Magic on the Fringe - Edinburgh

August Dates

The official Edinburgh Fringe programme contains 67 magic and magic-related shows. Once again card man Peter McLanachan (www.thecardman.co.uk) has kindly pieced together all the magic listings for MagicWeek readers (many thanks Pete!) Click Here.

 

The Very Best of Derren Brown Underground

August Dates

Derren Brown Underground is the latest stage show from the multi-award winning master of psychological illusion. Bringing together a collection of the very best of Derren’s previous stage work, Underground is a spell-binding experience of showmanship and magical genius. A unique opportunity to see Derren perform his own choice of some of his favourite work on the stage, for a limited run only. Book quickly as tickets will sell out fast. Not suitable for under 12's. Directed by Andrew O'Connor and Andy Nyman. Also see www.derrenbrown.co.uk/on-stage.
Mon 21 – Wed 23 Aug. Woking New Victoria Theatre
Thu 24 – Sat 26 Aug. Sheffield Lyceum Theatre
Mon 28 – Wed 30 Aug. Buxton Opera House
Thu 31 Aug – Sat 2 Sep. Blackpool Grand Theatre

 

Mark James Sideshow Tricks - Blackpool

Summer Season

To October 25th. Mark James has worked professionally for over a decade on land and at sea worldwide. He now brings his critically acclaimed show to The Festival Suite at Viva, Blackpool! Mark combines original comedy and magic with juggling, escapology and sideshow stunts to create a one-man variety show like no other. The show is fresh, original and always family friendly. In ‘Sideshow Tricks’ there’s something for the whole family. You’ll see Mark perform world class sleight of hand magic, escape from a straightjacket, eat fire, and even juggle mousetraps! The show promises to be hilarious, so whether you’re 5 or 105 grab your ticket, hold on to your hat and take your seat for a night you’ll never forget! Tickets via www.vivablackpool.com/event/mark-james-sideshow-tricks.

 

Baffling Blandford - Magical Town Walk

Every Sunday (to September 10th)

4pm every summertime Sunday (until 10th September). Discover the secrets of Blandford, both fact and fantasy, as we illustrate this fine Georgian town's magical hotspots with stunning illusions. Tickets £8 (£7 conc./£20 family) from: Blandford Information Centre, Crown Hotel reception, or just turn up on the day! (New: online discounts). Free nearby parking on Sundays at the Marsh & Ham Car Park DT11 7AW. The walk starts from the Crown Hotel, West Street, Blandford Forum DT11 7AJ (Map). www.artoftheimpossible.com.

 

The Magic Hour - The Park Lane Hotel, London

Every Friday

Sit back and enjoy the plush surroundings of London's first ever luxury hotel, The Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BX (Map). The show room itself enjoyed visits from Winston Churchill, and many others, who can be seen on its walls. We hope to welcome you for what will be a very special evening of magic, in an exclusive location! For inforamtion and to book visit www.magichourshow.com.

 

Craig Christian: Evolution of Magic - Blackpool

August Dates

Craig Christian and Elizabeth Best are back with another groundbreaking show, 'The Evolution of Magic' at the Horseshoe Bar, Blackpool Pleasure Beach. After touring and headlining in Germany for the past year, Craig is ready to surpass all expectations with a cool, urban show, featuring illusions, close-up sleight of hand magic and mind reading. Expect to be amazed! Tickets are available online www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com or at the Pleasure Beach box office. Running from July 11th to September 3rd. Also see YouTube.

 

Christian Gambin: The Gentleman Cheater - London

All Year

From the organisers: His life: the game! His passion: winning! His pleasure: cheating! When the cards start burning his hands, every trick becomes a new challenge. Do you enjoy close-up magic? You will love playing against him! Come and have fun in an interactive show. Christian Gambin, a stunning magician, award winning magician, World FISM and French Magic Champion, plays for the first time in London's West End. An expert in close-up magic and a stunning magician. The nearer you are, the less you can see! Come and see his sleight of hand and let dreams come true... The last Friday of the month at 7.30 pm from July 2017 to June 2018. Courthouse Hotel, 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7HL. For more information and to book visit www.magicentertainmentlondon.co.uk.

 

The Family Festival of Magic - Great Yarmouth

22nd & 23rd August

From the organisers: Britain's Got Talent Stars of Magic come to Great Yarmouth for The Family Festival of Magic. Imagine a cavalcade of magicians descending into Great Yarmouth who will wave their magic wands and make your troubles disappear... well, for a few hours at least. That’s exactly what’s happening at the St. Georges Theatre and Plaza on August 22nd and 23rd as Great Yarmouth plays host to the first Family Festival of Magic. Magical folk and entertainers of all kinds will be performing their skills inside and out at the St. Georges venue on King Street with Free Entry to the daytime events featuring: balloon modellers, children's magicians, Punch & Judy, close-up conjurors and circus style performers.


TV comedy stunt man Jeff Drayton and TV comedy magician Stevie Pink from Britain's Got Talent will both be appearing along with Chris North from ITV's New Faces and 3,2,1. The evening magic shows are priced at £3.00 per person and feature these local TV stars of magic together with many other local stars of variety, magic and wizardry. The Family Festival of Magic is a two-day event which will be raising funds to help the local magic clubs. The Gathering and The Anglian Magic Society. If anyone wishes to join in the event during the two days please contact Kyle 07982 819727. Also see: www.magicfestival.co.uk and www.stgeorgestheatre.com.

