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Lectures at Magicbox hosted by the Newcastle Magic Circle 


Doors open at 7pm

Events start at 7.30pm (unless stated otherwise)

Pay on the door:

£15.00 non members

£10 members of other magic societys

FREE – Members of Newcastle Magic Circle

Free tea and coffee, refreshments available.


Monday 18th September, 2017:  Matt Johnson, USA

Matt Johnson has experience in spades and has been performing all over the world for more than 20 years!

As a performer he has done it all. From cruise ships and International hotels to corporate events for fortune 500 companies and theaters throughout the world. He has appeared in movies, TV shows and most recently appeared as a contestant on the hit TV show Wizard Wars filmed in Los Angeles, California.

 As one of Canada’s busiest entertainers he performs his unique brand of thought provoking magic with over 300 live performances a year!

 “Matt is one of the busiest entertainers I know!” – Dan Harlan

As a creator of original magic and mentalism effects Matt has released countless effects, books, dvd’s and instant downloads over the past 25 years. He has also been a featured performer and teacher for other creators and can be seen on the TA box set and in the marketed effect “Freedom Writer” both by Paul Harris Presents.

 Most recently in 2013 he was approached by Penguin Magic to release some of his own effects which included the best sellers, Melt and Melt 2.0, Pen Through Finger and Sweet. Matt was also asked to perform his lecture via the internet with his first Penguin Live Lecture in 2013.

 All proved so popular that Penguin then hired Matt to rework old effects under the  name “Matt Johnson Presents…”. Each effect is given Matt’s unique approach and worker approval. Such effects included Blindfoil, Dark Arts, Photographic, Billoon, Chaptrick  White Bikes, and Blacksmith to name just a few.

 As a lecturer Matt has lectured at FISM, the Magic Circle in London, the Magic Castle in Hollywood, IBM in the UK, the Adelaide Magic Convention in Australia and countless other Magic Clubs and conventions around the world!

 Matt always has something new up his sleeve, so even if you have seen Matt lecture before you are guaranteed to learn some brand new & unpublished, mind blowing Magic and Mentalism.

 All of Matt’s creations are very commercial and most of the effects instantly reset!



Monday 6th November, 2017:  Jim Krenz, Spain

Jim has been interested in magic since 5 years old. Fifteen of those years were spent working for Jay and Francis Marshall at Magic Inc. He regularly performed close-up at Schulien’s Restaurant in Chicago. In 1993, he won the Most Valuable Participant award at the presti-gious FFFF convention. He has created over three dozen original effects and techniques, and has lectured about them in nine countries. Jim has studied with Ed Marlo, Jim Ryan, Tony Andruzzi, Don Alan, Eugene Burger, Slydini, Tommy Wonder and Juan Tamariz.  

 His lecture contains his original ideas, theories, routines and improvements in close-up magic. Focusing on close-up magic, Jim will teach his hands-off cards across (wherein the magician legitimately never touches the cards), his torn and restored card (called Rip-per, described by Juan Tamariz as his favorite torn and restored card), his invisible tri-umph (this fools everyone!) and his version of wild card, which features his impossible card case load (called Imp-Load)—which is performed under the direct observation of the audience.  Here is a quote from R. Paul Wilson about Jim’s Imp-Load: “I’ve been fooled badly by this. My friends have been fooled badly by this. Signed card cleanly goes into the deck, vanishes and appears inside the box that’s in full view on the table. Highly rec-ommended.” Interspersed throughout the lecture are Jim’s theories on creating and performing magic. Topics include participants preferred, making magic matter, the practice of prac-tice and crafting creativity. Also featured are his coins across (using his “one-behind principle”), his oil and wa-ter (called NeoMix), Coincidencia (a coincidence routine with genuinely shuffled cards) and his handling of John Cornelius’ Pen Through Anything, which elevates the routine to the status of a miracle.

Unsolicited quotes about Jim and his magic: 

“Dude who fooled me the most with cards: 

In 1991, it was Spain’s Juan Tamariz; 

In 1992, it was Swe-den’s Lennart Green; 

In 1993, it was Chicago Conjurer Jim Krenz.” Dan Garrett (From M.U.M.—the national publication of the Society of American Magicians) • 

 After reviewing a number of other prominent close-up magicians (including Chuck Fayne, Bill Gold-man and Eugene Burger) who performed at the National Society of Magicians Convention in 1994: “Jim Krenz was my personal favorite due to his very likable character and absolutely astounding card work. He brought the house down with his signed cards routine.” Erika Larsen (From Genii—the International Conjurors’ Magazine) •  

 “I literally saw jaws drop at Krenz’s multiple signed card revelation.” Hiawatha (From Magic—the Independent Magazine for Magicians) •

 “Jim Krenz is a treasure trove of ideas and a powerhouse of innovation. Check out his online store and support a true innovator — an “inside guy” who’s sharing some brilliant ideas.” R. Paul Wilson •

 “Jim thinks in another dimension and creates cutting edge miracles. His devious and thoroughly de-ceptive methods never fail to pack a powerful punch.” Rafael Benatar 

 “When I was a child I was fascinated with the magical emotion that I felt upon watching magicians. I could not comprehend anything—what I would see was impossible; now I love to feel this emotion. It does not occur very often. Normally, I can see behind the curtain—I see the “hidden” secrets and the mechanics. But from time to time a magician performs a trick, or several tricks that seem impossi-ble—and the magical emotion returns. This happens to me with Jim Krenz (how wonderful!). For this, thank you Jim!” Juan Tamariz


Monday 29th January, 2018:  Marc Oberon, U.K


…. is the definitive work from FISM Award winner Marc Oberon, finally revealing his complete system for choreographing and structuring performances to elevate them from simple tricks to powerful moments of real magic.


