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Say the name Peter Turner amongst a group of mentalists you get everyone’s attention right away. Why is that?

Peter ‘The Perceptionist’ Turner has carved a name for himself within the magic community as not only a unique performer, but an ingenious and innovatory thinker. Peter has a definite way with words. If you want your performances to become legendary stories retold between laymen, and to be remembered for ever, then listen to everything this guy has to say.

Regarded as one of the most influential mentalists of our time, he has consulted on many projects for TV and stage. Now you have a chance to meet and hear lecture the man Kenton Knepper has called, “One of the most natural, realistic mentalists of our time.”

Drawing equally from mentalism and psychology, Peter spins together routines that delight and amaze audiences. His publications include Isabella’s Star 2 (in stock at Magick now!), The Portugal Notes, Symphony of Silence, Devious Realities, Dare to be Bold, and the DVDs The Devil in Disguise, Jinxed and Freeform Mentalism.

Pete’s lecture is here at The Lounge next Thursday 3 July. Doors open at 7:03 and we start at 7:30. Admission is free for Sheffield Circle members, £10 for visiting magicians. A bargain not to be missed!

PS Yes, that’s Colin McLeod in the background.

Et in Arcadia ego. From left to right: Andy, Hester and Damon check out the location for Ymedaca's climactic event.

Et in Arcadia ego. From left to right: Andy, Hester and Damon check out the location for Ymedaca’s climactic event.

Andy and I were up at the relative crack of dawn to travel to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to discuss a few burning issues with artist Hester Reeve and the YSP’s Damon Waldock. We needed to sort out locations for the Ymedaca events the Magick Lounge group is involved in, and agree on the route for the procession to the climactic presentation on 30 August 2014.

During the day of 30 August 'Magickal' experiences will be available to YSP visitors appropriately in and around the 'Greek Temple'.

During the day of 30 August ‘Magickal’ experiences will be available to YSP visitors appropriately in and around the ‘Greek Temple’.

Afterwards we were able to fit in a visit to the Park’s newly refurbished 18th century chapel which currently houses a stunning exhibition of works by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The project is the first by Ai Weiwei in a British public gallery since ‘Sunflower Seeds’ at Tate Modern in 2010, and is well worth experiencing. More information here.

I don’t want realism. I want magic. Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don’t tell truth, I tell what ought to be truth. And if that is sinful, then let me be damned for it!

— Tennessee Williams, from ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

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An excellent lecture from Beatles-loving Frenchman Bruno Copin, definitely a world leader in his particular branch of magical performance. Routines like The Butterfly Effect are true magical playlets which engage and delight spectators.

His lecture clearly impressed all those attended, if the subsequent queue to buy his products was anything to go by (in Sheffield!)! If you weren’t there, or were there and now regretting not purchasing all that impressed you, I’m pleased to say that by special arrangement with Bruno we have a limited supply of his DVDs and routines in stock. Watch this space for more details.

Some comments: Carl Peters Brilliant work from this guy, loved the lecture. Craig Frith Yes, and a great after-lecture session with Bruno. What a nice man he is.

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As you will have gathered, those who were able stayed on at The Lounge for a fascinating, amusing and informative session, with pizza.

The following day Bruno was scheduled to lecture in Bradford, but before he left we met up for an excellent lunch (with a glass or two of wine, of course) in Leopold Square. Things went on a little longer than intended as we sat in the sun, chatting and discovering shared interests in music and many other matters, so I hope he made it to Bradford in time!
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Do you want to know a secret? Bruno is currently on a UK magical mystery lecture tour here, there and everywhere before heading off to the States, so be sure to catch him if you can. You got to get him into your magical life….

Find Bruno’s tour dates here.

Bruno Copin is known as one of magic’s most creative thinkers, famous for his invisible thread work. We’re pleased to say that he will be presenting his lecture It’s Really Full here at The Lounge on Thursday 5 June. He has recorded a special welcome message for his UK tour:

Bruno could be described as a magical puppeteer. His work with threads is both original and unusual, akin to stories played out on the tabletop with cards, cigarettes and other objects. His routines feature truly magical moments that will have you shaking your head in wonder. Take for example The Butterfly Effect where Bruno Copin talks about the flap of a butterfly’s wing that starts a tornado across the other side of the world. In this tabletop dramatisation the spin of one card sets other card spinning in the hands of the spectator. Everything is immediately examined:

Such are the hallmarks Bruno Copin’s work, a poetic and elegant story that culminates in an impossible and memorable moment.

Bruno has lectured around the world, for the FFFF convention in 2013 and at the Essential Magic Convention in Portugal. His Sheffield appearance is not to be missed. You will discover an entire universe of methods to enrich the magic you currently perform. Doors open at 7:01 and we start at 7:30. Admission is free for Sheffield Circle members, £10 for visiting magicians.

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Luke Jermay has performed magic since the age of 12. At age 15, he wrote his first published book 7 Deceptions (Wonder Wizards, 2000) which launched him as an innovator within the magic community. Since then he has written a total of 34 books on the subject of mentalism and mind illusion.

He has performed in more than 20 countries including his native United Kingdom and the United States in venues from local pubs to the London Palladium. Best known for his use of suggestion and covert forms of psychological influence, his trademark routines are a self-induced cessation of his pulse, followed by stopping of a random audience member’s pulse, and The Chair Prediction, a routine in which he predicts which chair a spectator will choose to sit in.

This is the promo video for his Sixth Sense show.

Luke has written a total of 33 books and manuscripts on magic and magic theory, including 7 Deceptions, Building Blocks, Coral Fang, and 3510.

He has also worked with many other magicians and mentalists as writer, designer of psychological illusions and program consultant. His first consulting work was on season 1 of Derren Brown, Mind Control (2000), which he continued on seasons 2 and 3. Luke also worked with Criss Angel on seasons 1 and 2 of Mind Freak, and with Marco Tempest on The Virtual Magician. He also served as consultant for the television series The Mentalist. More recently he has consulted for Dynamo.

On Thursday 1 May at The Magick Lounge you can expect a fun, entertaining, but most of all a thought-provoking lecture. The Luke Jermay Sheffield Lecture is definitely one not to be missed! Doors open at 7:02 and we start at 7:30. Admission is free for Sheffield Circle members, £10 for visiting magicians.

Watch this space for more lectures this year. Already booked are Bruno Copin, Pete Turner, Alex Pandrea, and Karl Hein.

Feeling momentarily philosophical this fine Easter Monday afternoon…

I mean, it’s pretty obvious that as magicians we should wish to appear as more than demonstrators of a clever prop, or even a clever sleight. As if we’re offering a puzzle to solve.

The next step from that is perhaps to perform as the magician — the one who has the power to perform seemingly impossible acts. That’s fine, although if we’re not careful maybe that can be seen by our audiences as another kind of challenge?

Is there a third way? In which we may become facilitators, enabling spectators to explore or discover a kind of magic in themselves… Our performance then becomes a co-operative act. Even, dare I say, a journey which we may share with those willing to join us?

I’d be interested to hear your thoughts. Feel free to use the comment button.

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