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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!

A few of the photographs I took during the Sheffield Street Magic Festival on 1-2 November 2014.

I’m pleased to say that we’ve now had payment for this and are able to pay participants. Shop regulars should have received their pittance fee; if you’ve not had yours, call in or give me a ring. This should be a complete list. If your name isn’t on, contact me immediately.

Peter Antoniou, Russ Appleby, John Archer, Ian Baker, Adam Bell, Steve Brownley, Ashton Carter, Chris Clarke, Nathan Clarke, Connor, Roger Curzon, Darren Dudley, David, Steve Faulkner, Craig Frith, Julie Gascoyne, Ian Hallworth, Peter Hammond, Ian Henshaw, Toby Hudson, Tom Hudson, Ryan Jackson, Ben Jones, Dominic Lawrenson, Nathan Lindley, Looch, Tom Magick, Jared Manley, John Martin, Jordan Maycock, Callum Morris, Gareth Neale, Vincent O’Brien, Gordon Pemberton, June Savory, Ben Smithies, Jake Smithies, Tim Smithies, Wiz Spencer, Andy Taylor, Peter Wall, Tony Wilkinson.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone who performed or helped in any way. I hope you enjoyed your involvement and feel that the Festival helped raise the profile of magic in Sheffield.

The 2014 event was much bigger than 2013, spread over two days and with two evening shows and two ‘junior magician workshops’ (despite the organisation  fee being the same!). I’d love to get your feedback and hear your ideas for improvement if we go for a 2016 Festival. Don’t hesitate to comment below, or email me. Thanks.

Spooky TrucksTickets are now available for the Spooky Magic Evening, which will include a Theatrical Seance. This unique event will be held in The Minstrel’s Chambers in the Town Hall at 6:45 on Saturday 1st of November. Doors will creak slowly open at 6:30.

We’ve also got some rather haunting posters. Let me know if you can display one for us. Once again they’re available in A3 and A4. If you have a printer we can email you one as a pdf, or you can collect from Magick (when you’re picking up your tickets for the Saturday and Sunday shows…).

Appearing are Ashton Carter, Roger Curzon, John Blackwood plus that world-famous special guest, TBA. Tickets are £8. This presentation is designed for over 16’s only. Due to the nature of the performances latecomers may be refused entry.

Tickets can be obtained direct from Magick, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield, S2 5TG. Or by ringing us during opening hours (11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day except Thursdays and Sundays). You can pay by cash, Paypal or any major debit or credit card.

Please note that this is a traditional parlour style performance and is limited to 50 spectators only. First come…

Spooky Tickets_smTickets are now available for the Spooky Magic Evening, which will include a Theatrical Seance. This unique event will be held in The Minstrel’s Chambers in the Town Hall at 6:45 on Saturday 1st of November. Doors will creak slowly open at 6:30.

Appearing are Ashton Carter, Roger Curzon, John Blackwood plus special guests. Tickets are £8. This presentation is designed for over 16’s only. Due to the nature of the performances latecomers may be refused entry.

Tickets can be obtained direct from Magick, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield, S2 5TG. Or by ringing us on 0114 276 0482 during opening hours (11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day except Thursdays and Sundays). You can pay by cash, Paypal or any major debit or credit card.

Please note that this is a traditional parlour style performance and is limited to 50 spectators only. First come…

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More news: The haunted magic evening, which will include a theatrical seance, will be in the Town Hall at 6:30 on Saturday 1st of November. Appearing are Ashton Carter, Roger Curzon, John Blackwood plus special guests. Tickets are £8. Over 16s only please!

For more details, event tickets and updates keep watching this blog or ring 0114 2760482 between 11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tickets are also available from Magick, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield, S2 5TG.

‘Pre-show’ video for my performance for SmartDanceWorks at the Dance Connections weekender in a couple of weeks time. With thanks to Ashton and Howard Carter and Mr D Baines…

Our strange tale begins, not in the deserts of Egypt as you might expect, but over 2000 miles away in Morecambe. A major attraction in the popular holiday resort was the Pleasure Park, later Frontierland. The site was purchased in 1909 by the Thompson family, who also owned Blackpool’ Pleasure Beach, home from 1930 of the first ever ‘ghost train’. Capitalising on the human fascination with fear and the mind’s darker fantasies, the ghost train proved highly popular, and it wasn’t long before Thompson introduced a similar ride at Morecambe. It several refurbishments over the years and was finally demolished in 1999.