 

Conjuring at the Court - London

31st August

From the producers: This month the show features Jamie Raven, second-placed finalist in Britain’s Got Talent 2015, and star of West End show, The Illusionists. And there’s Max Somerset, with his brilliantly original theatrical style; socialist magician Ian Saville (he’s hilarious, no matter what your political views); and the zany antics of Wes Zaharuk. Compered for the first time by Hugh Levinson, it’s going to be a great night of comedy and magic. The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm with an interval. It’s in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Come early to enjoy a meal before the show! Parking is free from 6.30pm. Tickets still just £11 in advance from www.conjuringatthecourt.com - do book early to make sure of a place!

 

Craig Christian: Evolution of Magic - Blackpool

September Dates

Craig Christian and Elizabeth Best are back with another groundbreaking show, 'The Evolution of Magic' at the Horseshoe Bar, Blackpool Pleasure Beach. After touring and headlining in Germany for the past year, Craig is ready to surpass all expectations with a cool, urban show, featuring illusions, close-up sleight of hand magic and mind reading. Expect to be amazed! Tickets are available online www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com or at the Pleasure Beach box office. Running from July 11th to September 3rd. Also see YouTube.

 

The Very Best of Derren Brown Underground

September Dates

Derren Brown Underground is the latest stage show from the multi-award winning master of psychological illusion. Bringing together a collection of the very best of Derren’s previous stage work, Underground is a spell-binding experience of showmanship and magical genius. A unique opportunity to see Derren perform his own choice of some of his favourite work on the stage, for a limited run only. Book quickly as tickets will sell out fast. Not suitable for under 12's. Directed by Andrew O'Connor and Andy Nyman. Also see www.derrenbrown.co.uk/on-stage.
Thu 31 Aug – Sat 2 Sep. Blackpool Grand Theatre
Mon 4 – Tue 5 Sep. Southampton Mayflower
Wed 6 – Thu 7 Sep. Hastings White Rock Theatre
Fri 8 – Sat 9 Sep. Oxford New Theatre

 

The Ipswich Magical Society present Beyond Belief

2nd September

At the Wickhambrook Memorial Social Centre on Saturday 2nd September. Tickets are £7.50 and the doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. There is a bar, a raffle and a whole evening of stage and close-up magic performed by the members of the Ipswich Magical Society! An evening not to be missed. Gemma Raymond. Memorial Social Centre, Cemetery Road, Wickhambrook, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 8XR (Map). For more information call Gemma Raymond on 07825 561670.

 

North Wales Magic Circle 'Magic In The Park'

3rd September

Christopher O'Brien writes: The North Wales Magic Circle is pleased to invite you to our Magic In The Park event, which is part of our 75th birthday celebrations. We will be providing a variety of magic and fun events throughout the afternoon. Admission is free, and this will include our Children's Entertainer competition, which begins at 1pm. We will be collecting donations for 3 children's charities: Happy Faces, Chernobyl Children and Ty Gobaith. Refreshments will be available. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you! Sunday 3rd September 2017 noon till 4pm at The Botanical Gardens, Grange Road, Rhyl LL18 4DA (Map). www.nwalesmagic.co.uk. Christopher O'Brien.

 

Magic Course with BGT winner Richard Jones - Berkshire

3rd September

From the organisers: UK Magic Course with the 2016 winner of 'Britain's Got Talent' Richard Jones in Windsor, UK. It was a hard job, but we have finally found someone to fill the late great Paul Daniels' shoes! Welcome to our newest tutor Richard Jones - Winner of BGT 2016. Intimate course for Magicians and suitable for beginners young or old. Sunday 3rd September 2017. From just £109. A full day with the winner of Britain's Got Talent'!

 

Indulge the magician in you! Join us for this ultimate weekend of pampering and luxury with a whole day of Magic tuition from the UK's newest face of magic, and winner of Britain's Got Talent 2016 - Rich Jones. Your (optional) stay in the 4-Star Millennium Copthorne Hotel Slough (Windsor) includes either one or two nights Bed & Breakfast and a whole day in the company of Rich Jones, being taught how to perform magic tricks that will amaze your friends when you return. When the day of magic is over, retire to the bar with Rich for a drink and chat, take photos and get an autograph.

 

When you are not pulling rabbits from hats or making cards appear and disappear, take advantage of the Swimming Pool, Sauna, Steam Room, Whirlpool and Gym (included in price if you are staying) or get some Spa Treatments (additional fees are payable directly at the hotel). Non participating partners are also welcome, as are families who can take advantage of the hotel facilities whilst you learn, or can take a short drive into the town of Windsor, Legoland, Eton College, Ascot or even into Central London, and they are welcome to join us in the bar with Rich immediately after the course.

 

Rooms are available as a Single room or a Double room with either one or two participants in the magic day with Rich Jones. Family rooms can be arranged usually at little or no additional cost. Also included in the price is Morning coffee, a light lunch and afternoon tea during the Sunday with Rich. Entry to the Swimming pool, sauna, steam room, whirlpool and Gym is also included in the price, however some treatments and fitness classes will be charged by the Spa directly. A full and detailed list of what is included will be given to you on booking. Payment in instalments can be arranged without any additional fees, interest or charges. Partners / Friends can join you for free and join us in the bar afterwards with Rich. Full details: www.learninthesun.com.

