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Welcome to FAME (Farnborough Association of Magical Entertainers). You can find out more about us, come and visit us for one of our meetings or lectures or join us to enjoy the benefits of membership.

WE ARE ALMOST BACK: Still meeting monthly on zoom for now. Links sent out via email. But we have a start back date of the 13th of September

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November: Tricks from Pockets (No Cards!) Lecture

Micheal Simpson will be lecturing on effects you can fit in your pockets. NO CARDS! Why no cards you may ask? Well, our last two lectures have been very card-specific. Plus our members have requested effects that you can use to split your card effects. Using other props allows you to switch decks between effects easily and creates more variety for your audience. NO CARDS means NO CARDS. So no packet effects, ESP, picture, etc

Monday 8th November 8pm

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October: Lecture on Specialised Decks

Following last month’s fantastic return to performing in real life. This month we have specialized decks. A lecture by our president Lenny Dragon on the different packs of cards and how they can be deployed by any magician. Something for all levels and I am certain everybody will go away with something they can use. If you wish you can bring your favorite deck to show or perform with.

Monday 11th October 8pm

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September: We are back!

Yes, we are back in the hall. The first time in one and a half years. A social meeting with a small show from committee to start. Old and New members are welcome as well as anybody who used to be a member. Yes, you don’t need to be paid up! If you are interested in magic and it’s your first time with us then please do get in touch and let us know via the contact form on the JOIN US page so we have an idea of numbers

Monday 13th September 8pm

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August: BBQ CANCELLED

The BBQ has been CANCELLED due to the long-range inclement weather forecast and the fact that should it rain social distancing indoors would be impossible. We hope to see you all again in September. In person!!!!! There will NOT be a replacement zoom meeting

CANCELLED

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July: Zoom Social

This could be a fond farewell to ZOOM! Our last virtual zoom meeting before we return back to seeing people in the flesh in September. The August BBQ may return (dependent on restrictions) but for now, it would be fantastic if all current and old members / non-members dropped in for an informal show & tell or chat.

12th July 8pm

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June: Lydon Webb on Mentalism

Lyndon will be presenting an evening in which members are invited to bring a virtual trick of any kind. If you allow, Lyndon will then pass on his experience in presentation techniques in order to increase our ‘confidence to perform’. Please see the email for more details

14th June 8pm

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May: AGM

Yes, it’s the super exciting AGM. Normally televised across the nation on all major TV channels, this year we have decided to keep it members only. So to enjoy this now exclusive affair you will need to look out for the link in your emails. This will be followed by a bring and share or catch-up chat.

Monday 12th April 8pm

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April: Structuring Effects and Storytelling

Two parts to the April evening. First Dave will be facilitating a discussion on storytelling. The feedback from another magic club was extremely positive. We have a lot of talent in this area including the amazing Mike Simpson so expect to hear a few golden nougats. Then the second half is a show and tell where you can just show an effect, show and explain, or ask for feedback and improvements. Or perhaps just come along watch, have a chat and a catch-up.

Monday 12th April 8pm

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March: David O’Connor Mini Lecture

Two parts to the March evening. First Dave will be performing a few effects, lecturing on two of them. Then the second half is a show and tell where you can just show an effect, show and explain, or ask for feedback and improvements. Or perhaps just come along watch, have a chat and a catch-up.

Monday 8th March 8pm

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February

Lenny is running Mondays Meeting. He says: Can you give a performance of something you know well, and explain reasons why you perform it why you like it and tips on performing it, please contact me if you can to let me know what you would like to do. see you all on Monday Stay Safe Lenny. 

Monday 8th February 8pm

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January : Mark Shortland Lecture

He’s back. The best kept secret in magic. Inventor of the Amaze box, as seen on Penn and Teller, Magic Castle close up performer and Member of the Inner Magic circle with Gold Star (The highest membership level), and all round good bloke. Marks’ live lecture feedback was outstanding. So to will be his Zoom one. Mark has been touring his Zoom show throughout the pandemic. Come join us for his brand new lecture

Monday 11th January 8pm

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December: Xmas Show / Social

Xmas show and social. Do you want to join an impromptu show? Or just sit back and enjoy as a spectator. Whatever your choice it would be great to see as many of you as possible during the start of the festive season. Let me know at the start of the meeting if you are showing something.

