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Merlins Magic Festival

Sunday May 13th 2018
​​​​Please note the new venue: The Academy Theatre, Birdwell, Barnsley S70 5TU
Merlins of Wakefield are hosting a fantastic one Day Magic Festival. The day will consist of lectures, workshops, surprises and finish with a Gala Magic Show in the evening.
If you would just prefer to come along and see some of the best professional magic, comedy and variety acts, then the evening show is for you. If you would like to see everything, then get the special discounted ticket for the whole event. Ideal for the whole family, with a minimum age limit of 10 years old, and concessions for under 16 year olds. There is plenty of free parking and cafe/bar in the venue.
Full details of events and performers are listed below!

Day event is from 10.00am - 5.30pm
Evening show is 7.00pm - 9.30pm

Artists booked include :

Alexander Wells - 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. See him in the day and Gala Show.

The Grumbleweeds - continue in the same bizarre way they always have, making audiences cry with laughter. The act cannot be categorised  It is neither old-school or mainstream or alternative. It's just really funny. Wether you are 5 or 105, funny is funny. There are very few acts in the history of UK comedy that can stand the test of time and who can boast such a proud theatrical history as The Grumbleweeds - See them at the day event only.

Lorenzo - has been learning magic since the age of 4 and has a host of impressive tricks up his sleeve including making doves disappear and mesmerising card tricks. A young magician from Bolton who takes his magic very seriously. Performing close up magic and stage, he is fast becoming a sought after magician in the north of England. See him in the day and Gala Show.​​​​​​​

Michael Jordan - is 25 years old and is an accomplished Magician, Unicyclist, Juggler, Illusionist, Plate Spinner, Fire Eater and Guitarist. He is a confident performer whether he is on stage doing his illusion act or doing close up performing. He was The Magic Circle “Young Magician of the Year” from 2009 to 2011 and appeared as a specialist performer for various TV programmes and adverts. See him in the day and Gala Show.​​​​​​​


Darren Mac -  is one of the country's funniest and most amazing magicians. He has been performing magic now for over 20 years and has won an array of awards including the title 'British Magical Champion.' Darren has been trusted to work for clients such as Hilton Hotel Group and Arla Foods and has performed at Leeds United Football Club. Darren has the rare skill of being able to entertain his audiences with hilarious comedy magic without loosing the amazement. See him in the day and Gala Show.​​​​​​​

High Jinx - is a truly Award Winning Magic and Illusion act. Michael started the act in 2004 when he created an illusion act for the Magic Circle Young Magicians Club stage competition, which he won. Since then he has continued to build on the act performing in many prestige places including ‘The Boston Plaza Hotel’ Boston, USA for the Society of American Magicians, ‘Blackpool Opera House’ to an audience of 3500 people. Their act is a thrilling mix of Magic, Illusion, Escapology and Circus Skills delivered in a way that will leave you amazed, puzzled even scared but above all entertained.
In 2011 High Jinx were placed 2nd in the European FISM championships in Blackpool. See them in the Gala Show.

Antonio Zip -  is more than just a mime act… bringing together an exciting fusion of jaw dropping magic and jaw closing mime, Antonio Zip is amazing crowds around the U.K. An experienced magician Antonio has been the toast of many a party and corporate event for years
How does he do it?! He can’t say, but he’s sure to make you laugh and wonder how! See him in the Gala Show.​​​​​​​

Harry Robson - Many Magicians will know Harry Robson’s name from various sources – He has been the Magic Dealer Co-Ordinator for the World Famous Blackpool Magic Convention, Member of the Blackpool Magicians’ Club, Performer and of course the manufacturer of many excellent props, tricks and magical accessories. He has a wealth of magical knowledge gained from years of performing and lecturing. See him in the day only.​​​​​​​

Russ Appleby is Sam the Scam, presenting Beat the Cheat! A colourful Bunko Booth with traditional fairground and racecourse scams, including ‘Find the Lady’, ‘Prick the Garter’ and the ‘Three Shell Game’. Lots of audience participation and fun incorporating clever sleight of hand, magic and comedy. A chance to watch the entertainment or have a go. You won’t lose any money but we guarantee laugher. See him in the Day only.

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