Magic on the Fringe - Edinburgh Fringe

August Dates

The official Edinburgh Fringe programme contains 75 magic and magic-related shows. Once again card man Peter McLanachan (www.thecardman.co.uk) has kindly pieced together all the magic listings for MagicWeek readers (many thanks once again Pete!) Click Here.

 

Sleight of Hand on the Strand - London

18th August

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!


18th August www.magichourshow.com.

 

Russ Stevens Seminar #1 - Elstree, London

19th August

'Making your magic more successful - It's easier than you think!' For the last five years, Russ Stevens has been the man behind some of the finest magic on Britain's Got Talent. He's helped create hugely successful careers for James More, Jamie Raven and Issy Simpson, and in the process made Simon Cowell a huge magic fan! Now, for the first time, Russ is holding an intensive one-day seminar revealing in-depth the hidden secrets behind his successes and how you can apply them to your magic too! This seminar covers techniques for all kinds of magic: Close-Up, Stage, Cabaret, Illusion, Comedy Magic, Kids Shows and Mind-Reading. Numbers will be strictly limited, on a first-come first-served basis. This really will be a unique and immersive experience for all registrants. The seminar will run from 10am to 6pm on Sunday 19th August 2018. For full details and to register visit: www.russstevens.co.uk.

 

Pete Firman 'Marvels' - Edinburgh Fringe

August 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.

1st - 26th Aug Edinburgh Fringe

 

Breaking the Magicians' Code with Kane & Abel - Edinburgh Fringe

August Dates

Kane & Abel will bring their critically acclaimed show Breaking the Magicians' Code with Kane & Abel to Edinburgh Fringe and Carlisle Fringe this August and September, following sell-out performances at Brighton Fringe, Adelaide Fringe and Bath Comedy Festival already this year. It will mark the fourth consecutive year the twin trickers have performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with them returning to Liquid Rooms Annexe for Breaking the Magicians' Code at 1.15pm from August 4th - 26th, Click Here. They will also be performing Split Egg: A Magic Show About Being Twins at CC Blooms at 6.45pm on the same dates. More details Click Here. Kane & Abel will also be performing at the Carlisle Fringe Festival on September 2nd at 9pm, see www.carlislefringe.co.uk.

 

'Oliver Meech: When Magic and Food Collides' - Edinburgh Fringe

August Dates

After two sell-out runs, Oliver's back with his latest magical mash-up. A comedy magic show stuffed with jaw-dropping, mouth-watering tricks. Tummies will rumble, ribs will be tickled and gobs will be smacked. "Could rival Derren Brown" (Theatre-Wales.co.uk). "Hilarious" **** (BroadwayBaby.com). "My jaw hit the floor" (BBC). "Charisma and panache" (VoiceMag.uk). Ages 7-107, family-friendly, adult-friendly, generally-friendly. venue: Just The Tonic, 2-18th August (not 13th), £10 (£8 concs). www.tickets.edfringe.com.

 

Man of Mischief - Edinburgh Fringe

August Dates

The Man of Mischief makes his Fringe debut with a one-man variety show! Having headlined at large theatres and performed for the BBC, Mark brings you his full evening show. Filled with astounding juggling, jaw-dropping magic and feats of incredible danger – this show is not to be missed! "Absolutely fantastic… If I could give him more than 10/10, I would!" Jamie Raven. "An excellent showman and magician!" Jon Peat, British Young Juggler of the Year. "Charming, entertaining and very funny!" TheJugglingEdge.com. See www.tickets.edfringe.com.

 

Dreamer: Sam Fitton - Edinburgh Fringe

August Dates

Combining magic, theatre and special effects, Sam is shaking up the traditional magic show. Sleight of hand mastery, witty showmanship and inexplicable feats combine as Sam spins stories through a series of phantasmagorical scenes. Step inside the mind of a professional dreamer and let your imagination run wild. ★★★★ The Wee Review. 4th-25th August at 3.25pm. Tickets (free): Click Here. Venue: Voodoo Rooms, West Register Street, EH2 2AA www.samfitton.com/dreamer.

