On Saturday 2nd February 2008, the very first Magic Moments Day
took place, raising over £11,000 for charities.
MagicWeek provides this web page for the Magic Moments team to post
their latest new on.
Magic Moments 2017!
Moments is a revolutionary concept where magicians across the world can
bring a moment of magic into the lives of others on a specified day of
the year. Raising money for charity and performing to an audience of
their choosing on Saturday 16th September 2017, magicians worldwide will
be raising funds, smiles and awareness of magic and charitable causes.
Here's our aim; during Magic Moments Day 2017 for magicians to present a
magic show of some description, no matter how large or small, and raise
smiles and funds for any charity close to their heart. They may visit
hospitals, hospices, raise money for local projects, schools and
communities. Or decide to stage a full evening show with members of
their local magic society. Maybe even do something online.
Magic Moments: 10 years and counting… be part of the magic and contact
Running total: £68,341.70
Creating your Magic Moment is easy:
1 - Download a sponsorship form from any of the popular online
donation websites. Or why not design your own?
2 - Approach a favoured charity or cause and tell them that you
are a magician and wish to do a show to raise funds for them. They will
have expert fund-raising staff to assist you.
3 - Seek sponsors and create your Magic Moment!
Do let us know what you have planned. We’d love to hear from you!
Magic. Jay's series of articles focusing on altruistic magic
projects has just had the first instalment published in MagicSeen (July
2016) Click Here.
Thanks to the team for permission to upload it here. Breathe Magic is an
inspiring UK magic project with professional magicians working with
health experts for the benefit of children affected with hemiplegia.
Raising over £2200 for conservation
charity ‘Friends of Paradise Wildlife Park’, the production of
'Masters of Magic' was itself a magical transformation of an event
marquee in a wildlife park into a full theatrical performance of the
world’s best magicians. The sell-out crowd ‘oohed’ and ‘aahed’ in all
the right places as the USA magicians presented a 2 hour show featuring
magic that was amazing, theatrical and comical. Highlights included an
unexpected audience being greeted by the stars of the show upon arrival
witnessing incredible magic close-up and personal through to Jeff
McBride performing his full Las Vegas show to close the evening. Thanks
to all the supporters, staff, volunteers and friends who made the
evening such a success. And of course to the stars of the show
themselves; Jeff McBride, Eugene Burger and Lawrence Hass – true Masters
of Magic! 'Masters of Magic' was a Magic Moments show raising money and
smiles through magic for charity. Produced by Jay Fortune with Kenny
Roberts and Lynn Whitnall. If you have a Magic Moments idea then why not
contact ‘The Magic Moments Team’ (cue copyright music)…
Magic Moments Team.
Magic Moments Month 30th August - 30th September 2015
Our first month-long Magic Moments was a
magical success with many magicians raising £11,495 and many more
smiles for charity. Magicians involved during the month in no particular
order; Jimmy Carlo, Kenny Roberts, Richard Leigh, Wayne Fox, Tim Osler,
Jeff McBride, Larry Hass, Mark Bennett and the entire team at Smoke &
Mirrors Bar, Anne George, George Parker, Paul Wade, Mike Sullivan, Jay
Fortune and many more. Events took place in the UK, Europe, Japan and
the USA. Thanks to everyone involved! We’ve also had enquiries about
magicians staging Magic Moments events outside of the dedicated month
chosen this year, so the organisers are looking at ideas to make the
initiative more encompassing as a magical fundraising initiative.
Magic Moments Team.
We’re half-way through Magic Moments Month.
A time dedicated to performing and helping those in need, through the
gift of magic. Many magicians wonder how to start on this journey of
using your magical performance as a unique gifting experience. Thanks to
Lawrence Hass, Jeff McBride, Eugene Burger, George Parker, Robert E.
