Number 1224 - Saturday 9th December 2023

 

Celia Munoz, Bernardo Sedlacek, Winston Fuenmayo, Magical Bones, Danny Goldsmith and Adrien Quillien, all appearing at the world's largest magic convention in February 2024... The Blackpool Magic Convention!

 

Celia Munoz - winner of Spain's Got Talent, Finalist on AGT and Star of 'AGT Live' at The Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Bernardo Sedlacek -this young magician learned from some of the greatest names in magic.
Winston Fuenmayo - studied clowning, acting, juggling and comedy to create performances full of emotion and astonishment.
Magical Bones - his debut solo show, Black Magic, sold-out at Londonís Southbank Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Danny Goldsmith - from street performances to corporate gigs, Danny has 20 years of performance experience behind him.
Adrien Quillien - a French Champion mixing Cups & Balls and cocktails!

The sooner you book the closer you'll be: www.blackpoolmagicconvention.com. 9.12.23

 

Jamie Allan's Amaze ★★★★ "A revelation, and in the most unexpected ways" Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune. Jamie Allan's Amaze is currently playing The Rhapsody Theater, Chicago, until January 7th (tickets: www.rhapsodytheater.com) receiving a glowing review from Chris Jones in the Chicago Tribune. Here are some of the highlights:

 

ďJamie Allan could teach a master class in magic performance as emotional engagement... Allan's artistic center is really no different from that of, say, Stephen Sondheim or Tony Kushner... The result is the kind of rare magic show where you can see (as I did on Sunday night) a father and son move their chairs a little closer together as a consequence of what they were experiencing through each other... An uncommon warmth and openness amid all the deception. This is audience-centered, narrative-based magic... Now doing deeper work, anticipating the needs of his audience as very few in his profession can do, and exploring how a magic show can cover up the losses present in all of our lives. But he still has all of the old polish and technique (his explosive finale is just fabulous)... A luminous way to spend an evening with someone you love and a show that goes far beyond just another magician in one of Chicago's growing inventory of magic rooms... 'Amaze' will amaze you, I feel sure, albeit not entirely in the way you might expect."

 

The full online version is here [subscription] www.chicagotribune.com.

See Jamie promoting the show live on CBS News: "'Jumpstart with Jackie: Amaze' magic show at Rhapsody Theater in Rogers Park" Click Here. 9.12.23

 

Young & Strange are another British export enjoying international success. Between December 2023 to April 2024 they can be seen in their own show 'Delusionists' as well starring in 'Champions of Magic' across the USA and Canada. See www.youngandstrange.co.uk for venues and dates. "Young & Strange triumph" The Times. 9.12.23

 

A message from Wayne Dobson. For the past 15 years the organisers of the donít-miss Blackpool Convention, my good friends Russ Stevens, Russell Brown and Guy Barrett, have been kind enough to involve me in their jamboree every year, presenting my one-hour ĎWayne Dobson & Friendsí show on the Saturday lunchtime with Michael J. Fitch and Mike Sullivan supporting me in the background. It seems to have become something of a Blackpool staple, and itís been wonderful that we pack the room out every year. Itís a big part of the year for me, and Iíve always loved playing Blackpool Ė itís a very special convention, the best in this world for me, one overflowing with so many fond memories over the last 50 years.

For the past couple of years Iím not afraid to admit that I have struggled with my voice, as it has gradually become quieter thanks to my condition. Winter isnít a good time for me, and the thing it most affects is my voice. We have found ways around it, by keeping my vocalising to a minimum, making more and more use of pre-recorded voice overs and leaning more heavily on my magical guests, but I cannot pretend the strength of my voice has not become an issue for us.

On a couple of occasions my closest friends have quietly mentioned to me about my voice being subdued at my show, which only confirmed what I was well and truly aware of. When I found out the Pavilion Theatre is closed next year (I love that venue as its very fringe which really suits my style) I took the decision not to do the Saturday show any more. I really don't want any future shows being substandard, and I certainly don't want people saying Wayne Dobson has lost it, so I made the decision - with a few regrets but knowing that the time had come - to withdraw.

