West End Magic - Leicester Square Theatre, London

13th October

From the organisers: Celebrating 5 years, October's show at the Leicester Square Theatre offers a packed show full of top UK magic and variety acts including BGT’s Matt Edwards! This exciting, family friendly show, features phenomenal magic, extraordinary juggling, impossible mind reading, comedy and a bloke with a big balloon on his head! Starring TV magician Matt Edwards from Britain’s Got Talent, the visual award-winning magic of Oliver Tabor, the comedy magic of Fritz Alkemade and juggler Ian Marchant. All compered by Christian Lee. Guaranteed to deliver the best in magic, illusion, comedy and variety. 3.30pm on Saturday 13th October Click Here to book. Box Office 020 7734 2222.

 

Secrets of Spiritual Hypnosis - Chesterfield

13th October

From the organisers: Secrets of Spiritual Hypnosis is a brand new one day workshop taking place on 13th October in Chesterfield presented by Hypnotist & Psychic Entertainer Jonathan Royle. If you have ever wanted to enter the arena of Seances, Ghost Hunting, Past-Life Regression and Paranormal Nights using hypnotic techniques for entertaining demonstrations of apparent psychic powers then this event is for you. tinyurl.com/y8derbao.

 

Jamie Raven 'Making Magic' - UK Tour

October Dates
Lee Martin for Gag Reflex in association with InterTalent Rights Group proudly present Jamie Raven Making Magic UK Tour 2018. Britain’s Got Talent Finalist, Jamie Raven, is proud to announce the UK tour of his brand new show, Making Magic – a look at how magicians do what they do. Why does magic work? How are our hearts fooled into believing something that our brains know simply can’t be true? Making Magic will culminate in a random member of the audience, with absolutely no performing experience whatsoever, being turned into a magician in order to perform the final trick of the show live on stage with Jamie!


Venue: Magnet Leisure Centre MAIDENHEAD
Dates: Saturday, 13th October
Time: 8.00pm
Box office: 01628 685 316
Online: www.leisurecentre.com/magnet-leisure-centre

Venue: Alban Arena ST ALBANS
Dates: Monday, 15th October
Time: 7.30pm
Box office: 01727 844 488
Online: www.alban-arena.co.uk

Venue: Haymarket BASINGSTOKE
Dates: Tuesday, 16th October
Time: 8.00pm
Box office: 01256 844 244
Online: www.anvilarts.org.uk/whats-on/Jamie-raven-0

Venue: Theatre Royal MARGATE
Dates: Wednesday, 17th October
Time: 7.30pm
Box office: 01843 292 795
Online: www.theatreroyalmargate.com

Venue: Corn Exchange NEWBURY
Dates: Friday, 19th October
Time: 7.30pm
Box office: 0845 5218 218
Online: www.cornexchangenew.com

Venue: Ferneham Hall FAREHAM
Dates: Saturday, 20th October
Time: 7.30pm
Box office: 01329 231 942
Online: www.fernehamhall.co.uk

Venue: Wycombe Swan HIGH WYCOMBE
Dates: Sunday, 21st October
Time: 7.30pm
Box office: 01494 512 000
Online: www.wycombeswan.co.uk

Venue: Hexagon READING
Dates: Monday, 22nd October
Time: 7.30pm
Box office: 0118 960 6060
Online: www.readingarts.com

Venue: Grove Theartre DUNSTABLE
Dates: Tuesday, 23rd October
Time: 7.30pm
Box office: 01582 60 20 80
Online: www.grovetheatre.co.uk

 

Evolution of Magic - Blackpool

October Dates

Craig Christian & Elizabeth Best star in Evolution of Magic at The Horseshoe, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, from 30th March to 28th October 2018. From the promoters: Craig Christian and Elizabeth Best ignite the stage, packing 1000-seat theatres many times over. Craig’s fresh approach is pioneering the future of magic. His charismatic, witty, personality captures audiences creating a show where magic and entertainment are fused together to produce a flowing dynamic, visual spectacle! "Of course it’s a Magic Show, but it’s not just about the magic. We have developed over the years a show that we are really proud of. It’s everything a show should be, exciting, captivating, and most of all, entertaining!" Craig Christian. For more information and to book visit www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com, also see www.craigchristian.com.

 

Spellbound Exhibition - Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

October Dates

Do you believe in magic? Even if you don’t, you probably ‘think magically’ sometimes. We touch wood to stop bad things happening, or take a lucky object to a job interview or exam in an irrational attempt to influence the outcome.

This is the first exhibition to examine how magical thinking has been practised over the centuries. With exquisitely engraved rings to bind a lover, enchanted animal hearts pierced with nails, mummified cats concealed in walls and many other intriguing objects, this exhibition shows that the need to use magic is driven by our strongest emotions: the need to be loved, our fear of evil and the desire to protect our homes. While belief in magic and rituals can be comforting, it has also led to the persecution of women as witches. This exhibition examines both the idea of the witch and the reality of how women were accused of witchcraft.