Neale and Rich Bloch who have kindly donated a free download of an
excerpt from the inspiring Gift Magic book. Please
Click Here. All proceeds go to The Encore Foundation, a 501c3
organisation that assists magicians in times of great need. Please do
check out the free download and be inspired to create your own ‘Magic
Magic Moments Day 1st November 2014
year, Magic Moments 14 raised £2,356.87 for
www.centrealgarve.org, a specialist holiday centre and the first of
its kind in Europe catering for those with special needs. Some of the
UK’s best magic acts came together to raise smiles and money over two
sell-out shows; Richard Leigh presented a full stage theatrical family
Halloween show with the 'Headless Lady', 'Ghost Mirror' and other
brilliant pieces. Assisted by Mike Sullivan and Michelle Roberts, kids
came in fancy dress and prizes were given to the best dressed. The
evening MM14 show, hosted by Jay Fortune and featuring Oliver Tabor,
Richard Leigh, The Casablancas, Vox Magique and Chris Cox showed the
public’s support for variety shows. Two amazing magic performances in
one day. Magic Moments is now in its 7th year and you can take part in
2015. Keep an eye on MagicWeek for future details.
Moments 14 has come and gone. Big, big thanks to: Graham Hey and
Danielle; The Casablancas; Oliver Tabor; Tim Osler and Faye Smith; Vox
Magique; Chris Cox; Michelle Roberts; Mike Sullivan; Jeff McBride;
Tobias Beckwith; Eugene Burger; Larry Hass; Bryce Khulman; George
Parker; Steve Saunders; Andy Mahoney; Sammo; Ash; Tina and the team;
Matt Stirling and loads of helpers behind the scenes for posting
online, running errands, and generating press - thanks to you all! We’ll
soon have this years total which will be updated on our Magic Moments
page here. Already plans are underway for MM15 and each year the day
gets more momentum and more magicians wishing to raise smiles and money
for good causes through their magic. A huge thanks to all for making it
Jay Fortune and Richard Leigh: Magic Moments
Magic Moments Day 21st September 2013
come and gone! And what an amazing day it
was. Jay Fortune (pictured here with Cash 4 Kids mascot Courage the
Cat), organiser of the flagship event, reports a fantastic success
raising loads of money for a brilliant cause. "This charity helps
disadvantaged and vulnerable children. In the current economic
conditions it's difficult to ask others who are also suffering hard
times to part with money, but we're delighted so many turned out to
help. In no particular order thanks to Richard Leigh, Steve Sampson,
Jamie and Anna from Nickelodeon, Magic 105.4's Jamie Edwards, Britain's
Got Talent comedy star Kev Orkian, Box of Awesome, OMG for Boys and
Girls, Ricky Carusso, Linda Lusardi, Sam Kane, Debbie Arnold, Katy
Kerry, Steve Saunders, Mike Sullivan, Lynn Whitnall, Pete Sampson, Alex
Smale, Emily Jane, Paradise Dancers, Rye House Go-Karts, Seghire
Segways, Peppa Pig, Nik Robson, Pinky, Lennie, Aaron, Craig, Ty, Cam,
Matt Boyles, Keith at PSL, Passion for Flavour catering, Mayhem Theatre,
Hollyoaks' Anna Phillips, Everyone's A Winner and all of the staff,
animals and folks at Paradise Wildlife Park, our friends at Magic 105.4
and everybody else who helped make this a truly special Magic Moments.
Magic Moments in association with Magic 105.4! We're chuffed to
bits to be hosting our flagship event this year with one of the UK's
busiest and best radio stations. Magic 105.4 will be offering 3,000
tickets to our main event on Saturday 21st September in Hertfordshire;
raising money for Cash 4 Kids. Magic Moments 13 is now just two weeks
away. If you wish to be part of our main event, drop an email to
Alternatively, be inspired and stage your own event. Please visit our
page here on MagicWeek for further details. Thanks for your support!
An open letter from Richard Leigh
I have supported this wonderful venture since day one. Now in our 6th
year and with international support from the world’s greatest magicians,
performers everywhere are being encouraged to help bring a moment of
magic into the lives of people who need it most. Our small team
encourage magicians worldwide to make this year’s event the biggest and
best ever. Events do not need to be large and extravagant. A simple
gesture of presenting a few tricks to a group of people who are ill or
need cheering up is very powerful. Use your skill to brighten up
someone’s day and let us know all about your event. If it’s a free
event, then great, let us know. If you are raising money for a charity
of your choosing, again please let us know.
Taking part is easy! First, think of a charity you would like to help.
