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Friday
Sep042015

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.

Friday
Sep042015

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.

Friday
Sep042015

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

Tuesday
Aug042015

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

Tuesday
Aug042015

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

Tuesday
Jun232015

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

 

Tuesday
Jun232015

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.

 

Tuesday
Jun232015

Jay Scott Berry Lecture :: Belfast Mon 29th June

 

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.


Friday
Jun192015

Jay Scott Berry Lecture :: Dublin 24th June 

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.


Tuesday
Jun022015

Roberto Giobbi coming to Belfast MagiCon 2016

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.


They are delighted to tell you all that Belfast's headliner for the weekend will be non other than Roberto Giobbi who will be performing, lecturing and providing many other little surprises that weekend for conventioneers. Over the course of the Bank holiday weekend, Friday 29th April, Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May 2016, they will host a range of local and top international acts in which, hopefully will be an exciting and intimate convention held in the heart of Belfast's most happening district, the Cathedral Quarter.



There will be lecturers, dealers, performances from world class circus acts too plus public shows on Friday Evening, Saturday afternoon and the Gala showcase on the Sunday evening. You do not want to miss this convention. Get the dates into your diary.



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

Tuesday
Jun022015

Broken Wand :: Marie Nicholl

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. 

 

Tuesday
May052015

Dundalk Day of Magic Reviewed

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.




Monday
Apr272015

Horace Jaye is a Leprechaun

Many thanks to Horace Jaye for his kind donation to our tip jar.  As I always say, this site is a labour of love and not a commercial endevour.  Any help is so appreciated, thanks again Horace.  

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Saturday
Apr252015

Broken Wand :: Kay Brady

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.

Saturday
Apr182015

Magician Jessica Harkin on RTÉ 1's Nationwide

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.