Sylvia Sceptre’s Phantasmagorical!

Sylvia Sceptre’s Phantasmagorical!

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in Magic Events | 0 comments

Later this year at the Buxton (9, 10, 11 and 19 July) and Edinburgh Festivals, the merrily macabre Sylvia Sceptre will be presenting Phantasmagorical, a show of spooky mindreading and Victorian Spirit Theatre. We are delighted to say that she will be previewing her show exclusively at Sheffield’s Magick Lounge on Friday 6 July at 8 pm.

This is as close as you will get to experiencing the thrills of the Golden Age of Spiritualism. You will witness a supernatural spectacle of stories and magic, swirling with dark whimsy. Sylvia Sceptre is a character devised by Careena Fenton. She blends storytelling, drama and magic ensuring this powerful piece of theatre resonates in the minds of the audience long after the performance is over.

“Timeless, elegant and beautifully Victorian. Brilliant!” Reece Shearsmith – Inside number 9, League of Gentlemen

Doors open at 7:30. The show will last approximatly 60 minutes. Admission free to all lovers of fine magick!

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​Gregory Wilson: “Things I Actually Carry With Me”

​Gregory Wilson: “Things I Actually Carry With Me”

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018 in Lectures & Workshops | 1 comment

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The Sheffield Circle is understandably cock-a-hoop to announce a special extra lecture this Thursday at The Magick Lounge

​Gregory Wilson is a two-time FISM award winner with at least twenty best-selling instructional videos on the market and has contributed his original routines to every major magic magazine in the world as well as a full chapter in Paul Harris’ The Art of Astonishment and a full chapter in Harry Lorayne’s Best of Friends 3.

Gregory is also consistently in the top ten of the Top Twenty Inventors list at Penguin Magic. He also regularly hosts Murphys ‘At the Table’ lectures.

As the title suggests, Gregory’s lecture uses things that fit in his pockets and are found around him, ever-ready for spur-of-the-moment astonishments. Continuing on his impromptu work from “Off the Cuff” and “On the Spot”, Greg teaches how to convert everyday objects into devastating weapons of deception. The emphasis here is on ENTERTAINMENT.

His mission on Thursday is simple: To share with you professional routines that are cool, clever and cutting edge. Gregory Wilson is a positive fount of ideas, lines and tricks. He’s a master of sleight of hand, misdirection, routining and presentation, mixed with creativity, charm and lightning speed wit. He can do it all… and he can teach most of it to you. He’ll also talk a lot about using natural props, direct methods and compelling presentations. You can look forward to a plethora of ideas that run the gamut from beginner to expert level and cover a wide variety of genres.

How could you even think of missing such a conjuring cornucopia? It’ll all start to spill out at 19:30 on Thursday 12 April at The Magick Lounge, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield, S2 5TG. The door to this hallowed establishment will be open at exactly 19:00 or thereabouts to all serious aficionados and practitioners of fine magic. Be prompt to get first choice of the comfy seats. Admission is £5 to Sheffield Circle members, £10 to visiting magicians, under 16s half price.

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New Magick Mailing List

Posted by on Jan 29, 2018 in Magic Events, New stock | 1 comment

Jim the Amazing (OAP parties a speciality) reclined on the velveteen chaise longue, idly practising his one-hand bottom palm. “Stop that,” said his wife, The Lovely Gladys, “I’m trying to watch Britain’s Got Talent.”

“Britain’s Got Talent?” Jim harrumphed. “Not on this showing. Someone should report them to Trade Descriptions. I reckon if we got our old act together we’d sweep the board.”

With a toss of her curlers Gladys retorted, “Our old act? We’ve not had a booking for that for five years. You’re not getting me in those lurex tights again. And the ostrich feathers don’t half tickle. Why don’t you work on a new act instead of sitting there dreaming of past glories at the Attercliffe Non-Political. You could shave your head, grow a beard and do a mental act. Or how about close-up magic? I hear there’s money in that these days.”

Jim recoiled, cut to the quick by such unwarranted assertions. “I’m cut to the quick by your unwarranted assertions, Glad,” he replied. “I could still hop a table with the best of them if I wanted to. Does this mean nothing to you?” he said with an expansive guesture towards a yellowing diploma on the wall, scattering caution and a handful of bent Bicycles to the wind.

Replacing the antimacasser crumpled by his exertions, Gladys remarked mildly, “Runner-up in the Brimington and Stavely All-Comers International Close-Up Competition…” she paused theatrically, “1978. I still think we need a new act. At least most magic acts these days have made it into the ’80s, or even the early ’90s. You’re still stuck in the mid ’70s.”

“But that’ll mean research, and practice, and buying new stuff. And where am I going to find a trustworthy, intelligent, patient, knowledgeable magic dealer with a wide range of new and second-hand magic at incredibly keen prices?” said Jim thoughtfully, stroking his stubble.

“Magick in Sheffield, of course,” replied Gladys. “Russell’s been in business over 40 years.”

“Good grief,” Jim expostulated, “He certainly must be patient… 40 years, eh. Not sure about intelligent though.”

“And he’s starting up a brand new mailing list with all the latest news and special offers. Let’s get our name down now!” said Gladys, grasping Jim’s laptop.

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Sheffield Circle Magic Auction

Posted by on Jan 28, 2018 in Magic Events | 0 comments

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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