Festival of Close-up Magic - London

To 31st July

From the organisers: From the 22nd to the 31st of July a new festival of close-up magic hits London. It begins with a unique show at The Vaults in Waterloo, featuring Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year Brendan Rodrigues, and is followed by a series of hour-long performances by international award winning magicians in Hyde Park. The evocative drawing room of Grand Royale Hyde Park plays host to London’s first ever Festival of Close-Up Magic. Featuring a different top class professional magic act each night, this is a unique opportunity to witness the capital’s finest illusionists in extreme close-up. Festival producer Tony Middleton - star of the 5 star sell out show The Magic Hour comments: "I’m thrilled to be bringing this unique festival to London. For the first time audiences will be able to get really close to the magic, and witness miracles in their own hands. Everyone knows that on TV it’s often camera tricks – but when it’s right in front of you, you can’t deny it!" For its first run, the star studded line up includes members of The Inner Magic Circle and magicians who have appeared on ITV’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us, as well as Sky, BBC and NBC. Celebrities have loved them, and so will you! The shows: Dominick Zwolinski: Konjurations; Chris Dugdale: Up Close; Kockov: Much more than just a magician; Max Somerset: Wizard of Odd. For more information about the performers and to book visit www.magichourshow.com/london-festival-of-close-up-magic.

 

Impossible - London

July Dates

From the producers: Impossible, the world’s greatest magic show, will return to London this summer, following its acclaimed West End season last year. The show, which features the world’s greatest illusionists including new cast members Richard Jones, Josephine Lee, Sabine Van Diemen and Magical Bones, will begin performances at the Noël Coward Theatre on Friday 8th July and run through to Saturday 27th August. Fusing death-defying stunts, technological trickery, grand stage illusions and close-up magic in a fast-paced breath-taking performance, Impossible reinvents the biggest illusions in history in the greatest magic show on earth. Audiences should prepare to be mesmerised and baffled as Impossible brings together world-class performers showing off a stunning range of magical artistry. Noel Coward Theatre from 8th July 2016, tickets: www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk.

 

Evolution of Magic - Blackpool

All Summer

Evolution of Magic - the mind-blowing magic show, starring Craig Christian and Elizabeth Best. To 11th September, Horseshoe, Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Selected dates. Show Times: 6pm & 7.30pm. Prices: Premium £15.00, General Seating £12.50 Family Ticket: £40. More info: www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com. Showreel: www.craigchristian.com.

 

Bizarre Bath, The Comedy Walk - Bath
All Summer

Bizarre Bath is the unique evening entertainment that appeals to everyone. You’ll laugh yourself silly when you join the celebrated stroll which takes an irreverent look at the city of Bath. You’ll experience unforgettable mysteries, thrills, magic and surprises that stretch the traditional image of the city. Tour Starting Point: Huntsman Inn, 1 Terrace Walk, North Parade, Bath BA1 1LY (Map). 2016 season runs to October 29th. www.bizarrebath.co.uk.

 

Michael Jordan's High Jinx Magic and Illusion Show - Blackpool

All Summer

From the organisers: Michael Jordan's High Jinx Magic and Illusion Show returns to Blackpool for a fifth successive season in its own purpose built family theatre in the fantastic Viva Blackpool Complex. With a brand new 2 hour show packed with grand illusion, crazy circus skills and the fabulous High Jinx Dancers it's a show for all the family guaranteed to amaze, puzzle, but above all entertain. Box Office 01253 297297 or www.vivablackpool.com. Tickets from £8.50. Family Festival Theatre, Viva Blackpool, 3 Church Street, Blackpool FY1 2HJ (Map) www.highjinx.co.uk. Shows every week through to November.

 

Davenport's Magic Kingdom - Norfolk

All Year

At the heart of magical entertainment since 1898, the Davenport family welcomes you to one of the largest collections of magic memorabilia in the world. Join us for the Witches to Wonder timeline exhibition, live magic demonstrations, fun photo opportunities, children’s activities and much more. A live 30-minute magic show is included in your admission. Visit the Ace to Eat Café for a range of delicious snacks, light lunches and cakes. The Magic Emporium offers a fine selection of items for the budding conjuror or professional entertainer. There is always something magical happening at Davenport’s Magic Kingdom. We look forward to your visit! www.davenportsmagickingdom.co.uk.

 

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016

August 2016

Festival Magic listings featuring 70 magic / magic related shows: Click Here

 

Aaron Calvert: Mind Games - EdFringe

August Dates

"Jaw-dropping entertainment from a modern day wizard" Derby Telegraph. "Astounding mind reading and fascinating hypnotic feats await in Aaron Calvert's highly anticipated Fringe debut. Brilliant, hilarious and very clever" Key 103 Radio. Qualifying as a doctor in 2015, Aaron chose to leave the medical field to deliver this fast-paced, edge of your seat experience that showcases his mastery in mind control, hypnosis and psychology. Are you ready to play Mind Games? Written by Aaron Calvert and Sam Fitton. PBH Free Fringe - free entry - seating on a first come, first served basis. 6th - 28th August 2016 (excluding 17th) 1.30pm daily. Venue: La Belle Angèle (venue 301), 11 Hastie's Close, Edinburgh EH1 1HJ (Map). www.aaroncalvert.com/edinburgh-fringe-magic.

