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In August 2014 we were invited to take part in Ymedaca, a project by Hester Reeve at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which culminated in the ritual sacrifice by fire of the artist herself.

On the 15th and 16th of July we’re back, this time as part of a Weekend of Wonderful Things to help celebrate the YSP’s 40th anniversary. There’ll be all manner of magical and wonderful things happening. Do pop in, say hello, and participate. It’s going to be fun!

Incidentally, for those who missed Ymedaca, there’s a book of the same title by Hester Reeve (with a few contributions from Magick) published by and available from the YSP.

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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New additions to our range of recycled magic DVDs. All are in good condition and come complete with props and/or gimmicks where appropriate.  New price in brackets, our price afterwards (normally 25% off, unless I got an especially good deal from the seller). All prices plus postage at cost.

ALEXANDER, SCOTT. The Final Answer. Kohler, 2 DVDs & gimmick. (£40.00) £30.00.
BANNON, JOHN, & MONTIER, LIAM. Fractalicious. BBM, with props. (£20.00) £15.00.
BANNON, JOHN. Smoke & Mirrors. MyMagic. 90 minutes. (£25.00) £18.75.
EGGINK, PETER. eLit. With gimmick. (£30.00) £22.50.
FENIK. Genesis Vol. 1. DV Magic (£20.00) £15.00.
FORREST, DAVID. DeLorian. Full52, with props. (£13.50) £10.13.
FORREST, DAVID. Radio Rental. Full52. (£25.00) £18.75.
JAY, DAVID. The Ringmaster. WizardFX (£40.00) £26.25.
JONES, GARY, & CONGREAVE, CHRIS. Automata. Full52. (£22.00) £16.50.
MACIA, OLIVIER. Control Freak. Camirand.,81 mins. (£12.99) £9.74.
MO & RYU-KA. Emperor. (£28.00) £21.00.
NORMANSELL, ANDREW. Xpresso. MagicWorld, with props. (£15.00) £11.25.
PIACENTE, SAL. Expert Card Magic. MagicMakers (£25.00) £18.75.
PIPER, JAMES. Piper Active. RSVP (£15.00) £11.25.
ROBSON, HARRY, & WRIGHT, MATTHEW. The Reputation Maker. (£25.00) £18.75.
ROSS, ERIC. Election. Paper Crane. (£15.00) £11.25.
SANDERS, RICHARD, & ABBOTT, BILL. Power Ball 60. With props. (£20.00) £15.00.
SANDERS, RICHARD. Extreme Burn. With gimmick. (£25.00) £18.75.
SMITH, LEE, & JONES, GARY. iCandy. RSVP (£20.00) £15.00.
SOLOMON, DAVID. Secret Subtleties. BBM (£30.00) £22.50.
SOMA. The Social Deck. With deck. (£34.00) £25.50.
SOUTHWORTH, MARK. Cash Vault. Illusioncraft, with props. (£12.50) £9.38.
SOUTHWORTH, MARK. The Changer. Illusioncraft, with props. (£25.00) £18.75.
WALLACE, CASSHAN. Camera Tricks. Murphy, with gimmicks. (£25.00) £18.75.

Stocks are limited, of course, so ring or email before ordering. Thanks.

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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.

At one time I kept a regular list of second-hand books, updated constantly as books were sold and new ones came in. This was fine when had we just a few hundred books, but after buying a couple of magic libraries stock increased enormously and books were going on and off the shelves rather quickly, so the list got more and more out of date.

We’re now working at getting a complete up-to-date list. This is taking some time. So in the meantime I thought I’d list books here as they came in. Here’s a few to start.

As with our former loved, lost and lamented list, the format followed is: AUTHOR, Title (in italics), Publisher, Date (where available), Number of Pages, and Price. The price in brackets is the original or current price, followed by our selling price. Abbreviations: hb = hardback; 1st means first edition (where there have been more than one); ltd means limited edition, if followed by a number then that’s how many in that edition; and sgd mean that the book has been signed by the author.

MENDOZA, JOHN. Mendoza Series of Personal Instruction. Morrissey, 16pp. (£10.00) £7.50
GARDNER, MARTIN. Mathematics Magic & Mystery. Dover, 1956, 188pp. (£10.00) £7.50
OXFAM. Crack-a-Joke Book. Puffin, 1992, 170pp. (£4.00) £3.00
BARON, HARRY. Close-Up Magic. Sphere, 1977, 160pp. (£6.00) £4.50
LEWIS, ERIC C., & TYLER, WILFRED. Open Sesame. Goodliffe, 1947, hb, 1st, 154pp. (£20.00) £15.00
DOBSON, WAYNE. Outlines. Magick, 1991, 28pp. (£6.00) £4.50
KAYE, DAVID. Power Marketing for Magicians. 2004, 48pp. (£8.00) £6.00
SANKEY, JAY. Cartoons by Sankey. 2001, 60pp. (£9.00) £6.75
ANDERSON, ERIC. Lecture Notes. 19pp, sgd. (£6.00) £4.50
PIERCE, JEFF. The King Has Left The Building… With Amnesia. 2004, 90pp, 1st, ltd 100. (£16.00) £12.00
KING, MAC, & LEVY, MARK. Tricks With Your Head. Three Rivers. 2002, 201pp. (£11.00) £8.25
THURSTON, HOWARD. 400 Fascinating Magic Tricks You Can Do. Wilshire, 1975, 253pp. (£8.00) £6.00
PENN & TELLER. How to Play in Traffic. Boulevard, 1997, 227pp w/ gizmo. (£18.00) £13.50
ARMSTRONG, JON. You Don’t Know Union Jack. 2007, 23pp. (£6.00) £4.50
McCLINTOCK, REED. Knuckle Busters Vol. 4. 2003, 18pp. (£5.00) £3.75
MIESEL, BILL (ed). Fork Full of Appetizers. O’Brien, 1982, 72pp. (£15.00) £11.25
GLADWIN, ANDI. Magic from the Session 1. 2006, 30pp. (£15.00) £11.25
GLADWIN, ANDI. Magic from the Session 2. 2007, 34pp. (£15.00) £11.25
GLADWIN, ANDI. Magic from the Session 1. 2006, 30pp, sgd by all (£20.00) £15.00
GLADWIN, ANDI. Magic from the Session 1 & 2. 2006-7, 64pp. (£26.67) £20.00
JONES, TOM, & WILD, RACHEL. Kiddies to Korporate. Wild, 2000, 25pp. (£8.00) £6.00
TARBELL, HARLAN. The Tarbell Companion. Burton, 1994, 150pp. (£20.00) £15.00
CARDURA, GARY. Deep Impact. 15pp. (£6.00) £4.50
KIMLAT, KOSTYA. A Lecture Collection. 2004, 49pp, 1st. (£15.00) £11.25
PENN, DAVID. The Lecture. 1995, 22pp. (£6.00) £4.50
POWERS, MICHAEL. Top Secret Close-Up Deceptions. 1992, 22pp. (£10.00) £7.50

Email or ring if anything’s of interest. There are a few rare, out-of-print books here. All prices plus postage at cost.