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Harry De Cruz
Show piece - Everyone has a party trick. Harry has 374 and counting. The multidisciplined master brings his Edinburgh fringe smash hit one-man show to the IBM. Join Harry as he shares his incredible skills, takes on challenges from the audience, and reveals the heartwarming and surprising story that lead him to learn these skills. He'll show you the improbable and unbelievable skills that led Dynamo to pronounce him "The King of party tricks".
Paul has been in the business for over 25 years, performing stage, close-up and children’s/family entertainment. As a respected member of the Magic Circle, he has lectured for them on numerous occasions. He now sits on the panel of experts for those taking membership examinations. He has performed in the National Finals of the Family Entertainer of the year, no fewer than 3 times and has never lost. He now judges the competition for the potential winners of this most coveted tittle.
Paul brings an all new lecture on family entertainment. Last time it was all about the BUSINESS now it's time for the SHOW. Paul performs every routine on a regular basis, showing trick handling & performance techniques.
It is no dealer dem but he will have a few original products to buy at the end of the lecture.
Mel's career in Show business commenced as a Red Coat at Butlins, Head's of Ayr.
During the Seventies Harry Corbett asked Mel to be the guest artiste on a theatre tour of The Sooty Show which in turn lead to T.V appearances and theatre tours with the Sooty one man show "Sooty's Magic Rocket".
Since then Mel has headlined his owns shows in various theatres around the U.K.
Mel is an accomplished comedy magician being a member of a very select group of professional magicians, in fact, a Gold Star Member of The Inner Magic Circle,London and has appeared in venues as far away as The Jameriah Beach Hotel, Dubai and The Golden Garter Club,South Africa plus work as the Guest Entertainer on top cruise liners including the five star cruises of Silver Seas.
Mel has appeared in various Pantomimes and has played Wishee Washee in Aladdin at The Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa and Idle Jack in Dick Whittington at The Bedworth Civic Centre.Oh yes he has !
Television credits include “The One Game”, “3.2.1”. with the late Ted Rogers, “Saturday Royal” with Lionel Blair and Lorraine Chase, “Opportunity Knocks”. “Our House” and “The Hustle” with Robert Vaughan (The Man from Uncle). Mel even lasted a couple of rounds with Anne Robinson on “The Weakest link”!
Early in his career the late Sir Ken Dodd asked Mel to appear in a series of his “Happiness Shows”.
Mel is a Member of The Punch and Judy Fellowship and now offers tuition to would be Punch Professors.
Mel has worked in a number of venues in America and was the first British act to appear at The Orleans Hotel, Las Vegas.
Mel also toured theatres with The Flanagan and Allen Story" as one of the Crazy Gang.
More recently Mel has been appearing in Jan Hunt's Olde Tyme Music Hall at The Leeds City of Varieties. the home of T'V's The Good Olde Days and with his cabaret show for Cruise Maritime Cruises.
Mel recently appeared at The Birmingham Hippodrome for Britain's Got Talent and made Simon Cowell laugh and David Walliams said "you are a very funny man"
Mel is also President of the Northamptonshire Magicians Club.
Mel looks forward to being part of the British IBM Convention in Eastbourne.
On a rare visit home one Easter Mel got a booking at Coventry Zoo. At this time Mel was doing escapology in his show and he spent four days in a strait jacket, hanging over the lions cage, suspended on a burning rope!!!!!!
More appearances on T.V. followed including, “The Sooty Show”, “Rainbow”, “3.2.1.”and “Saturday Royal” with Lionel Blair.Even Ken Dodd asked Mel to be the guest magician on his touring shows!
Mel has a love of theatre and was pleased to be asked to tour with The original Sooty Stage Show with Harry Corbett, which in turn lead to presenting other Children's Theatre Shows.These included Mel's own Presto the Magic Rabbit Show.Mel also brought out a record of “The Presto Song” which sold out on the tour.Other U.K.theatre tours followed which featured The Smurfs, The Care Bears, The Trolls, The Wombles, Rupert The Bear and Old Macdonald's Farm all with an ample supply of “Mel's Magic”.Mel also recorded a C.D. Of songs from The Old Macdonald Show which is still available to-day
Mel is no stranger to Panto (Oh no he isn't) and has played the lead comedy roles in both Aladdin and Dick Whittington, to rave reviews.
