All ready for the Annual Sheffield Circle Auction/Table-Top Sale tomorrow, 3 February. There’s about 25-30 ft of table space available for your magical bargains.

The sale starts at 7:30 for about an hour and the auction will follow at around 8:30. You can bring items for both or either. Or you can put items in the table-top sale then add anything that hasn’t sold to the auction.

Just, please, make sure you bring a list with prices, plus auction reserves if necessary. And bring your wallets too. There are always bargains to be had!

Doors open at 7:00 so you have time to lay out your wares.

We’re getting the builders in!

Over the coming weeks there’ll be a lot happening at The Magick Lounge.

Vistors will have noticed quite a few changes already. But some major works start this Saturday 30 October with the laying of concrete to level the front half of the main shop area. This will be followed later by the fitting of a new floor, once the concrete is properly cured.

The shop will therefore be closed on Monday and Tuesday 1 and 2 November. There’ll be no access via the main, front door on these days, or on Saturday afternoon while we’re pouring concrete.

But there’s no need to panic. If you’re desperate for a book, a pack of cards or a bag of balloons just give us a ring and we’ll arrange for you to collect. There’ll still be access via the garage/loading bay.

And of course our mail order service via our website will continue unabated.

Back at the beginning of February we announced that Magick would be moving. The property next door had been sold and the developers intended to build a block of flats. Not good news for us, but they offered to buy our building.

After much thought and discussion we decided that this might be a good time to consider downsizing a little to concentrate on the growing publishing, second-hand books and bizarre/storytelling side of the business.

We began the search for a place to provide a comfortable home for ourselves, with outbuildings or space to build somewhere to house several thousand books plus a showroom/meeting/display area…

To cut a long story short, we found somewhere we thought would be suitable. Everything seemed to be proceding smoothly when, without warning, the developer pulled out. We found another buyer and another potential home and the same thing happened. And again.

After the third time we decided that we’d had enough and we’d stay where we are, a decision that was received with unconcealed delight in some quarters.

One of the reasons that affected our decision to move was the fact that we needed to make fairly extensive repairs, including window replacements, repairs to roofs, heating system, etc. The basic structure of the building is sound (the Victorians knew what they were doing), but there were quite a few bits that were showing their age (aren’t we all) and needed a little TLC (don’t we all).

There will be changes happening over the next few months, apart from some ongoing building work. We are reducing our stocks of standard magic (look out for bargains and very special sales!), and further developing the mail order and publishing sides. We’re continuing to work closely with demon illustrator Jake Smithies, and you should see some announcements soon about new projects with exciting magical authors.

2021 has been stressful and problematical for most people for various reasons. For Julie, June and myself, we’re intending to put the hassles and uncertainties of the past months behind us and work towards an exciting and fulfilling new phase for Magick.

Watch this space!

Just arrived – a tasty selection of new books (100+ titles). Mostly still shrinkwrapped. Please note that we have only one or two copies of each title. Available for collection now, or postage at cost.

I’ve listed a few titles below. If you’d like a full list message me with your email address. (Or check your email if you’re on our mailing list!)

BARTRAM Jr, RICHARD. Trephine.
BOOTH, JOHN. Dramatic Magic.
BROWN. ED. Feints and Temps of Harry Riser.
DAWES, EDWIN A. Barrister in the Circle.
ERENS, OLIVER (ed). Concertos for Pasteboards.
FROST, RON. After the Force.
FULVES, KARL. Epilogue.
GALLOWAY, ANDREW. Ramsey Finale.
HARRIS, PAUL. A Close-Up Kinda Guy.
HARTMAN, J.K. Trickery Treats.
JONES, LEWIS. Encyclopedia of Impromptu Card Forces.
KAUFMAN, RICHARD. Jennings 67.
LORAYNE, HARRY. Decksterity.
MARLO, ED. Flashpoints.
MAXWELL, MIKE. Bruce Cervon’s Black & White Trick & Other Assorted Mysteries (with cards).
MINCH, STEPHEN. Spectacle.
MURPHY, T.G. Imagication.
NEALE, ROBERT E. The Magic Mirror.
NUZZO, JAMES, & MARLO, ED. Art and Ardor at the Card Table.
PIERCE, LANCE. Roger Klaus in Concert.
POWERS, MICHAEL. Top Secret Stuff.
RACHERBAUMER, JON. Lost Pages of Kabbala.
RACHERBAUMER, JON. The Wild Card Kit (with cards).
RAUSCHER, WILLIAM V. The Houdini Code Mystery: A Spirit Secret Solved.
WAGNER, BOB. Master Notebook of Magic.
WHITING, WAYNE. Terry Lagerould’s Pasteboard Presentations.
WILLIAMS, DICK & VIRGINIA. Lights Camera Magic.

Buy One Get One Free on all DVDs, new and second-hand.

(Cheapest free, but you knew that, didn’t you?)

You can download a list of our second-hand DVDs from here:

Click to access SH-DVDs-Jun-2020.pdf

Callers will have noticed that we have lots of special offers at the moment. We really to need to reduce stock levels before our move later this year!

We’ve had some nice comments about our range of special Bargain Mystery Packs. Each pack contains an assortment of tricks, books and/or DVDs to the value of between £60 and £70!

Inside you’ll probably find things you’d not thought of buying (or didn’t even know that we sold…). Exploring such items, trying them out, adapting them to suit your own style and personality*, that’s all part of the fun and excitement.

Try a pack or two today, they’re great value at just £20!

In stock now are:

  • All Card Packs
  • Close-Up Packs
  • Mentalism Packs
  • Coin and Money Packs

We’re now open daily as usual from 11:00 to 5:30 (closed Thursdays and Sundays). We can post anywhere in the UK for £5 per pack or £7 for two or more.

