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Our society is based in Gloucestershire and regularly welcomes over 30 of the county's magicians in sharing their passion for the art of magic.
Here you'll find information about our club, including a Programme of upcoming club meetings, lectures, latest club news and anything and everything magical.
We meet on the first Wednesday of each month with supporting meetings on the third Wednesday on selected months.
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you might like to book for your party, wedding or any other type of event.
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Magical wishes,Nigel Hursthouse
President - Cotswold Magical Society
Ian Keable has been a full-time magician since 1990, working principally in Comedy Clubs and at Corporate events. He cut his teeth working in the tough world of the comedy clubs, working alongside comedians such as Lee Evans, Frank Skinner, Harry Hill, Jo Brand and Graham Norton. The fact that he was able to hold his own with these brilliant comedians while presenting his own brand of comedy magic is a tribute to his skills of interacting with audiences.
I have taken the liberty of titling Ian’s lecture ‘Close-up, Cabaret and Dickens’. Yes, that Dickens. Charles Dickens was an amateur conjuror for around eight years of his life, his interest was sparked by seeing an Austrian conjuror called Ludwig Dobler who came over to London in 1842. Ian will tell us more, as well as performing and explaining several tricks from his professional repertoire to illustrate not only how to, but also how not to, do close-up and cabaret.
Our very own Colin Dymond brings us his brand new lecture. As well as being the immediate past-present of the Cotswold Magical Society, Colin a member of the Magic Circle and the International Ventriloquist Socity, and is a respected author and lecturer on both subjects, both at home and overseas. In The Magic of Puppets 2.0, he builds on his work on his DVD, 'The Magic of Puppets' (still available from Practical Magic) to explain how you can add magic to you puppet or ventriloquist act or, vice versa, how you can add puppets to your magic act.
Colin has been invited to present this lecture at the Vent Haven ConVENTion in the USA next year, so for those of us who won't be able to get to that convention, this is a fantastic opportunity to see the lecture before anyone else. It's sure to be popular with magicians, children's entertainers and ventiloquists alike, so we are very grateful to Colin for allowing us a sneak preview of what our Americans friends will have to wait until next year for!
Mark Leveridge is a full time professional magician, dealer and author with a wide performing experience gained over many years as an entertainer. He is well known as an author, inventor and lecturer on close-up, children's and mental magic, his creations being used by magicians from all over the world. He has appeared at the IBM, SAM (twice), the 4Fs and Abbott's conventions, and has presented his lectures at nearly every society in the UK, as well as at major events including the IBM, Blackpool and Macmillan London conventions.
Mark will perform and talk about a whole variety of his marketed effects, including close-up, mental and children's items, thus giving members the chance to appraise individual tricks in a more relaxed manner than the more frantic conditions often experienced at conventions! No explanations included, but all the magic is properly presented and provides an interesting and fun evening for all, with the opportunity to buy at leisure.