Number 1126 - Saturday 22nd January 2022

 

Marvels of Mystery. 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 (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! Friday, 4th February, Witham Public Hall, Essex. Tickets: www.ticketsource.co.uk. Also see What's On listing for additional dates, when BGT winner Richard Jones alternates with Scott Penrose at selected venues. For more information visit www.marvelsofmystery.com and for tickets see www.marvelsofmystery.com/uk-tour. 22.1.22

 

Wild Things: Siegfried & Roy. Apple TV+ / At Will Media. From the makers: Over the course of nearly half a century, Siegfried & Roy performed 30,000 shows for 50 million people and generated well over $1 billion in ticket sales. Although the German-born illusionists and pop culture icons were mega-famous, much about their private lives, eccentric public personae, and tragic final show remained shrouded in mystery…until now. Emmy®-winning filmmaker and journalist Steven Leckart, in his very first podcast, takes you behind the velvet curtain to reveal shocking moments, surprising details, and hidden truths about two men who were lionized by millions of fans, lampooned by the media, criticized by animal welfare advocates, and endlessly scrutinized by the public. podcasts.apple.com. 22.1.22

 

Happy Birthday to the incredible Mark Raffles... 100 today! Here's Mark from just a few years ago, performing live on stage at The Blackpool Convention in 2014. 22.1.22

 

 

Leeds Magic Jam - 11th September 2022. Chris Stewart writes: Details will be announced closer to the time. The venue is Garforth Welfare Hall, 56 Main Street, Garforth, Leeds LS25 1AA. Also see facebook.com/leedsmagicjam. 22.1.22

 

Blue Peter: Champions of Magic Live! "Get me out... get me out right now!" Young & Strange have fun with the Blue Peter team: iPlayer. See What's On for tour dates. Also see www.youngandstrange.co.uk. 22.1.22

 

The Greatest Magician ~ An Evening of Wonders. From the promoters: A dazzling new magic show presented by the magician most famous for jamming the BBC switchboards after he correctly predicted the lottery. This astonishing, enigmatic, five-star rated magic show will leave you aching from laughter and dizzy in disbelief. Directed by the late Paul Daniels, this astounding new magic show returns to the stage for the final time.

 

You'll be transported to a jaw-dropping world of light hearted hilarity, wonderment, and mystery. Presented by the BBC's most broadcast magician of the last decade and host of BBC's Trickster: Live. James Phelan is The Greatest Magician. Playing in theatres now for a strictly limited run. "'Leaves even the most seasoned magic goers dumbfounded" Edinburgh Festival Magazine. See: www.tickets.greatestmagician.co.uk for UK January to April tour dates. 22.1.22

 

Pete Firman: Bag of Tricks. Pete Firman is one of the UK's most popular magicians and he's back on the road! You've seen him on television, now experience his trademark blend of laugh-out-loud comedy and jaw-dropping magic live on stage. As seen on ITV1's Tonight at the London Palladium and The Next Great Magician, BBC1's The Magicians, The John Bishop Show and The Sarah Millican Television Programme. Saturday, 2nd July at 7.30pm at Artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London N12 0GA www.artsdepot.co.uk. Also see www.petefirman.co.uk. 22.1.22

 

Archie Manners makes the cut in Monday's Keeping Up with the Aristocrats (Monday, 24th January, ITV). Princess Olga Romanoff is trying to raise cash to pay the annual £50,000 running costs of Provender House by hosting tour groups herself, while Lord Ivar Mountbatten and husband James compete at the Cowes Week regatta. Meanwhile, Alexandra Sitwell's ancestral home of Renishaw Hall is looking like a disaster zone as builders renovate the ancient plumbing and wiring. See TV Magic. 22.1.22

 

Tom Brace: Embrace the Impossible! Tom Brace loved his childhood. Roald Dahl, Cluedo and one film in particular from 1985. Join him for a hilarious evening of 1.21 gigawatts of magic as he showcases his unique, incredible and totally pointless abilities in a new show inspired by his past! Featuring Tom's unique blend of comedy and magic, the show promises to have a little something for everybody.

