Number 1225 - Saturday 16th December 2023


Dynamo on Steven Bartlett's Diary of a CEO. "Dynamo is Dead! The heartbreaking true story of why Dynamo vanished for years! Today you’re going to find out what happened to Dynamo. Thank you so much Dynamo, your willingness to share so openly and with such vulnerability is going to touch so many." YouTube. 16.12.23


Dynamo is Dead is being repeated this evening on Sky. World renowned magician Dynamo is set to be killed by his creator as the finale of this jaw-dropping TV special. From walking on water to levitating above skyscrapers, Dynamo has become famous around the world for doing the impossible. And now the nation’s most admired magician is back with a brand-new and not-to-be-missed special, performed live on air. Saturday 16th December on Sky. See TV Magic for details.


"Dynamo fans watch with bated breath as magician is buried alive under five tonnes of soil live on air as they call his terrifying 'final act truly spectacular'"
"Dynamo is Dead on Sky Max review: a magician burying himself alive – has TV ever been this tense before?" ★★★★
"British escape artist tackles death-defying trick Houdini failed in tense scenes on live TV"
"Six Feet Under: The troubled history of magicians burying themselves alive"


Rob James - Brand new on The Magicians' Podcast Network. In the first of its kind we present a podcast in the format of a magic lecture. Between 2000 and 2018 Rob James was almost certainly the busiest close-up magician in the UK often performing at 25 proper paying high fee close-up gigs a month. In 2018 after becoming both burnt out and financially secure, he quit. In this podcast, and now that it no longer matters to him, Rob James shares the true inner secrets of how he got so busy. [Subscription] Apple / Spotify. 16.12.23


Wayne Dobson's Legacy by Wayne Dobson with Bob Gill - first wave sold out... new batch coming soon! "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.


Comedy Magic at the Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

The Best of Bibby. Elliot Bibby is one of the most well established magicians on the Edinburgh circuit with numerous Fringe shows to his name. Lots of laughs and great magic. Check out The Best of Bibby. Elliot’s sometimes partner in magic Cameron Gibson is hosting a variety performance with big names from the Scottish variety circuit on the bill. 27th-30th December at the Scottish Storytelling Centre

Cameron Gibson & Friends. Join Edinburgh magician Cameron Gibson as he presents a fast-paced magic and variety show that will knock your proverbial socks off. From classic sleight of hand to mind-reading and comedy, this show truly has something for everyone! 28th-30th December at the Scottish Storytelling Centre


Smoke & Mirrors' Christmas Comedy and Magic. Welcome to Smoke & Mirrors Box Office. Here you can book our Comedy Nights and our exclusive The House Magicians Comedy & Magic Show: 16.12.23


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, and just in time for Christmas, Richard McDougall's 'The Conjurer at the Children's Party' on John Fisher's The Best of Magic from 3rd October 1990. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 16.12.23


John Duffett 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: "John Duffett - The Magic Circle's Close-Up Magician of the Year" YouTube. 16.12.23


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. 16.12.23


The Latest E-Video Newsletter From MLM. Some of the best things in life are free, and this certainly applies to Mark Leveridge's bi-monthly online video presentation. This time the 41 minute offering contains the following. The Teach In – learn an unusual close up routine using a succession of batteries! Pro Peeks – extracted from The Teach In in the E-Club Pro Archive is this visual colour changing lighter quickie. The Table Magician Unplugged – part 3 of the series based on The Table Magician e-book centres on the main differences between strolling and table work. The Trick Box – Can You Make My Wife Disappear? is a fun packet trick using a killer envelope principle taken from Forever Flapping Plus. Web Offers – save a total of £8 on a favourite coin box routine and a quirky up-in-the-hands version of the Ambitious Card. 60 Seconds To Success – suggestions for how to avoid getting complacent with sleight of hand technique. Access to the complete presentation is free, you simply have to be signed up to Mark's E-Club Lite. To get more information and to sign up go to 16.12.23


Cromer Pier Christmas Show 2023 is reviewed by Kayden Black this week. "Amethyst Illusionists Danny Hunt and Stephanie Clarke provided breath-taking routines that left the audience spellbound and cheering for more..." to read the full review, Click Here. 16.12.23


Insane Christmas Magic. Direct from their sell-out Edinburgh Fringe show, the Insane Magicians bring you a Christmas Magic Show like no other! Le Monde Hotel, 16 George Street Edinburgh EH2 2PF. See 16.12.23


Bradley Walsh: Comedy Legends, Sunday 24th December. "Bradley explores the world of stand-up, talking about his own experiences before celebrating the routines and comedians that influenced him as well as those he thinks are geniuses, from Tommy Cooper and Bob Monkhouse to Caroline Aherne and Lee Mack. Bradley also explores the shock tactics of Jimmy Carr and the storytelling prowess of Billy Connolly and Victoria Wood." Repeat. See TV Magic for details. 16.12.23


"Star-studded fun at Windsor, including Basil Brush, as Aladdin delights festive audiences" Click Here • "Keanu Reeves becomes magician's assistant for David Blaine on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Click Here • "Keadue’s magician-mentalist Dylan Murray honoured to perform at Áras an Uachtaráin" Click Here • "Mind Control and Mayhem in Three New Magic Shows" Click Here • "Experience the 'Magic of the Holidays' with a wild illusionist show at The Mahaffey" Click Here • "From Eton to Emirates Palace, magician DMC turns the impossible into reality" Click Here • That's it! See you next week, Duncan. 16.12.23