Number 1245 - Saturday 4th May 2024


Scotland's award-winning mentalist Colin Cloud, known as the "closest thing to a real-life Sherlock Holmes", has announced the world premiere of his debut show on the famed Las Vegas Strip, Colin Cloud: Mastermind. Produced in association with Voelkner Productions LLC, Colin Cloud: Mastermind will launch inside Harrah’s Cabaret at Harrah’s Las Vegas on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2024.

An exhilarating blend of Cloud’s 10 one-man shows and never-before-seen demonstrations created specifically for the Las Vegas Strip, Colin Cloud: Mastermind will strive to solve the greatest mystery of all: You. Featuring Cloud’s distinctive combination of deduction, mentalism, and comedy, Colin Cloud: Mastermind is an exploration into the depths of the human psyche, showcasing Colin’s unparalleled abilities to deduce thoughts, influence decisions, and manipulate reality. Audience members will become the stars of the show, as they are hypnotized by Cloud’s charisma, wit, and intellect - resulting in absolute astonishment.

"It’s been a lifelong dream to headline my own show in Las Vegas and after five years of performing in this phenomenal town, I cannot wait to share Mastermind with audiences from around the world," said Colin. "I don’t want to ruin any of the many surprises, but I can guarantee one thing... you will remember it for the rest of your life."


Colin Cloud: Mastermind will perform Tuesday through Saturday at 6pm inside the Harrah’s Cabaret at Harrah’s Las Vegas, beginning Tuesday, July 2, 2024. Tickets start at $44.95 plus applicable fees and are available for purchase online at, in-person at any Caesars Entertainment Box Offices, or by phone (855-234-7469) beginning Thursday, May 2nd, 2024. Guests must be 10 years of age or older. Follow Colin Cloud on Instagram at @ColinCloud, X at @Colin_Cloud, Facebook at @colincloudofficial and TikTok at @Colin.Cloud. 4.5.24


"Steve Best Shoots silly and very ventriloquilly Paul Zerdin" Hugely funny ventriloquist Paul Zerdin is interviewed by me, Steve Best, talking about being a comedian, magician, ventriloquist, winning America's Got Talent, Las Vegas, David Copperfield and getting engaged: YouTube. [And here's another, with the brilliant Otiz Cannelloni: YouTube. Steve Best does these so well. DT] 4.5.24


Fay Presto & Friends - The Magic Circle, London, this Sunday 5th May. The Magic Circle proudly present An Amazing Night of Magic - with Fay Presto and Friends on Sunday May 5th 2024 at The Magic Circle theatre in London. Fay has been flying the flag for women in magic since the 80's and has been the 'go to' magic performer for countless VIPs, celebrities and Royalty. Her style of magic is hard hitting, incredible and defies all logic. She is a Gold Star Member of The Inner Magic Circle, a past winner of The Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year, and the current holder of the top accolade for services to British Magic. Tickets: 4.5.24


Magic Circle Convention - next Sunday! From the organisers: There are just a few tickets left for The Magic Circle's 3rd Annual Convention on May 12th, held the prestigious Magic Circle HQ, nestled in the heart of London on Stephenson Way. Experience The Magic Dealers Emporium with more dealers than ever split over two rooms and all conveniently located at The Wesley Hotel, just behind the HQ from 10am -6pm. Admission to just the Magic Emporium is free for Magic Circle members and only £5 for non-members (pay on the door).


For the full convention enjoy performances from world class magicians, including the legendary King of Close-up Magic Mr Michael Vincent, witness the amazing pickpocketing skills of James Freedman and be blown away by the stars of stage and screen, Richard Griffin and Rya Hayashi, and, to top it all off, we have Magic Royalty - the lovely and legendary Debbie McGee!

Whether you're a member or non-member, there are still a few convention tickets left, for what is going to be a sensational day of magic. To purchase your tickets Click Here.


Ulster Society of Magicians - Ted Oldham Memorial Lecture. James Hobart writes: At the AGM on Monday 4th June 2001 it was proposed by Wallace Blair that the society institute an Annual Ted Oldham Memorial lecture to pay tribute to and remember a long standing Secretary of the society who also served as Chairman in 1955/56 and 1984/85. ​The first lecture was given by founding member Billy McComb and subsequent speakers have included Max Maven, Wayne Dobson and Max Fulham last year.

