3. London's Prestige: A night @ the Magic Circle

So you’ve taken in a couple of shows, checked out the latest exhibits, but have you visited the premier magical society in the fascinating world of mystery and illusion?

Well...neither had I. That was until I went the Magic Circle’s headquarters for one of their public show. 
Forget Darren Brown, forget David Blaine, this promises to be an evening full of magic, comedy, ventriloquism and a guy pulling audience members’ names out of sausages?!? It’s really just the best bits of the Royal Variety Performance (asides from the sausage bit).

Tucked away behind Euston Road. the building's unassuming front opens up to a very unique interior. Brimming full of character, the joint is certainly worth taking a nosey around. Magician memorabilia decks the halls amidst a bright colour scheme (slightly reminiscent of  P&O passenger ferry) and beside the theatre and bar, there’s even a Magic Museum downstairs!

For a fun/slightly off the wall evening I’d recommend going and seeing Close Up @ the Magic Circle. These shows are held at the beginning of the month, tickets are £15 (conc. £10) and have a line up of 4 magicians with magic compere. There’s even a long interval, so there is plenty of time to catch a drink and explore the surroundings. The acts themselves vary from ventriloquists,  and old school magicians (with doves and capes) to slightly more modern ones. I found that the variety really kept things interesting, offered great talking points and really gave the show a wide appeal. When I was there, it seemed to be going down well with everyone: couples, families, older groups, and young children.

Whichever performance you go see, you can be sure the magicians know their stuff. The Magic Circle originally started in 1905 by 23 magicians over dinner at London's Pinoli's Restaurant. The society was founded to advance and promote magic as well as uphold its motto ndocilis privata loqui ("not apt to disclose secrets"). Since then, the Circle has continued to be a part of London life convening in pubs and theatres round the capital until moving into its headquarters in 1998.

TOP TIP If you fancy a drink after do check out the Bree Louise about 2 seconds round the corner. Besides a friendly atmosphere , and good pies, it wins CAMARA awards all the time, and has a ridiculous number of specialist ales, ciders and specially brewed lagers. Honestly, there’s usually 50 or so on the go!

Author: James Sweetman

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