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David Meade's surprise visit to the USM

TV mentalist David Meade made a surprise appearance at the recent USM meeting and Samantha Blair was there to report on it for IMN.
Monday 7th April was the monthly meeting of the USM and, as it was Chairman’s/Vice Chairman’s night, members were expecting something very special. We were certainly not disappointed as James Hobart and Alan Kennedy had arranged for us to be treated to an exclusive evening with Northern Ireland’s popular young television mentalist David Meade.

Open to members and, at David’s request, specially invited muggle guests, the evening started with a baffling and often hilarious demonstration of mind reading including many of David’s trademark effects.  Vice Chairman Alan Kennedy then joined David for a very personal and honest interview before inviting questions from the audience, all of which were answered openly and with David’s trademark wit.  Everything was covered from David’s first experience of a magician, our own Paul Gomac, through to his future TV shows and touring plans.

All in all it was a highly entertaining evening for magicians and muggles alike, and the opportunity to see and meet one of Northern Ireland’s very top magical names….. a pleasure and an honour.

Joe O'Donnell is a Leprechaun

Thank you so much to Joe O'Donnell for his recent donation to our tip jar.  You generosity is very appreciated Joe ans as I always say, will filter it's way down in to the Irish magic scene.  Go raibh maith agat.


The Secret Castle of Magic is Back

Last Friday I paid a very enjoyable visit to The Secret Castle of Magic to see Ronan MacGabhann and Nevin Cody in action. What follows is the official release from Secret Castle founder Ronan. Ronan has also mentioned to us that SIM members (Ronan's home society) can attend for €10 or for FREE if they pop up a Trip Advisor review.


Introducing Ireland's Only Graveyard Theatre!
An Evening of Mystery, Magic and Fear at Bram Stoker's CASTLE DRACULA
Ireland's Most Quirky and Bizarre Night in Dublin's most extraordinary Venue.
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See our incredible Vampire Show and a Hilarious Comedy Magic Show with a Tour of Bram Stokers 'CASTLE DRACULA' with the Characters from Dracula, 
'Renfield' and 'Van Helsing' bring you through the Castles Tunnels, Bridges, Gargoyle Courtyards, Haunted Library and off course Ireland's only Graveyard Theatre.  Our unique Venue hosts memorabilia from the Dracula Movies and all the History of Bram Stoker, Stories, Pictures, Posters, Death Certificates and even a lock of Bram Stoker's hair cut on this death bed by his wife Florence...  Putting you right inside the mind of the man who gave us the World's Greatest Horror Character. 
Bram Stoker's CASTLE DRACULA runs every Friday night at 7.30pm, tickets must be booked in advance and we are an over 15's Show.  For Booking Tickets email or please call the 
Office on 003531 8 51 21 51 if you are outside Ireland or 8 51 21 51 if you are in Dublin.

USM Chairman's Dinner Reviewed by Nicola Cunningham


Last Saturday evening USM Chairman James Hobart hosted his Annual Dinner and Nicola Cunningham was on hand to review the festivities for IMN.

A fantastic day at Rockmount Golf club was had by USM members, visiting magicians, and family members who attended the Ted Oldham Lecture in the afternoon and then the Annual USM Dinner and Cabaret all for, and brilliantly organised by, our current Chairman James Hobart.

I don't believe that I have ever been to a more different kind of lecture than Saturday’s that was performed by non other than the great Fay Presto!

Fay brought her own original style and flair to it by setting up a dinner table at the top of the room, to which we invited in some 'muggles' from the golf club and magician’s partners. They enjoyed around 10-20 minutes of very strong, working magic tricks that were all entertaining, hilarious and had the OMG factor, especially when one of the ladies decided she wanted to put her glasses on to have a thorough look at things. Of course rapturous laughter followed when she could not find or see any clue as to how Fay had made that particular magical miracle happen.

Fay's lecture was a close up magician's dream. To watch this lady work was inspiring and it wasn't all about the tricks, hopefully we also took away that Magic no matter what form your performing in, close up, stage etc, there are no rules and the most important thing to do is be entertaining. You don't have to have fancy tricks and flourishes, keep it simple and just focus on the audience and their enjoyment, as that's what you’re there for - to entertain and let the audience have fun !

The Chairman’s Dinner evening kicked off with a drinks reception at which members of the USM performed close up Magic for guests as they made their way through to the dinner room. This could only be described as Magical as James had arranged a theme of pink and black and with the help of Mr G had kitted the room out with some very personal printed touches to set the scene for the magic that was to follow. As families, magicians, friends and muggles alike joined together for an amazing three-course meal, Fay Presto brought her close up act to every table in the room. It was fast, extremely funny and very entertaining.

