Lectures & Workshops


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You won’t want to miss The Jim Krenz Lecture: Magical Musings of a Man of Mystery at The Magick Lounge next Thursday.

Jim has been interested in magic since he received the traditional magic set as a young child. He regrets wasting the first four years of his life by not beginning his magic studies until he was five years old.

Later he spent 15 years working for Jay and Frances Marshall at Magic Inc. He regularly performed close-up at Schulien’s Restaurant in Chicago. In 1993, he won the Most Valuable Participant award at the prestigious FFFF convention. He has created over three dozen original effects and techniques, and has lectured about them in nine countries. Jim has studied with Ed Marlo, Jim Ryan, Tony Andruzzi, Don Alan, Eugene Burger, Slydini, Tommy Wonder and Juan Tamariz.

“Dude who fooled me the most with cards: In 1991, it was Spain’s Juan Tamariz; In 1992, it was Sweden’s Lennart Green; In 1993, it was Chicago Conjurer Jim Krenz.” Dan Garrett (from M.U.M. — the national publication of the Society of American Magicians)

Focusing on close-up magic, Jim will teach his hands-off cards across (wherein the magician legitimately never touches the cards), his torn and restored card (called Ripper, described by Juan Tamariz as his favorite torn and restored card), his invisible triumph (this fools everyone!) and his version of wild card, which features his impossible card case load (called Imp-Load) — which is performed under the direct observation of the audience.

Here is a quote from R. Paul Wilson about Jim’s Imp-Load: “I’ve been fooled badly by this. My friends have been fooled badly by this. Signed card cleanly goes into the deck, vanishes and appears inside the box that’s in full view on the table. Highly recommended.”

Interspersed throughout the lecture are Jim’s theories on creating and performing magic. Topics include participants preferred, making magic matter, the practice of practice and crafting creativity.

“Jim thinks in another dimension and creates cutting edge miracles. His devious and thoroughly deceptive methods never fail to pack a powerful punch.” Rafael Benatar

Also featured are his coins across (using his “one-behind principle”), his oil and water (NeoMix), Coincidencia (a coincidence routine with genuinely shuffled cards) and his handling of John Cornelius’ Pen Through Anything, which elevates the routine to the status of a miracle.

After reviewing a number of other prominent close-up magicians (including Chuck Fayne, Bill Goldman and Eugene Burger) who performed at the National Society of Magicians Convention in 1994: “Jim Krenz was my personal favorite due to his very likable character and absolutely astounding card work. He brought the house down with his signed cards routine.” Erika Larsen (from Genii — the International Conjurors’ Magazine)

Jim is a regular participant in Las Journadas de el Escorial in Spain. This is a gathering of magicians who, once a year, discuss and analyze a particular effect (or author) in magic. Some of the attendees include Ascanio, Bernard Bilis, Magic Christian, Roberto Giobbi and Juan Tamariz.

“I literally saw jaws drop at Krenz’s multiple signed card revelation.” Hiawatha (from Magic — The Independent Magazine for Magicians)

Jim will have techniques and effects for all tastes. There will be easy stuff, hard stuff, and innovative stuff. Jim has been working on these routines for a long time. (Some are over ten years old.)

“Jim Krenz is a treasure trove of ideas and a powerhouse of innovation. Check out his online store and support a true innovator — an ‘inside guy’ who’s sharing some brilliant ideas.” R. Paul Wilson

His lecture contains his original ideas, theories, routines and improvements in close-up magic.

“When I was a child I was fascinated with the magical emotion that I felt upon watching magicians. I could not comprehend anything — what I would see was impossible; now I love to feel this emotion. It does not occur very often. Normally, I can see behind the curtain — I see the ‘hidden’ secrets and the mechanics. But from time to time a magician performs a trick, or several tricks that seem impossible — and the magical emotion returns. This happens to me with Jim Krenz (how wonderful!). For this, thank you Jim!” Juan Tamariz

Jim Krenz’s lecture promises to be another thoroughly entertaining and enlightening event. It starts at 7:30 pm on Thursday 2 November at The Magick Lounge, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield, S2 5TG. Doors thrown open within seconds of 7:00 pm to all actual and would-be exponents of fine magic. Those over 60 get first choice of the comfy seats. Admission is £5 to Sheffield Circle members, £10 to visiting magicians, under 16s half price. You really don’t want to miss this as much or if not more than our previous star lectures!