Blackpool is one of the highlights of the year for me, as it is an opportunity to meet so many friends and catch up with them once a year. I take very little medication for my condition apart from a very small amount of muscle relaxer at night to help me sleep. The main medication for me is being involved in Blackpool convention, it's my magical therapy where my MS becomes secondary. So I will still be there at the Dtrik stand, and at Vanishing Incís stand promoting my new Legacy trilogy, still very involved and enjoying every minute, for many Blackpools to come. I look forward to meeting old friends there - and making new ones.

By the way I will still do the occasional theatre show as we have found ways to choreograph it to accommodate my condition. I may have MS, but it doesnít have me - yet.

May I take the opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to all those magicians who have been in touch over my trilogy Legacy book-set. Iíve had so many heart-warming comments: too many for me to reply to personally - but every one of them has a place in my heart. We are all so fortunate to be part of this global magic community: magic and magicians have, literally, saved my life. Thereís nothing like it in any other branch of show-business, and we should cherish it and our part in it.

Wayne xx.
9.12.23

 

New Year Specials at The Magic Circle, 2nd, 3rd, 4th January, London. 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 magic variety show featuring world class performers in our gorgeous magical theatre! Starring BGT 2023 Finalist Lewis Fuller. Get your tickets now for an unforgettable new year celebration of magic, held at The Magic Circle's secret Euston headquarters. www.themagiccircle.co.uk. 9.12.23

 

The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Jerry Andrus on John Fisher's The Best of Magic from 18th October 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 9.12.23

 

Mark Lewis 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: "Mark Lewis - A Master of Svengali, Tarot and Hypnotism" YouTube. 9.12.23

 

Conjuring at the Court - Wednesday 27th December, London. Another fabulous line-up of top professional magicians! We're thrilled to welcome back - after 10 years - the spectacular classic magic of Roy Davenport, a great performer from a well-known magic family. Ian Keable will entrance you with powerful magic and mind-reading, served up with a dry, pointed wit that can reduce the audience to hysterics. James Fortune puts the fun into magic with his genial comedy style and plenty of enjoyable humour with the audience. And Richard Pinner is one of the top magicians in the country, inventive, a professional to his fingertips, engaging and utterly mystifying! Your host is the frequently baffling Russell Levinson.

Wednesday 27th December at the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH. Just 12 minutes from Central London. Parking is free from 6.30pm. The evening performance starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm with an interval. Tickets £13 in advance from www.conjuringatthecourt.com - or £14 on the door. Why not come early and enjoy a meal before the show!
9.12.23

 

Children's Magic Show - Wednesday 27th December, London. For our Christmas children's magic show we've been lucky enough to find one of the top children's magicians in the country! Skittleman is a funny, lively and likeable children's entertainer. Original, funny, fast-moving entertainment, with magic, puppetry, energy and colour. He'll make the children, toddlers and even the adults laugh. So come along with your children and watch them smile - and have a laugh yourself!

Wednesday 27th December at the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH. Just 12 minutes from Central London. Doors open at 2pm, the show starts at 2.30pm and runs to 4pm with a break. Tickets £8 for under 16s, £10 for adults, available from www.conjuringatthecourt.com. All children to be accompanied by an adult.
9.12.23

 

Peter Clifford's More Magical Merriment 2023! Alma Tavern & Theatre, Bristol. Peter Clifford returns to the Alma Theatre in December to help us welcome in the yuletide season with a brand new Christmas magic show for all the family. His "unique and brilliant blend of bamboozlement and banter" has been a festive favourite for years gone by, and we couldnít pass up the chance of hosting another wonderful show full of madcap mirth and magical merriment. We promise that youíll leave feeling "uplifted, with jaws dropped and a beaming smile of joy", and full to the brim of seasonal joy! But donít just take our word on it: "Peter Clifford is one of my favourite magicians and one of the loveliest people I know." Derren Brown. "Peter Cliffordís love of the art resonates throughout the field of magic bringing life and hope to us all" David Blaine

Approximate running time 1 hour 30 minutes (no interval). Recommended for ages 10+ (not due to any sensitive content, just attention spans!) All tickets include a £1 booking fee. All purchases for a show at the Alma now have a suggested donation to the theatre and inhouse company of £2.00. You can remove this donation by changing the amount to £0.00, but please do consider offering your generosity to help us continue to offer great theatre at affordable prices. Alma Tavern & Theatre, 18-20 Alma Vale Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2HY. For December dates and to book visit www.tickettailor.com.
9.12.23