 

Piff the Magic Dragon - EdFringe

August Dates

Piff the Magic Dragon brings his smash hit sell out show to the Just For Laughs Festival in London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for its UK premiere. Piff the Magic Dragon stole the show on Penn and Teller’s ‘Fool Us’ and was a finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. In 2014 Piff left the UK to headline a show at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. After the success of his stint on America’s Got Talent, Piff was offered a solo show at the iconic Flamingo hotel where he now resides three nights a week. On his days off, Piff tours the USA and in the past six months has broken records at major comedy clubs, sold out Foxwoods and Borgata, twice, and sold over 100,000 tickets. "How are you going to top a guy in a dragon suit?" New York Times. Just For Laughs Festival in London, from July 14th–21st – further details and tickets here: www.justforlaughslondon.com. Edinburgh Fringe Festival from August 3rd–13th – further details and tickets here: tickets.edfringe.com.

 

Colin Cloud: Exposé - Underbelly Cow Barn, EdFringe

August Dates

3rd to 28th August at 9pm. Following total sell-out seasons in 2014, 2015, the Adelaide Fringe 2016 and starring in ‘The Illusionists’ in London’s West End, Colin Cloud returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with his brand new solo show. He’ll perform an exposé of the human condition. Your mind, thinking, dreams and desires. You’ll learn why people lie to you and how you can detect it. He’ll also show you how you can improve your luck, your memory and your ability to pay attention as you gain an insight to his Sherlockian techniques. You’ll see just how far he can push his skills as he exposes some of the naughtiest memories you, the audience, decide to think of!

"Never leave your mobile phone with Colin Cloud" itv.com/thismorning.

"Colin Cloud Plays Strip Poker With Holly and Phillip" YouTube.

 

Kevin Quantum: Illuminations - EdFringe

August Dates

CatFace Talent Presents the brand new show from 2015 sell-out, award winning magician, and Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Magic Festival; Kevin Quantum (formerly Kevin McMahon). After a sell out show last year, Kevin Quantum returns to the Edinburgh Festival with his new offering ‘Illuminations’ at the Gilded Balloon’s Debating Hall. Ten years ago, unassuming scientist Kevin paused his Physics PhD to become a magician, being tutored by none other than magic royalty Penn & Teller. Kevin has thrived in this field, applying a rigour to the world of mystery with fascinating results. A decade on and still a conjuror, Kevin shoots magic into the 21st century by illustrating scientific principles so amazing you need to turn to magic to express them live. This show is inspired by light; our relationships with it, the thoughts and feelings light can evoke and the wondrous sights which can be created before our eyes. ‘Illuminations’ is the exotic space where science ends and magic begins. Each day, Kevin will showcase stunning light-based illusions including creating fire in the palm of his hands, recreating a will-o-the-wisp, (for the first time at the Fringe), flying this glowing ball of light above the heads of the audience and, (for the first time ever), the creation of a rainbow live on stage. Kevin Quantum has designed state of the art magic and fused it with incredible science. In turn, he has created some extraordinary results.

 

As magic creatures go, Kevin fits somewhere between Gandalf and Brian Cox and is the closest thing to real magic a believer, or a cynic will ever find at the Fringe. “Epic stunts, genuinely impressive magic” Broadway Baby. Venue: Gilded Balloon, Debating Hall. Dates: 3rd-29th August (Not 4th, or 22nd) Previews 3rd & 5th August. Time: 4.30pm. Age Range: PG. www.quantummagician.com.

 

SNAP - EdFringe

4th-29th August

Assembly George Square Theatre, Edinburgh. A contemporary mystery and magical performance, SNAP is a multi-faceted art performance based on magic, combining ingenious stage language, illusion, mime, black art, white art, comedy, dance and more. The show begins with tricksters entering a sealed door that transcends all of space and time. They meet a boy trapped in a world of innocence, a scarlet witch, an alchemist, a time traveller, a dreamer, and many more people, influencing their lives and planting small seeds of change. BBC, ITV, The New York Times, and The Oriental Daily all gave rave reviews to each of the eight artists and directors in SNAP! All award winning artists, they bring to life characters to share with you a fantasy experience which has never been seen in the history of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. "SNAP is innovative and creative and makes use of state-of-the-art theatre techniques..." Eric Eswin, Past president, FISM. "A hotbed of talented new magicians" BBC. The show features stars of Korean magic: Ted Kim, Hun Lee, Young-Min Kim, Zeki Yoo, EK, CS Choi, Lee Yeong-min and Mun Jeong-seok. Book via www.assemblyfestival.com also see facebook.com/showsnap.