"Charmed, amazed and delighted in equal measure!" James O’Brien, LBC
"Go for the magic, stay for Tom’s charm and comedy"
★★★★ Phoenix Remix
"A fun-filled hour of amazing magic and hilarious comedy"
★★★★ Primary Times

 Saturday, 9th April at 7pm. Artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London N12 0GA www.artsdepot.co.uk. Also see www.tombracemagic.com. 22.1.22

 

The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Dynamo's Estate of Mind, part 2. From 11th May 2006. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 22.1.22

 

"Paul Gordon and Graham P Jolley - Magic And Fun - January 2022" Paul Gordon and Graham P Jolley get together for some manips and tricks, squeezing 15 routines into just 35 minutes! YouTube. 22.1.22

 

Ben Williams 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. "Ben Williams, king of gimmick making talks magic, creativity and more" You Tube. 22.1.22

 

David Britland's Cardopolis Newsletter. Always excellent. If you're really into magic Cardopolis is for you! Magic, notes, trivia, and other fragments from the deceptive art. It's free, but a click on the 'Buy Me A Coffee' link is a nice gesture. DT. Subscribe at: www.cardopolis.substack.com. 22.1.22

 

Swindle By Steve Cook - An Alakazam Magic Exclusive. Swindle by Steve Cook is a super cool influence effect, ideal for opening your performance. As usual Steve has created an easy to follow, simple to execute Mentalism effect that packs small and plays big! We all know the power of a simple 50/50 choice but Swindle feels like so much more. Add Peter Nardi’s routining to Steve’s fantastic method and you know you are on to a winner! www.alakazam.co.uk. 22.1.22

 

The January 2022 Mark Leveridge Podcast. In this month's audio half hour: Reflections on how different the magic world was when Mark turned pro 40 years ago. Be wary of allowing comedy to overshadow the magic. Has COVID forced the demise of some traditional entertainment agencies? Listen to a true story of a show mix up taken from E-Club Pro’s It Could Only Happen Live archive. Mark challenges the assumption that a good act should never comprise of a succession of disconnected tricks. Leveridge Legerdemain is now launched and available for magic clubs to book. Procrastination is a bad habit! You can get free access either from www.markleveridge.co.uk/podcast-archive, or from www.markleveridge.podbean.com where you can also sign up to be a follower and receive each new monthly release automatically 22.1.22

 

Chris 'Frostie' Frost Lecture - Manchester Circle of Magicians, Monday 24th January. Alex D Fisher (Entertainments Secretary) writes: Do you believe in magic? Kids do! They believe Reindeer can fly, they believe that monsters lurk in the dark and that fairies exchange their teeth for cash! It always fascinated Frostie that if they believe all this, then why did they not believe he was magic after he'd showed them magic? Then, he realised... In this lecture, Frostie will teach you some of his own routines, that both kids and adults love, leaving them believing that you are indeed magic and not just another magician showing tricks.

Manchester Circle of Magicians are delighted to announce Mr Chris ''Frostie'' Frost as our first lecture of the year. Lecture starts at 7.30pm. Members free, visitors £10 (ask about our offer). Those wishing to visit should in this instance contact Alex Fisher beforehand alex@alexdfisher.co.uk. Our new venue: The Micker Brook, Councillor Lane, Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle SK8 5NU (2 for 1 burgers and pizzas on Mondays so worth coming early!) www.manchestercircleofmagicians.co.uk.
22.1.22

 

Six Ebooks - One Great Price! The Professional Worker Series of six advice ebooks provide a huge amount of advice and information from which magicians of all levels of experience can benefit. There are thousands of books dedicated to tricks, but very few which seek to look behind the actual magic and provide assistance with all the other elements involved in performance. Going Walkabout, Trade Show Magic, The Table Magician, Marketing Yourself, Keeping Control and Learning From Experience together offer almost 200 pages of real world tips, hints and good practice advice relating to the performance and marketing of magic. Everything is drawn from Mark's 40 years as a pro making it all highly practical and useful. Each ebook normally costs £10.00 but you can purchase the complete set of 6 for a special bargain price of just £39.00 provided you order by midnight GMT on the 31st January 2022. So act right now and go to www.markleveridge.co.uk where you can take full advantage of this great one-time offer. 22.1.22

 

The inside story of iBeer, the underdog beer app that made millions. "The work of a down-and-out magician, nothing was bigger during the App Store's first year of existence. But like so many overnight successes, iBeer got drunk on money and power and last call arrived far too soon..." Read the full story by Quinn Myers www.melmagazine.com. 22.1.22