Approach your chosen charity and mention that you are a magician and
wish to do some fund raising for them on ‘Magic Moments – the national
day of magic’. Most charities have a fund-raising coordinator and their
job is to work with you to create something to benefit the charity. It
need not be a headache to organise. You just need to make that first
step. You will then be raising money for a good cause, and also your
profile locally as a magician. The more magician’s who take part, then
the more we can raise awareness of magic and illusion. That is a subject
very passionate to me, especially as magic is a theatrical art.
Whatever you organise, please let us know and it will be added to our
this webpage here on MagicWeek. At the end of your event please let us
know how much you raised and your total is added to the grand running
total of all monies raised for good causes through the idea of Magic
Moments. Magic Moments is not set up as a charity. All supporters of
this idea do not take a penny out of this event for administration
costs. It is funded out of personal money. This is just a nice thing to
do. Especially as we are all very busy people, it is a great feeling to
take time out to use our talents for the good of others. Many performers
have day jobs or are busy pro’s, often having little time for the many
charity requests they receive each year. Perhaps Magic Moments day can
be set aside in their diaries to make that one day their charity day and
perform for whatever charity that may be.
The next Magic Moments Day is on Saturday 21st September 2013. Whatever
you plan, if you need help from us, we’ll do our best to help you. You
can drop us an email at
Magic Moments Day 6th October 2012
Magic Moments 2012 has been another success. Even in these austere
times, magicians have helped raise smiles and funds for all manner of
charities. The grand total this year is £10,792.87 and counting... thank
you to everyone involved (in no particular order); Richard Leigh, Matt
Barnard, Richard McDougall, Matthew Stirling, Tim Osler, Mike Sullivan,
Mick Pearce, Noel Britten, Mark Bennett, Gary Young, Kenny Roberts,
George Parker, Anne George, Mark Leveridge, Graham Hey, Phil Shaw and
MagicWeek.co.uk for hosting our official web page. Funds were raised for
Momentum, Unseen and WHF. All styles of shows were hosted, from
black-tie dinners, through to variety shows for all the family. Plus
close-up in restaurants, street shows, comedy shows... it was another
fantastic day! If you have created a Magic Moment this year, please let
us know to add you to our grand total. Thanks again!
Jay Fortune and the Magic Moments Team.
Magic Moments Day 1st October 2011. The events:
Leigh staged four fantastic shows beginning with the now traditional
'First Show for Magic Moments', which finished at 12:01am on the day.
His Late Night Magic show in London's West-End sold-out with a the
proceeds of ticket sales going to Richard's chosen charity Momentum,
- a charity in Kingston looking after children with terminal illnesses.
On Sat 1st Richard also opened his new weekly show 'The Magic Symphony'
at the theatre in Davenports Magic shop, and another production 'The Ice
Cave' - a new show for the Barons Court Theatre in London. Sunday 3rd
saw Richard also donated the proceedings from 'The Magic Cavern' show.
Thanks go to magicians Dee Riley, Michelle Roberts, David Major and Paul
Brown for their part in these fantastic shows. All proceeds went to
Well done guys!
Noel Britten donated proceeds from his Bizarre Bath walk to the
Orangutan orphanage in Borneo, plus donations to UK wildlife charities
Friends of Paradise Wildlife Park and the Wildlife Heritage Foundation.
Mike Sullivan (photo) presented his close-up magic at a black-tie
event at Brands Hatch raising funds for the future care of Ava Howton
who suffers from a rare genetic neurological condition called Angelman
Syndrome. The event also featured a raffle and auction. A booker at the
event remarked that she had never seen a close-up magician before and
now, based on Mike's performance, would book one for any future event
show was organising. Well done Mike!
Anne George arranged a cheese and wine party, with magic
entertainment. The evening was called 'Around the world in 18 wines' and
included entertainment, tombola and a raffle in aid of Parkinsons UK.
Nice one Anne!
Jen Allen performed a speed-painting followed by a Q&A session
for a ladies luncheon, with the work created in her lightning fast 4
minutes and being currently prepared for auction at Hoopers, Torquay.
The final fee will go to MacMillan Cancer Support. Awesome stuff Jen!
We'll add the final total when it is sold to the ongoing Magic Moments
total. Whilst not 'magic' in the trick sense, the show was undoubtably
magical for all who attended.
Kenny Roberts presented close-up magic throughout the day at his
busy fancy dress, joke and magic shop in Falmouth, raising smiles from
everyone who walked through his door. Thanks Kenny!
