Number 1149 - Saturday 2nd July 2022


The Session, July 8th, 9th, 10th. Now just days away, it all started some thirteen years ago with a group of friends trying to make the sort of convention that they'd like to attend themselves. Today it is one of the biggest dates on the magic calendar, and this year's event features perhaps the strongest lineup ever. Don't miss out! See: 2.7.22


Piff the Magic Dragon is on fire in his first comedy special 'Reptile Dysfunction'. Reptile Dysfunction features material from Piff’s live stage show at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino’s 'Piff the Magic Dragon Theatre' together with off-stage performances mesmerising crowds along the Las Vegas Strip. Starring: Mr Piffles (The World's Only Magic Performing Chihuahua), Jade Simone, Francis the Squire, and Penn Jillette as Pop the Magic Dragon. This hour-long special contains some of Piff's favourite routines like David Copperfish, the mind reading goldfish, magic for the blind, and Pop the Magic Dragon finally giving Piff his birthright. Just launched on YouTube. 2.7.22


IBM British Ring Convention, 1st-4th September, Eastbourne. From the organisers: There is a fabulously jam-packed programme for the Convention at Eastbourne - with gaps to eat and grab an ice cream! If you are joining us for the Welcome Party on the evening of Wednesday 31st August (just £15 per ticket) you will be entertained by the hilarious Martyn James. Here are a few events from the amazing schedule: Thursday sees our opening show by Mark James, History of Mystery and Stage Competition. Friday includes the Stars of Close-up featuring Laura London, Bernardo Sedlacek, plus Nikola Arkane and Tom Stone who will also be debuting their joint lecture. Saturday brings the Close-up Competition, lectures from Steve Hewlett and Martin Duffy and the Gala Show. Sunday features lectures and talks from Todd Landman, Mark Shortland and Paul Stone, with a ‘direct from the fringe’ closing show by Elliot Bibby.


We hope delegates can attend for the full four days of the Convention, but, by popular demand, we have just launched a weekend registration rate to cover Friday, Saturday and Sunday at £135 for members/member’s partners and £175 for non-members. This will include a Saturday Gala Show ticket - plus entrance for our newly announced Friday Night Show – Wayne Dobson and Friends. Wayne will be bringing his recently debuted show to Eastbourne, which is not to be missed! To register go to 2.7.22


The 28th Ferrybridge Day of Magic, tomorrow, Sunday July 3rd. Travis Perkins writes: The members of the TPA are extremely proud to announce that master magician Oliver Tabor will be lecturing and performing at the 28th Ferrybridge Day of Magic tomorrow.


Oliver is a FISM award-winning magician. He specialises in visual stage magic and regularly performs his act in theatres and cabaret venues such as the Leicester Square Theatre and Hippodrome Casino in London. Oliver also produces his own shows including West End Magic and Magic at the Barn and in September becomes president of the IBM British Ring.


Travis Perkins is also very excited to welcome Graeme Shaw, Katie Trickett, Epsie Havercott and Amethyst Magic to the Ferrybridge Day of Magic and looks forward to seeing you all on Sunday 3rd July! The venue is The Community Centre, The Square, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire WF11 8PQ. Doors open at 9.45am and the day ends at 5pm. Tickets are £6 payable on the door. 2.7.22


The Wayne Dobson Show - Reviewed by Bob Gill. Bob Gill reviews Wayne's recent stage show at Haslemere Hall in Surrey this week; including postscript thoughts on the show from Wayne himself: Click Here. 'Wayne Dobson and Friends' can be seen at the IBM British Ring Convention in Eastbourne (above). 2.7.22


Christian 'Graces' The Magicseen Cover. The brand new edition of the UK's longest running independent magazine (#105 July 2022) is now out and features man of the moment Christian Grace on the cover, and if you wondered who the man is behind the recent marketed hits LevelOne, SwitchOne and Inevitable Choice, read our article! We also chat to AGT star Dom Chambers whose beer act impressed, and also Wayne Slater, who has swapped his 'dentist's chair' act for an author's pen. We also provide you with articles to set you thinking (see An Alternative Magic Universe and Shaking Off The Cliche), others to educate you (see Brian Lead's There's History In Mystery) and yet others to help you with your shows (see Starting As You Mean To Continue). You can learn tricks from Christian Grace and Stuart Bowie in the Masterclass, and we aim to prevent you from buying a dud and direct you to something classy in our extensive Product Review section. All this plus more makes the July Magicseen a great holiday read. You can secure your copy via a 6 month, 1 or 2 year printed copy or download sub, or by a single issue purchase from 2.7.22


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 11th October 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 2.7.22


Richard Jones: An Evening of Magic - Camberley Theatre, 15th July. From the promoter: Richard Jones is a world famous master magician of the prestigious Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star, the highest honour in The Magic Circle. He represents the very best in cutting-edge magic, mind-reading and psychological illusion.