 

Impossible - London

August Dates

From the producers: Impossible, the world’s greatest magic show, will return to London this summer, following its acclaimed West End season last year. The show, which features the world’s greatest illusionists including new cast members Richard Jones, Josephine Lee, Sabine Van Diemen and Magical Bones, will begin performances at the Noël Coward Theatre on Friday 8th July and run through to Saturday 27th August. Fusing death-defying stunts, technological trickery, grand stage illusions and close-up magic in a fast-paced breath-taking performance, Impossible reinvents the biggest illusions in history in the greatest magic show on earth. Audiences should prepare to be mesmerised and baffled as Impossible brings together world-class performers showing off a stunning range of magical artistry. Noel Coward Theatre from 8th July 2016, tickets: www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk. "Impossible opens in Beirut" Click Here.

 

The Family Feast - Glasgow

August Dates

Following a sell out performance at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Gary Dunn brings his One Man, One Chicken show to the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. "The Family Feast" plays at The Stand in the Square (Venue 372) on 4th, 5th and 8th-12th August. Sixty minutes of family fun and some great magic from Scotland’s No1 Family Entertainer and his trusty sidekick, ‘Colin the Mind Reading Chicken’. If laughter is the best medicine, this show guarantees to give you a shot in the arm! Tickets and more details: www.edfringe.com.

 

Close-up Magic at The Magic Circle - London

5th August

This event showcases some of the best close-up magicians available and audiences get to meet the performers and experience the magic in the intimate setting of the headquarters of the world-famous Magic Circle in London, often taking part themselves. An amazing collection of close-up magicians presenting superlative magic right before your very eyes. Seeing is believing! Friday 5th August. Doors open 7pm, event starts at 7.30pm and finishes at 9.30pm. Tickets £19.50 plus transaction fee from www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events or www.seetickets.com. Venue: The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). Further details: www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events. Although all shows are of a universal nature and young enthusiasts are welcomed, 80 minutes of close-up is not usually recommended for those under 10. No refunds will be issued for under 10s.

 

Royle Reveals - The Order of the Magi, Manchester

9th August

Royle Reveals (A Working Pro's Survival Guide to The Mystery Arts) "On Tuesday 9th August, at 7.30pm, controversial Magician, Mentalist, Psychic Entertainer and Hypnotist Jonathan Royle returns to The Order of the Magi at The New Irish Heritage Centre in Manchester with a truly unique, entertaining and thought provoking lecture that is sure to contain much worth for everyone who attends whatever their preferred area of magic is! During his almost 39 years in showbusiness, Royle has worked in every genre from kids shows and close-up through to doves and large stage illusions on the one hand to mentalism and hypnosis, performing in comedy clubs, theatres and even at the circus. This lecture will contain a mix of commercial magic and mentalism, secrets of cold reading and hypnosis and even insider tips on how to make more money from magic. Click Here for details. Also see www.magicalguru.com/magical-lectures." Non Members are welcome at this event for a fee of £10 on the night. Venue: The Order of the Magi, The Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Manchester M8 0AE (Map) www.orderofthemagi.org.uk.

 

Enterteasement: Comedy Magic Burlesque - Glasgow

13th August

Saturday, August 13th, 8pm - 10.30pm. "Enterteasement is Glasgow's monthly Comedy Magic Burlesque show. This month, Tom Crosbie will be showing off his Rubik Cube skills, alongside Graham Stewart a comedy magician and a burlesque act from London who will be performing a straight jacket escape routine." Tickets £15 via www.enterteasement.com. Venue: Admiral Bar, 72 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 7DA (Map).

 

Deception - Cleethorpes

20th August

"Deception comes to The Parkway Theatre in Cleethorpes for an evening of magic, illusion and comedy. Dave Burns presents his fast paced, high energy show." Ticket: £10, £8.50 and family tickets £34.00. Venue: Parkway, Kings Road, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire DN35 0AQ (Map) www.parkwaycinemas.co.uk.

 

The Top Secret Magic Day
21st August

Organiser Gary Young writes: The 12th Top Secret Magic Day will take place in Weymouth, Dorset on Sunday 21st August 2016. So why not come to sunny Weymouth for the weekend, and enjoy some magic! Appearing this year are Wayne Goodman with a brand new lecture, Stephen Leathwaite - giving a very rare lecture, John Carey who will be giving a lecture packed with new material, and Martin Cox with his 'Four' lecture which was highly acclaimed in the USA. Martin is also your compere for the day. I am sure the great Seabrooke would approve. Also Rus Andrews, who has a huge following, will be lecturing and giving a workshop. More to be confirmed... dealers galore. a Q+A forum, plus a Comedy Cabaret to end the day! The new website is now live and registration is £28 in advance or £30 on the day. Don't miss out! Venue: Rembrandt Hotel, 12-18 Dorchester Road, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7JU (Map). To book: www.topsecretmagicday.co.uk.

