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 9th July

Brainstorming Workshop

An evening of jamming and brainstorming. Bring along an effect that you have been working on, or struggling to fit into your act, and get some ideas from the collective hive mind of The Magi.

The Order of The Magi News

An Evening of Magic & Mentalism at Poynton

The Order of The Magi returns to Poynton Arts Festival for a cabaret-style Magic & Mentalism show at The Royal British Legion Club, on Thursday 27th June, with all money from ticket sales going to Maggies Cancer Charity

Read more here…

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 23rd July

Andrew Normansell Presents:
Masterclass 2

A return to the Magi with another master class discussing, demonstrating and dissecting a conclave of card artifice from super subtle controls, false cuts, mixes and ruses, alongside an array of commercial routines.

This is an evening for those interested in the real work and those who wish to advance their knowledge and arsenal of hard line techniques and effects.

Guests welcome by prior arrangement. £10pp

Tuesday 13th August

President’s BBQ

Members: Please see the article in June’s Magi Magazine for full details. Please note that the Secretary requires numbers attending by a given date.

Tuesday 27th August 2024


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…


Visitors are welcome to attend meetings and lectures strictly by prior arrangement with either the President or Secretary for a fee of £10 per person, per event. This is restricted to three visits per person, per Magi syllabus year, (not including open events such as 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


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.

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