Even today, our tendency to think magically has not changed as much as we might think. To illuminate the links between past and present, contemporary artists have created new works inspired by the exhibition’s themes. 31st August 2018 - 6th January 2019. Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH (Map). www.ashmolean.org.

 

The Magic Hour - London

October Dates

Enter the wood panelled drawing room of London's 5 star Sheraton Park Lane Hotel for this award winning spellbinding show of magic and illusion in the style of the Victorian masters of deception. Following 5 star reviews and sell out audiences since 2013, The Magic Hour has established itself as the premier magic show in London. Join Tony Middleton 'Sonic', as seen on Penn & Teller: Fool Us (ITV, CW) and journey back in time to the Golden Age of Magic. Named in the top 10 things to do in London (TripAdvisor), and no.1 Halloween show of 2017 (Metro), you will witness the impossible as objects vanish, time stops still, and spirits write messages from 'the other side'.
Every Thursday & Friday at 8pm until Christmas. www.magichourshow.com.

 

Sleight of Hand on the Strand - London

October Dates

Following on from the success of The Magic Hour, we present Sleight of Hand on the Strand. Located at Simpsons in the Strand, part of the world famous Savoy Hotel, enjoy an hour and fifteen minutes in the company of two of London's finest close-up magicians. Enjoy this light hearted and heart warming show in a luxurious setting. You will never get closer to the impossible!

Tony Middleton 'Sonic', headliner of The Magic Hour at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, is widely acknowledged as London's leading parlour magician. He is joined by the Magic Circle's skilful Dominick Zwolinski, whose 20 years experience has included performing for Boris Johnson, Bremner, Bird & Fortune, and Jim Carey who declared 'Burn him! He's a Witch!'

Together they will entertain with classic magic, mind-reading and illusion in an intimate and evocative setting. Take a journey back in time to a world of sepia and sleight of hand - the roaring 20's - where cabaret and close-up magic went hand in hand. But keep your eyes open - behind the wit and charm of our performers lies a web of secrets and surprises!


Every Saturday until Christmas. www.magichourshow.com.

 

Pete Firman 'Marvels' - UK Tour

October Dates

Marvels, which will open at the Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells on 21st September 2018 and conclude at Totton’s Hanger Farm Arts Centre on 10th November 2018 and also includes a run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018, promises to be his most astonishing show yet. Expect to be mesmerised by Pete's acclaimed blend of laugh-out-loud comedy and jaw-dropping magic, as he presents a truly unique live theatre experience. ‘The UK's leading comedy magician' (Time Out) has numerous television appearances under his belt, including ITV1's Tonight at the London Palladium, The Next Great Magician, BBC One's Let’s Sing & Dance for Comic Relief, The John Bishop Show, The Magicians and The Sarah Millican Television Programme. He also presented Pete Firman’s World of Magic for BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Pete Firman said: “I’m thrilled to be hitting the road again with a brand new bag of tricks! Performing magic on television is brilliant, but it really should be experienced live and right in front of your eyes in a theatre. I’ve spent the last year and a bit working on new ways to drop jaws and tickle ribs. I can’t wait to get started!” (Photo: Karla Gowlett). Tickets available via www.petefirman.co.uk.

13 Oct New Milton • Forest Arts Centre
14 Oct Portsmouth • The Wedgewood Rooms
18 Oct Scarborough • The Stephen Joseph Theatre
19 Oct Leeds • City Varieties
20 Oct Stockton • Arc
25 Oct Birmingham • The Mac
26 Oct Barnsley • The Civic
27 Oct Chorley • The Little Theatre

 

Peterborough Society of Magicians Annual Sale, Exchange & Lecture Day

14th October

Keith Downs writes: The Peterborough Society of Magicians 30th Annual Sale, Exchange & Lecture Day will take place on Sunday 14th October from 10am to 5pm. Lectures from Ben Williams, John Morton and Steve Gore. It’s in a fantastic new venue: The Fleet, Fleet Way, Fletton, Peterborough PE2 8DL (Map). Admission £15 & £7.50 concessions (£13 and £6.50 if booked before 22nd September). Tables £10 each. More details and registration form from Keith Downs: the220@btinternet.com phone 01778 343167 or download registration form from www.psmagicians.org.uk.

 

Fortune Telling For Fun & Profit - Chesterfield

14th October

From the organisers: Fortune Telling For Fun & Profit is a unique one-day workshop taking place on Sunday 14th October in Chesterfield that will teach you how to master reading the Tarot, Astrology, Runes, Palmistry and a whole lot more! Psychic Entertainer Stuart "Harrizon" Cassels will also show you how to make a profitable business from your new skills and how to integrate them with your magical and mentalism routines. More details at tinyurl.com/ycllze3z.

 

Harry De Cruz Gets His Act Together - London

14th October

After a smash hit run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Harry is bringing his show 'Harry De Cruz Gets His Act Together' to The Hen & Chicken's Theatre, Islington, London. Everyone has a party trick. Harry has 374 and counting. Sharing his incredible skills and telling the compelling and charming story of what possessed him to learn these stunts he brings his show to London for the first time. "The King of Party Tricks" Dynamo. "The Real Harry Potter" JK Rowling. Tickets: www.unrestrictedview.co.uk.

