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Just back from a great weekend in Whitby at the Doomsday bizarre magick gathering. More information soon. In the meantime, by request, here are a couple of pics of the Friday evening Firewalk. I tried broken glass last year, without ill effect, so firewalking was the obvious next step…

The fire-pit reached a temperature of over 1600 degrees Celsius during the preparation but the embers had cooled to between 600 and 700 degrees for our walk. It certainly felt hot, but we survived without a blister.

Firewalking has been practiced by many people and cultures in all parts of the world, with the earliest known reference dating back to Iron Age India – c. 1200 BC. It is often used as a rite of passage, as a test of an individual’s strength and courage (or, possibly, foolhardiness?).

Any suggestions for next year?

Shane Cobolt_IMG_6419Shane Cobalt is a card expert from Canada who has been heralded by the likes of Jim Steinmeyer, the Buck Twins, Eric Anderson & Chris Kenner. Having kept his magic underground for some years, he is only now beginning to reveal his skills and is already becoming known for his work on the SWE Shift, Zarrow Shuffle and Diagonal Palm Shift.

You should know Shane Cobalt. He is one of those guys that flies just under the radar. — Jim Steinmeyer, Imagineer for Disney

In his lecture, Shane covers some of his best kept secrets, including his underground solution to the legendary 51 Faces North. Other routines are a mixture of both technically demanding and extremely easy, so, whatever your skill level, there’s something for everyone and plenty to take home and practice.

Shane is like Jimmy Hendrix with a deck of cards, you don’t make requests, you sit back and watch him work. — Elan Levitan, CMO Israel Bonds

Following a proposal and vote at the recent Sheffield Circle AGM, the lecture will be £5 to SCM members and junior magicians and £10 to non members. It will begin at 7:30 pm on Wednesday 4 May (note change of date to suit Mr Cobalt’s busy lecture schedule) at The Magic Lounge, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield, S2 5TG. Doors open at 7:00 pm fairly promptly.

Shane is one of the best sleight of hand guys in the world today. — Chris Kenner, Executive Producer to David Copperfield

Shane Cobalt is a dedicated student of magic in the truest sense of the word. He promises that everyone attending his lecture will be able to walk away with something they can do.

Another Sheffield Circle event you can’t afford to miss! — Russell J Hall, Magick Enterprises


Just completed a promo video for local entertainer Barney Baloney.

Get in touch if you’d like one for yourself!


Sorry this is a bit late; just had a recommendation from Quentin Reynolds…

At the Sheffield University Drama Studio this Wednesday 9 March, Vincent Gambini‘s This is not a magic show.

“Forget everything you know about magic and magicians. Now remember it all again.”

This is not a magic show is a performance of and about sleight-of-hand magic: its invisible mechanics, its clichés, and what it tells us about live theatre and make-believe. In a conversational yet crafted approach, Gambini presents astonishing close-up magic that invites us to question how enchantment and wonder are produced within a theatrical situation.

Possibly the first of its kind, the show is part performance-lecture, part deconstructed showbiz, and part magic tricks.

There is a talk at 2 pm in the same venue on the same day, and the above event starts at 6 pm. More information and booking details click here

Gabini is touring the show throughout the UK. Check here for more dates..


Following a last-minute cancellation from the lecturer originally booked for our March meeting, I’m pleased to announce that Arron Jones has stepped into the breach to present his practical, entertaining lecture.

Arron bills himself as ‘not just a magician’, but ‘an ENTERTAINER’. During his professional career he has had the pleasure of entertaining thousands of people throughout the country. His clients have included some of the UK’s biggest brands, celebrities, high class London venues and many private parties and weddings.

Arron specialises in close-up, walk-around, mystery room and table magic. With his lightning fast wit, well-honed magical skills and wide-ranging practical, real-world experience, we’re sure that everyone will go home with something they can use, as well as having had an amazing night!

The lecture is free to Sheffield Circle members and £10 to non members. It will begin at 7:30 pm on Thursday 3 March at The Magic Lounge, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield, S2 5TG. Doors open at 7:00 pm fairly promptly.


Went to Dynamo‘s Seeing is Believing show at the Sheffield Arena last night. Excellent. Well worth seeing; he’s touring the UK through until April, I believe. You can check the dates here.

I’d not seen him on stage since he did a spot on one of Fay Presto’s late-night shows at the IBM convention some years ago. And as I don’t have a television I’ve not seen his TV shows, apart from the occasional YouTube clip.

I won’t say too much about the content of the show as I don’t want to spoil if for those yet to see it. There were many moments that were, engagingly and unpretentiously, truly magical. He levitated above the stage, of course, performed some technically demanding card work, and one of the nicest Gypsy Thread presentations I’ve seen.

The show was framed by cartoon and real-life clips showing how Bradford-born Steven Frayne became Dynamo, assured magician and global star.

Perhaps this was the real magic… how dogged persistence and talent turned a normal lad with a pretty tough upbringing into a magical celebrity with confidence and natural charm. And with all this success he remains likeable and down to earth.

I first met Steven many years ago when he used to come into The Magick Lounge from time to time to discuss and practice card magic with Roger Curzon and other Saturday regulars. It’s a real pleasure to see someone I remember as a quiet, perhaps even slightly withdrawn, teenager stand on stage in front of around four thousand spectators and present a full-evening show that people loved.

Congratulations to all involved, and thanks for a great evening!

For those of you who don’t know me my name is JJ and I have been performing and adapting magic for visually impaired people for the last ten years. I dare say I may have pestered you in the past for one thing and another. I sadly have not been to Blackpool for a few years as work has been so busy.

As a magician, I am no Dynamo! But what I do is adapt magic and perform it in such a way that it can be appreciated by someone who is Deafblind – both Deaf and Blind.

I have been touring for the Deafblind charity Sense for the last year or so with my assistant Jimmy, who is deafblind.

My aim is to bring magic to everyone, and in return we get a smile. Rather than be the magician who is unsure of disabled people, and scared to approach we are the opposite. Our magic is for them, and we adapt it in whatever way we can to make it accessible

Jimmy and I perform in special schools, do Q&A sessions in magic clubs, and we teach magic to disabled people. We have performed abroad, we do not charge for our service, we just ask for enough to cover transport costs

We perform mostly on a one-to-one basis, to all sorts of people with severe disabilities, including them from start to finish and making sure they are involved and not left out.

We are currently on the look out for any donations of magic props: old, new, broken – unwanted! We are in desperate need of new equipment, and we also wish to expand our repertoire!

Thank you for taking time to read this. If you feel you can help in anyway please drop me a message via Facebook.

We also have a Magic Touch project on Kickstarter.

Thank you for taking time to read this.


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