London Magician Tj Shoesmith back at the Magic Circle

pickpocket act at the magic circle
TJ Shoesmith Pickpocket

It was fabulous to be back at the Magic Circle performing on the main stage at one of those evenings which are affectionately called the “At Homes”. I’m not quite sure from where the term sprung, but it consists of an evening of magic and comedy performed around the Circle building. This culminates in a stage performance of which I was one.

Not only was I back on the stage after some three or four years away, but I was also performing the Pickpocket act, of which I am very proud.

The theatre is perfect for this type of performance, and it is always great to get the act in front of such an appreciative crowd.

In the last six months, I have been asked to perform this particular act on many occasions and consequently have launched a website dedicated to art. This can be found at and contains video and testimonials drawn from this area of work.

Having taken considerable influence from many past giants of this allied art who also made a living out of this type of entertainment, I think I have come up with an act that stands up in the modern era of fast visual comedy.

On this occasion, I managed to steal, phones, notebooks, pens, wallets and even ties.

The Magic Circle is the premier magic venue in the United Kingdom and possibly beyond and is purpose-built for cabaret and close up magicians. Opened in the late 1990s, it has been the home of Magic for nearly twenty years.

I was incredibly honoured to be chosen to take part in the societies centenary celebrations when I appeared at the Magic Castle in Hollywood in during 2005. The team was curated by the late Terry Seabrooke, a dear friend that lived just over a mile from my own home.

The Magic Circle will always be a special place for me, and I hope to continue working there in the years to come.

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