Magic Consultant

Magic consultant Christopher Howell has built a reputation for his creative and diverse consultancy work as applied to projects in theatre, film, commercials and corporate productions. In his blog posts below, you’ll see articles about this type of work.  These include:

– Profiles of his work appearing on TV
– Behind the scenes of his performances in commercials
– His interviews with other consultants
– And much more…

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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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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Paul Kieve portrait

Making Magical Magic: Part 1

What do Lady Gaga, a string of Broadway musicals and Harry Potter all have in common? The answer is Paul Kieve, a magician who creates magic behind-the-scenes. He has accumulated an impressive list of projects. All of these use magic that helps tell stories. I studied a degree in theatre and storytelling has always interested me. …

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Character development image illustration

A Question of Character

In great films there must be a reason why we get sucked in to caring for something even as implausible as, say, a boy who befriends an alien. It’s probably the same reason why we can’t stop watching a TV series about a charismatic and ruthless couple hell-bent on becoming the U.S. president and first …

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Heatherwick design theory in olympic cauldron drawing

Designing a Moment

Thomas Heatherwick is one inspiring man. He’s a UK designer who uses a powerful secret weapon that we can all put to work. It will revolutionise whatever project – ‘creative’ or not – you’re working on today. It all hinges on a detail of the Heatherwick design theory. You’ll see what I’m on about in …

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