Known as ‘The Military Illusionist’ Richard combines his training from his 10 years serving in the British Army with his expert knowledge of deception to create a unique experience you will not forget! He has had sold-out tours and headlined the West End’s biggest magic show. This will be a night to remember. Friday 15th July at 7.30pm. Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road, Camberley, Surrey GU15 3SY. 2.7.22


Bexley Magic Society hosts Ian Keable on Wednesday, 6th July. From the organisers: Bexley Magic Society are delighted to welcome back a very popular speaker to their next meeting on the 6th July at their HQ. Ian Keable will be offering his vast knowledge and wisdom on a range of magic topics. This will include close-up, stand-up and of course his forte, the history of some aspects of magic and the relationship between hoaxes and magic, taking material from his book, The Century of Deception. He is the author of many books and his Stand-up Comedy Magic book is hailed by many as a definitive work on that type of performance. He is the organiser of The Magic Circle History Day and has had a very rich and varied career in the art, performing close-up on cruise ships, comedy clubs and corporate cabaret as well as a number of TV appearances. It will be a great evening. Venue, Bexley Club for the Disabled, Barton Close, Bexleyheath DA6 8JP. Visiting magicians welcome. £10.00 fee. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start. 2.7.22


An Evening of Magic with Romany - The Cotswold Magical Society. From the organisers: The Cotswold Magical Society are pleased to be hosting an evening of magic with Romany, Diva of Magic. This is going to be a special evening full of stories, unique insights and of course some magic. You will get the chance to ask Romany about her life in magic and about her creation 'The Diva of Magic'. So come armed with questions and your curiosity, and a £10 note! Romany will have copies of her fabulous book "Spun Into Gold" for sale. Wednesday 6th July. Doors open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start time. The Hucclecote Community Centre, Hucclecote Road, Gloucester GL3 3RT. 2.7.22


Craig Petty lectures for The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday 7th July. Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. The lecture takes place in East Horsley, Surrey, at 8pm on Thursday 7th July. For full details email Adam Mosley: 2.7.22


Michael Eaton 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. "Michael Eaton talks magic, business, going pro, marketing, gigs and more" YouTube. 2.7.22


New Products For July From MLM. Here are the details of the two new additions to the MLM Select range of routines extracted from the E-Club Pro files. 1. Boxing Match. Two matchboxes are shown one at a time. The drawer is removed from the first box to show it is empty, and then having been replaced is set down on the table. The second box is opened to reveal the drawer is full of matches. Again this is closed and placed down well away from the first box. The performer then simply snaps his fingers and an amazing transposition is revealed to have taken place, as the first box is now full of the matches and the second box is shown to be empty. This quick and surprising effect uses ungimmicked matchboxes. 2. The Clique of Aces. Four Aces are removed from a deck. One at a time a spectator cuts the Aces back into the deck thus apparently losing them. Yet with one cut of the pack, the four Aces are found back together on the top! No sleights, this is easy to do and makes a great intro to a longer four Ace assembly routine. Each of these two video downloads costs just £7.00. For more details and to watch dems go to 2.7.22


Own a piece of magic history! Magical artist Jay Fortune has recently created a painted portrait of Dai Vernon and, working with the Estates of Ross Bertram and Dai Vernon, is honoured to announce a brand-new Official Limited Edition Print. The portrait took Jay around 3 months to complete across many sessions. The finished work is currently being professionally captured by a leading Fine Art publisher. From these, 10 artist proofs will be created and from those, Jay will carefully select the perfect finished print which will then be produced as a limited edition run of only 100 copies.

Each print will be 20" x 20" produced on the finest archival art grade paper, signed and numbered by the artist. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany every print. Works will be shipped to collectors in September. To register your interest in owning one of these official works, email Jay at A percentage from every sale will be donated to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. Jay’s artwork is featured in prestigious galleries across the UK and is collected worldwide. This piece is destined to become a collector’s item.


