Number 1101 - Saturday 31st July 2021


"A jaw-dropping night at Wonderville: Magic & Illusion"
"First Look: Wonderville the West End magic show"

"Wonderville in the West End: first look photos"
"Celebrities hit the red carpet as magic and illusion show Wonderville opens"


Leeds Magic Jam - names announced. Chris Stewart writes: Lecturing at Leeds Magic Jam on Sunday, 8th August 2021: Harry Robson, Lawrence Turner, Steve Faulkner, David Penn and Peter Turner, with a headline show from Sean Heydon. Tickets are strictly limited; advance bookings only. To book your ticket visit: Doors open at 11.30am. Leeds Magic Jam, The Legion, Kippax, Leeds LS25 7HF - also see 31.7.21


Damien O'Brien 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. YouTube. 31.7.21


The Great British Pub Awards are back! "Our mission for 2021 is to 'put bums on seats and pride in teams' across the country. After an exceedingly tough year for the pub industry, The Great British Pub Awards are picking up where we left off - on our mission to recognise, reward and celebrate the fantastic work pubs do for our country and their communities." Magicians will be pleased to know that Bristol's Smoke & Mirrors has made it through to the finals in the 'Best Pub for Late Night' category: 31.7.21


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." 31.7.21


E-Club Pro Live Zoom Open Event. For the last two years Mark Leveridge has been successfully presenting his E-Club Pro Live lecture via Zoom, his lectures being enjoyed in various countries around the world. The content for this lecture is drawn from his E-Club Pro online magic resource and the material covers magic for strolling, close up shows, stand up/parlour work and mentalism. Everything is practical and features Mark's attention to detail and clear thinking. A new version of this lecture format will be offered for next year, but the current lecture is being presented for one final time as an Open Event to which any individual magician can apply to join. It will take place on Wednesday 22nd September 2021 at 7.30pm BST, and the cost is just £15.00. Plus, everyone who registers no later than the 31st August 2021 will receive a Coupon Code worth £15.00 to spend on any MLM product. The lecture lasts two hours and will provide you with an exciting selection of practical magic to learn and enjoy. For more information and to book your 'front row' seat, go to; we will look forward to seeing you in September. 31.7.21


Curious Tales & Unusual Phenomena. Illusionist Chris North launches his new Victorian show which is the fourth in a series that was only intended to be a trilogy! The demand for this kind of strange phenomena interwoven with tales of the unexplained warranted further investigation! This unique parlour show continues the ever popular theme, all presented in a charming Victorian setting. There are two options, a full theatre show of 2 x 45 minute spots or a 60 minute presentation. Magic clubs and societies can book the 60 minute presentation with a Q&A session to follow, a great alternative to a lecture for those looking for something different (the show is totally self-contained).

Future theatres include: The Fisher Theatre, Bungay, Suffolk on Saturday 11th September and The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft, Suffolk on Saturday 23rd October All enquiries: also see YouTube.


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Paul Daniels, on The Paul Daniels Magic Show from 28th September 1985. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 31.7.21


Max Maven UK Zoom Lecture - The Zodiac Magical Society, Wednesday, August 4th. William Spencer writes: The Zodiac welcomes Max Maven giving his first UK lecture since undergoing emergency surgery. And you can watch too. The maestro mentalist will give a masterclass in creativity and teach tricks and techniques to hone your magic. Max is an unmissable lecturer: Don’t miss out. Max says: "You’ll learn commercial, practical effects that will fool you first, and delight your audiences later. Offbeat plots and intriguing methods." To watch, either join The Zodiac (only £80 for 51 club nights a year), or pay £10 for just this one night. You can claim this back if you later go on to join the club. The lecture is on the Zodiac Magical Society’s Zoom. Please email to book your place. Wednesday August 4th from 8pm to 10pm via Zoom. The Zodiac (based in London) offers a mix of top-flight lectures, competitions and themed bring-a-trick nights. Visit for more club info. And hopefully see you on Wednesday. 31.7.21