During one of the refurbishments, as the various plaster skeletons, witches and demons were removed, a bizarre discovery was made… at one point in the ride the head and shoulders of a beautiful woman appear to metamorphose into a decomposing corpse. It was the corpse that grabbed a worker’s attention. He noticed that the strangely mounted head was not a crude plaster prop, but in fact real human remains.

The question is, whose were they? How did they get there, and why were they hidden in a holiday theme park attraction? And where are they now?

This day we shall not falter
On our journey to Athena’s Altar.

Best of luck to all the Guardians, Liberational Manoeuverers, Supplicants and Celebrants!

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Ymedaca

Hester Reeve, YMEDACA, 2014. (L–R) Joe Moore, Hand Tool Users United; Hester Reeve, the artist; Russell Hall, The Magick Lounge. Image courtesy YSP.

It all started back at the turn of the year with a call from artist Hester Reeve about Magick taking part in a major art event at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, After months of development, planning and building, it all comes to a climax at the YSP on Saturday 30 August.

On this day Hester wil  transform the YSP into an Ancient Greek university for a special one-day pop-up academy: YMEDACA.

For YMEDACA, Reeve has collaborated with ‘Guardians’ selected from seven local groups to devise a series of free events running from dawn till dusk, known as ‘liberalational manoeuvres’ and inspired by the very first university established by Plato in 5th century BC Greece.

On the day, join the West Yorkshire Astronomical Society on a walking-talking-thinking tour of YSP to discover the exact position of the planets in the heavens above; witness the scythe cutting of YSP’s Lower Lake reeds by Hand Tool Users United; and visit YSP’s Greek Temple to experience the mysterious and wondrous with The Magick Lounge.

Visitors can also navigate the Park to encounter practices and performances by the Cantabile Choral Group, The Royal British Legion, West Yorkshire Pagan Meet Up and Yorkshire Sun Society.

YMEDACA comes to a climax with a Sacrifice to Athena, at 7pm, where visitors will witness just how far the artist is prepared to go in her pursuit and devotion to wisdom and the good.

The YMEDACA academy is the culmination of a two-year residency at the Park, presented alongside two current displays by the artist – Temple of the Muses in the National Arts Education Archive (NAEA) and The Game Plan in YSP Centre’s Upper Space can be seen at YSP until 7 September 2014.

For more information about the YMEDACA events taking place on 30 August visit ysp.co.uk/events/ymedaca

Why not have a great day out at the YSP, come down to the Greek Temple during the day and meet Roger, Andy, Ashton, Tristan, Nik and myself. And maybe stay on for the evening for the ritual sacrifice!

Et in Arcadia ego. From left to right: Andy, Hester and Damon check out the location for Ymedaca's climactic event.

Et in Arcadia ego. From left to right: Andy, Hester and Damon check out the location for Ymedaca’s climactic event.

Andy and I were up at the relative crack of dawn to travel to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to discuss a few burning issues with artist Hester Reeve and the YSP’s Damon Waldock. We needed to sort out locations for the Ymedaca events the Magick Lounge group is involved in, and agree on the route for the procession to the climactic presentation on 30 August 2014.

During the day of 30 August 'Magickal' experiences will be available to YSP visitors appropriately in and around the 'Greek Temple'.

During the day of 30 August ‘Magickal’ experiences will be available to YSP visitors appropriately in and around the ‘Greek Temple’.

Afterwards we were able to fit in a visit to the Park’s newly refurbished 18th century chapel which currently houses a stunning exhibition of works by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The project is the first by Ai Weiwei in a British public gallery since ‘Sunflower Seeds’ at Tate Modern in 2010, and is well worth experiencing. More information here.

Sheffield ObscuraThis is a big week for magic in Sheffield! As well as the David Stone lecture here at the Lounge on Thursday, on the night before you have the rare opportunity to see performances by three of Sheffield’s leading exponents of the darker side of magic.

Roger Curzon, Mark Lund and Ashton Carter will be strutting their edgy, mysterious stuff at the Fat Cat on Wednesday 21 November. Tickets are £7 and available from goatboyreadsminds@mail.com.

So if you fancy an evening of bizarre magick and mind-reading miracles, get yourself booked. Doors creak slowly open at 7.30 p.m. and the show lurches into life at 8.00 p.m.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.