It’s that time of year again!

A few weeks ago we were all making our New Year magical resolutions… to finish work on the new act (or the old act, come to that)… to read those books we bought in a fit of enthusiasm and are still sitting on the shelf, pristine and unopened… to learn those new tricks which looked great on the pretty packet or the rapid-cut, effects-heavy video with really exciting music…

We’ve all been there. But now January is drawing to a turgid close and the cold, damp weather has brought with it a dose of cold, damp reality. Let’s face it, you’re not going to use half of that stuff you’ve bought. In fact I bet that tattooed hairy/bald (delete where inapplicable) trendy hipster in the promo video probably doesn’t use them any more either. If he’s working at all he’ll be doing the ambitious card, flying ring and card on ceiling like everybody else.

Fret no more… the Sheffield Circle is here to help! Parcel up those once-desired and now unwanted tricks, books and DVDs and bring them down to the Sheffield Circle Magical Auction Night here at the Lounge on Thursday 1 February. You know it makes sense.

Be prompt; lots will be sold in arrival order. All items must be in working order with instructions where appropriate.

And don’t forget to bring your wallet so you can snap up some bargains. They need a kind and loving home.

Doors open at 7:00. And I’ll be taking bids from 7:30 onwards. If you’re bring items for auction we strongly suggest that you bring a list. Ten percent of the proceeds go to Circle funds.

Admission is free to SCM members. Visiting magicians £4. I’m looking forward to seeing rows of eager, smiling faces as usual. And your wallets.

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It’s February. And that means the Sheffield Circle Annual Magic Auction Night. Oh joy.

Time to parcel up your unwanted props, books and DVDs and bring them down to the Lounge on Thursday 4 February. Be prompt; lots will be sold in arrival order.

All items must be in working order with instructions where appropriate.

Doors open at 7:00 and the frenzy of bidding will start straight after the announcements at 7:30.

Note: If you’re bringing items for auction I strongly suggest that you make a list, preferably two copies; it makes the Treasurer’s job much easier. Ten percent of the proceeds go to Circle funds.

As usual, silly bids will be ignored or converted into something more sensible at the auctioneer’s discretion.

Admission is free to SCM members. Visiting magicians £3. Hoping to see the rows of eager, smiling faces as usual. And your wallets.

See you on the 4th at The Magick Lounge, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield, S2 5TG.

It’s auction bargain time again!

It’s February and the cold, damp weather has brought with it a dose of cold, damp reality. Let’s face it, you’re not going to use half of that stuff you’ve bought over the past year.

But help is nigh! Parcel up your unwanted props, books and DVDs and bring them down to the Sheffield Circle Annual Magic Auction Night here at the Lounge on Thursday 5 February. You know it makes sense.

Doors open at 7:00. And I’ll be waving my gavel promptly from 7:30 onwards. If you’re bringing items for auction I strongly suggest that you make a list, preferably two copies; it makes the Treasurer’s job much easier. Ten percent of the proceeds go to Circle funds.

Silly bids will be ignored or converted into something more sensible at the auctioneers discretion.

Admission is free to SCM members. Visiting magicians £3. Don’t forget to bring your wallet.

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Last year’s Sheffield Circle Magic Auction featured everything from a complete set of Tarbell to a gold lamé cloak (not seen you wearing it yet, Adam).

This year’s auction is on Thursday 6 February. Doors open at 7:03 and the frenzied bidding (illustrated here) starts at 7:30. So bring your unwanted props — all those little gems which looked quite different in your hands compared with the moodily ‘artistic’ dem video — and some cash.

Admission is free to SCM members and £3 to visitors. Ten percent of the proceeds goes to swell Circle funds, and anyone who snores, falls off their chair or makes a rude comment about your friendly auctioneer will be deemed to have placed a bid.

Gavel-07It’s that time of year again!

A few weeks ago we were all making our New Year magical resolutions… to finish work on the new act… to read those books we bought in a fit of misplaced enthusiasm and are still sitting on the shelf, pristine and unopened… to learn those new tricks which looked great on the pretty packet or the blurry, effects-laden video…

We’ve all been there. But now it’s February and the cold, damp weather has brought with it a dose of cold, damp reality. Let’s face it, you’re not going to use half of that stuff you’ve bought, and if you hang on to them that nagging guilt feeling will only grow.

But salvation is just days away! Parcel them up and bring them down to the Sheffield Circle Annual Magic Auction Night here at the Lounge on Thursday 7 February. You’ll feel better for it.

And don’t forget to bring your wallet so you can snap up some bargains. This looks like being a bumper night as the lots will include a substantial collection of effects and props from late ex-SCM President Peter Hillam.

Doors open at 7:00. And I’ll be waving my gavel promptly from 7:30 onwards. If you’re bringing items for auction I strongly suggest that you make a list, preferably two copies; it makes the Treasurer’s job much easier. Ten percent of the proceeds go to Circle funds.

Admission is free to SCM members. Visiting magicians £3.

Meant to post this earlier, but better late…

It’s the Sheffield Circle’s magic auction night tonight at the Lounge… the perfect opportunity to get rid of the stuff you can’t perform (except for those still performing it). Free admission for non-members in good standing.

Just posted an event invitation for this on Facebook and received an email:

“… moved a box the other day with **** in it that I bought 15 years ago at one of them! – err collectables I invested in…”

Well, I reckon one man’s **** is another man’s four-star entertainment spectacular.

Then I’ve always been an optimist. (It was top of the list of necessary qualifications for becoming a magic dealer. In Sheffield.)

Update!
Here is an action shot of the author auctioning an item to one of the many keen bidders (including telephone bidders) at this evening’s event…

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