Founded in 1909, The Order of The Magi is the oldest Magic Society in Manchester for performing magicians, those interested in magic tricks, children’s entertainment, balloon modelling & other allied arts. We meet twice a month at The Irish World Heritage Centre in Cheetham Hill.

Our annual programme of events is extremely varied to ensure that all members get the most from our regular meetings. We host a wide range of magic lectures each year presented by famous names in the world of magic, many of whom have appeared on TV and have advised some of the world’s top magicians. Visiting magicians are more than welcome to attend these lectures by prior arrangement. 

Twice a year we hold magic competitions, awarding trophies for Comedy, Magical Skill, Cabaret Magic and Close Up Magic. We also have a range of informal evenings where members can socialise, discuss and demonstrate their latest magic tricks, learn new techniques and swap ideas.

If you are a Magician in Manchester (or surrounding areas) of any skill level and would like to meet with like minded magicians please have a look at our Membership Page where you can see the benefits of joining one of the oldest magic clubs in the UK and download a membership form.


Next Meeting:

Tuesday 28th May
7.30pm

Lecture
Elliot Bibby

Elliot Bibby, The Scottish Magician, has built a name for himself as being a quick and natural entertainer. An Associate Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star, he performs his own brand of close-up and stage magic throughout Scotland and Internationally. After graduating with an Engineering degree in Edinburgh, he has been a full time professional for just over 10 years now. (He hasn’t used his degree… to his Mum & Dad’s delight…) He’s written and starred in 10 successful Edinburgh Fringe Shows, demonstrated in the world famous Hamley’s Toy Shop, and worked all over the world in some of the nicest venues for the most exclusive clients. His accolades include winning, ‘The John Ramsey Rose Bowl’ for The Best Close-up effect in Scotland, WINNER of ‘Scottish Close-Up Magician of The Year’, the ‘International Brotherhood of Magicians British Ring Close-Up Champion’, and the ‘FRINGE WORLD Weekly Comedy Award Winner’ in Australia. Elliot is an all-rounder. He has a wealth of knowledge on weddings and corporate events, cabaret and stage performance, and also Fringe Festivals around the world. The lecture itself combines Elliot’s love of visual, sleight-of-hand magic, with his own unique fast paced style. He has been the resident magician in one of the top nightclub/bars in Edinburgh for 7 years and has also worked on and off stage at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the past 13 years. This lecture has something for everyone, be it commercial close-up magic, comedy stage magic, family entertainment, impromptu mind reading, or just something to ‘play with’.

Lecture Reviews

“Elliot’s lecture is an excellent blend of powerful practical effects which can be used in a variety of settings from close-up to cabaret. Elliot has a fantastic sense of humour and he is very knowledgeable and approachable. He creates an easy-going atmosphere when performing and teaching and his lecture is highly recommended for magicians of all levels from beginners to full time professionals.”Paul Heaney – Chairman of the Ulster Society of Magicians

“Elliot’s lecture at The LWMS on Wednesday was a very successful night. His professional delivery and explanations kept a very busy room intrigued and entertained for the whole evening.“Michael J Price – President of the Leamington and Warwick Magic Society.

“Elliot Bibby welcomed us into his world with a mix of mentalism, stage, and closeup pieces. There was something for everyone here, but I found his stage material the most interesting and informative. Elliot certainly displayed the fluidity of a seasoned performer. Which was unsurprising; not only is he a regular turn at the yearly Edinburgh Fringe Festival, he also gigs frequently and has a couple of residencies… all the tricks and methods on display during this lecture were ones that he currently uses whilst working.”Rob Tribe for The Magic Circular – The Magic Circle, London

Guests – £10 – Strictly by Prior Arrangement


The Order of The Magi News

Members: Annual Subs Now Due!

Members should note that your annual subs are now due. Please see the latest magazine for details, or contact the Treasurer.

Guests: Please Read!

Guests may attend up to three lectures in any Magi syllabus year (April – March) – strictly by prior approval of the President or Secretary.

Entrance fee is £10 per person, per event.

Click here for more information.

Do you have a Magic Lecture or an idea for a great Magi Evening?

The Order of The Magi prides itself in it’s varied and diverse program of magical events; from Lectures to Competitions and Shows, to In-House Workshops and Brainstorming Sessions and more.

We are always on the search for something new, different, original and unique.

So if you have a lecture that you think will be of interest to our members, please send an email to The Secretary with details.

Similarly, if you are a member with an idea for fun, magical evening, please let Mike know!

Future Meetings:

Tuesday 11th June
7.30pm

Michael Diamond Lecture

Details Coming very soon!


Tuesday 25th June
7.30pm

Lecture: Lord Harri

This lecture is a culmination of real-world working magic, commercial effects, some fun sleights and silly ideas made to get members thinking a little different. All still bringing the feel of spontaneity and excitement.


During the lecture, Harri will share some of his created and released effects, techniques, and personal anecdotes that will resonate with both novice and seasoned magicians alike. From effective routine planning to audience engagement strategies, “Organised Chaos” offers insights that can aide your creativeness and help with magic performances.

Guests – £10 – Strictly by prior arrangement


Tuesday 9th July
7.30pm

TBC


Tuesday 23rd July
7.30pm

TBC


Tuesday 13th August
7.30pm

President’s BBQ


Tuesday 27th August 2024
7.30pm

TBC

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Latest Blog Post:

A History of Magic in Manchester

Magi Magoria Book - The Magic of The Magi written and published by The Order of The Magi Manchester

The article below, written by the Order of the Magi’s past editor Bayard Grimshaw, has been reproduced from “Magi Magoria” published by Supreme Magic in 1974, and covers a very brief history of Magic in Manchester and of course the Order of the Magi – one of the oldest societies for performing magicians in the world, up until the publication date.

Perhaps, one day, our current members could put together a further article dealing with the history of Magic in Manchester from 1974 to the present date…

MAGIC IN MANCHESTER
(Not just we Magi but also)
BAYARD GRIMSHAW

Understandably, the origins of Magic are obscure and a matter for speculation. We may assume that among our remote ancestors, as far back as the beginnings of community life, there came to the fore the “wise men”, those whose special knowledge of natural principles enabled them to keep a step ahead of the rest and to astound their fellows by their ability to bring about strange and awe-inspiring results. They would use their power for the common good, or for personal prestige, and perhaps – who knows ? – to amuse and entertain, too.

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Visitors

Visitors are welcome to attend meetings and lectures by prior arrangement with either the President or Secretary for a fee of £5. This is restricted to two visits per person, per Magi syllabus year, (not including sales / auctions and competitions). To attend all lectures and meetings, and to benefit from full membership, click here.

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Membership

Membership is open to anyone with a serious interest in the performance of magic, and / or the history of the noble art.
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History

Read our History to see just why Manchester’s The Order of the Magi, is such a popular and respected Magic Club all over the world.
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Programme

We host a wide range of exciting magical activities in Manchester, including competitions, lectures and auctions every year.
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Magazine

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