Pure Magic Bar - Launch Party

14th June 2006 - Manchester
Reported by Philip Partridge

(To see a selection of photos from the opening night Click Here)


On Wednesday 14th June I attended the launch of Pure Magic at the Printworks, Manchester, a bar dedicated to the art of magic. The invitation was delivered by post with a “Wonder Fool” box containing my free drink vouchers – I never can get those puzzle boxes open! We were promised a VIP evening of cocktails, champagne, canapés & compelling confusion. Magician Mark Bennett has spent the past few years looking for the ideal venue to realise his dream. “People just love to see great magic being performed right under their noses,” said Mark, a veteran of magic for 15 years. “Ever since hearing about the world famous Tower Magic Bar, once owned by John Denver in Aspen Colorado, I have dreamt of bringing the concept here to England.”

The bar features specially designed magic cocktails such as The Citrus Blush aka The Siegfried & Roy. A good looking fruity cocktail with one hell of a bite. The Sea Breeze aka The Debbie McGee. This long sleek stunner will leave you needing all the assistance you can get and the Long Island Tea aka The Derren Brown. This cocktail is smooth sophisticated and will mess with your mind.


They have a magic themed menu and the bar is decorated with pictures of magicians past and present. As well as being able to see Mark perform, customers will be entertained by Matthew Wright, Magic Sam, Alex Fisher, Magic Lee, Jon Westall, Andy Birtwell, Jeremy Mansfield and Chris Blaine. Profiles of some of these performers can be found at www.puremagic-manchester.com. They perform, with a head set microphone, behind the bar with the performance being relayed on TV screens throughout the bar. Music fans are also catered for as the bar comes equipped with its very own baby grand piano.

Tricks available to buy from the bar include: D’Lites, Dynamic Coins, Electric deck, Gamblers’ Dice, Dime and Penny, Bite Out Coin, Breakaway Wand, Linking Rings, Svengali deck and book and Paul Zenon’s 100 Ways to Win a Tenner.

© Philip Partridge, June 2006





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