Magic Events


Hypnosis & Belief

Some of you may remember a few years ago we were involved in the Con Art exhibition at Sheffield’s Site Gallery, including hosting exhibits here in The Lounge. We were pleased to hear that the Site Gallery is running a series of events all about ‘Magic and Technology’ this winter.

Tonight’s session (Thursday 8 November) is on Hypnosis and Belief with Sinead McDonald, Mark Pilkington and Nick Davies.

Austrian physician Franz Anton Mesmer  developed the “Universal Fluid” idea in the 18th Century. He was famous for using steel rods to cure patients, coining the term “Animal Magnetism”. A 1784 debunking panel said the cures were due to the imagination not to magnetism, but as Charles d’Eslon, a pupil of Mesmer said: “If the medicine of imagination is best, why should we not practice the medicine of imagination”.

Multimedia artist Sinead McDonald, hypnotherapist Nick Davies and editor/author Mark Pilkington come together for this vibrant evening of combined talks, performances and workshops. This event will be an interactive exploration of the potential of the unconscious mind, taking a look to the past to see how popular science has always gone hand-in-hand with belief. Does hypnosis work? How much have we really moved on from the historic ‘medicines of the imagination’?

Sinead McDonald will discuss how physical trauma has affected her perception and practice,  hypnotist Nick Davies will be doing some ‘rubber hand illusion’ type demos and talking about re-programming the brain, with Mark Pilkington of Strange Attractor Press talking about weird medical devices past and present.

Strange Attractor Press, incidentally, recently published the fascinating book Lost Envoy: The Tarot Deck of Austin Osman Spare, edited by Jonathan Allen, co-curator of Con Art and an associate curator at The Magic Circle Museum, London.

This is one of a series of magic-related events. I’m particularly looking forward to Magic, Dance and Memory on Thursday 20 December:

Imagination is the door to identity. At least, that’s according to extraordinary scientist-artist performer team Nicola Clayton and Clive Wilkins. Over the course of this quirky and interactive evening, the pair will reveal why memory has evolved in the way that it has, incorporating magic, dance and scientific evidence. Nicky’s studies into animal behaviour shine light on the ways we think both with and without words, while artist and magician Clive questions aspects of consciousness, perception and reality through his myriad creative outputs. This lively event will incorporate live tango dancing, conjuring and plenty of opportunities for participation from you!

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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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Later this year at the Buxton (9, 10, 11 and 19 July) and Edinburgh Festivals, the merrily macabre Sylvia Sceptre will be presenting Phantasmagorical, a show of spooky mindreading and Victorian Spirit Theatre. We are delighted to say that she will be previewing her show exclusively at Sheffield’s Magick Lounge on Friday 6 July at 8 pm.

This is as close as you will get to experiencing the thrills of the Golden Age of Spiritualism. You will witness a supernatural spectacle of stories and magic, swirling with dark whimsy. Sylvia Sceptre is a character devised by Careena Fenton. She blends storytelling, drama and magic ensuring this powerful piece of theatre resonates in the minds of the audience long after the performance is over.

“Timeless, elegant and beautifully Victorian. Brilliant!” Reece Shearsmith – Inside number 9, League of Gentlemen

Doors open at 7:30. The show will last approximatly 60 minutes. Admission free to all lovers of fine magick!

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From our exhibit at The Magick Lounge World of Wonders, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, July 2017.

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It’s the first of February. Pinch your copy of our latest Second Hand Books list and you’ll punch the air in delight. Thousands of books, including rare and out of print titles, for our discerning customers as well as Magic Cafe members and others.

Click the link below to get your copy (left-click to view, right-click to download):

Magick Second Hand Books 2018

Jim the Amazing (OAP parties a speciality) reclined on the velveteen chaise longue, idly practising his one-hand bottom palm. “Stop that,” said his wife, The Lovely Gladys, “I’m trying to watch Britain’s Got Talent.”

“Britain’s Got Talent?” Jim harrumphed. “Not on this showing. Someone should report them to Trade Descriptions. I reckon if we got our old act together we’d sweep the board.”

With a toss of her curlers Gladys retorted, “Our old act? We’ve not had a booking for that for five years. You’re not getting me in those lurex tights again. And the ostrich feathers don’t half tickle. Why don’t you work on a new act instead of sitting there dreaming of past glories at the Attercliffe Non-Political. You could shave your head, grow a beard and do a mental act. Or how about close-up magic? I hear there’s money in that these days.”

Jim recoiled, cut to the quick by such unwarranted assertions. “I’m cut to the quick by your unwarranted assertions, Glad,” he replied. “I could still hop a table with the best of them if I wanted to. Does this mean nothing to you?” he said with an expansive guesture towards a yellowing diploma on the wall, scattering caution and a handful of bent Bicycles to the wind.

Replacing the antimacasser crumpled by his exertions, Gladys remarked mildly, “Runner-up in the Brimington and Stavely All-Comers International Close-Up Competition…” she paused theatrically, “1978. I still think we need a new act. At least most magic acts these days have made it into the ’80s, or even the early ’90s. You’re still stuck in the mid ’70s.”

“But that’ll mean research, and practice, and buying new stuff. And where am I going to find a trustworthy, intelligent, patient, knowledgeable magic dealer with a wide range of new and second-hand magic at incredibly keen prices?” said Jim thoughtfully, stroking his stubble.

“Magick in Sheffield, of course,” replied Gladys. “Russell’s been in business over 40 years.”

“Good grief,” Jim expostulated, “He certainly must be patient… 40 years, eh. Not sure about intelligent though.”

“And he’s starting up a brand new mailing list with all the latest news and special offers. Let’s get our name down now!” said Gladys, grasping Jim’s laptop.

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