 

Monday Morning Magic, The Magic Circle - London

22nd August

A very special event for the school holidays, designed to give families a sneak peek inside The Magic Circle. You'll meet magicians who will show you wondrous sleight of hand, curators who will recount stories about The Magic Circle Collection, and have a chance to explore the headquarters of this world famous magic club. Ideal for families with children aged 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Monday 22nd August. Doors open 11am. Event starts at 11.30am and lasts about two hours. Family ticket: A group of four (must include at least one child and one adult) £50 - no booking fee. Single tickets: £18.50 plus booking fee. The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events.

 

Simon Warner's Viva Hypnosis - Edinburgh

29th August

From the organisers: You are about to be transported to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas where you have the opportunity to be the star of the show! This is the UK's first and only full production interactive hypnosis show. Jaw-droppingly immersive, fast-paced, energetic and loaded with music, dance and visuals – we'll guarantee you'll have never seen a hypnosis show quite like this! Simply sit back, relax and enjoy the show or choose to volunteer and revel in being one of our stars for the night. Prepare for the most exhilarating hypnotic ride of your life… Friday 5th - Monday 29th August at 8.50pm Nightly. Zoo Venues (The Sanctuary), 117 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9ER www.zoofestival.co.uk. Jonathan Royle writes: I am super excited, delighted and proud to finally be able to announce that, colleague and former hypnosis student Simon Warner along with his lovely wife Michelle have been given the chance to perform for 25 nights at one of Edinburgh Festival's top rated venues "The Zoo". I am proud and privileged to say that I have been acting as a "Hypnotic Adviser" to Simon and "Viva Hypnosis". You can find more details about this unique and innovative show, along with the opportunity to grab some Amazing Rewards and Good Karma by helping to group fund this production at this link. www.crowdfunder.co.uk/edfringevivahypnosis.

 

The Naked Magicians - London

31st August

The show features magic, mirth and more than a touch of mayhem as these two hot and hilarious Aussie magicians say abracadabra and take magic to a whole new level. Stripping away the top hats and capes – and everything else - The Naked Magicians’ saucy magic is baffling and entertaining, bringing full frontal illusions and a new meaning to ‘now you see it’. With a guest comedian to warm you up, this boisterous X-rated magic show promises non-stop laughs and more than a few blushes. Good magicians don't need sleeves and great magicians don't need pants. This show proves just that.

"They are hot, mind-blowing and seriously hilarious. Five stars!" Radio B105 FM, Brisbane
“The most entertaining show of the year.” Aussietheatre.com.au

31st August - 24th September. Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY (Map). 18+ Tickets: www.atgtickets.com.

"Sleeves up, pants down: Naked magicians take Mann Hall" Click Here.

 

The Naked Magicians - London

September Dates

The show features magic, mirth and more than a touch of mayhem as these two hot and hilarious Aussie magicians say abracadabra and take magic to a whole new level. Stripping away the top hats and capes – and everything else - The Naked Magicians’ saucy magic is baffling and entertaining, bringing full frontal illusions and a new meaning to ‘now you see it’. With a guest comedian to warm you up, this boisterous X-rated magic show promises non-stop laughs and more than a few blushes. Good magicians don't need sleeves and great magicians don't need pants. This show proves just that.

"They are hot, mind-blowing and seriously hilarious. Five stars!" Radio B105 FM, Brisbane
“The most entertaining show of the year.” Aussietheatre.com.au

31st August - 24th September. Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY (Map). 18+ Tickets: www.atgtickets.com.

"Sleeves up, pants down: Naked magicians take Mann Hall" Click Here.

 

Chris Cross the Magician presents 'The Greatest Show on the Tyne!'

2nd September

'An eccentric variety show of Geordie stars and underground entertainment legends' featuring the oldest working magician in the world, Mark Raffles at Newcastle's Tyne Theatre on Friday 2nd September. Artistic Director of the show, Chris Cross, writes: Mark Raffles' mother starred alongside Charlie Chaplin in the Great British Music Halls, his show business family owned a theatrical boarding house in the 1920s and he was brought up there. He's a legend in the magic world and was once known to be 'The Best Pickpocket Act in the World'. He's performed worldwide in the golden days of variety and had numerous TV appearances. Here's an interview with Mark Raffles about his life and times in show business, Click Here. It's an absolute honour to have Mark on the bill. Alongside Mark, I've got a troupe of acrobats, a guy who climbs inside a giant balloon and does his act in there, can-can dancers, showgirls, big illusions and magic, a girl performing aerial circus from the ceiling and all sorts of wonderful performers! I will be performing my trademark upside-down straitjacket escape as well as various other magical stunts! This is my biggest show to date in the North East. I've waited 27 years for this one. Only problem is, there's over 1 Million people in the North-East of England and we only have 1,100 seats available! For more info and to book visit www.tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk.

 

Close-up Magic at The Magic Circle - London

2nd September

This event showcases some of the best close-up magicians available and audiences get to meet the performers and experience the magic in the intimate setting of the headquarters of the world-famous Magic Circle in London, often taking part themselves. An amazing collection of close-up magicians presenting superlative magic right before your very eyes. Seeing is believing! Friday 2nd September. Doors open 7pm, event starts at 7.30pm and finishes at 9.30pm. Tickets £19.50 plus transaction fee from www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events or www.seetickets.com. Venue: The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). Further details: www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events. Although all shows are of a universal nature and young enthusiasts are welcomed, 80 minutes of close-up is not usually recommended for those under 10. No refunds will be issued for under 10s.