 

Sideshow Skills Day with 'Reverend' Tristan - Derby

14th October

From the organisers: Learn Sideshow skills from one of the best in the business, Rev. Tristan Stothard. This is a practical and thorough insiders guide to the art of sideshow. You will learn to appear to be impervious to pain. As well as learning a new skill for life, fun and profit, the training will have a positive impact on your own feelings of self-control. Rev. Tristan has been performing for well over 20 years and is widely regarded as one of the UK's leading exponents and teachers of this fringe skill. Join us for a day that will be burnt into your memory forever. Sunday, October 14th, 2018. 10am to 5pm in Derbyshire. £275.00. See www.anthonyjacquin.com.

 

Carl Royle Lecture - The Edinburgh Magic Circle

15th October

Gary James writes: After making a living from performing magic for the last fifteen years Carl will share his approach to many of his highly commercial routines, straight from his working repertoire. The lecture includes Carl's now famous Micro Cup and Ball Routine (The Gold Cup Con), magic with cards, coins, elastic bands, business cards, and fun mental magic, including his thoughts and work on using indexes. All delivered with the good humour you would expect from a working professional magician. In the lecture, Carl will also discuss his approach to adding humour to your magic routines, making effects more magical and much, much more. A proud member of the world famous Magic Circle in London, Carl Royle has also acted as president of one of the largest magical societies in the world, The Manchester Circle of Magicians. Paid up members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee, on the night, or you can pay by PayPal (email for PayPal link). The lecture takes place at 8pm at The Mercat Bar, 28 West Maitland Street, Edinburgh EH12 5DX (Map), just over from Haymarket Train Station. For full details please contact EMC Sec. Gordon Munro: argyllind@btinternet.com.

 

The Magic Circle Dealers' Day - London

20th October

From the organisers: This year, The Magic Circle Dealers' Day is returning to the Royal National Hotel, Russell Square on Saturday 20th October. 2018 will see more dealers than ever before, including several new dealers from across Europe! Doors to Galleon Suite C will open at 10am - 5pm. £5 entry (free to members of TMC). There is still limited space available for dealers interested in a booth at the event. And for those who haven't been a dealer at a convention before, but have quality products to offer, there is space as part of the New Talent Area. To apply Click Here.

 

Ali Cook Principles of Deception - UK Tour

October Dates

The star of West End magic marvels and big screen spectacles, Ali Cook, has announced a new UK tour for his critically acclaimed comedy magic show Principles of Deception. Treating audiences to a festival of fascination, Principles of Deception acts as the essential storytelling of magic, with Ali Cook’s own brand of awe-inspiring magic and off-beat comedy. The tour will visit theatres nationwide between 29th September - 17th November 2018. "A hugely impressive show that’s never short on spectacle… Genuinely astounding"
★★★★ Mail on Sunday. Also see YouTube.

For tickets go to: www.alicook.com/gigs or the theatre links below:


Sunday 21st October - Shrewsbury, Severn Theatre, www.theatresevern.co.uk
Friday 26th October - Sudbury, Quay Theatre, www.quaysudbury.com
Saturday 27th October - Leicester, Y Theatre, www.leicesterymca.co.uk

 

Monday Morning Magic - London

22nd October
A school holiday event designed for families to get a sneak peek inside The Magic Circle. You'll meet magicians who will show you wondrous sleight of hand, curators telling you stories about The Magic Circle Collection and a chance to explore the headquarters of the world famous magic club. Ideal for families aged 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Doors open 11am. Event starts at 11.15 am and lasts about two hours.

Family ticket: A group of four (must include at least one child under 16 and one adult) £50 - no booking fee. Single tickets - £19.50 plus booking fee. Venue: The Magic Circle Headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). Tickets from www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events.

 

At Home with The Magic Circle - London

23rd October
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 7pm 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 23rd October.

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

Tickets £50 for premium seats, £36.00 for individuals or £30 for groups of 20 or more plus transaction fee.

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.

 

Sean Mac: Hive Mind - Smoke and Mirrors Bristol

31st October

From the organisers: It is said it only takes 7 seconds of meeting someone to make that first impression. Imagine meeting for the first time and that you could look directly into a person's feelings, their emotions, what and who means most to them. Together we will explore how we all strive, consciously or unconsciously, to work towards a common outcome. The show is 2 hours long and is not a traditional theatre show. Everything is about you, the participants. This show is fully interactive and completely immersive using a collection of interactive expressions of prediction and mind-reading... you will be left with more questions than answers. Wednesday 31st October. Over 18's only. Smoke and Mirrors, Denmark Street, Bristol BS1 5DQ (Map) www.smokeandmirrorsbar.co.uk also see www.seanmacmagic.com.