Monday 26th March, 2018:  Boris Wild, France


Boris Wild is an international performer, creator and lecturer based in Paris. He is  one  of the most renowned French magicians  in the world who regularly performs in prestigious places all around the world, for example “The Magic Castle“ in Hollywood where he has already performed 200 shows.  

He is a French Champion of Magic, a Monte Carlo Magic Stars Award Winner and a FISM Winner at the World Championships of Magic.

He has appeared on many international TV shows including “Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde”  (5 appearances) and has been featured in the photo exhibition “The World’s Greatest Magicians“ in Stockholm.  

He has been the Guest of Honour and MVP Award recipient at the FFFF Convention, the most prestigious gathering of close-up magicians in the world. 

He has appeared on the cover of several international magazines such as GENII, THE LINKING RING, MAGICSEEN and REEL MAGIC. 

Boris has already been the Chairman of the Close-up Jury at the FISM World Championships of Magic and is the recipient of the Robert-Houdin Medal for his representation of French magic abroad. 

You like card magic when it is simple, direct and effective?

You like to be fooled by impossible effects that leave a strong impact on the audience?

You like routines that make your spectators feel a magical emotion? Then Boris Wild’s new lecture is made for you! 

“Sensations” will allow you to perform incredibly clean predictions and coincidences that are absolutely impossible. You will even be able to find a chosen card while being blindfolded or without ever touching the deck!

A unique lecture not to be missed and the perfect opportunity to discover Boris Wild’s latest creations during an evening full of magical sensations…


Monday 23rd April, 2018:  Gregory Wilson, USA

“Things I Actually Carry With Me” lecture

Gregory Wilson is a two-time FISM award-winner with at least twenty best-selling instructional videos on the market.

He has contributed his wildly original routines to every major magic magazine in the world as well as a full chapter in Paul Harris’ The Art of Astonishment and a full chapter in Harry Lorayne’s Best of Friends 3. He was also a prolific contributor to the popular book Magic For Dummies. (Just don’t hold that one against him). 

Gregory is also consistently in the top ten of the Top Twenty Inventors list at Penguin Magic.  He also regularly hosts Murphys ‘At the Table’ lectures.

If you’ve never seen him lecture, he emphasizes the value of entertainment with his course of instruction by delivering a rip-roaring, fast-paced, high-energy, laugh-out-loud, audience-involving SHOW!

This is a new lecture, showcasing some of his latest effects and routines, entitled “Things I actually carry with me”


Monday 7th May, 2018:  Marcus Eddie, USA

Marcus Eddie Bio:

“Growing up overseas as part of an Air Force family, Marcus did not have access to magic shops or clubs. Using a magic set he received as a gift from his parents and the few magic books he could find in the school library, Marcus began teaching himself the craft when he was just 12 years old.

Building his illusions from toy boxes, tape and everyday items, Marcus took his childhood passion and turned it into his career.

Today, he is a 8 time, award-winning magician, including his win on the Syfy Channels magic competition, ‘Wizard Wars’, he appeared on ‘Penn & Teller Fool Us, Headlined at The Magic Castle, is the creator of several products on the market and consults for magician’s worldwide, including David Blaine on his last special, ‘Beyond Magic’. Marcus Eddie’s original magic will leave you stunned!”

Marcus Eddie Lecture:
Marcus shows how to turn objects like toothpicks, glasses and rubber bands into moments of magic and shares some of his crazy methods and creations. Also, He talks about creating magic for companies, his experience performing and creating magic on TV and consulting for magicians like David Blaine.


Wednesday 30th May, 2018:  Jamy Ian Swiss, USA

This new lecture by Jamy Ian Swiss will cover the gamut of close-up sleight-of-hand magic. This lecture is absolutely full of amazing card magic, from original card-in-impossible location plots (and a fresh new handling of the Card on Ceiling); to apparent displays of extraordinary skill that don’t demand as much as they appear; and a simple but mystifying and commercial memorized deck routine.

Then comes the non-card magic; including an impromptu cup-and-ball routine with an original and amazing new climax; a practical mentalism routine that turns any peek into an engaging four-effect routine; and coin magic that includes a lesson in pure misdirection, and an amazing no-gaff vanish of four coins.