 

80th IBM British Ring Convention - Buxton

8th - 11th September
8th - 11th September 2016, Buxton
www.britishring.org.uk

 

At Home with The Magic Circle

13th Spetember
A regular evening of mystery and wonder featuring some of the club's top magicians in "At Home with The Magic Circle". This event features history, close-up and stage entertainment and happens throughout the year and lasts for a full evening. Doors open at 7pm and the Club Room bar and museum are open. Parlour magic begins at 7.30pm. During the interval, The Magic Circle museum and the Club Room bar are open once again and you ll have a chance to explore the fabulous headquarters. Then it's time for a dazzling show in The Magic Circle theatre to finish off your evening. Individuals can book online. Tuesday 13th September.


Groups (20 or more) can make bookings for all available dates, subject to availability. Note: suitable for ages 14 and above. Under-14s will not be admitted.

Tickets £34.00 for individuals or £30 for Groups of 20 or more.

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)

 

History and Mystery at The Magic Circle

19th September
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.

 

Monday 19th September. 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-10s only - no refunds will be issued for under-10s. Individual tickets £18.50 plus fee. Groups of 20 or more £18.50 no booking fee. The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). Tickets available from www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events.

 

Pete Firman - Trix

September Dates

"The UK’s leading comedy magician" (Time Out) returns to the Fringe to celebrate a decade of sell-out shows. Star of BBC1’s The Magicians expect Pete’s trademark blend of crowd-pleasing comedy and jaw-dropping magic... it’s a show not to be missed!

"The man from Middlesbrough sets the pace for comedy-meets-magic in the 21st century" The Times
"The new poster-boy for British comedy magic"
The Telegraph

Tickets are now on sale for all dates, see www.petefirman.co.uk


21 Sep Swindon - Arts Centre
22 Sep Gloucester - Guildhall Theatre
23 Sep Exeter - Corn Exchange
24 Sep Taunton - Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre
28 Sep Shrewsbury - Walker Theatre
29 Sep Sheffield - Leadmill
30 Sep Barrow - The Forum

 

The Quayside Cabaret Club @ Newcastle's Quayside

22nd September

At the Montana Lounge (upstairs at Prima Pizza Pasta, The Side, Bottom of Dean Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne). Tickets: £20 including a three-course Italian meal and an After-Dinner Show. Chris Cross writes: "I really can't wait to bring more Live Variety Entertainment to my home city of Newcastle this year. I've got some brilliant acts up my sleeve, who I've met whilst performing around the globe! For tickets email info@chris-cross.co.uk.

 

Entrepreneur Performer's Business and Marketing Conference - London

25th September 25th

From the organisers: This September a brand new conference is being held for entertainers. Rather than tricks and routines, this special event focuses on building your entertainment business. With speakers and delegates flying in from all over the world, the day is going to be jam-packed with cutting edge marketing, branding and career building lectures from people who are really out there doing it. The event is perfect for professionals wanting to learn to reap the rewards of the latest marketing innovations, as well as entertainers who are still trying to make that leap to their first gigs. Speakers include Balloon Man Andy Smith from Hong Kong - speaking on how to charge premium prices, YouTube magic sensation Steven Bridges and professional corporate entertainer Ken Dyne with more names to be announced. Early bird discount pricing is available if you snap up tickets now at mentalunderground.com/epic/conference2016. It all starts at 10am on Sunday 25th September 2016 at the Crown Plaza London Heathrow.

 

Pete Firman - Trix

October Dates

"The UK’s leading comedy magician" (Time Out) returns to the Fringe to celebrate a decade of sell-out shows. Star of BBC1’s The Magicians expect Pete’s trademark blend of crowd-pleasing comedy and jaw-dropping magic... it’s a show not to be missed!

"The man from Middlesbrough sets the pace for comedy-meets-magic in the 21st century" The Times
"The new poster-boy for British comedy magic"
The Telegraph

Tickets are now on sale for all dates, see www.petefirman.co.uk

01 Oct Barnard Castle - The Witham
05 Oct Chipping Norton - Chipping Norton Theatre
06 Oct Guildford - The Electric Theatre
08 Oct Worthing - Connaught Theatre
13 Oct Totton - Hanger Farm Arts Centre
14 Oct Norwich - Playhouse
15 Oct Maidstone - Hazlitt Theatre
19 Oct Weymouth - Pavilion
20 Oct Buxton - Pavilion Arts Centre
21 Oct Andover - The Lights
22 Oct Fareham - Ashcroft Arts Centre
23 Oct Woking - Rhoda McGaw Theatre
26 Oct Bromsgrove - Artrix
27 Oct Leeds - City Varieties
28 Oct Burnley - Burnley Mechanics
29 Oct Stockton - Arc

 

Exonian Magic Society One Day Convention

2nd October

From the organisers: The Exonian Magic Society will be celebrating their 80th anniversary with a fantastic 1 day convention on Sunday October 2nd 2016. Tickets are available now for this great one day convention, with lectures from Thom Peterson, Kieron Johnson, Sean Heydon, Morgan & West and Dave Andrews. Plus close-up sessions, a gala show and a three course meal. Tickets: £45 for the whole convention, £30 daytime only, £35 evening only. Only 40 places remain. Book via Ozzy Dee ozzydee@themagiccircle.co.uk. The venue is the excellent Deer Park Country House Hotel, Honiton, which also offers accommodation for the Sunday Evening. www.exonianmagicalsociety.co.uk.