 

At Home with The Magic Circle - London

September Dates
An evening of mystery and wonder featuring some of the club's top magicians. You'll learn about the history of magic and The Magic Circle itself and get to witness amazing close-up conjuring during the Parlour Magic Shows and a magical stage show as part of this highly entertaining evening. Doors open at 7.00pm and the event finishes at around 10pm. You'll be able to enjoy a drink in the Club Room bar and browse the treasures of The Magic Circle Museum before the magic begins at 7.30pm. During the interval you'll have further opportunity to explore our fabulous headquarters before it's time for a dazzling show in The Magic Circle Theatre to finish off your evening. Arrive early to enjoy your magical night out.

 

Tuesday 5th September + 19th September

Note: suitable for ages 14 and above. Under-14s will not be admitted.

Tickets £50 for premium seats, £34.00 for individuals or £30 for groups of 20 or more plus transaction fee via

Tickets available from www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events
Suitable for ages 14 and above. Under 14s will not be admitted.
Venue: The Magic Circle Headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map)

The Magic Circle 020 7837 2222.

 

Matt Johnson Lecture - North Wales Magic Circle

5th September

Christopher O'Brien writes: Our magic lecturer on the 5th September is from Matt Johnson. Magician, Mentalist and Escape Artist, you may have seen him on Penn and Teller Fool Us, or Wizard Wars, Penguin Live, or any other of his many TV appearances over the last 20 years. He's from Vancouver, Canada, but if I remember correctly he was originally from Sheffield, England, Members and affiliated club members £5, other visiting magicians £10 on the door. 7.30pm for 8pm start. Another lecturer not to be missed. You can see some of Matt's work on the YouTube. Free parking. Venue: North Wales Magic Circle, St. Paul's Hall, The Corner of St. Gorge Road & Bridge Street, Abergele LL22 7HA (Map). www.nwalesmagic.co.uk. 12.8.17

 

Care & Share Balloon Fun Days

September Dates

Graham Lee writes: The Care & Share Balloon fun days are still going strong and are a great place to meet and network with like minded balloon artistes. I am going down to Cornwall for the first time to run a Care & Share day in June. Other dates throughout the year are listed below. For any more info about the days please email graham@balloonartwholesale.co.uk.
5th September, Airdrie, Scotland. Lecturer Thelma Levett & Graham Lee.
7th September, Manchester/Birmingham. TBC.
For more information or to book on the days see www.balloonartwholesale.co.uk/balloons/care-share-days.

 

Secret Cellar - London

September Dates

Secret Cellar, London’s hidden theatre of Close-up Magic. Summer/Autumn Season 2017. Secret Cellar returns to Vaulty Towers with a new line up of award-winning magicians and TV stars. With 5 star user reviews and a string of sell-out shows, London's hidden theatre of magic is fast becoming the capital’s underground hotspot for real magical talent. Witness incredible feats of illusion closer than ever before...
Ian Rowland: The Mind Man. 6th–10th September. Consultant to Derren Brown, Uri Geller, MOD, British Olympic Team and the FBI.
Brendan Rodrigues: Intoxicated. 13th-17th September. Winner of the 2016 Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year.
The Vienna Experiment. 27th September – 1st October. Sell-out show at the London Horror Festival 2016.
Performances last 1 hour. Strictly limited to 33 seats. Please note due to the nature of the cellar there is no wheelchair access.
Secret Cellar, Vaulty Towers, 34 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7RG (Map) www.secretcellarlondon.com.

 

IBM British Ring No.25 Convention - Greenock, Scotland

7th-10th September

See www.magicconvention.co.uk for details and to register for the Convention.

 

Mark Elsdon Storytelling Workshop - London

9th September

Saturday, September 9th, London. "Wow, what an eye opener this course turned out to be." "From strong opening lines to the thought provoking closing lines, this course has it all!" "A fantastic session... the most surprising and useful Workshop I have ever done." The Workshop is intended for magicians, mentalists, public speakers and storytellers who want to add some depth, meaning and resonance to their performances. Students will learn the secrets of all great storytelling and the tools needed to learn, create and deliver stories that can elevate their performances to another level entirely! They will also learn some incredible story/effects that they can add to their repertoires immediately. There are a very limited number of places available for this exclusive event. To see the full programme and book your place see: elsdon.blogspot.co.uk.

 

International Stars of Magic & Variety Gala Show - Greenock, Scotland

9th September

The International Brotherhood of Magicians British Ring presents 'International Stars of Magic & Variety': Stars from America, Europe and around the UK join together to bring a fun-filled and spellbinding extravaganza to Greenock. With award-winning international performers, witness magic and variety at its very best as you are taken on a journey of comedy, manipulation, juggling, contortion, shadowgraphy, theatre of the mind, quick change, grand illusion and so much more. Geoff Williams from America will welcome you to this amazing night and introduce Garry Seagraves from Aberdeen, Fritz from Amsterdam, Paul Dabek from London, Katie Trickett from Sheffield, Mat Ricardo from London and Rafael from Belgium. A truly magical experience not to be missed. The 81st IBM British Ring Convention runs from 7th-10th September in Greenock, Scotland. For more information and to register visit www.magicconvention.co.uk.

 

History and Mystery at The Magic Circle - London

September Dates
Enjoy a visit to the House of 10,000 Secrets with a unique experience at the headquarters of The Magic Circle. Be enthralled by tales of past Masters of Magic during a guided tour of the building which houses priceless treasures, memorabilia and magical posters. Make a wish while turning three times on The Magic Circle emblem beneath the magnificent staircase which leads to the Devant Room displaying unique apparatus of the past. Marvel at the hand painted murals on the staircase depicting magic from its early beginnings to the present day. Enjoy some entertaining close-up magic presented by a skilled member of The Magic Circle and a unique live magic performance in our fully equipped theatre which includes a hearing loop. There is a lift and wheelchair access to all public areas, plus tea/coffee and biscuits on arrival.