According to the post-modern magic duo, Penn & Teller, Jamy Ian Swiss is “James Bond with a deck of cards for a pistol!” Swiss has appeared internationally for presenters ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the Smithsonian Institution. His U.S. television appearances include CBS “48 Hours,” PBS “Nova,” “The Today Show,” and repeat appearances on “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”

Internationally renowned for his skills as a close-up magician, Swiss has also performed his stage show of mind-reading and mentalism, “Heavy Mental,” for audiences of thousands across the United States. As a speaker, Swiss has addressed subjects including creativity, risk management, information design, user experience and other aspects of corporate and creative concern to firms as diverse as Publicis, Schlumberger, Evernote, Adobe, Intuit, Evernote, Electronic Arts, Shufflemaster and more; and also serves as on-stage host for a diverse range of business conferences.

Swiss was the book reviewer for “Genii” magazine for 18 years, and is the author of several books including “The Art of Magic” (the companion to the PBS documentary); two collections of essays: “Devious Standards” and “Shattering Illusions”; and he collaborated with Edward Tufte on a chapter in the book “Visual Explanations.” He has produced and written for television including Penn & Teller’s “Sin City Spectacular” series, and Marco Tempest’s “The Virtual Magician;” and he is a co-producer of New York’s longest-running Off-Broadway magic show, “Monday Night Magic,” now in its 18th consecutive year.

A regular performer at the Magic Castle since 1987, Swiss has also lectured to magicians in more than 30 states and 13 countries. A renowned “skeptic” and pro-science advocate and activist, Swiss is a founder of the National Capital Area Skeptics [], a founder of the New York City Skeptics []; has served as a Fellow of the James Randi Educational Foundation []; and is a co-producer and on-stage host of the annual New England Conference on Science and Skepticism [] in New York City.

In a lengthy profile, “New Yorker” magazine declared, “Swiss is widely thought to have one of the most masterly sleight-of-hand techniques in the world today!”

  • ​A full-time pro who has appeared at nightclubs, comedy clubs, colleges and universities, casino hotels, cruise ships, banquets, trade shows and corporate events; resident Magic Bartender at the notorious “Inn of Magic” near Washington, D.C.
  • Producer of Monday Night Magic in New York City.

  • Featured on the PBS documentary “The Art of Magic,” and co-author of the companion book of the same title.

  • Twice featured on the cover of GENII magazine, and GENII book reviewer since 1994.

  • Published work in The New York Magic Symposium Collection IV, the Mendoza Portfolio, the Magical Arts Journal, Magic Manuscript, Apocalypse, Labyrinth, etc.

  • Edited and contributed the introduction to the critically acclaimed book, Theatrical Close-Up, by Peter Samelson.

  • Lectures and repeat appearances at the Magic Castle, Hollywood.

  • Lectures in 30 states, Canada, 11 European countries and 3 tours of Japan, including television appearances in England and Japan.

  • Created and starred in the theatrical séance, Things That Go Bump In The Night.

  • Creative consultant to Penn & Teller’s How To Play With Your Food; comedy writer and chief magic consultant for Penn & Teller’s Sin City Spectacular on the FX cable network. 


The Jamy Ian Swiss Lecture has already received rave reviews in appearances throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. Yogi Magic Club dubbed him “The Beast of the East.” In 1988, Karrel Fox wrote in Linking Ring: “…The most KNOWLEDGEABLE, CLEVER and ENTERTAINING close-up guy I’ve seen in a long time.” 

This exciting lecture is packed with practical material from a professional’s working repertoire – filled with real-life information about performance of magic – all delivered in Jamy’s powerful, potent, and unprecedented style! 

More rave reviews…

“The Beast of the East…Jamy dazzled the pop-eyed assembly with some of the most superb high tech card work ever displayed in these parts!…Jamy’s unbridled enthusiasm for the art of magic was extraordinary in its intensity, and served as an undeniable inspiration to all…”YOGI MAGIC CLUB, Baltimore, Md.

“Jamy proved himself to be a first rate performer and one of the top ten lecturers I’ve had the pleasure to learn from in the last twenty years. All of his material is top flight, and there’s something for everyone regardless of experience. If a magic club neglects booking him for a lecture, they’ve missed the boat.”DEL COPLEY, Columbus, Ohio

“His sleights were beautiful…Great effects, lots of humor and sound advice marked this excellent lecture. Don’t miss it when Jamy Ian Swiss passes your way.”RING 244, Long Island, N.Y.

“Jamy eloquently and energetically presented the best learning experience I have witnessed by a visiting lecturer…His missionary zeal and conviction will force even long time performers to reevaluate their performances and improve their presentations.”ASSEMBLY 47, Rochester, N.Y.

“…this engaging and talented performer stresses presentation. He featured coin magic and miracles with cards, making superb use of the classic force and manipulative effects…. Other effects superbly demonstrated were …his brilliant “Ring and Pencil (Animated Ring).” PARENT ASSEMBLY 1, NYC, N.Y.

“…the dynamic lecture presented by Jamy Ian Swiss, a charismatic, highly talented young man…(his) talent is prodigious…Everything was meticulously explained…the lecture dealt with thread work in a way I have not seen so clearly presented before – and that includes both Finn Jon and Michael Ammar! …a great performance and a super afternoon of pure magic.” FERGUS ROY in ABRA


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