Jay Fortune performed a family magic show raising money for
TeensUnite, a charity for teenagers fighting cancer.
Thanks to kind donations, the Magic Moments African Orphan Magic Trick
appeal also collected an amazing 458 tricks! These tricks will now be
sent out to the WI in Zimbabwe who work tirelessly in dangerous
conditions to look after the welfare of these vulnerable children.
TOTAL RAISED: £14,900 + 458 magic tricks... and counting!
Jay Fortune and the Magic Moments Team.
Magic Moments 2011 - David Berglas' Foundation for Promoting the Art
David Berglas' Foundation for Promoting the Art of Magic (FP-AM) have
given their support to Magic Moments. David said, 'Magic Moments is
exactly the kind of charitable initiative that the Foundation are happy
to support and we look forward to using our influence and contacts to
help put Magic Moments on a worldwide platform.' Organisers Jay Fortune
and Richard Leigh say they are very excited about the Foundations'
commitment to raising the profile of Magic Moments day. With such
knowledgeable and high profile magicians behind this unique charitable
and magical venture they hope to make this years event the best ever.
Magic Moments day 2011 is Saturday 1st October and full details of how
you can take part can be found here exclusively on MagicWeek.
Jay Fortune and the Magic Moments Team.
Magic Moments 2011 - Zimbabwe Orphan Appeal
We are working with the Zimbabwe WI to bring magic
to the orphans and Magic Moments needs your help. We've all got a trick
or two tucked away in a drawer that we no longer use. Please take your
unwanted magic tricks (and please make sure they have instructions with
them), grab a jiffy bag, copy the following address on it, whack on a
stamp, and on your lunch break bung it in a letter box, smiling knowing
you've helped bring a moment of magic into somebody's life. Getting
parcels through to the children in this country is difficult and
dangerous and we are working closely with our contacts who ensure that
the gifts you send will reach the orphaned children. Sue Van Neikerk,
from Kariba, Zimbabwe emailed ' ...this is very exciting! Of course
the children could do with a bit of magic in their lives!' We're
often asked by magicians how they can get involved with Magic Moments
besides putting on an actual magic show, and this appeal is a great way
to be part of it. Ideally, we're looking for magic tricks that are not
complex and that would be suitable for children from 6 - 18 years old.
Send your gift to Magic Moments, c/o 24 Cambridge Road, Torquay, Devon
TQ1 4QN. We'll be sending all of the donated magic tricks on this year's
Magic Moments Day which is Saturday 1st October. Thank you.
and the Magic Moments Team.
Magic Moments Day 1st
October 2010. The
Performances of 'Late Night Magic' on Friday 1st October, finishing into
The National Day of Magic, The Side Show of Wonders on the 2nd October
and The Magic Cavern on Sunday 3rd October, were presented by Richard
Leigh as part of this years Magic Moments. Proceeds going to
Richard raised £260.35! Well done Rich!
Freddie Wilkinson wrote us ‘Bit of a long story but here goes, back in
March/April time I contacted quite a few venues I work at offering my
services free of charge and explaining the whole Magic Moments idea.
Amazingly they all replied saying 'No Thanks' which is odd as one of
them has me booked next month and are paying me quite a lot to do almost
the same act! The best one was a venue saying 'what a brilliant idea! By
the way it’s £500 to hire the venue’! Then I got chatting to a friend on
Facebook that runs a charity for people that have lost their pets etc,
told her about it all and how annoyed I was at the lack of interest. All
was forgotten about and roll on quite a few months down the line and I
get an email from her saying 'That Magic Moments Day; I have arranged a
wizard’s tea party in a fortnight!’ Freddie’s determination raised £185
and all profits go to the Pet Bereavement Support Group - Registered
Charity no; 1104002. Nice one Freddie!
Jay Fortune staged Walk on Stage in Paignton. With over 40 acts in one
show, this event was a celebration of people. Anybody of any ability
could walk on stage and have their moment of fame. DVDs of the show
sold-out, and all monies raised went to Paignton Zoo’s various
conservation projects. The zoo is a charity and continues to do
incredible work internationally. Final funds raised approx. £2500.
Parkinson’s Disease Society
Jay Fortune also raised money during a show
for Parkinson’s Disease Society too; £260.
