This year's convention is set to be a great one indeed!! We are of course returning to Harrogate, something that people have been asking for for a while. It has been looked at many times but this year we have managed to secure the Harrogate Theatre. The venue is fantastic - it is situated right in the middle of Harrogate town centre just metres from the fantastic shops and eateries.
Here are some of the star acts and lectures that you will see at this years Convention :
If you know John Archer then you’ll probably recognise him as a Stand-up Comedy Magician with a penchant for the visual pun, and full-on audience combat with a mentalist slant. But he is also an accomplished close-up performer in the corporate field and does a fair share of comedy writing for TV. A comedy magician who attacks the audience with all the skill and panache of a rampant bull and then takes them on a roller-coaster ride of idiotic sight gags and baffling trickery . He's won 'The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year', he was the first magician to fool Penn and Teller on the hit ITV series, he is a Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star and he is possibly the best magician in his house, but that's yet to be confirmed.
For the last 9 years, Noel Qualter has been a full time professional close-up magician working at top hotels, bars and manor houses in and around London, providing table magic in between courses at banquets, weddings, gala dinners, award ceremonies, private parties and product launches. Noel has performed his snappy sleight of hand and Jedi mind reading tricks all over the UK and has been flown to Dubai, Paris, Monaco and Kuwait to perform for corporate clients. He has acted as a magic consultant for the feature film 'Twist' and also appeared in 'The Apprentice' on BBC TV.
Danny Hunt and Stephanie Clarke are Amethyst Escapologist and Illusionists. Amethyst are highly acclaimed as one of the countries most unique and impressive acts of the 21st century, touring the UK and overseas with their spectacular shows. They have performed in some of the world's most prestigious Venues and on some of the largest super liners around the world. Danny has also assisted on TV shows such as, BBC The Magicians, hit TV series Sherlock and BAFTA award winning Help! My Supply Teacher is Magic.
Michael Jordan’s profile in the world of entertainment has been growing rapidly since 2007 when at only 16 he was awarded the British Ring Shield for “most entertaining act” by his peers of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, going on to win the legendary Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year in 2009 and then representing the UK in both the European and World Championships of Magic in 2011 and 2012. Appearances on Penn and Teller Fool us for ITV led to Theatre tours and Corporate work, cumulating in him producing his own full length magic and Illusion show at the Blackpool Pleasure Beach from May to November in 2012 & 2013; they are set to return there again this year.
James Went uses his astounding ability at both sleight of hand and mind reading to create a personalised experience that regularly blows the minds of his audiences. Impossibly authentic displays of direct mind reading combined with an uncanny command of playing cards, coins and other small props is a potent formula that will leave audiences questioning reality. As well as regular performances across the UK, James has also recently been busy working within the media. James stars in the BAFTA award winning TV series Help! My Supply Teacher Is Magic on CBBC, now in its third series, which saw classrooms amazed and astounded by truly unbelievable tricks filmed using hidden cameras for unsuspecting audiences. He was also featured heavily in ‘TV’s 50 Greatest Magic Tricks’ on FIVE and provides magic consultancy for TV and theatre shows. This is in addition to numerous DVD, radio and newspaper appearances.
Derek Lever is a very well known figure in the magical world. He has been in magic for over 50 years; in that time has lectured and performed all over the world, including the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. He is also the founder and director of The Taurus Magic Company.
Derek is the author of a number of books including 'Stranger Than Fiction', Jack Hughes World of Magic', 'Ken Brooke and Friends' and the 'Encyclopaedia of Crocodile Magic' and has written numerous articles for magic magazines. He is the organiser of the world's largest magic convention, the world-famous BLACKPOOL MAGIC CONVENTION, as well as being a past president of the British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Order of the Magi.
Derek is also a well known Magical Auctioneer and organises several magic auctions in various parts of the country. He also owns a vast collection of magical apparatus, both rare and ingenious and frequently displays these in his lectures. With these fantastic credentials, he more than qualified to present his fantastic talk for our History of Mystery slot entitled "The History of the Magic Dealer."
Mark Shortland grew up in Northampton, England, before heading off to St. Albans to attend college at the age of 18. Leaving with a design degree, Mark moved to Wales and started a ten year career as a canoe instructor, which also took him to Scotland and The Lake District. The design degree didn't help much!
In 2001 Mark left the damp buoyancy aid behind to pursue a full time career in entertainment. Since then he has gained twelve National and International Awards including:- Four times winner of the International Brotherhood of Magicians Comedy Award 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2004, Stage Magician of the Year 2001 and Close-up Magician of the Year 2002, culminating in his Membership of The Inner Magic Circle and the title of "British Magical Grand Prix Champion 2005-2007". Mark will be both lecturing and performing at this years convention.
Tony Rix is widely acknowledged as one of the most talented entertainers in the field of magic. He was voted the very first UK Children's Entertainer of the Year. What started out life as a hobby has grown into a whole range of product options, using magic and the allied arts as a vehicle to entertain both adults and children. He regularly performs close-up, cabaret, and corporate magic. This year he will be in Harrogate to entertain you in our Children's Showtime.
Doug Gregg with his incredible wizardry. Magic has been in Doug's life since the age of six. Following his success in winning with his colourful stage magic act "The Cock of the North" award at the Leeds Magic Circle's Northern Convention in 1969 and the "Alistair wand" in the British Ring stage competition in the same year he became the support act to many of the leading variety stars. In later years Doug has specialised in children's entertainment and close-up magic and currently his work is directed solely to Cruise ships where he is employed as the children"s entertainer.
Andy Greaves is without doubt, one of the most versatile comedy entertainers in the country. In 2014 Andy will be celebrating 40 years in show business and as we all know there is no substitute for experience. An excellent comic who loves to interact with the audience, a master of the ad-lib with a mixture of one liners, jokes and observational comedy about every day life and situations. Add to this his amazing talent as a ventriloquist with the help of his sidekick Lewis the stork, a cheeky bird who develops a lovely rapport with both Andy and the audience.
But we're stll not finished - there are more names to come... You can register on-line for the convention here.