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We’re pleased to say that our old friend Matthew Johnson is back at The Lounge on 14 September with a brand new lecture.

As one of Canada’s busiest entertainers he works his unique brand of thought-provoking magic at over 300 live performances a year! He’s done it all, from cruise ships and international hotels to corporate events for Fortune 500 companies and theatres throughout the world. He has appeared in films, TV shows and recently appeared as a contestant on the hit TV show Wizard Wars filmed in Los Angeles, California.

As a creator of original magic and mentalism Matt has released countless effects, books, DVDs and instant downloads over the past 25 years. He has also been a featured performer and teacher for other creators and can be seen on the TA box set and in the marketed effect ‘Freedom Writer’ both by Paul Harris Presents.

In 2013 he was approached by Penguin Magic to release some of his own effects, including the best sellers, Melt and Melt 2.0, Pen Through Finger and Sweet. Matt did his first Penguin Live Lecture in 2013.

All proved so popular that Penguin then hired Matt to rework old effects under the name ‘Matt Johnson Presents…’. Each effect is given Matt’s unique approach and worker approval. Such effects included Blindfoil, Dark Arts, Photographic, Billoon, Chaptrick White Bikes, and Blacksmith.

Matt has lectured at FISM, the Magic Circle, Hollywood’s Magic Castle, IBM in the UK, the Adelaide Magic Convention in Australia and countless other Magic Clubs and conventions around the world.

He always has something new up his sleeve, so even if you have seen Matt lecture before you are guaranteed to learn some brand new and unpublished mind-blowing magic and mentalism. All of Matt’s creations are very commercial and most of the effects instantly reset.

A few weeks ago he appeared on Penn & Teller’s Fool Us show, chained and handcuffed in a locked box full of water. We’re very pleased to say that his performance was highly successful, receiving acclaim from Penn and a big thumbs up from Teller. So he will be appearing as advertised at Sheffield’s Magick Lounge on Thursday 14 September. Doors unlocked within moments of 7 o’clock ready for a 7:30 start. Cost is £5 to Sheffield Circle members and £10 to visiting magicians. Join us.

july-23rd-shoot-ogawa-805-pShoot Ogawa, four times Magic Castle Magician of the Year and winner of countless other awards, will be in Sheffield on Thursday 29 June with his new 2017 lecture. His award-winning performances have taken him to over 40 countries, where he has performed both in intimate venues as well as on stage and television.

“Shoot Ogawa is one of the greatest stars of magic. Give him a piece of rope, a few coins or a deck of cards and he will absolutely kill you. His precision, smoothness and talent are really amazing. All I can say is WOW!” — Boris Wild, Magician

Magicians all over the world are inspired and captivated by his skill and creativity. During this lecture he will be sharing new and wonderful stories, routines, and effects that he has been working on over the last five years. Shoot also teaches from 3 new DVDs created just for this lecture.

“Shoot Ogawa does real magic… among the finest in the world.” — Ron Wilson, Former Entertainment Director of the Magic Castle

Shoot will use these new tricks to help you develop a deeper understanding of his personal magic: how he creates tricks, how to be more skillful as a performer (even for beginners), creating the desired “magical feeling” with any trick, what he believes is a “good magician,” and how to control the power of magic.

“We all remember those special moments when something seems like real magic. When I first saw Shoot perform live, I experienced several of those moments. His work is simply beautiful. Shoot, thanks a lot!” — Pit Hartling, Magician

Shoot’s lecture breaks down magical performance into seven important aspects: Time Line, Miming, Misdirection, Framing, Skill Level, Training, and Organization. This lecture is an important insight into Shoot’s own personal success, experience, and philosophy of magic… something he is willing to share to this degree for the first time.

“Shoot succeeded where many have failed: he awed and stunned 280 of the world’s smartest senior technologists and marketers. Absolutely incredible!” — Kim Silverman, Apple Inc.

