The Session

October 1-3rd 2021

The Session is the UK's only close-up magic convention & attracts many of the world's best magicians. Based minutes from London's Heathrow airport, it's the perfect location (and the only London magic convention!).

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The Session Goes Global

We’re delighted to announce that the The Session 2021 will take place October 1-3rd 2021 (please note that this is a change from the previously-announced July dates). A lot of effort and consideration has gone into the decision to hold The Session, and we’re making some key changes to the format and working under the the UK government guidance and regulations. There’s no question that that COVID-19 has created obstacles for any convention, but we also view it as an opportunity to create a more intimate, meaningful, social gathering than we’ve ever done before. Here's what we are doing to make The Session 2021 the best, and safest convention yet:

Online magic convention

Online access for everyone

When you register you can decide whether you prefer to attend in person or to enjoy the convention by streaming it from home. All shows, lectures, and events will be viewable online, and we’ll set up virtual tours of the dealer room where you’ll be able to see and purchase the latest releases online.

And importantly, if you plan on attending The Session in person, but need to change (even last-minute), switching to an online-only registration is free and easy. However you decide to join us, the price is the same: just £155 for the entire weekend.

More info about The Session online

Live attandance

Live attendance

We’re planning on making The Session as much fun as it always is, but we will need to make some tweaks to ensure that everyone is safe. Last year 600 people attended The Session. Currently we’re going to limit in-person attendance to less than half that. We are hopeful that regulations will ease and the infection-rate will drop, and in this case we will open registration to more people.

There is no limit to the number of online attendees, but in-person attendees will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. It’s to your benefit to register now to “lock in” your place, whether or not you’ve decided to attend in person or from your home.

Whether you choose to attend online, or in person, were confident that this will be a convention to remember!

Magic convention online

Regular reviews of these plans

Here’s the truth — nobody knows what tomorrow will bring. We’re hopeful and confident that safer times are ahead. But in the event of a surge or outbreak, we’ll smoothly and calmly transition to an online-only model, where registrants will still enjoy all the events we have planned...from the comfort of home. We view this as an unlikely scenario, but one we’re prepared to accept in the interest of your safety.

And should we receive positive news, we'll be able to open up live attendance for more guests, whilst always considering the health and safety implications and advice.

View our full health and safety plan

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Performers & Speakers

We'll be announcing even more performing for The Session 2021 in the coming months. Here's just a few:

Mike Caveney

Mike Caveney

A singular talent in magic, Mr. Caveney is revered not only as one of the finest parlor performers working today, but also as a leading historian, collector, and writer. Caveney is a world-expert in the history of magic, and brings his vast knowledge of magic's past into his present work. Mike will share his hilarious brand of magic with Session guests both in his show and lecture, which will feature practical, workable material.

Tina Lenert

Tina Lenert

Tina Lenert combines music, mime, dance, and magic into a stunning blend of artistic performance. Heralded the world over for her famous "Mopman" act, Lenert will share her magic with us, and then lecture on her unique journey to developing the act that takes her around the world. She is a Stage Magician of the Year winner from the Academy of Magical Arts, and recently released an acclaimed Astonishing Essay with Vanishing Inc. Magic.

Mario Lopez

Mario Lopez

Spain's Mario Lopez has an expertly defined character and a wonderfully odd approach to magic. He performs his visual miracles in a slow, deliberate manner, and there's not so much as a hint of technique visible in his work. The magic just happens. Mario takes the stage at The Session for the first time, to share with us an all-new lecture of magic with common and unusual objects.

Tobias Dostal

Tobias Dostal

One of the most creative minds in magic today, Tobias Dostal has created wildly original magic that has been seen on television and stages around the world. "Silhouette" allows you to do magic with shadows, while "Optix" is one of the most sensational phone effects ever devised. This year, Tobias will take the stage to share with us how he approaches creativity, as well as share his latest, unpublished miracles.

