‘From the first moment I met James I was blown away by his thinking & creativity.’ – Andy Nyman

‘James Went is smart. Very smart. He only works with the best and now it turns out that his creative output is on a similarly rarefied level.’ – Mark Elsdon

We’re proud to present to you James Went’s first Alakazam Academy, ‘Secret Plans and Clever Tricks’. James has spent the last decade working in Television (did we say BAFTA award winning?) and Theatre consultancy as well as working high end corporate events across the globe. In this academy, James is going to share with us some of the original material that he uses in both professional and casual situations. This lecture has something for all skills levels, from totally self-working to more challenging sleight of hand. Also included in the lecture is a host of previously unreleased material that James has kept to himself for years, and will be shared here for the first time. This collection of tricks will include

Paradox – James’ go to routine for parlour and a highlight of his Magic Castle act.

The Burn – An impossible location based on an old Charles Jordan principle to fry your magic buddies.

The Name – A card from a spectator shuffled deck is found by spelling to a freely thought of name and if that wasn’t enough, the kicker will knock them for six.

St. Elmo’s Opener – TV magic meets corporate performance, leaving the spectators with an impossible souvenir.

In addition to the tricks, James will also be discussing

His thoughts behind professional close up magic. This will highlight how he choses material for specific events and how he builds sets using these routines.

His theory on opening lines, their importance and more importantly function.

The experience on working in Television and how it differs to close up magic at events.

His thinking on act structure and how he created his Magic Castle act.


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