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Designed by magic.

Magic devised for theatre, film, commercials and artistic projects.

Magic consultant Christopher Howell rehearses on set in front of professional video camera while a crew member watches.

Magic Consultant Christopher Howell

"Every special magic project begins with a conversation. My approach as a magic consultant is collaborative and holistic.  I know that to create good magic in the context of special projects, it's not just about the magic: I will work with you to keep the big picture always in mind.  I love putting my theatre and arts background to work, creatively engaging in unique magic applications. I enjoy dealing with the resources and context available to help you make your magical ideas become reality.

I have experience in live as well as camera magic performance so I know what it takes to get a strong result in both mediums.  My magic consultant work has included projects for commercials, theatre companies, film productions and other artistic projects.  Profiled below are some of my favourite projects I've consulted on.  Every project is different than the last so let's have that conversation.
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- Christopher Howell

Thumbnail of magician Norvil looking off camera during a screen test of a Hackett Commercial.
Hackett
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Thumbnail of audience watching a show by Single Shoe Theatre Company.
Single Shoe
theatre
Thumbnail of magician Christopher Howell practicing in front of a dressing room mirror on set for the Canali commercial.
Canali
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A thumbnail of magician Christopher Howell looking down at a smokey skeleton in his Jack the Ripper act.
Jack the Ripper
theatre
Thumbnail of magician Christopher Howell in a top hat holding a newspaper on stage with the LSO at The Barbican.
LSO - Barbican
music
A thumbnail of artist Francesca Steele levitating lillies in an empty warehouse in front of magician Christopher Howell.
Francesca Steele
art installation
Magician Norvil looks off camera during a screen test of a Hackett Commercial.

Advertisement:  Hackett Menswear

Hackett hired Christopher to consult on and perform in a commercial full of magic for their holiday promotional video.  They wanted magic performed with their holiday products and they engaged Christopher to help them build a narrative through the commercial.  He also starred in the commercial performing as his alter ego Norvil.  The film was distributed worldwide. Read more about it on my blog.

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Audience watches a show by Single Shoe Theatre Company.

Theatre:  Single Shoe Productions

Single Shoe Productions approached Christopher to collaborate in instalments over several years to design magic effects for their original play A Disappearing Act.  He worked closely with the company to propose magic as the show developed and they hired him to create several original illusions. The show has toured in both in the UK and US. (Photos: Dan Norman)

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Magic consultant Christopher Howell waits on the sound stage in front of camera for the Canali Commercial.

Advertisement:  Canali Luxury Menswear

Following a series of short films they had made with other artists, Canali approached Christopher to be the magical face of their brand for a promotional holiday art film. They wanted him to perform classical magic as well as interact magically with their new product range. Christopher consulted on the concept for the film which was broadcast in their boutiques worldwide.  Read more about it on my blog.

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Magic consultant Christopher Howell looks down at a smokey skeleton on stage in his Jack the Ripper act.

Theatre:  Jack the Ripper

Lyceum Media engaged Christopher to create a bespoke theatrical ten-minute Jack the Ripper themed illusion show for their annual live launch event for the gaming industry. The project included a cinematic soundtrack, costumes and staging to tell a new interpretation of the story on stage at The Troxy for an audience of 3,000.

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A thumbnail of artist Francesca Steele levitating lillies in an empty warehouse in front of magician Christopher Howell.

Performance Art:  Video Consultant

Artist Francesca Steele commissioned Christopher to create magic the magic element for her conceptual video Interstice.  Christopher explored numerous proposals with her before settling on her decision to levitate over a bed of lilies.  (Photo: Manuel Vason)

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Magic consultant Christopher Howell in a top hat holds a newspaper on stage with the LSO at The Barbican.

Live Music:  LSO at The Barbican

The London Symphony Orchestra hired Christopher to consult on ways to add magic to their Abracadabra! magical music concert as part of their family concert series. The music reviews magazine Music OMH said Christopher’s performance began the concert in “truly dramatic style” and that his paper tearing performance “had the kids goggling.” (Photos: Julie Williams-Krishnan)

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