May Lecture: Video Chat Magic

*please note, due to time zones and scheduling conflicts, this lecture is being presented on a Wednesday night*

When: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 7PM Eastern

Where: On Zoom (the link will be posted on this page on the day of the lecture)

Admission: Free for Members, $10 for guests.

Meeting ID: 842 3685 4939
Passcode: 473448



All over the world, video chat magic is exploding. It has been featured by AGT, BGT, Penn & Teller, The Late Show, Ellen, and many more. Creative magicians have never been busier, and agile corporate mentalists can’t keep up with demand (even though they never leave the house). New tricks and methods are being created daily to cater for and leverage this new performance space. It’s exciting, challenging, and lucrative.

In this never-before-seen 2 hour lecture, Will Houstoun and Harry De Cruz will share a selection of the best material from www.VideoChatMagic.com, a project by Will and Steve Thompson that features tricks, tools, essays and technology specifically designed to enhance your performances over Zoom and Skype. You will learn brand new visual and mental effects, devious methods, and cutting edge concepts unique to this exploding field.

Whether you are a professional getting bookings for shows on Zoom, or a hobbyist who wants some amazing magic to share with your friends online, this is the lecture for you.

Harry and Will’s lecture was the best one I’ve seen using Zoom… if not the best overall on any subject. The lecture was on magic for video chat, but even those who don’t and never will use Zoom will love it. Recommended!

Martin Duffy, Booker of The South Tyneside International Magic Festival

Will Houstoun has a PhD in magic history as well as a Literary Fellowship from The Academy of Magical Arts in Los Angeles. He is the Magician in Residence at the Royal College of Music/Imperial College London Centre for Performance Science, a Research Associate in Imperial College’s Faculty of Medicine, a Member of the Inner Magic Circle and past winner of The European Magic Championships.

Harry De Cruz worked as Dynamo’s Head of Magic, creating for his Bafta nominated TV series Dynamo: Magician Impossible, SkyOne series Beyond Belief and his worldwide arena tour Seeing is Believing. Other projects Harry has consulted on include the Olivier Award winning Groundhog Day the Musical. As a performer, Harry debuted his one man show in 2018, where it was met with critical acclaim.

April Lecture

*Note: This lecture is not the first Thursday of the month due to Passover.*

Barron & Athena Stringfellow: Magic in the Niche of Time

When: Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:00 PM Eastern

Where: On Zoom

Admission: Free for Members/ $5 for Guests

Meeting ID: 873 0526 4494
Passcode: 291487


Barron & Athena have assembled a Zoominar about finding your niche. Whether you are a professional, a hobbyist or in another field than magic entirely, niching is a great way to add value to whatever you do! This is a lecture about the business side of magic, but Barron still has a few tricks up his sleeve for virtual guests.

From Barron Stringfellow:

I have been niching almost from the very beginning in 1973.

My first show was a “Blue and Gold” banquet for Cubs. I felt that if I used blues and golds, magic from the scout handbook and networked with the leaders, it would be beneficial. It was. I worked Blue and Golds & even Jamborees using only Magic from the Scout Handbook. Been Niching ever since!

That was the primary niche which branched off into The sub niche, which became kid’s fashion show performances. Toss in a couple very notable birthday parties for flavor! No pageants, please! There was also a certain “allure” to the lounge shows of the time to feature young performers during the afternoons in Vegas. Sub niche number 4.

You will hear more about the progression during the seminar!

March Virtual Lecture – Kozmo

When: Thursday, March 4, 2021 – 7:00 PM

Where: On Zoom (Link posted here on the day of the lecture)

Admission: Free for members of the club, $5 for guests

Meeting ID: 818 1666 0028
Passcode: 118709


Kozmo is one of the world’s best-known street performers. A disciple of Cellini, the king of the streets, Kozmo has entertained audiences from Bourbon Street to the Great Wall of China.

During this lecture Kozmo will teach his Matrix – a killer two cpoin routine. He will show off The Jar, with some great magic, and many other cool ideas. There will be stories from the streets, including one about the late great Harry Anderson. He’ll also talk theory, including hat pitches and building audiences. He will also share his ideas on practice and improving your classic palm. Don’t miss this great opportunity!

Boris Wild – Virtual Lecture

Thursday, February 4, 2020 at 7PM Eastern

Free for members, $10 for guests

A selection of Boris Wild’s best creations you can perform online or with social distancing. Are you doing virtual shows or want to and are looking for strong magic you can perform online?  Do you want to learn new routines you can perform with social distancing once you can do live gigs again? Do you want to spend two hours with a FISM winner teaching you some of his best card effects and interacting live with you, all from your home?

Well, look no further… Boris Wild’s LIVE Online Lecture is made for you!
The effects you will learn have all been thought out so you can perform them either through the lens of a camera or by keeping a distance from people. They are all visual and allow your viewers or spectators to play an active part in them from where they are. They also require very little sleight of hand so you can focus on the interaction with your audience.
See you soon at Boris Wild’s LIVE Online Lecture!

Boris Wild is an international performer, creator, author and lecturer from Paris. He is a Grand Prix Winner at the FFAP French Championships of Magic, a Monte Carlo Magic Stars Award Winner and a FISM Winner at the World Championships of Magic.

He has appeared on many international TV shows such as Penn & Teller: Fool Us (he fooled Penn & Teller), Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde (five times), Champions of Magic (USA), Magic Castle 2018 (Japan)…

He has also appeared in the photo exhibition The World’s Greatest Magicians in Stockholm and on the cover of international magazines such as The Linking Ring, Magicseen and GENII.

Boris has been the Chairman of the Close-up Jury at the FISM World Championships of Magic in Beijing and is the recipient of the Robert-Houdin Silver Medal.