• Mike Sullivan will be appearing in the Stars of Close Up show
  • We are delighted to have Vanni Pulé with us, performing in the International Close up show.  In his own country, Vanni Pulé is a household name because of his hundreds of TV appearances over the years.  His forte, however, was cabaret and, together with his wife, Mary Anne, and his other box-jumpers, he entertained holiday makers and locals in most hotels and clubs.  He also performs Close-Up for conferences and corporate events.  For magicians, he published various ideas on magic magazines on both sides of the Atlantic and he won the Howard Bamman Trophy twice.  He also lectured to various societies.  Between 2011 and 2012 he was International President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

  • Appearing at Southport will be Dion van Rijt. As a young child, he entertained his first audiences by dressing up as different characters in his living room at home, and at age six he found that magic was the perfect way to express himself. While practicing sleight of hand he also discovered ballet and quickly understood that these two disciplines would fit perfectly together. In 2016 he wowed audiences at our Buxton Convention as The White Magic Rabbit. Currently on a world tour with his show Mr. Purpurs, Dion will be showcasing his acclaimed Magic Tango act at Southport along with another new act never before seen at the IBM Convention.

Mr. Purpurs


      • Fifth Dimension will be appearing at Southport. Fifth Dimension are magicians and presenters Ivor Smith and Jeff Burns who have performed across the globe, from Singapore and Thailand to Hollywood and Las Vegas. At home in front of audiences large and small, Fifth Dimension thrive on interaction whether entertaining at corporate and private events, delivering Health and Safety presentations, team development workshops, or giving keynote speeches at high-profile business conferences. Fun and creativity are two of the most important elements present in all of Fifth Dimension’s work.

Fifth Dimension

      • Alexander Wells will be appearing at Southport. Evoking the feel of the Victorian and Edwardian Belle Epoch, Alexander’s timeless brand of entertainment caters for the most modern and exacting of tastes. On stage, Alexander delights and enthrals audiences with original presentations of classical magic brought bang up to date with contemporary innovations. From lively vaudevillian banter, to his poignant and visually arresting silent act, Alexander provides audiences of all ages with a glimpse of a magical world rarely seen today. Alexander’s close-up magic is borne of a life-long passion for sleight-of-hand and psychological illusion. It sparkles with an urbane humour that’s offset by his charming delivery.  Evoking the feel of the Victorian and Edwardian Belle Epoch, Alexander’s timeless brand of entertainment caters for the most modern and exacting of tastes.
        Alexander Wells
      • Anthony Owen will be appearing at Southport. Anthony is a prolific and influential magical creator, producer and writer. As a performer he has appeared on over 100 UK television programmes and on the stages of theatres around the UK and in London’s West End. His original magical effects, routines and ideas have been featured by performers around the world and he has acted as a consultant for numerous performers and theatre and television productions. He is the BAFTA award winning producer of The Secret World of Magic, The Real Hustle, The Quick Trick Show, Monkey Magic, The Greatest Magic Tricks in the Universe, Marc Paul’s Mind Games, Magick, Thomas Solomon: Escape Artist and Derren Brown’s specials and series.

Anthony Owen