'Hook Your Audience', Paul McCrory - open access opportunity for new book for educational performers. How do you present when nobody has to listen to you? Hook Your Audience (volume 1) is a toolkit of performance techniques to emotionally engage child and family audiences in interactive, educational presentations, e.g. character; liveness; expressing emotions; all-audience interaction; questions; volunteers; and humour. Many of the engagement hooks are borrowed from performers such as magicians, stand-ups, buskers and actors. For example, how to use the "spontaneity spectrum" to deliver scripted, interactive presentations - Because of the severe impact of the pandemic on our sectors, I decided to also make the book available open access online until the end of October 2021. If you think it's relevant, I would be extremely grateful if you could share this opportunity with your networks. You can find links to the open access book and supporting resources at 31.7.21


Castle Magic is one of the leading dealers in pre-owned and second-hand magic apparatus and books, often handling antique and vintage apparatus from around the world. Based in Great Britain, where a considerable amount of vintage magic equipment started life, we supply and ship items worldwide. We also purchase and exchange magic props, books and allied arts apparatus from individual items to complete acts. During 1997 we launched our Castle Premier Range of exclusive magic tricks for children and close-up entertainers.

During 2011 Castle Magical Services acquired the business and rights of the Bradford Magic Studio – a company set up and operated by Cliff Lount since 1949, making Bradford Magic Studios the 2nd oldest established magic company in the UK still trading. We will be remaking and supplying a number of its classic magic effects in the near future. We are also proud to announce that Workshop Thirteen, which produces Escapology and Bizarre Magic, will now also be part of the Castle Magic family.


The Magicseen Celebration Box. Magicseen 100 (the September 2021 special anniversary edition) will be a bit different to the normal issues in a number of ways, including extra pages and special content. One of the most interesting one-off differences will be the inclusion of Celebration Boxes featuring the name and picture of readers along with a congratulatory message selected from a list of 'Well Done!', 'Congratulations!', 'Good Job!', 'The Big 100!', 'No.1. Mag!', 'What A Landmark!', 'Great Issue!', 'Top Marks!' or 'Let's Celebrate!' The box measures 50mm wide x 20 mm high and costs just £15.00. And the good news is, on receipt of your payment you will be sent a Coupon Code worth £15.00 to spend on any purchase from the Magicseen website! So it's a win/win situation. If you would like to be part of this historic issue, you need to act fast as the closing date for applications is the 4th August. To reserve your personal Celebration Box, email attaching a jpg head shot that we can crop and use as well as your selection of 'greeting' from the list above. We will then send you a PayPal invoice for £15.00 and on receipt of your payment the Box will be confirmed and you will be sent your Coupon Code worth £15.00. Do it now and be part of Magicseen 100. 31.7.21


Whose Line is it Anyway? Aisha Tyler hosts as guests Penn & Teller, and regulars Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Jeff Davis put their comedic skills to the test. Sunday 1st August on Dave (Repeat) see TV Magic. 31.7.21


David Alnwick's Nightmare Magic - A ghost story told with magic. "When Rob Blake discovered a coded journal in his late uncle's attic, he enlisted my help, a magician, to decipher it. Join me as I present our supernatural findings to the world. Be warned, these demonstrations are not for the faint of heart." "Sell-out crowds every year" North East Theatre Guide. ★★★★ Broadway Baby. ★★★★ The Skinny. ★★★★ Fringe Guru. Venue: Bedford Fringe Festival, Quarry Theatre, 31st July 2021 at 7.30pm (1 hour) Tickets: 31.7.21


Zoom Talk by Stevo of Ace Magic Studio at South Downs Magicians. From the organisers: On the 4th August at 8pm South Downs Magicians have a Zoom lecture by Stevo, of Ace Magic Studio, South Downs Magicians invite visiting magicians to join this Zoom meeting free of charge. Anyone interested should contact Jonathan Cann 01444 230409 or 07850 917126 31.7.21


