The next event at The Lounge is a lecture from Juan Luis Rubiales on Thursday 5 November.

Juan Luis is one of Spain’s most renowned magicians. His teachers were Leon Camacho, who taught him the craft of prestidigitation, and Juan Tamariz, who introduced him to the field of psychology and performance skills. He is a past Close-Up Champion of Spain.

“He is very creative, he has an authentic and unique style… like his magic, authentic and genuine, a real marvel. Thank you Juanlu for what you are doing.” Juan Tamariz

He performs extraordinary magic with coins and knives and has devised new techniques in this area, developing original routines that demonstrate his high level of creativity and original thinking.

“His magic is absolutely brilliant.” William Kalush

Those attending this event will discover that the magic of Juan Luis Rubiales is for everyone who loves our craft, whatever their level. Much of his work depends on an understanding of method and techniques rather than complex technical prowess.

A pure product of the Spanish School of magic, Juan Luis is a worthy heir to Juan Tamariz: beautiful magic but especially a very strong personality and a creative spirit that is infectious!

The lecture is at The Magick Lounge, Broad Street, Sheffield, S2 5TG, on Thursday 5 November at 7.30 p.m. Doors open at 7:03. Entrance is free for Sheffield Circle members, £10 for visiting magicians. In keeping with the bonfire night date we are sure to see some sparkling and colourful magic!

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I’m very pleased to announce that on Sunday 1 November (All Souls’ Day) The Magick Lounge will be hosting The Voodini Seance Lecture.

Paul Voodini will present a unique lecture and workshop covering the areas of seance, paranormal entertainment, spiritualism, and cold reading. Paul has worked professionally for many years as a seance host, ghost walk host, tarot card and palm reader, and has worked for some of the UK’s leading ghost hunting and paranormal event companies. Paul is proud to present his years of experience in a unique lecture and workshop format aimed especially at magicians, mind-readers, and those wishing to provide entertainment with a decidedly paranormal theme.

The event will run from 10.00 a.m. until approximately 4:00 p.m. The morning session will cover all aspects of what is commonly known as cold reading – what it is, what it isn’t, how to employ it, and other methods of providing ‘readings’, before moving into the realms of seance and the paranormal.

We will then break for lunch before resuming the afternoon session. The afternoon will be occupied with seance, the paranormal, and ghost hunting. All aspects of this intriguing branch of mentalism and bizarre magick will be analysed and explored, before we finish with an experiment with ‘the talking glass’ (glass moving) and an actual seance.

This promises to be both a highly informative and highly entertaining day. Paul is passionate about this work and has written prolifically on the subject matter. You will be taken on a journey through the ‘dark side’ guided by perhaps the most knowledgeable person in the UK when it comes to the art of combining the esoteric with entertainment.

All those who buy tickets will also receive, free of charge, a copy of Paul Voodini’s seminal PDF The Paranormal Entertainer. This PDF has a value of £18 and will be emailed out to you completely free of charge shortly after you purchase your tickets. If you already own The Paranormal Entertainer you may request that it be substituted for another PDF(s) of equal value, or the £18 value be deducted from a more expensive purchase.

The ticket price for this exclusive day-long event is £45. Due to the intimate nature of the venue, ticket numbers are extremely limited so please don’t delay in booking your place.

To buy a ticket, please go to:

Paul will email confirmation of your seat at the lecture within 24 hours of purchase. No physical tickets will be issued. If you wish to substitute your free copy of The Paranormal Entertainer with a different PDF, please email Paul at

To confirm, this exclusive lecture/workshop is on Sunday 1 November at The Magick Lounge, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield. S2 5TG.  Doors open at 9:45 a.m. The ticket price of £45 includes a buffet lunch and Paul Voodini’s Paranormal Entertainer PDF emailed to you. Please book early to secure your place at this event… a day not to be missed!

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I hope you’ve already marked the date in your diaries… Next Thursday 3 September at The Magick Lounge Gary Jones will be presenting his latest lecture for the delectation of the Sheffield (and environs) conjuring cognoscenti.

Professional magician and Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star for Performance, Gary blends spontaneous comedy with mind-blowing magic. He has been awarded “Close-Up performer of the Year” at the Devon Magic Circle for seven consecutive years and has won the title a total of eleven times. Gary has also appeared on BBC1, Channel 5, Sky One, Gemini Radio & BBC Radio Devon and Channel 4’s The Graham Norton Show. Once seen never forgotten, Gary’s magic will astound, baffle and above all, entertain.

“Incredible, simply amazing!” Nigel Mansell.

“Absolutely amazing!” Sarah Ferguson.

“Wow, do that again!” Sir Richard Branson.

“Gary performs Close Up Magic of the highest order” The Stage.

