Number 1113 - Saturday 23rd October 2021


Evolution of Magic, Blackpool - Final week. From the promoters: Starring Craig Christian Magician and Illusionist who has the dexterity of a true artist. He performs miracles with just a deck of cards. His urban and edgy style is changing the face of magic and entertainment. Whilst Elizabeth’s thought-provoking tales of the impossible delve into the world of the unknown. You may recognise Elizabeth who recently appeared and performed on ITV's ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. Having got through to the semi-finals she shocked audiences with a terrifying audition that resulted in Amanda Holden swearing live on stage! Craig and Elizabeth perform all over the world, but enjoy coming back to the home of magic, that is Blackpool. This show is truly a performance not to be missed! Selected dates. See and YouTube. 23.10.21


Kranzilla Unleashed. From the publishers: A New Book Plus A Special Offer. Magicseen Publications are delighted to announce the impending release of a brand new printed book featuring the magic of US performer Nathan Kranzo. Called Kranzilla Unleashed, this 119 page 6" x 9" soft cover illustrated tome contains over 60 routines, ideas and visual gags from an entertainer who blends a quirky sense of humour with often easy-to-do yet killer magic. With material suitable for close-up, stand-up and mentalism, you will discover in this book magic to delight and entertain your audiences, magic which ranges from the unusual (e.g. visibly moving a watch tan up your arm!) to traditional (e.g. a spectator cuts to the four Aces) and much of it is infused with the Kranzo humour and fun.


Kranzilla Unleashed will be available from the w/c 15th November 2021, but if you place your order before the 8th November, you can take advantage of a special offer where you can at the same time either take out a subscription to Magicseen (1 or 2 years, printed or download) for half price, or if you already subscribe, you can extend your current sub at the half price rate too. For more details and to order go to Please note that the half price subscription offer expires on the 7th November, so act now. 23.10.21


Magic at the Angles. Starring comedy magician Mandy Muden, multi award-winning magician Richard Griffin, comedy variety act Ben Langley and comedy magician Olly Day at the Angles Theatre, Wisbech on Saturday 30th October. Showtimes 2.30pm and 7.30pm, tickets adults £14.00 kids £11.50. Book now at 23.10.21


The new deluxe edition of Robert-Houdin’s Memoirs is out today exclusively from Robert-Houdin is affectionately referred to as “the father of modern magic” in gratitude of the many developments he made in the art of conjuring. He created many magic effects and pioneered the use of electricity, both for stage tricks and for more practical purposes. In this book, he describes his life, achievements and struggles with great story-telling and humour.

In this new definitive edition, Lacelles Wraxall’s 1859 translation is reproduced in full, along with his preface written for the British and American editions. It is the first British edition to be fully indexed and it also includes a new introduction. The hardback book has 353 pages, illustrated buckram boards, black card endpapers, head and tail bands and a dust jacket. It is £25 and is available to purchase today.

As a special offer, the first fifty orders of this book also receive a strictly limited reprint of Robert-Houdin's The Priory, The Home of Robert-Houdin, translated by Professor Hoffmann. Only 50 copies of these 14-page A5 booklets will be produced. Most of these have been snapped up during the pre-order but there are still some available.

For more details and photos of the book, and to purchase your copy visit


Marc Kerstein on Craig Petty's Magic TV: 'Talk Magic'. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday at 9pm, 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. "Marc Kerstein, the undisputed king of app magic, talks apps, creativity and more." YouTube 23.10.21


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Wayne Dobson, captured here during his breakthrough period, on Live From Her Majesty's some 36 years ago on 27th October 1985. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here 23.10.21


Magicians Advice Podcast. Hosted by Phil Taylor and Ian Brennan. "For magicians looking to improve the quality of their performance and to get a deeper understanding of this art we call magic." Phil and Ian are joined by Shawn Farquhar and Jon Ornoy to talk about their film Lost in the Shuffle: Podbean. 23.10.21


The Magic Circle Dealers Day - today from 10am! From the organisers: 10am to 5pm on Saturday, 23rd October 2021 at Fitzjohn's Primary School, 86a Fitzjohn's Avenue, Hampstead, London NW3 6NP, a beautiful grade 2 listed building that looks a bit like Hogwarts. Entry is free for Magic Circle members, including apprentice members and members of The Magic Circle's Young Magicians' Club. Entry for non-members is £5 payable on the door. Tube and overground stations nearby. Come along, meet up with friends and buy from some great magic dealers. 23.10.21