 

Aaron Calvert: Declassified - Edinburgh Fringe

August Dates

Following sell-out shows in 2016 and 2017, Aaron Calvert is heading out on tour to read your minds and showcase his extraordinary hypnotic abilities. Aaron unlocks the potential of the human mind, demonstrating inexplicable hypnotic feats, live on stage. Trained as a doctor, Aaron combines his medical background with his mastery of suggestion and showmanship to push the boundaries of what people can, and will do - making this show a truly unforgettable experience.
"A talented showman that will leave you baffled" ★★★★★ Daily Mail
"Moments that made me gasp I can't stop thinking about" ★★★★ Broadway Baby

"The master of psychology in a jaw-dropping spectacle" ★★★★★ The Upcoming

 

1st - 26th August, 6pm Daily
Tickets: £8 to £12 via www.aaroncalvert.com/tickets
Venue: Gilded Balloon at the Museum, Lothian Street, National Museum of Scotland, EH1 1HB
www.aaroncalvert.com/edinburgh-fringe-magic

 

The Summer Show - West Cliff Theatre

August Dates

Comedian Phil Butler and magician Danny Lee Grew bring variety to The Summer Show at the West Cliff Theatre in Clacton on Sea. The theatre can date the origin of its annual summer show back to 1894 – which makes it the longest running continuous summer season in the UK! "Indulge in the glitz and glamour of our great British revue show. Featuring laugh out loud comedy, spellbinding performances and spine tingling vocals, together with a company of eight dancers and our junior ensemble…"

Saturday 4th August – 7pm
Tuesday 7th August – 2pm & 7pm
Wednesday 8th August – 2pm & 7pm
Tuesday 14th August – 2pm & 7pm
Wednesday 15th August – 2pm & 7pm
Tuesday 21st August – 2pm & 7pm
Wednesday 22nd August – 2pm & 7pm
Saturday 25th August – 2pm & 7pm
Tickets are on sale now and special offers include 1 free children’s ticket with 1 full-paying adult, see www.westcliffclacton.co.uk.

 

Evolution of Magic - Blackpool

August 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.

 

Troy: The Magic Masterclass - London

August Dates

From the organisers: For the first time ever, Troy will be holding an exclusive intimate one day workshop in London, for people who are seriously interested in learning the art of magic. From having a successful TV series and specials shown all over the world, he now pulls the curtain back on some of his closely guarded secrets. In this workshop you will learn a repertoire of material, performance technique, psychology, and more. The dates of the workshops are August 18th, 19th, 25th & 26th. Please note only 30 applicants will be selected. To find out more visit www.troyvonscheibner.com/masterclass.

 

Baffling Blandford

August Dates

The Walk starts at 4pm every Sunday in July & August 2018. A hatful of history and mindblowing mystery. Join our 'wizardstop tour' as we illustrate this fine Georgian town's magical hotspots with eccentric facts and illusions. Tickets £8 (families £20, concs £7) from: Blandford TIC or Crown Hotel Reception or just turn up on the day! Free parking on Sundays at the nearby Marsh & Ham (West Street, Blandford Forum DT11 7AJ). Accessible to people with wheels. Also private tours. Starts from Crown Hotel garden, West Street, Blandford Forum DT11 7AJ www.artoftheimpossible.com/magic/baffling-blandford.

 

Safire Illusionists - The Grumbleweeds Big Night Out, Scarborough

August Dates

From the promoters: 'Safire Illusionists' Stuart Loughland and Libby Edwards are currently starring in 'The Grumbleweeds Big Night Out'. Every Tuesday and Wednesday until the 29th of August at The Spa, Scarborough. Curtain up at 8pm. A fabulous seaside variety show for all the family! Featuring the world class magic and illusions of Safire, rising star and juggling sensation, Tommy J, and the Spa Theatre singers and dancers... Plus top-of-the-bill comedy legends, The Grumbleweeds! Over two hours of family fun! And here's the best bit, kids are free! See www.scarboroughspa.sivtickets.com for details.