Mel's hero was the late great Tommy Cooper, so it is no surprise to find that most of his work is now as a comedy magician.
More recently Mel's Act has taken him all around the World on some of the finest cruise ships including shows for P.and O., Saga, Holland - America, Fred Olsen,Page and Moy and the five star ships of the top American line,Silversea Cruises.
Mel is one of the U.K.'s leading comic / magicians and was the first British Act to appear at The Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas.When Mel won the Rovi Award for his comedy magic at the International Brotherhood of Magicians Convention in Eastbourne he was immediately invited to perform at a special convention in Buffalo, New York State.U.S.A.
Following an appearance on the T.V. Show “Our House” where viewers got an insight of the type of paraphernalia that is intergral in a magician's house Mel was then invited to appear on “The Weakest Link”with Anne Robinson but he is all right now!!!
Mel as “Mr Magic” is no stanger to the entertainment of children and has developed special shows for all ages that include comedy magic, balloon modelling, games, competitions and the ever popular Punch and Judy Show. Mel has been on school tours recently as “ Victorian Seaside” is now part of the school curriculem.
Last year Mel joined the team of Guides for the Stratford Town Ghost Walks and regularly performs spooky magic as he takes visitors around the most haunted houses in Stratford upon Avon.
Mel's latest illusion is the floating table and later this month he will be travelling to Dubai to present this illusion in front of the World's tallest building the Burj Tower.It is over 2000 feet high and cost over £2billion to build.Mel is hoping that his table will at least float some of the way up!!
The floating table is just one of the illusions in Mel's full evening show Mel's Magical Mayhem” which will be touring later in the year.
Mel is currently one of only two hundred magicians worldwide awarded the Gold Star of The Magic Circle, London for his contribution to comedy magic.
When not perfoming his magic Mel is happy at home with his wife Nicky, Vincent the cat and his latest hobbies of train modelling and fly fishing plus working on his collection of small classic cars.
After graduating from Ecole Superiore des Arts de Cirque in Brussels, Florian has developed his acts in some of London's most prestigious hotels and venues, leading to an elegant and nonchalant performance. With his love for what he has nominated as "useless skills", he brings a collection of surprising and intimate moments for you to enjoy.
Chris Wardle will be presenting his new lecture, ‘Something Old, Something New’ at The British Ring Convention. This will be a mixture of his favourite effects from over 20 years of publishing his ideas in magic magazines, interspersed with many brand-new items. The lecture will include something for everyone, as Chris reveals crafty methods for close-up, stand-up, mentalism and children’s magic effects. His ideas have appeared in several books and have been featured on TV, radio and on the stage. He contributed over 100 tricks to ‘Abra’ magazine and his material appeared in Ian Rowland’s column in ‘Magic’ and Andi Gladwin’s column in ‘Genii’. He has his own regular column in The Magic Circle’s monthly magazine and is a former winner of The Magic Circle’s Cecil Lyle Award. Together with James Ward, Chris writes the ‘Collaborative Conjuring’ column in ‘Key Ring’ magazine. Chris has contributed to ‘The British Ring Trick Parade’ in ‘The Linking Ring’ magazine for the past 16 years. Chris is a Member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star
My lecture is called 'Staging Magic' with info on it below.
Delivering a varied, unique and elegant twist on stage magic including magic with bubbles, during the lecture he offers his ideas and thoughts on effects for close-up, comedy, stage and children's magic. Throughout the explanations he illustrates how to make performances more powerful by applying the rules of stagecraft, how to deconstruct a routine or act whilst eliminating any unnecessary movements and actions, his evolution of ideas and inspiration behind a working routine and how to give your magic more of an impact in general. He also covers his thoughts on stage magic with an introduction into how the techniques, psychology and rules followed by stage manipulators can easily be applied to all performance situations: from cabaret to close-up and from parlour to children's shows plus he explains the thoughts and workings stealing objects and how these methods can be easily adapted to produce a range of different objects.
