BEST London England Magic Shows 2020
As every grade-school child will tell you, Great Britain is the home of Harry Potter and all things magic. Older, more seasoned magic buffs have known about Merlin's magical abilities for centuries. It is only natural then that London would be a city thriving with magical treats and illusionists par excellence. So whether you are hopping on an iconic double-decker bus or navigating London's underground tube, there are plenty of ways to find yourself at one of London's magical parlours or a London magicians' well-crafted show. And if you really try, you might even find yourself magically transported to Hogwarts, unless of course, you're a muggle.
CURRENT London Magic Shows
404 Strand, Covent Garden
London WC2R 0NH, UK
Mischief Theatre conjures up another "Goes Wrong' play where just about everything that can go wrong does... all for the fun of it! Co-written with magic legends Penn and Teller, this romp through what happens when hapless magicians try to present a charity event is magically fun. Of course everything spirals out of control in the most delicious and hilarious way. Presented by the Mischief Theatre who also brought the West End "The Play that Goes Wrong". Please note, co-creators Penn and Teller will not be appearing in the show.
Towns and Cities Across Great Britain
Derren hails from the UK where he has been bamboozling audiences with psychological manipulation and hypnotism for several decades. His TV show Mind Control in the UK was hugely popular and he has performed such stunts as successfully predicting the National Lottery and literally sticking TV viewers to their sofas. His brand new stage show "Showman" will kick off a five month tour of Great Britain in March. If you were looking to see him in London, you are out of luck but his first stop will be in Dartford, which will be the closest you'll get. This is Derren's first new theatre show in five years and you are sure to be in for a powerhouse of an experience. Derren is also an accomplished portrait painter and photographer, with his works being shown in prominent London art galleries.
The Centre for the Magic Arts
12 Stephenson Way, Kings Cross
London NW1 2HD, UK
This members club for magicians began in 1905 with 23 professional and amateur magicians and now has over 1500 members worldwide. Even if you are not a member, they host several regular events that are open to the public. You will be able to learn a little about the history of magic, view magic memorabilia and of course see a magic show, where many of the world's best magicians today are showcased. Make sure you buy tickets for these events in advance. The Magic Circle also has its own line-up of awards given out to magicians in special categories. Some awards include the close-up magician of the year and the young magician of the year awards.
SSE Arena Wembly
Arena Square, Engineers Way
London HA9 0AA, UK
These young brothers from Germany are a huge sensation in Europe, selling out whole stadiums with their grand illusion show. Their huge stage show is full of very flashy Vegas style illusions, each one more mind-blowing than the last. Their youthful energy and up-to-date illusions have made them akin to rock stars in the magic world. They are bringing their show to the UK again, after wowing the European continent. So join Chris and Andreas Ehrlich, and their trendy spiky hairdos, for a stage show that is sure to knock your socks off.
Drayton Court Hotel
2 The Avenue
London W13 8PH, UK
Last Thursday of every month
Every month, Conjuring at the Court brings to the stage four different performers, including mentalists, illusionists, jugglers and more. Each show is different and is jam-packed full of entertainment. You get a full 2 hours of unbelievable magic. Tickets are very reasonably priced and the food in the hotel is decent, so you can grab a bite to eat before the show. Seating is limited, so be sure to purchase in advance or arrive early. It is common to see Magic Circle members here enjoying a show.
Sheraton Park Lane Hotel
London W1J 7BX, UK
Thursdays and Fridays
Travel back in time to the early days of parlour magic with Tony Middleton 'Sonic'. His show, "The Magic Hour" is filled with stories of Victorian magicians and their secrets, while he amazes you with his up-close talents. The evening takes place in a plush room with seats for only 68 people. Children above the age of 10 are welcome. Tony is a very personable and engaging entertainer who like to get to know his audience before and after the show.
Simpsons in the Strand, Savoy Hotel
London WC2R 0EW, UK
Spend a classy evening at a renowned hotel with two of London's best magicians. Tony Middleton of The Magic Hour (see above) and Dominick Zwolinski host a one hour and fifteen-minute parlour show. Located in a private room in the Savoy hotel, a five-star luxury hotel opened in 1889, the show is limited to 58 people and is suitable for the whole family. Just be warned that the performers are not up on a stage and if you sit in the back rows, you may have an obstructed view if you are not tall enough to see over the heads of those in front of you. The show garners great reviews, complimenting both the talent of the magicians and the fabulous location.
London, Dulwich SE21 7AB, UK
This magical performance company specializes in. . . you guessed it. . . illusions! They have many public performances throughout the year, often featuring special guest performers. They are based out of Belair House in Dulwich, a gorgeous 18th century mansion. Owner and performer Barry Westwell is joined by a host of wonderful performers in the magic arts, all of whom bring something special and unique to the team. There are seasonal shows such as at Christmas or Halloween, shows for the whole family (suitable for children) and The Illusioneer Presents series which brings together several magicians for an elegant and full evening of magic in a glamorous setting. Relax at the bar, tour the mansion and be prepared to be amazed.