 

The Versatile Vaudevillian Duo Zooka and Suzie Q - Cromer Pier

August Dates

The Versatile Vaudevillian Duo Zooka and Suzie Q are currently starring in 'The Famous Cromer Pier Show' at the Pavilion Theatre on Cromer Pier until 22nd September 2018. From the promoters: They are a unique, eccentric, whirlwind of extreme comedy and amazing visual illusions. See Suzie Q’s amazing gigantic globe walking, extreme colourful costume changes, mind boggling stage illusions and Zooka’s sleight of hand trickery, close-up walk about and beautiful bird magic. It’s cabaret at its best and not to be missed. More Info: www.cromerpier.co.uk.

 

The Magic Hour - London

August 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'.
August 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, 30th, 31st www.magichourshow.com.

 

An Evening with David Ben - Dublin, Ireland

21st August

From the organisers: A golden opportunity for anyone with a serious interest in magic. David Ben was the sole protégé of Ross Bertram, one of the contributors to the original Stars of Magic series. Ben rarely lectures. He is not on a lecture tour and this is a one-off opportunity to learn from a master of his craft, whether your interest be sleight of hand, card work, or general magic from close-up to stage. Ben was the co-writer, performer and producer of three critically acclaimed shows: The Conjuror, The Conjuror’s Suite, and Tricks. He’s also the author of The Experts at the Card Table (Ben and Erdnase), Erdnase Unmasked, Zarrow: A Lifetime of Magic, Tricks, and Dai Vernon - A Biography. While he will prepare what he wants to cover, he is happy to take the evening in any direction as circumstances or questions dictate. This is a rare opportunity to spend time with one of the world’s leading magicians who is an expert on both stage, parlour and close-up magic. Admission will be around 20 Euros. Venue to be announced (7.30pm on Tuesday 21st August, in Dublin). Enquiries: Quentin Reynolds quentinr@btopenworld.com.

 

Family Festival of Magic - St. Georges Theatre and Plaza, Great Yarmouth

21st, 22nd August

From the organisers: Following a highly successful first year, we will once again be presenting the Family Festival of Magic in Great Yarmouth on Tuesday 21st August and Wednesday 22nd August from 11am to 6.30pm, culminating in a spectacular stage show at 7.30pm on the Wednesday evening. We have a great line up of magical talent including top Illusionists Amethyst (Danny Hunt and Stephanie Clarke), the Victorian Magic of Chris North and Belinda, the Comedy Magic of Olly Day, the Award Winning Oliver Tabor and many more. If you are a magician or involved in the allied arts and would like to be involved, please email thegathering@mail.com to find out more.


Last year we attracted 5000+ people over the 2 days and this year hope to improve on that figure. The events will be held in the theatre and outside on the plaza stage. We also have circus workshops, close-up magic, illusionists and a fantastic ventriloquist, our very own Paul Henri with George the Monkey causing fun and mayhem over the two days. Most of the events are free to the public and with this fast becoming an annual event in Great Yarmouth, is well publicised on the Tourist Board website as well as on local radio, festival and theatre websites. Please call Kyle Sarocen on 07982 819737 for any further information - www.magicfestival.co.uk.

 

Jonathan Royle's ESP - Byline Festival

24th August

From the organisers: Bizarre comedy mind reader and belly button reading psychic entertainer Jonathan Royle has just been added to the line up of artistes, comedians and bands performing at the Byline Festival. He will present his 45 minute show "Egg, Sausage & Peas" in the Forest Forum to over a 1,000 people on Friday 24th August. Other names appearing include: Alexi Sayle, Hugh Grant, The Priscillas, The Blow Monkeys, Fly Circus from New Orleans, and comedy legend John Cleese among numerous others. Full details of this 4 day event are at www.bylinefestival.com.

 

Sleight of Hand on the Strand - London

25th August

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!