 

Damfino - Majestic Theatre, Darlington

3rd November

From the organisers: It’s thought as human beings we make thousands of choices daily, but how many of the choices that we make are down to our own free will? Welcome to Chris Mallon’s debut show Damfino, an evening of mind reading, psychological entertainment and psychic illusions. Prepare to be astonished as you’re left wondering what is real as Chris simultaneously proves and disproves the phenomenon of mind reading. You’ll see how even the simplest choices can make a massive difference and journey into the supernatural and watch as Chris deconstructs a Victorian séance. It’s sure to be an unbelievable evening that will make you come away questioning how many of the choices you make in life are really your own. Damfino, Majestic Theatre, 78–80 Bondgate, Darlington, County Durham DL3 7JT (Map). Saturday 3rd November at 7.30pm. Book via www.ticketsource.co.uk.

 

Portsmouth and District Magic Circle Jumbo Day 2018

4th November

From the organisers: Sunday 4th November 2018 at 9am. Lectures from Etienne Pradier, Brando & Silvana and Dave Jones. Buy and sell new and secondhand magic. Southern Magician 2018 competition. 1st Prize £100 PropDog vouchers, 2nd Prize £50 PropDog vouchers. Venue: Portsmouth and District Magic Circle, Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Portsmouth PO2 7BT (Map). For more info and to register visit www.portsmouthmagic.co.uk/jumbo-day.

 

Spellbound Exhibition - Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

November Dates

Do you believe in magic? Even if you don’t, you probably ‘think magically’ sometimes. We touch wood to stop bad things happening, or take a lucky object to a job interview or exam in an irrational attempt to influence the outcome.

This is the first exhibition to examine how magical thinking has been practised over the centuries. With exquisitely engraved rings to bind a lover, enchanted animal hearts pierced with nails, mummified cats concealed in walls and many other intriguing objects, this exhibition shows that the need to use magic is driven by our strongest emotions: the need to be loved, our fear of evil and the desire to protect our homes. While belief in magic and rituals can be comforting, it has also led to the persecution of women as witches. This exhibition examines both the idea of the witch and the reality of how women were accused of witchcraft.

Even today, our tendency to think magically has not changed as much as we might think. To illuminate the links between past and present, contemporary artists have created new works inspired by the exhibition’s themes. 31st August 2018 - 6th January 2019. Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH (Map). www.ashmolean.org.

 

Pete Firman 'Marvels' - UK Tour

November Dates

Marvels, which will open at the Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells on 21st September 2018 and conclude at Totton’s Hanger Farm Arts Centre on 10th November 2018 and also includes a run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018, promises to be his most astonishing show yet. Expect to be mesmerised by Pete's acclaimed blend of laugh-out-loud comedy and jaw-dropping magic, as he presents a truly unique live theatre experience. ‘The UK's leading comedy magician' (Time Out) has numerous television appearances under his belt, including ITV1's Tonight at the London Palladium, The Next Great Magician, BBC One's Let’s Sing & Dance for Comic Relief, The John Bishop Show, The Magicians and The Sarah Millican Television Programme. He also presented Pete Firman’s World of Magic for BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Pete Firman said: “I’m thrilled to be hitting the road again with a brand new bag of tricks! Performing magic on television is brilliant, but it really should be experienced live and right in front of your eyes in a theatre. I’ve spent the last year and a bit working on new ways to drop jaws and tickle ribs. I can’t wait to get started!” (Photo: Karla Gowlett). Tickets available via www.petefirman.co.uk.

02 Nov Camberley • Camberley Theatre
03 Nov Norwich • Norwich Playhouse
06 Nov Colchester • Colchester Arts Centre
09 Nov Didcot • Cornerstone
10 Nov Totton • Hanger Farm Arts Centre

 

Ali Cook Principles of Deception - UK Tour

November Dates

The star of West End magic marvels and big screen spectacles, Ali Cook, has announced a new UK tour for his critically acclaimed comedy magic show Principles of Deception. Treating audiences to a festival of fascination, Principles of Deception acts as the essential storytelling of magic, with Ali Cook’s own brand of awe-inspiring magic and off-beat comedy. The tour will visit theatres nationwide between 29th September 17th- November 2018. "A hugely impressive show that’s never short on spectacle… Genuinely astounding"
★★★★ Mail on Sunday. Also see YouTube.

For tickets go to: www.alicook.com/gigs or the theatre links below:


Friday 2nd November - Swindon, Arts Centre, www.swindontheatres.co.uk
Saturday 3rd November - Walton on Thames, Riverhouse Barn, www.littleboxoffice.com/riverhouse
Sunday 4th November - Beverley, Parkway Beverley, www.beverley.parkwaycinemas.co.uk
Friday 9th November - Folkestone, Quarterhouse, www.quarterhouse.co.uk
Thursday 15th November - Tunbridge Wells, Trinity Theatre, www.trinitytheatre.net
Saturday 17th November - Bristol, Theatre 1532, www.1532bristol.co.uk

 

The Magic Hour - London

November Dates

Enter the wood panelled drawing room of London's 5 star Sheraton Park Lane Hotel for this award winning spellbinding show of magic and illusion in the style of the Victorian masters of deception. Following 5 star reviews and sell out audiences since 2013, The Magic Hour has established itself as the premier magic show in London. Join Tony Middleton 'Sonic', as seen on Penn & Teller: Fool Us (ITV, CW) and journey back in time to the Golden Age of Magic. Named in the top 10 things to do in London (TripAdvisor), and no.1 Halloween show of 2017 (Metro), you will witness the impossible as objects vanish, time stops still, and spirits write messages from 'the other side'.
Every Thursday & Friday at 8pm until Christmas. www.magichourshow.com.