 

Oz Pearlman on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "Beth Behrs chats to Ellen about The Neighborhood, before playing Taste Buds with Tichina Arnold, while magician Oz Pearlman also drops by." Friday 28th January on ITV2 (repeat) see TV Magic. 22.1.22

 

"R. Paul Wilson On: When Sleight Of Hand Magicians And Card Cheaters Collide" Click Here • "Were Penn and Teller fooled by Michigan magician and his Kellogg’s cereal box trick?" Click Here • "Magician Criss Angel Gives Fans A Welcome Update On His Son's Health" Click Here • "‘It took four men and a fire extinguisher to get the tiger off him’: the tragedy of Vegas magicians Siegfried and Roy" Click Here • "Now You See Me 3 is under development, might release sooner than you think" Click Here • "Magician alters plans for tigers in Las Vegas show proposal" Click Here • "Jack Sand, former WDAY weatherman and beloved magician, dies at age 82" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcome - see you next week, Duncan. 22.1.22

 

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Number 1125 - Saturday 15th January 2022

 

Franz Harary Q&A announced for Blackpool 2022! Franz Harary continually redefines the art of magic through his work as a performer and visionary illusion designer. He has the distinction of being the first world-class magician to perform illusions entirely of his own design, winning international acclaim and multiple awards for his astounding achievements in magic: www.franzharary.com.

 

Joining Franz Harary from the 17th-20th February: Andrew Basso, Paul Zenon, Jean Luc Bertrand’s 'Magicbox' Show, The Christian Farla Show, The Showgirls of Magic, Florian Sainvet, Topas, Paul Zerdin, Lynette Chappelle, Ehrlich Ocampo, Daniel Rosenfeldt, Barney Addison, Nikola Arkane, Graeme Shaw, Stuart McDowell, Mark Calabrese, Oliver Graham, Henri White, Paul Stone, Rune Carlsen, Simon Lipkin, Noel Qualter, Matt Pritchard, Jon Marshall, Michael Diamond, Matt Edwards, Laura London, John Lenahan, Marc Oberon, Matricks Illusion Show, Brando, Craig Petty, Jasper Cherry, Liam Moorhouse, Ruben Fernandez, Michel Huot, Nikolas Mavresis, George Quinn, Graham Lee, Rodney James Piper, Jaana Felicitas Scandariato, Nick Einhorn & Craig Squires, Magic Sam's 'Beat the Wand' and Wayne Dobson! www.blackpoolmagicconvention.com. 15.1.22

 

Andi Gladwin just fooled Penn & Teller! YouTube. 15.1.22

 

The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Dynamo's Estate of Mind (part 1) "F*** me, this kid is good!" Chris Martin, Coldplay. From 11th May 2006. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 15.1.22

 

84th IBM British Ring Convention announced for Eastbourne, September 1st-4th 2022. "Having not had a physical convention since 2019 we are now taking Registrations for our 2022 convention in Eastbourne. We will release more details when we have them, but this promises to be a convention to remember." To download a Registration Form visit: www.britishring.org.uk. 15.1.22

 

The Session - revised dates: 8th-10th July 2022. From the organisers: The Session is the best close-up magic convention in the UK. Full stop. It was started thirteen years ago, in Gloucestershire, back when it was just a bunch of friends trying to make the sort of convention they wanted to go to. One that wasn’t too big. One that actively encouraged sessioning. One where the performers actually wanted to hang with the attendees. For full details visit: www.vanishingincmagic.com. 15.1.22

 

James Anthony 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. "Magic World, Print by Magic, performing, reviewing and more" YouTube. 15.1.22

 

How Penn & Teller helped create Magic Goes Wrong. "As hit show Magic Goes Wrong continues in the West End, and heads around the UK on a tour too, top magicians Penn & Teller reveal how they found themselves working with the team behind The Play That Goes Wrong, and how they came to cast their spell on audiences..." www.comedy.co.uk. 15.1.22

 

Birmingham's Magic Car Boot Sale returns on Sunday 6th February 2022, with loads of stalls and thousands of bargains. The venue as ever is The Austin Sports and Social Club, Tessall Lane, Birmingham B31 2SF. Ten minutes from Junction 4 on the M5. Ample free parking. Admission is £5 and it opens at 10.30am. Hot food and drinks available. If you are interested in a stall just a few are still available, contact Alec Powell on 07831 115 448 or email alec@alecpowell.co.uk to book. 15.1.22

