Number 1231 - Saturday 27th January 2024


Cillian O'Connor's America's Got Talent success! "Inspiring magic receives a standing ovation. AGT: Fantasy League 2024" YouTube. 27.1.24


Derek Lever. It's with deepest sadness that Derek Lever passed away on Sunday night. He had battled with Dementia with Lewy Bodies (which means he could see people and things that were not real) for over three years. He passed away in hospital. The funeral will take place on Thursday 15th of February at 2pm at Carlton Crematorium, Stocks Road, Blackpool FY6 7DS. If you wish to attend please email to give me an idea of numbers for refreshments and get together after the service. Donations would be welcome for Alzheimers UK or RSPCA. Anne Lever [note updated email address]. 27.1.24


"The Clairvoyants do the impossible! AGT: Fantasy League 2024" YouTube. See The  Clairvoyants live on stage and being interviewed at the Blackpool Magic Convention next month!


Born and raised in Austria, Amélie van Tass and Thommy Ten now split their time between their home country and Las Vegas. In 2011, they met and developed their signature "second sight" act, which they brought to the stage just two months later. Within a year, they had developed a full-length show that took Europe by storm.

Their success led to a long-term contract for the show The Illusionarium in the States in 2014, followed by a featured spot in The Illusionists, the largest touring magic show in the world. In 2016, they took their talent to the world stage as contestants on America's Got Talent Season 11, where they amazed audiences with their incredible performances, earning the runner-up spot in the competition. They also appeared twice on America's Got Talent: The Champions, and just recently on AGT: Fantasy League 2024.

Their incredible talent has earned them numerous accolades, including being named "World Champions of Mentalism" in 2015, a prize that hadn't been awarded in 30 years. They were named "Stage Magicians of the Year" by the Academy of Magical Arts and The Magic Castle Hollywood for their extraordinary art, and in 2020, they were awarded the prestigious "Mandrakes d'Or" in Paris, France. Despite their busy schedules, their personal connection has only grown stronger over the years. They got engaged in 2019 and tied the knot at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas in 2022. Blackpool Magic Convention 15th-18th February 2024:


Fay Presto  Lecture - The Nottingham Guild of Magicians. Shane Miller writes: The Nottingham Guild of Magicians present Fay Presto on Thursday 21st of March. Fay Presto will be sharing the skills and knowledge that have earned her the title The Queen of Magic. Doors 7pm. Tickets £15 paid in cash on arrival. The Nottingham Guild of Magicians, Pond Hills Community Centre, Pond Hills Lane, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 8DR 27.1.24


The British Magical Society's 117th Annual Dinner. Chris Newson writes: Jim McClean, president of the BMS, invites you to the 117th Annual Presidential Dinner and Cabaret on Friday 22nd March 2024 at the Westhead Hotel, Hopwood, Birmingham. Drinks at 7pm for 7.30pm, carriages at midnight. Table magic. Presentation of The David Berglas Award by guest of honour Marvin Berglas to Fay Presto who will perform with Marc Oberon in the after-dinner cabaret. Tickets £50. The Westmead Hotel, Redditch Road, Hopwood, Birmingham B48 7AL. Menu and overnight accommodation and full details at or from the treasurer: Chris Newson 27.1.24


An Evening with Harry Robson and Matthew Wright - The Order of The Magi, Manchester. Mike Sharples writes: The Order of The Magi (Manchester’s Magicians’ Society) is pleased to announce that on Monday 5th February we will be hosting an evening with Harry Robson and Matthew Wright. If you have seen either of these gentleman before you'll know what a fantastic lecture they provide, but to have them both on the same night is going to be an evening not to be missed.

The lecture will be at our headquarters, The Irish World Heritage Centre, Irish Town Way, off Queens Road, Cheetham Hill. The venue is 5 minute walk from the Queens Road metro link station. We also have plenty of onsite free parking. The meeting starts at 7.45pm. Members are of course free and visitors are welcome by prior arrangement with either the President or the Secretary for an admission fee of £5.00 each see for contact details. We look forward to welcoming Harry and Matthew back to The Magi and hopefully seeing as many visitors as possible, the more the merrier.


Illusion - A Magical, Mysterious Masterpiece returns to The Horseshoe at Blackpool Pleasure Beach from 14th-18th February nightly at 6pm. From the promoter: A journey through the impossible. With incredible illusions performed to an edgy backdrop of mystery, with Master Illusionist Chris De Rosa and his fabulous assistant, Michelle Ferguson. The duo perform unbelievable magic entwined with the stylish and mood-setting vocals of Lynsey Milroy and Alan Walker. Two of the UK’s leading vocalists. ‘Illusion’ takes the audience into a world of light and dark, guided by music, magic, mystery and illusion! It truly is a Magical, Mysterious Masterpiece! 14th-18th February, nightly at 6pm. Tickets £15. Book here: 27.1.24


Trix in the Stix 2024. From the organisers: Trix in the Stix is the fun convention for Family Entertainers. It’s a convention like no other with a truly amazing lineup of talent already booked for May 2024, with more announcements still to come. Our first three acts are Dan Harlan (USA), Eric Leclerc (Canada), and Adrián Carratalá (Spain). All three have been Penn & Teller Foolers! See them perform and lecture at Trix 2024 in our new home, DoubleTree by Hilton, Festival Way, Stoke on Trent ST1 5BQ. 20th & 21st May 2024. Tickets £75. For more details and to book tickets go to 27.1.24


Matthew Wright 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: "Matthew Wright on The Masterpiece Kickstarter" YouTube. 27.1.24


Mind Mangler: Member of the Tragic Circle - preview tickets now on sale. Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer, the multi award-winning team behind the sold-out global smash hit The Play That Goes Wrong and the BBC comedy series The Goes Wrong Show, star in this hilarious new comedy by Mischief.

