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Brendan Harte is a Leprechaun

Many many thanks to Brendan Harte for his kind donation to our tip jar.  Brendan is a new addition to our Leprechaun list and is very welcome aboard.  In addition to having a keen interets in magic Brendan also owns and opeerates Dragon Tatoo's on Talbot Street.  Check out their Facebook page here.  Nice one Brendan!


Happy 80th to Paddy Ward

Happy 80th Birthday to Limerick's own Paddy Ward. Paddy turned 80 on Feb 1st and celebrated in style, not least by tucking in to this fab cake. Fair play Paddy.


Mell Mellers is guest artist at The USM Chair's Dinner :: 21 March Belfast

USM Chair Alan Kennedy will host guests for the annual USM dinner on 21 March in Rockmount Golf Club.  After dinner entertainment will feature Mel Mellers.  Mel will also present a lecture that afternoon.  Full details below. 

21st March, 2015 – Ted Oldham Memorial Lecture and USM Chairman’s Dinner

Ted Oldham Memorial Lecture – Mel Mellers

Time                            2.30-5.00 p.m.

Venue                          Small function room in Rockmount Golf Club

Admission charge  USM Members – Free                 Non-members – £15.00

USM Chairman’s Dinner

Reception with Close Up magic   7.00 p.m.

Served Meal (including speeches)        7.45 p.m.

Raffle                                                  9.45 p.m.

Cabaret                                                10.00 p.m.

(featuring Mel Mellers and Joel Mawhinney – introduced by Caolan McBride)

Carriages                                             1.00 a.m.

Table D’hôte Menu


Homemade Soup of the Day

Seasonal Melon

Caesar Salad

All served with Freshly Baked Bread


Main Course

Rockmount’s Roast Silverside of Beef served with Onion Gravy

Fillet of Chicken & Creamy Peppercorn Sauce

Baked Salmon topped with Garlic Butter

Vegetable Kiev

All served with Chef’s selection of Fresh Market Vegetables and potatoes


Fresh Fruit Pavlova with Redberry Coulis

Homemade Cheesecake

Rockmount’s Hole in One (profiteroles filled with ice-cream instead of cream served with toffee sauce instead of chocolate sauce)



Tea or Coffee & Chocolate Mints

COST £27.50


Please book by contacting George Bleeks with the numbers in your party and their choices from the menu (Starter, Main Course and Dessert and any special dietary requirements) Payment will be made on the night.

George also needs to know if you will be attending the lecture in the afternoon. His contact details are telephone 028 90645795, mobile 07860 115611, email or by post to 114 North Parade, Belfast, BT7 2GJ.


For those wishing to stay overnight at the nearby Ivanhoe Hotel (Tel : 028 9081 2240)

we have arranged a specially discounted rate of £50.00 for a single or £70.00 Double or Twin Room B&B. Please mention you are attending the magic function when booking


Steve Thompson The Half Half Man

The Half Half Man is an interesting project from the minds of Helder Guimarães, Pit Hartling, Denis Behr, Will Houstoun, Jared Kopf, Roberto Mansilla and our very own Steve Thompson.  Elegantly produced for the smart thinking professional the men behind this...

"want to take a step back and rethink the way we are publishing magic these days and start something unique, not aimed for everyone, and that will provided serious students and seasoned professionals a more in-depth approach to the art we care so much about. These products are exclusive, limited edition and only found through our website."

Take a look and jump on board here.  This looks truly great.


Seamus Hanratty and Ger Godley are Leprechauns

Just a quick note of thanks to Seamus hanratty and Ger Godley for their contiued support of what I am doing here at IMN.  As most of you know, I do this because I love magic and the scene here and every penny donated goes back in to the Irish Magic scene one way or antoher.  So thanks guys, I really appreciate you help.

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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

Many thanks to Pat Fallon who recenlty threw a few sheckles our way and thus rejoins our Leprechaun list.  Hosting and running a site like this had it's costs and I really appreciate any help at all.  Nice one Pat.  If you or your club or society would like to donate you can do so by clicking here or seeing me on person.


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