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Monday
Mar232015

Mel Mellers Lecture and USM Chairmans Dinner :: Reviewed by Nicola Cunningham

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.

 

Monday
Mar092015

WayneGoodman replaces Kieron Lefever at Dundalk Day of Magic

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/

Monday
Feb092015

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!

Monday
Feb092015

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.

Wednesday
Feb042015

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

Starter

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

Desserts

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

Booking

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 george.bleeks@ntlworld.com or by post to 114 North Parade, Belfast, BT7 2GJ.

Accommodation

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

Wednesday
Feb042015

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.

Wednesday
Feb042015

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.

If you, your club or society or business would like to donate you can do so through the Become a Lerechaun button or in person.

Thursday
Jan292015

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 http://dynamo.seetickets.com/tour/dynamo/list/1/100/?pre=dynamoextra&src=dynamofans

Tuesday
Jan202015

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.

Wednesday
Jan142015

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.

Tuesday
Jan132015

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.

Wednesday
Jan072015

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.

Wednesday
Jan072015

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.

Friday
Jan022015

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!

Wednesday
Dec102014

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. 
Including...
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.
Including: 
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