“You should be on the Royal Variety Show” Gordon Kaye.

“With your sense of humour you should be locked up for a very long time”Sir John Evans, Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Constabulary.

Doors open within minutes of 7:00 pm ready for a 7:30 start. Admission is free for Sheffield Circle members, £10 for visiting magicians (£5 for juniors). Expect practical routines plus lots of tips on misdirection, audience management, timing, pocket management, working tables, working pre-dinner drinks, receptions, etc.

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New double-sided business cards.

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I recently came across a few old photographs and press cuttings which my reader may find amusing.

This cutting is from the Nottingham Evening Post, circa 1960. Second from left is Ken Scholes, I believe, who wrote for Harry Stanley’s Unique Magic Studio and The Gen. I’m third from left, with hair. The guy in Chinese costume is Ron Massey and on the right is fellow Long Eaton Grammar School student Allan Falconer, now Director of Corporate Outreach and Professor of Geography at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, USA.

GC 2Creative magician Geraint Clarke is touring will present his new lecture Polymath on Thursday 2 July. His unique style of impromptu miracles using everything from borrowed phones, playing cards and even chewing gum has been widely praised, with some of his miracles being used by TV magicians all over the globe.

Polymath is a lecture packed with Geraint’s original take on impromptu magic for magicians or hobbyists of any skill level, and contains some exclusive new effects that are yet unpublished.  Chris Kenner has described his work as “Awesome” (a widely used term in North America which indicates praise and not to be confused with the standard dictionary definition); “…a creative rising star in magic” Daniel Madison; “…Great Stuff!” David Copperfield. “Magicians, take note! Geraint Clarke is very good!” Ben Hanlin.

The lecture is free to Sheffield Circle members and £10 to non members (junior magicians £5). It will begin at 7:30 pm at the Magic Lounge, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield, S2 5TG. Doors open at 7:00 pm with our well-known alacrity..

How to Fest

Roger Curzon and I are scheduled to repeat our slightly acclaimed excursion into the rarely-trod byeways of magical history and performance for the experimental theatre company Slung Low in Leeds this Sunday from 3:30 p.m. I’m opening with an illustrated exploration of the curious history of magical invention, followed by Roger who will weave strange, magickal tales around the bizarre curios and artefacts discovered in his late, unlamented Uncle Albert’s suitcase.

This is a medium-sized but pertly formed part of Slung Low’s How-To… Festival 2: Magic & Showmanship. Sounds like it’ll be a great day out for some of the family. To quote their publicity: “Sunday 31 May is a day of performance, film, lecture and food from Myra Dubois, Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Russell Hall & Roger Curzon, Freddie Brook and Manjit’s Kitchen. And because it’s the How To… Festival  you can learn new skills in £paywhatyoudecide creative workshops though out the day; learn how to make the entertainment and the food. No experience necessary!”

The day starts tastily at 11:00 a.m. with Manjit’s Kitchen where she will demonstrate how to cook delicious vegetarian Indian dishes and curries, and you can then have a go at creating them yourselves – all ingredients and equipment are provided.

At 2:15 p.m. Freddie Brook plans to teach us how to Simply Amaze Our Friends in a workshop that will focus on “the performativity of magic and how to incorporate your own style into the tricks that you do.”

As I said, Roger and I will be strutting our various stuffs from 3:30 p.m., including a dab or two of performativity as the occasion demands.

Then at 5:00 p.m. Professor Vanessa Toulmin will take you on a filmic tour of Edwardian Leeds with live piano accompaniment presenting pioneering films of showmen Mitchell & Kenyon in Leeds. If you’ve not seen this presentation before, I highly recommend you catch it. Click here for more details.

There’s a break for dinner at 6:00 when you can enjoy delicious food from Manjit’s Kitchen and refreshments from the HUB’s £1 bar with free tea and coffee. Plus live music from Bianca Gerald before rounding off the day with a hilarious performance for grown ups from Myra DuboisAuntie Myra’s Fun Show is at 7:30pm.

I understand that there is a very limited capacity for all Festival workshops and performances so to reserve places please email with the number of places you wish to book for each event and a contact telephone number.


11:00 Cooking with Manjit (recommended 14+)
2:15  How To… Simply Amaze Your Friends (recommended 11+)
3:30 Magical Inventions and Magickal Tales (recommended 11+)
5:00 Mitchell & Kenyon in Leeds (suitable for all)
6:00 Dinner and Live Music from Bianca Gerald
7:30 Auntie Myra’s Fun Show (Adult content 16+)

See you there!

All events take place at The HUB, 67-71 Bath Road, Holbeck, Leeds, LS11 9UA. There’s free on-street parking on Bath Road on Sundays.


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