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Thank You & Goodbye



It is with a heavy heart that I have to inform you that IrishMagicNews will be no more.  At least under my ownership.  My available time to devote to this site couples with the growth of Facebook and other online information platforms has ultimately led to this decision.  It will probably not come as much of a surprise as those who follow this blog will have noticed that posts have dwindled over the last few months.

I would like to sincerely thank all those who followed and supported, especially the Leprechauns who were generous to a fault.  Please know that this site started from a frustration of not having a way to get news out to the masses, particularly about conventions.  And know that it's growth and momentum in no small part led to the two Shenanigans Conventions and we all know how they turned out.  So... by being part of this you were part of building what became the biggest convention ever held in this country. You were part of the reason Tamariz, Williamson, Wilson, Archer and a plethora of stars of our industry travelled to our little island for a weekend of craic.  That is some legacy.

The site will stay live until Novemeber (and perhaps further than that if any interested parties would like to take it further) as this is when the hosting plan renews.

Thank you once again, genuinely and sincerely, for all your support.  Be well and see you along the road, Brendan.


Marc Paul Lecture :: Belfast Tuesday 8th Dec

British Mentalist Marc Paul will lecture at The Ulster Society of Magicians on 8th Dec next.  Marc's lecture is very kindly being arranged and sponsored by USM Honorary member and TV Mindreader David Meade.  David has very kindly agree to cover all the expenses associated with bringing Marc over.  The USM have asked your editor to express their sincere appreciation for this very kind gesture.

Marc Paul is one of the leading mind-readers in the UK, if not the world.  He has performed many times on TV having his own series Mind Games and most noticeably appeared on the Parkinson chat show alongside Tom Jones. This really is one you do not want to miss.  Kudos to David Meade and The USM for bringing one of the very finest in the field to our shores.

The meeting will take place at The Ramada Hotel, 117 Milltown Rd, Shaws Bridge, Belfast BT8 7XP.  We have no word of the kick off time as of yet but typically it is 8pm.  We suggest heading to the hotel for about 7pm and taking it from there.


Magic Circular Cover Star Quentin Reynolds


Congratulations to Quentin Reynolds who this month is photographed on the cover of The Magic Circular, the magazine of The Magic Circle.  Editor Will Houstoun interviews Quentin about his life in magic, influences and how and why he really thinks about the magic he performs.  Many of you will know that I was alongside Jack Wise & Ciaran McCormack were lucky enough to be a student of Quentin's.  

I still am lucky, very lucky, to have someone as talented as Quenitn to be a great friend and sounding board.  In fact we all are.  Every single one of us here in the Irish Magic community should count ourselves blessed for having been around when Quentin is.

Heartfelt congratulations from us all Quentin.

The Magic Circle is a free monthly publication available to members of The Magic Circle.


Pat Fallon to appear at Blackpool Magic Convention

The first performers have been announced for the 63rd annual Blackpool convention and include our very own Pat Fallon. This will be Pat's fifth appearance at the words biggest magic convention since winning the general section of the British Magical Championships back in 1995. 

His previous contributions have included the Sunday night gala and international close-up in 1997, All Winners Show and International Close-Up in 2000, Saturday Gala in 2006 and a lecture on children’s magic in 2010. It is understood that he has been booked to appear on one of the three Gala Shows, the International Close-Up Show and also lecture at next year’s event to be held in the Winters Gardens on the 19, 20 & 21 of February.  For full details and to register please see The Blackpool Magic Convention Website.


Sean Goodman Lecture :: Dublin 3rd November

Sean Goodman will lecture this coming Nov 3rd in Dublin for The SOciety of Irish Magicians.  The lecture is free to members of the SIM and admission is €25 for non members who are a member of another recognised magical society.   The lecture will start at 8pm in The Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin 1.

Sean Goodman  has been a professional magician for over 20 years and specialises in close up magic particularly for weddings, corporate events and private parties. In the magical hotbed known as Norfolk (LOL), last year Sean performed at 50 weddings across East Anglia.

