Number 1235 - Saturday 24th February 2024


West End Magic, Saturday 24th February. London’s longest-running theatre magic show West End Magic presents some of the most exciting names in magic and variety in the UK. A family-friendly show offering an amazing mixture of magic, comedy and variety acts, featuring British Champion of Magic Oliver Tabor, magical compere Wayne Trice and special guest acts.

Since 2013, this regular London-based show runs throughout the year, featuring incredible award-winning magic, mind reading mysteries, hilarious comedy acts and specialty acts. The perfect treat for all the family, suitable for ages 5 upwards. Guaranteed to deliver the best in magic, illusion, comedy and variety! Saturday 24th February at 3.30pm - see to book.


The Blackpool Magic Convention 2024 may be over but registrations for 2025 go on sale in just a few weeks on Tuesday, 2nd April. Make a note in your diary now! 13th-16th February 2025. 24.2.24


Young & Strange Delusionists, North American Tour - Final Two Dates:
February 24th – Plymouth Memorial Hall, Plymouth, Massachusetts.
February 25th – Paramount Hudson Valley, Hudson Valley, Peekskill, New York.

With over 50 million online views Britain's most famous comedy illusionists Young & Strange present their smash hit show 'Delusionists'. Fun for the entire family, it’s a fully interactive, immersive experience, with extraordinary appearances, vanishes, mind reading feats and more. All tied together with a mind blowing, sensational finale set to rival any Las Vegas show! Trailer: YouTube. 24.2.24


Wessex Magic Convention 2024 - Youth Initiative! As part of our goal to introduce the next generation of magicians into our captivating world of magic we are allowing free entry to juniors (16 and under) to the daytime activities (this excludes the Gala show) if accompanied by a full paying adult on Sunday 24th March in Bournemouth. Doors open at 8.30am, and the day begins at 9am. As well as our Dealers' Hall, lecturers during the day will include Luke Jermay, Craig Petty, Oliver Tabor and James Brown. Refreshments will be available throughout, and from 5.30pm we will have a licensed bar prior to our Gala show which starts at 6.30pm. The show will end at around 9.30pm. Star names performing include: Ryland Petty, Katherine Rhodes, Oliver Tabor and Jay & Joss. Wessex Magic Convention 2024, Bournemouth School for Girls, Castle Gate Close, Castle Lane West, Bournemouth, Dorset BH8 9UJ. See: 24.2.24


The Magicians' Podcast Network Blackpool 2024 Special Episodes. What a time it was! We reviewed Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a different special guest each day. All three podcasts live right now - relive all the excitement of an incredible weekend!

Friday - with Rob James
Discussed: Beginning with taking in Chris De Rosa's Illusion show at the Pleasure Beach on the eve of the convention. They also discuss various lectures they took in, including Richard Griffin, Ben Hart and Mat O' Neill, plus the shows of Shoot Ogawa and Harrison Greenbaum, the big Gala Show and also the hits so far from the dealer hall.

Saturday- with Rodney James Piper
Discussed: The big event in The Opera House, the full Mac King Comedy Magic Show from Las Vegas, the hits from day 2 in the dealers hall, The Family Entertainer of the year competition, Tom Wright's show, Ben Hart’s Jadoo and Harrison Greenbaum's Late Night Roast.

Sunday - with Spooky Nyman
Discussed: We cover the amazing new discoveries in the dealers hall which just kept on coming even late into Sunday including the amazing Paul Richard's whose stand was so busy it was hard to get close. We also discuss the Mac King interview hosted by Noel Britten, The Harrison Greenbaum lecture, Suhani Shah and Steve Valentine's shows and the sensational Gala Shows featuring Philip Hitchcock, Mel Mellors, Shoot Ogawa, Celia Munoz, Montreal Trio, Raymond Crowe and more.

Subscribe and listen to all 3 Podcasts right now: Apple Podcasts or Spotify.


Hull Magicians' Circle - Fine Dining and Magic Theatre Show. Saturday 20th April. From the organisers: Get your glad rags on! You are invited to a sumptuous four-course banquet and a magnificent magic stage show with award winning performers direct from appearances in London's West End and television's Britain's Got Talent and Penn & Teller's Fool Us!

