Number 1239 - Saturday 23rd March 2024


Merlins of Wakefield announce full lineup for Magic Festival Day taking place on Sunday 19th May at Birdwell Academy Theatre, Barnsley. Merlins write: There will be lectures from Graeme Shaw, Chris Congreave and John Morton - The sideshow this year is The Water Torture Cell Mini Talk by Mark Lee - Dealer Room with some great magic for everyone - Free Tea and Biscuits - Goody Bag if you attend the whole day and evening - Gala Show featuring the above plus: Antonio Zip, Matthew J Cope, Martin Gardiner and Darren Mac (photo) - Bar and meals available all day - Free Car Parking - Book your tickets for this magic fun-filled event here: 23.3.24


United Kingdom Escape Artists Escapology Convention 2024. From the organisers: We are pleased to announce our latest Guest speaker - it's the Legend Jonathan Goodwin who will be sharing some experiences from his career and will give us some insights into his upcoming book. Limited amount of tickets available - do not miss out on what is set to be an amazing day. A small friendly Convention for United Kingdom Escape Artists at Russ Brown's House of Secrets on Saturday, 13th April.


• Lecture by Jonathan Goodwin - experiences from his career.
• Lecture by Michael Diamond- a brand new talk all about fraudulent spiritualism featuring Harry Houdini.
• Lecture by Karl Bartoni all about his USD straitjacket escape from Blackpool Tower - this talk is the world's first.
• The Mick Hanzlik Award for the best escape of the day - let us know in advance if you wish to enter.
• The David De-Val Award - recognition for promoting the art throughout the year.
• Lecture by Chris Gower on gimmicked padlocks
• Coxy and a live Guinness World Record attempt to escape from most handcuffs in 1 minute.
• Lecture about David De-Val and his Blackpool Rollercoaster escape, David De-Val Magic and Escapology
• Doncaster Restraint Museum with lots of new toys. Saturday April 13th, from 9.30am-5pm at Russ Brown's House of Secrets, 105 Church Street, Blackpool FY1 1HU. Tickets £35.00 (and more info) from:


Conjuring at the Court - London, Thursday 4th April. From the organisers: A wonderful magic show awaits, full of colour and variety! Time Out magazine called Christian Lee 'London's King of Comedy Magic'. He was a hit on Britain's Got Talent with a huge rubber balloon on his head to reach the semifinal! He's performed in London at the West End Magic show and Comedy at the London Hippodrome, he's toured the country with Cirque – the Greatest Show, and performs many private engagements. Bharat Patel brings colour, liveliness and a flavour of Indian spectacle with his illusion show, featuring his wife Jhoti. They fill the stage with sensational magic!

There's a dash of variety with Ian Marchant as a Gentleman Juggler. Gentleman juggling dates from the early 1900s and uses everyday objects such as hats, walking sticks, plates and spoons, to create amazing and funny feats. Lee Hathaway's fast-paced and dynamic persona captures people from the word go... combined with some of the most amazing magic you'll ever witness! He's a funny and exciting performer who has performed and taught magic all over the world. He even hoodwinked two of the most successful magicians of all time, Penn and Teller, on ITV's Fool Us, and went on to appear in their Las Vegas show. Your host is the frequently baffling Russell Levinson.

To get there: it's at the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH. Just 12 minutes from Central London: take the West Ealing train from Paddington, or by tube on the Elizabeth Line to West Ealing, and the pub is 2 minutes walk from the station. Parking is free from 6.30pm. Book now at


Evolution of Magic - Horseshoe Showbar, Blackpool. Easter Dates. Starring magician and illusionist Craig Christian and Elizabeth Best (from Britain's Got Talent), at the Horseshoe Showbar, Blackpool Pleasure Beach. "An electrifying show that blurs the very lines of reality! Join master of manipulation Craig Christian and Elizabeth with her thought-provoking tales of the impossible as they delve into the world of the unknown." This show is suitable for all ages. Friday 29th March to Saturday 13th April (selected dates). For more information and to book visit 23.3.24


The Wessex Magical Association - One Day Convention in Bournemouth, tomorrow, Sunday 24th March! Join us from 9am until 9.30pm for a day filled with magic! Lecturers during the day include Luke Jermay, Oliver Tabor, Craig Petty and James Brown. Dealers include Alakazam, Discount Magic, Stellar Magic, Iain Bailey, Wayne Goodman and Craig Petty. The evening finishes with a Gala Show including Ryland Petty, Oliver Tabor, Katherine Rhodes, Wayne Trice and Jay & Joss.

With a free goody bag for every delegate and free admission for Juniors (under 17 must be accompanied by a full paying adult) you have to join us! Tickets to the Day only are £30, Gala Show tickets are an additional £15 for Adult, £10 for Junior. Tickets can be found at


James Phelan 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 "James Phelan on his career and 'The Greatest Magician' tour". YouTube. [See James Phelan's The Greatest Magician tonight, live on stage, at the Corn Exchange, Newbury:] 23.3.24


Jon Allen's "The Interrobang Lecture" - Bath Circle of Magicians, 4th April. Roger Nicot writes: Jon Allen presents his "The Interrobang Lecture" at Bath Circle of Magicians on Thursday, April 4th, at 8pm. Jon Allen, a seasoned magician, lecturer, and author renowned for his innovative magical effects and routines, boasts a career spanning over three decades and numerous accolades, including wins at prestigious competitions like The Magic Circle and World IBM. His expertise extends globally through lectures delivered from the USA to Australia, and he was honored with an invitation to speak at FISM in 2003. Jon’s contributions to the magical community include widely acclaimed effects like Paragon 3D, The Silent Treatment, and Flexion, along with TV appearances and features in esteemed publications such as Magic magazine and 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us' in the UK.