In his speech James presented personal gifts to Paul Gomac and George Bleeks for all their help with the evening and thanked Paul McEneaney and his company Cahoots NI for providing a full stage, backdrop, lighting, sound and technician for the cabaret that was to follow. Particular mention was also made of those who had travelled from Dublin and England to attend including IBM British Ring President Neil Roberts who then replied on behalf of the Guests.

Following the usual Raffle with “Jim Harvey and the Rafflettes”, none other than James’ right hand Lady, Samantha Blair, kicked off the cabaret. Our surprise lady compere for the evening introduced our first performer; Dublin based Magician and Mentalist, Shane Gillen, who got the evening off to a mind-boggling start. Next on the bill was Grant Cartwright who whipped us in a musical frenzy by singing a few numbers. Then the main act, Fay Presto took to the stage and what a finale to a superb night ! Very visual, had the whole room in rapturous laughter and applause and was given a standing ovation at the end.
What more can I say ? Evenings like this one are really ephemeral and if you missed it well you will never get to experience a night like this one again as really it was one to remember. Thanks to all who supported us to make it such a memorable night !



Only 7 spaces left for Shenanigans & Andi Gladwin join the line up

With less then 7 weeks to go Shenanigans, the Irish magic convention has only 7 spaces left.  If you want to attend, and you would be mad to miss it, register now.  This event will sell out so don't delay.  

Also, Andi Gladwin has just been added to the line up which already includes John Archer, Quentin Reynolds, Bruno Copin, Morgan & West, Ramón Riobóo, Paul Wilson, Joe Barry, John Carey and Juam Tamariz.

Andi is one of the leading close-up workers in the UK and together with Josh Jay operates and owns Vanishing Inc. Magic.  Andi is highly creative and his effects and routines are performed the world over.  Alongside Josh and in their capacity as convention organisers Vanishing Inc. also produce the finest conventions namely The Session and Magifest.  Andi will appear on Friday evening and Shenanigans are delighted that he will be with them the entire weekend. 

Shenanigans runs 2 - 4 May 2014 in Dublin.  Registration is an unbelievable €99 and includes Friday Finger Food, Sunday lunch, all the sessions and shows, the worlds top magical acts and a little surprise.  Full details on The Shenanigans Website


USM Chairman's Dinner almost at capacity

James Hobart, Chair of the USM, writes to tell that his dinner and cabaret night on Sat week 22 March is almost at capacity.  If you are planning on attending it is very adviseable to contact George Bleeks ASAP.  A great night of food, beverages and top drawer magic, in the form of Fay Presto await.  Contact George Bleeks via e-mail here.


Seamus Hanratty & Martin Duffy rejoin Leprechaun list

Sincere thanks to Seamus Hanratty and Martin Duffy who through their generous donations have rejouined our Leprechaun list.  As I always say, any donations recevied filter their way through to supporting the Irish magic scene, so thank you lads.


Reminder :: The USM Chairman's Dinner 22 March


President of The SIM Joe Fortune sent the following note regarding what promises to be a fabuous event on Saturdaytwo weeks.

Just a brief reminder of the upcoming USM Chairman James Hobart's Dinner on 22 March next.  I am writing to remind SIM members (and non-SIM-member friends) of the upcoming USM President’s Dinner and Fay Presto lecture and show on 22nd March next.

Fay Presto is the 2012 Magic Circle Close-Up magician of the year and one of the top corporate and restaurant workers in the UK.  

Quentin Reynolds recently attended her Masterclass in Manchester and mentioned that it was one of the very best magic events he has attended.  

After dinner entertainment will also feature  Shane Gillen, Grant Cartwright and Fay.  

We are a small community and social functions like this are so much fun and well worth supporting if they are to continue to be held.

I was personally disappointed at the small turnout from the South at the last North-South get –together. Those who did attend were given a warm cordial welcome and a superb night was had by all.

So the warm and friendly welcome coupled with the chance of learning from one of the very best close-up magicians in the world should ensure that this is a date not to be missed.

Bookings can be made with George Bleeks at

Looking forward to the event myself.

Hope to see you there.

All the best,





Underground Legend Ramón Riobóo added to Shenanigans Line Up

Shenanigans organsiers are thrilled that a real true underground legend has chosen their convention to make a very rare appearance.

Ramón Riobóo holds a doctorate in deception. He is a retired television director and close friend of Spain's premier magician, Juan Tamariz.  And is the man on who el Maestro calls when he really wants a magician friend fooled.