25th August www.magichourshow.com.

 

Alec Schulz, The Vegan Magician, in the new Showcase of Prestidigitation - London

29th August

Magic gets close up and personal in Herne Hill, London. Following on from its sell-out monthly parlour show, Midweek Magic Mix, The Illusioneer Theatre will feature each of its core group of 5 performers in a special presentation called "Showcase of Prestidigitation." Seating is very limited and designed for the close-up magic experience. BYOB (cups are provided).

The Illusioneer himself, Barrie Westwell, said: "We’re excited to present the very different styles of our resident illusioneers who are prize winners, Magic Circle members and performance professionals. These new evenings will highlight the talents of five magicians, with the next performance on August 29th 2018. This event will feature ‘The Vegan Magician’, Alec Schulz, in a night of pure sleight-of-hand, wit, and wonder. In an added if not slightly cryptic twist, Alec claims that all his magic is certified organic, free-range, gluten free and vegan!"

This is part of a series of events by The Illusioneer, including the monthly Midweek Magic Mix show and the upcoming corporate show called The Bunco Booth (an event for companies held at the location of their choice). For full programme details visit: www.theillusioneer.co.uk/prestidigitation
Showcase of Prestidigitation, 19 Half Moon Lane, London SE24 9JU (Map) www.theillusioneer.co.uk.

 

Christian Gambin: The Gentleman Cheater - Nadler Soho Hotel, London

31st August

From the organisers: His life: the game! His passion: winning! His pleasure: cheating! When the cards start burning his hands, every trick becomes a new challenge. Do you enjoy close-up magic? You will love playing against him! Come and have fun in an interactive show. Christian Gambin, a stunning magician, award winning magician, World FISM and French Magic Champion, plays for the first time in London's West End. An expert in close-up magic and a stunning magician. The nearer you are, the less you can see! Come and see his sleight of hand and let dreams come true... The last Friday of the month at 7.30pm to June 2018. Tickets: £49.50. Nadler Soho Hotel, 10 Carlisle Street, London W1D 3BR. For more information and to book visit www.magicentertainmentlondon.co.uk.

 

Spellbound Exhibition - Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

August 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.

 

Spellbound Exhibition - Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

September 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.

 

Submersion - London

September Dates

Saturday & Sunday, September 1st, 2nd, 15th, 16th, 22nd & 23rd at 2.30pm & 4.30pm at Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9NN (Map). From the producers: We head back in time to 1709, when a Londoner's common pastime was to watch a good execution, especially pirate executions. In Submersion, the admiralty battles it out with pirates. Captured, the pirates are held in Marshalsea Prison to face up to their crimes and pending execution. We travel to Execution Dock to see our pirate firstly hung, then chained and securely fastened in the river, to allow the traditional three tides of the Thames to wash over him.

The world of theatre and circus come together and on the 250 anniversary of circus, the navy celebrate in circus style, as they witness the start of the pirates demise. Hold your breath with the pirate as he struggles to free himself in this swashbuckling escapologist event in a re-enactment of Houdini’s water torture cell escape. The pirate is lowered upside down in a tank of water, shackled and padlocked, and has just a nail file to pick the locks and to free himself. See for yourself if he can escape or is doomed to become a warning to other pirates.

 

The Versatile Vaudevillian Duo Zooka and Suzie Q - Cromer Pier

September Dates

The Versatile Vaudevillian Duo Zooka and Suzie Q are currently starring in 'The Famous Cromer Pier Show' at the Pavilion Theatre on Cromer Pier until 22nd September 2018. From the promoters: They are a unique, eccentric, whirlwind of extreme comedy and amazing visual illusions. See Suzie Q’s amazing gigantic globe walking, extreme colourful costume changes, mind boggling stage illusions and Zooka’s sleight of hand trickery, close-up walk about and beautiful bird magic. It’s cabaret at its best and not to be missed. More Info: www.cromerpier.co.uk.