In his two-hour lecture, aptly named The Interrobang Lecture, Jon Allen offers a treasure trove of insights gleaned from his extensive experience in captivating lay audiences with magic. Beyond merely teaching tricks, Jon's philosophy centers on enhancing magicians' performance skills, providing valuable techniques and perspectives to elevate their craft. Attendees can expect to learn a multi-phase routine involving a pen and coin, a simple yet powerful peek, and unconventional approaches to familiar props, among other invaluable lessons. Through his engaging discourse, Jon challenges conventional wisdom, urging magicians to embrace curiosity, experimentation, and innovation, promising attendees a transformative shift in their approach to magic performance. Bath Circle of Magicians, St Mary's Church Hall, Saltford BS31 3EL. £10 for non-members (pay on the night).


Giancarlo Scalia Lecture - Surrey Society of Magicians, 28th March. Adam Mosley writes: If you have seen Giancarlo's magic, you know that his gestural ability is extraordinary. In this lecture Giancarlo will show you his conception of magic and his way of interacting with the elements, which is based mainly on natural, economical movement. He will teach you how to redesign your tricks and techniques obtaining maximum results with minimum effort. An encounter not to be missed! Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. The lecture takes place in East Horsley, Surrey, at 8pm. For full details see our website or contact Adam Mosley 23.3.24


I.B.M. British Ring Presidential Dinner photos. The British Ring write: Please enjoy the photos from the I.B.M. British Ring Presidential Dinner which took place in Manchester last Saturday, featuring after dinner cabaret acts Martin Scott-Price, Richard Cadell, and Paul Roberts, and Magical Quiz Master Stephen Ablett. A big thank you to everyone who made it such a successful and enjoyable evening. Facebook photo album link: 23.3.24


A Feast of Practical Mark Leveridge Card Magic. The four downloadable volumes of the Collected Card Magic Of Mark Leveridge contain a combined total of 47 of Mark's best card effects. Each one is a fully rounded trick rather than simply a series of handling finesses, and all of them are achieved with handling that is subtle rather than difficult. Volume 1 has 15 routines including Give Me A Number, The Unprint Button, Spin Out, Ultimate Jumbo Stretch and Brainstormer. Among the 10 effects in volume 2 you will discover classics such as 1-2-3 Jumbo Cards Across, Diary Of A Nobody and The Free Selection Collectors. Volume 3 details previously marketed routines Co-inci-mental, Excalibur and Spot The Difference amongst the 12 effects. Finally, volume 4's ten routines feature some of Mark's most popular effects including The Invisible Deck Routine, The Caught Card, Colour Confusion and Breakout. This complete collection of all four e-book volumes runs to over 270 illustrated pages and will provide you with a strong line up of card magic to enjoy and perform for the bargain price of just £28.00. For more details go to 23.3.24


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Paul Daniels on The Paul Daniels Magic Show from 2nd January 1988. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 23.3.24


The Big Magic Sale - Leeds, tomorrow, 24th March. Chris Stewart writes: Leeds Magic Jam are proud to announce we are hosting a Big Magic Sale on Sunday 24th March from 11am to 2pm. There are a few tables still available for anyone wanting to sell some magic. Tables are £10, advance booking only, and can be reserved by emailing Entry for non-sellers is just £5 on the door! In true Leeds Magic Jam style, we like to give crazy value for money, there will also be mini-lectures / workshops for you to enjoy and free tea and coffee! The venue is at Leeds Magic Jam HQ, aka: Miners Welfare Hall, Main Street, Garforth, Leeds LS25 7BZ. There's plenty of free parking opposite and along the main street. So, join us for a fun day of selling, buying, learning and jamming! 23.3.24


Dynamo Beyond Belief, back to back. Documentary series following the magician on tour around the globe as well as charting his road to recovery from a career-threatening illness brought on by Crohn's disease. All 3 shows, Friday 29th March on Sky. Repeat. See TV Magic. 23.3.24


Potter & Potter Houdiniana and Magic Memorabilia Auction. Our April sale of magicana features rarities from the life and career of the greatest magician to ever tread the boards: Harry Houdini. Posters and playbills will be offered along with books and autographs of great rarity - including several unique items. Complementing the Houdiniana will be a strong selection of automatons, magic memorabilia, books, and tricks including John Gaughan's Orange Tree, two Alan Wakeling-made conjurers, and a strong selection of vintage lithographs and periodicals. 23.3.24


Magic Live 2024. August 4th-7th at The Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas. From the organisers: Each registration includes tickets to all performances, access to all sessions, workshops, special events, parties, and our 17,000-sq-ft dealer room, as well as all giveaway items. Registration is $480 per person. While a registration to Magic Live is a little higher than other conventions, our hotel room rate is considerably lower ($52 per night plus resort fee and tax). Wednesday, March 27th, is the last day to register using our convenient payment plan, spreading the cost over three monthly installments of just $162 each. So when you take the combined cost of our registration and hotel, and compare it to the cost of other conventions’ registration and hotel, you’ll find that Magic Live is actually less expensive - one of the best bargains of the year! 23.3.24


News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. Many thanks, DT. 23.3.24


"Britain's Got Talent magician Kat Hudson on her first car and moving back to Yorkshire" Click Here • "Magician Reviews Sleight of Hand and Visual Tricks In Movies & TV (Part Two)" Click Here • "Rosyth magician wins big the at Global Wedding Awards" Click Here • "Comedy hypnotist jailed for identity theft and stealing explicit images of women" Click Here • "World class magicians set to wow Barrfields stage in May" Click Here • "Debbie McGee's heart-wrenching tribute to 'soulmate' Paul Daniels 8 years after his death" Click Here • "At the illusion show, everyone wants to believe" Click Here • "20 memorable songs dealing with magic" Click Here • That's it! Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 23.3.24