As audience members, we only see the glamorous side of being a professional magician: commanding a stage with charisma and brilliance. But the reality of being on the road and working in a different theater every night doesn’t have the same sheen, as you can see in a vlog from Alex McAleer.

The mentalist is currently touring the UK as part of the Champions of Magic stage show. His first video goes behind the scenes of the production with a big dose of McAleer’s dry British humor. The vlog also includes a surprising amount of insight into the dietary habits of Sam Strange, who is also on the Champions of Magic tour as half of the gonzo Young & Strange duo.

Jamie Raven may have lost the Britain’s Got Talent 2015 final to a Border Collie by just 2.2% of the votes, but he hasn’t let that humiliating defeat at the paws of his canine nemesis hold him back. Has Matisse the dog headlined the West End Box Office Smash, “The Illusionists?” No, he’s a dog. Did he go on a sell-out stage show tour in 2016 and 2017? No, he is, in fact, a dog. Is he starting another stage show in September? No. Dog. Well, Jamie Raven is. Take that, dog.

In Making Magic, Raven is going to perform a range of new tricks and demonstrate how and why magic works. He’ll also pick a member of the audience and teach them a bit of magic, having them perform the final trick of the night. 

The tour kicks off at  Northwich Memorial Court on Friday, September 28th. Doors open at 7:00pm and the show starts at 7:30pm.  Tickets are on sale now and start at £14.00.

And the dog totally cheated, by the way. Just sayin’. 

Christian Lee, a finalist from Britain’s Got Talent in 2016, is headlining a touring magic show in the UK. Britain’s Got Magic will play shows from East Sussex to West Yorkshire over the coming months. The website has the full schedule and ticket information.

Lee took the international stage with a run on the television competition, but he’s also built a strong following on YouTube with his blend of magic and comedy. He’ll be joined by a rotating roster of guest performers at the different stops around the UK. For tonight’s performance in Lincoln, for instance, he’s sharing the stage with Oliver Tabor and Max Somerset. Both magicians have solid accolades on their resumes, and if this is a sign of what’s to come, this tour is shaping up to offer a good night of fun for magic fans.

For a sample of Lee’s act, check out his semi-final performance on Britain’s Got Talent: