Christopher Howell stands in a derelict church at a table in candlelight

The Makings of a Séance

Last month saw the debut of my latest show: Séance: Conversations in the Dark. It was a big departure from any thing I’ve done before and proved to be a wild ride from start to finish. Before you read this, you might want to watch my séance show trailer video (bottom of the page). I …

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Three images from magician themed films

Magicians in Film

The writer Sonny Arifien asked me to contribute to his blog Privilege of Legends. It explores the art of cinema and film as an art form. His latest post ‘Sleight of Hand: The Magic of Deception’ looks at how cinema grew out of the world of magic. It explores some ways how cinema has kept …

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Magician Christopher Howell at the Wintergarten entrance

Wintergarten Dreams

I’ve never actually made a bucket list. But one thing that would be on it if I had one would have been to perform at The Wintergarten Varieté in Berlin as their magic act. And it kept coming up: people all the time telling me after they’ve seen my Norvil & Josephine, act “Oh the Germans …

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Hackett magician commercial on set

Short Film: Hackett’s Magic

‘Norvil saunters through a member’s club as he leaves a trail of magic in his wake.’ It’s the brief for the most recent advert I worked on. This time consulting on the Hackett magician commercial and performing as my Norvil character for Hackett London menswear. Magic is making waves in advertising.  Numerous brands the last few years have incorporated magic …

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Magic act in street theatre blog

Taking Magic to the Streets

“If you build it, they will come” was the mantra that Desireé and I were chanting to ourselves throughout the backbreaking eight full days we spent constructing our latest marvel. And now we have it: our very own magic street theatre tent! It’s a portable home for our beloved double-act of magic, acrobatics and singing: …

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bgt magician Norvil zaps Ant & Dec

Britain’s Got Magic

Magic has been especially popular on television the past few years. This month one of my magic acts shared some of the television magic fun with Ant & Dec on ITV. It was for Britain’s Got Talent. It’s one of the most-watched shows on British television. Magicians have gone through to the finals the past few …

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Paul Kieve magic consultant to Orlan to put her head on a table

Making Magical Magic: Part 2

You may have seen a big Broadway or West End show recently with magic in it. If so, theatre magic consultant Paul Kieve probably cast the spells behind the scenes. Here’s the second part of my fascinating interview with Paul. We sat down in his kitchen last year and he let the stories roll… Christopher: …

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