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.

Bus Stop Poster_smPosters are now available for the Sunday Night of Magic at Sheffield’s Library Theatre on 2 November. As with the general Street Magic Festival posters they are available in two sizes: A3 (397 x 420 mm, approximately 11.7 x 16.5 inches) and A4 (210 x 297 mm, approximately 8.27 x 11.7 inches).

Again, if you have a printer I can email a copy to you as a pdf (tell me which size you require) or you can pick one (or more!) up from Magick during opening hours (11:00 to 5:30 any day except Thursday or Sunday). Message me, email me, text me or ring 0114 276 0482.

The genial Steve Faulkner is hosting the show and we have a truly outstanding bill for you: John Archer, Peter Antoniou, Looch, Jared Manley, and Tim Smithies. (And I’ll be behind the scenes stage-managing for this lot; should be fun…!)

In fact it’s such a great bill that for a moment there I was tempted to use the adjective ‘awesome’. Phew.

Please tell all your friends, family, lovers, co-workers, fellow Facebookers, gym members, Twitterers, acquaintances, enemies and that guy in the pub you nod to on Thursdays, tickets can be obtained now 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.

Don’t miss the bus… it’ll be magic!

John Archer1Exciting news! Just had a call from the indescribably lovely Steve Faulkner to say that we now have John Archer signed up for our Sunday night show at Sheffield’s Library Theatre on 2 November.

John was the first to fool Penn & Teller on ITV’s Penn & Teller – Fool Us, hosted by Jonathan Ross. Watch it happen here:

John Archer is a former Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year, and one of the best, funniest magicians around today. But don’t just take my word…

“Booking an act for my Dad’s 70th birthday, I wanted a great act and went straight to John Archer – his reputation in the magic world is among the very best. Hysterically funny, and perfectly pitched for the occasion. He made the evening. I’d recommend him unreservedly.” — Derren Brown – TV Magician and Psychological Illusionist.

“You could put John Archer anywhere and he would kill an audience.” — Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller).

“One of the  funniest men I know.” Tim Vine – Comedian.

This has got to be one of the best line-ups for a Sheffield magic show for a long time. Not to be missed! Secure your tickets now 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.

Well, Blackpool over for another year (although I’m back in May, filming and dancing). Report soon. (Plus information on the unpublished Corinda story; please watch this space rather than emailing or ringing me.)

In the meantime, here’s some great news for anyone in the Sheffield area (although it would be worth travelling some distance for!). Regular Lounger and all-round magical good guy Steve Faulkner is presenting Monday Night Magic at The Greystones.

On Monday 7 March he’s got an amazing triple bill lined up for you: John Archer, Alan Hudson and Gary Knights. All for £7… that’s £2 each with Steve thrown in for a quid. Much too cheap for such a quality programme!

Tickets are available from The Greystones, Greystones Road, Sheffield, S11 7BS. Click here for their website.

John Archer UkeNote for everyone in the Sheffield area (or beyond; it’ll be a night worth travelling for): John Archer, Pete Firman and Paul Tonkinson are appearing at The Jester Society Comedy Club at the Sheffield Library Theatre, Tudor Square, on Thursday, 8 October, 20:00 – 23:00.

Some may remember we featured an interview with the inimitable Mr Archer in Issue 2 of PrestiDigital (the world’s first multimedia magic magazine). Check it out!

I’ll be there. Click here for more details.

“If you love comedy, you’ll love this,” Jimmy Carr.