Marc Oberon South London Magic Society Lecture. From the organisers: FISM winner Marc Oberon presents his lecture (performance and explanations) of many of his original ideas to South London Magic Society on Tuesday 2nd November from 8pm - 10pm at Clock House Church Hall, Clock House Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4JP. See: EWave, Way Out, Master Deck, Incarnation2, Bang On and Insider to name just a few. With insights and effects from the fields of Mentalism, Close-up , Parlour and Stage Magic there’ll be something for everyone. £10 for non-members (pay on the door) which can go towards the Membership fee (£35) if you then decide to join. 23.10.21


Fraud: Don’t Miss a Trick. "Fraud is like a magic trick; designed to focus your attention on one thing, while another happens without you ever suspecting it. In this unique collaboration with Troy the Magician, we expose how these criminals operate, reveal how their scams work and make sure you’re ready for whatever they’ve got hidden up their sleeve. HSBC UK." See YouTube. 23.10.21


Blackpool Magicians' Club Clubroom Magic Auction - 28th October. Blackpool Magicians' Club write: After many requests we have reintroduced the BMC Clubroom Magic Auctions. 100s of books, tricks, varied apparatus and memorabilia will be going under the hammer. Lots and pictures can be seen here: See the BMC Clubroom back open and functioning – with drinks and refreshments available. Bring the family to see the Illuminations – and pick up some new magic on the same day. We look forward to seeing you. Thursday 28th October. Commences 6pm prompt (Doors open: viewing 5pm, sellers 4pm), Admission is £4.00 for non-members. Blackpool Magicians' Club, 56-60 Caunce Street, Blackpool FY1 3LE. Tickets: 23.10.21


London Horror Festival 2021 interview: David Alnwick: Nightmare Magic. "I've spent the last four years searching for the best way to use magic to tell a story, instead of just having a trick stand alongside a story..." This is an interview with David Alnwick about his upcoming show 'Nightmare Magic' at the Pleasance, London on 28th and 29th October Click Here. And: "Alnwick has reached a point in his career where he could coast on the formidable skill set that has earned his reputation and probably still cause daily stampedes for a spot in his shows. But Nightmare Magic shows that he has instead chosen to innovate, pushing his own boundaries and the boundaries of magic as a genre..." ★★★★★ To read the full spoiler-free review in World Magic Review Click Here. Tickets: Also see and 23.10.21


Curious Tales & Unusual Phenomena, today, Saturday 23rd October at The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft, Suffolk. Enjoy an evening of mystery and intrigue, experience the tension and heightened expectations of a Victorian Parlour Show that immerses the audience in the visual and ‘unworldly’ phenomena of the era. Book online at or call the box office on 01502 589726. Also see YouTube. 23.10.21


The Mark Leveridge October Podcast. Mark's 30 minute monthly podcast is always worth a listen and for October he talks about the following. I’ve missed the funny things that spectators say at live gigs : magic at the drop of a hat is not for me : top performers can create an impression as much by HOW they perform as by WHAT they perform : Megan Swann’s rise to President of the Magic Circle should be more about her abilities than the fact she is the first female to hold the office : a life of writing is recognised : sleight of hand or self working? – a choice that can define our interest in magic : seeing magic through the eyes of my grandchildren. You can get free access either from, or from where you can also sign up to be a follower and receive each new edition automatically. 23.10.21


Marvels of Mystery, Commemoration Hall, Huntingdon, today! From the promoter: Four of The Magic Circle’s star magicians join forces in Marvels of Mystery, a new magic show for the whole family, featuring marvellous magic, wonderful illusion, laughs, gasps and stunning sleight of hand sorcery. Join your host crazy comedy conjuror Danny Lee Grew as he introduces sleight of hand master Dean Leavy (The Magic Circle’s Young Magician of the Year), the award winning magical ballerina Megan Swann (current President of The Magic Circle), and finally The Curator Scott Penrose (Past President of The Magic Circle), who will be presenting Robert Houdin’s Marvellous Orange Tree from 1840, plus Maskelyne's chilling mind reading automaton Psycho, which makes its first appearance on a British stage in over 100 years! A must-see for any magic fan. For a truly magical experience, book your tickets today for Marvels of Mystery before they disappear: Saturday 23rd October 2021 2pm & 6pm Commemoration Hall, Huntingdon. For more information visit and for tickets see 23.10.21


Christian Lee is Magic! - London, 25th-30th October. Half-term fun for all the family, from "The King of Comedy Magic" Jacksons Lane, London. Reaching the live finals of Britain’s Got Talent and with over 500 million YouTube hits worldwide, Christian Lee is "The King of Comedy Magic" (Time Out). Bringing fun, frolics and illusion to Jacksons Lane for the half-term (with a special guest joining him each day), kids and grown-ups won't believe their eyes at this non-stop feast of tricks, magic and comedy. Not to be missed! "Christian is one of the few magicians who genuinely crosses the divide between comedy and magic. He possesses the comic genius of Tommy Cooper along with world class skill" TNT Magazine. Monday 25th to Saturday 30th October 12noon & 3pm. Tickets £12.95. For more info and to book see 23.10.21