 

Mondays 11th and 25th September at 11.30am.

Doors open 11am, event starts at 11.30am and lasts two hours which leaves plenty of time to explore the rest of London. Note: this event is for over-14s only - no refunds will be issued for under-14s. Tickets £19.50 plus booking fee for individuals and £19.50 with no booking fee for groups of 20 or more. The Magic Circle Headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). Tickets available from www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events.

 

Corporate & Trade Show Workshop - Liverpool

13th September

Unique Magic Events presents a Corporate & Trade Show Workshop on Wednesday 13th September at Jury's Inn Hotel in Liverpool. From the organisers: Whether you are already an established Corporate Show performer or Trade Show worker and would like to significantly increase your client list and earnings or are a performer who is new to this lucrative side of the magic business and would like to find out how to earn a six figure income every year ..... you need to be at this life-changing event! The Corporate & Tradeshow Workshop is bringing together for one day only a team of top International performers with unrivalled experience and success in the corporate world, Trevor Liley, Seth Kramer, Bob Kohler and Paul Stone.

The information, methods and advice that they will share with you will be worth many many times the minimal registration fee. The chances of having such an experienced and knowledgeable group of performers together in one room are extremely rare, so if you are genuinely serious about being successful in the Corporate world then you do not want to miss this outstanding opportunity! Space is limited to just 50 delegates.

The program will include Trevor Liley's Trade Show Masterclass, which he is presenting at a magic event for the first time ever. Priceless information from this Corporate 'Guru' on how to build a lucrative Corporate magic business and take your earnings to a whole new level! Seth Kramer will lecture and also perform his Trade Show pitch 'live' for all the delegates. Seth has been without doubt one the most successful Trade Show workers in USA for the past 30 years and is the author of the Modern Tradeshow Handbook, the recognised 'bible' for Trade Show performers. This event will also feature expert panel sessions with Trevor Liley, Seth Kramer, Bob Kohler, and Paul Stone covering topics in depth which will include how to break into the lucrative corporate world of Trade Shows, Hospitality Suites, Product launches, VIP Receptions, Conferences / Conventions, Motivational Speaking and Trade Charity events & Fundraisers. For full details and to register go to www.magiconthemersey.com and click on the red Corporate & Trade Show link at the top of the screen.

 

Magic on the Mersey

14th & 15th September

Organiser Paul Stone writes: Magic on the Mersey' whose slogan is 'promoting excellence in magic performance' promises to be a very different style of magic convention. Produced by Paul Stone and taking place at Jury's Inn Hotel on Liverpool's award stunning Albert Dock Waterfront on Thursday 14th & Friday 15th September this will be a very intimate and high quality event where everyone attending is guaranteed a good seat for every lecture, workshop and show.

Unlike other magic conventions we deliberately limit the number of attendees so that delegates have the opportunity to meet and spend time with the impressive International line-up of talent. Paul Zenon, fresh from his success at the recent Blackpool Convention will once again appear in his highly acclaimed One Man 'Linking Rings' Show, and will also perform in the Gala Show and take part in the innovative Expert Panel Sessions. Overseas stars flying in specially for the convention include Close-up wizards Armando Lucero, Mike Close and Bob Kohler and will be joined by top British pro's Mindreading Master Marc Paul and the hilarious Mandy Muden. And if that isn't enough to tempt you then we've also got two show business greats, Freddie 'Parrotface' Davies and legendary juggler Kris Kremo!

Included in the Convention registration price of just £95 are tickets to see both stage shows, Paul Zenon in 'Linking Rings' and also 'World Stars of Magic & Variety' at the beautiful Victorian Epstein Theatre, and an invitation to the Night Before Welcome Party. For full Convention details and how to register, go to www.magiconthemersey.com.

 

Richard Jones 'The Power of Imagination' tour

15th September

Richard Jones's 'The Power of Imagination' show is back on the road in August. Book early, the last tour sold out. See www.richardjonesmagic.co.uk/tour-dates for booking details.
Friday 15th September – Playhouse Theatre – Norwich

 

Ali Cook Principles of Deception Tour

September Dates

Ali Cook is on tour from September 16th with his one-man show 'Principles of Deception' taking in Aberdeen, Norwich, Bridport, Guildford, Chipping Norton, Bangor, Hemel Hempstead, Birmingham, Didcot and Melton. Tickets via www.alicook.com/gigs. Star of the West End magic show 'Impossible', BBC's 'Now You See It', 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us', 'Dirty Tricks' and 'Monkey Magic' Ali Cook returns with his own brand of awe-inspiring magic and off-beat comedy. Expect to be genuinely amazed. Taking its name from Arthur Buckley’s influential magic collection Principles and Deceptions – the first book to categorize every magic trick – the show demonstrates Ali Cook’s skill as a historian of deception. In a masterclass of technique across a range of magic disciplines, including close-up magic, mind reading and sleight of hand, expect an evening of magical invention and re-invention. "Forget what you think you know about comedy magicians - Ali Cook is edgy, intelligent, self-referential, caustically hilarious and one of the most sought-after illusionists on the planet." GQ Magazine.