"Secrets" is a lecture which is full of practical, workable material that Sean uses himself in his professional repertoire - emphasis is placed on solid routining rather than knuckle-busting sleights. There will be something for the pro and amateur alike.
Sean has released several effects including Genetics, Tick Tock, Starstruck, CelebriDate and recently Secret Servante which has received worldwide acclaim from magicians of all levels. "Secrets" will include some of Sean's favourite routines with Secret Servante.


Grafton Street's a Wonderland this Friday

Let the celebration begin. Dublin’s Grafton Street will be a magical Place this Friday the 25th of September between Noon and 2pm to mark the Golden Jubilee of the first performance of Robert Harbin’s (pictured above) wonderful Zig Zag illusion. Magician Brendan Byrne, Pickpocket Brian Daly and Mentalist Robert Williams will entertain with the genres of magic popularised during the past fifty years while Pat Fallon will present the Zig Zag illusion at various intervals. Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh will be on hand to cast her own spell and the RTE television cameras will also be there to record the event.


Dani DaOrtiz Lecture & Masterclass :: Dublin 13th October

The SIM are delighted to announce that Spain's Dani DaOrtiz will lecture after their AGM on 13th October in The Plaza Hotel, Findlater Place, Dublin 1.  Please note this is not the usual first Tuesday of the month, it is the second Tuesday.  This is due to Dani's schedule.

Dani will also host a masterclass in the afternoon on the day of the lecture.  It will run from 3pm-6pm and is strictly for members of recognised magic societies in Ireland.  The fee on the masterclass is €60.

The lecture will commence after the AGM of The SIM and will be FREE to paid up members of The SIM.  Visiting members of other recognised magic societies are welcome with an admission charge of €25. 

Please note if you are not a member of a recognised magic soceity you will not be permittied entry.

For more information and to contact or join The Society of Irish Magicians please visit The SIM Website


Roberto Giobbi to present Dai Vernon Seminar at Belfast MagiCon

This years Irish convention takes place as Belfast MagiCon from 29 April - 1st May.  A very special extra event has been added on the form of Roberto Giobbi's Dai Vernon Seminar.  Roberto will host this seminar in the convntion hotel.  It will run from 11am - 5pm on Monday 2nd May.  The cost is £100 strl and a non refundable deposit of £40 is required to reserve your place.  Places are limited so it is advised to book early.  You can do so by emailing organisers here and for full information on the convention visit the website.  The video below is from Roberto's Youtube account and is to promote a recording of his seminar available from Vanishing Inc.


Quentin Reynolds' Standing O' at The Magic Circle

Photo courtesy of Mark Hesketh Jennings

Quentin Reynolds lectured to wide acclaim at The Magic Circle in London on Tuesday night ast 1st September.  Quentin's lecture, as many of you know having seen a version of it at The SIM in Dublin some time back, is a real workers lecture.  Seamlessly mixing many genres of magic Quentin commands, entertains, enthralls and teaches in equal measure.

We are delighted to report that Quentin received an instant and organis standing ovation from the very discerning audience that is the members of The Magic Circle.

Bravo Quentin, we could not be prouder.


Shane Gillen's Magic Mush Room at Electric Picnic


Shane Gillen has been all over the papers, radio and online these past few days.  He is perfroming in the Magic Mush Room tent at this years Electric Picnic Festival.  Full detials can be read on Joe.ie and Independent.ie and a report on RTÉ news can be viewed here.


Registration and Accommodation costs for Belfast MagiCon released

Belfast MagiCon will be taking place in the Ramada Encore, Talbot Street (Saint Anne's Square) Belfast, BT1 2LD.  The Festival will be hosted in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter Belfast, a happening little area that shows appreciation for the arts, food and of course it is packed with Belfast Culture.
Full Gold Card Registration is £120 strl. and partner or guardian Gold Card registration is £70 strl.  Full details available on the Belfast MagiCon website.
On this particular bank holiday weekend that Belfast MagiCon is running, Belfast's Festival of Fools will be taking place also, a street performance festival, in various locations across Belfast, so it will be a very exciting time to host the festival in Belfast and for delegates to come and see beautiful Belfast come to life.

Room rates. (Quote MAGIC 2016 upon booking) 

Limited rooms have been reserved at this rate until 30/01/2016. (As this is a bank holiday weekend in Belfast organisers would advise booking your rooms early and well in advance to avoid any disappointment if you wish to stay in the Convention hotel itself. 