 

Steve Beam October Lecture Tour

October Dates

Tony Griffith writes: Steve Beam will be making his 5th lecture tour of the UK this coming October. There are still one or two vacancies for additional lectures, see details below. Steve is the author of the best selling ten volume 'Semi Automatic Card Trick' series and one of the most entertaining card magicians around. Don't pass up this opportunity to see him.

October 2016
3rd Surrey Society of Magicians, Bookham
4th Medway Magical Society, Chatham
5th Devon Magic Circle, Exeter area
6th Bath Circle of Magicians
7th Travelling to Liverpool
8/9th Magicians of Mann, Douglas
10th Free, Liverpool area
11th Fylde Mystics
12th Perth Magic Circle, Scotland
13th Free
14th Free
15th Free
16th Newcastle Magic Circle
17th Hull Magicians Circle
18th Free
19th Shropshire Magic Society, Shrewsbury
20th Home Counties Magic Society, Reading

21st Bexley Magic Society
There are still vacancies for possible lectures as follows: 7th & 10th Liverpool area; 13th- 16th Scotland / North of England; 18th North of England / Midlands. For further information contact Tony Griffith 01275 835463 tony@tonygriffith.co.uk.

 

At Home with The Magic Circle

October Dates
A regular evening of mystery and wonder featuring some of the club's top magicians in "At Home with The Magic Circle". This event features history, close-up and stage entertainment and happens throughout the year and lasts for a full evening. Doors open at 7pm and the Club Room bar and museum are open. Parlour magic begins at 7.30pm. During the interval, The Magic Circle museum and the Club Room bar are open once again and you ll have a chance to explore the fabulous headquarters. Then it's time for a dazzling show in The Magic Circle theatre to finish off your evening. Individuals can book online. Tuesday 4th, 18th October.


Groups (20 or more) can make bookings for all available dates, subject to availability. Note: suitable for ages 14 and above. Under-14s will not be admitted.

Tickets £34.00 for individuals or £30 for Groups of 20 or more.

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)

 

Close-up Magic at The Magic Circle - London

7th October

This event showcases some of the best close-up magicians available and audiences get to meet the performers and experience the magic in the intimate setting of the headquarters of the world-famous Magic Circle in London, often taking part themselves. An amazing collection of close-up magicians presenting superlative magic right before your very eyes. Seeing is believing! Friday 7th October. Doors open 7pm, event starts at 7.30pm and finishes at 9.30pm. Tickets £19.50 plus transaction fee from www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events or www.seetickets.com. Venue: The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). Further details: www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events. Although all shows are of a universal nature and young enthusiasts are welcomed, 80 minutes of close-up is not usually recommended for those under 10. No refunds will be issued for under 10s.

 

666 Sign of the Beast - Wellington Hotel, Boscastle

15th October

On 15th October mentalist/magician Tony Quenten will be making a guest appearance, on behalf of the world famous Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, at their informal 'Day of talks on Halloween Past and Present'. Tony will perform a small selection of effects from his new close-up/parlour show '666 Sign of the Beast'. This informal event will take place at the Wellington Hotel, Boscastle, (a few minutes walk from the museum). Tickets cost £25. 15th October, from 10am to 4pm, followed by full evening entertainment. Tickets are available from the museum tel: 01840 250111 and must be purchased in advance. Tickets are not available on the day. For information on the guest speakers and the event in general contact the museum: www.museumofwitchcraftandmagic.co.uk www.anthonyquenten.com.

 

Magic Circle Dealers Day - London

22nd October

From the organisers: 10am to 5pm at the Galleon Suite, Royal National Hotel, 38-51 Bedford Way, Nr Russell Square, London WC1H 0DG (Map). £5 entry on the door (free for Magic Circle Members/ Apprentices/ YMC Members). Dealers from all over the country, covering all aspects of magic. Café/Restaurant/ Bar on site, Hotel car park / Euston station / Russell Square underground just around the corner. Meet up with all your magic friends for a great day.

 

Monday Morning Magic, The Magic Circle - London

24th October

A very special event for the school holidays, designed to give families a sneak peek inside The Magic Circle. You'll meet magicians who will show you wondrous sleight of hand, curators who will recount stories about The Magic Circle Collection, and have a chance to explore the headquarters of this world famous magic club. Ideal for families with children aged 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Monday 24th October. Doors open 11am. Event starts at 11.30am and lasts about two hours. Family ticket: A group of four (must include at least one child and one adult) £50 - no booking fee. Single tickets: £18.50 plus booking fee. The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events.

