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Dynamo coming to Dublin and Belfast

Dynamo will bring his new live show to Dublin's 3 Arena on the 16th March and Belfast on the 9th March. Tickets available at the following link


Registration Details and further names announced online for Dundalk Day of Magic

Registration details have been released for next May's Dundalk Day of Magic.  The convention will take place on Sunday 3rd May in Dundalk and will feature headliner Kieron Lefever. Registration is €50 and €35 for non magician partners.  

In addition four names have been added to the bill - Pat Fallon, Rodd Hogg, Murray The Magician and Liam O'Neill.

Full details on the website here.


Dundalk Day of Magic Launch Website

Organisers of The IBM Ring 85 Convention "The Dundalk Day of Magic" have lauched their website.  The convention will take place on Sunday 3rd May in Dundalk and will feature headliner Kieron Lefever and more to be announced. Full details on the website here.


David Penn Lecture :: Dublin 21st Jan

David Penn will lecture in Dublin on Wednesday 21st January.  Although this is a SIM run event it is not taking place in the usual venue.  Instead this one off mid-month lecture will take place in Bad Bobs, Temple Bar.  Although a licensed premises The SIM have secured the private function room so it shouldn't pose a problem for under 18's.  The juniors are invited as usual from 7pm-8pm and the main lecture will start at 8pm sharp.  The lecture is FREE to members.  Non-member bone-fide magicians may attend with admission being €20.

David last lecutred in Dubli a few years ago and if that is anyting to go by you are in for a real treat.


John Kimmons nails it at The SIM

Yesterday evening a crowd of fifty plus people were in attendance at The SIM to watch one of the UK's top children and family entertainers lecture the material that earns him his crust. John Kimmons joined by his wife Tamar, showed us exactly why he is top of the tree. Direct magic with simple plots and jam packed full of gags and bits of business were the order of the day. It is quite amazing to see the amount of mileage John gets from no more then a gag wand and 4 silks. A lesson to us all.

The second half featured John's hysterical vent. Charlie his cheeky boy, the monkey and his human vent masks all made an appearance but it was his crying baby that really stole the show.

Another terrific lecture from the committee of The SIM and a superb start to the new year.


Pat Fallon is a Leprechaun

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John Kimmons Lecture :: Dublin 6th Jan


John Kimmons AKA Kimmo, has spent all of his working life in show business, beginning his professional career at the age of 15.  Regularly performing for adults, children and family groups this lecture is sure to have something for everyone!  As well as amazing material John has great tips on how to improve the workings of your show! Professional worked material and audience approved this lecture is one NOT TO BE MISSED!

Where and when is this amazing lecture taking place!? I'm glad you asked! 
Tuesday: January 6th 2015
Venue: Cassidy's Hotel
Time: 8pm
FREE in for members
€15 for non-members

You'd be very very silly to miss this great night!


Brian Daly Lecture :: Cork 13th Jan

Brian Daly will present his first ever lecture in January for the SBM in Cork.  Brian is a busy pro and performs across a number of different types of venue's so the lecture should contain something for everyone.  Brian kindly sent along the following information which shoudl give you an idea what to expect.
When and where:  Tuesday 13th January, 8:30pm at The Ambassador Hotel, Military Hill, Cork. Admission is €10
What's in the lecture? Close-up, stage, kids show and pick-pocket material. From mentalism and watch steals, to die boxes and sight gags. There is definitely something for everyone. 
Close-up magic – You'll learn top class magic directly from a professional repertoire, as well tips on: How you might get your own residency, how to approach tables and how to get maximum impact from the magic you already perform. 
Sly card trick – How to create a sensation amongst a group of people at a table or strolling. People be laughing about this trick and still talking about it, long after you leave.
Stand-up magic – Material suitable for your kids show, stand-up adult show, corporate gigs etc... Again all taken from Brian's act.
Mint – The trick Brian uses to close his family shows at Tayto Park. A one-handed, cleanest production of a coin you will probably ever see. This will make you look like a real magician.
Pickpocketing – Learn to steal, watches, wallets, and even Brian's method for a totally sure-fire way to steal a watch without any fear, or risk of being caught.
And a tonne of gags, pranks, funny stories and more... 
Who is the lecturer? Brian Daly. Resident family entertainer in Tayto Park performing nearly 200 shows per year, there alone. 
Resident close up magician in Ireland's most exclusive private members club..
“Ireland's Best Corporate Entertainer” - Nominee.
Ireland's top pickpocket magician – as featured on TV3




Andi Gladwin Lectures as the SIM Celebrate 75 years

Andi Gladwin was the guest lecturer on a night that saw The SIM celebrate 75 years in existance.  Andi proved very popular with the huge array of magicians in attendance, including three members who travelled down from the USM to support the night.  Andi is the co-founder along with Josh Jay of Vanishing Inc Magic and perfromed many of the effects thet they carry.  But this wasn't a dealer dem.  It was a full of well thought out magic & entertaining effects that crossed over the full array of skill levels.  The highlight had to be his 5 moves in 5 minutes section.  Plenty of laughs ensued and everyone got a free download from Vanishing Inc.  How bad?