Aberdeen - Saturday 16th Sept 2017 - Lemon Tree Studio - Tickets Click Here
Norwich - Saturday 30th Sept 2017 - Norwich Playhouse - Tickets Click Here

 

Vegas Magic Theatre - Hippodrome Casino, London

18th September

Vegas Magic Theatre is coming to the Hippodrome Casino right in the heart of London’s West End direct from the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, for one night only, on Monday 18th September: Featuring incredible magicians from the Live Entertainment Capital of the World who will make you laugh and fool you badly! Starring Las Vegas Headliners Nick Lewin, with his razor sharp wit and baffling magic making his first appearance in UK for many years, and sensational sleight of hand artist Armando Lucero just back from performing live on stage at the Sydney Opera House.

Also on the bill John Archer, the first man to ‘fool’ Penn & Teller on their highly rated TV Show. Hilariously funny and larger than life, John is also an international award-winning magician. And making a very rare appearance in London, legendary juggler Kris Kremo. A consummate professional, Kris is a world class entertainer whose unrivalled credits include performing for 11 years at the Stardust Hotel & Casino on the famous Las Vegas Strip! Completing this stellar line-up is the superb acrobatic artistry of Nathalie Enterline, one of the world’s top speciality acts. Her career has taken her from Las Vegas to Monte Carlo and the London Palladium.

And there’s still more! Ukelele Kings of Cool, Dead Mans Uke will be warming up the audience in their own inimitable style! It all adds up to an amazing not to be missed evening of spectacular Variety entertainment. Limited VIP seating includes a pre-show Close-Up Magic experience. Produced & Directed by Paul Stone, Vegas Magic Theatre is an exclusive presentation for The Hippodrome Casino. Book now on 020 769 8888… Before all the tickets disappear! www.hippodromecasino.com.

 

Armando Lucero Masterclass - Hippodrome Casino, London

18th September

Paul Stone writes: I'm excited to be able to announce two Masterclasses taking place at the Hippodrome Casino in London on Monday 18th September. The first will be presented by one of the top close-up magicians in the world, Armando Lucero from Las Vegas. This will be a very exclusive event and is limited to just 12 people. For full details and to register Click Here.

 

Kris Kremo Masterclass - Hippodrome Casino, London

18th September

The second Masterclass will be presented by Juggling Legend Kris Kremo. This is an extremely rare opportunity to listen to and learn from a world class performer who has appeared at every major theatre and on every TV Variety Show around the globe during his stellar career. His credits include an 11 year run at the Stardust Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. For full details and to register Click Here.

 

Entertainers' Business & Marketing Conference

24th September

From the organisers: After the success of the first EBMC last year, we've put together a lineup of some of the UK's most successful entertainers to share their individual strategies for building their businesses and making a living from entertaining people. At the conference, Luke Jermay will be revealing for the first time how he makes his living from selling tickets to people who want to come and see his shows. More details on the other presenters and their special presentations will follow in the coming weeks.

 

If you are a magician, mentalist, juggler, clown at any level and want to grow your business, then this one-day intensive conference will not only inspire you, but give you the practical tools to get more of the gigs you want by using the exact strategies other pro entertainers are enjoy great success with. Whether you want to go part time, full time, do more gigs every week, or do fewer gigs for higher fees, you are going to leave the day with actionable steps of exactly what you should be doing right now. More information and tickets are available at www.mentalunderground.com/lp/conference.

 

Alien Autopsy - London

24th September

Alien Autopsy - The Greatest Hoax of All Time: In 1995, Spyros Melaris created an illusion of global significance. His mission was to create something so unusual, so disturbing that it would rock the world. ‘The Alien Autopsy’ was not just a hoax. It challenged belief systems. It asked, 'Do Aliens exist, and are they visiting our planet?' The film fooled NASA, Kodak and every expert who had a say in the subject, including the Queen's Pathologist. The film maintained its integrity for 15 years until Melaris and his crew revealed the truth. Melaris has prepared slides, film and inside secrets exclusively for this show. Leicester Square Theatre, 24th September 2017. For more information and to book Click Here also see YouTube.

 

Paul Gordon's Card Capers Day of Magic - Worthing

24th September

"Paul Gordon's Card Capers Day of Magic is a full day of magic tuition and lecturing. It's a fun fast-paced day full of practical and entertaining card magic from Paul's books and DVDs. Paul also teaches sleights, presentation, the business, patter, and relates funnies and experiences. In all, it's an inspirational day. This year's Card Capers is the 20th and always sells out. In other words, book as soon as possible! Sunday 24th September. 10am to 5pm. Tickets £55, and include food. Book via www.paulgordon.net/cardcapers.html. Venue: The John Selden, Worthing, West Sussex BN13 2EN (Map).

 

Albion Magic presents The UK Children's Entertainer of the Year Competition 2017 - Birmingham

25th September

12.30pm at the Austin Sport and Social Club, 30 Tessall Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham B31 2SF (Map). Alec Powell writes: Anyone interested in taking part just needs to submit an unedited recording of themselves entertaining a group of children. The quality of the recording does not matter. It can be recorded on a mobile phone and needs to be no less than 5 minutes long. Previous Kidology UK Competition Competitors are welcome to apply. Contact Alec Powell on 07831 115448 or by email to alec@alecpowell.co.uk. The committee will look at all submissions and select six to take part in the competition which will be held in front of an audience of mainly children. The winner will receive a trophy plus a 10 week summer season at a holiday park in 2018 worth at least £5,000. For full details look at the Kidology UK Facebook group. Photo: Competition host PJ the Showman.