How Magic Changed TV. "The story of magic on television, examining the challenges of performing illusions for a TV camera that can see everything. Some of the most successful modern magicians reveal the performers who inspired them, and take a look back at how performers like Paul Daniels, Penn & Teller, Derren Brown, David Blaine and Dynamo transformed the art form." (Repeat) Sunday 31st October on Channel 5. See TV Magic for details. 23.10.21


"The Curious, Astounding Collection of the Magician Ricky Jay" [requires free account sign-up]

"The Ricky Jay Collection" [auction link] 23.10.21


"'A lovely talented man': Tributes to Cromer Pier Show headliner Phil Butler"
"Phil Butler dead aged 51: Jason Manford and Craig Revel-Horwood lead tributes after ‘charming’ comedian dies suddenly"
"Comedian and panto star Phil Butler dies aged 51"

"Comic and magician Phil Butler who was the first to entertain British troops in Afghanistan dies suddenly aged 51" 23.10.21


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Number 1112 - Saturday 16th October 2021


Jonathan Goodwin, Britain's foremost daredevil escapologist, rushed into hospital on Thursday following a stunt that went terribly wrong. Described as a modern-day superhero, somewhere between Houdini and Superman, Goodwin has constantly challenged himself in a never-ending series of death defying stunts. Just last year viewers were stunned by his performances on America's Got Talent 2020, see MagicWeek 1049 (1st August 20200) and number 1056 (19th September 2020) for videos. His latest stunt was in rehearsals for the upcoming show America's Got Talent: Extreme.


"AGT: Extreme Contestant Jonathan Goodwin Hospitalized After Daredevil Stunt Goes Wrong"

"America's Got Talent stuntman almost dies after he fell 70 feet during show rehearsal"

"Stuntman Almost Dies In Horrific Accident"
"‘America’s Got Talent: Extreme’ Pauses Production After On-Set Accident"


Magicbox One Day Convention - Today! Saturday 16th October. From the organisers: Magicbox are delighted to be able to offer a one-off super special magic day! In the absence of this year’s South Tyneside International Magic Festival, Magicbox have organised 6 of the UK's top magicians to offer their lectures right here in the Magicbox mini theatre. Dave Loosley, Tom Crosbie, Luke Jermay, Joel Dickinson, Noah Kelly (Nutty Noah) and Kennedy will lecture between 9am and 5pm on Saturday 16th October. See for full details. In addition and in absence of the usual convention, the Customs House, South Shields are running two gala shows. On Friday 15th October 'Family Magic Extravaganza' Click Here and on Saturday 16th October 'South Tyneside International Gala Show' Click Here. 16.10.21


David Alnwick's Nightmare Magic - London Horror Festival 28th & 29th October. A Ghost Story told using Magic. Writer and Magician David Alnwick brings his Sold-Out Edinburgh Fringe hit show to London Horror Festival on 28th & 29th October at 8.30pm at the Pleasance, London. When Rob Blake discovers a coded journal in his late uncle's attic, he enlists his oldest friend David to help decipher its secrets. Join David, as he demonstrates their terrifying discoveries to the world.

Magicians Only Note: Hey MagicWeek reader, this is a part play/part magic performance. It isn't a series of tricks where the 'this bowl of rice represents the universe' or 'this signed playing card represents your soul', in fact, there's no magic by analogy. It's more akin to a series of experiments and demonstrations of cursed/curious objects, each with a haunted history. While I'm the only performer on stage, I'm not the only voice in the show, and there's an overarching narrative connecting it all together. I'm proud of it, and if you're a fan of Lovecraftian horror and magic then I think you'll like it. Check out the ticket link below and don't hesitate to get in touch via the website to find out more.

"Among the most enjoyable, and almost certainly the most spontaneously funny magician's on the Fringe." ★★★★ Broadway Baby. Tickets: Also see and


Northern Magic Circle Online Zoom Dinner - 22nd October. Brian Lead, Secretary of the Northern Magic Circle, writes: Our President, Roy Field, invites you to join him for some 'after dinner' entertainment via Zoom on Friday, 22nd October; 7.30pm for 8 o’clock. Owing to the ongoing pandemic, we have to ask you to provide your own meal in the comfort of your own home while we present the cabaret.

