Number 1241 - Saturday 6th April 2024


Identity: The Ultimate Magic Experience - Blackpool. Featuring Magician and Illusionist Craig Christian and Elizabeth Best, as seen on Britain's Got Talent. From the promoter: Step into the extraordinary realm of magic and mystery with Identity: The Ultimate Magic Experience, in Blackpool! Prepare to have your perceptions challenged and your imagination ignited in a show like no other. Dive into a captivating fusion of cutting-edge illusions, mesmerizing performances, and thought-provoking themes that will redefine what you thought possible. Brace yourself for a sensory overload as we blend electrifying visuals and mind-bending magic acts to create an immersive journey through the exploration of identity.

Experience the thrill of witnessing world-class magicians including the unforgettable Elizabeth, Britain’s Got Talent Semi Finalist, known for her spellbinding performances. Join us as she takes centre stage and pushes the boundaries of reality, together with appearances from the mysterious illusionist and magician Craig Christian. Together, they’ll take you on a rollercoaster ride through the depths of identity, where every twist and turn will leave you spellbound.

Join us for an unforgettable evening where reality blurs, and the line between illusion and truth fades away. Don’t miss your chance to be part of the evolution of magic – grab your tickets now for Identity: The Ultimate Magic Experience, book here:


The One returns! One Night... One Chance... One Winner... One Prize... £30,000. Magic's Biggest Prize, The One, returns to the Blackpool Magic Convention in 2025. The competition is open to all stage and theatrical close-up performers. For full competition entry details visit: Prefer to sit back and watch it all instead? Then register for the Blackpool Magic Convention 2025 at Blackpool Magic Convention, 14th-16th February 2025. 6.4.24


The Magic Circle History Day - London, 8th June. The Magic Circle History Day is taking place at The Magic Circle Head Quarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD, on Saturday, 8th June. This event is dedicated to the study of the rich history of Conjuring, its tricks, its performers, and magical memorabilia. It is open to both members and non-members of The Magic Circle. This year's main guest is Geoffrey Durham, who readers will know for his hugely playful character The Great Soprendo and later as himself via John Fisher's 'The Best of Magic', numerous appearances on Channel 4's Countdown, and his own one-man touring theatre shows. Geoffrey will be interviewed by Ian Keable.


The day will feature notable international speakers, discussing diverse aspects on the history of magic, a buffet lunch in The Wesley Hotel (next door), tea and coffee breaks, an opportunity to mingle with fellow historians and collectors, and some surprise events. Doors open at 9am and the day lasts until approximately 6pm. Members £54.00 Non-members £60.00 6.4.24


Say Abracadabra, a 1954 film about The Magic Circle, is being shown on Talking Pictures TV at 8.25pm on Sunday 7th April in the Talking Pictures series 'A Lifetime Ago with the Baim Collection'. See TV Magic. Harold Baim was a director, writer and prolific producer of 35mm short features for UK cinema release. For more information see 6.4.24


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Geoffrey Durham on John Fisher's The Best of Magic from 10th October 1990. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 6.4.24


Mark Shortland - Comedy Night. Nathan Ward writes: The award winning Mark Shortland will be performing his comedy magic alongside Jimmy Cricket and BGT's Steve Hewlett at St Margaret's Church, High Street, Rainham, Kent ME8 7JH on Friday 26th April at 8pm. Tickets £15: 6.4.24


"Paul Daniels - A Tribute to a Legend" by Chris Cross. Chris writes: This is a labour of love that has been in the works for some time. It's a full colour hardback A4 coffee table style book, bursting with photographs and tributes from some of the biggest names in magic. Do you have anything to contribute? Any photos you have taken (onstage, backstage or candid), funny stories or experiences you had with Paul, or anything else that may be good for inclusion? Speak now before the final edit of my unofficial tribute book is completed and goes to print! Email: 6.4.24


Festival of Ideas: Close-up Vincent Gambini. World Premiere. Brighton Festival. Close-up is a brief magic performance on headphones, for one spectator at a time. Inside a working café, surrounded by unsuspecting customers, magician Vincent Gambini invites you to sit at a table and watch a 10-minute performance. In front of your very eyes, playing cards transform inexplicably and sugar cubes vanish without a trace. But as you listen to the magician’s pre-recorded voice and the sounds of the café on headphones, the line between reality and fiction becomes increasingly thin: is this a real café, or a film set filled with actors? Combining expert sleight-of-hand with the dreamlike nature of cinema, Close-up invites you to briefly reimagine everyday life as an uncanny illusion. Supported by Farnham Maltings and Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts. Friday 24th May. See 6.4.24