Ramón is the 1992 recipient of the Ascanio Award and winner of the 1993 First Prize in Card Magic from the XIX National Magic Congress in Barcelona. He will yank the mental carpet from under you without your seeing him reach for it. It is only as your sense of reality falls away that you begin to understand you have been the target of a cunning structure designed to baffle the most analytical mind.

It is a genuine privilege and honour to host a rare appearance by Ramón. 

Shenanigans runs 2 - 4 May 2014 in Dublin.  Registration is an unbelievable €99 and includes Friday Finger Food and Sunday lunch.  Full details on The Shenanigans Website


Broken Wand :: Emilio Selvi

It is with great sadness we report the passing of Emilio Selvi. John Bowden writes -

Emilio was a past member of the SIM and attend meetings for approx 12-15 years. He usually came with Barry Sinclair. He was exceptionally gifted in repairing small gaffs and special coins. Since he became ill some years ago he hasn't been to the SIM much. He was musically talented and in his earlier days played in a band comprised of Italian immigrants and played mostly for their weddings and functions.

On behalf of the community here we wish to offer our deepest sympathies to Emilio's family and friends.


Paul Wilson & John Carey added to Shenanigans Line Up

Shenanigans organsiers are delighted to announce that Paul Wilson will be returning to Shenanigans.  Paul, a presenter 3 years ago at the last Shenanigans, is the star of the BBC’s Real Hustle, a world renowned expert on sleight of hand magic and a consultant to the gaming industry.  Paul is one of the top close-up magicians in the world and his effects, books and DVD’s are widely acclaimed.  We will be tapping in to his knowledge base, TV experience and vast expertise all weekend.  

Also joining us is John Carey.  Practicality is a key word with John’s work. He no longer has time for effects that involve long set ups and dead time. Audience attention spans are getting shorter and shorter. Material that is direct, visual and interactive are John’s goals.  We are thrilled that John will  make his Shenanigans debut this May.

Shenanigans runs 2 - 4 May 2014 in Dublin.  Registration is an unbelievable €99 and includes Friday Finger Food and Sunday lunch.  Full details on The Shenanigans Website


Danny Cole Lecture by Nicola Cunningham

Last night saw Danny Cole come to Belfast on the first stop of his current UK lecture tour.  A sizeable crowd of close to 40 were there and Nicola Cunningham has kindly supplied the following review.  Thank you to all at The USM for their warm welcome.

Tonight the Ulster Society of Magician's saw young American Danny Cole and his lovely wife, Stacey join the USM for their first stop on their UK lecture tour. Also being their first time to Ireland, we were all delighted to have such an exciting act performing at our club this March 2014. 

Danny's lecture was exciting, innovative, at times moving, thought provoking and above all very magical andaccessible to magicians at all levels. 

Danny really engaged with the audience not only through his cracking tricks but also by talking about the thinking process that he, as a performer goes through with an idea, and how he takes the idea which is on paper or in his head right through to the concept model and finally to its performance. 

Essentially he demonstrated and showed us all that we can, if we're open to it, apply a complete thought process to coming up with tricks and routines. This would not only help us see and explore all possibilities with each trick we wish to perform and help us hone in on the ideal method for the effect but ultimately, make the trick and effect that your hoping to perform truly magical. This process of finding tricks, routines and methods as Magician's we all go through and can relate to. 

Danny's lecture has really helped to break down this process and focus in on the Magic and I suppose make Magic as real as it can be. Danny said in his lecture a few times that he sometimes asks himself, "if I were a 'Real' magician how would my magic look?" A question I believe most, if not all attendees of tonight's lecture might find themselves asking when their performing next, or indeed coming up with a new routine. But really I don't think anyone will be questioning Danny's magical skills, as his magic was Real Magic to his audience, watching him perform tonight. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Danny and Stacey for coming along to the Ulster Society of Magician's to talk about his thinking behind his Magical idea's and we wish them the greatest success on their forthcoming UK tour.


Broken Wand :: Bob Orr

It is with deep sadness we reprt that The President of The Ulster Society of Magicians has passed away.  Bob Orr (right of picture with Jim Harvey) was known and loved to many of our fraternity.  On behalf of the magicians on the entire island may I offer my deepest sympathies to Bob's family and friends.  Bon's funeral mass will take place at 10am on Wednesday 5th March in Rosemary Presbyterian Church, Belfast.


Steve Spade in New York

Thursday 6th March 
7.30 pm Rory Dolans Yonkers NY 
10.30pm Kelly Ryan's Bronx NY 

Friday 7th March 
9pm Behans Bronx NY

Saturday 8th march
9pm New york
Bachelor of the year 
Gaelic grounds NY 

Sunday 9th March 
7pm Kelly Ryan's Bronx NY


Peter Wardell Lecture :: Tuesday 4th March Dublin