


Wayne Dobson's Legacy by Wayne Dobson with Bob Gill - just published! "Wayne Dobson has just done an amazing service for the magic community! His new 3 volume book, Wayne Dobson’s Legacy, is jam packed with first rate, audience tested, A+++ material! What a legacy it is! These are actual routines that he has used throughout his legendary career. It is all there! The very best stuff from his nightclub act, his theatre shows, and his television appearances. All are explained complete with the thinking that went into the creation of these great routines.

Besides the great magic, we are also treated to Wayne’s life story. We get a peek behind the curtain to understand what goes on in creating a successful career in show business. The hard work, the motivation, the struggle to achieve the top tier in entertainment. Wayne Dobson has done it all and he freely shares what he has learned. He holds nothing back. For anyone serious about a career in magic this is required reading!"
- Lance Burton. Three jam-packed volumes: Volume 1: Memoirs, Volume 2: TV & Live Material, Volume 3: New material. For all the details and to place an order Click Here.


Houdini's Rope Ties and Escapes is out today, exclusively from First published in 1921, this book has 78 pages of Houdini's own escapology secrets, beautifully illustrated throughout with detailed line drawings and an additional 7 photographic plates of Houdini's techniques. This hardback edition is strictly limited to just 100 numbered copies and 10 review copies. This luxury facsimile edition has oatmeal buckram bookcloth, two-tone head and tail bands, sapphire endpapers, cream bookwove paper for the pages and photographic plates matching the original edition. It starts with a colour plate illustrating the original cover. To see more photos and details, or to order yours today for £26, visit 2.12.23


Wonka Magic. Paul Kieve has reunited with Harry Potter movie producer David Heyman to create magic on the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory prequel, Wonka, released in the UK on December 10th. Directed by Paul King (The Mighty Boosh, Paddington) the film stars Timothée Chalamet as the young chocolate impresario. Chalamet’s Wonka character has a back story in magic and sleight of hand which introduces him to his famous showmanship and magical style. 2.12.23


Luke Jermay Lecture - Society of Irish Magicians. Luke Jermay writes: I invite you to join me in a celebration of pure conjuring. Not a single mind will be read. Instead together we will explore some of my favourite original conjuring creations. Each effect is designed to be performed in real world close-up settings and no detail will be left out. Alongside the methods, techniques and secrets, I will also share some tips and ideas to help you create your own beautiful, impossible, mysterious magic. I love this material. I love performing it. I love sharing it. Society of Irish Magicians, Academy Plaza Hotel, Findlater Place, Dublin 1 on Tuesday, 5th November at 8pm. Non-members welcome €20 door charge. 2.12.23


British Ring President's Dinner, Saturday 16th March 2024. Philip Partridge President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians British Ring No.25 writes: I am thrilled to extend an exclusive invitation to you, for an unforgettable evening at my British Ring International Brotherhood of Magicians President’s Dinner. Date: Saturday 16th March 2024. Time: 6.30pm for 7.15pm. Venue: Village Hotel, Cheadle, Manchester SK8 1HW. Swimming Pool and Gym available for those staying over. I can't wait to share this enchanting evening with you. The event will include a drinks reception, a scrumptious three-course dinner, entertainment and after dinner cabaret. A choice of menu will be sent when booking tickets. Tickets for the dinner are £45 each and are available via [members and non-members welcome]. 2.12.23


Shuffled: A New Magic Show by Andi Gladwin at The Rhapsody Theater, Chicago. Andi Gladwin's new intimate magic show unveils a mesmeriszing fusion of storytelling, technology, and your very own deck of cards! An electrifying evening of magic awaits you for this brand-new show, developed exclusively for performances at The Rhapsody Theater, Chicago. March 14th-24th, 2024. Book here: 2.12.23


Amethyst - Danny Hunt and Stephanie Clarke, are appearing at the Cromer Pier for the second year in a row as part of the annual Christmas Variety Show. They can be seen alongside multi-talented magician and singer Olly Day. Amethyst will perform their own act in the Christmas show and can also be seen showcasing their other talents during the show by taking part in other acts and sketches. The Cromer Pier Christmas Show runs until December 30th, six days a week, with matinee and evening performances. Prices from £25 (adult) and £17 (child) from or the box office on 01263 512495. 2.12.23


John Archer in Beauty and the Beast. Soap star, actress and singer Shona McGarty leads the cast of the Orchard Theatre’s spectacular and enchanting family pantomime Beauty and the Beast as Belle. She will be joined by Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist John Archer as Belle’s Father, fellow soap actor Harry Reid as Silly Billy, and Musical Theatre performers Emma Jay Thomas as the Enchantress and Tom Senior as Flash Harry. Beauty and The Beast, Orchard West, 20-54 Hythe Street, Dartford, Kent DA1 1BX. Saturday 9th-31st December 2023 2.12.23


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, David Nixon and Lynsey de Paul in a performance taken from The David Nixon Show in 1974, shown on John Fisher's The Best of Magic on 18th October 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 2.12.23


Kyle Purnell on Craig Petty's Magic TV: 'Talk Magic'. Every week Craig Petty sits down and chats with a well known magician; a creator, a performer, or someone who has had a positive impact on the Magic Community. This week: "Kyle Purnell talks Penn & Teller's Fool Us and the future for his magic" YouTube. 2.12.23


Martin Cox Auction - Watford Association of Magicians, 5th December. Andy Clockwise writes: On Tuesday 5th December, the Watford Association of Magicians will be holding an auction on behalf of the late, great Martin Cox at their HQ. Martin had been in the business a very long time, and over that time had collected a lot of Magic. Not everything that Martin purchased made it into his shows, for one reason or another, and many items are still brand new and sealed in their original packaging. As well as these items there will of course be pieces that Martin did perform with and this will be a great opportunity to pick up something personally used by Martin in a performance.


