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Entertainer and creator, Vincent Hedan developed his own style, creating shows with his original illusions, and performing his magic everywhere in France since 2000. Being fluent in English, he also performed in America, Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Italy, Luxembourg and South Korea. A member of 4F since 2011, he won the 1st Prize in Mentalism at the 2008 French Magic Championship.

The first half of this two-hour lecture is about card magic, illustrated by various effects: easy to do, with big impact and maximum involvement of the audience.

The second half puts cards aside and focuses on effects that can be performed either as close-up or stage magic. With original, simple and direct methods, Vincent presents unusual effects. Wine tasting, pseudo memory, and his ultimate Babel book test.

“Vincent creates devilishly clever contemporary material that will fool and entertain even the most cynical audience member. With a keen sense of narrative, premise and plot his material is always intriguing, mysterious and magical. His methods are elegant, sophisticated and multilayered. I believe Vincent will ascend to the very highest levels within magic. Watch, listen and learn all you can from a bright star of the future.” Luke Jermay

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 15 June (note change of date to suit Mr Hedan’s busy lecture schedule) at The Magic Lounge, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield, S2 5TG. Doors open at 7:00 pm with our usual judicious alacrity.

“Brilliant, clever and mind blowing! A very talented French magician. Stunning effects, original methods, killer mentalism…” Boris Wild FISM World Champion 1997

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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!

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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..

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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.

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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!

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