Thousands of magicians are set to travel to Blackpool this month for their annual convention at Winter Gardens, Blackpool.
The event, which is being staged by the Blackpool Magicians’ Club from February 16-19, is the world’s largest convention of its kind.
This year the club is celebrating 75 years since it was formed in 1941 and has grown to be one of the most respected and influential magic clubs in the world. Visitors travel from as far afield as China and America to attend.
With over 3,500 magicians expected to attend this year’s event, the club members work together to present the annual event and have since achieved an accolade in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s biggest and most attended Magic Convention.
Alan Horne, spokesperson from Blackpool Magicians Club, said: “With Blackpool being the entertainment capital of the UK this convention has grown from a small one day event to the world’s largest Magic Convention.
“Our visitors come from all over the world as Blackpool has the appeal to offer a friendly atmosphere and ideal location with everything they need for the annual ‘magicians holiday’.
“The Winter Gardens is a stunning venue and large enough to accommodate us all under one roof.”
The Blackpool Magic Convention showcases over 100 UK and international magic dealers, world-class close-up magicians, lecturers and stage performers. In 2012, the Blackpool Magicians’ Club were honoured to host the FISM World Championships of Magic and following its success, this year they are delighted to be hosting the FISM European Magical Championships.
The talented and world renowned English stage and TV magician Paul Zenon will appear at this year’s convention; he has performed on various entertainment shows, specialising in illusion and escapology.
Also appearing is the talented Jamie Allan who has been described as the Harry Houdini of the 21st Century; he fuses magic with technology, performing and designing incredible modern illusions with iPads, Holograms and Laser Beams. Jamie has starred as a mentor on ITV1 in the Prime Time Show “Get Your Act Together” and in 2016 he has appeared as special guest star on ‘Michael McIntyre’s Big Show’.
Cllr Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, said: ‘We are delighted to see that the Magicians’ Convention is to once again take place here in Blackpool.
“The show provides a great boost to the local economy; February is usually a quiet month for most seaside resorts but events like this proves that Blackpool is open for business all year round.
“I’m thrilled to congratulate the Blackpool Magicians Club on their 75th anniversary of the Club; this is truly a fantastic achievement and we hope to see the event return for years to come.”
This year’s event will feature world-class artists from across the globe and here are just a few of this year’s artists: Yan Yan Ma, who performs an outstanding magic and ballet performance; magic legend Finn Jon; after a very long overdue return, the world’s greatest living bar magician Doc Eason will be tipping the secrets to a lifetime of incredible magic; rising star Eric Jones; illusionist duo Ta Na Manga from Portugal and award-winning magician Vlad, will be on-hand presenting incredible sleight of FOOT!
For further information or to register for this year’s convention go to www.blackpoolmagic.com