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14th September 2021, Video Chat Magic: The Lecture with Will Houstoun and Harry De Cruz

All over the world, video chat magic is exploding. It has been featured by AGT, BGT, Penn & Teller, The Late Show, Ellen, and many more. Creative magicians have never been busier, and agile corporate mentalists can’t keep up with demand (even though they never leave the house). New tricks and methods are being created daily to cater for and leverage this new performance space. It’s exciting, challenging, and lucrative.

In this never-before-seen 2 hour lecture, Will Houstoun and Harry De Cruz will share a selection of the best material from, a project by Will and Steve Thompson that features tricks, tools, essays and technology specifically designed to enhance your performances over Zoom and Skype. You will learn brand new visual and mental effects, devious methods, and cutting edge concepts unique to this exploding field.

Whether you are a professional getting bookings for shows on Zoom, or a hobbyist who wants some amazing magic to share with your friends online, this is the lecture for you.

“Harry and Will’s lecture was the best one I’ve seen using Zoom… if not the best overall on any subject. The lecture was on magic for video chat, but even those who don’t and never will use Zoom will love it. Recommended!” Martin Duffy, Booker of The South Tyneside International Magic Festival

Will Houstoun

Will Houstoun has a PhD in magic history as well as a Literary Fellowship from The Academy of Magical Arts in Los Angeles. He is the Magician in Residence at the Royal College of Music/Imperial College London Centre for Performance Science, a Research Associate in Imperial College’s Faculty of Medicine, a Member of the Inner Magic Circle and past winner of The European Magic Championships.

Steve Thompson

Steve Thompson is an avid creator of magic and mentalism. He has designed for large scale theatre productions including Stephen King’s Shawshank Redemption and Riverdream’s Magick Macabre. His professional work is as a leadership consultant and as a philanthropy advisor helping individuals and organisations to maximise the impact of their charitable donations.

Harry De Cruz

Harry De Cruz worked as Dynamo’s Head of Magic, creating for his Bafta nominated TV series Dynamo: Magician Impossible, SkyOne series Beyond Belief and his worldwide arena tour Seeing is Believing. Other projects Harry has consulted on include the Olivier Award winning Groundhog Day the Musical. As a performer, Harry debuted his one man show in 2018, where it was met with critical acclaim.


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