All our meetings are online for the foreseeable future
During the pandemic, for the safety of all our members, we are holding our meetings online via Zoom. Meetings take place on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, and guests with a serious interest in magic are more than welcome to join us, for a relaxed chat about magic, entertainment in general, and more. Details can be found further down on this page, on our Google Calendar, and on our Virtual Meetings Page.
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 Online Meeting:
Tuesday 12th January 2021
New Year – New Magical Skills & Ideas
Join us for our first evening of 2021 and a magical discussion on Zoom.
Did you treat yourself to a new effect, DVD or book in December? Perhaps you were lucky enough to receive one as a gift…
Or maybe you have made a New Year’s Resolution to finally learn a particular magic trick, sleight, read more magic books, or just sort out that cupboard of tricks!
As it is our first meeting of the New Year, we’ll be having an informal chat about new effects, any magical resolutions you may have made and lots more.
PLEASE NOTE: Every meeting now takes place via Zoom, and has it’s own individual Zoom Meeting Link. The Password for every meeting remains the same.
Meeting ID: 926 5756 0905
Password available from the Webmaster or Secretary
(The password is the same as previous, recent meetings)
We will be organising an online chat / meeting on selected Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm (UK Time) during the COVID-19 Lockdown.
This is a chance for magicians to join us for a light hearted chat, swap ideas, and perform magic effects.
All you will need is a computer / smartphone with internet access, a webcam and microphone.
Whilst this is primarily for Members of The Order of The Magi, we would like to invite magicians from around the world to join us.
To register your interest and receive a link to the chatroom, please email the Webmaster
Broken Wand – John “Sly” Smith
It is with deep sadness we report the passing of John ‘Sly’ Smith at the age of nearly 89 years. He was a member of The Order of The Magi in Manchester and The International Brotherhood of Magicians for 70 years. He was The British Ring President in 2012 and for many years organised the children’s show at The British Ring Convention. John won the Tom Harris Cup for comedy in 1960.
He served with the Royal Engineers in Egypt during the Suez crisis during his National Service and then trained as a civil engineer working for employers which included Redpath and Brown, I.C.I. and Hawker Siddeley. Magic though was always a very large part of his life. He is probably the most well-known children’s entertainer in the Cheshire area, turning eventually into a full time professional. John had television appearances on That’s Life, Potty About Pets and Look North; then on the Radio 4 programme Woman’s Hour talking about magic. He lectured to countless magic societies, and worked with Fred Kaps, Robert Harbin and Harold Taylor.
The funeral will take place in January 2021.
Rest in peace dear friend, the world of magic will remember you fondly for a long time to come.
Geoffrey Newton – PRO
Members’ Area Updated
We have added a couple of new and exclusive features to the Members’ Only Area of the site!
Firstly, something to keep you entertained during lockdown, and second, a very use tool.
The link is available at the top of each page, and the password is available from the Secretary or Webmaster.
Please feel free to get in touch with any feedback, or further suggestions.
The Order of The Magi 2020 AGM Postponed
The Order of The Magi planned to hold it’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 24th March. After much deliberation, the Council have made the decision to postpone the meeting given the current situation. This decision has not been made lightly.
The health and well-being of all our members is our foremost priority, and it is the opinion of the society that to hold an AGM on the planned date would only put pressure on some of our more vulnerable members to attend, or to result in a meeting that didn’t fairly represent the views of all our membership.
Formed in 1909, The Order of The Magi is one of the oldest magic societies in the UK. Throughout the past 110 years, the society has held at least one meeting every month, through some very difficult times, including two World Wars, a record we are extremely proud of, and one that we do not plan to break anytime soon.
Our thoughts are with all performers, crew, and venues around the country that are uncertain about shows and events, and urge you to stay strong.
We are currently keeping a close eye on current events, and will be announcing a new date for the AGM, and other meetings in the near future. In the meantime, if any of our members require anything, please reach out to a member of the Council.
The Order of The Magi Council
17th March 2020
Latest Blog Post
Hackin’ The Hempen – Another Piece of Magi History Rescued & Researched
(or the tenuous link between a group of Manchester magicians & The Sex Pistols!)
Recently, one of our members was lucky enough to be able to obtain a programme from a 1952 production by members of The Order of The Magi, entitled “Hackin’ The Hempen” (subtitled ” A Magical Fantasy”).
The show took place at The Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester on Saturday 18th October 1952, just 1 year after the venue reopened after being damaged in 1940 during the Manchester Blitz.
But what was the link between this show, and one of the world’s biggest punk bands, The Sex Pistols?
Online Events for Magicians during COVID-19 Lockdown
We are compiling a calendar of online magic lectures, shows and other similar events for magicians during these difficult times. If you have an event to share, please let the webmaster know and we will add you to the calendar.
Please note – Times are listed as UK local time (BST).
These events are suitable for magicians and those with a serious interest in magic only. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of these listings, including changing time zones to BST, The Order of The Magi is not responsible for any errors. Please check with organisers for more details.
Visitors are welcome to attend meetings and lectures by prior arrangement with either the President or Secretary for a fee of £5 (unless otherwise stated). 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.
Students in Full Time Education now benefit from a new discounted membership rate. Read More…
The Order of The Magi’s Past President, David Owen, on BBC TV’s North West Tonight, discussing the history of the oldest magic society in Manchester:
The Order of The Magi Live on Radio!
Order of The Magi’s David Owen was live on Salford City Radio chatting to Carl Royle about 110 years of Magic in Manchester.
Membership is open to anyone with a serious interest in the performance of magic, and / or the history of the noble art.
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.
We host a wide range of exciting magical activities in Manchester, including competitions, lectures and auctions every year.
The Magi Magazine is the Order of The Magi’s Club Periodical, and has never missed an monthly publication.