Starring Hudson & Hudson, two of the UK's most entertaining and original comedy performers with a string of TV and theatre credits. And yes they are married and from 'Ull! The Glamourists are Oliver Tabor and Vicki Butterfly, both headline artistes in their own right. They have appeared, with their unique theatrical illusions in Blackpool Tower's Ballroom, London theatres and in the Illusion:Impossible UK tour, as well as international shows from Australia to the USA.

Prepare to be thrilled! As a pre-dinner attraction you can meet the larger than life seven-foot-tall animated Frankenstein's Monster from showman Jon Gresham's 1950s Horror sideshow, brought back to life by House of Automata for television's Salvage Hunters Restored. Dare you have your picture taken with Frankie! Reserve your tickets now - Ring 07936 584540. For more information visit


Ulster Society of Magicians Annual Dinner. James Hobart writes: Preliminary details have now been released for the Ulster Society of Magicians Chairman’s Dinner on 11th May 2024. We will be returning to previous successful venue Rockmount Golf Club, Carryduff, Belfast for the Ted Oldham Memorial Lecture at 2.30 pm with a break before gathering at 7.30 pm for a 7.45pm start to the evening activities. Special guests performing at the dinner will be Vice President of The Ulster Society of Magicians, Magical Legend Fay Presto and President of the British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Comedy Conjuror Philip Partridge.

Please reserve your place by sending the names of your guest(s) and any special dietary requirements to Treasurer Paula McIntyre at or 0771 618 3298. Contact Paula to arrange your preferred method of payment. Final Deadline for payment and booking is 1st May 2024. Please prepare your group of friends for an evening of fine food, raffle, magic and laughter for the bargain price of just £45.00 (Steak supplement £10). Any questions can be addressed to the Secretary, James Hobart, whose contact details, and other information about the Society can be found on our website For those wishing to stay overnight in Belfast 10% has been arranged off rooms at The Ivanhoe Hotel (taxi transfers will be arranged before and after the event if there is sufficient interest). Please book directly with them and quote the magic dinner when doing so.


Pop Dog by Rick Green. Discount Magic write: Fresh from Blackpool 2024, Pop Dog! You begin by showing 4 playing cards with 4 different coloured balloon dogs on them. One at a time they turn face down, and as the final dog turns face down, you ask the spectator what the colour was of the last face-down dog... as they start to answer Pop! the dog visually pops off the card becoming a small rubber balloon dog, turning the final card over shows an explosion actually printed onto that card! Comes with everything you need to perform this trick right out of the box! For more info and to watch a video dem see 24.2.24


Peter Clifford’s Magical Mythologies - Bristol. Discover why you can’t trust your eyes... and you may well not believe your mind, with Peter Clifford’s latest, mind-melting magic show. In the intimate and exciting space of The Wardrobe Theatre, Peter Clifford will weave his magic around stories of life, conjuring and the wonders of the world. Join him as he plays with puzzles of perception and prestidigitates for your pleasure. Let your grip on reality slip for a moment and be transported into something far more fantastical and exciting. You really have to see it to not believe it.


27th February to 2nd March at 7.30pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) at The Wardrobe Theatre, The Old Market Assembly, 25 West Street, Old Market, Bristol BS2 0DF. Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes (with interval). Ages 12+. "Peter Clifford is one of my favourite magicians and one of the loveliest people I know… Do everything you can to get tickets!" Derren Brown. 24.2.24


Alakazam Magic Present Desert Island Tricks. Each week we invite one of the biggest guests in the world of magic to maroon themselves on a desert island. They are allowed to take with them 8 tricks, 1 book and 1 non-magic item that they use for magic! We discuss their "can't live without" lists and why those items were chosen. Episodes are uploaded every Friday and are available via all Podcast service providers! To find out more about the team behind Desert Island Tricks, visit: 24.2.24


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Paul Lytton on The Big Stage from 4th April 2000. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 24.2.24


