Hot on the heels of his Dublin lecture Jay Scott Berry will lecture in Belfast next Monday. This lecture is open to non members and admission is £15. Those interested in attending should contact George Bleeks.
Jay is in town to promote the upcoming Belfast Magic Festival which will take place July 31st to 2nd August. More on this coming soon.
The SIM are proud to announce a night with Jay Scott Berry 24th June in the Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin. The SIM are holding this event as a fundraiser for Temple Street Children's Hospital. There is no charge on the door but they would appreciate a donation for the hospital.
Junior meeting for SIM members hosted by Jay will start at 7pm and the main lecture will start at 8pm
Jay has offered to host a workshop from 5:30. A fee of €15 is applicable for the workshop. Anyone interested should contact Mark Cullen via email here.
Jay is in town to promote the upcoming Belfast Magic Festival which will take place July 31st to 2nd August. More on this coming soon.
Convention organisers, Nicola Cunningham and Caolan McBride together with The Ulster Society of Magicians will be hosting the next International Brotherhood of Magicians, Ring 85, Irish Magic Convention 2016.
It is with much sadness that we report the passing of Marie Nicholl, wife if USM Honorary member Billy Nicholl. The funeral mass took place last Thursday. Marie was a great supporter of Society events in the past but unfortunately was not in the nest of health for a number of years. Our thoughts are with Billy, family and friends at this sad time.
The Dundalk Day of Magic took place last Sunday 3rd May and saw a crowd of about sixty gather at The Carrickdale Hotel for a fun filled event. Unfortunately your editor could not be there as I was thankfully gainfully employed but Nicola Cunningham was on hand to capture all the action for you in words and as ever Paul Gomac is the man with the pics.
What an amazing day yesterday Dundalk day of Magic was a complete success. An intimate convention held in our own little part of the Carrickdale hotel, Dundalk.
Upon arrival guests were met by a fantastic room set up with thanks to Dealers, Pat Fallon, Sean Kealty and Alban and Lynn from Kaymar Magic who came along with their magical treats to tempt us Magi to empty our pockets before the fabulous day ahead.The day was a relaxed affair beginning with a close up showcase featuring some of our main acts, George Bleeks and Rodd Hogg from the USM, John Bowden from the SIM and our star lecturer Wayne Goodman presented us with a glimpse of what was in store for their lectures ahead.
All the lecturers provided extremely magical, entertaining tricks and ideas. And of course expressed their love of magic by giving us an insight into their methods and thinking behind each performance.
As a finale to the afternoon, Wayne took to the stage to show us a thing or two about magic. Wayne's lecture was highly entertaining, funny, and we all even went away with loads of freebies, including the fastest way to memorise a full deck of cards, which is just ingenious and so clever!!! Especially to those who have already took the time to learn a stack, myself being on of those people.
A quick break then onto the dinner, which had its magical moments also. As we had no entertainment during the dinner, Wayne set a challenge to all the younger members attending the convention to perform at the tables and the person that got the biggest round of applause got a free trick. Needless to say they jumped out of their seats and whipped round the tables frantically and performed some excellent routines that got us in the mood for the gala show ahead. It was so nice to see the younger members having so much fun, Wayne's bet really got the whole room talking, laughing and above all helped us enjoy the day just that little bit more.
Onto the Gala show, well we had seasoned Pro Pat Fallon as compare introducing the acts. In his graceful style his introduced all the acts including our first performer, Vagabond, Liam O'Neil, who performed feats of strength, danger and at times defied reality. A different and very interesting act that we are not used to seeing performed however, a good opener that got us all thinking, how the hell did he do that. His act was defiantly something you do not want to try at home.
Our next act Rodd Hogg, took to the stage, a pickpocket by trade and rogue by nature, began by producing items he had procured over the day from Magicians pockets, a feat that not many people would attempt. Thankfully we're all friends here and it was received hilariously by magicians and friends and family alike. Very strong performance ending with a great bill to Lime routine.