Join the 'Mind Mangler' as he returns to the stage following a disappointing two-night run at the Luton Holiday Inn conference centre, suite 2b. His new two-man show solo spectacular is predicted to spiral into chaos as he attempts to read your mind... Following a sold out run at the Edinburgh Festival this summer, Mind Mangler is a guaranteed night of "laugh filled, mind-bending silliness" (Broadway World) that will leave you gasping for breath. Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7EZS from March 14th. See


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Keith Barry on Astounding Celebrities from 22nd December 2003 with Craig David. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 27.1.24


Liam Ball  Lecture - South London Magic Society. Simon Rosselli writes: Liam Ball will be lecturing on Rings, Strings, Wallets, Cups, and more. A magic lecture for magicians, by Liam Ball, The Gentleman Magician. A lifetime of passion in the magical arts, and decades of hard-earned knowledge laid bare. A litany of hard hitting, direct magical effects, and the thinking behind them, along with a few impromptu pieces that you can do with items around you, that will have a high impact, and minimal preparation. Doors open at 7.30pm, lecture from 8 - 10pm on Tuesday 6th February at South London Magic Society, Clockhouse Methodist Church, Clock House Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4JP. 27.1.24


Triple E-Book Offer. Last year Mark Leveridge released three new trick e-book titles under the name The Four-midable Magic Series. Each title features four routines of a particular type taken from the E-Club Pro archives but not published previously in book format. Vol.1 is Four-midable Card Magic, vol.2 is Four-midable Mental Mysteries and vol.3 is Four-midable Coin Creations. Each effect is carefully described in easy-to-follow numbered sections and is supplemented with colour photo illustrations. The price of each volume is £12.00, but now you can buy a special compilation e-book featuring all three titles for the discount price of just £28.00. For more information and to order go to 27.1.24


Big Reaction by Andy Nyman - Alakazam Magic. Big Reaction is Andy Nyman’s take on a Roy Johnson effect. Andy has performed his killer version of this trick literally thousands of times and the reaction is always the same - huge! Big Reaction could well be one of the most commercial tricks ever created and it will get cheers and applause from your audience. Big Reaction is not only the perfect opener but also a great closer to your set. You can use it anytime anywhere. Works one on one, mix and mingle, close-up, tables or even cabaret. With this new printed version we have done all the work for you. Big Reaction is an effect every magician and mentalist should own! Buy one now and start getting those Big Reactions! 27.1.24


Children Love Animals - the new book from David Ginn. David Ginn writes: Children Love Animals, the new David Ginn book, and sequel to Kidshow Magic Kompendium, will be available at Trevor Duffy's dealer stand at the Blackpool Magic Convention in February. Children Love Animals runs 512 pages with 800 colour photos and weighs 5lbs (the contents can be seen at The regular shipped price of Children Love Animals to Europe is $145 (about £110). However, due to a special shipping arrangement, if you reserve your copy in advance, you can purchase Children Love Animals for half price at the Blackpool Convention; that's £60 ($75). As it stands, 30 copies of Children Love Animals and six copies of Kidshow Magic Kompendium are available; of those 10 Children Love Animals books are already sold. To reserve your books, email Ask for the 'Blackpool Children Love Animals Letter', which will tell you how to reserve and pay. Then you can pick up the books from the Trevor Duffy dealer stand, at the convention. 27.1.24


An Evening with Darron Woodward - York Magic Circle. Gren Dowson writes: Darron will be entertaining is the York Magic Circle with his Puppet show on Monday 5th February. Darron has a wealth of knowledge and ideas, combining magic and puppets with a modern twist. Something for everyone. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Non-members are welcome with a door charge of £5 on the night. There is a bar at the venue; cash is preferred if possible. There is also a large free car park at the front of the venue with disabled access. York Magic Circle, York and District Indoor Bowls Club, 302 Thanet Road, York YO24 2NW 27.1.24


Chasing Classic Cars - AbraCARdabra! Wayne might need a lucky charm to buy a Porsche 356 hidden for decades in a magician's home. At F40, a Mercury-bodied Chevy Boattail gives Mechanic Mike fits. Tuesday 30th January on Quest. See TV Magic. 27.1.24


"Famed magician Richard Turner to give career-concluding performance at the year's MagicFest" Click Here • "Anna DeGuzman shocks Mel B with brilliant magic! AGT: Fantasy League 2024" YouTube • "Paving the way: the fragile legacy of Covent Garden street performance" Click Here • "The best magic shows in New York City" Click Here • "Stephen Mulhern's slow rise to the top - from magic tricks and CITV to Dancing On Ice" Click Here • "Jada Pinkett Smith jokes she 'hasn't been able to get away from Will Smith' after David Blaine performed 'crazy' magic trick to spice up their 'connection'" Click Here • "Question Time – Christopher Wayne, creator, comedian and magician" Click Here • That's it for another week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 27.1.24