Sean Goodman will lecture for the Home Counties Magical Society on Thursday 7th July at Maiden Place Community Centre, Maiden Place, Kilnsea Drive, Lower Earley RG6 3HE. Visiting Magicians welcome. Stats at 8pm. Door Charge £15. For more details visit also see 2.7.22


Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle are holding a ‘Sale and Auction Night’ on Thursday 8th July. Free entrance for visiting magicians attending to buy! Starting at 8pm at St Stephen’s Church Hall, St Stephen’s Road, Hightown, Liverpool L38 0BL. 2.7.22


Treasures of the Silent Screen Movie Posters Signature Auction featuring Houdini: 'The Grim Game' (Paramount, 1919). Details: 2.7.22


Shakespeare and Hathaway - Private Investigators. This Rough Magic. Frank and Lu investigate mysterious goings-on when a woman dies after being picked from the audience to assist a magician in a stage trick. (Repeat) Thursday 14th July on Alibi. See TV Magic for details. 2.7.22


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. 7.2.22


"Tommy Cooper was a mad magician and a clown of genius and topped the Blackpool bill year after year" Click Here • "Derren Brown promises 'rollercoaster' event as he brings mind-blowing show to Salford for two-week run" Click Here • "A CT illusionist brings a little magic to Ukrainian refugee kids" Click Here • "The Best Movies About Magicians, Ranked" Click Here • "This ‘America’s Got Talent’ judge was just booed for calling German magician-comedians Siegfried and Joy ‘a bit stupid’" Click Here • "Jeetu Bhaiya Is Back As A Small Town Magician In Netflix's Jaadugar Trailer" Click Here • "'America's Got Talent' on NBC: Who is Nicolas Ribs? French magician and TF1 Diversion star auditions for show" Click Here • "Magic meets The Beatles: Hometown magician John Duke Logan to perform in Hanover" Click Here • "Edinburgh 2022: Joz Norris Q&A" Click Here • Many thanks to everyone who submitted news this week, it's always welcomed. Have fun if you are going to the Session. See you next week, Duncan. 2.7.22


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Number 1148 - Saturday 25th June 2022


IBM British Ring Convention, 1st-4th September, Eastbourne. Starring: Tom Stone, Nikola Arkane, Mark James, Dion van Rijt, Todd Landman, Martin Duffy, Cameron Gibson, Bernardo Sedlacek, Brando & Silvana and Steve Hewlett.


Lectures: We have lectures to suit every taste, but arranged so you don’t have to miss a single one. Take a look at our Artistes page to see the array of talent we have lined up for you.


Competitions: We have the Annual Stage Competition – for the winner of the British Ring Shield an additional prize is an appearance in the West End of London. On a smaller scale, we have the Close-up competition with a cash prize. And we host the annual Ali Bongo Micro Magic Marathon – a close-up competition in real world conditions. We’d love to see you – as a competitor or in our audience – join us to be part of the fun!


Shows: From the international stars of the magic gala on the Saturday to the stars of international close-up and the best of children’s magic, our shows are sure to please. For full registration details visit: 25.6.22


"Magic, Marketing & Mojo". The Magic Circle is very pleased to announce another great lecture for The Magic Circle Convention on Sunday, 11th September. An opportunity to pick up some incredible advice from the creator of Marvin’s Magic, entrepreneur Marvin Berglas. Last few tickets available via the website: 25.6.22


Magical Bones, Soulful Magic. From the promoter: Following a totally sold-out run at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the hottest British talent on the magic scene,  Magical Bones,  returns to the stage with a brand new, high-energy illusion show. Bones brings a set of powerful illusions intertwined with great stories, beautiful music, lots of laughter and of course the coolest break-dance moves. This cutting-edge show is more than a deceptive spectacle of grand illusion- it’s a concert of Soulful Magic. Bones' uniqueness resides in his ability to effortlessly combine intricate sleight of hand with mesmerizing illusions and jaw-dropping break-dance moves.  He’ll be performing at Assembly: Checkpoint at 4:45pm from August 3rd – 28th., also see 25.6.22


Magician’s Table Top Sale & Summertime BBQ. Sunday, 10th July, near Newcastle upon Tyne. Chris writes: Magicians, partners and families - you’re invited to a summertime bbq and a table top sale of magical props, books and magical memorabilia. Join Chris Cross and Claire-Elizabeth for a few beers and a BBQ! Make a few quid, spend a few quid, catch-up with friends and enjoy a day of magic in our garden! Please let me know if you’d like a table top allocated to you. Tables are limited so it’s first come, first served. Tenner a table to cover the coffee. Doors open to buyers at 1pm in our gardens (traders from 12 noon to setup). The Enchanted Rabbit magic shop will also be open for business on-site! This is the first day it will be open to all! A lot of hard work has gone into this over the past year making it the largest used magic dealership in the U.K. For details about buying or selling, get in touch and email Chris Cross: Also see the event page on 25.6.22


