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Magic by Misdirection by James Brown

Magic by Misdirection

Come and join James Brown Professional Opportunist for an evening of magic by misdirection. During this exciting and fun filled evening James will take you on a journey into how magicians have deceived the masses for centuries and performed the seemingly impossible - all by controlling attention. James will pull back the curtain on this most secretive world. Through demonstration and explanation James will open your minds to how magicians control your attention and prove once and for all that seeing is not believing! Just remember… even his explanations might just be elaborate misdirection

James Brown – Professional Opportunist has spent the past 20 years perfecting his skills as a world class magician, pickpocket and hypnotist.

After leaving university in Southampton James began a career in psychiatry in Bournemouth and spent several years developing his understanding of psychology and human behaviour.

During this time James became fascinated with perceptional psychology – the way in which people perceive the reality around them and the ease in which they are deceived and manipulated. After seeing a close up magician performing on television James started to look closer at the similarities between magic and psychology.

From this he branched out into performing close up magic for weddings, private functions and corporate events all the while fine tuning his skills as a magician & theatrical pickpocket. James quickly gained the respect of fellow magicians from around the world and the title of the Master of Misdirection.

His unique blend of sensory deception, sleight of hand and con artistry soon made James one of the most sought after performers of both close up and cabaret entertainment in the UK. Probably the first to combine contemporary sleight of hand magic with theatrical pickpocketing and suggestion hypnosis – and still the best! In recognition, the world famous Magic Circle awarded him the title of The Best Close Up Magician in the UK, a trophy he is quietly very proud of.

With numerous best selling instructional DVD's on the subject of performance magic James has always been in demand for his teaching skills. His DVD's have set the industry standard for live performance.

His work life is divided between consulting on performance and confidence for such institutes as Imperial College London, performing his breathtaking sleight of hand and close up/cabaret magic at private and corporate events and teaching hypnotherapists advance hypnosis skills. Whatever time is left is spent with his beautiful wife Jo and his two sons Ben and Charlie by the seaside on the south coast of England.


Before contacting me, please read the following FAQs as over 90% of the email I get are answered below.



Booking tickets: To book a ticket you need to click on “Attend” on the right hand side of the page. You will then be taken through to the payment page where you need a credit or debit card. Please note that although Paypal is used for payment, you do not need a Paypal account, just a credit or debit card. We are not able to take payment in any other form. You can book up to 3 tickets maximum (you plus 2 guests). Tickets are not available on the door.


Tickets are non-transferable and can not be sold to other members. We have a waiting list system in place.


Venue: St James Church Conference Centre. Walk down Piccadilly until you reach Costa Coffee (part of the Waterstone’s building). We are then down the black metal stairs located about 10ft away from Costa.


Time: The Doors open at 6:30pm and the talk starts at 7pm sharp. Please note that we no longer allow late admittance to the talks. Late arrivals are extremely disruptive to the speaker, the audience members and the recording of the event. If you arrive past 7pm and the speaker has started, then you will not be permitted to enter the venue until the break at 7:45pm.


Waiting list: If you are on the waiting list then you will be sent an automatic notification should a place become available. Once this email it sent, it is first come first served. You need to change your RSVP to “going” and then make payment. If it is not allowing you to change your RSVP then it is because someone else has already got in there before you.


Food and drinks: Please feel free to bring in your own drinks, refreshments are not provided. Please however refrain from bringing in food.


Cancelling tickets and refunds: If you are no longer able to attend an event for any reason, then please change your RSVP to “not going”. Processing refunds costs us both money in the way of Paypal fees. Therefore it is much better to credit you onto another talk (where spaces are available).

A refund should be seen as a second option and it may take up to a week to process. To request a refund please email me directly at matt at interestingtalks dot co dot uk (please make sure you have changed your RSVP by this time). Please note that if you do not nominate an email address then I will use the one you sent from to send the funds to.


Speaking at events: If you are interested in speaking at a future event, please email me direct at matt at interestingtalks dot co dot uk and put “speakers pack” in the subject bar. I will then send you all the details.

If you question still has not been answered then please email me at matt at interestingtalks dot co dot uk.


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  • Daniel C.

    Enjoyed this talk or missed it? check out James Brown's teaser at

    July 8, 2013

  • Janice

    Excellent he entertained us well even with a broken hand! Well organised thanks so much.

    1 · March 9, 2013

  • Yahnyinlondon

    Really enjoyable talk this evening, I took some sketchnotes here:

    2 · March 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Very cool

      March 5, 2013

    • Matt K.


      March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed listening to James and I think the talk was very worthwhile. It's a shame that James hand was injured.

    March 5, 2013

  • Matt K.

    It takes a lot of talent and class to be able to deliver a talk whilst having a broken hand. A great and interesting evening!

    March 5, 2013

  • Clive D.

    Shame about his broken hand, but enjoyed the disjointed evening all the same

    March 5, 2013

  • Mirka

    Very well presented talk. One of the most interesting talks I have been to.

    March 5, 2013

  • Roger

    This was a very interesting presentation and I'm thinking about how I can best put into use what I learned about misdirection. I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation such that time flew by.

    March 5, 2013

  • Andra

    James is an excellent presenter, the information was very good and generally, the evening was very entertaining, despite James's hand incident. This was a very good talk - well done Matt for organising it, I would definitely want to attend more talks with James.

    March 5, 2013

  • Christina

    Very interesting. The speaker was very expansive on the topic, and fun and engaging in his delivery.

    March 5, 2013

  • Arun S.

    :) had a good time

    1 · March 5, 2013

  • AyPee

    Thoroughly enjoyed James performance and content!
    Very much like his perspectives!!

    March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great evening! Thoroughly enjoyed the talk.

    March 4, 2013

  • pauline w.

    sorry for the short notice but hope someone else can take the place and enjoy.

    March 4, 2013

  • Chris B.

    Something has come up last minute sadly

    March 4, 2013

  • Christina

    This will be my first event with this group. Looking forward to meeting you all!

    March 3, 2013

  • Omar

    In Manchester can't attend

    March 3, 2013

  • terence f.

    running a risk management school

    March 3, 2013

  • Julie C.

    Hi Matt -Sorry I cant make it now, Im needed at The Magic Circle. I will pop along later though to see James

    February 27, 2013

  • Anna

    I'm not now free on this date unfortunately for me but fortunately for someone on the waiting list. Matt, can you put me in credit towards another talk that I have not yet booked? I hope there will be another chance to hear this speaker at some point

    February 24, 2013

  • Anand

    Can't make this one

    February 13, 2013

  • Dean J.

    How do I find out about available tickets please?

    February 3, 2013

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