Will Houstoun is an international award winning magician who specialises in consultancy for media and advertising as well as instruction on both the technical and historic aspects of magic. He has a PhD in the history of magical education, supervised by Dame Marina Warner and based on a study of Professor Hoffmann, a conjurer and author from the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century, who had a huge influence on magicians' and the public's understanding of conjuring. Will has written and published two books on magic as well as numerous instructional DVDs and downloads that are available in his shop). He also edits The Magic Circle's 105 year old magazine, The Magic Circular, The Young Magicians Club magazine, Secrets, and Half Half Man's journal, Quarterly.
As a consultant Will has provided technical and historical information for film, television, radio and theatre. Will has also used his magical knowledge to help a diverse range of other organisations including The Wellcome Trust, KPMG, Grolsch and The Royal Shakespeare Company. He holds a Research Fellowship with The Victoria and Albert Museum Research Institute, is a Honorary Research Associate in the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, and is the Imperial College London/Royal College of Music Centre for Performance Science's Magician in Residence.
Will is a winner of both The European Magic Championships and The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year 2015 as well as holding a Literary Fellowship from The Academy of Magical Arts in Los Angeles. He has Lectured for magic societies around the world, including The Magic Circle (London) and The Magic Castle (Los Angeles), as well as at conventions like The Los Angeles Conference on Magic History, The International Puzzle Party (Prague), The Las Vegas Magic Invitational, FFFF and The London Festival of Magic. Will also offers private tuition to magicians of all ages and levels of experience as well as leading lessons for groups of children and teenagers. As part of his teaching work he is proud to be involved with Breathe Magic, an innovative NHS-funded programme that uses magic as a form of therapy for patient groups with mental and physical disabilities.
Combining his interest in the history of magic and performance Will has written and internationally performed his one-man show Dr Houstoun's Conjuring. The performance is suitable for all sizes of audience (depending on staging) and can be customised to last anywhere between 30 and 90 minutes. Described as: "An enticing glimpse through a secret trap door into the often unbelievable history of magic," the show will leave you astonished by the magic you have seen and fascinated by what you have heard.