Professor Hoffmann, the subject of Will Houstoun's PhD, famously said: "There is a vast difference between telling how a trick is done and teaching how to do it." Will has spent the last decade teaching magicians of all ages, whether beginner or expert, how to do magic. He was a guest lecturer on magic at Stockholm's University of Dance and Theatre and regularly appears at magic conventions and lectures for magic societies as well as offering private tuition and group lessons for young and old. He is also a proud member of the Breathe Magic team. Scroll down to find out more or use the links above to quickly find a particular project.
The Magic Circle’s Close-up Magician of the Year 2015, Will has just completed his PhD in Victorian Conjuring and is back with a new lecture combining his interest in history with his recently release DVD set, Modern Magic. During the talk Will will teach a selection of card and coin magic that is suitable for close-up and parlour and on which he has been booked to lecture around the world, including multiple appearances at The Magic Castle and The Magic Circle. The material that will be taught ranges from easy to intermediate difficulty and will all be taught thoroughly, with a view to explaining the details that really make the effects work.
Will Houstoun's lecture provided an immensely satisfying evening. Like no other lecture I've ever seen, it was an original mix of eye popping sleight of hand, witty tales of literary sleuthing and amusing historical anecdotes. Having had the experience once I now want more lectures just like it but fear that wish is unlikely to be granted until Will's return to these parts. - Ernest Earick
I had seen Will perform slight of hand magic in the past and wanted my club to witness his inspirational talent. His engaging persona, precise explanations and sheer depth of historical knowledge kept everyone on the edge of their seats. Our club has a diverse membership of stage, close-up and children's entertainers and it was lovely to see a big turn out in the club room, hanging on his every word. - Paul Megram, Watford Association of Magicians
Will is the perfect booking for magic conventions of all sizes, able to contribute to many different aspects of the event. He is a knowledgeable lecturer and is also able to offer insight on the history of conjuring, sourcing material from his work on the film Hugo and his books The Notebook and Hellis in Wonderland. He is also the perfect addition to any close-up show and can even offer either a complete or excerpted performance from his one-man show, Dr Houstoun's Conjuring. Get in touch to find out more about how Will can work with you to ensure your event's success.
Will is a natural communicator with bags of content to match the best. You will think, learn, laugh, reconsider and be moved. He was a huge hit when I booked him for South Tyneside International Magic Festival. Grab him while you can. - John Archer: Festival Booker
Will presents a fascinating historical discovery in a witty, wise, and magic-filled way. I was captivated, from start to finish. - Simon Aronson
Personal tuition is one of the best ways imaginable to learn magic. Will has taught magic to everyone from Magic World Championship Prize Winners to complete beginners. Every lesson is tailored to precisely suit each student's needs, offering a fun and effective way to improve, whether that means learning your first ever magic trick or polishing an existing act. Will recommends a lesson of one to two hours duration every week or two as the optimum balance between contact and private practice time. Lessons can be held in a Central or South-West London home or a venue such as a café or pub at a convenient time. Will offers a discount on block lesson bookings.
We booked a magic lesson as a gift for our father-in-law, not known for his ability to sit still but known for his clumsiness! Will not only taught him some great magic to wow the grandkids (they actually said "WOW") but he really enjoyed the lesson. - Sabrina and Roshinee
Will combines infectious passion with an encyclopaedic knowledge of magic. Despite his mastery of sleight of hand and routining, what makes Will stand out as a teacher is his patience and focus. His coaching gave me the confidence and technique to pass my Magic Circle audition on the first attempt! - Simon Gillis: New Magic Circle Member
Magic is a perfect skill for young people to learn. It is fun, universally appealing and builds skills in presentation, communication, problem solving and dexterity as well as being a remarkable confidence builder. Will has taught groups of young people between the ages of 8 and 18 magic for theatre organisations, home school gatherings, birthday parties and the Roundhouse and is available to discuss future classes in London.
Magic is a really popular project here at the Roundhouse. It is a really great tool to develop skills in public speaking, performance and dexterity whilst raising confidence and self esteem. I've seen really shy young magicians stand up and command a room full of people while performing their tricks. I'd recommend giving it a go to anyone! - Lucy Scott: Performance Arts Programme Coordinator
The kids had a fantastic time and you completely inspired them. Thanks so much for giving Lukas a magical 10th birthday! - Danielle: Lukas's Mum
I had the pleasure of booking a magic workshop for this year's LOST HARTS drama summer camp at LOST Theatre and I found Will to be an incredible facilitator. Of all the activities that the kids engaged in during the week the magic workshop was by far the most popular. I can not recommend him highly enough. - Ann Akin: Artistic Director
Breathe magic is an innovative approach to healthcare that uses magic to help patients with a range of physical and mental disabilities. Their flagship programme works with children with hemiplegia, a stroke-like condition that leads to difficulty with movement on one side of the body, using carefully chosen magic tricks to help improve their hand function and confidence. The approach was developed through a collaboration between academics, magicians, arts-health professionals and occupational therapists and has been clinically examined and approved by the NHS. Breathe have also used magic to help children in Great Ormond Street's secure psychiatric unit and adult stroke survivors.