Lectures & Workshops


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Coming to a Magick Lounge near you on Wednesday 11 September is a lecture by Kainoa Harbottle, whose magic breathes new life into the tired phrase “right before your very eyes.” His performances represent his wish to share with others, uncanny experiences — events that bring to life our desires. By making money appear from nowhere, reading people’s minds, and proving that (with the right encouragement) anyone can perform the seemingly impossible, Kainoa endeavors to make magical experiences meaningful to all.

Kainoa was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and began performing magic after spending a good deal of his youth working with a local drama group (excellent training for any would-be magician!). By high school, he was performing semi-professionally, including weekly tablehopping at Curtis Kam’s showroom in Waikiki, as well as in restaurants and private shows for both the business sector and the tourist industry.

After attending college in Los Angeles where he was a Junior Member at the Magic Castle, Kainoa headed east, earning a Ph.D. in English from the University of Delaware. His research is on Victorian performance magic and the connections between the works of Professor Hoffmann and John Nevil Maskelyne with the popular literature and periodicals of the period.

Kainoa has written extensively on coin manipulation as well as how to apply practical theatrical techniques to increase the quality of the audience’s experience.

As I’m sure our eager reader knows, The Magick Lounge is at 82 Broad Street, Sheffield, S2 5TG. Doors will open with surprising precision to the cognoscenti and other magicians at 7 o’clock and the lecture will start at 7:30. Don’t forget that admission is free to Sheffield Circle members, £10 for visiting magicians and £5 for juniors. Come and enjoy a fascinating, entertaining and educational uncanny experience.

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Our November lecturer at The Lounge is Wayne Goodman, a versatile performer known for his fearless approach. He is a creator, author and professional performer. For the last 30 years he has worked across Europe, Scandinavia, Mexico and the USA. His magic follows a simple mantra: Simplicity rules the day.

During the lecture Wayne will demonstrate and explain a number of original effects. These will include some that have been commercially released, some that are going to be released and also a few that will not be released.

Wayne’s commercial releases include ​Look Sharp, Prism, Clone, Lord of the Bling and Asbo 2.0. His publications include Plan, Perpare & Perform, The Expert at the Restaurant Table, The Definitive Guide to Restaurant Magic, The Comedy Magicians Joke File Volumes 1 – 3, The Complete Comedy Magicians Joke File, The Joke File Volume 1 and The Jedi Principle.

This Thursday 1 November at the Magick Lounge you will have the opportunity to experience Wayne’s magic. He’ll be presenting the latest edition of his lecture, including new, never before seen props and effects. Wayne’s approach to magic is fun with the main emphasis on entertainment.

Admission is £5 to SCM members, £10 to visiting magicians. Doors open as usual at 7:00 to give you time to find your seat and relax before the lecture starts at 7:30. First in get the comfy chairs, unless you’re before 7:00 in which case you’ll probably have to wait outside while I finish my dinner.

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Unfortunately Chris Congreave is unwell and will be unable to lecture for us this Thursday, 6 September.

The good news is that Andrew Normansell has agreed to step in at short notice with his new lecture. Andrew is well known to SCM members as a capital author, inventor and performer, so I’m sure we’re in for a great night!

Chris CongreaveOne of the most popular SCM lectures in recent years was by Chris Congreave. We’re pleased to say that Chris is back at The Lounge this month with his brand new lecture.

Those of you who’ve seen him before will need no persuasion to attend. If you haven’t see him before you are in for a real treat! He has been a fixture in the UK magic community as a professional close-up magician for over 15 years. His ingenious creativity has led him to publish a multitude of effects, including Ice Coins, Childsplay, iContact, Dupes, 52 vs Joker, The Light, and many others, as well as presenting a popular ‘At the Table’ lecture.

Chris is known for highly visual sleight-of-hand magic with the emphasis on fun and entertainment. He performs close up and also in cabaret and on stage. As a busy professional entertainer, Chris’ lecture is centred on real-world magic that you could earn a living with.

This is another evening not to be missed. The lecture starts at 7:30 at The Magick Lounge, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield S2 5TG. Doors open at 7:00 p.m, or possibly up to three minutes before if it’s raining. Admission is £10, or £5 to paid-up members of the Sheffield Circle of Magicians.