 

Kidology Convention - Birmingham

25th & 26th September

From the organisers: Kidology, the convention for children’s entertainers, takes place this year on Tuesday 26th September at The Austin Sport and Social Club, 30 Tessall Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham B31 2SF (Map). Headlining the lecturers is Richard Cadell who needs no introduction. Richard will be calling upon his vast experience with Sooty to talk about constructing routines for children. For full details about the convention go to www.kidologyuk.co.uk or join us on Facebook or call Alec Powell on 07831 115448.

 

Ventarama Ventriloquists Convention - Birmingham

27th September

A mid-week convention for ventriloquists in Birmingham www.kidologyuk.co.uk/page5.shtml.

 

Secret Cellar - London

October Dates

Secret Cellar, London’s hidden theatre of Close-up Magic. Summer/Autumn Season 2017. Secret Cellar returns to Vaulty Towers with a new line up of award-winning magicians and TV stars. With 5 star user reviews and a string of sell-out shows, London's hidden theatre of magic is fast becoming the capital’s underground hotspot for real magical talent. Witness incredible feats of illusion closer than ever before...
The Vienna Experiment. 1st October. Sell-out show at the London Horror Festival 2016.
Paul Zenon: Linking Rings. 18th–23rd October. "Contemporary master of his art" – The Times
Performances last 1 hour. Strictly limited to 33 seats. Please note due to the nature of the cellar there is no wheelchair access.
Secret Cellar, Vaulty Towers, 34 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7RG (Map) www.secretcellarlondon.com.

 

Ali Cook Principles of Deception Tour

October Dates

Ali Cook is on tour from September 16th with his one-man show 'Principles of Deception' taking in Aberdeen, Norwich, Bridport, Guildford, Chipping Norton, Bangor, Hemel Hempstead, Birmingham, Didcot and Melton. Tickets via www.alicook.com/gigs. Star of the West End magic show 'Impossible', BBC's 'Now You See It', 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us', 'Dirty Tricks' and 'Monkey Magic' Ali Cook returns with his own brand of awe-inspiring magic and off-beat comedy. Expect to be genuinely amazed. Taking its name from Arthur Buckley’s influential magic collection Principles and Deceptions – the first book to categorize every magic trick – the show demonstrates Ali Cook’s skill as a historian of deception. In a masterclass of technique across a range of magic disciplines, including close-up magic, mind reading and sleight of hand, expect an evening of magical invention and re-invention. "Forget what you think you know about comedy magicians - Ali Cook is edgy, intelligent, self-referential, caustically hilarious and one of the most sought-after illusionists on the planet." GQ Magazine.


Bridport - Friday 6th Oct 2017 - Bridport Arts Centre - Tickets Click Here
Guildford - Saturday 7th Oct 2017 - G Live, Guildford - Tickets Click Here
Chipping Norton - Friday 13th Oct 2017 - Chipping Norton Theatre - Tickets Click Here
Bangor - Saturday 14th Oct 2017 - Pontio Bangor - Tickets Click Here
Hemel Hempstead - Saturday 21st Oct 2017 - Hemel Hempstead Old Town Hall - Tickets Click Here
Birmingham - Saturday 28th Oct 2017 - Mac Birmingham - Tickets Click Here

 

Tony Griffith 'At Home' - Bristol

8th October

Tony Griffith writes: I will be holding another of 'At Home' day on Sunday 8th October in Norton Malreward, Bristol. This a day-long event for those looking for a more in-depth discussion and learning experience in the magic art. The day will cover a variety of areas such as Presenting/Organising a One Man Show - Close Up/Stand Up - Promotion, Publicity, Organisation - After Dinner Speaking/Entertainment - Trade Shows/Corporate Hospitality - Working in Schools. I will be showing and explaining a great many of the routines that have served me well over the years. The day starts at 10.30am, finishing at 5pm. Registration is £40 and includes coffee on arrival, a sandwich lunch and tea/cake prior to departure. Seating is very limited. Early registration is essential. I had 30 years experience as a professional magician and have lectured throughout the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S.A. including the Magic Castle, Hollywood. I am a Gold Star Member of The Inner Magic Circle, and author of numerous publications including my recent Reflection series. For more details or to register email tony@tonygriffith.co.uk or telephone 01275 835463 www.tonygriffith.co.uk 13 Church Road, Norton Malreward, Bristol BS39 4EX.

 

At Home with The Magic Circle - London

October Dates
An evening of mystery and wonder featuring some of the club's top magicians. You'll learn about the history of magic and The Magic Circle itself and get to witness amazing close-up conjuring during the Parlour Magic Shows and a magical stage show as part of this highly entertaining evening. Doors open at 7.00pm and the event finishes at around 10pm. You'll be able to enjoy a drink in the Club Room bar and browse the treasures of The Magic Circle Museum before the magic begins at 7.30pm. During the interval you'll have further opportunity to explore our fabulous headquarters before it's time for a dazzling show in The Magic Circle Theatre to finish off your evening. Arrive early to enjoy your magical night out.

 

Tuesday 10th October + 24th October

Note: suitable for ages 14 and above. Under-14s will not be admitted.

Tickets £50 for premium seats, £34.00 for individuals or £30 for groups of 20 or more plus transaction fee via

Tickets available from www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events
Suitable for ages 14 and above. Under 14s will not be admitted.
Venue: The Magic Circle Headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map)

The Magic Circle 020 7837 2222.