And last but not least our star Act, Wayne Goodman took to the stage. He was completely relaxed but ready to knock us dead with a great line up of tricks from his vast repertoire from performing at many events across the globe. Wayne performed a good variety of magic including an amazing version of Ring and Rope. I'll not give too much away however those who attended today know that Wayne really worked his socks off at Dundalk, getting us all involved and really making a very magical day a memorable and funny one. Wayne you are new friend to Irish Magic thank you so much for coming along.
A big thanks goes out to all our performers, dealers, to Gary for providing the Equipment including lights, stage, sound and camera for the day, to the hotel and staff. And of course to our organisers to James Hobart and IBM president Alan Kennedy. Thanks for a wonderful Convention.
Dates to get in the diary folks...The IBM Magic Convention 2016 will be held Belfast 29th, 30th April and 1st May and is being organised by Caolan McBride and Nicola Cunningham. Let's just say you do not want to miss this convention. Keep your Eyes peeled for more info.
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It is with the deepest of hearts that I have to report the untimely passing of Kay Brady (left of picture). Kay, or Mammy Brady as she is known to my generation of magicians sadly passed away at lunchtime today surrounded by her family.
Together with her husband John (a past President of both The SIM and IBM Ring 85) and her boys John Jnr and Paul, Kay was a regular at conventions and club meetings up until very recently. In fact it was a joy to spend some time in her company at the Shenanigans Banquet this time last year. Refreshingly, she was always one to call a spade a spade and always first to have a laugh. Our little community is all the worse for her passing. On behalf of all the magician of Ireland may I pass on our deepest sympathies to Daddy Brady and sons.
Sleep well Kay, sleep well x.
Funeral arrangements to follow.
Funeral Arrangements have been formalised.
Kay will repose at home on Tuesday from 6pm - 8pm. The
Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday morning in Our Lady of Victories Church, (Ballymun Avenue) followed by cremation in Glasnevin Crematorium. Family Flowers only. Donations, if desired, to St. Francis Hospice www.sfh.ie
The time of the funeral mass is still being decided upon.
Big up to Jessica Harkin who was last night featured on Nationwide on RTÉ 1. Jessica a native of Donegal has been a huge magic fan ever since having a magician at her seventh birthday party. The magician in question we find out in the VT is Des O Callaghan. Jessica is only 18 yrs old and is quite the serious student. In addition to performing magic she is also well versed in circus skills and a pretty impressive contact juggler.
Your editor here at IMN has chatted some to Jessica and is pleased to report not only is she a keen perfromer but a very sweet young lady to boot. We wish her continued success.
Watch the full clip on the RTÉ Player by clicking here. Jessica's part starts at 9.32.
Registration opens at 10am in the Bernish Suite of the Carrickdale Hotel. Costs are just €50 for magicians and €35 for partners and exact change would be appreciated.
Dealers awaiting your trade will be Kaymar Magic, Emerald Magic and Banshee Magic as well as a second hand stall by Sean Kielty. Stands will be open throughout the day with more than three hours of uninterrupted Dealer Time when no other events are happening.
First session of the day is a close-up show at 10.45 am, featuring the day’s lecturers. Forty-five minute “lecturettes” will be presented by our own George Bleeks and John Bowden and a full two hour lecture by guest Wayne Goodman.
All conventioneers will join together for a three-course dinner at 7pm before enjoying our Stage Show. Pat Fallon will introduce three acts who have never appeared before on an Irish Convention Gala Show – Liam O’Neill, Rodd Hogg and Wayne Goodman.
Exact timings for the day, further information and contact details can be found on the website www.dundalkdayofmagic.webs.com
Children's Entertainer and Kids magician Billy Bubbles will bring his full 90 minute theatre show to Celbridge Manor Hotel this Easter Monday. Abracadabra The Magical Variety Show is the perfect tonic for those post Easter blues. Billy, regarded by many as one of Ireland's top children's entertainers, is the resident entertainer and magician at Bloom and The RDS Dublin Horse Show and performs regularly all over the country. A great day out for all the family. The show takes place in Celbridge Manor Hotel on Easter Monday 6th April at 3pm. Doors open at 2:30pm. Admission is €7 or groups of 4 or more €5 each. Full details by clicking Kids Magician Billy Bubbles.