Shoot will also demonstrate his legendary skill with and explanation of the Ninja Rings with his updated full routine, including new moves! Plus routines with cards, coins, ropes, etc., to suit all levels.

“Wow… Absolutely Stunning!” — Johnny Depp, Actor

Full of Shoot’s original tricks and legendary skill and creativity, this lecture promises to be both thoroughly entertaining and devastatingly enlightening.  It starts at 7:30 pm on Thursday 29 June at The Magic Lounge, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield, S2 5TG. Doors open at 7:00 pm to all exponents and connoiseurs of fine magic, and anyone else with a serious interest. Full all-weather protection provided. Admission is £5 to Sheffield Circle members, £10 to visiting magicians. You don’t want to miss this!

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We were pleased to welcome Eric Jones to the Lounge recently. Eric is currently touring with his highly-praised new lecture. So we’re even more pleased to announce that we’ve been able to persuade him to fit in an extra date for us: this Sunday 28 May.

For those who’ve been paying no attention to the buzz on the magic scene lately, Eric is an award-winning performer who is highly respected by his peers in the magic community as an author, creator and lecturer.

He will be sharing some of his pet techniques, effects and routines on Sunday evening. Prepare to be astounded by his digital dexterity, as well as the clarity and depth of his explanations and his luxuriant beard.

If you have any interest in close-up, card or coin magic, you must not miss this session. Several magicians who have seen Eric at other venues on his tour will be journeying to Sheffield to learn more from this master magician.

“Truly beautiful close-up… He’s one of the best breathing magicians at the moment in my opinion.” Damian Surr. (Who, as a past and some-time Lounger, knows whereof he speaks.)

The lecture is at 7:30 pm on Sunday 28 May at The Magic Lounge, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield, S2 5TG. Doors open at 7:00 pm to all magical connoiseurs and others. The latest electric lighting installed to suit everyone. No dress code. Admission is £5 to Sheffield Circle members, £10 to visiting magicians.

chris-mayhewChris Mayhew lives in Toronto, Canada, where he works full time as a professional magician. He is well known for his unique approach to card magic as well as his eccentric sense of humour. You have a rare opportunity to experience both of these at his forthcoming lecture for the Sheffield Circle of Magicians at The Magick Lounge.

“Chris Mayhew is a funny guy. His magic is excellent, and he always explains his work in a fun, strange way.” – Vanishing Inc.

This lecture will enhance your repertoire with new twists on classic plots. By the end of this special event you will be enlightened with some inspiring thoughts, be refreshed on old plots and filled with memories of a thoroughly enjoyable time with Chris Mayhew.

“If I had to describe Chris Mayhew’s amazing magic in one word. I wouldn’t.” – Tony Chang.

The lecture is at 7:30 pm on Thursday 2 March at The Magic Lounge, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield, S2 5TG. Doors open at 7:00 pm with a smooth precision that is the envy of many. Comfortable seating to suit all ages and most inclinations. Admission is £5 to Sheffield Circle members, £10 to visiting magicians.

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Great news from Craig Frith that we have an extra lecture for the Sheffield Circle’s current lecture series: Andi Gladwin will be presenting his brand new lecture on Wednesday 26 October.

Andi is cofounder, with Joshua Jay, of Vanishing Inc. Magic. He specialises in card magic, and has released two highly regarded instructional DVD sets on areas he is an expert at: the multiple selection and the multiple pushoff. His Master Pushoff DVD received rave reviews in every magic journal.

With over 15 years of performing experience and a wealth of knowledge about the magic industry and history, we are absolutely delighted to have Andi Gladwin join us. Andi’s sleight of hand is second to none and his magic is world class (he was the only UK magician to perform at President Obama’s inauguration in 2013).

“The best magic creates a story,” Andi says, “My aim is for everyone to walk away with a new experience that they will talk about for the rest of their lives.”

The lecture is at 7:30 pm on Wednesday 26 October at The Magic Lounge, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield, S2 5TG. Doors open at 7:00 pm with the alacrity born of efficiency and experience.Admission is £5 to Sheffield Circle members, £10 to visiting magicians.

Join us and get ready to have your magic be forever changed.

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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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