Monday 14th December 8pm

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November: Self Working Card Magic

Our very own VP will be hosting a session on self working card effects. Its part lecture, part show and tell, part sit back and enjoy.

Monday 9th November 8pm

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October: Rope Workshop

Rope is one of the best magic props you can get your hands on, very versatile, very simple, very visual, and from a young age when we started doing up our laces, we learned its movements to be unpredictable and difficult to control. Come and find out why this is in a workshop that will include at least five different principles of rope magic and why you should have at least one in your act.

Monday 12 Oct 8pm

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September Performance Tips

Want help with your performance? Got a routine you want help with? Want to hear a few tips on performance from the experts? (not me then). Bring your routines, issues problems, good ideas, what’s worked for you, etc. Let’s see if we can collaborate to create something new

Monday 14 Sept 8pm

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August Virtual BBQ

Minimum requirement one ice cream. Join us for food, burger etc. OK you have to cook your own and eat it in front of a camera, but at least you don’t have to drive home. Same relaxed vibe, same relaxed magic. Bring something to show, or just catch up.

Monday 10 Aug 8pm

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July: Lydon Webb on Mentalism

Lyndon’s lecture/presentation (which was originally due to occur in June) will be on metalism during lockdown, and helps address the challenges to magic as this is lifted. Lyndon will follow with a talk about the use of language in magic presentations.

13th July 8pm

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May: AGM on ZOOM

Our second zoom meeting on Monday 11 May 8pm till 10pm. Check email inbox / spam for details. AGM will be short and I have a few surprises for everybody atending.

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April: ZOOM

I will be having a go at a zoom meeting on Monday 20th April 8pm till 10pm. Check email inbox / spam for details

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March: Mark Shortland Lecture

The best kept secret in magic. Inventor of the Amaze box, as seen on Penn and Teller, Magic Castle close up performer and Member of the Inner Magic circle with Gold Star (The highest membership level), and all round good bloke.

Monday 9th March 8pm

Non members £5 on the door

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February: Lenny Dragon

Lenny is in charge this month, come and see what the mystery magical subject is.

Monday 10 February 8pm

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January: Presidents Command Performance

Open to friends and family, this is the new year show that the president commands its members to go “slightly bizarre”.

Monady 13 January 8pm

December: Christmas Do & Presidents Challenge

Yes it’s time to see how many tricks you can get in a card box. Standard Poker size (no Jumbos). You can only use a prop once. You must be able to perform all the tricks.

Monday 9th December 8pm

November: “From the Beginning Lecture”

Graham Hickman will be presenting his lecture for us. Guests welcome at £5 on the door. Members free.

Monday 11th November 8pm

October: Halloween Magic

Chris is in charge for this months meeting, come prepared to be scared, or to scare. Anything Halloween orientated or spooky.

Monday 14th October 8pm

September: Development

Yes, it’s our favourite stuff all wrapped in one tasty sandwich of magic. Bring a trick, a new routine, get feedback, help, advise or just input your ideas for others. Best part is, everybody learns. Monday 9th September 8pm

August: FAME BBQ

DATE CHANGED to Monday 5th August

Yes, it’s round Dave’s for the annual BBQ. Monday, August 5th slightly earlier than normal meetings, usually starts about 7pm but you will get an e-mail.

July: Teach a Trick

Yes it’s the return of our very popular teach a trick night. You tell us what you want to learn and everybody goes home having learnt a usable routine. This is hands-on learning. Not a lecture. Monday 8th July 8pm

June: Jared Gale Lecture

Don’t let the fact that he looks about 12 put you off. Despite our best efforts, Jared has become one of the most sought after Magicians in the area. Very talented, as a magician and a teacher. Monday 10th June 8pm

May: AGM

Yes it’s that exciting time again. Can we beet our old record and get this done in less than 15 minutes? Afterwards 1:1 training sessions and member showcases. Monday 13 May 8pm

April: David O’Connor Lecture

Control, What is it? Including controls and forces, with a section for 1:1 learning and performance for members and visitors alike. Monday 8 April 8pm