Chris offers two types of lectures, one for the public
and one for fellow magicians.
A former Secretary of the society, a director of the
Centre of Magic Arts and a gold star member
of The Inner Magic Circle, Chris regularly presents a
question and answer session to Probus clubs, institutes
and organisations about the history of magic and and
what it is like being a member of the society. All
Illustrated with some impossible effects, naturally.
Magic Club Lectures
You will invariably find Chris sessioning at The Magic
Circle on a Monday night in the club room, sharing and
refining presentations for effects. This led to requests
for him to lecture and share at local magic clubs as
well. His subsequent lecture shares some of his ideas
and attention to detail that help transform effects from
being "tricks" into "magic". Examples provided cover
coins, cards and mental effects.
Chris' main influences are Dai Vernon, Slydini, John
Ramsey and Fred Kaps. His mentor in his youth,
(alongside Michael Vincent) was Alan Alan.
Chris is a regular close-up performer at various events
at The Magic Circle and organises their Close-Up shows.
He believes from experience, that thoughtful,
intelligent magic still appeals to a modern audience,
all the more perhaps because it treats them with
"There is no need to expose, cheapen or apologise for
magic in an attempt to make it more acceptable. You just
have to be good." CW.
"... the wording on his website is “Magic with
Charm” and that is exactly what this evening’s event
proved to be. ...This evening had no hype, no dealer
dem, and no needless fillers. It was simply a
master-class in presentation and misdirection."
Bexleyheath Magic Society
"...one of those rare magicians who can truly
deliver a lecture... there was some superb magic to
be seen... It was no wonder at the end of the
evening he received a long ovation."
British Magical Society
"...if you've not booked him do it now!! One of the
best lectures I've seen for a while."
Leicester Magic Circle
"Special thanks for giving us an amazing lecture and
blowing our minds! ...the members really loved it
and I think you've inspired them all to get out and
UKC Magic Society
"This lecture covered so many topics important in
magic; packed with references from, and stories of,
the people who shaped the magic world; intelligent
magic theory and techniques and access to chat to a
guy who really knows and loves his subject."
Exonian Magic Society
"Last night we were treated to a Master Class
lecture by Chris Wood MIMC with something for
everyone. Some great effects and explanations but
also a great insight to all the subtleties behind
those effects and all delivered with charm."
Ilford Magic Society