 £80 for Single Room Bed and Breakfast

£90 for Double room Bed and Breakfast 

 ***All required for booking is a name and a card details. Payment to be taken upon arrival or departure that weekend.***

Telephone: 028 9026 1800 

Email: reception@encorebelfast.co.uk


John Lenahan added to line up for Belfast MagiCon

Terrific news in the fact that John Lenahan has been added to the line up for Belfast MagiCon. John is no stranger to Ireland having lived and busked here for any years before moving to London. John was the star of the terrific Stuff The White Rabbit on Ch 4 and is a fine, fine performer. MagiCon is certainly shaping up to be a cracking weekend.

Headliner Roberto Giobbi will be performing, lecturing and providing many other little surprises over the course of the Bank holiday weekend, Friday 29th April, Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May 2016.

Keep up to date on our website www.belfastmagicconvention2016.webs.com where we will announce further acts, location, hotel rates and fees. Get live updates via email too by signing up to our free mailing list by sending us your email to belfastmagicconvention2016@gmail.com


Pat Fallon Appears 22nd August in Rush Co.Dublin

Pat Fallon will bring his show "No Camera Tricks" to The Millbank Theatre in Rush Co.Dublin on Saturday the 22nd August.  Together with assistant Jill, Pat will present the Classical Magic, Comedy and Illusion he is famed for.


Tickets are €15 each or a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 chidlren is €50.  Bookings and enquiries can be made by phoning the Millbank Theatre on 01 843 7475 or emailing them here


Smock Alley School of Magic :: 17th-21st August

Magician Colm Dawson presents Smock Alley School of Magic, sharing his knowledge of over 20 years of magic and illusion with students aged 7-16 at a week long summer camp at Smock Alley Theatre.

Colm combines magic, illusion & comedy to be one of the funniest and most versatile entertainers, having performed internationally and in Ireland for Woody Harrelson, Ryan Tubridy and the President of Ireland as well as extensive work in Theatre and TV (Keith Barry, Brainhacker TV3).

The course is inspired by magicians like Dynamo, David Blaine and Derren Brown. With content devised by Keith Barry himself, it will prove to be an amazing week. Students will learn about all facets of the craft including street magic, stage shows and close-up routines. They will learn secrets of the trade that cannot be found online!

Each day will excite, inspire and surprise as they delve into card magic, mind reading, coin tricks, optical illusions, rope magic, science magic, levitation, balloon modelling, close-up & street magic. Phew.

The students will also learn about the important elements of a successful routine such as scripting and of course, showmanship!

By the end of the week, students will be equipped with the skills to amaze friends and family with their own show of around 10 scripted tricks that they will have learned and crafted over the 5 days.

A video show-reel of the students will be produced over the course of the week, which can be shared with extended friends & family. Every student will also receive a personalised magic set containing professional quality playing cards & props to keep and re-use after the course has been completed.

For ages 7-16. Children will be separated into age appropriate groups. No previous knowledge of magic is needed and age appropriate magic will be taught. Colm has extensive experience of working with and teaching children of all ages and is Garda vetted.
€190 per person / €160 Early Bird available until June 30th
​Book online at www.smockalley.com or call 01-6770014



Sam Blair is new Chair of the USM

The AGM of the Ulster Society of Magicians took place on Monday evening 1st June 2015 in the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Shaws Bridge, Belfast.  Alan Kennedy passed on the Chairmanship to Samantha Blair, the second lady to take on the position and fifty years after her father Wallace. 
Alan is joined on committee by returning Secretary George Bleeks who also takes on the post of Vice Chairman 
Nicola Cunningham, Paul Gomac, Jim Harvey, James Hobart, Alan Kennedy, Caolan McBride and Stephen Morgan were re-elected and are joined on the team by John Mahood.
A very exciting year for the USM is planned with details of Belfast MagicCon 2016 being revealed first to members at the meeting. In the build up to hosting the convention the usual mix of lectures, club nights, fundraising and  social events are planned with the USM dinner already confirmed in a new venue for 19th March 2016.
Thank you to Paul Gomac for the photo.