The Magic Hour - St James'

10-11 Carlton House Terrace

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20:00 - 21:45
Tickets from £29
Cabaret/Burlesque, Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts, Themed Nights

'One of the finest magicians I have ever seen' - Sir Roger Moore

The Magic Hour is London's most exclusive close-up magic show - in the style of the Victorian Masters.

Are you looking for an alternative night out in London? This is something really different.

Following 5 star reviews and sell out shows since 2013, The Magic Hour was named in the top 10 attractions in London in 2014 (TripAdvisor), receiving the Certificate of Excellence for several years running. The evocative drawing room of the Grand Royale casts a spell over it's audience, taking them back in time to the Golden Age of Magic. Master magician 'Sonic', as seen on ITV's Penn & Teller: Fool Us, dazzles with sleight of hand, misdirection, and mind reading. From Rome to Rio de Janeiro he has entertained alongside A list celebs including Gary Barlow, the Hairy Bikers, Jonathan Ross, Jools Holland, Simon Cowell and appeared at exclusive events at Savoy, Claridges, Park Lane hotel and St Pancras Renaissance.


'Effortless command of the stage' - 5 stars (Remote Goat)

'Hugely captivating... an expert display of magic' - 5 stars (West End Wilma)

'The best thing I've seen in London so far' - 5 stars (Curious London Blog)

'Extremely entertaining - a perfect showman' - 5 stars (City Chic Lifestyle)

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10-11 Carlton House Terrace
(May be subject to change - please check your email on the day) , 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH, SW1Y 5AH

Nearest station:
Piccadilly Circus (Tube)


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The Magic Hour

Are you looking for something different in London? Want to find the perfect alternative night out? Well look no further. The Magic Hour is an exclusive magic show in the heart of London. Following 5 star reviews and sell out audiences at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, it was named in the top 10 attractions in London (TripAdvisor 2014), receiving the Certificate of Excellence several years running.

Our Review

The Magic Hour - London Event Review

The Magic Hour - London Event Review

The Magic Hour is an evening show of close up conjuring and prestidigitation in the style of the Victorian masters. That’s what is says on the show programme, and is essentially what you get. Except it’s not an hour. It’s about...

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What an amazing show. Wow! I believe in magic
by on February 3rd, 2017

The British Academy is a great venue and provided the atmosphere for a night of 'Victorian entertainment'. Rapid fire patter and prestidigitation. Sonic provided a humorous and entertaining evening that still has me scratching my head. Visited 10-11 Carlton House Terrace on 2017-01-27
by on January 29th, 2017

Sonic was captivating and the magic was impressive. Intimate show - great if you're looking for something a bit different. He interacts with the audience a lot which is good fun. Only downside would be the small variety of drinks on offer - for those that don't drink wine or beer it would be nice to have other alcoholic options. Visited 10-11 Carlton House Terrace on 2017-01-20
by on January 22nd, 2017

Really enjoyable evening. The intimate nature of it really adds to the experience. A great showman, giving a fantastic performance, I would definitely recommend Visited 10-11 Carlton House Terrace on 2017-01-13
by on January 18th, 2017

Really enjoyed the show! Very impressive! The audience is not big so you have a chance to sit really close and see all the magic very well. And you might be helping him as well as he interacts a lot with the audience. Visited 10-11 Carlton House Terrace on 2017-01-06

Reply from The Magic Hour - St James'

Hi Barbora, we are glad you enjoyed the show. Yes we have a maximum of 4 rows of audience, which means that everyone is close to the magic, and has the opportunity to be part of it. Have a great week.
by on January 9th, 2017

Absolutely fantastic show- highly recommend going to experience for yourself! Visited 10-11 Carlton House Terrace on 2017-01-06

Reply from The Magic Hour - St James'

Hi Katja, Thank you for reviewing The Magic Hour. We are delighted to hear that you had a great experience and hope to welcome you again.
by on January 8th, 2017

It was great, good entertainment. I bought the show tickets for my partner's birthday and he enjoyed it as well. Simple tricks but think about the work what is behind it and quite honestly I don't think i'd be able to do any of that anyway. Was afraid a bit after reading the negative comment but actually left amused and entertained after the show. Well done and would recommend! Visited 10-11 Carlton House Terrace on 2016-12-23

Reply from The Magic Hour - St James'

Thank you for reviewing The Magic Hour - all feedback is very important and we strive to give everyone the best experience we can. Customer satisfaction is of great importance to us as years of work have gone into the show. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed it, and hope to welcome you again.
by on December 26th, 2016

I thought the show was fantastic. Admittedly there was no technical hitch when I went. Sonic has a warm personality and the illusions are very good indeed. It is true that the traditional tricks have been given original twists - I have seen plenty of magic shows before. It was fun! Bravo!

