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Merlins Magic Festival

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​​​​​​​Sunday May 12th 2019
​​​​Please note the venue is: The Academy Theatre, Birdwell, Barnsley S70 5TU

http://www.theacademytheatre.co.uk
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, ideal for the whole family.If you would like to see everything, then get the special discounted ticket for the whole event. 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 9.30am - 5.30pm
Evening show is 7.00pm - 9.30pm


Artists booked include :

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Matricks

Alexander Jesson is a world class illusionist and a born showman who has been astonishing audiences with grand illusion shows internationally and all over the country. As well as bewildering audiences, Matricks combines elements of danger, comedy and charm. What makes Matricks truly dynamic is the contrast between set pieces; stylish fast paced magic and illusion with dance using current music and special effects. The show is designed to balance comedy and light heartedness with curiosity, mystery and thrill.
​​​​​​​Matricks are appearing in the evening Gala Show!

"Slick, highly entertaining and perfectly presented"– THE STAGE

"WOW! Wasn't that fantastic!" – ITV STUDIOS

"Absolutely Brilliant" - BRADLEY WALSH


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Paul Gordon
Paul Gordon is a professional close-up magician and entertainer, best-selling author and popular magic lecturer
. He's lectured and performed at 4Fs, Tannen's Jubilee, Penguin Live, FFAP (France), At The Table Live, The Magic Circle, Monaco All Stars, Blackpool Magic Convention and more. The card magic of Paul Gordon has received raves by the likes of Jeff McBride, Andi Gladwin, Rafael Benatar, Boris Wild, Harry Lorayne, Aldo Colombini, John Guastaferro, Alex Elmsley, Larry Jennings, Wayne Fox, Gary Jones, John Carey, Dan Harlan, David Regal & many more! He is an Associate of The Inner Magic Circle. In 2018, he was awarded The John Nevil Maskelyne Prize for Literature.
Paul is appearing in the day event!


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Thomas Anthony
Thomas has been a full time working magician for the last 12 years, performing all over the world with his unique brand of comedy and magic. Tom started magic at the age of 15 after seeing a magician on board a cruise ship, since then he has never looked back. He is always looking at adding new material to the show to keep it fresh and modern.
Thomas is in the evening Gala Show!


Matthew Tiffany
Mathew has been interested in the performing arts since the age of 7. Musically, he has played with string quartets, orchestras, pit bands, jazz, folk and rock bands and as a solo performer with piano accompaniment. He will be showing his excellent juggling skills at our Magic Festival Day. Past clients include the BBC, Manchester United, David Hockney and Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
Matthew is in the evening Gala Show!


James Brandon
James Brandon is an entertainer, author, producer and broadcaster, with a wealth of experience under his belt. With over 30 years of experience as a stand-up comic, scriptwriter, radio presenter, director and voiceover artist, he has more than a story to tell. Author of the acclaimed book, ‘Armed and Dangerous’, James spills the beans on the good, the bad and the ugly in the entertainment field. From Cruise Ships to Clubs, Radio to writing, he's a true specialist in all things showbiz. Put his knowledge to the test in this up-close and personal lecture with no-holds-barred Q and A, only at Merlins Magic Festival.
James is appearing in the day event!

Franklin The Mind Magician
Franklin has an effortless patter, which he’s honed over the years - he performs as ‘Franklin The Mind Magician’ and specialises in close-up and psychological magic, his stock-in-trade being weddings, parties and corporate events.

Read more at: https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/leeds-magic-circle-ready-for-mesmerising-show-to-mark-100-years-1-9467799
Franklin has an effortless patter, which he’s honed over the years - he performs as ‘Franklin The Mind Magician’ and specialises in close-up and psychological magic, his stock-in-trade being weddings, parties and corporate events.

Read more at: https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/leeds-magic-circle-ready-for-mesmerising-show-to-mark-100-years-1-9467799
Franklin has an effortless patter, which he’s honed over the years - he performs as ‘Franklin The Mind Magician’ and specialises in close-up and psychological magic, his stock-in-trade being weddings, parties and corporate events.

Read more at: https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/leeds-magic-circle-ready-for-mesmerising-show-to-mark-100-years-1-9467799

​​​​​​With over 40 years’ experience as a full time performing psychological entertainer, specialising in weddings, private parties and corporate events, Franklin has developed a range of routines, utilising a minimal number of props that could be performed and relied on for any given situation. This is especially important for those tricky occasions when performing close-up amongst the most sceptical members of the public. With cleverly thought-out routines that ensure spectators would shrug off any suspicions that sleight of hand might be involved.
Franklin will be appearing in the day and in the evening Gala Show

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Darren Mac
For Darren, magic is his life. It was his boyhood passion and he has studied and performed it for over 20 years. He has won many magical awards, including World Junior Champion of Comedy Magic, British Magical Champion and The Ken Dodd Comedy Award to name but a few. He has performed at events varying from banquets, strolling, corporate, weddings and stage. Outside of magic, Darren is also involved in the Princes Trust.
​​​​​​​Darren will be appearing in the day and in the evening Gala Show!


Walt Lees
Walt will be performing his 'Svengali Pitch' routine as this years sideshow event. He is the author of many publications, including 'The Art of The Grafter' (A Pitchman's Guide to selling). Even if you do not sell as a pitchman, but perform on the street or other public venues you will learn a lot from Walt Lees.
Walt is appearing in the day event!
Please note, artists may be subject to change

This years Dealers include :
Merlins of Wakefield
Brian Berry Magic
Paul Gordon
Psychic Mentality
NEO Magic


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