 

Pete Firman - Trix

November Dates

"The UK’s leading comedy magician" (Time Out) returns to the Fringe to celebrate a decade of sell-out shows. Star of BBC1’s The Magicians expect Pete’s trademark blend of crowd-pleasing comedy and jaw-dropping magic... it’s a show not to be missed!

"The man from Middlesbrough sets the pace for comedy-meets-magic in the 21st century" The Times
"The new poster-boy for British comedy magic"
The Telegraph

Tickets are now on sale for all dates, see www.petefirman.co.uk

02 Nov Lincoln - LPAC
03 Nov Corby - The Core
04 Nov Cambridge - The Junction
10 Nov Bridgwater - The McMillan Theatre
11 Nov Leicester - The Y Theatre
12 Nov Northampton - The Royal
13 Nov Hull - Hull Truck Theatre

 

Jamie Raven Live on Stage

November Dates

Jamie Raven burst onto an unsuspecting world during the 2015 series of Britain’s Got Talent. His magic amazed audiences and even made Simon Cowell exclaim, “I now actually believe in magic!”
4th November- Lighthouse, Poole
5th November- Orchard, Dartford
6th November- Marina Theatre, Lowestoft
7th November- Regent Theatre, Ipswich
9th November- Colosseum, Watford
14th November- City Hall, Hull
15th November- Playhouse, Whitley Bay
17th November- G Live, Guildford
20th November- The Lowry, Manchester
24th November- Eden Court, Inverness

More info and tickets: www.jamieraven.co.uk/tour

 

At Home with The Magic Circle

November Dates
A regular evening of mystery and wonder featuring some of the club's top magicians in "At Home with The Magic Circle". This event features history, close-up and stage entertainment and happens throughout the year and lasts for a full evening. Doors open at 7pm and the Club Room bar and museum are open. Parlour magic begins at 7.30pm. During the interval, The Magic Circle museum and the Club Room bar are open once again and you ll have a chance to explore the fabulous headquarters. Then it's time for a dazzling show in The Magic Circle theatre to finish off your evening. Individuals can book online. Tuesday 1st, 15th, 22nd November.


Groups (20 or more) can make bookings for all available dates, subject to availability. Note: suitable for ages 14 and above. Under-14s will not be admitted.

Tickets £34.00 for individuals or £30 for Groups of 20 or more.

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)

 

Portsmouth and District Magic Circle Jumbo Day

6th November

Lectures from Mark Elsdon (photo), Sean Heydon and Matthew Garrett. Buying and selling of new and second-hand magic in the dealing hall. Gala Show with performances by some of our lecturers plus Sean Lobban. Venue: Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Portsmouth PO2 7BT (Map). www.portsmouthmagic.co.uk.

 

History and Mystery at The Magic Circle

14th November
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.

 

Monday 14th November. 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-10s only - no refunds will be issued for under-10s. Individual tickets £18.50 plus fee. Groups of 20 or more £18.50 no booking fee. The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). Tickets available from www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events.

 

Mel Mellers Masterclass - Essex

24th November

Learn the real secrets of comedy magic. At long last Mel has found a window in his busy schedule to present a Masterclass in Comedy Magic. A one day intensive comedy magic workshop presented by a master of his craft. Learn all aspects of comedy magic, from plots to scripts, in this highly structured "how to" session. Topics include: comedy and authenticity, lines versus gags, character, effects, tricks and you, structure, creating comedy, crafting the material, gag format, putting it all together, dealing with agents, Q&A. If you want to add more comedy into your stage, corporate or close-up performance this will be something not to miss! 10am -5pm on Thursday 24th November at the excellent Prested Hall in Essex (just 50 minutes by train from London), plus, in the evening 'An Audience with Mel Mellers' at 7.30pm. Early Bird Registration before 31st May £100, after 31st May £120 - including buffet lunch and dinner and coffee/tea. Spaces are very limited. For more information Click Here or contact organiser Steve Short info@steve-short.co.uk.

 

Newcastle Magic Circle Dinner

12th November

Tony Junior, NMC Secretary writes: Newcastle Magic Circle presents The President's 83rd Annual Dinner on Saturday 12th November 2016, from 7pm to 1am. Venue: Newcastle Racecourse, High Gosforth Park, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 5HP. Tickets now on sale at £37.50 per person. As last year we are limiting tickets to the first 200 people. Price includes: a 3 course meal (vegetarian option available) and two cabaret shows and the Magicians Flashmob along with a lot more on the night. The 2016 Cabarets are the superbly hilarious impressionist 'Danny Posthill' a Britain's Got Talent 2015 finalist and fantastic UK illusionists, Amethyst. Tickets are only available from our treasurer Michael Harney, email mpharney2003@yahoo.co.uk. Also include the secretary with all correspondence: nmcsecretary@outlook.com. Cheques should be made payable to 'Newcastle Magic Circle' and should be sent to: Michael Harney, 34 Hipsburn Drive, Sunderland SR3 1UA. Or pay by BACS, please email nmcsecretary@outlook.com for BACS details. www.newcastle-magic-circle.org.