Barry Murray. Barry Murray died on Wednesday morning. He had been suffering from liver cancer. Known to magicians for his creative behind-the-scenes work on The Paul Daniels Magic Show over many years, and co-creating the children's show Wizbit he was also a successful record producer. He'll be greatly missed by his many friends in magic. DT. 31.7.21


"The Card Counter - Official Trailer" YouTube • "X Factor axed after 17 years as Simon Cowell pulls plug on talent show" Click Here • "No Presto Chango: Local Magician On The Hard Work Of Diversifying Her Field" Click Here • "Neal Brennan Announces New One-Man Show Unacceptable, Directed by a Magician" Click Here • "‘America’s Got Talent’ Magician Dustin Tavella Reunites Adopted Son with His Older Brother" Click Here • "Singapore’s magician duo to bring their tricks to your home (virtually, of course)" Click Here • "Harry Anderson's Second Wife Was Sleeping Next to the Actor When He Quietly Passed Away" Click Here • "‘The Sound of Magic’ halts production after actor Ji Chang-wook tests positive for COVID-19" Click Here • "Toronto's Illusionarium Has Officially Opened & Here's A First Look At The Magic" Click Here • "Justin Willman Shares 10 Facts About Magic for Humans" Click Here • "Illusionist Cosentino quarantines in WA ahead of Deception tour" Click Here • "Meet Illusionarium Toronto’s New Magical Immersive Exhibit" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 31.7.21


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Number 1100 - Saturday 24th July 2021


'Slydini: The Definition of Misdirection by John Fisher', 'The Subliminal Messaging of Posters from the Golden Age by Richard Wiseman and Mike Caveney', 'Meet Jon Martin in the Chamber of Secrets by John Gaughan' and more, in Genii The Conjurors' Magazine for August 2021. For subscription details visit Watch Slydini performing in 1978 on Hocus Pocus It's Magic on The MagicWeek Video Archive: YouTube. 24.7.21


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. From Wednesday, "Ashleigh Goodwin - The Best Kept Secret In Magic" YouTube. 24.7.21


Fancy a day out cruising on a canal with a top magician? Lee Hathaway and friends are organising a handful of 'magic teach-in cruises' throughout August. Up to 8 guests will be invited onto his beautiful widebeam canal barge along with a top magician, to go for a cruise, stop off and spend the afternoon workshopping, and to learn from some of the best in the business, onboard. This really is a unique opportunity, guaranteed to be a day to remember. The ticket price will include refreshments throughout the day and lunch. Currently the schedule throughout August is 10th: James Brown, 15th: John Lenahan, 16th: Paul Martin and 22nd: Marc Oberon. If you’d like to be invited to one of these special events visit for full details. 24.7.21


Celebrate with Magicseen! From the publishers: We are delighted to announce an upcoming landmark edition of the UK's only independent magic magazine - Magicseen 100 (Sept 2021)! As publishers we feel that to produce a bi-monthly magic magazine for over 16 years is something to celebrate, and to that end we are in the process of producing a special 100th bumper issue to mark the occasion. Issue 100 is likely to be our widest read edition ever, and we would like to offer you the chance to be part of it and to have your face and name included in this unique issue. We are making available a limited number of special spaces (a Celebration Box) measuring 50mm wide x 20mm high in which you can have a picture of your face and your name, as well as a choice of a congratulatory message chosen from 'Well Done!', 'Congratulations!', 'Good Job!', 'The Big 100!', 'No.1. Mag!', 'What A Landmark!', 'Great Issue!', 'Top Marks!' or 'Let's Celebrate!'.

If you would like to be seen by magicians all over the world as part of Magicseen 100, you can book your Celebration Box by emailing to request your space and attaching a jpg picture of your face that we can crop and use in the box. You can also select one of the congratulatory messages listed above, or if you don't specify one, we will make a choice for you. On receipt of your email we will send you a PayPal Invoice for £15.00, and on receipt of that payment, not only will your personal space be guaranteed in Magicseen 100, but we will also send you a Special Discount Code worth £15.00 which you can redeem by purchasing something from the Magicseen website. So, make a purchase, and your Celebration Box is effectively free!

