Lectures & Workshops


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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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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.

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