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There is a world that is kept hidden from you for your own safety; it is dark, dangerous and very enticing. In times past people were closer to this world and knew how to stay relatively safe, but as the industrial revolution created the modern world, the old stories and warnings that kept humanity safe have been forgotten. Even worse, they are now used as ‘entertainment’.

The old stories, the fairy tales and the myths are real but do not fear as Professors Ashton Carter and Luke Robson are here to help as they present their new course, First Aid For Wizards.

During this short introductory course these respected magicians will be showing you how to recognise and keep yourself safe from magical creatures. Expect magic, mystery and surprises.

Suitable for all wizards aged 14 to 150. Feel free to dress in your best wizard costume and bring a wand. Young students must be accompanied by a responsible Wizard.

Mark the date in your grimoires: Thursday 26 July. Doors open auspiciously at 19:11 and the course starts at 19:30.

This is a special Magick Lounge preview show before the Professors take their course to the Edinburgh Festival. Scotland abounds with weird and magical creatures, and we have quite a few in Sheffield too, so come along and be prepared!

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There’s good news and bad news this month. The bad news is that Jon Allen, our scheduled lecturer for Thursday 5 July, has had to cancel for family reasons. The good news is that Craig was able, via his secret top-magician hot-line, to secure the services of the esteemed Noel Qualter!

Fantastic trick Noel. You are on the cutting edge of magic, there really is no precedent for that effect — Penn & Teller, Fool Us

Noel is a full-time professional close-up magician working at top hotels, bars and manor houses in and around London providing table magic in between courses at banquets, weddings, gala dinners, award ceremonies, private parties and product launches.

That’s amazing, I’ve never seen anything like that before. — Jonathan Ross

Noel has performed his snappy sleight of hand and Jedi mind reading tricks all over the UK and has been flown to Dubai, Paris, Monaco and Kuwait to perform for corporate clients. He has acted acted as a magic consultant for the feature film ‘Twist’ and also appeared in ‘The Apprentice’ on BBC TV.

That is fantastic stuff. You’re hired! — Lord Alan Sugar, Apprentice Final

The lecture is at 7:30 pm on Thursday 5 July at The Magic Lounge, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield, S2 5TG. Doors open at 7:00 pm abruptly but with a strangely comforting ‘ding’ a semi-tone above middle C. Comfortable seating to suit all ages and several inclinations. Admission is £5 to Sheffield Circle members, £10 to visiting magicians. What a bargain.

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The Sheffield Circle is understandably cock-a-hoop to announce a special extra lecture this Thursday at The Magick Lounge

​Gregory Wilson is a two-time FISM award winner with at least twenty best-selling instructional videos on the market and has contributed his original routines to every major magic magazine in the world as well as a full chapter in Paul Harris’ The Art of Astonishment and a full chapter in Harry Lorayne’s Best of Friends 3.

Gregory is also consistently in the top ten of the Top Twenty Inventors list at Penguin Magic. He also regularly hosts Murphys ‘At the Table’ lectures.

As the title suggests, Gregory’s lecture uses things that fit in his pockets and are found around him, ever-ready for spur-of-the-moment astonishments. Continuing on his impromptu work from “Off the Cuff” and “On the Spot”, Greg teaches how to convert everyday objects into devastating weapons of deception. The emphasis here is on ENTERTAINMENT.

His mission on Thursday is simple: To share with you professional routines that are cool, clever and cutting edge. Gregory Wilson is a positive fount of ideas, lines and tricks. He’s a master of sleight of hand, misdirection, routining and presentation, mixed with creativity, charm and lightning speed wit. He can do it all… and he can teach most of it to you. He’ll also talk a lot about using natural props, direct methods and compelling presentations. You can look forward to a plethora of ideas that run the gamut from beginner to expert level and cover a wide variety of genres.

How could you even think of missing such a conjuring cornucopia? It’ll all start to spill out at 19:30 on Thursday 12 April at The Magick Lounge, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield, S2 5TG. The door to this hallowed establishment will be open at exactly 19:00 or thereabouts to all serious aficionados and practitioners of fine magic. Be prompt to get first choice of the comfy seats. Admission is £5 to Sheffield Circle members, £10 to visiting magicians, under 16s half price.

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