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

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 did a few interviews with London theatre websites but I thought you might like this one instead. It was with one of the biggest ‘horror news’ websites knocking around in cyberspace. HorrO: We’re sitting down with London magician Christopher Howell who just finished a series of séance themed shows in London. How did they go? Christopher: The run was an exciting start for the life[…]

“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: Norvil & Josephine. The show’s been touring for over ten years.  So far though we’ve always played our comedy magic act in theatres and indoor venues. Putting together a routine for the magic street theatre, we had to hone a repertoire that’s happy with breezes (or gales) and the ever-so-occasional ‘misty’ summer days in Britain. In the days we were building our sideshow theatre tent, I read somewhere[…]

Magic has been especially popular on television the past few years and this month one of my acts shared some of the television magic fun with Ant & Dec on ITV.  In one of the most-watched shows on British television, Britain’s Got Talent, magicians have gotten into the finals the past few years (and last year, one won). Building on that, the eleventh season of the show has rolled around this year (that’s a feat of magic in itself!) and in March the Britain’s Got Talent production team invited my act ‘Norvil & Josephine’ to perform in the latest BGT commercial to advertise the new season. Norvil & Josephine are hard to miss but without even knowing you may have seen them already[…]

It’s not every day that you get asked to appear in a film where you’ll cut yourself in half.  So I was thrilled to be invited by the Italian luxury menswear brand Canali 1934 to consult on and perform in their 2016 holiday short film where I would end up doing exactly that. It’s been a trend with luxury brands to produce high-end cinematic ‘featurettes’ lately.  This is the latest one by Canali at the bottom of this post. The production team decided to make a short film about their beautiful products. The premise was to be that a magician called The Incredible Mr. C, (who I played) would conjure up elegant Canali gifts as part of his magical repertoire.[…]

What do Lady Gaga, a string of Broadway musicals and Harry Potter all have in common? The answer is magic consultant Paul Kieve. He’s accumulated an impressive list of projects he’s consulted for, adding magic to shows that tell stories. I did a degree in theatre and I’ve always been interested in storytelling. So what Paul does using magic to help tell stories I’ve always thought is some of the most magical magic out there. I sat down with Paul a few months ago over coffee to chat about these things and have finally managed to get it in writing. Here I am with Paul talking about how magicians can better connect with their audiences, the ‘problem’ of the magician’s ego,[…]

As I walked through the drizzly December morning in the once shishi Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens after my interview with magician Kevin James, I couldn’t help but think that a hundred years of entertainment history had come full-circle back to this moment. Over coffee Kevin told me he had discovered that just down the road from where we sat, the Queen’s Head pub had been owned by Charlie Chaplin’s uncle. Chaplin had said that it was the distinctive gait of the stable hand who worked in the stables next to that pub that inspired the most famous walk in entertainment history. Still wonder why has anything come full-circle? OK, here’s the answer: Kevin’s of course the magician who for decades has bemused[…]