Mark James

Sleight Of Hand Magic & Comedy

Mark James is a sleight of hand magician who fuses comedy with magic, juggling and other vaudevillian variety skills to create a unique show that's suitable for any audience.




Modern Magic is the classic style magic show brought up to date. It fuses sleight of hand magic with comedy and audience participation. The performance can run up to 60 minutes and is customisable to almost any venue shape and size.

Mark will perform incredible feats of magic with cards, billiard balls and Rubik’s cubes. Drawings will come to life and change before your eyes. Minds are read, cigar boxes are juggled, fire is eaten and 5ft long balloons are swallowed.

Modern Magic takes its inspiration from vaudeville while playing to the fast paced expectations of a 21st century audience.

It is suitable for audiences of all ages.

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PERFECT FOR: Theatres & Cruise Ships

Sideshow Tricks is a full evening theatre show. The performance lasts for 2.5 hours including a 25 minute interval. Available for theatres and special events. This show combines sleight of hand magic and comedy with the world of the 'sideshow'.

In this show you'll see Mark hammer a 6 inch nail into his nose, eat fire, read minds, escape a strait jacket, swallow a sword (kind of), perform incredible feats of balance and finally answer the question ‘How long is a piece of string?’
Direct from a national theatre tour and a two year residency at Viva Blackpool, the show is suitable for all ages although it does come with a PG rating due to the dangerous nature of some of the material.

Due to the size of the set, this show is recommended for larger stages.


PERFECT FOR: Storytelling Venues and Festivals

A unique combination of magic and storytelling. (15, 30, 45 or 60 minutes)

ONE: ERDNASE. A man whose identity remains unknown once wrote the most revered book in the history of magic. Was he a gambler, a cheat, a magician or something else entirely? His true identity remains a mystery. Mark uncovers the potential suitors and comes to some surprising conclusions whilst demonstrating the amazing magic for which his seminal book is so well regarded. 

TWO: MELVYN. One of the world's most celebrated sideshow performers. Billed as 'The Anatomical Wonder' and famed for hammering a solid steel nail into his face via the nostril! Whilst his stunt was extraordinary, his life was even more interesting. Mark shares his story along with a performance of that infamous sideshow stunt. 

There are four parts to Curious Mysteries. Those above are just two examples. Perfect for after dinner, story telling festivals or literary theatre shows.


PERFECT FOR: Educational Societies & Daytime Events

This show is perfect for 'audience with' type daytimes or evenings, relaxed environments without formal stage settings or colleges and universities. In this show Mark will perform a wide variety of eclectic pieces spanning his entire catalogue of material. 

There will also be accompanying explanation about how they were written along with information on their history and the magicians whose shoulders they're standing on. 

You'll know everything there is to know about the tricks with the exception of how they work...

This can last up to 90 minutes including a Q&A session. 

PHOTO CREDITS: Magic Castle: Brian, Taylor Wong. Sideshow Tricks: Becki Staff, Kris Rubens, Jason Randall. Cromer Pier: Paul Macro Promotional and Main Site Photography: Charles Leek, Viking Line: Matthew Wright. House Of Cards: Rebecca RIsley.