Leicester Square Theatre
6 Leicester Pl
London WC2H 7BX, UK
Several times a year
Come and see various magicians showcase their talents. Award-winning magician Oliver Tabor is joined by magicians and variety acts from all over Great Britain. The show is suitable for ages 5 and up. You can also sign up your young budding Houdini for magic classes, where they can learn some basics of magic, and go home and impress their friends and family. Props and materials are provided.
Nadler Soho Hotel
10 Carlisle St
Soho, London W1D 3BR, UK
Last Friday of Each Month
Christian Gambin, a French magician, travels to London once a month to present an interactive show at the Nadler Soho Hotel in London. Christian is the Gentleman Cheater whose life is the game! You will soon discover, as the audience plays cards with him, that his passion is winning and he never loses. He performs to a very small audience, doing what he loves. You feel as if you might be a select group of friends coming together to spend an enjoyable evening of cards. Christian draws you in with his mock card game, and this is card magic at its best, the tricks coming so fast you barely have time to be amazed before another stunning feat of close-up magic is happening before you. And if you are lucky, he will sing for you too.
Le Méridien Piccadilly
21 Piccadilly, Mayfair
London W1J 0BH, UK
Wednesday through Saturday
Just a hop, skip and a jump away from where this bar's namesakes Maskelyne and Cooke held their famous performances, this hip, upscale bar provides magic and cocktails four nights a week. The bar itself is open for drinks from Monday through Saturday. You will be wowed and awed with close-up magic at your table, performed by top-notch local and international magicians. Fancy cocktails are on the drink menu, including one made with green absinthe. . . even the cocktails have a trick or two up their sleeves! Drop in on a Wednesday for a magic masterclass, complimentary cocktail included in price.
Secret Central London Location
Simon's house is like no other. This 4,000 sq. ft. mansion is all decked out for an evening of magic and mayhem. Walk through the spooky enchanted garden, explore the haunted cellar, enjoy dinner and a show and then top it all off with dancing, because who wants to go home after having all that fun? Simon Drake has worked extensively in theatre, stage, and film as well as being a premiere magician. His home has been turned into a unique entertainment experience, and you get to explore each sumptuous room, filled with curiosities and unique magic treasures. Although the House of Magic is often booked for private parties, there are several public events throughout the year, so plan your trip, get your tickets and enjoy a unique evening out at a fascination London magic show.
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Jamie came to magic enthusiasts attention when he performed on Britain's Got Talent in 2015. He went on to wow audiences as a headliner in London's West End version of "The Illusionists". This autumn, he will be taking his show, "Making Magic", on tour in Great Britain. You will find him performing in several towns, including some not too far from London's center.
Barons Court Theatre
28a Comeragh Rd, Hammersmith
London W14 9HR, UK
Afternoon Shows - Various Dates
Richard has been producing, designing and performing magic shows in London since 2002. He currently has two afternoon shows available that are fun for the whole family, no matter what age. His first show is The Magic Cavern, which takes place in the small and intimate space known as Barons Court Theatre. It is a mysterious and dark space where the seemingly impossible happens before your eyes. His second show, The Fun Fair at the Magic Cavern involves several fair games and contraptions, where magic is woven into an immersive theatre show. The show is 1 hour and 15 minutes of fun and fairground surprises. You will delight at Richards creative and artistic scenery and will find either of his shows to be a wonderful way to pass an afternoon with the family.
The Ivy House
40 Stuart Rd
London SE15 3BE, UKK
Christmas and Easter Shows Each Year
Two magicians from the Magic Circle, Roberto Forzoni and Simon Rosselli got together to create this magical holiday show for families, that happens twice a year around Christmas and again at Easter. This show is great for the kids, and lots of fun for adults too. You get a lot of magic for your money, with the show typically running from 8-10pm, with a 20-minute intermission. You get two very different acts along with the added bonus of other playful performances such as juggling or ventriloquism. Every show is different, and so you can make it a holiday tradition for your whole family. Children get to leave with an extra treat such a million dollar pound note or bunny copters. You may want to go to the show just to find out what a bunny copter is!
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These two chaps met at Oxford and decided that spending a lifetime performing "miracles" and yucking it up on stage would be much more fun than becoming scientists. The "time-traveling" duo look as if they've stepped off a train in the latter half of the 19th century, swirly mustaches and all. They have several shows to choose from, ones for all ages, and the others that are geared specifically towards children. You will find them performing in many different communities and theatres as well as having occasional London dates. There is plenty of wit, whimsy, and magic to be had at a Morgan and West show.