 

Modern Magic: Jake Banfield. Prepare to believe in magic...! Downstairs in the sumptuous screening room at the Charlotte Street Hotel, an audience will have their minds read, have their 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. Friday 28th January. Tickets: £35-£45. Venue: The Charlotte Street Hotel, 15-17 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RJ. www.modernmagic.co.uk. 15.1.22

 

Northamptonshire Magicians Club Free Table Top Magic Sale. David Miller writes: From 8pm on Tuesday 18th January, at Brafield WMC, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD. Time to sell your unwanted magic props books and effects, or pick up a bargain. This is free of charge for buyers and sellers, as long as you pre-register via www.northamptonshiremagicians.uk. 15.1.22

 

The January MLM Select New Releases. Each month two routines from the E-Club Pro archives are released as stand alone effects which are available for general purchase for a limited period. Here are the new products for January: 1 - The All Purpose Force. With this product you receive instructions for an entertaining packet trick which has built-in humour and which is fooling as well! But the main benefit you receive is the detailed directions for a special card force that can be adapted to all manner of different packet effects. It is straightforward to do and appears to be extremely fair in the way it is handled, yet you are always in control of the outcome. 2 - The Professional Magician's Signed Card To Wallet. This is a totally commercial method for achieving the classic signed card to wallet. There is no palming, no re-set, and the wallet can be out in view from the very start of the trick. You receive full instructions for how to prepare a full size leather wallet and when done, the wallet will have no external gimmicking, which means it can be handled totally naturally and even given to a spectator to hold. Both of the above routines can be downloaded for just £7.00 each. Go to www.markleveridge.co.uk/e-club-pro-select. 15.1.22

 

Meet Bob Possible with the 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." www.magiciansadvice.com. 15.1.22

 

Magicseen New Year Book Offer. We want to help you get the new year off to a great start, and so we would like to make you a special offer. Place an order for any of our currently available printed publications Kranzilla Unleashed (Nathan Kranzo), Life's A Beach Vols 1 and 2 (Gary Jones), Mel Mellers' Magical Mentalism Tour, A Lifetime In Magic Vols 1 and 2 (Devin Knight), and 50 Secrets To Successful Magic and on the 1st February we will draw a name from amongst those who placed an order and that winning person will have the full price of the book(s) refunded. This means the only cost incurred would be the p&p, the book(s) would be completely free! So, to get your name in the hat to receive your complimentary books, simply place your order before midnight (GMT) on the 31st January 2022 and you could be the one we'll be contacting with the full book cost refund! Please note - this offer applies only to printed books and not to book downloads. www.magicseen.co.uk. 15.1.22

 

Cat & Mouse - Mr E Enterprises: Just remade and better than ever in table hopping pro size cards! You show picture cards which depict six houses in a row and a cartoon picture of a mouse. Your spectator’s task is to locate which house conceals the cheese so that your friendly mouse Freddie can have his supper. They have a perfectly free choice and the picture of Freddie is placed on the house freely chosen. All the other houses are shown to contain pictures of aggressive looking cats and amazingly your spectator has placed Freddie on the only house that, when it is turned face upwards, shows a picture of delicious-looking cheese!

In an alternative presentation all the houses contain a cheese while your spectator has placed Freddie on the only house with a vicious looking cat, and in this event there is an amusing climax to this engaging effect! Great appeal for both children and adult audiences. Perfect for table-hopping and small parties. Resets in a moment. Easy to do! Comes complete with laminated picture cards and instructions. www.mreenterprises.co.uk.
15.1.22

 

Hamleys at Christmas (a nice look back Hamleys over the years, with magic: www.channel5.com • Dirty Tricks Trailer YouTube • "‘More secure than a Nevada prison’: Will county OK tiger show?" Click Here • "Ben Hart on magical mission to bring back a sense of wonder" Click Here • "From Laughter to Total Astonishment: A Preview of Derek Hughes at Zanies" Click Here • "Making Magic: The Majinx Virtually Impossible Show" Click Here • "[Q&A] Confetti Eddie on his career and solo show." Click Here • That's it for this week, your UK magic news is always welcomed. See next week, Duncan. 15.1.22

 

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