This year’s lecture will be given by Fay Presto - the first magician to be asked to do so for a second time, albeit ten years apart. Fay will also officially become President of the Ulster Society of Magicians at the dinner that evening. The dinner booking deadline has passed but we may be able to squeeze in a few more on application to the Secretary.

It will take place in Rockmount Golf Club, Carryduff, Belfast at 2.30 pm on Saturday 11th May 2024 and finish around 5pm. The afternoon is free to members attending the USM Chairman’s Dinner 2024 - £10 if not. £15 to non-members attending the dinner and £20 if not. For further information please visit


Stepping out with Stebbins and other Devious Strategies - An Evening with Tony Griffith at The Bath Circle of Magicians. Roger Nicot writes: Long ago Tony took the step of seeking out the easy way to do card magic, thus allowing him to concentrate on the presentation. The Si Stebbins system has been proved to be one of the most effective sets ups with countless amazing routines possible. The set up initially appeared in a book written by Horacio Galasso called Giuochi di carte e di memoria in 1593. The system was later shown to Si Stebbins and since then has been credited to him.

During the first half of the evening Tony will demonstrate different routines using two 'hidden weapons'. All are easy to do and require no sleight of hand other than a false shuffle or cut and even these are not really needed. The second half will be non-card magic and will comprise a variety of old friends that have commercial value for the working performer. We hope to see you there. Thursday May 16th at 8pm at The Bath Circle of Magicians St Mary's Church, High Street/Queen's Square, Saltford BS31 3EL.


Many congratulations to Peter Wardell, crowned European Street Magic Champion 2024 at last weekend's Masters of Magic event held in Turin, Italy. 4.5.24


Rob James 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: "Rob James - One of the greatest success stories in magic" YouTube. 4.5.24


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Escapologist Anthony Reed on The World's Most Dangerous Magic II shown on 23rd June 2000. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 4.5.24


Sean Alexander: One Moment in Time (Edinburgh Preview). Ahead of its visit to Edinburgh! In his brand new, thought provoking show, magician and mind illusionist Sean Alexander reflects on the defining moments in time that shape each and every one of us. With jaw dropping magic throughout, each instance intertwined with powerful metaphors and storytelling, this show is unlike anything else. Discover your moments in time all over again... Ticket prices: £10. Running time: 60 minutes with no interval. One Moment in Time, Sunday 14th July at 7pm at Norwich Theatre Stage Two, Chantry Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1RL 4.5.24


Staged - The Brutally Honest Memoir of a Comedy Speciality Act. Wayne Slater, aka El Loco, writes: My second book "Staged" is now available. Having spent over 40 years on stage, 25 of those presenting my comedy/magic act "The Dentist Chair", I did not want the knowledge I gained to go to waste. I share with the reader tried and trusted techniques from over 4,000 performances worldwide. Go in-depth on how to structure a themed, comedy speciality act, from overture to ovation, without speaking one single word.


This brutally honest memoir also covers my time performing. From goal-busting triumphs, big pay-days and occasionally going down like a lead balloon. Performing a one-man show at the Edinburgh Fringe, and on some of the biggest cruise ships in the world, where I almost paid the ultimate cost for my art... life itself. Presented in A4, this coffee table book is accompanied by diagrams and photos of my original and highly creative props and collectibles. Available in black & white or colour. Please visit Amazon: 4.5.24


Scottish Association of Magical Societies Convention - Largs, 4th & 5th May. Brian Jeffrey writes: Lecturing: Richard Wiseman, Dave Forrest, Nikola Arkane and Oliver Tabor. Also there is a close-up show, a fringe show, a theatre gala show featuring large-scale illusions, hilarious comedy, captivating circus skills, ventriloquism, extraordinary sleight of hand and even a European Champion of Magic! Plus a late night show, 3 competitions and dealers. A truly packed convention for a day and a half! Everything is being held in the Willowbank Hotel, 96 Greenock Road, Largs, Scotland, except the Gala Show which is being held in the Barrfields Pavilion, Greenock Road, Largs KA30 8QJ. see 4.5.24


