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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 email@example.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 KiddPresident, The Cotswold Magical Society
John ‘Kimmo’ Kimmons is a world-famous (and world-class) family entertainer. In 2008 he was awarded the title of Children's Entertainer World Champion and became the first children's act to receive the prestigious Ken Dodd Award for Comedy at the Blackpool convention. Since then he has travelled the world as guest entertainer on some of the world's largest cruise liners, performed twice at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood and made television appearances on CBBC's The Sorcerer's Apprentice and The Slammer. He is a resident entertainer at Cadbury World and is in constant demand as a performer and lecturer.
Bring along your unwanted props, books and DVDs for sale, but don’t forget to bring along plenty of cash too. Remember that as well as being a means to raise funds for your next big purchase and/or a method of refreshing your act with different props, it’s also a shot in the arm for the club’s health, with some of the proceeds passing to the club’s funds.
Scarves or handkerchiefs to the general public, silks are not just for producing doves or changing into walking canes. Time to get your iron out and show us your pet silk routines, be they stage, close-up, kids or, indeed, mentalism.