The SIM Facebook Group is the best place to cathc up and hang with all the members.  Very recently, and with the 75th celebrations in mind, John Rogers, son of founding member Michael Rogers has been sharing some old photos and memories of the SIM such as the one of Michael perfroming below in 1940.


Irish Convention 2015 Dundalk Day of Magic announce headliner Kieron Lefever

The Irish Ring 85 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians are pleased to announce that the headliner at the Dundalk Day of Magic on Sunday 3rd May 2015 will be the eccentric and outrageous performer Kieron Lefever.
Kieron arrived on the Magic scene with a bang in the form of his 'To The Max' DVD, an effect that leaves the spectator with a block of ice in their hand and a true sense of astonishment. Since then Kieron has unleashed his highly acclaimed 'Chaotic' DVD and the ultimate finale to any impossible card location effect in 'Remaxed Iceolation', where the spectator's signed card is encased in a block of ice. Expect something unique and entertainingly outrageous!
This will be an exclusive appearance in Ireland and as well as his two hour lecture and after dinner cabaret appearance, Kieron will be sessioning all day (and probably long into the night!)
“Such brilliant, mad, obsessive thinking that has created spectacular effects. You are a true one off. Keep up the brilliant work”
Andy Nyman Magician, Actor & Director
“A polar vortex has hit the magic world”
Wayne Dobson – Magician
“Kieron Lefever is a genius”
Fay Presto – Magician
The venue is the stunning Carrickdale Hotel and Spa who are now accepting overnight bookings. Mention you are attending the convention to avail of special one or two night deals. 
Further lecturers, dealers and performers, as well as details of how to register will follow in the new year but anyone planning to travel and stay is advised to make arrangements as soon as possible as the convention falls on a Bank Holiday weekend. 
The organisers can be contacted on 

David Meade Tours NI in Jan

BBC mentalist and all round nice guy David Meade will kick off his new tour Million Dollar Mindreader this January 2nd in Banbridge and tour across Northern Ireland culminating with two performances in Belfast at the end of Febuary. Full details on


Last call for the North South Get Together

The North South Get Together takes place next Saturday evening in The Canal Court Hotel, Newry. Organiser James Hobart is asking anyone planning on travelling to let him know ASAP as final numbers must be with the hotel by Wednesday. Full details at


Jon Armstrong's Belfast Lecture Reviewed

Jon Armstrong lectured at The USM last Sunday and Nicola Cunningham (pictured above, on the right obviously) kindly sent the following review.

On Sunday 9th November we had the pleasure of welcoming Jon Armstrong to the Ulster Society of Magician's and what a treat it was for everyone who could make it. 

Jon's lecture was full of amazing tricks, sleights, tips and tools for the budding card magician and actually for all magicians, as his theories and thinking on magic was quite versatile and could be applied directly with other fields in magic. 

Jon's tricks were not only completely entertaining but their structures were completely filled with fun ideas and compelling patter, for example, turning a simple oil and water routine into a very entertaining one. Letting the spectator feel completely in control of the cards and choices made when really Jon is actually in control on the cards and the routine. 

You could tell immediately that all of Jon's routines have been worked out and practiced over many years of performing at the Magic Castle in LA and indeed to audiences all over America and beyond.
We had the pleasure of being introduced to Jon's little friend 'Tiny Plunger' in the lecture whom travels with him wherever he goes and we were shown many effects and uses for this little prop. The routines Jon performed with the plunger had the whole room in stitches and I think it was definitely one of the highlights of the lecture. Many people took the plunge to purchase one after seeing what the tiny plunger could do. 

Even though most of the effects involved a pack of cards, Jon's lecture was interactive, got the whole room involved with the magic and really showed us what it means to put thought into structuring routines so that the audience and participants get more enjoyment in taking part in the magic. Jon is definitely a pro when it comes to performing and it was a real treat to see him perform today at the USM. 

It was Jon's first time coming to Belfast and after this great lecture we really hope to have him back in Ireland very soon!
Thank you to everyone who attended including the members who travelled up from the SIM to join us. 

Thanks to George Bleeks and Francesca for getting together and organising the day. 

And last but not least, to Jon Armstrong, on behalf of the Ulster Society of Magicians, thank you for coming along to the Club to show us your magic and work it was thoroughly enjoyed by all!!!




Owen Lean's TEDx Talk

Owen Lean is a name and face many of you will remember from his days as a Trinity Student in Dublin.  Owen performed quite a bit on Grafton Street and in doing so swelled the membership of The SIM by some amount.  He recently talked at the prestigious TEDx conference in Bonn.  You can watch the talk below.


Harlequins Travelling Circus comes to Dublin

From the mind of SIM Member Davy McCauley comes Harelquins Travelling Circus is a sideshow with performers from South America, Germany, New York and Ireland and contains a mix of magic, illusions, burlesque, comedy and sideshow stunts.  It's the first time it has ever played Ireland and will be on at The Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1 on the 26th & 27th November.  Show starts at 8pm sharp and admission is €10.