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Spellbound: why ‘witch lit’ is the hottest new genre on our bookshelves
Vampires and ghosts have long haunted popular fiction, but now a string of new releases is focusing on marginalised women with hidden powers

Vanessa Thorpe, Arts and Media Correspondent

08, Jan, 2023 @12:00 PM

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The Art of Illusion review – a little less than meets the eye
Alexis Michalik’s time-hopping French hit about the history of stage magic is a diverting jeu d’esprit but there isn’t much to see once you look past the misdirection

Brian Logan

04, Jan, 2023 @8:00 PM

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Derren Brown: Showman review – a performance that will blow your mind
The veteran illusionist outdoes himself with an evening of bewildering trickery that holds a mirror to our deepest feelings

Brian Logan

16, Dec, 2022 @1:25 PM

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Jack and the Beanstalk review – no expense spared for giant all-star entertainment
Dawn French, Julian Clary and the like join an animatronic giant with a vast beanstalk in an innuendo-heavy, story-light show

Brian Logan

15, Dec, 2022 @1:04 PM

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Ted Lasso’s Nick Mohammed: ‘I didn’t think about comedy seriously until doing a PhD in seismology’
The character comedian and TV star on meeting angry fans, his first UK tour as megalomaniac magician Mr Swallow and taking inspiration from Torvill and Dean

Interview by Liam Pape

29, Nov, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Mind Mangler review – Magic Goes Wrong spin-off is all fun and mind games
Mischief Theatre are up to their old tricks as silly slapstick meets telepathy in a send-up of stage mentalism

Brian Logan

13, Aug, 2022 @7:00 PM

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Sibling revelry: the brother and sister hitting Edinburgh fringe with magic and comedy
Break-dancing illusionist Magical Bones and character comedian Eme Essien are at the festival with new shows. He teaches her one of his tricks – and gets an acting masterclass in return

Anya Ryan

12, Aug, 2022 @10:33 AM

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John Wade obituary
Other lives: Magician who appeared on radio, stage and screen and featured in the credits of The Avengers

Eric Midwinter

03, Jun, 2022 @4:35 PM

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‘We give them permission to deceive us’: the power and privilege of the magician
In a new exhibition, artist Derek Fordjour looks at magic through the ages and how it speaks to our obsession with the art of the hustle

Janelle Zara

04, Apr, 2022 @3:07 PM

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Kids’ entertainers on the tricks of their trade: ‘My years in the police were very useful’
From the DJs hosting mini raves to a Viking battle master – it takes a special talent to contain a room full of rowdy children

Rebecca Seal

26, Mar, 2022 @9:00 AM

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A new start after 60: ‘After 35 years of teaching, I became Magic Frank – and I’ve never been happier’
Frank Farrell had loved magic since he was a child. But it was only after retiring that he began to perform professionally. Now he is living exactly the life he wants to live

Paula Cocozza

21, Feb, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Zoo Mundo review – an exhilarating spin through time and across continents
From a small studio in his family home, Thaddeus Phillips blends magician’s tricks and object-theatre techniques to build a delightful story

Mark Fisher

17, Jan, 2022 @8:00 AM

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