 

Sleight of Hand on the Strand - London

November Dates

Following on from the success of The Magic Hour, we present Sleight of Hand on the Strand. Located at Simpsons in the Strand, part of the world famous Savoy Hotel, enjoy an hour and fifteen minutes in the company of two of London's finest close-up magicians. Enjoy this light hearted and heart warming show in a luxurious setting. You will never get closer to the impossible!

Tony Middleton 'Sonic', headliner of The Magic Hour at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, is widely acknowledged as London's leading parlour magician. He is joined by the Magic Circle's skilful Dominick Zwolinski, whose 20 years experience has included performing for Boris Johnson, Bremner, Bird & Fortune, and Jim Carey who declared 'Burn him! He's a Witch!'

Together they will entertain with classic magic, mind-reading and illusion in an intimate and evocative setting. Take a journey back in time to a world of sepia and sleight of hand - the roaring 20's - where cabaret and close-up magic went hand in hand. But keep your eyes open - behind the wit and charm of our performers lies a web of secrets and surprises!


Every Saturday until Christmas. www.magichourshow.com.

 

History and Mystery at The Magic Circle - London

5th 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.

 

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 £21.00 plus fee. Groups of 20 or more £19.50 plus fee. The Magic Circle Headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). Tickets available from www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events.

 

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 7pm 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.

 

Tuesdays 6th, 13th and 20th November.

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

Tickets £50 for premium seats, £36.00 for individuals or £30 for groups of 20 or more plus transaction fee.

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.

 

Learn Hypnosis by Aaron Calvert - Manchester

10th, 11th November

From the promoters: Learn Hypnosis 2 day course in Manchester. From the organisers: Aaron has fast carved out a niche in the world of hypnosis for doing things differently, moving away from the disrupt of embarrassing shows of old and achieving incredible results with hypnosis. Learn Aaron's style, technique and approach to take your performance to the next level in this hands-on, practical workshop. Taken from a combination of experience in entertainment and medical hypnotherapy Aaron's unique fusion of techniques has lead to the attention of industry chiefs, making him highly sort after in the theatre and TV scene.

This isn't your standard course. You'll learn all the hypnosis theory and see hypnosis performed in live demonstrations. Watch Aaron perform his live stage show with a public audience so you can see the theory in action, note how he manages a crowd and importantly how he structures a show. To top it off you'll have amazing hypnotic volunteers to practice your techniques on during the training event, so you'll have the confidence to leave the course and hypnotise people right a way. Price: £250 early bird until September 30th, then £340. Book online: www.aaroncalvert.com/learn-hypnosis. Venue: International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge St, Manchester M1 5BY (Map).

 

York Society of Magicians Annual Supper & Cabaret

14th November

From the organisers: Darren Mac will present his new 2019 show ‘Extra Ordinary’ for the first time for magicians at the York Society of Magicians Annual Supper & Cabaret on Wednesday 14th November 2018. Darren’s ‘Extra Ordinary’ combines sleight of hand magic, memory and skill in a fast paced 45-minute show with plenty of laughs along the way. You will see an incredible feat with numbers, rope magic, the story of how it all began, plus the answer to the age old question... "how long is a piece of string?’" Darren Mac is a former British Magical Champion and winner of the Ken Dodd Comedy Award. He lectures and performs to magicians across the country and performs close-up and after dinner magic at corporate and private events all over the UK. Prince Charles said "You are incredible!" when he performed at a 40th birthday for The Prince’s Trust. Join us in November to find out why! A two course supper, table top magic by YSM Young Magicians and cabaret all for £17.50. Full details for bookings including menu by emailing contact@yorksocietyofmagicians.co.uk.

 

Dynamo: Times Are Gone For Honest Men - London

15th - 22nd November

From the promoters: Dynamo is proud to announce a brand new concept which could redefine the traditional magic show: The Abandoned Room. Dynamo himself will originate The Abandoned Room, premiering a specially created show in a purpose-built 90 seat theatre, in a secret speakeasy situated underneath the spectacularly opulent halls of The Mandrake Hotel.

The other-worldly experience can expand to include artisan cocktails, a Michelin Star dinner, a night in The Mandrake, and even a private audience with Dynamo himself. The world's top magicians are most commonly seen on television performing primarily to a camera, or in theatres performing large-scale shows to thousands of people at one time. The Abandoned Room is a concept designed to give the best of the best; a unique and intimate environment in which to push the boundaries of close-up magic and create a penetrating sense of wonder and intrigue which is impossible to achieve in a theatre or through a screen.

