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 on of the oldest magic clubs in the UK and download a membership form.

Next Meetings:

Tuesday 25th June 2019, 7.30pm

The James Brandon Lecture –
“Armed & Dangerous – 2”

The Ultimate Guide to Dealing With Hecklers

James Brandon – one half of British iconic comedy act The Grumbleweeds, returns to Manchester to share his extensive knowledge of using comedy in your act, and dealing with hecklers.

This event will o doubt also be of interest to performers who are not necessarily magicians, such as comedians & after dinner speakers.

A lecture your won’t want to miss (unless you are a compulsive heckler!)

Entry is free for members. Non Members – £5pp (by prior arrangement)

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The Manchester Close Up Magic Competition 2019

Congratulations to Mike Sharples & Adrian Sullivan on being awarded the Close Up Magic Competition Trophy and Best Card Trick Trophy respectively.

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Members’ Area Now Active!

The Order of The Magi members can now access the “Members’ Only Area” of the website to read the Magi Magazine online, at any time. You can also access the Magi’s Library Catalogue, allowing you to choose books and DVDs you wish to borrow from the library in advance of the next meeting.

Latest Blog Post

Magic Circle Affiliation & Membership of The National Society of Magical Societies

Unsurprisingly, after 110 years, our archives hold many interesting items, many of which have a great historical value to magicians, that may have been long forgotten, if it wasn’t for the foresight of the committee to save them.

Several documents within the collection refer to the forming of an affiliation between various Magic Societies in the U.K. (and around the world) with one of the most famous magic clubs – The Magic Circle.

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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 Magi membership, click here.

Students in Full Time Education now benefit from a new discounted membership rate. Read More

The Order of The Magi’s 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 President David Owen was live on Salford City Radio chatting to Carl Royle about 110 years of Magic in Manchester.

Listen Online Here


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.