Magical Memories in aid of Trinity Hospice. Jonathan Royle reports: Just over £1,500 was raised on Sunday 18th February towards buying a new piece of equipment for Trinity Hospice who helped the late magician, singer and entertainer Carl DeRome to live out his final days peacefully at home, before he died the day after Blackpool Magic Convention 2023. Acts including Comedy Magician Jonathan Royle, Comedy Legend Ricky Lane, Singers Tony Just, Ant Oliver, Johnny Rox and John Kelly all performed during the event, as did Vocalist and Event Organiser Peter Young in what was also a Tribute to Carl's memory, attended by family, friends and fellow showbiz performers at Blackpool Royal British Legion. The fund-raising continues, and donations can be made here: 24.2.24


Jake Banfield: Modern Magic - The Charlotte Street Hotel, London, tonight! The longest running parlour magic show in London. 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. The Charlotte Street Hotel, 15-17 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RJ. 24.2.24


All Star Family Fortunes. Paul Daniels v Joe Swash. Magician Paul Daniels and former EastEnder Joe Swash compete, teaming up with their relatives to guess the answers to surveys of 100 people in a bid to reach the final round, in which they can win up to £30,000 for a charity of their choice. Game show, hosted by Vernon Kay. Saturday 2nd March on Challenge. See TV Magic for details. 24.2.24


"Penn and Teller interview: The magic duo spill their secrets" Click Here • "Adelaide Fringe - Magician moves entire audience mid-show as fringe plunges into blackout" Click Here • "Master illusionist Michael Carbonaro heads to Tulsa June 15" Click Here • "A New Orleans magician says a Democratic operative paid him to make the fake Biden robocall" Click Here • "The reigning world champions of mental magic Anca & Lucca are opening a new magical world of experience in the Vienna Prater this summer" Click Here • "Mind Mangler to embark on tour after West End run" Click HereThat's it for this week, your UK magic news is always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 24.2.24


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Number 1234 - Saturday 17th February 2024


Michael Vincent's Magical Conversations - Episode 1 with Richard McDougall. This new project features Michael Vincent enjoying magical conversations with interesting people from different backgrounds. Topics under discussion will include: Magic, Personal Development, Business, Sport, Health & Wellness, Psychology, Communication and Show Business. Guests will include both friends and mentors. Episode 1 with Richard McDougall is now live: YouTube. 17.2.24


The Dublin Magic Convention, October 5th and 6th. Quentin Reynolds writes: Irish conventions are known for their fun, friendliness and good magic. Come and enjoy the weekend and maybe a short holiday before or after. The Dublin Magic Convention, Teachers' Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin City Centre D01 T6V6. Email for more information. 17.2.24


Ali Cook: Principles of Deception. As a child, acclaimed magician Ali Cook was given a copy of a 1948 book The Principles of Deception. It was the first book to describe every type of magic trick and now Ali is going to perform them all in one show! Thrilling, funny and fast paced, with a script co-written by Ali Cook and Dave Gorman, this is a magical tour de force. 5th & 6th July at Royal & Derngate Northampton, 19-21 Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP 17.2.24


Mark Elsdon & Martin MacMillan on Craig Petty's Magic TV: 'Talk Magic'. Every week Craig Petty sits down and chats with a well known magician; a creator, a performer, or someone who has had a positive impact on the Magic Community. This week: "Mark Elsdon & Martin MacMillan talk Blackpool 2024" YouTube. 17.2.24


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, card magic from Paul Daniels on 'The Paul Daniels Magic Show' from 31st January 1987 (with Diane O'Brien). See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 17.2.24


Richard Jones Soldier of Illusion - Artrix Theatre, Bromsgrove, tonight... From the promoter: Richard Jones rose to fame as the only magician to ever win Britain’s Got Talent and has since won the prestigious Gold Star accolade within The Inner Magic Circle, the highest honour in The Magic Circle. Known as 'The Military Illusionist' he represents the very best in cutting edge magic, mind-reading and psychological illusion. Richard combines his training from his 12 years serving in the British Army using his expert knowledge of deception to create a unique experience you will never forget! Following his headline sellout with the biggest magic show in the West End, Richard continues to astound audiences around the world with his incredible tours. See What's On or for all remaining tour dates. 17.2.24