Dynamo's rise from a working-class upbringing in West Yorkshire to being one of the world's top magicians has been meteoric, with his television show Magician Impossible attracting over 400 million viewers worldwide and his 'Seeing is Believing' arena tour selling over 700,000 tickets. Now, turning creative producer as well as performer, his new show Times Are Gone for Honest Men will utilise the intimacy of the surroundings, the proximity of the audience, and his total mastery of the performance space to create a live magic experience like no other.

The Mandrake opened in 2017 when it was described by the Evening Standard as 'a study in high octane, surrealist design and hedonistic luxury'. It has hosted events for London Fashion week and has an Artist in Residence role most recently filled by the Hollywood's 'King of tattoo artists' Mark Mahoney.

Dynamo said: "I've spent most of the last decade performing on television and in huge theatres, and now I want to take my magic into an intimate space, where people feel relaxed because their every need is taken care of, and because they can see every corner of the room: it's in spaces like this where we can really create a sense of disbelief and astonishment that hasn't been felt before. There's no better place for this than The Mandrake: it has a real atmosphere of mystical opulence which will make this experience truly one-of-a-kind. In the past few years we've seen Vegas become the world capital of huge scale magic shows: with The Abandoned Room we're aiming to establish the leading small-scale, high-end space for the very best magicians to push the boundaries of the craft."

 

The Mandrake Hotel, 20-21 Newman St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1PG (Map). 15th-22nd November, 8pm & 10pm. Visit www.themandrake.com for more information and to book.

 

Pickpocket Skills with Professional Opportunist James Brown - London

18th November

From the organisers: Learn Pickpocketing skills from one of the best in the business, James Brown aka The Professional Opportunist! This is a practical and thorough insiders guide to the art of the steal, for entertainment purposes. You will learn how to steal cufflinks, watches, ties, belts and more. As well as learning a new skill for life, fun and profit, the training will have a positive impact on your own feelings of confidence.

 

James Brown has been performing for over 20 years and is widely regarded as one of the leading close-up magicians in the World - achieving the prestigious title of Close-up Magician of the Year by the world famous Magic Circle. Add to this, he is an expert pickpocket and hypnotist, and you have a teacher who is the total package. Sunday, November 18th, 10am to 5pm, East London. Cost £275.00. To book visit: www.anthonyjacquin.com.

 

Harry De Cruz Gets His Act Together - London

2nd December

After a smash hit run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Harry is bringing his show 'Harry De Cruz Gets His Act Together' to The Hen & Chicken's Theatre, Islington, London. Everyone has a party trick. Harry has 374 and counting. Sharing his incredible skills and telling the compelling and charming story of what possessed him to learn these stunts he brings his show to London for the first time. "The King of Party Tricks" Dynamo. "The Real Harry Potter" JK Rowling. Tickets: www.unrestrictedview.co.uk.

 

Spellbound Exhibition - Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

December Dates

Do you believe in magic? Even if you don’t, you probably ‘think magically’ sometimes. We touch wood to stop bad things happening, or take a lucky object to a job interview or exam in an irrational attempt to influence the outcome.

This is the first exhibition to examine how magical thinking has been practised over the centuries. With exquisitely engraved rings to bind a lover, enchanted animal hearts pierced with nails, mummified cats concealed in walls and many other intriguing objects, this exhibition shows that the need to use magic is driven by our strongest emotions: the need to be loved, our fear of evil and the desire to protect our homes. While belief in magic and rituals can be comforting, it has also led to the persecution of women as witches. This exhibition examines both the idea of the witch and the reality of how women were accused of witchcraft.

Even today, our tendency to think magically has not changed as much as we might think. To illuminate the links between past and present, contemporary artists have created new works inspired by the exhibition’s themes. 31st August 2018 - 6th January 2019. Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH (Map). www.ashmolean.org.

 

The Magic Hour - London

December Dates

Enter the wood panelled drawing room of London's 5 star Sheraton Park Lane Hotel for this award winning spellbinding show of magic and illusion in the style of the Victorian masters of deception. Following 5 star reviews and sell out audiences since 2013, The Magic Hour has established itself as the premier magic show in London. Join Tony Middleton 'Sonic', as seen on Penn & Teller: Fool Us (ITV, CW) and journey back in time to the Golden Age of Magic. Named in the top 10 things to do in London (TripAdvisor), and no.1 Halloween show of 2017 (Metro), you will witness the impossible as objects vanish, time stops still, and spirits write messages from 'the other side'.
Every Thursday & Friday at 8pm until Christmas. www.magichourshow.com.