1 Malden Rd, Belsize Park
London NW5 3HS UK
2nd Tuesday of Each Month
London's only magic open mic night... and it's free! Don't worry about tickets, reservations or even making plans. Show up, grab a seat and hang out to catch 8 different acts. Sometimes it will be miraculous and sometimes not so much, but its all magical, fun and free. Come early and catch some close-up magic, then the show starts at 8pm.
London, home of wizards, pixies, fairies, and magic!
Of all the cities of western Europe, none have had a front seat to shaping the face of the globe quite like London. From nation building to conquering new lands to influencing modern society, London has been a key player in the history of the world. But if you look deeper, that history has quite a bit of magic to it.
Before there were bangers and mash, strange names for everyday objects (it's a cookie, not a biscuit) or strict adherence to the metric system, London was a lush, green piece of land with access to the ocean via the river Thames. The earliest settlers of London were Iron Age people known as the Trinovantes. This early, Pagan-Celtic people practiced their own religion that bordered on mysticism along with nature worship. Later, leaders of this culture and religion were referred to as Druids. The Druids took pagan worship up a few notches when they erected a bunch of huge rocks fondly called Stonehenge. Still a mystery as to why the very formation elicits feelings of the mystical.
Passing from one conqueror to the next, London (and the rest of England) changed hands multiple times before the modern era. And with each conquest came the unpleasant task of learning a new language coupled with the magic of new mystical beliefs or the having preexisting beliefs suppressed.
By the eleventh century, London was shaping up to become the thriving commercial and political center it is today. At that time, travel shared ideas and the idea of buskers, or street performers, became a popular profession in London. The first performers started out with song and dance then quickly moved on to feats of magic, sleight of hand, illusion, and even simple alchemy. Buskers were good for attracting business to shops, but some were also good at picking pockets as well. Around this time, the now well-known wizard Merlin started to appear in various literary works, the character being pulled from Welsh poetry and myths. His supernatural powers are told, in one version, to come from the fact that he is born of a mortal woman and an incubus. Certainly the idea of otherworldly powers was starting to have a popular hold on the general public.
By the time the Renaissance rolled around, back in London, well-established street magic was a part of London life permeating other mediums as well. Some of Shakespeare's plays—the bane of many a high school student—used magic as a major plot device (Macbeth and the witches anyone?). The Bard used the power and fear of the mystical to drive his plays and keep people interested and coming back for more.
As London became the hub of a powerful country, its influence spread and attracted numerous performers. The great Harry Houdini even used London as his home base as he toured Europe and performed some of his most daring escapes. Also in the early 20th century, the British magician David Devant was the talk of the town, and was sought after for Royal Command Performances. He was the first president of London's famed Magic Circle and his easy banter and suave, witty style won him many fans, some calling him England's greatest magician.
Modern day London still embraces magic and honors its long history in illusions. Davenports' Magic Shop is the oldest magic shop and school in London. Established in the late 1800s, Davenports is still offering classes and fun tricks to try out. London is also home to world-class magicians who perform for celebrities and royalty alike. Performers such as Etienne Pradier, Tariq Knight, and Drummond Money-Coutts, have made a name for themselves with their mastery of sleight of hand and illusion for the rich and famous. And then there is Derren Brown! A master mentalist with truly mind-bending capabilities in hypnotism and the power of suggestion, Brown will make you question many things. Watch an episode of Mind Control and you'll be a believer as well.
London has always been a place of rich culture, heritage, and magic. This is true both in London and Great Britain in general and has led to the birth of the hugely popular magical phenomenon—the Harry Potter series. The power, imagination, and joy of magic has obviously not been lost on the English.
PAST Magic Shows London England
45 Queen Caroline St, Hammersmith
London W6 9QH, UK
David Blaine is very well known for his TV special "Street Magic" wherein audiences were treated to new era of magic. He was fresh, different and street smart. Since that time, David has gone on to do some pretty crazy stuff. From being buried alive for seven days to tricks named "Frozen in Time" and "Vertigo", he has endured things that astound and amaze. In David's touring show you will witness amazing and daring escapes and magic that continues to blow audiences away. Be sure not to miss this master artist at work.
Mandy Muden: Cunning Stunts
Simon Drake's House of Magic
Mandy Muden is taking her talents and her show Cunning Stunts on a tour of Great Britain with fourteen dates. Her comic genius and magical skills are a wonderful blend, creating for a super entertaining evening. Mandy was seen (and loved) on Britain's Got Talent, and has traveled the world, being one of only a handful of great female comic magicians. Her show includes audience participation, and a charming wit that just doesn't quit. The show is suitable for ages 14 and up.
So as you can see, there is plenty of mystery, magic and bedazzling entertainment in the buzzing streets of London. Keep checking back, as our list is always changing, just like this delightful city. Enjoy your many magical London adventures!