 

Magic! The Tour

September Dates

From the producers: Magic, the ancient art of mystery, is enjoying a renaissance. Magic! The Tour brings together modern and some rarely seen classic feats of wonder from around the world, presented by two accomplished performers: Doctor Bondini and JezO. Don’t miss this chance to be amazed and entertained by the glamour, romance and grand illusions of Bondini and the high-energy, infectious, personality and hilarious comedy magic of JezO. It’s time to reawaken your sense of wonder... be entertained... be astonished! www.magicthetour.co.uk.
Wednesday 5th September 2018 7pm, Harlow Playhouse, Essex. www.harlowplayhouse.co.uk.

Friday 28th September 2018 7.30pm, Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, Norfolk. www.princesshunstanton.co.uk.

More dates to be added.

 

Evolution of Magic - Blackpool

September 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.

 

The Magic Hour - London

September 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

September 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.

 

At Home with The Magic Circle - London

September Dates
An evening of mystery and wonder featuring some of the club's top magicians. You'll learn about the history of magic and The Magic Circle itself and get to witness amazing close-up conjuring during the Parlour Magic Shows and a magical stage show as part of this highly entertaining evening. Doors open at 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 4th and 18th September.

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.

 

82nd IBM British Ring Convention - Southport

6th-9th September

From the organisers: With events starting at 10am on Thursday 6th September and finishing at 5pm on Sunday 9th September delegates will once again be able to enjoy four whole days packed full of magic and fun! The convention will take place at Southport Convention Centre in the wonderful Floral Hall, Theatre and Waterfront Suite. There is plenty of room in the Dealers’ Hall and with just a few spaces left if any dealers wish to discuss booking their place they can contact the convention team at ibmbritishring25reg@gmail.com.

Acts appearing at the convention include High Jinx, Anthony Owen, Alexander Wells, Dion, Aaron Calvert, Andi Gladwin, Darren Mac, Fifth Dimension, John Marshall, Quentin Reynolds and Safire. The optional Welcome Party is on Wednesday 5th September at 7.30pm at an additional cost of just £15 so you don’t need to wait until the start of the Convention on the Thursday to begin the fun. If you would like a digital copy of the registration form or have any questions please email the Registration Officer, Carol Tynan: ibmbritishring25reg@gmail.com. The full registration price for members and their partners is £150, it is £170 for non-members and £75 for juniors - other rates for weekend and day tickets are available as well. See www.britishring.org.uk/convention-countdown.

 

Mario Morris: Build Your Confidence, Build Your Show - Cardiff

7th-9th September

From the organisers: Mario Morris - School of Busking presents 'Build Your Confidence, Build Your Show', a three day event on 7th, 8th and 9th September in Cardiff. 'Build Your Confidence, Build Your Show' is a gateway into achieving your aims and goals, whilst living the life you want to live. The School of Busking has helped magicians, entertainers, street, stage and close-up performers all over the world step into their dreams, doing what they love. Do you have a dream to perform or wish you could develop the skills and confidence to take you to the next level, or do you already have the skills and now are ready to receive mentoring and feedback to develop your show further? Then, this focus is for you. See www.schoolofbusking.com.

 

History and Mystery at The Magic Circle - London

10th 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.

 

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.

 

Peak Magic Festival - Derbyshire

15th September

From the organisers: A free event from 11am-4pm featuring a diverse range of magic and mystery talent. At 4pm there is a ticketed stage show. Performer's include Paul Brook, Timon Krause, Paul Voodini, Anthony Jacquin, Marcus Lewis, Sylvia Sceptre, Tony Baloney, Ley-Lo and many more. In its sixth year, this is a celebration of close-up, street and stage magic. Suitable for all ages, this really is a special day out for everyone! Venue: Peak Shopping Village, Rowsley, Derbyshire DE4 2JE (Map) www.peakshoppingvillage.com.