Magicseen 100 is going to be specially exciting and will be made even more so by having you as part of it. All applications for a Celebration Box must be received no later than Wednesday 4th August 2021, so send your email with your picture and choice of message very soon to Numbers are limited and will be offered on a first-come first-served basis. We look forward to celebrating 100 issues with you!


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Mandy Muden on late night show The Warehouse from 26th June 1998. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. Mandy can be seen live on stage this evening at Smoke & Mirrors, Bristol, see 24.7.21


The Newcastle Magic Circle presents Jeki Yoo's Zoom Lecture on Monday 26th July at 7.30pm. From the organiser: Korea’s Jeki Yoo is a phenomenal, multitalented magician. His stage magic and quick-change act have earned him a place in the Guinness Book of Records. His close-up magic has been rewarded with top awards at major magic competitions such as I.B.M. and FISM. He has appeared on both Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent as well as multiple appearances on Masters of Illusion. Recently, Jeki’s incredible YouTube and Instagram videos have earned him thousands of fans around the world. This lecture is free for members of the Newcastle Magic Circle. Guests, £5. Please contact for more information. 24.7.21


Wayne & Mike’s Coffee Morning. "We thought we'd show you just a few of the many ways Wayne had used the 'Sawn in Half' illusion... great magic from his TV show 'A Kind of Magic' and 'The Children's Royal Variety Performance'. See YouTube. 24.7.21


Magic Goes Wrong - London Apollo Theatre now booking from October. From the promoter: Mischief conjures up the grand return of Magic Goes Wrong, reappearing at the Apollo Theatre from 21st October -27th February 2022. Join a hapless gang of moderately skilled and accident-prone magicians presenting a charity fundraiser. As the accidents spiral out of control, so does their fundraising target! Created with magic legends Penn & Teller, this evening of grand illusion with breathtaking tricks and typical Mischief comedy will tickle your funny bones and fill you with wonder. Magic Goes Wrong opened to critical acclaim and was nominated for Best Entertainment or Comedy at the 2020 Olivier Awards. Be astounded and surprised this winter with tickets to a magic show like no other. "Joyously silly and entirely wonderful" Stephen Fry. See 24.7.21


Blink 2 - Read My Mind. Designed by Looch and produced by the incredibly talented Alan Wong, Blink 2 is a modern peek case that offers a variety of peeks to suit its owner. You are still able to utilise the peek methods used in our original Blink but now you have the ability to work with a myriad of new peek mechanics such as the Turnover Peek and the now legendary Hookway Peek! Blink 2 has an integrated money clip built into the gimmick which allows you to hold bank notes/predictions etc., and the pockets are wide enough to accommodate Poker size cards.


In 2018 we brought you the original Blink. A premium leather business card case designed to do one thing perfectly... peek! Blink quickly sold out and was regarded by many of the world's top mentalists as one of the finest peek cases ever. Soon after the release of Blink, Looch was already creating designs for its successor. The fundamental mechanics behind Blink's ingenious peek were retained, but this time built into a modern, minimalist, business card case. Limited Edition. Find out more: 24.7.21


Kevin Quantum: Eyes Open Eyes Shut - London and Brighton. From the Britain’s Got Talent 2020 semi-finalist, gain a unique insight into deception. Watch with your eyes open and see everything or shut your eyes, and have a completely different experience. Never has an audience been given so much control over how they view/enjoy/observe a magic show. Surprise, misdirection, and lots of laughs.
London Wonderground, Earl’s Court 24th July at 2pm
Brighton "Warren on the Beach" 23rd July at 7pm and 25th July at 5pm
You won’t watch magic the same way again!