Moments, are delighted to have been featured in a new book which is
itself a charitable venture. Gift Magic is a collection of tricks
which leave the spectator with a souvenir. Jeff McBride, Eugene Burger,
George Parker, Robert E. Neale, Rich Bloch and editor Larry Hass have
created a magic book that keeps giving. Illustrated by Jay Fortune,
there are eleven performance pieces, five interviews and four thoughtful
essays on gift magic by world-famous performers and teachers. All the
proceeds from the book will be donated to the Encore Foundation, a
non-profit foundation that assists magicians in need. To order visit
($25 plus P+P). The Magic Moments team are still counting up the monies
raised from this year and will announce the total and next year's Magic
Moments Day very shortly on MagicWeek.
Jay Fortune, 23rd October 2010
Support for Magic Moments...
to know there are people out there thinking of the less fortunate."
Wayne Dobson, 18th September 2010
wanted to say what a brilliant idea Magic Moments is and to wish you
every success with it again this year."
Mark Leveridge, 18th September 2010
Moments – a day to celebrate magic and charity. Give a moment of magic
to help someone feel special and once you do you're not going to want to
stop. A highly recommended project."
Aldo and Rachel Colombini, 18th September 2010
is wonderful work to be doing. I wish you every success."
Eugene Burger, 18th September 2010
The thought of magicians using their creative talents to raise awareness
bring joy to my heart.
We need more uplifting magic in the world. I support your efforts and
applaud your cause!
Yours in the healing power of magic"
Jeff McBride. Creator of Mystery School, 4th September 2010
Magicians we create memories. It should be our intentions to charge
those memories with powerful emotions. Simply because moments go by,
memories may last a lifetime and beyond. Periodically I select specific
charity organizations and support them with performances, money and good
advice. This is part of my personal as well as my business philosophy
because I feel I live a very blessed life doing the things that
fascinate me and working with people I love. There are a lot of people
who are less fortunate and it's not only fair to put energy, time en
money into organizations that support them, but you will create good
memories about yourself too!"
George Parker, 4th September 2010
"Good luck to everyone involved in the
project; whilst everyone appreciates that charitable work is obviously a
worthwhile and commendable thing to do, beyond making an occasional
donation most people don't take it that extra step to actually
facilitate and organise fund-raising events themselves on a long-term
basis as you've done. If they did, they'd realise that that extra step
actually involves the effort of a marathon and deserves the appropriate
ovation at the end of it - well done!"
Paul Zenon, 5th June 2010
"Magic Moments Day is a great way of raising money and I wish the very
best of luck to everyone involved."
Geoffrey Durham, 5th June 2010
Momentum Magic - For Magic
October - Late Night Magic in the West End – last few seats left!
Richard Leigh's long running season of Late Night Magic cabarets in the
intimate and luxurious Jermyn Street Theatre in the West End continue
with an ever changing programme of top magicians and speciality acts.
Friday 1st October at 10.45pm. Doors open at 10.35pm. Close Up Magic
from 10.45pm - 11.00pm. Cabaret starts at 11.00pm.
Continuing the tradition of finishing at 1 minute past midnight, being
the first bit of magic presented on Magic Moments day
£14.00, £12.00 Concessions, The Jermyn Street Theatre, 16b Jermyn
Street, London, SW1Y 6ST. 1 minute walk from Piccadilly Tube Station.
Box Office 020 7287 2875 or 24hour hotline 08444 771000. Or book online
2nd October - The Side Show of Wonders (SOLD OUT)
A family magic and illusion show set in the fairgrounds of yesteryear.
See the Bearded Lady, The Living Head, The Bed of Pain, The French
Guillotine and The Man Eating Chicken. Presented by Richard Leigh.
Saturday 2nd October at 11.30am
This Performance has SOLD OUT
3rd October - The Magic Cavern
London's long running magic and illusion show.
Sunday 3rd October 2010 at 3.00pm.
The Magic Cavern show is produced and presented by Richard Leigh. This
performance has it's proceeds added to the grand total of Magic Moments.
£12.00, £10.00 Concessions. Group rate and Family Tickets £8.00 each.