 

Dave Rawson in Sleeping Beauty - West Yorkshire

December Dates

Dave Rawson is appearing in Panto as Muddles the Jester in Sleeping Beauty from December 20th to 31st in Castleford, West Yorkshire. Don't get caught snoozing this Christmas as pantomime comes to the Castleford Civic Centre in a spectacular production of Sleeping Beauty starring 'Allo 'Allo and Emmerdale's Vicki Michelle! This professional production follows the story of Princess Rose, who after pricking her finger on a magic spinning wheel, is placed under a curse, forcing her to sleep for 100 years. Join Rose and her friends Muddles the Jester, Nanny Nora and King René in their attempts to rescue the Kingdom from the wicked Carabosse. Will the Princess be saved? Will Nanny Nora find true love? Who will outwit Carabosse and foil her vile plans? Find out in the ultimate magical pantomime adventure! www.castlefordpanto.com.

 

Pete Firman in Aladdin - New Wimbledon Theatre

December Dates

Joining the previously announced Paul Merton as Widow Twankey, make tickets to Aladdin one of your three wishes this Christmas! Saturday 8th December to Sunday 6th January. Book via www.atgtickets.com.

 

Sleight of Hand on the Strand - London

December Dates

Following on from the success of The Magic Hour, we present Sleight of Hand on the Strand. Located at Simpsons in the Strand, part of the world famous Savoy Hotel, enjoy an hour and fifteen minutes in the company of two of London's finest close-up magicians. Enjoy this light hearted and heart warming show in a luxurious setting. You will never get closer to the impossible!

Tony Middleton 'Sonic', headliner of The Magic Hour at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, is widely acknowledged as London's leading parlour magician. He is joined by the Magic Circle's skilful Dominick Zwolinski, whose 20 years experience has included performing for Boris Johnson, Bremner, Bird & Fortune, and Jim Carey who declared 'Burn him! He's a Witch!'

Together they will entertain with classic magic, mind-reading and illusion in an intimate and evocative setting. Take a journey back in time to a world of sepia and sleight of hand - the roaring 20's - where cabaret and close-up magic went hand in hand. But keep your eyes open - behind the wit and charm of our performers lies a web of secrets and surprises!


Every Saturday until Christmas. www.magichourshow.com.

 

The Magic Circle Christmas Show - London

20th-30th December

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. Thursday 20th December to Sunday 30th December, shows at 2.30pm and 7pm (no shows on 24th, 25th and 26th December, no 2.30pm show on 30th December). Doors open at 1.30pm and 6pm. The matinee performance should finish by 5pm and the evening show by 9.30pm however all timings are approximate. Tickets range from £38 to £45. Venue: The Magic Circle Headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). Further details: www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events.

 

Witness 'The Miracle of Christmas Future' - Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

27th-30th December

From the organisers: We’re delighted to announce the return MagicFest Christmas Special for a third year! Just after Christmas, from 27th-30th December, the Traverse Theatre will again host our Christmas show. This year we present a thrilling futuristic production by Scottish magician-scientist hybrid Kevin Quantum and Swedish high-tech wizard Charlie Caper – 'The Miracle of Christmas Future'. In this show magic, robots and humans come together to create a glimpse of the not so distant future, fusing age-old sleight of hand with the state of the art tech and phenomenal illusions with futuristic science. The show is suitable for all intelligent life forms aged 5+ who want a special festive experience! Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. More info, see www.magicfest.co.uk.

 

Stars of Magic - Redgrave Theatre, Bristol

27th-30th December

Magic like you’ve never seen before! The sensational Stars of Magic returns to Bristol with a third, brand new, family-friendly show. This Christmas, seven of the most spellbinding illusionists will be travelling from all over the world to delight and astonish at the most magical time of year. From spectacular Las Vegas-style illusions to world-class sleight of hand. Previous years have been a complete sell out so make sure to book early before tickets vanish! Suitable for everyone who believes in magic, from age 5-105.

Matthew McGurk & Katia: High energy and breathtakingly spectacular with the biggest illusions we’ve ever had!
Matthew Dowden: The James Bond of Magic – Matthew is as classy as he is funny. A true entertainer.
Horret Wu: FISM World Champion of Card Magic 2015. Horret’s stunning routine looks like trick photography.
Bruce Airhead: Unique and totally bonkers. The metamorphosis of a man and a six foot balloon.
Huang Zheng: From China, performing her enchanting “Air” act for the first time ever in the UK.
Neal Austin: Returning with some brand new magical mayhem! Hilarious and baffling.
For more information see www.redgravetheatre.com (Premium Plus tickets include a poster and free magic trick! Show not recommended for under 5s).

 

Pete Firman in Aladdin - New Wimbledon Theatre

January Dates

Joining the previously announced Paul Merton as Widow Twankey, make tickets to Aladdin one of your three wishes this Christmas! Saturday 8th December to Sunday 6th January. Book via www.atgtickets.com.

 

Spellbound Exhibition - Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

January Dates

Do you believe in magic? Even if you don’t, you probably ‘think magically’ sometimes. We touch wood to stop bad things happening, or take a lucky object to a job interview or exam in an irrational attempt to influence the outcome.

This is the first exhibition to examine how magical thinking has been practised over the centuries. With exquisitely engraved rings to bind a lover, enchanted animal hearts pierced with nails, mummified cats concealed in walls and many other intriguing objects, this exhibition shows that the need to use magic is driven by our strongest emotions: the need to be loved, our fear of evil and the desire to protect our homes. While belief in magic and rituals can be comforting, it has also led to the persecution of women as witches. This exhibition examines both the idea of the witch and the reality of how women were accused of witchcraft.