"Astonishing" ★★★★★ Evening News

"Art of Deception demonstrated perfectly" ★★★★★ ThreeWeeks. 24.7.21


The Mark Leveridge July Podcast. Mark's monthly online audio podcast is always worth a listen as it is full of discussion and opinion on a varied series of magic topics. This month: Zoom events can be more than just a poor substitute for a live show. Why we shouldn’t let fascination with moves cloud our judgement about what looks natural to an audience. Should you change tricks to suit the audience or the performing situation? Post-pandemic show fee levels may need adjusting to reflect the uncertainty still felt by many bookers. Fantastic value to be had from E-Club Pro Select. ‘Carbon dating’ magic and magicians. A couple of chuckles. You can get free access either from or, where you can also sign up to be a follower and receive each new edition automatically. 24.7.21


Merlins of Wakefield News! Our latest Summer ‘Mail’ brochure is out now and it's free! Just Click Here to download a PDF copy or if you would prefer a printed copy, just email your postal address to us at Also check out our monthly Dealer Dem Click Here. We have also just received the latest release from Retro Rocketeers, the Aztec Monolith Click Here, an excellent piece of 3D printed magic. Check out our website for loads of Used Magic and Special Offers. 24.7.21


Zoltar’s Opener - Alakazam Magic. Peter Nardi writes: 12 years ago I set myself the task of developing a quick, sure-fire, high-impact effect for my mix and mingle performances. I was looking for an alternative to the Invisible Deck (which I used as part of a larger routine at tables) I created an effect which I performed for many years, which because of the reactions soon became my opening piece. It really ticks all the boxes.

In 2018 I had a new presentation idea which was fun and I believe took the effect to a new level. Zoltar’s Opener was never designed to be a magician fooler (even though it does fool a lot of magicians!) it was designed as a worker. The method is simple, yet sound, the presentation and story are fun and it may be performed in less than a minute, or, if you’re like me, you can build it up to a 2 to3 minute effect with patter. Everything about this effect pleases me. The story, the method, and most importantly the impact it has on my spectators. Zoltar’s opener is also perfect to perform over Zoom. Comes complete with custom designed deck and tuck case - see


Mandy Muden - Smoke & Mirrors, tonight! "With her striking personality and razor sharp wit, Mandy Muden immediately creates a fantastic rapport with every audience. As seen on Britain's Got Talent." First Show 7pm. Second show 8.45pm. Saturday 24th July. See 24.7.21


Cardfixes 1 by J Racherbaumer - International Magic. More than 50 items from "the thinking magician's magician," Jon Racherbaumer. 24.7.21


When Magic Goes Wrong. "A compilation of illusions that went spectacularly badly, including several cases where magicians nearly died for their art. Escapologist Spencer Horsmann nearly drowned three times performing his water tank act, while Canadian magician Dean Gunnarson was pronounced dead after being fished out of a river following a stunt, and Shahid Malik has suffered both serious burns and a 40-foot fall from illusions gone wrong. Plus, mishaps featuring famous magicians including Dynamo, Paul Daniels and David Blaine." (Repeat) See TV Magic for details. 24.7.21


Deception. Pilot. Episode 1. "The art of illusion takes the stage as disgraced magician Cameron Black puts his skills of deception and illusion to work at the FBI." (Repeat) See TV Magic for details. 24.7.21


"Illusionarium collects ‘magic’s greatest hits’ for an immersive experience … and there’s a secret room" Click Here • "Magic Singh takes his tricks to Wonderville" Click Here • "The show can’t go on: Covid tracking app crippling theatres and venues" Click Here • "Readers’ Choice—Best Magic Show: Shin Lim" Click Here • "Old dog, new tricks. Magician Dynamo struggles to take huge dog out on a walk" Click Here • And finally, not magic, but hey, "Dune - Official Main Trailer" YouTube and "HMV at 100" Click Here • Keep your UK magic news coming, see you next week, Duncan. 24.7.21