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The Cotswold Magical Society has been meeting since 1943. No doubt our founders didn't predict the coming of DVDs, YouTube, digital streaming, webinars, Skype, and all the other means by which today's magician's can share their magic. And yet, despite all these modern media channels, all around the world magicians still meet face-to-face to discuss the latest in magic trends, to demonstrate new magic tricks, to share magic techniques, and to develop the secrets of an art that is as old as the pyramids. In our little corner of the magic world, we meet in Gloucester on first and third Wednesdays of the month to continue the tradition of sharing and improving our magic.

Our meetings are friendly and informal, and within our membership we have all standards of performance - from amateurs to semi-professionals to full-time pros, from beginners to the very experienced. Our members come from a diverse range of backgrounds and bring with them interests and experience in all the varied branches magic. Here on our website you'll find our Programme of events for the current year, and you'll see that we attract lectures from some of the biggest names in magic from the UK and beyond. In the past we have had world champions of magic visit our clubroom, and I'm proud to say that this year we will again have a world champion coming to talk to us about his magic and to share the secrets that helped make him a world champion of magic.

We have club nights, too, when we focus on a range of subjects from close-up and card magic to stage effects, from mentalism to performing for children. These evenings give us the chance to perform our magic in front of a friendly but knowledgeable audience, to receive constructive feedback on our performance and our technique, and to consider different and occasionally better or more entertaining ways of presenting magical effects to the public. And scattered throughout the year you'll find regular events such as our two annual competitions at which our members compete for trophies, as well as more social events such as our Christmas party.

Here, you can also find contact details of magicians to book for YOUR party, the officers who manage our club to get the best from it for its members, and a brief history of how and when we were formed by two of the biggest names in magic at that time. Take a look around and, if you like what you see and would like to learn more about us, drop me a line at peter@itsmagicpeter.com or give me a call on 07708 251312. You'll be very welcome. I look forward to hearing from you.

Fraternal kind regards

Peter Kidd
President, The Cotswold Magical Society

Next Events

View our full Programme of Events

Star Lecture nights cost £10 on the door to non-members
Club nights - £5 on the door to non-members
Members - £2 on the door for Star or Club nights
You can attend up to 3 meetings before requiring membership

19 Sep 2018


Ice Cool with Alex

 

With the exception of the Double Lift in all its variations, the Elmsley Count (or, to give it its correct name, the Ghost Count) is probably the most used move in all of card magic.  Tonight we celebrate that count and its creator, the late Alex Elmsley. Dig out your deck or your packet tricks and show us your favourite routine using the Elmsley Count. Of course, we’d also be very happy to see anything else the great man came up with.

03 Oct 2018


Stand-up Competition

 

No sitting down on the job here.  Are you a stand-up kind of person? Happy to work on your feet? Then tonight is for you.  Hopefully you’ve spent the summer honing your 10-minute stand-up act into an award-winning frenzy of magical entertainment.  The compere for the evening will be last year’s winner, Tom Arnold, so let’s hope he has lots of entrants to introduce, all looking to walk off with the Sylvestre Wand (named after our club's co-founder, George Sylvestre) and the title the Cotswolds’ Stand-up Magician 2018.

“The standard of lectures at the society has been amazing”

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“Members helping members”

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