[* Style and personality not included.]

As Monday 12 April sees a welcome relaxation of lockdown restrictions we’re taking another look at how this might affect our lovely customers, and the rest of them too.

So, from tomorrow we’ll be open for you to call in or to make a collection during our normal opening hours.

To maintain social distancing, no more than four customers at a time, please.

We’re also going to reinstate our Saturday Mini-Sessions of up to four people. This would allow us to maintain appropriate distancing… for example, one on each end of the large settee, one on the smaller settee and one on a chair in front of (but not too close to) the second-hand book shelves.

Again, while appropriate safeguards need to be in place we’ll operate a booking system. You can ring, email or post on our Facebook page, where availability will be updated.

To widen availability, there’ll be time slots: an early slot from 11:00 until 14:00, and a later slot from 14:15 until 17:15. This allows up to three hours to show a new trick, check out our SPECIAL SALES BARGAIN LISTS, or buy a book or three. And it gives us 15 minutes to wipe down surfaces in between.

If necessary, should customers flood in (?) sessioners may be asked to relocate to the ‘Bizarre Room’.

We look forward to seeing your eager, smiling faces and open wallets.

If you’ve ordered items to collect, they’ll be waiting for you

With best wishes to all from June, Julie and Russell.

A visible penetration of a steel ball through a solid card.

You show an elegant walnut and mahogany box with holes both in the lid and in the base. The interior is just large enough to hold a single playing card or business card, which when inserted will block all passage through the holes. A heavy steel ball bearing completes the set. Should you wish, all items may be closely examined by a spectator before and after the effect.

A freely selected card is placed within the box, the lid replaced and the ball bearing placed on top of the box. The box is now tilted from side to side until the ball drops into the hole in the lid. The ball remains suspended due to the card, but then suddenly begins to melt through, falling out the other side of the box!

Remember that the card is visible throughout and there is no place for the card to hide within the box. There is nothing added or taken away. No secret locks to fumble with, no angle problems, no secret sliding panels. Nothing for the spectator to find yet the steel ball visibly penetrates and everything can be immediately handed for examination!

I think you’ll find that here is nothing like the Marbo Card Penetration on the market today. This does not work like Kaballa, Coin of the Realm or similar effects. This is a quality prop made of the finest quality walnut with mahogany accents, so is best suited to charming elegant magicians whose performance will match the quality of the prop. Nevertheless, I’m sure any of our readers would be proud to use it; indeed, it may even encourage them to progess further on the path to perfection.

The Marbo-Card Penetration was invented by John Snyder c. 1944 and was passed on to James Swoger who in turn sold the rights to Viking Mfg. Usually sells at £48 or more; find it on our Special Sales List 1 at £36, plus postage at cost.

Our second Special Sales List is now available for download. Click here.

I thought I’d add an item here from time to time to give a flavour of the magical delights on offer. So here’s…

Super Mental Die Cipher … You’ll find it on page 4 of Special Sales List 2!

Super Mental Die - b

This is great prop, precision machined in solid brass, employing a brilliantly simple secret.

Although it may appear similar to items like Dice Vision in effect, this is miles ahead in method — the performer does not bring the box to the front, or secretly look into it. Yet you are able to reveal in various ways the number that appears on top of the die hidden inside the box. There is no guess work or ambiguity about the number — you reveal it while the box is still behind your back.

In fact with Mental Die Cipher you can get a spectator to place the die in the box. He brings the box from behind his back with it resting on the palm of one hand, and you reveal the number. What gives this presentation its particular punch is that you have apparently at no time handled the box or die until after the selected number is revealed. Comes with full instructions for two routines, with the props in a handy velvet drawstring bag (of course).

Normally £35 plus post, we’re offering this at £26.25.

As many of you will know, a few months ago the premises (trophy shop and workshop) next door to us here on Broad Street was sold to a developer. He’s been pressing us to sell too as he wants to build a block of flats and use the whole site, including my bit. If I don’t he’ll build anyway and we’d lose light, etc. The pub next door is being sold as well and we’ve heard that’s likely to end up as another tall block of flats. Also we’ve been told that there are major road and tram works happening shortly next to us. So…

After considerable thought we’ve decided that this is perhaps a good time to think about downsizing. I’ve no intention of retiring (though more time to travel would be good!).

Being sensible, we’re unlikely to find premises where we can continue the shop as it is. Suppose we could buy a small house and rent a warehouse and run mailorder. But that’s a hassle and who’d want to compete with the big guys who rely on a constant turnover of new tricks with a two-month life cycle (as one of them once said to me).

We intend to keep the publishing/bizarre side going, because that’s what interests me. And the second-hand book sales too.

So we’re looking for somewhere in the Sheffield/Chesterfield area with enough space to build a reasonably-sized storage/office area in the garden. Or a bigger place with a large, dry garage. Looks possible.

Although we wouldn’t be opening as a shop as such, it would be good to find somewhere with space to continue Saturday Sessions (once we’re back to normal…). But that might not be possible. (Unless you know of anywhere?)

We did think of trying to sell Magick Enterprises with stock (with or without second-hand books), then keep Magick Words publishing going. But this is hardly the time to sell a magic business! (If you’re thinking of starting or expanding your magic business, let me know… If I can’t persuade you of the folly of your ways I’d be able to sort you out a great range of stock at a bargain price!)

In the meantime we’re doing two things: looking for a suitable property and a home for Magick Words; and preparing some special sales lists with lots of bargains for our regular customers. The first of these lists is available now.

Click here if you’d like a copy (PDF) of Special Sales List 1.

We live in interesting (exciting?) times.