The Magic Circle headquarters hosts a remarkable museum and library dedicated to preserving the craft of magic.
The history of magic as an art form has been shrouded in mystery in order to protect secrets, often being handed down verbally and to only a select few, but in The Magic Circle museum this history comes to life with stories and artefacts from some of the most fascinating performers.
See the actual handcuffs used by Harry Houdini and hear his voice. The cups and balls used by HRH Prince Charles when he took his examination to become a member are also on display. Learn how the great illusionist, Chung Ling Soo was shot dead during a performance an 1918. Discover how the British army used a famous magician to make the Suez Canal invisible to enemy bombers in 1941 and see some of the rare collectable gems of Robert-Houdin, the father of modern magic.
Look out for…
The original robes worn by Chung Ling Soo
The set of rifles used for the ‘Bullet Catch’ by Maurice Fogel
Hundreds of posters - many of them of very high value
Props used by TV magicians such as David Nixon and Tommy Cooper
The set of cups and balls used by HRH The Prince of Wales when he took his Magic Circle exam in 1975.
Did you know?…
HRH Prince Charles is a member of the Magic Circle
All information is drawn from or provided by the museums themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.