 

Vagabond Skills Training with Liam O'Neill - Derby

16th September

From the organisers: This is a unique one-off day of training with 'The Prove It Guy', Liam O'Neill. If you are a mystery performer and would like to push your skills into the realm of the real, then this course is for you. You will learn skills with chopsticks, spears, bricks and glass and the body that will enable you to appear superhuman, impervious to pain. These are commercial skills that have found a place in my work. As they appear to illustrate control of mind and body, they are a perfect fit for hypnosis. The training takes place in Derbyshire from 10am until 5pm. Liam will prove that 'Limitation Is A Mirage'! Using the skills of the vagabonds and the secrets of mystical arts, he will defy the laws of nature and transport you to a world of impossible feats and superhero stunts. What's more, he will show that you too can achieve more than you ever dreamed possible! Sunday September 16th, 2018 in Derby. 10am to 5pm. £275.00. See www.anthonyjacquin.com.

 

Pete Firman 'Marvels' - UK Tour

September 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.
 

21 Sep Tunbridge Wells • Trinity Theatre
22 Sep Swindon • Arts Centre
23 Sep Durham • Gala Theatre
26 Sep Bromsgrove • Artrix
27 Sep Fareham • Ashcroft Arts Centre
28 Sep Corby • The Cube
29 Sep Crawley • The Hawth
30 Sep Salford • The Lowry

 

Ali Cook Principles of Deception - UK Tour

September 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:

 

Saturday 29th September - Banbury, Mill Arts Theatre, www.themillartscentre.co.uk

 

Kidology 2018 - Birmingham

24th & 25th September

From the organisers: Starting on Monday with the UK Children’s Entertainer of the Year Competition, Monday night Star Cabaret featuring Morgan & West, a comedian and a live band. Tuesday features lectures from Morgan & West (kids material, kids theatre, kids magic for adults), Andy Greaves (45 years in 45 minutes), Ian Billings (stand-up comedy for kids), Steve Rowe (sweet magic close-up for kids), Crazy Em and PJ (audience warm-ups) and Graham Lee (Balloon Jam). Tuesday night is Kidology Party Night with DJ and Sammy Brooks All Stars tribute act. Official opening by the original Phantom Flan Flinger from Tiswas. Registration is £50 including lunch. Concessionary registrations for partners. To book call Alec Powell on 07831 115448 or visit www.kidologyuk.co.uk. Venue: Austin Sports and Social Club, 30 Tessall Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham B31 2SF (Map).

 

Ventarama - Birmingham

26th September

Ventarama the UK convention for ventriloquists will be taking place on Wednesday 26th September 2018 once again at The Austin Sports and Social Club in Birmingham. This will be the day after Kidology, the convention for children’s entertainers, at the same venue. This year's event will feature a talk by Colin Burnett-Dick, the owner of Archie Andrews, and will feature some TV footage of Archie with Peter Brough which has only just been traced. Carl Durbin will talk about taking over Terri Rogers alter ego Shorty. Trish Dunn will talk about working comedy clubs. Andy Greaves will be back, as will the open mic and Gala Show. A great day for vents or people with just an interest in venting. Registration is £40 and includes lunch. Book via www.albionmagiccompany.co.uk or by calling Alec Powell on 07831 115448.

 

Jamie Raven 'Making Magic' - UK Tour

September 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: Lancaster Grand LANCASTER
Dates: Monday, 24th September
Time: 7.30pm
Box office: 01524 64695
Online: www.lancastergrand.co.uk

Venue: Theatre Royal WAKEFIELD
Dates: Wednesday, 26th September
Time: 7.30pm
Box office: 01924 211 311
Online: www.theatreroyalwakefield.co.uk

Venue: Dancehouse MANCHESTER
Dates: Thursday, 27th September
Time: 8.00pm
Box office: 0161 237 9753
Online: www.thedancehouse.co.uk

Venue: Northwhich Memorial Court NORTHWHICH
Dates: Friday, 28th September
Time: 7.30pm
Box office: 0333 666 3366
Online: www.brioleisure.org/what-we-offer/entertainment

Venue: Tyne Theatre NEWCASTLE
Dates: Saturday, 29th September
Time: 7.30pm
Box office: 0844 2491 000
Online: www.tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk

 

The Magic of Ferràn Rizo - The Cornish Magical Society

30th September
Keith Penney writes: We have been very lucky to have managed to get the Spanish magician Ferran Rizo to come over from Spain and present one of his lectures to us. This one is not to be missed. Ferràn Rizo, is a professional magic performer from Spain. He is a great lecturer who has tought his magic to the best Magic Circles of Spain, such the Spanish Society of Magicians, Circle of Professional Magicians from Madrid, the Circle of Illusionist from Castellón.  In 'With the Rizos', he'll cover close-up magic taken from his last lectures featuring magic with cards, coins, a cup and a piece of paper! 8.30pm visitors welcome. The Cornish Magical Society, Carnon Downs Village Hall, Tregye Road, Carnon Downs, Feock, Truro TR3 6GH (Map). www.cornishmagicalsociety.co.uk.

 

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: Playhouse NORWICH
Dates: Monday, 1st and Tuesday, 2nd October
Time: 7.30pm
Box office: 01603 598 598
Online: www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk

Venue: Marina Theatre LOWESTOFT
Dates: Wednesday, 3rd October
Time: 7.30pm
Box office: 01502 533 200
Online: www.marinetheatre.co.uk

Venue: Churchill Theatre BROMLEY
Dates: Thursday, 4th October
Time: 7.30pm
Box office: 020 3285 6000
Online: www.churchilltheatre.co.uk

Venue: Dorking Hall DORKING
Dates: Friday, 5th October
Time: 8.00pm
Box office: 01306 881 717
Online: www.dorkinghalls.co.uk

Venue: Camberley Theatre CAMBERLEY
Dates: Sunday, 7th October
Time: 7.30pm
Box office: 01276 707 600
Online: www.camberleytheatre.biz

Venue: The Palace SOUTHEND
Dates: Monday, 8th October
Time: 8.00pm
Box office: 01702 351 135
Online: www.southendtheatres.org.uk

Venue: Corn Exchange KINGS LYNN
Dates: Wednesday, 10th October
Time: 7.30pm
Box office: 01553 764 864
Online: www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk

Venue: Beck Theatre HAYES
Dates: Thursday, 11th October
Time: 7.30pm
Box office: 020 8561 8371
Online: www.becktheatre.org.uk

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.

03 Oct Potters Bar • The Wyllyotts Theatre
04 Oct Aldershot • West End Centre
05 Oct Shrewsbury • Theatre Severn
06 Oct Kendal • Brewery Arts Centre
11 Oct Reading • South Street Arts Centre
12 Oct Cambridge • The Junction
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

 

Exonian Magical Society One Day Convention

5th October

From the organisers: The line up for the Exonian Convention 2018 will feature: Chris Wood 'Magic with Charm', Kimmo 'World Champion Children's Entertainer', Lee Hathaway 'Fooled Penn & Teller', Sean Carpenter 'British Close-up Champion', Simon Lovell 'Card Sharp & Comedian' We have taken the brave decision to hold this on a Friday, to give professionals a chance to come along without losing work over the weekend. Lee Hathaway will also be doing a Q&A with the one and only Simon Lovell. All of this plus: dealers, a close-up session, and a three-course meal and cabaret show, all for a bargain price of £45.00. Date: October 5th. Venue: The Waie Inn, Zeal Monachorum, Crediton EX17 6DF (Map). Hotel prices: £40 per person (convention rate) www.waieinn.co.uk, limited to 80 people, so book early. See www.exonianmagicalsociety.co.uk for registration details.

 

History and Mystery at The Magic Circle - London

8th October
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

October Dates
An evening of mystery and wonder featuring some of the club's top magicians. You'll learn about the history of magic and The Magic Circle itself and get to witness amazing close-up conjuring during the Parlour Magic Shows and a magical stage show as part of this highly entertaining evening. Doors open at 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 9th and 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 
 

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 over the next twelve months.

 

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