The Darlington Magic Circle May Day of Magic, this Sunday 5th May. Join us for an enchanting day filled with magic from 10am to 5pm! With five captivating lectures from Graeme Shaw, David Penn, Chris Congreave, Joel Dickinson and Peter Turner. Dealers include Steve Dela, Magicbox, MindFX, Northern Miracles, World Magic Shop and Stellar Magic Shop! This magical day is open to all magic enthusiasts, though an adult must accompany attendees under 16. Your ticket includes free tea and coffee throughout the day, with a fully licensed private bar available from noon onwards. After the convention, join us in our clubroom for an evening of jamming with fellow members and guests. Our new, larger HQ is wheelchair accessible with ample private parking. Venue: The DSRM (Rolling Mills) Club, Longfield Road, Darlington, County Durham DL3 0HX. See for more info and to book. 4.5.24


Care & Share Days, 20th Anniversary Tour. Graham Lee writes: The first day for 2024 is organised for Tuesday 11th June in Sutton, Surrey and will run from 10am till 5pm. We have 4 star lectures all booked in, with over 100 years of experience within the industry between them: David Crofts, Sally Povey, Danielle Burnige and myself Graham Lee. Workshops are: 1, Secrets of weaving. 2, Embellishing number stacks. 3, Line work for the real world. 4, A Romantic twist. Each workshop will last approx. 75/90 minutes.

The cost for the full day is just £45 on the early bird special, is that not just fantastic value for money? Yes is the answer, he he. The cost will be £60 after the first 10 spaces are gone. Please book early to avoid disappointment as numbers are limited. Any questions then please email or to book visit:


Introducing the E-Club Pro Gold Pass. Ever since E-Club Pro was launched in January 2011, membership has only been offered on a monthly pay basis. Although this is a good way to fund membership payment in terms of cash flow, there are those who prefer not to take on a regular commitment, even though the subscription can be cancelled at any time. To get round this potential issue, Mark Leveridge has now introduced the E-Club Pro Gold Pass. Available in 1 month, 3 month or 6 month versions, a Gold Pass entitles the purchaser to all the benefits of a monthly subscription member for a one off payment. During the period covered by the Gold Pass, the member will receive a 50% discount on all MLM purchases, will get full access to all of the great online content, plus will be sent the E-Club Pro monthly email newsletter. The Gold Pass is perfect as a means of seeing what E-Club Pro is all about, or just as a way to dip into the club for a short period every now and again. For more details go to and take advantage of everything that E-Club Pro has to offer you. 4.5.24


Picnic at the Barn, 26th May. The I.B.M. British Ring write: A benefit of membership to the British Ring is our fabulous annual picnic where members only pay £15 for their lunch! This year our Picnic is at The Red Brick Barn in Southend-On-Sea! The day includes mini lectures, a magical quiz, a mini gala show, talks and more! Guest magicians are welcome, entry £25. Anyone who decides to become a member during the event will have £10 automatically deducted from their first annual subscription. Booking is essential via Moira Fletcher at 4.5.24


John Morton Lecture - Northamptonshire Magicians Club, Tuesday 7th May. David Miller writes: John Morton, Magician, Mind Reader, Hypnotist and consultant/creator lectures at the Northamptonshire Magicians Club, on Tuesday 7th May at 8pm. John is an AIMC and has fooled Penn & Teller. Doors open at 7.30pm. Non-members welcome, £10. Northamptonshire Magicians Club, Brafield Working Mens Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield-on-the -Green, Northampton NN7 1BD. 4.5.24


The Curious Cabaret - Nottingham, 7th & 8th May. This month featuring Sam Fisher & The Psychic Vampire - Dee Christopher. An evening of legerdemain, laughter and libations, each month showcasing different magicians from the UK and around the world, hosted by Chris Wilder. The show lasts 2 hours, including two short intervals. It is designed for adults as the venue is a licensed cocktail bar. Doors 7pm, show 8pm. Tickets for all events can be found at 4.5.24


News Deadline reminder. MagicWeek welcomes your UK magic news, but please remember the news deadline... by Thursday if possible; final deadline 12 noon Friday. DT. 4.5.24


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