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 23rd August 2022

Andrew Normansell Lecture & Dealer Dem

Magi friend Andrew Normansell returns to the Irish Heritage Centre with a new lecture and dealer dem!

Whilst the contents of this evening are currently being kept a secret, there is definitely going be something for everyone – including close up, cabaret and bizarre / mentalism.

Those who have been to one of Andrew’s lectures will know how much information is packed into the evening.

If you would like to check out some of the items Andrew will be demonstrating, head over to

Guests welcome by prior arrangement – £5pp

Future Meetings:

Tuesday 13th September 2022


The Order of The Magi News

The Magi Returns to IWHC Manchester

The next meeting is on the 15th FEBRUARY.

I’m not sure if you realise but it’s almost 2 years since we were allowed into the Irish Centre, because of the pandemic restrictions, so please try and come along and have a chat with members of The Order Of The Magi. You may even want to bring along that latest effect that you have bought or learnt and try it out before you end up at The Ruskin. Please note this is not a lecture because I would have thought that there will be more than enough going on in the next few days after this meeting. Even if you are not going to the Blackpool Convention you are welcome to come and join us for the evening.
Now I know that this is the Tuesday immediately before the Blackpool convention and normally we wouldn’t hold a meeting then, but wouldn’t it be great if some of the people attending Blackpool came up a day early and joined us in Manchester. I have negotiated a discounted rate with the NIU hotel which is less than 50 yards away from The Irish Centre for anyone who coming to our meeting and travelling onto Blackpool in time for the convention.
So do you know any who is going to the convention either from the UK or from much further afield and would like to join us on the 15th February. Dealers, artists, performers or just plain ordinary magicians (if there is such a thing?) Invite them along to our meeting and give me a call on 0774 8833666 then get them to contact the NIU hotel on the following number 0161 518 0888 and use the reference MAGIC for a discounted rate.
Following on from February unless we are told otherwise, we will be back to 2 in person meetings per month at the IWHC and personally, I cannot wait to get back in the routine of having regular meetings. If you are interested in joining one of the oldest magic societies in the UK please email me at or take a look at our website In the meantime stay safe and I look forward to seeing you again soon,

Best wishes

Mike Sharples
The Order of The Magi Secretary

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 took 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

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.

Stay safe.

The Order of The Magi Council

17th March 2020

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…

(Not just we Magi but also)

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.

Read More…


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