LoochMind Reader and Psychological Magician Looch has become one of the most sought-after acts in the UK. His unique skills combined, with his humour and professionalism have seen him booked for a vast array of events, including weddings, parties and corporate events. He has also made a name for himself as an originator of exciting new ideas in mentalism.

We are pleased to say that Looch will be lecturing here at the Lounge on Thursday 1 August. Admission is £10, but free to paid-up members of the Sheffield Circle of Magicians. Doors open at 7.07 p.m., and the event starts at 7.30 at The Magick Lounge, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield S2 5TG. Don’t miss it.

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Neuroscientists Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde explain the science behind the street trickery of Apollo Robbins.

Thanks to occasional visiting lounger Derek Brake for drawing my attention to an interesting article in the November/December issue of Scientific American Mind. Entitled Mind Over Magic it offers a neuroscientist’s perspective on the way magicians exploit loopholes in the way our brains perceive the world and direct our attention.

Most of us use these techniques without really thinking about them, but it’s well worth looking at what authors Stephen L. Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde, with Sandra Blakeslee, have to say about what is actually going on in a spectator’s brain while observing magician and pickpocket Apollo Robbins performing some  simple close-up effects.

 

"I think your goldfish has died."

A few days, as I write, before the Paul Voodini lecture. Lots of interest in this one, from Birmingham, Leeds, Leicester… and Canada! I’m looking forward to a fascinating and informative evening.

If you haven’t confirmed your ticket, please do so as soon as possible.

And, before I forget again, the wheezes…

Apparently Adam nearly had a psychic girlfriend once, but she left him before they met.

He showed us his new four-Ace routine on Saturday, which was difficult to forget. But well worth making the effort to do so.

Reader of MindsI’ve always thought that if you really were a mindreader or mentalist you should be able to perform without magician’s props or gimmicks.

That is precisely what Paul Voodini does.

Paul describes himself as a mentalist. For the past 10 years, however, he has worked almost exclusively within the ‘paranormal’ industry. He has worked closely with some of the UK’s best known celebrity mediums and has been taught ‘from the horse’s mouth’ the techniques and tricks of the trade employed by this most secretive industry.

We are very pleased to be able to tell you that Paul has agreed to present this invaluable information in a very special lecture at the end of this month. Subjects covered in the 3-hour presentation include:

  • Running a genuine seance and making it work by harnessing the power of the guests’ imagination.
  • Setting the scene for an evening of paranormal entertainment and getting the guests in the right frame of mind.
  • The history of seance work and spiritualism.
  • The subtle use of hypnotic techniques in the seance room.
  • Cold reading — what it is and how to use it.
  • The techniques of fraudulent mediums and how mentalists and magicians can use these techniques in an entertainment setting.
  • Combining cold reading with traditional magic and mentalism to produce routines with real power.

Paul’s lectures are interactive, full of humour and amusing anecdotes, and very, very informative. Anyone attending is sure to leave with new ideas and perspectives which they will be able to apply to their own routines and performances.

He has also written two highly-recommended books: Reader of Minds on the subject of cold reading, the techniques of fraudulent mediums, and ungimmicked mind-reading; and The Paranormal Entertainer on the ungimmicked seance and paranormal entertainment. Signed copies of the books will be available on the night.

When, where and how much? I hear you cry. This very special event will take place at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday 29 April at the Magick Lounge, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield, S2 5TG. Cost is a mere £10. Be there or be forever haunted by the consequences.

(Not suitable for those of nervous disposition, or anyone whose ultimate aim is to perform a triple-Sybil with the latest designer playing cards.)

If you were intrigued by my last post, have a look at this one. And be sure not to miss the lecture on the 16th!

No, it’s nothing to do with the hat; apparently Matt has chosen to wear that…

Still on the subject of the fabulous forthcoming lecture by Matt Johnson and Chris Taylor. Here’s another little foretaste…

Looking forward to finding out a little more about that!