 

The Quayside Cabaret Club @ Newcastle's Quayside

17th November

At the Montana Lounge (upstairs at Prima Pizza Pasta, The Side, Bottom of Dean Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne). Tickets: £20 including a three-course Italian meal and an After-Dinner Show. Chris Cross writes: "I really can't wait to bring more Live Variety Entertainment to my home city of Newcastle this year. I've got some brilliant acts up my sleeve, who I've met whilst performing around the globe! For tickets email info@chris-cross.co.uk.

 

Close-up Magic at The Magic Circle - London

2nd December

This event showcases some of the best close-up magicians available and audiences get to meet the performers and experience the magic in the intimate setting of the headquarters of the world-famous Magic Circle in London, often taking part themselves. An amazing collection of close-up magicians presenting superlative magic right before your very eyes. Seeing is believing! Friday 2nd December. Doors open 7pm, event starts at 7.30pm and finishes at 9.30pm. Tickets £19.50 plus transaction fee from www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events or www.seetickets.com. Venue: The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). Further details: www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events. Although all shows are of a universal nature and young enthusiasts are welcomed, 80 minutes of close-up is not usually recommended for those under 10. No refunds will be issued for under 10s.

 

The Magic Circle Christmas Show - London

December Dates

A festive treat with a chance to explore the headquarters of The Magic Circle, see close-up magic performed before your very eyes and witness the spectacular stage show. Ideal for families. (This event is for over-5s only no refunds will be issued for under-5s. The balcony is unsuitable for children under 14 who may be unable to see over the balcony railing.) Doors open at 1.30pm and 6pm. Tickets £30 (circle) and £34 (stalls) via www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events. Venue: The Magic Circle Headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map)

Tuesday 20 December at 2.30pm and 7pm

Wednesday 21 December at 2.30pm and 7pm

Thursday 22 December at 2.30pm and 7pm

Friday 23 December at 7pm

Tuesday 27 December at 2.30pm and 7pm

Wednesday 28 December at 2.30pm and 7pm

Thursday 29 December at 2.30pm and 7pm

Friday 30 December at 2.30pm and 7pm.

 

Steve Allen's Christmas Cracker - The Magic Circle, London

23rd December

A special show from radio host and magician Steve Allen at the headquarters of the world-famous Magic Circle. The show is aimed at LBC listeners and Steve Allen's loyal following. Friday 23rd December 2016. Doors open 1.30pm, show starts 2.30pm. This event is for over 5s only. Tickets £31.00 and £35.00 plus transaction fee. Venue: The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events.

 

The Session 2017

6th-8th January

Legendary bar magician Eric Mead (USA) joins magic theorist Jamy Ian Swiss (USA) and Ben Earl (his first convention appearance in many years), together with the hilarious Danny Buckler! On the Friday, Luke Jermay will host a day of mentalism with Vincent Hedan (France), Alex Ray (Austria), Chris Rawlins (UK) and more. The hotel is conveniently situated right outside Heathrow Airport and tickets are now available. www.sessionconvention.com. Full list of names released to date: Alex Ray (Austria), Andi Gladwin (UK), Ben Earl (UK), Bill Cheung (Austria), Chris Rawlins (UK), Danny Buckler (UK), Eric Mead (USA), Jamy Ian Swiss (USA), Joshua Jay (USA), Luke Jermay (UK), Vincent Hedan (France).

 

 
 

 
 

Northern Magic Circle Convention

21st-23rd April

Northern Magic Circle is excited to announce its 61st annual convention. The “Northern Magic Summit” will take place in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April 2017. The weekend will be filled with a wide variety of magic lectures, an inter-society competition, a dazzling Gala show at the 1,100 capacity Tyne Theatre & Opera House and great dealers too! Having just celebrated its 60th birthday, this event will mark the end of the diamond year of Northern Magic Circle, returning to Newcastle - the home of its very first convention in 1957. Full details, artistes and booking information will be published very soon. Rob J. Temple. www.northernmagiccircle.org.uk.

 

Trix in the Stix - Shropshire

22nd and 23rd May (Sold Out)

Practical Magic would like to announce details of Trix in the Stix 2017, a convention for children's entertainers held in sunny Shropshire at the magnificent Lion Quays hotel near Oswestry on the Welsh border. The dates are Monday and Tuesday 22nd and 23rd May 2017. One of the Star Lecturers will be Ken Scott (photo) from the US. Ken has three times been winner of Greater Atlanta Magician of the Year and is a highly experienced entertainer, having performed his shows for over a million people. More lecturers will be added as the year progresses. In addition, there will be dealers, Power Presentations... and surprises! This will be the 5th Trix in the Stix and the convention sells out very rapidly: for this year's convention, all 240 tickets sold out in just under 2 hours. www.practical-magic.com.

 

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