About The Secret Connection
In a time when we need a connection with others more than ever, award-winning magician Dr Will Houstoun brings a unique interactive online show into your home.
Each show is broadcast live on Zoom from our purpose-built London studio, with an audience of just 30 screens. You are encouraged to turn down the lights, tuck your phones away and immerse yourself in a high-quality theatrical experience.
The audience is treated to a selection of magic from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The box of interactive magical surprises is sent prior to the performance.
The shared experience of the show aims to bring back the connection that society has lost during the pandemic, with each household enjoying direct magical interaction. There is no limit to how far the connection can reach, with families and friends from all round the world being able to buy tickets and experience a performance together. In fact, the show already has bookings by audiences in Australia, New Zealand, United States, Uganda, Czech Republic, Spain and Portugal.
About Dr Will Houstoun
Will Houstoun has a PhD in the history of magical education, supervised by Dame Marina Warner, and is a winner of both the European Magic Championships (2006) and The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year 2015. He holds a Literary Fellowship with the Academy of Magical Arts in Los Angeles, a Research Fellowship with the Victoria and Albert Museum Research Institute, and is an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Surgery and Cancer, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London. His current research interests lie in exploring the ways in which the skill and approach of the conjurer can be utilised in an educational context.
Fusing his interest in the history of magic and performance Will has written and internationally performed his one-man show Dr Houstoun’s Conjuring, described as: ‘An enticing glimpse through a secret trap door into the often unbelievable history of magic,’ (TVBomb, 2015).
Will is the current editor of The Magic Circular, The Magic Circle’s 113-year-old journal. Consultancy credits include Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, the BBC’s Wolf Hall, The Royal Opera House’s Katya Kabanova, the West End’s The Prince of Egypt and The Almeida’s The Twilight Zone. Will is also deeply involved with Breathe Arts Health Research and their innovative clinically researched therapy programme for young people with hemiplegia.
Will has published widely on topics including the history, performance, and psychology of magic, including several self-published books and numerous articles, reviews, features and columns for The Stage, Genii, MAGIC Magazine, and other trade publications.
“Very simple, very beautiful, and iconic” – BBC
“Dr Houstoun’s skill is unmatched” – DesignMyNight
“Will is a really fine magician with some serious chops…this is a remarkable collection that serious students of close up magic will enjoy for some time.” – Genii, The Conjuror’s Magazine