Tom Bolton 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 "Tom Bolton on the rise of The Magic Corner and more". YouTube. 6.4.24


The April E-Video Newsletter. Mark Leveridge is pleased to offer his latest half hour online video presentation which has the following contents. The Teach In – Simplex ACAAN allows a spectator to choose any card and have it arrive at a numbered position in the deck selected freely by him. Pro Peeks – this time there is an explanation of a coin penetration effect called Melt taken from the E-Club Pro Toolbox archive. The Table Magician Unplugged – part 5 of the series based on The Table Magician e-book concentrates on tables in restaurants and hotels. The Trick Box – originally published in the 7th Symposium Book, The Make Weight offers you a quick, quirky coin and banknote idea. Web Offers – the Four-midable Card Magic E-Book and the coin routine Slo Mo are both offered at generous discounts this time. 60 Seconds To Success – making space in your life for creative thinking time can prove invaluable for developing your magic. Access to the complete 33 min presentation is free, you simply have to be signed up to Mark's E-Club Lite. To get more information and to register go to 6.4.24


Steve Hewlett & Friends - Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, tonight! 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 6.4.24


Passing, a new short film from UK-based artist Jo Bannon: You are invited to pay attention to the barely visible but highly choreographed ways in which we all perform, or pass, on stage and in everyday life. Watch Augusto Corrieri (aka Vincent Gambini), a sleight of hand magician, and Sindri, a visually impaired dancer, as they unveil the magic of their hands, a virtuosity in their movements. It is a strange duet, a funny kind of twinning, a kinship. Their skill is to appear at ease, to pass as if they’re not doing anything remarkable at all. You can watch the film here: YouTube. More info: 6.4.24


Houdini's Greatest Escape - UK Tour. Harry Houdini is the world's greatest entertainer. Just as his death-defying escapology stunts have him, and his wife Bess, on the cusp of a career-defining performance for King Edward, he finds himself framed for murder by a gang of criminals in cahoots with the chief of police. Can Harry & Bess escape the plot and clear their names? And how is their rival, The Superstar Spiritualist medium, involved?

All will be revealed in this hilarious 39 Steps-esque thriller, played out in New Old Friends' (Crimes on Centre Court) inimitable, award-winning style of physical comedy, sparkling wit and just a touch of chaos. Featuring a hard-working cast of four playing multiple roles on an almost harder-working set, this show will have you laughing and gasping throughout at the magic of theatre and the 'real' magic of illusions designed by TV's Pete Firman. See for more info and to book.


Just Like That, Wednesday 17th April on BBC Radio 4 Extra. "Milton Jones celebrates the comic genius of Tommy Cooper, the 'unattractive young man' once rejected by the BBC for his 'poor diction and unpleasant manner'." See TV Magic for details. 6.4.24


News Deadline reminder. MagicWeek welcomes your UK magic news (major and minor), but please remember the news deadline: Thursday if possible; final deadline 12 noon Friday. Many thanks, DT. 6.4.24


"Golden Buzzer - Mark Lewis receives surprise Golden Buzzer! Auditions, Canada's Got Talent 2024" YouTube • "Interview with Card Manipulator & Magician Jeff McBride" Click Here • "'A part of who we are': how a Black queer magician is carrying on a long tradition" Click Here • "Teen Magician Cillian O'Connor opens up about being autistic & stuns us with his magic tricks!" Click Here • "The Magic Prank Show review – so bad it made me yearn for the Jeremy Beadle years" Click Here • "Watford magician 'deeply grateful' to join The Magic Circle" Click Here • "Debbie McGee opens up about loneliness after Paul Daniels' death as she tries to move on" Click Here • "America's Got Talent star Murray SawChuck claims he's been 'unfairly targeted' after being banned from exclusive Hollywood magic club" Click Here • "The Greatest Magician is coming to the Harlow Playhouse" Click Here • "Victorian-Era Magician Captures History’s First Astronomical Film" Click Here • That's all for another week. Many thanks as always for your magic news - see you next week, Duncan. 6.4.24