Reply from The Magic Hour - St James'

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review The Magic Hour. All feedback is very important to us. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the show so much, as over 3 & 1/2 years of work have gone into it. If you get chance, please also review us on TripAdvisor. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
by on December 14th, 2016

Really disappointed with this event. Paid £40 each for premium tickets (front row with a tiny mince pie and a programme) for me and my wife, expecting to see some good quality close up magic and ended up seeing a really cheesy show of basic magic that you will have seen a thousand times before. Cups and balls? Cutting a rope in half? This was stuff that you would get in a basic kids magic set, not something you expect at a west end magic show. Plus Sonic was not a great magician, fluffing a few of the tricks including the one where he picked the wrong lady out of the audience to do a card trick with (my wife) so the card the presented her with at the end had another lady's signature on it (not that my wife let on to the audience at the time). Even the big finale Seance was lifted directly from a Derran Brown show that I went to about 10 years ago (and again done poorly). The whole thing just came across as very amateurish. Avoid. Visited 10-11 Carlton House Terrace on 2016-12-10

Reply from The Magic Hour - St James'

Dear Andy, We are sorry to hear that the show did not meet your expectations, and we never wish our audiences to feel disappointed. Due to a technical fault on the evening you attended, there was no theatrical lighting to accompany the show, which affected some of the routines and resulted in the sound feeling a little out of place. Given this, if you contact our team at, we can discuss some compensation. Regarding the Cups & Balls and the Rope routine you mentioned - these are classic effects performed at the turn of the century which date back to antiquity, which is why they are included in the show. In actual fact both routines have been updated with a twist that has fooled many magicians who have attended. Whilst a basic version might appear in a beginners magic set, the methods and secrets are completely different, and the sleight of hand takes years to perfect. The Seance portion of the act is also original to us and not lifted from Derren Brown's act in any way. Sorry you didn't appreciate the mince pie - it was a seasonal addition, and not normally included.
by on December 12th, 2016

Entertaining, and if you like intimate, up-close magic, it's a good experience. We saw it in a drawing room of a Victorian building (Carlton Terrace off the Mall), which added to the atmosphere. It is a bit cheesy, but most of the tricks are quite impressive. Visited 10-11 Carlton House Terrace on 2016-12-02
by on December 4th, 2016

Very entertaining, was sceptical as first but as soon as the show started my scepticism was lifted, a lot of audience participation which just adds to the mystery "how did he do that" he's no more than 1.5m away from the front row. The wine is £6.5 a glass and tastes very cheap. But the overpriced wine does not detract from it being a 5 star review Visited 10-11 Carlton House Terrace on 2016-11-18
by on November 19th, 2016

Really good, really entertaining. The tricks were spectacular! Would definitely recommend and if you'd like to be picked on during the show arrive early and get either the front row or the seats on the sides (i.e. seats that would be easy for the magician to get to). The visuals on the back row are also not as great and to see certain tricks you'd have to stand up Visited 10-11 Carlton House Terrace on 2016-08-05
by on August 7th, 2016

It was good but a little disappointing, there wasn't much I hadn't seen before, Sonic definitely isn't my favourite magician, he seemed a bit fake and not funny at all, dull compared to other magicians I have seen but I guess its what you're into. Visited 10-11 Carlton House Terrace on 2016-07-31
by on August 3rd, 2016
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It was fabulous. There was a trick that I've seen on TV many times. It's easy to dismiss magic on tv by suggesting it's edited. But when you witness it for yourself it's literally gobsmacking!! I could go on and write an essay on how much I enjoyed this great magic show. Trust me. Go and see it for yourself. Visited 10-11 Carlton House Terrace on 2016-07-31
by on August 2nd, 2016

Very entertaining!! We were in London for a short duration and a friend recommended the show. We loved Sonic, as he is simply brilliant. You keep guessing the entire evening and every act blows the mind. We even got a tiny souvenir. Highly recommended !! Visited 10-11 Carlton House Terrace on 2016-07-23
by on July 25th, 2016

A brilliant evening. The cocktails beforehand were a great start, and the show was brilliant. Kept us guessing all night long, and full of brilliant surprises. I would highly recommend giving it a go. Visited 10-11 Carlton House Terrace on 2016-07-08
by on July 10th, 2016

Fantastic! We celebrated our anniversary at Sonic's The Magic Hour. His skills are spot on and totally entertaining and the logistics of the show at the Grand Royale are well orchestrated. See this Show! A great night out! Visited 10-11 Carlton House Terrace on 2016-07-01
by on July 5th, 2016

Amazing venue and incredible entertaining. Pure magic in the perfect place of the Gran Royale hotel. So near to the magician Sonic that it nearly becomes a private show. Unforgettable! Visited 10-11 Carlton House Terrace on 2016-06-10
by on June 26th, 2016

Started a little slow but quickly built to a very strong delivery, underwhelming (deliberately) with a pleasing air of authority, professionalism and cleverness. The room is not the best and the luck with seating could mean a terrific or a slightly disappointing evening. Sonic would do better to find a more suitable venue for what is an excellent performance. Visited 10-11 Carlton House Terrace on 2016-06-03
by on June 5th, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed the show, very atmospheric. Still trying to figure out the illusions. One criticism were the seating arrangements, we were at the end of a row and it was difficult to follow some of the magic taking place at the central table. Maybe semi-circle rows would work better.!! Visited 10-11 Carlton House Terrace on 2016-05-27
by on June 1st, 2016

Excellent performance...just when you think you understand what's happening something comes along to blow your mind again. Only disappointment was the cocktail, but not enough to detract from the five stars. Still feeling amazed now 2 days later. Visited 10-11 Carlton House Terrace on 2016-05-20
by on May 22nd, 2016

Great fun!! A really intimate show with fantastic audience interaction. We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the show and would definitely recommend it to others! Cocktails are delicious too! Visited 10-11 Carlton House Terrace on 2016-05-06
by on May 8th, 2016

We had a fabulous evening at The Magic Hour. Great venue with an intimate setting, but it was the fabulous magic that really made it. Couldn't recommend it more highly. Visited 10-11 Carlton House Terrace on 2016-04-29
by on May 3rd, 2016

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