Pete Firman TrikTok - Civic Theatre, Rotherham, tonight... Pete Firman is back on the road with his brand new live show ‘TrikTok’! Audiences can expect laugh-out-loud comedy and jaw-dropping magic. Grab a ticket before they all disappear! See What's On or for all remaining tour dates. 17.2.24





British Magical Society's inaugural Donald Bevan Abra Award. Bob King writes: On Tuesday 13th February the BMS gathered to compete for a new competition - created to mark the 90th Birthday of longstanding and hardworking club past president Donald Bevan, who also edited Abra magazine for more than 40 years. Eight members of the club competed for the award which required them to perform a trick originally published in any edition of Abra. There was a wide mix of routines but Phil Sweeting won the trophy with a nostalgia-inducing routine involving the prediction of an amount of change to pay for a magic trick at 1970s prices! Phil was humbled to win the prize which was in honour of one of his magical heroes and is pictured here receiving the trophy from Donald, while club president Jim McLean watches on. 17.2.24


MLM Web Offers. MLM write: The Mark Leveridge range of magic downloads is already amazingly good value, but there are ways to make even these prices more favourable. For instance, members of E-Club Pro automatically can buy any MLM product at half price, while those who subscribe to E-Club Elite also get a collection of 10 MLM products (a list that is updated and changed every two months) from which they can download any of the effects they want at no extra charge! But what if you are not part of the E-Club? Well, every two months Mark Leveridge makes two of his products generally available as Web Offers, enabling anyone to purchase the selected items at around 40% off. Currently a close-up routine called The Hypnotised Coin is available as a downloadable video for just £4, plus an intriguing advice e-book called Keeping Control can be yours for a mere £6. For more information about the Web Offers, and to save yourself some money, go to 17.2.24


Shane McDermott wins Bryan Atherton Trophy - Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians. Sue Oakley writes: On Wednesday 7th February, the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians held the final round of the Bryan Atherton Trophy. This year's worthy winner was Shane McDermott. The trophy was presented by President Bob Doyle. 17.2.24


Paul Fowler's Working Magic lecture at Surrey Society of Magicians. Adam Mosley writes: Paul Fowler is a professional magician with over 10 years experience and has exploded onto the magic scene in the past 18 months with multiple product releases including Overdraft and Transaction. His magic has been positively received and is being performed by magicians all over the world. Paul takes pride in creating effects that not only get reactions but also make sense to the audience.

Paul’s lecture ‘Working Magic’ focuses on EDC, organic props and clever presentations. You can expect to learn Paul’s unreleased material that is not only visually stunning but also engaging for any audience. Attending his lecture will also give magicians the opportunity to learn how to connect and leave a lasting impression. Whether you're a hobbyist, amateur, or professional magician, Paul's lecture promises something for everyone. The material covered will be adaptable to all skill levels. Thursday 22nd February at 7.30pm. Email to attend.


Pawn Stars. A customer presents a signature worthy of presidential praise. Later, a magician has a car once owned by Siegfried and Roy. Repeat. Thursday 22nd February on Sky History. See TV Magic. 17.2.24


Castle. Quirky US crime drama series about a bestselling author who shadows a New York detective. When the owner of historic Drake's Magic Shop in New York is found drowned in Houdini's water torture tank, Castle and Beckett delve into the world of magicians and their secrets to find his killer. Repeat. Tuesday 27th February on Great TV. See TV Magic. 17.2.24


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. 17.2.24


"Adelaide Fringe: Enchanting UK magician Ben Hart is set to cast a spell over Fringe with new show ‘Hex’" Click Here • "Magical tribute to late Blackpool entertainer Carl De Rome to raise funds for Trinity Hospice" Click Here • "Magic returns to The Players’ Ring Theatre with ‘Jonathan Harrington - 19th Century Magician’" Click Here • Simon Rosselli reviews Liam Ball's recent lecture at the South London Magical Society Click Here • "Sauce Gardner hilariously claims he is never going back to Vegas after being stunned by a magician" Click Here • "Watch Evan Rachel Wood Discuss New York Stage Debut—And Working as a Magician's Assistant" Click Here • "Magician Josh Maddocks whose popcorn trick reached millions on TikTok" Click Here • That's it. As ever your UK magic news is welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 17.2.24