Nicholas Einhorn

Nicholas Einhorn

Nicholas Einhorn is one of our favorite magicians, and we've invited him to present a full lecture for us, with an emphasis on the workable, practical magic that has earned Nick a place at the top of the UK magic scene. Einhorn is a three-time winner of the Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year award and has created some of the decade's best-selling close-up effects. You'll see a mixture of his newest and most popular material.

Harry De Cruz

Harry De Cruz

Having worked closely with Dynamo on several television specials and a live tour, Harry De Cruz steps out from the shadows to perform his outstanding Edinburgh hit-show, "Harry De Cruz gets his Act Together." This show is a collection of party tricks and stunts that Harry performs. At turns, hilarious and amazing, this guy is, according to JK Rowling, "the real Harry Potter."

Michael Vincent

Michael Vincent

A masterful, artistic sleight-of-hand artist who has dedicated his life to the craft of magic, Michael Vincent is coming back to The Session. One of our most popular guests, Vincent's take on the classics is always fascinating and revelatory. This year he'll share his process and development of one of his most cherished secrets, and you'll never look at this trick the same way again.

Christian Grace

Christian Grace

Hot off the success of the smash hit "Level One," Christian Grace is BACK with new magic you don't want to miss. After creating an enormous buzz at last year's convention, we've invited Christian Grace to return to our stage to present his latest impossibility.

Andy Frost

Andy Frost

A technician's technician, Andy Frost (who is known to the magic world by his IG handle, @sleightlyobsessed), is one of magic's brightest new stars in the arena of hardcore card techniques. He creates and improves some of the most challenging moves in magic, and he makes them look easy. We've invited Andy to deliver a talk on his unique approach to sleight-of-hand magic.

Who should attend?

Anyone who loves magic as much as we do. The Session attracts passionate magicians from around the world. It’s wholly inclusive and we’d love you to join us this year for what is proving to be the best convention yet – see the list of performers.

What should you expect?

  • Never seen before lectures, talks and workshops – we persuade our amazing performers to share their brand new material with you
  • The very best magicians in the world sharing their thoughts and ideas with an eager and appreciative audience
  • Amazing opportunities to session with the stars as well as your friends – we have exclusive use of the hotel bar and conference room
  • Streaming videos of everything you see live, after the event
  • A schedule that is packed with astonishing magic, but also makes time for you to catch up over a beer or coffee with old friends – and make new ones

How much is it?

This is the really good bit. It’s only £155 for the three days (whether you join us online or in person). You’re going to come away with more practical advice on how to improve your magic than anywhere else.

And the hotel this year has rooms from just £82 per night.

What is the online experience like?

We've built our own system to translate the convention to an amazing online experience. You'll be able to see everything from the main stage, message and chat with people who are actually at the event, video chat with video attendees in our session rooms, and even purchase from the dealers.

More about the online convention experience

Where is it?

It’s probably the best-located convention in the world. Just two minutes from Heathrow airport – making it very easy to get to.

Please note: we have exclusive use of the conference area and bar at Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre. Only attendees (registered with badges) will be allowed access during the convention (and evenings). This year we will have door security to ensure that only registrants have access, and all registrants must show their badge to enter the conference area.

"The most intense and exciting magic convention in the world!"
Lu Chen
"The best magic convention in the world!"
"My favourite magic convention of all time."
Peter Turner
"The Session is AMAZING. You’d be crazy not to come!"
Ondrej Pšenička
"A GREAT magic convention!"
Johnny Thompson
"The Session is SO MUCH FUN!"
Adam Rubin
Dani DaOrtiz at The Session
The Session 2022 dates: due to the 2021 convention being later in the year, the 2022 convention will be held April 8th - 10th 2022.

The Session sells out every year.
This year will be no exception

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Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre, Heathrow, London

(Formerly the Park Inn; the same hotel we have been at for the past two years)
Bath Road, Heathrow, Middlesex, UB7 0DU, London Heathrow
+44 0208 7596611 (request Meetings & Events team)

To book, call the hotel directly on between 9am and 5pm Mon to Fri only – you must mention the code MB0000008302 and call during office hours to get our special rates. Booking on their website will not give you our discounted rate.

Email the hotel to book a room

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