Roy will formally welcome guests to this autumn event at 8pm, and Alan Maskell, President of the British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, will propose a toast to the Society. The entertainment will begin with the talented young magician Lorenzo, finalist in the Magic Circle’s Young Magician of the Year competition. President Roy will talk about 'X-Rated Magic', illustrated with examples! From the archives, we will have Chairman Clive Moore, performing in the last century. Top of the bill will be the wonderfully talented Nikola Arkane from Northern Ireland (winner of the two top close-up awards at the last British Ring convention), performing at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. Then, there will be time to socialise. Do please support this free event and enjoy some Northern hospitality. If not a member, contact John Russell and you will receive the link two days before.


South Tyneside International Magic Festival Family Magic Extravaganza and Gala Show 15th - 16th October 2021. From the organisers: There will be star-studded shows on offer for all to enjoy. However due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the usual convention that takes place as part of the festival will not go ahead this year. The gala show features Nutty Noah (Winner of UK Family Entertainer 2018), Dave Loosley (a magician, mind reader and funny man), Max Fulham (comedian and ventriloquist), Joel Dickinson (a master of misdirection) and White Magic stunning illusionists and contortion). For full details see 16.10.21


The London Magic Convention - Sold Out! Andy & Preston Nyman write: We are overwhelmed by the response to the announcement of the LMC. The convention sold out in four days, it’s incredible. Please do not turn up on the day hoping to get in, as you will be disappointed. Have no fear, we will be back next year. To join the mailing list go to 16.10.21


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week René Lavand in a guest spot on The Paul Daniels Magic Show from 23rd January 1993. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 16.10.21


The Magic Circle Dealers Day - next Saturday! From the organisers: 10am to 5pm on Saturday, 23rd October 2021 at Fitzjohn's Primary School, 86a Fitzjohn's Avenue, Hampstead, London NW3 6NP, a beautiful grade 2 listed building that looks a bit like Hogwarts. Entry is free for Magic Circle members, including apprentice members and members of The Magic Circle's Young Magicians' Club. Entry for non-members is £5 payable on the door. Tube and overground stations nearby. Come along, meet up with friends and buy from some great magic dealers. 16.10.21


Laura London on Craig Petty's Magic TV: 'Talk Magic'. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday at 9pm, 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. "Laura London is one of the world’s best female sleight of hand artists. She is also a highly skilled close-up magician, a cabaret performer, a motivational speaker and an acclaimed lecturer on various aspects of the history of magic" YouTube. 16.10.21


David Copperfield's History of Magic. By David Copperfield, Richard Wiseman and David Britland, with photographs by Homer Liwag. An illustrated, illuminating insight into the world of illusion from the world's greatest and most successful magician, capturing its audacious and inventive practitioners, and showcasing the art form's most famous artifacts housed at David Copperfield's secret museum.


Professor Richard Wiseman and David Copperfield in conversation Click Here. David Copperfield's History of Magic will be released on November 25th in the UK and is now available for pre-order from 16.10.21


Magical Women with Connie Boyd - David Copperfield All-Star Magic Panel. With Carisa Hendrix, Dania Diaz, Billy Kidd and Josephine Lee: YouTube (part 1) YouTube (part 2). 16.10.21


A new issue of The Dodo is out now. The Dodo contains mainly card magic, mentalism, and humour that some will find offensive. Over 18's only. Very limited numbers. For payment details email 16.10.21


Surrey Society Close-up Competition 2021. Adam Mosley writes: On Thursday, the 14th of October the Surrey Society of Magicians held their annual Close-up Competition. There was a packed auditorium with a mixture of magicians and laypeople watching the ten acts in the theatre. A great night was had by all with a very high standard throughout. We would like to thank the audience members, Geoff Pescud the compère, the two lay judges, and our magical judge Jamie Raven for their hard task in choosing the top three acts. In third place was Tommy Knight, second was Steve McShane and in first place was Colin Peters (pictured). A great evening all round. The Mary Oberoi comedy award was won by Colin Peters. Another fantastic competition night! 16.10.21


Popup Auction Services online Magic Auction now live. From the promoter: A one-off auction by Popup Auction Services of magic books and tricks closes at 3.30pm (BST) on Wednesday, 20th October. This is a timed online auction with over 1,500 magic books. All bids are hidden. Bid what you think a book or trick is worth, and we will inform you if your bid is successful. Books in the auction include rare books, oddities, and essential reading. Final bids must be made by 3.30pm (BST) on the 20th October when the auction goes offline. You can find details at 16.10.21