OLIVER TABOR - Contemporary Conjuror
A multi-award winning magician, most recently winning at the 2017 European Championships of Magic and is also a past winner of the British Ring Shield.
Oliver is a full time stage and close-up magician, specialising in stage magic and regularly performs in theatre shows and cabaret venues around the UK including residencies at the Leicester Square Theatre and the Hippodrome Casino in London.
He has supplied entertainment to various events for over 20 years including corporate dinners, cruise ships, product launches, promotions, weddings, theatre shows, television, radio and private functions. He produces his own theatre productions throughout the year around the UK including regular London show 'West End Magic' that recently celebrated its 5th year at the Leicester Square Theatre. He's also acted as a consultant to film and TV productions such as the Hollywood film 'Now You See Me 2' and BBC series London Spy.
James is a Member of The Inner Magic Circle and a two-times winner of The Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year Award, but now uses sleight of hand in a different field… as a pickpocket! James has entertained the Royal Family on several occasions and is the only person to have picked the pockets of the Mayor of London, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Governor of the Bank of England! No wonder then that his hands have been insured for £1 million!
In 2015, his one man show ‘James Freedman: Man of Steal’ transferred to London’s West End and City of London Police invited James to become the UK Fraud Prevention Ambassador. He regularly speaks to business audiences on the subjects of crime prevention, social engineering and theft; combining performance skills and expert knowledge to help reduce fraud.
GO ON... STEAL YOURSELF. A lecture by James Freedman
Whether you want to develop a pickpocket act or simply add some pickpocket steals to an existing magic act, this is a rare live masterclass from the man that Time Magazine called “the world’s number one pickpocket”.
Peter Rann is an archivist at The King’s Theatre Portsmouth. A member of The IBM, Magic Circle and Equity.
A member of ‘The Randini’ Family of magicians from the Isle of Wight.
Finalist in the Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year competition 1971.
As with David and Janet his siblings he began as an assistant to his father ‘The Great Randini’.
He has performed magic, Punch and Judy and has clowned both here and in France, Belgium and Holland.
He took part with his father in the British Ring IBM Shield completion as ‘Will’um and Twitt’.
This Lecture is called
‘A Brief Visit to the Magic World of Matchless Matcham’
Matcham was not a magician but built and transformed theatres giving them a magical atmosphere for some of greats such as Harry Houdini, Laffiette, Carmo and Chung Ling Soo to perform in. These theatres still allow todays modern magician to perform in a satisfying mysterious and likewise magical atmosphere. Theatres such as The London Palladium, Buxton Opera House and The Grand Theatre Blackpool are just some of the 150 he was involved in in his lifetime.
We will discover features of the theatre during the Edwardian period which would be unacceptable today and some which have stood the test of time. Also some of the innovations Matcham introduced to the theatre world.
Mike Sullivan is best known as the other half of DTRICK: The Magic of Wayne Dobson. Wayne describes Mike as his right (and left) hand man. However, Mike is also an accomplished professional close-up magician. He has worked for some of the biggest blue chip companies and all over the world. A busy boy, Mike likes dynamic and to the point magic that will amaze and bemuse his audiences. So working with one of the most commercially prolific inventors of magic, it’s not hard to assume his magic is exactly what it says on the tin.
TOM CROSBIE: PERFORMING NERD
Tom Crosbie is not a comedian, but he will leave you laughing.
He's not a magician, but he will leave you scratching your head.
He's not a juggler, but he will leave you with your jaw on the floor.
Roy is a fourth generation magician, and Member of the Inner Magic Circle.
His many awards include World Junior Magic Champion in 1988 and in the senior category, British Magical Champion when only fifteen years old.
Further afield, he has won competitions in Denmark, Italy, Austria and a prizewinner in Manipulation at the World Magic Championships (FISM) in Dresden in 1997, the first British success for 36 years.
Roy trained at Mountview Theatre School, London, on the Musical Theatre and Acting course, and his experience includes summer seasons and cruise work on ships such as QE2. Contracts have taken Roy to theatres all over the world from the Cirque Magique D'Alsace in Stasbourg to It's Magic in Los Angeles, USA, the Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany, and the Magic Castle, Hollywood.