Adam Wilber lecture, AWS, Southampton, 12th July. Adrian Tritton writes: Adam Wilber will be joining the AWS for one night only to share his lecture with us on Tuesday, July 12th, before returning to the US. The chance to see Adam lecture in the UK is a rare one, so make the most of it and join us. Visitors are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. Tuesday 12th July, with a sharp start time of 8pm. For full details and tickets please email 25.6.22


Alan Hudson's had some fun putting together a "100 Greatest Magic Tricks" compilation, and writes: So, how do you list the 100 greatest magic tricks ever and in order? With the greatest of difficulty. I’ll be honest, after the first 10 or 20, it was extremely difficult to give a definitive order. The top 10 was much easier. When I got further down the list, the order of best was harder to qualify. Magic, like comedy and music, is subjective. Don’t worry too much that say the ‘Lottery Tickets to Money‘ is lower down in the list than ‘The Torn and Restored Newspaper‘. It’s taken a long time to put together with weeks of research. I’ve asked loads of magicians, I have done surveys with magic fans and I’ve asked ‘normal’ people what their greatest magic trick was. Hope you enjoy it and share it with others. 25.6.22


Minds Conference. Next weekend in Newcastle upon Tyne. From the organisers: This year's MINDS event promises to build upon the success of the last one, delivering the highest level of tuition from the biggest names in mentalism. As with the previous events, we will be holding a social 'open mic' style event for those who are arriving early on the Friday and we will also be hosting a free show on the Saturday evening for all of the delegates too.

Confirmed artists: Drew McAdam, Fernando Figueras, Fraser Parker, Steve Wood, Christian Grace, Lewis LeVal and Timon Krause, with more to be announced. The event will be held at the County Hotel which is situated directly opposite the Newcastle Central Rail Station. This venue is right in the heart of Newcastle's city centre, allowing easy access for those traveling by plane, train or car. Limited to 100 Delegates. 2nd & 3rd July. For more info and to book visit


Ferrybridge Day of Magic, next Sunday, 3rd July. From the organisers: Travis Perkins is very excited to announce that the 28th Ferrybridge Day of Magic on Sunday 3rd July 2022 will feature a plethora of entertainment including: The award-winning Family Entertainer of the Year Graeme Shaw, Enterologist Katie Trickett (if you don’t know what an enterologist is make sure you come to the day), and after a four year absence from the Ferrybridge Day of Magic Amethyst make a return.

The day will also be jam-packed with Lecturettes, Dealers and Traders! Travis Perkins is looking forward to seeing everyone for a great magical day. If you are a trader or dealer and would like a stand we have one table left - please email for more details. The venue is The Community Centre, The Square, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire WF11 8PQ. Doors open at 9.45am and the day ends at 5pm. For more information please email Michael Shepherd or Danny Hunt


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Jeremy Beadle from 1989 on 'Beadle's Box of Tricks'. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 25.6.22


Steve Haresign Lecture on Mentalism & Stagecraft at The Darlington Magic Circle. From the organisers: The Darlington Magic Circle are pleased to present renowned mentalist, inventor and author, Steve Haresign's lecture features his trade mark mentalism and the complexities of putting on a stage show. This is the day before the M7NDS event in Newcastle, so why not make a long weekend of it? Reserve your place now! Guest Entry £10. Thursday, June 30th, from 7.30pm at The Railway Institute, 93 North Road, Darlington DL1 2PP. Also see 25.6.22


Northern Magic Circle One Day Mini Convention - Tomorrow in Harrogate. The Northern Magic Circle is back, with a one-day mini convention at the Crown Hotel in Harrogate on 26th June (10am to 6pm). The day will include Magic at the Seaside, presented by President Roy Field (winner of the Award of Excellence from The International Brotherhood of Magicians), a double auction of books and props with special guest auctioneer Mike Shepherd, an open competition of Parlour Magic with cash and trophy prizes, and a closing show. In appreciation of the loyalty shown by members during the pandemic, the event will be free to all members and those signing up for membership. There will be a nominal charge of just £5 for others. Payment can be made on the day, but to aid preparations those intending to be there should please register their interest with organiser John Russell: or call 07412 617856. Brian Lead. 25.6.22