 

Richard Jones 'The Power of Imagination' tour

October Dates

Richard Jones's 'The Power of Imagination' show is back on the road in August. Book early, the last tour sold out. See www.richardjonesmagic.co.uk/tour-dates for booking details.
Thursday 12th October – MAC Theatre – Birmingham
Friday 20th October – The Marine Theatre – Dorset

 

The London Society of Magicians One Day Magic Convention

14th October

Bob Pamplin writes: The London Society of Magicians is pleased to announce that to celebrate its 75th birthday they will be holding a 1 day magic convention at Woodford Memorial Hall in South Woodford, London E18, on Saturday October 14th. The day will consist of dealers, lectures and an evening Gala show. Further details can be obtained by emailing info@lsmmagic.co.uk.

 

The Magic Circle Dealers' Day - London

21st October

The Magic Circle are pleased to announce a brand new venue for the 2017 Dealers' Day. The event will be hosted at The Crypt on the Green, in Clerkenwell on 21st October from 10am-5pm. This year will feature over 25 magic dealers along with many new features, including a dealers' showcase stage and a social space and cafe. Dealers will also be offering 'hot deals', a new and experimental idea to offer a limited duration mega-deal or discount. The full list of what these deals are, and at what time they will be available, will be listed on The Magic Circle website in the run up to the event. Dealers' Day is free to members of The Magic Circle and the Junior Magic Circle, and just £5 for non-members. The Crypt on the Green, St James Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell Close, London EC1R 0EA (Map).

 

Magic Lectures at Smoke & Mirrors - Bristol

22nd October

From the organisers: As you may know Smoke & Mirrors & Illusions Magic Bar are the leading Magic Bars in the UK and we are making 2017 even more magical by adding lectures from our guest performing magicians coming up at Smoke & Mirrors. Spaces are limited so we suggest booking your seat now. Lectures will be held in our theatre, offering a real close-up and personal feel. Lectures are priced at £7.50 per delegate and are held on a Sunday so there's Free Parking! Lectures start at 1pm. Bar opens at 12 noon and the bar will remain open for 2 hours after the lecture has finished.

22nd October 2017 Jasper Blakeley (aka Kockov) - The emphasis will strongly be on the importance of performance in all aspects of magic. Plus creating laughter. Looking at the core values of Jasper's ethos - Control, Flexibility & Change, he will use these themes to discuss his approach and tips on working close-up private & corporate events, concentrating mainly on working tables and overcoming all problems and eventualities. Book Here.
Smoke & Mirrors, 8 Denmark Street, Bristol BS1 5DQ (Map) www.smokeandmirrorsbar.co.uk. The UK's Only Magic Theatre Pub.

 

Len Insull Tribute Day - Little Angel Puppet Theatre, London

28th October

Austin Phillips writes: Leonard Insull was the most prolific builder of ventriloquist puppets/figures that England, and most of Europe, had ever seen. Originally an Illusionist and woodworker, Insull began building ventriloquist figures in the late 1930’s up until his death in 1974. It is recorded that from the early 1950’s to 1974 Mr. Insull made no less than 2,017 ventriloquist/puppet related items distributed through the Davenports Magic company alone, and an unknown amount of ventriloquist items in his time before then.

The day will be a chance for ventriloquists, collectors and admirers to come together and learn more about this genius maker. Throughout the day there will be performances, talks and a chance to see many of his works including some very famous creations including the original Archie Andrews, Shorty Harris, and some surprise guests. The day will also house the largest collection of Len Insull figures ever to be seen! Come support this one off special day and bring along your collection of Insull figures and stories to share. Saturday 28th October 2017, 9am - 5pm. Admission on the door £10.00. Little Angel Theatre, 14 Dagmar Passage, London N1 2DN (Map). (Also see www.leninsull.com for some amazing images and video clips. DT).

 

Ali Cook Principles of Deception Tour

November Dates

Ali Cook is on tour from September 16th with his one-man show 'Principles of Deception' taking in Aberdeen, Norwich, Bridport, Guildford, Chipping Norton, Bangor, Hemel Hempstead, Birmingham, Didcot and Melton. Tickets via www.alicook.com/gigs. Star of the West End magic show 'Impossible', BBC's 'Now You See It', 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us', 'Dirty Tricks' and 'Monkey Magic' Ali Cook returns with his own brand of awe-inspiring magic and off-beat comedy. Expect to be genuinely amazed. Taking its name from Arthur Buckley’s influential magic collection Principles and Deceptions – the first book to categorize every magic trick – the show demonstrates Ali Cook’s skill as a historian of deception. In a masterclass of technique across a range of magic disciplines, including close-up magic, mind reading and sleight of hand, expect an evening of magical invention and re-invention. "Forget what you think you know about comedy magicians - Ali Cook is edgy, intelligent, self-referential, caustically hilarious and one of the most sought-after illusionists on the planet." GQ Magazine.


Didcot - Friday 3rd Nov 2017 - Didcot Cornerstone Arts Centre - Tickets Click Here
Melton - Saturday 11th Nov 2017 - Melton Theatre - Tickets Click Here

 

Richard Jones 'The Power of Imagination' tour

November Dates

Richard Jones's 'The Power of Imagination' show is back on the road in August. Book early, the last tour sold out. See www.richardjonesmagic.co.uk/tour-dates for booking details.
Friday 3rd November – Civic Theatre – Chelmsford
Friday 10th November – Corn Exchange – Bedford

 

Portsmouth and District Magic Circle Jumbo Day

5th November
All Day magic convention featuring magic lectures, new and second-hand magic to buy, the Southern Magician of the Year competition sponsored by PropDog and evening Gala Show. Sunday 5th November 2017 from 9am to 9pm. Venue: Bucklands Community Centre, Malins Road, Portsmouth, PO2 7BB (Map). www.jumboday.co.uk.

