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James Brown

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James Brown is a magician, pickpocket and hypnotist trained in psychiatry and perceptional psychology.




James 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.

This lit a fire under him that has never gone out! With only a pack of playing cards and his understanding of human behaviour James set out to teach himself sleight of hand magic and misdirection. Within a few months he secured himself the position of resident magician at a local bar & restaurant where, over the next 4 years, he developed his skills performing close up magic 3 hours a night 3 nights a week.


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.


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.

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Magician, Pickpocket and Hypnotist