The Karl Fulves Convention - London, next Saturday, 2nd July. Now in its 7th year! This year's event will take place on Saturday 2nd July in London at the Rose Cafe 279 Finchley Road, London NW3 6LT, from 12.30pm. Nearest tube station Finchley Road on the Jubilee & Metropolitan line. This year promises a few surprises! The convention is set up to honour one of the greatest unsung geniuses and giants of close-up magic, Karl Fulves. As always attendance is free and informal; just turn up. And be prepared to show at least one trick from any of Karl Fulves publication. Any questions simply email organiser Allan Brown: 25.6.22


The Mark Leveridge June Podcast. Have you caught up with the latest monthly audio podcast from Mark Leveridge yet? If not, here's what you've been missing. The Platinum Jubilee celebrations in the UK could be good news for magicians, or might not! Magic ‘shedding’ is a necessary task that most of us try to avoid. Is it time for your image and look to have a re-vamp? Tony Nicholson’s new book poses interesting questions about magical honesty. If you missed the chance to attend the Inner Circle Zoom Card Session, help is at hand. Customer benefit advertising copy can help to sell your shows. You can get free access either from, or from where you can also sign up to be a follower and receive each new monthly release automatically. 25.6.22


When Magic Goes Horribly Wrong, tomorrow on Channel 5. A compilation of illusions that went spectacularly badly, including several cases where magicians nearly died for their act. 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. Sunday, 26th June, on Channel 5 (repeat). See TV Magic for details. 25.6.22


MLM Web Offers - June 2022. You've just got time to benefit from crazy low prices on the following two products from Mark Leveridge Magic: 1. The Caught Card. A court card and two indifferent cards are handed out for examination. Each card has a hole punched in one end. With the court card clearly between the other two cards, all three are threaded onto an examined length of ribbon. Although all three cards are clearly shown to be trapped on the ribbon, one tug and the court card miraculously comes free leaving the other two cards still hanging on the ribbon. All cards may immediately be examined again! Very clean handling. No fakes or extra cards. No set-up or re-set. Ideal for table hopping! 2. The Homing Coin. A matchbox drawer is shown empty and placed mouth down on the table. A coin is vanished and immediately appears under the box. The matchbox cover is then placed upright on the back of the drawer and the coin dropped inside. Immediately the drawer is lifted and the coin has penetrated through and under the drawer again. Finally the box is placed under a handkerchief and held by a spectator. The coin vanishes and is supposed to appear back inside the box. However, when the box is opened it is seen to be completely full of matches. Both download items cost just £4.00 each from 25.6.22


Chris Frost Lecture - South Downs Magicians. On Wednesday 6th July at 8pm South Downs Magicians will be having a lecture by Chris Frost. Chris is a great family entertainer with the emphasis on entertainment; a really great performer not to be missed. Guests are welcome at a fee of £8.00. The venue is Handcross Parish Hall, High Street, Handcross, Haywards Heath RH17 6BJ. Anyone wishing to come along please contact Jonathan Cann 01444 230409 or 07850 917126 in advance. Also see 25.6.22


The Davenport Collection website, now 6 years old, has over 2,000 items accessed from around the world by people interested in magic and entertainment. Just this week we’ve launched the Davenport Instagram Collection. If you like it, spread the word to your friends. 25.6.22


Quantum Leap: The Great Spontini. Sam materialises as a struggling stage magician locked in a custody battle with his estranged wife. Time-travelling adventure, starring Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell. 1974. Monday 4th July on Sky Replay. See TV Magic for details. 25.6.22


Magic: The Collection of Jim DeLoach Auction. This July, Potter & Potter is excited to present hundreds of fine pieces of vintage and modern magic apparatus from the lifetime collection of Jim DeLoach. Cornerstones of the collection include props by Okito, Collectors Workshop, Norm Nielsen, Abbott's, Petrie & Lewis, and other prominent magic manufacturers of the last century. See 25.6.22


"Pete Firman Returns To Edinburgh Fringe With Brand New Show, Bag of Tricks" Click Here • "Theatre Review: Derren Brown" Click Here • "Best magician in UK heading to Robin Hill this summer" Click Here • "Slight of Hand - Mandrake" Click Here • "Review: Lucy Darling’s classy, funny magic show opens new Rhapsody Theater in Rogers Park" Click Here • "Watch The Dancing Magician Simon Cowell Calls 'Fantastically Good And ... Bad'" Click Here • "Exclusive Interview: Illusionist Amr Halawani Reflects on His Desire to be an Entertainment Icon" Click Here • "The Magic Of Entrepreneurship" Click Here • That's it for another week - see you next week, Duncan. 25.6.22