Pat Fallon will appear on Dublin's O'Connell Street this Easter Monday as part of RTÉ's Easter commemorations. Free family entertainment all day long is promised at what looks like a very fun and interesting event. Full details here.
Nicola Cuningham kindly sent on the following review of what sounded like a fantastic night for USM Chairman Alan Kennedy's Dinner.
What an amazing day at the Rockmount Gold Club for our annual Ted Oldham Lecture and Our 2014-2015 Chairman, Alan Kennedy's dinner. We knew that we were in for a treat when it was announced that Mel Mellers had been booked to come along to this wonderful event but really we didn't know just how much Mel would help to make this event a laugh out loud show stopper!
The afternoon saw our USM members flock to the Ted Oldham lecture at which we got to see a glimpse into the weird and wonderful world of Mel and his cheeky little character that alongside his practical methods for magic, provided magical hooks and enough wit to get us all hooked on his performances of many great routines that left us wanting more.
The evening dinner as usual saw our younger members and established pro's take to the floor when guests arrived to display a glimpse of our magical world through performing some close of magic around the tables to get our audiences in set the mood for the Magical night ahead.
In his speech Alan made a very special award to our USM Secretary of 25 years Mr George Bleeks to show our appreciation for all his hard work and dedication to the USM and of course to Magic. We are all so grateful of your commitment George.
After dinner we swiftly moved into our evening cabaret.
Comparing the evening our very own Caolan McBride successfully warmed up the audience with his charm and magical skills then introduced Joel Mawhinney, 17 year old Mentalist from Belfast whom Caolan had the pleasure of meeting and guiding into the world of performance and magic. Joel's style was quick paced, lively and sharp and we are really proud to see and provide this young Magician with a platform to perform his magical effects with a well seasoned, magical audience.
Next the star of the show took to the stage, (well we couldn't get the star we wanted at such a late stage in the day, so we thought it was best to use our afternoon Ted Oldham lecturer, none other than), Mel Mellers!
Mel had the audience gasping for breathe from start to finish, with laughter that is. His sarcastic wit again really went down great with the crowd and his highly entertaining tricks got resounding applause.
What else can I say such a great turn out for a fabulous night. Thanks to Alan and James for organising it. Thanks to George for pinning down Mel and getting him to come to Belfast for this wonderful magical treat. Thanks to Daz for being our technical manager on the night. Thanks to Richard, Shirley and the Rockmount Golf staff for again providing this wonderful venue.
And above all, thanks to everyone who came along and supported lasts nights event without you events like this would not be a success and yesterday was just that.
Keiron Lefever has withdrawn from this years Dundalk Day of Magic, He is being replaced by Wayne Goodman. Organiser James Hobart writes -
Unfortunately Kieron Lefever has withdrawn from his appearance at the Dundalk Day of Magic. He is very sorry and has promised to reschedule his visit to Ireland another time.
With only six weeks to go, I am delighted to have secured the services of Wayne Goodman as a replacement Headliner.
Runner up in the British Magical Championships at the Blackpool Magic Festival 2015, Wayne is a versatile performer, known for his fearless approach. He is often to be found surrounded by a group of people, all engaged in what he is doing, laughing at what he is saying and in awe of the mastery of his craft. He is equally skilful in the field of close up, stand up, restaurants or trade shows, making him the perfect lecturer and performer to make his Irish debut.
Wayne has been a professional performer for over 25 years, during which time he has worked across Europe, Scandinavia, Mexico and the USA. He is the creator of such effects as Look Sharp, Clone, Lord of the Bling, Wayne’s Kings and Marked and author of a number of books including “The Definitive guide to Restaurant Magic” and “Comedy Magician’s Joke File”
For further information please visit the convention website on http://www.dundalkdayofmagic.webs.com/