020 8932 4747 (11.00am - 7.00pm) or 08700 600 100 (24hrs with fee).Book
www.falseimpressions.co.uk. The Magic Cavern, Barons Court Theatre, 'The
28A Comeragh Road, London, W14 9HR. 2 minutes walk from either Barons
Court or West Kensington Tube Stations. Full details:
No auditions – live and
Glitterballs Promotions present ‘Walk on Stage’ as part of Magic
Moments 2010, at the Palace Theatre, Paignton on Saturday 2nd October at
This is the first show to be announced for this year's annual Magic
Moments Day. With Magic Moments now in its third year, we wanted to
create a special event where the show itself becomes a magic and
memorable moment for those taking part and Walk on Stage is it.
This is your chance to be in the spotlight and live on stage. If you
have ever dreamed of being on stage then register online now at
www.myglitterballs.com/walk-on-stage.php and you’ll be entered into
our Final Showcase Lottery. Names will be drawn at random and should you
be lucky enough to enter then congratulations! You will Walk on Stage in
our live show on October 2nd.
Co-organiser John Ross said "this is not a talent show. There’s no
winners or losers. This is a celebration of people. A show for the
people, by the people."
Jay Fortune, 31st July 2010
This Year's Day: Saturday
October 2nd 2010
Just why do magicians give up their time and energy for Magic Moments?
Richard Leigh, West-End show producer, and creator/director of London’s
longest running magic show, explains why Magic Moments means so
much to him.
"Seven months before the first Magic Moments day in February 2008 I
was asked by a charity called Momentum (www.moment-um.org)
to spend an afternoon with a fan of magic called Laura and her family.
Laura was terminally ill with cancer and was too poorly to move from her
house. Such courage, such determination, such a positive person. It was
a pleasure to spend time with a fabulous family, just doing a few
effects to a reaction of absolute joy. Joy, through so much pain.
Two weeks later, Laura passed away.
Magic Moments creates open ended opportunities to do something small,
but in doing so, making a huge difference to many.
My first production for Magic Moments in February 2008 was dedicated to
the charity which helps makes the lives of terminally ill children and
their families at Kingston Hospital a lot better. Like they did for
Laura. Laura's family came to that first magic show. An email after
simply said that the family had not laughed and enjoyed themselves so
heartily since the death of their daughter.
Simple pure moments. I can't encourage people enough to just do
something each year, to add their name, event, and add to the total
raised for good causes. Together helping continue to promote magic as an
art. A subject I am very passionate about.
I will always do as much as I can for this event."
Richard Leigh, 2010
Join us by becoming a fan of Magic Moments
on our Facebook Fan-Page. Here you can interact with other magicians
creating their own magic moment, and comment too (click on the logo
Jay Fortune, 1st May 2010
The Official Sponsorship Pack for Magic Moments 2010 is now
available. This downloadable pack gives you all
the info you will need to successfully stage your own magic moment on
our annual Magic Moments Day this coming October.
Click Here to
download your free pack. Thanks for your support!
Jay Fortune, 3rd April 2010
Magic Moments Day 2010
This year's Magic Moments Day will take
place on Saturday 2nd October. Shortly we will have our downloadable
information and sponsorship pack for you to create your very own Magic
Moment on our annual day wherever you live, to whomever you like,
raising money for whoever you wish! Last year magicians raised over
£7000 for charities through magic – this year we aim to beat that. What
will you do to create your magic moment? Stay tuned to MagicWeek for
further news on this exciting day bringing the magic community together
for good causes.
Jay Fortune, 20th March 2010
Magic Moments Day 2009
From Magicseen Vol. 5 No. 5 "And so it befell. On Saturday 3rd October 2009 those small few gathered
to arrange their 2nd Magic Moments Day. Their aim; to create a National
Day of Magic, where magicians across the UK would give up their precious
time to perform for those less fortunate. And indeed they did. For the
second annual Magic Moments Day, performers raised smiles and funds for
worthwhile causes. We asked one of the pioneers of this magic
initiative, Jay Fortune, to sum up the idea behind Magic Moments and
just what it’s all about..." To read the full article, as published in Magicseen
Magic Moments Day 2008
In memory of Jeremy Beadle: 1948 – 2008. On Saturday 2nd February 2008,
the very first Magic Moments Day took place raising over £11,000 for
charities. Our Magic Moments 2008 Press Pack captures some of the
moments from the first National Day of Magic (Reproduced with thanks to
and 'Totally People').