When Roy is not in theatre he is busy with private and corporate functions, performing close-up magic for companies such as British Airways, British Telecom, Credit Suisse First Boston and Morgan Stanley at the Trianon Palace, Versailles.
Edward Hilsum was voted 'Stage Magician of the Year 2018’ by The Magic Circle, ‘British Champion of Magic’ by the International Brotherhood of Magicians and 'International Rising Star of Magic’ by the renowned Magicana organisation. His debut one-man show 'Edward Hilsum: Genie' won critical acclaim at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival and for five years he starred in the record-breaking 'Champions of Magic' spectacular, touring theatres throughout the UK and North America.
Aside from performing, Edward is the founder of production company Love Variety. He has co-written and directed a number of productions including the hit West End show 'James Freedman: Man of Steal' and ‘Sensation: The Greatest Variety Artists... Live!’.
Edward Hilsum: Silver
Direct from the 2019 Edinburgh International Fringe Festival! In his intimate and heart-warming new show, Edward shares 'absolutely beautiful illusions'(BroadwayBaby.com) and 'immaculate sleight-of-hand' (The Magic Circle) that 'makes you believe in real magic' (Dynamo). 'Charming' (Guardian). 'Hilsum is a genius'(TheatreFullStop.com).
From the famous Wookey Hole Cave complex deep in Somerset (the home of Carnivals and Festivals) comes HOCUS POCUS. Tonight our Female Illusionists will show you a short segment of our Amazing Magic and Incredible Illusions spectacular that we usually only perform in the Wookey Hole Theatre. All originally members of the Gerry Cottle Circus family, the Witches of Wookey Hole will actually CUT a MAN in HALF. Not to be seen anywhere else.
It’s Wild – It’s Wicked. Don’t just “Believe in Magic” – Believe in HOCUS POCUS
Do not miss!! – Miss DEGENERATE – Having just completed a 100 Date Theatre Tour with the Circus of Horrors, this summer she has appeared at many Festivals here in the UK (including Download and Galstonbury) and in Germany and Holland. A former High Flying Trapeze artist she now performs the funkiest and fastest HULA HOOP act you will ever see.
Another Amazing Act from the Wookey Hole family come the former Flying Trapeze act – DUO ROMA (Craig Attmere and Walter Tacco). Now presenting their new and dangerous CROSSBOW ACT. Daring to be Different! Please stay seated whilst DUO ROMA perform.
Fields started his performing life as a street entertainer. This was great in the summer but when the cold winter weather came he looked for somewhere warmer to perform. His unique comedy style opened doors into the comedy clubs where he got as many laughs as the comedians. This led to headline tours in Europe and Asia, appearances at arts festivals, on TV, performances for the armed forces overseas. He was even asked to perform for the British royal family.
Nowadays he works mainly in theaters but his style can still be traced back to his roots. He is a master of the art of audience participation, he manages to walk the fine line of being hilariously funny but never embarrassing his volunteers – this is one of the hallmarks of Keith’s work, people who would never normally get on stage simply love becoming the stars of the show.
‘My belief is that anyone who comes on stage should have a great experience, it is my job to make them want to be there. I treat them with respect and really appreciate their contribution to the show’
As a British performer who has made his home in the USA, Keith not only brings his accent, he also has a wonderful oblique view of life in America and still struggles with the language
Lady Sarah is the daughter of a playwright who has been performing since she was five years old. She describes herself as ‘eccentric but mature’ and has an unrequited love for new shoes!
Shakespeare said ‘all the worlds a stage’, and for Lady Sarah that is definitely true. She is a real English lady and sounds like she has come straight from an episode of Downton Abbey. If she had time she would make you a nice cup of tea and some crumpets. She frequently has to keep Keith on track when he starts wandering off script, as he often does.
‘I’ve been married to him for 25 years and he still makes me laugh, both on and off stage!’
Keith Fields & Lady Sarah are on a mission, to change the world. They are doing it one laugh at a time!
It’s a medical fact – laughter is good for you, it releases endorphins and has measurable health benefits.