 

The Magic Hour - London's most exclusive magic show. We present premium magic shows in the heart of London inspired by the Victorian masters of deception and the Golden Age of Magic. Take a journey back in time to discover a unique and memorable experience in a luxurious setting. The Magic Hour is London's longest running 'parlour' magic show; a theatre style show in a private drawing room for a small audience. Our capacity is 60, so everyone is close enough to see the magician's every move. The Magic Hour, Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly W1J 7BX. 9th, 10th (sold out) 15th and 17th December. See www.magichourshow.com. 9.12.23

 

Last Chance To Join. This is the final call for those wishing to attend Mark Leveridge's one-off Zoom event on Tuesday 12th December. Called The Best of 2022/2023, this presentation will feature a selection of the magic, advice and moves that have been added to the E-Club Pro web pages over the last two years. Mark will perform and explain close up effects suitable for strolling as well as close up shows, will provide advice regarding the use of onstage spectators and online marketing, plus will go through some excellent coin and card moves to add finesse to your own performances. The evening will start at 7.30pm (GMT) and you can book your 'front row' seat now for just £10.00 by going to www.markleveridge.co.uk. 9.12.23

 

Steve Hewlett & Friends, Saturday 6th April 2024. Top TV Comedy Ventriloquist Steve Hewlett and Friends: Fiesta - The Gloria Estefan Tribute, The Fiesta Dancers, and Richard Griffin - Multi-award winning magician. Saturday 6th April 2024 at Pavilion Theatre, Pier Gardens, Gorleston, Norfolk NR31 6PP www.gorlestonpavilion.co.uk. 9.12.23

 

Unbelievable - Must end January 7th. Following the extraordinary success of Derrenís recent production of Showman, Unbelievable is a magic show like no other. Fusing the best of theatre with jaw dropping illusions never before seen in the West End, Unbelievable features a New York Subway band and a company of multi-talented performers who will bring to life, live on stage, an evening of bewildering trickery, from the imagination of Derren Brown. Unbelievable was created, written and directed by UK stage and screen phenomenon Derren Brown, and long-time collaborators Andy Nyman and Andrew OíConnor. www.unbelievablelive.com. 9.12.23

 

High Jinx Christmas Show - Blackpool Tower Circus. Experience the magic of the holidays with the High Jinx Christmas Show at the famous Blackpool Tower Circus! Join Michael Jordan and the incredibly talented cast of High Jinx for a family-friendly Christmas extravaganza. Prepare to be amazed by mind-blowing magic, awe-inspiring circus acts, and delightful festive surprises sprinkled throughout the show. This is the perfect way to create lasting memories and celebrate the joy of the season together! 2nd December 2023 - 1st January 2024 at The Blackpool Tower Circus, Blackpool Promenade FY1 4BJ www.theblackpooltower.com. 9.12.23

 

Magic Live! Las Vegas, 2024. Registration is now open. The producers of Magic Live! work year round to find new ways to surprise you, to offer something unexpected, to create an environment for you to share with new friends and old ó and to send everyone home inspired. Find out more and how to register at www.magicconvention.com/about. 9.12.23

 

Dynamo Beyond Belief - shows 1 to 3 are being repeated on Sky following on from the all-new 'Dynamo is Dead' which goes out on the 16th. See TV Magic for details. "Magician Dynamo cuts a casual figure as he makes a rare appearance with glamorous wife Kelly Frayne at Adidas Originals party" www.dailymail.co.uk. 9.12.23

 

"Roy Keane's brilliant reaction to Dynamo's stunning magic!" YouTube ē "Being a Woman in Magic May be the Hardest Trick of All" [subscription] Click Here ē "Magical exhibit opens at the Chinese-Canadian Museum in Victoria" Click Here ē "From Vegas to Victoria: Illusionist Vitaly is living the dream" Click Here ē "One Hobbyist Magicianís Disillusionment With The Magic Castle" Click Here ē "This magician fails on stage, but recovers in the most amazing way!" Click Here ē Thanks for your news as always, see you next week, Duncan. 9.12.23

 

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