Future Events                       

7th May Stage Magic competition
   
4th Jun Feedback club night
   
2nd Jul Lecture - Atlas Brookings
   
6th Aug Free and Easy club night
   
3rd Sep Close up Magic competition
   
1st Oct Lecture - Marc Oberon
   
28th Oct Annual Presentation Dinner
   
5th Nov Props Auction
   
3rd Dec Christmas Fun Night
   
   

Future Shows                       

w/c 11th Sep
Dixon Studio Shows
   
6th Oct
Thorpe Bay Rotary Close-up only
   
9th Nov Furtherwick WI
   
3rd Mar 18 St Mary's Church. Little Baddow
   

Past Events                           

19th Oct Extra Workshop Meeting  
     
6th Nov Annual Props Auction  
     
11th Nov Lecture - David Stone  
     
4th Dec
Christmas Fun Night
 
     
8th Jan Free and Easy club night  
     
5th Feb Lecture - Andy Clockwise  
     
5th Mar Lecture - Marc Spelmann  
     
25th Mar Kings Road School, Chelmsford  
     
2nd Apr AGM  
     
     
     

About Us

Club History

Back in the late 60's / early 70's, Ken Hoskins, an aspiring magician, was introduced to the late, great Ron MacMillan, who, apart from being the proprietor of London's International Magic Studios, was also a renowned and skillful coin manipulator. Ron and Ken would meet fairly regularly, with Ron teaching Ken the tricks of the trade. As time went by, more magicians began to attend these informal sessions and in the end they all started to meet every Sunday night at the Dickens Pub in Southend, to talk about and swap magical ideas. At the time, people like Dick Turpin, Ronaldo, Magini and Jimmy Rogers were all attending regularly.

In the end it was Jimmy Rogers, the Club's first President, who suggested the formation of a proper formal society, since so many magicians were now coming along. As a result, Southend Sorcerers Society had its first proper meeting in 1976 at the Bell Public House in Southend. Early members included Don Simpson (who has recently rejoined), Don Griffin, Henrique, Terry Machin, Richard Graham (who is still a member) and, for a short time, Simon Lovell attended. Steve Valentine who went on to become a well known TV and movie actor in America was also a member in his younger days.

The club has seen its fortunes come and go, with membership down to an all time low of 3 people at one time. Various meeting places have hosted the club nights since then, including a return to the Dickens Public House, then back to the Bell. After that it was off to the Eastwood Community Centre, then back to the Bell again (!). Next came a successful couple of years at Southend's Essex County Hotel, before the club's home once again moved, this time to Flights Leisure Centre which became Saxon Hall in Aviation Way near Southend Airport. Meetings were held there until July 2007, when, for the 4th time the Bell again became our permanent meeting place. Finally, with the size of the club beginning to outgrow the Bell, a new meeting place had to be found, so with effect from 1st April 2012 we moved to the Ekco Club in Thornford Gardens, just off Manners Way.

The club is now bigger and busier than ever, with about 40 regular members, including the likes of mentalist Luke Jermay who was a member from his early days in magic, and has recently rejoined after a fantastic run starring in his own show along the Strip at Las Vegas. The club is also unusual in that it encourages junior members to learn and perform alongside their senior colleagues. We meet on the first Sunday of every month and we host competitions, lectures, dealer demonstrations and a variety of themed club nights. The Annual Awards Dinner is held every October at a local venue and is always a night to remember.

Southend Sorcerers also provides its members with an opportunity to perform for 'real' people, by putting on shows for fund raising evenings of magic, which the club is often booked to do by local schools and charities.

For more details about the club - membership or shows - please take a look at the relevant pages on the site. If you can't find what you're looking for, please feel free to contact one of the committee via e-mail or telephone (details on the contacts page) and we'll do our best to help you. 


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