Even today, our tendency to think magically has not changed as much as we might think. To illuminate the links between past and present, contemporary artists have created new works inspired by the exhibition’s themes. 31st August 2018 - 6th January 2019. Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH (Map). www.ashmolean.org.

 

The Event - Heathrow, London

11th January

Held in conjunction with The Session, The Event is a day of mentalism held at the Park Inn, Heathrow on January 11th 2019. This year our Guest of Honour at The Event is the incomparable Ross Johnson. Mr Johnson dedicated his life and career to the performance of mentalism, and he forged a polished, professional style through thousands of public and corporate performances. Mr Johnson’s classical approach to mentalism has earned him accolades from the public, the media, and the thought-leaders in our field. He rarely attends conventions, and almost never headlines. This is a rare treat to see a true mindreading legend. www.sessionconvention.com.

 

The Session & The Event - Heathrow, London

11th-13th January

Mac King will headline The Session 2019! Now based at the Park Inn, Heathrow, The Session will see Mac King both lecture and perform a full one-man show. This is a rare opportunity to see Mac away from his own theatre on the Las Vegas Strip, where he performs two sell-out shows a day. He will join Lason Ladanye (USA), Kyle Littleton (USA), Jared Kopf (USA) and many more to be announced. Visit www.sessionconvention.com.

 

Blackpool Magic Convention

15th, 16th & 17th February

The Blackpool Magic Convention is pleased to announce the first wave of names appearing at their annual convention, 15th-17th February 2019, starting with the newly crowned FISM World Champion of Magic, Miguel Muñoz, with his stunning act and lecture.

This year the satellite shows in The Pavilion Theatre will be bigger than ever before, with complete stage show performances from Jean Luc Bertrand with his hit stage show "Magic Box", Paul Zenon's captivating "Linking Rings", Tom Crosbie's wonderful "Nerds" and America's Got Talent winner Paul Zerdin!

Add to this a host of star names who will be appearing throughout the weekend including Enzo Weyne, Rudy Coby, Hector Mancha, Derek Scott, Mandy Muden, Great Zucchini and Paul ‘Taz’ Marlow, and it's going to be another amazing convention. With more names to be announced, book early. Visit: www.blackpoolmagic.com.

 

Christian Magicians UK 2019 Annual Conference - Hertfordshire

18th-21st February

Austin Siviter writes: Christian Magicians UK are pleased to announce their 2019 Annual Conference at the CCT High Leigh Conference Centre, Lord Street, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN11 8SG. Monday 18th to Thursday 21st February 2019. Only £340 Full Board Accommodation from Monday Lunch until and including Thursday Evening Meal. (Please note conference will not be running on the Friday). What make our conferences so special? Take a look at our conference earlier this year (see our web site www.christianmagiciansuk.org/conference) or why not talk with someone who was there. For many it’s big name star lecturers we have year after year, for others it’s the specialist Christian based Magic, for most it’s the fellowship. With evening shows to finish the day and comfortable accommodation with good food, all on site, there’s no need to travel to and fro to the conference venue each day, as is the case with many conferences. All this is why so many delegates return year after year and meet with friends old and new. With Day rates, 24 hour rates including a bed for the night and meals or book for the whole week, we have a conference to suit all budgets or busy diaries. Further details will be released in October, in the meantime why not visit our website www.christianmagiciansuk.org/conference.

 

 
 

Wessex Magical Association Convention 2019

7th April

Sunday 7th April 2019. Venue: The Hub, Verwood, Dorset BH31 7QE (Map). www.wmagic.uk.

 

Northern Magic Summit 2019

27th-28th April

From the organisers: The Northern Magic Circle's annual convention, The Northern Magic Summit, is back over the weekend of 27th-28th April 2019 at an old favourite venue, Harrogate! This year the entire Summit will be held in one central location: the Crown Hotel. The weekend will kick off with a welcoming meal on the Friday evening (26th April) followed by two full days of magic and catching up with friends old and new. The Crown Hotel, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 2RZ (Map www.northernmagicsummit.co.uk.

 

Belfast MagiCon 2019

3rd-5th May

James Hobart writes: At last weekend’s Irish Convention in Dublin we were delighted to announce the first details of next year’s event. Belfast MagiCon 2019 will be held in the Park Avenue Hotel, Belfast from 3rd-5th May 2019 (the hotel is now accepting accommodation bookings at guaranteed preferential rates). The weekend will include Dealers, Lectures, Shows and the Annual Chairman’s Dinner and Ted Oldham Memorial Lecture from hosts, The Ulster Society of Magicians. The first confirmed International Star Guest Fritz with a Z was introduced to Saturday attendees, as he dropped in on his way to a gig at a Dublin comedy club the following evening. The convention website is now live at www.belfastmagicon2019.webs.com and will be updated regularly.

 

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