 

At Home with The Magic Circle - London

November Dates
An evening of mystery and wonder featuring some of the club's top magicians. You'll learn about the history of magic and The Magic Circle itself and get to witness amazing close-up conjuring during the Parlour Magic Shows and a magical stage show as part of this highly entertaining evening. Doors open at 7.00pm and the event finishes at around 10pm. You'll be able to enjoy a drink in the Club Room bar and browse the treasures of The Magic Circle Museum before the magic begins at 7.30pm. During the interval you'll have further opportunity to explore our fabulous headquarters before it's time for a dazzling show in The Magic Circle Theatre to finish off your evening. Arrive early to enjoy your magical night out.

 

Tuesday 7th and 21st November at 7.30pm

Note: suitable for ages 14 and above. Under-14s will not be admitted.

Tickets £50 for premium seats, £34.00 for individuals or £30 for groups of 20 or more plus transaction fee via

Tickets available from www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events
Suitable for ages 14 and above. Under 14s will not be admitted.
Venue: The Magic Circle Headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map)

The Magic Circle 020 7837 2222.

 

Care & Share Balloon Fun Days

November Dates

Graham Lee writes: The Care & Share Balloon fun days are still going strong and are a great place to meet and network with like minded balloon artistes. I am going down to Cornwall for the first time to run a Care & Share day in June. Other dates throughout the year are listed below. For any more info about the days please email graham@balloonartwholesale.co.uk.
20th November, Birmingham. Lecturer Sam Cremeens from the USA.
21st November, Birmingham. Lecturer Sam Cremeens from the USA.
For more information or to book on the days see www.balloonartwholesale.co.uk/balloons/care-share-days.

 

North Wales Magic Circle Annual Dinner and Magic Cabaret Show

25th November

Christopher O'Brien writes: As part of our 75th Year celebrations as a magic society in North Wales, we will be holding a special night of fun and magic at our annual dinner on the 25th of November 2017 at the Springfield Hotel, Holywell, North Wales. You can enjoy a three-course dinner and a terrific night of fun and magic with our compere, Thom Peterson, aka "The Amazing Guy", Michael Jordan's 'High Jinx Magic & illusion Show' and our top of the bill, the amazingly funny Kockov, aka Jasper Blakeley, who was such a hit with his lecture at our club earlier in the year.

 

Tickets are £35 for the show and a three-course meal (6.30pm for 7pm). We also have a limited number of show-only tickets available at £25 from 9pm all tickets are bookable in advance. Contact Debra Ratcliffe holywellchildcareltd@gmail.com or Chris O'Brien ctobrien1@btinternet.com. Lots of free car parking at the Hotel and if you need accommodation we have arranged a special price, for our dinner guests. Just mention the NWMC dinner discount when booking your room. We look forward to seeing our magic friends old and new. The Springfield Hotel, A55 Expressway, Pentre Halkyn, Holywell CH8 8BA (Map). www.nwalesmagic.co.uk.

 

Nottingham Guild of Magicians Annual Stage and Close-Up Competition

26th November

From the organisers: The annual Stage and Close-up magic competition by members of The Nottingham Guild of Magicians. This is a popular family friendly show. Sunday 26th November at 6pm. Tickets are just £12.50 each and include a buffet meal, contact Andrew Morrison on 07966 494 095 or Dawn May on 07772 513007 to book. John Godber Centre, Ogle Street, Hucknall, Nottingham NG15 7FQ (Map). Also see www.thenottinghamguildofmagicians.co.uk. 12.8.17

 

The Magic Circle Christmas Show - London

December Dates
A festive treat with a chance to see inside the headquarters of The Magic Circle, see close-up magic performed before your very eyes and witness the spectacular stage show. Ideal for families with children aged five and above.

 

Tuesday 19 December 2.30pm and 7pm

Wednesday 20 December 2.30pm and 7pm

Thursday 21 December 2.30pm and 7pm

Friday 22 December 2.30pm and 7pm

Saturday 23 December 7pm (no 2.30pm performance)

Wednesday 27 December 2.30pm and 7pm

Thursday 28 December 2.30pm and 7pm

Friday 29 December 2.30pm and 7pm

 

Venue: The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map).

Further details: www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events.

Book via: www.seetickets.com

 

The Session & The Event - London

12th, 13th, 14th January
Now based just two minutes from Heathrow airport (making it very easy to get to!), you’ll learn the true secrets of performing amazing close-up magic and mentalism from some of the best in the industry. With a variety of workshops, lectures, parties and plenty of time to session (of course), it’s no wonder that The Session has sold out every single year. With one-off events and lectures designed specifically for this event, The Session is not just a conference; it is a learning experience like no other in magic. The Session 2018 promises to be the best yet! www.sessionconvention.com.

 

66th Blackpool Magic Convention

16th, 17th, 18th February

Alan Horne writes: The Blackpool 2018 convention line up begins. Amongst the artistes/lecturers booked so far we have Asi Wind, Paul Gordon, Andi Gladwin and Ben Earl. Due to the huge success of last year's new children's entertainment format, Blackpool Magic Convention will have more lectures and shows based around the subject than ever before for the 2018 convention. Heading the line-up, David Kaye, aka Silly Billy, author of the Bible of children's magic, 'Seriously Silly'. Add to this the finals of the 'Family Entertainer of the Year' competition hosted by Brian Daly and this makes the 2018 convention a 'must see' event for all family entertainers. Blackpool Convention, 16th-18th February 2018. For more information and to register visit www.blackpoolmagic.com.

 

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