Magic for Magicians at The Session 2024

Darren Delaney on stage at The Session 2024

Last weekend, I was delighted to perform and speak at The Session 2024. It’s a magic convention for both professional and hobbyist magicians.

400 experienced and budding wizards get together at The Radisson Hotel and Conference Centre at Heathrow Airport for a weekend of performances, lectures, networking and fun.

It’s pretty nerve-wracking to get up on stage in front of your peers, and some of your heroes, to perform. I spend most of my time performing for non-magicians (or muggles if you prefer) when people hire a magician for parties and events. The Session has an impressive line-up of international performers, many of whom I admire, so it was an honour to be invited along.

My performance and talk was on the subject of memory. I competed in the World Memory Championships several years ago and I’ve become known in the magic world for a performance piece that combines memory and mental dexterity.

If you’ve seen me performing as a corporate event magician or hired me as a magician for your party you’ll have seen how I try to remember the name of everyone I meet. It’s a really useful skill to have – I wrote an article on how to remember people’s names a while back if you want to learn for yourself!

Darren Delaney giving a talk on memory at The Session 2024
On Stage at The Session 2024

My spot was on the Friday, meaning I could relax and enjoy the rest of the weekend. I had a lot of people approach me to compliment my talk and ask for further advice on memory, so I’m so glad it was well-received!

There were some brilliant sessions over the weekend, including several magicians I love and admire. I’m often asked who my favourite magicians are – I have several, but many are not well-known amongst the general public. I did get to chat to Steven Frayne (who you probably know as Dynamo) in the bar about his latest TV special though!

Darren Delaney with Dynamo at The Session 2024
Meeting Steven Frayne AKA Dynamo at The Session 2024

I came home on Monday exhausted and inspired. It was great to see old friends, make new ones, and immerse myself in the world of magic and wonder for a long weekend.

Before the world came to a standstill in 2020 and my focus shifted to virtual magic shows, I had planned to put together a course on memory for the business. I may now actually re-visit this in 2024!

Thanks to Vanishing Inc for inviting me to speak and Sean East for the great photographs

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