DTrik at the Kent Magicians Guild on Tuesday 26th October. Mike Ingham writes: Mike Sullivan of DTrik (The Magic of Wayne Dobson) has agreed to come along to our club to demonstrate the DTrik classics and show off some new effects they have been working on. Anyone who has used any DTrik effects knows they are very commercial products at very reasonable prices. The quality is very high and the routines are guaranteed to bring laughter to any audience. We invite all magicians to come along and join in the evening. Guest tickets are only £5, please email me at to reserve a place. Venue: The Stag Theatre, London Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1ZZ 16.10.21


Jake Banfield: Modern Magic, Saturday 23rd October, London. Jake returns to the Charlotte Street Hotel this October with his amazing magic show. Downstairs in the sumptuous screening room at the Charlotte Street Hotel, the audience will have their minds read, senses manipulated and experience some of the most astonishing feats of modern magic. Sit down and relax as Jake takes you on a journey of dapper deception, sophisticated sleight of hand and mischievous mind games. Saturday 23rd October 2021. Tickets: £35. Venue: The Charlotte Street Hotel, 15-17 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RJ. 16.10.21


Blackpool Magicians' Club Clubroom Magic Auction - 28th October. Blackpool Magicians' Club write: After many requests we have reintroduced the BMC Clubroom Magic Auctions. Blackpool Magicians' Club Clubroom Magic Auction on Thursday 28th October 2021 at Blackpool Magicians' Club, 56-60 Caunce Street, Blackpool FY1 3LE. Commences 6pm prompt with viewing from 5pm. Admission is £4 for non-members. For further details please contact Michael Shepherd 16.10.21


Norvil & Josephine's Top Hat Act - London Dates. Saturday 23rd October and Sunday 24th October at Battersea Power Station (The Coaling Jetty) and Friday 29th October at King's Cross Station. 3 Shows per day. Norvil & Josephine have created a mobile top hat theatre stage that will be touring London this mid-term. The comedy magic duo turn the classic notion of a Vaudeville act on its head in their new mobile show full of twists and turns. It's street theatre like no other!


Norvil & Josephine have appeared on London’s West End, at The Magic Castle in Hollywood and at The Wintergarten in Berlin. These mid-term shows are made possible thanks to generous support from Battersea Arts Centre and The Mayor of London. Showtimes for these free shows will appear on the Pop-Up London website. Running time: 30 minutes. 16.10.21


Oliver Tabor Lecture - Pentacle Club, Cambridge, 19th October. From the organisers: Oliver's lecture covers ideas and effects from his experience on stage, at corporate events, cruise ships, on TV and beyond! Tuesday 19th October. Doors 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Visiting magicians welcome, £10 door charge. Venue: Pentacle Club, St Andrew's Church Centre, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge CB1 3JS. 16.10.21


E-Club Pro Select New Releases. The two routines extracted from the E-Club Pro vaults that have been added to the Select range in October are: 1. Amazon Predictor. An Amazon book box is displayed and inside, it is claimed, is a book which Amazon has decided – in advance! – that a spectator is going to order! Seven large cards, each depicting a different book title, are mixed and a spectator is invited to select any number from one to seven and this will be used to eliminate book titles until just one remains. Once the elimination process is complete, the final book selection is revealed. Incredibly, when the book box is opened that is indeed the very book that is packaged inside. Very easy to do, this is perfect for parlour or stage shows. 2. Ribbon Spread Reverse. A freely chosen and signed card is shuffled back into a deck which is then ribbon spread face down across the table. The magician claims that he will now make the selection magically reveal itself. Flipping the spread deck face up, instantly one card in the centre is now seen to be reversed and still be face down. On removing it the reversed card is seen to be the signed selection. This requires a one-time preparation of a single card, but it is easy to perform. The selection is genuinely free and there is no real re-set. Both these video downloads cost just £7.00. To watch dems and to order go to 16.10.21


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. 16.10.21


"David Copperfield is the eternal magic man" Click Here • "Pete Holmes Is Grateful He Isn't A Magician" YouTube • "The Prestige: the real-life warring Victorian magicians who inspired the film" Click Here • "TV magician who's appeared on The Generation Game reunited with stolen unicycle" Click Here • "The Prestige Ending Explained" Click Here • "David Copperfield brings past to present in a dramatic, powerful way in Las Vegas" Click Here • "Michael Jordan Tried To Trick Magician David Blaine: 'I Didn't Shuffle, I Tried To Trick You'" Click Here • "Magician Kevin Quantum set for Hopeman show" Click Here • "Famous magician to hold meet and greet in Rochdale" Click Here • That's it! Many thanks for your news as always - see you next week, Duncan. 16.10.21