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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 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 Star Lecture: Martin Duffy

23 May 2018


Martin Duffy started his professional career as a children’s entertainer at a private holiday camp when he was 21 and has been a full time professional children's entertainer in the Newcastle area since 1986. In recent years, he has made a name for himself for his shows for schools and has developed special educational magic shows covering themes such as environmental issues, mathematics, science, healthy eating, road safety and ‘stranger danger’. 

In 2017, he gave a 15-minute power presentation on the subject of Magic in Schools at the Trix in the Stix. This year he launched his Maths Magic Show course, limiting it to 100 magicians worldwide, and it sold out within a week.  We are very lucky to have secured Martin to present his full Magic in Schools lecture for us at the Cotswold Magical Society.  Please note the unusual date for this lecture – not the first or third Wednesday in the month, but the fourth Wednesday.

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

06 Jun 2018

Andi Gladwin


Perhaps Andi Gladwin’s greatest trick is how he divides his time between being a professional close-up magician, magic creator, Genii columnist, co-founder of Vanishing Inc. Magic and lecturer.  His Master Pushoff and Multiple Revelation Project DVDs were best sellers and received rave reviews in all major magic journals. Over the past year Andi has lectured at the biggest conventions in the world including The Session, Blackpool, FISM, Magi-Fest, The Genii Convention and many more.  Do not miss this lecture !!

20 Jun 2018

Club Twinning – Visit from the British Magical Society


Through the offices of Bob King, member of the Cotswold Magical Society and president-elect of the British Magical Society, we have arranged a pair of club twinning evenings.  This evening we can sit back and enjoy entertainment provided by the BMS. The evening will begin with close-up magic at a number of tables in the club room, and after a small buffet provided by the CMS, the BMS will then put on a show of platform magic.  In October, it will be our turn to visit the BMS and entertain their members in a similar fashion.

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

- Editor

“Members helping members”

- Editor