The auction will be held on Tuesday 5th December at the Henderson Hub, Abbotts Langley, Hertfordshire WD5 0AR with a large car park nearby. Doors will open at 7.30pm and the auction will start at 8pm prompt. This is an "open" evening at the WAM HQ and if you do come along, please bring cash as it will be a cash only auction. All items will start at £1 and there will be no reserve on any items so you're sure to grab yourself a bargain. All proceeds from the auction will go to Martin's family. 2.12.23


The Royal Variety Performance 2023. Bradley Walsh hosts The Royal Variety Performance 2023 from the magnificent Royal Albert Hall in London in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince and Princess of Wales and The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel of Sweden. Featuring a magical performance from Derren Brown’s Unbelievable cast. Sunday 17th December on ITV1. See TV Magic for details. 2.12.23


The Mark Leveridge Podcast. The latest audio offering from Mark Leveridge (Dec23/Jan24) is now posted and ready for you to enjoy. Here are the topics Mark discusses this time: Why trick hype is not just marketing. The challenge of stopping mobile spectators in order to entertain them. The joy that is Totterdown Tricky Thursdays. Dealing with the dreaded “look kids, here’s the magician for you”. Andy and Preston Nyman, putting the fun back into magic. News on the third volume in the Four-midable Magic Series. How to get the benefits of post show analysis. Why Jay Fortune’s Dream Maker’s Manifesto could be useful for you. How to deal with loud background music when working tables. There are two ways to listen to this free 45 minute podcast. You can catch it either from, or from where you can also sign up to be a follower and receive each new release automatically. 2.12.23


Memoraid by Chris Rawlins. Chris Rawlins' Shared Thoughts, writes: Memoraid by Chris Rawlins is your new secret weapon that will transform you into a memory master. Designed to look and function like a real memory game, Memoraid allows you to easily demonstrate the superpower of perfect recall. The best part is that this very special prop does all the work for you. You will be able to look like you have the world's best memory, whilst using none of it.

This is an image deck that makes sense. With no expense spared on design, development or manufacture, the quality of Memoraid is exceptional. Highly recommended by Bob Kohler, Noel Qualter, The Jerx, David Regal, Angelo Carbone, Mark Elsdon, Marc Paul, Lewis Leval and Hector Chadwick! For a limited time, worldwide postage is included in your purchase: Click Here.


South Downs Magicians Christmas Party. Des King writes: On Wednesday 6th December South Downs Magicians will be holding their Christmas Party. Visiting magicians and non-magicians are welcome to come along, tickets are £8 - bring your own refreshments and booze. You must book in advance as space is limited. There will be close-up magic from the members and the star cabaret is Chris North with Cabaret Mystique. The party will be in the Handcross Parish Hall, High Street, Handcross, Haywards Heath RH17 6BJ. Anyone wishing to come along please contact Jonathan Cann 01444 230409 or 07850 917126 2.12.23


Kevin Gallagher Lecture - Leicester Magic Circle, Monday 4th December. From the organisers: Kevin has enjoyed several decades working as a professional magician at Exhibitions and Promotions, Corporate Events and Private Functions. He has previously lectured or performed at many UK and European magic societies and events, was summer resident magician at 'Accademia Italiana Arte Magica', and has enjoyed competition success at the International Magic Convention and European Championships (Vienna). He has made multiple appearances at FFFF and performed at FISM (Stockholm).

The lecture features unique teaching of sleight of hand magic that is suitable for almost all conditions using no special props, lending itself to impromptu situations. There are no items for sale, but everyone will gain something from the evening. Visiting magicians welcome (
£10 on the door for non-members). Monday 4th December at 7.30pm at Leicester Magic Circle, Braunstone Civic Centre, 209 Kingsway, Braunstone Town, Leicester LE3 2PP 2.12.23


Colley Index for the New Pentagram now available. Dr. Michael Colley writes: I'm pleased to announce that, just in time for Christmas, I have completed the "Colley Index" to the New Pentagram, Edited by Peter Warlock from 1969 to 1989. There are 2,134 article entries, with up to 9 categories per entry (there are 520 categories), 5,853 name entries and 320 photo and picture entries. The price is £25.

This is an addition to the Colley Series of Indices, which also includes ABRAcadabra, Club71/The Magician, Demon Telegraph*, The Gen*, Goodliffe's Magic Monthly, The Jinx, Magic Magazine* (Max Andrews), Magigram*, Magic Wand (Photos only), Mind & Magic (Ted Lesley), The Pentagram (also edited by Peter Warlock), Stanyon's "Magic" and The Wizard. There is also an index to 14,013 photographs in the first 100 volumes of The Magic Circular. All can be searched by Author, Title and Categories.

The New Pentagram Index, like the previous ones, is an Access database, but the information can be provided as Excel spreadsheets, as .pdf files or as .csv for importation into other databases. The indices marked with * also have indices of the Advertisements in the magazines. Full details of all Indices can be obtained from the compiler, Dr. Michael Colley at P.S. All the above indices have been combined into a Compendium Index which can be searched as a whole database or as separate magazines.


Zodiac Close-up Magic Competition. Donato Capitella writes: On November 29th, the Zodiac Magical Society hosted a close up competition in our London club room, featuring 9 members and Michael Vincent as a special guest judge. Thanks to all participants for an amazing evening of magic and congratulations to William Spencer for winning, followed by Bob Spruce in second place and Juan Marroche in third. You can follow us on @zodiacmagicalsociety on Instagram and visit our website at for more information about upcoming events. 2.12.23


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