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Wed, 22 May


Breadsall Memorial Hall

Alexander Marsh (McAleer) lecture

Alexander Marsh is the pen-name of professional mentalist Alex McAleer, who has been a working performer since 2007.

Alexander Marsh (McAleer) lecture
Alexander Marsh (McAleer) lecture

Time & Location

22 May 2024, 19:30 – 22:00

Breadsall Memorial Hall, Breadsall, Derby, UK

About the event

Alexander Marsh is the pen-name of professional mentalist Alex McAleer, who has been a working performer since 2007.


Under his pen-name, Alexander Marsh has lectured at the prestiges Magic Circle; contributed to publications by Jerome Finley, Elliott J. Bresler, and Banachek; filmed two Penguin Live Lectures; released best-selling effects such as Forgotten Princess and Thy Will Be Done; and with The 1914 Magic released a masterclass on the art stagecraft and the a mouth 5 hour masterclass on billet work. 

As well as performing at the usual private parties and corporate events, he has made countless television appearances around the world including ITV’s Good Morning Britain (UK), Seven Network’s Today Tonight (Australia), and NBC’s Access Hollywood (USA). In 2019 Alex appeared on BBC’s Blue Peter, the worlds longest running children’s television program.


In 2014 Alex took his one-man show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and three shows to Australia’s Perth Fringe World Festival in 2016 and 2017 where he was nominated for the cabaret award. Since 2013 Alex has toured extensively with the ensemble illusion show ‘Champions of Magic’ across the UK and North America. 

Magicians Only. Past members and visiting magicians are very welcome at Derby Magic Circle, but there is a small fee of £10 payable on the night.

Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

Effects include: 

  • ESP Matching effects - various methods for when you have a table and don’t. 
  • Lost & Found - a bank night style effect without envelopes using Alex’s Transfer 60/100 gimmick. 
  • Two Tenners - a unique psychological method to perform a serial number divination. 
  • Tel - Alex’s bold but practical billet technique to divine any 4-digit number. 
  • 37th Deception – the entire audience read’s the spectators mind. 
  • 6th Sense Ploy – a prop-less, visual, and dramatic way to reveal a thought. 
  • Folie A Deux – Predict almost anything in a sealed envelope handed out at the beginning of the show – no pre-show, no secret writing, no secret assistance. 
  • Forgotten Princess – cause a spectator to instantly forget a playing card they merely thought of, only to have them remember on your command. 
  • 3 Billets - Alex shares the work on his Billet Peek within a three person psychometry routine that makes the peek invisible. 

Other topics: 

  • Billet Work - Alex is known as one of the few modern billet workers. His experience and knowledge has been gained over years of performance on stage, up close, and on television. 
  • PR - Alex has done countless press, radio, and TV interviews. His insight on the subject can be invaluable for when you get that chance to promote your work in the media. 
  • Structure - Alex can share his insight to structuring shows, effects and routines. His ‘Broad Narrow Broad Structure’ gives you a framework to create a full show or shorter routines. Alex can also share his ’30/3/10’ structure which works to routine a show, a short act, or for close up performances. 
  • Close Up Mentalism: Alex has spent many years performing as a strolling mentalist and can share his thoughts and experience. 


“Having booked many lecturers for my annual MINDS conference, I was highly impressed with Alex's promptness and professionalism throughout the booking process. The lecture he gave was both highly entertaining and informative and as such reaped rave reviews from each and every delegate in attendance. Alex is a huge talent and I have no hesitation in recommending him!”  - Michael Murray 

“Alex McAleer is one of my favourite mentalists. He knows more about presenting entertaining mentalism for real world audiences than almost anyone else I know.”  – Ian Rowland 

“It’s hard to find your own voice in mentalism without sounding like you’re trying to copy Derren Brown but you succeeded splendidly.”  – Martin S Taylor (the Hypnotist who inspired Derren Brown) 

"Again Alex proves how to construct and present contemporary mentalism.” – Marc Spelmann 

"Alex's Head Wired manages that rare feat: material that's both very creative and very practical.” - Oliver Meech 

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