Open Letter to Members of Order of the Magi the Manchester Magic Club & Magical Society & Fellow Magicians. THE TRUTH relating to how I was pushed out of England’s 3rd Oldest Magic Club.



Dated Tuesday 11th September 2018 can also be seen here:

From: JONATHAN ROYLE – (Formerly Known as Alex-Le-Roy)

Thursday 16th August 2018.

F:A:O – All Members of The Order of the Magi.

Dear All,

Following events which took place at the last Order of the Magi meeting (Adrian Sullivan Presidents Lecture) on Tuesday 14th August 2018, namely the fact I was (by Secretary Mike Sharple’s) turned away, my money was refused and I was told that I was/am not welcome any longer as apparently I have upset too many members with my comments at the AGM I am sending this message to ensure the full facts are known by all.

Therefore I am sending this letter to all members of the Magi for whom I have (or could easily find) contact details, either by direct email and/or by way of inbox to your Facebook or other Social Media Account.

(I will also publish it openly & publicly on my WordPress Blog Page) 

Firstly to anyone who attended the AGM on 27th March 2018, at which I resigned as a member of the Magi, may I once again in writing repeat that which I have already communicated to various people both verbally in person and also by email/text, namely that if anyone was in any manner offended or upset by any of the language used by myself that I offer my sincere apologies for any upset/offense caused.

However for the record (as communicated to Club Secretary Mike Sharples via Whatsapp Messages & then at a later date in person) I stand by everything I said at the AGM as it was all stated with only the best interests of the future success and growth of the club at heart.

For those who may not know I started attending the Order of the Magi back in Circa 1989 onwards when they were located at The Post Office Club and was very kindly taken to meetings by life member Jack Griggs.

Due to issues which are now water under the bridge relating to Derek Lever I never actually joined the Magi until after I had done three heavily attended and positively received Lectures for your members, where at the end of the 3rd Lecture I joined & became an active member of the club.

With the exception of when I had paid Professional Bookings and/or Television interviews I attended at all Lectures, all informal club meetings and even entered competitions regularly, resulting in me winning the 2016 Cabaret Magic Trophy and both the Best Card Trick Shield and also the outright Close-Up Magic Trophy in the 2017 event.

I would regularly help to set out chairs, clear stuff away after lectures and take photographs during events which appeared on an almost monthly basis within the pages of the Magi magazine.

I came up with the idea of getting discounts from Magic Dealers for our members (and to help entice new members) and indeed I then negotiated such with the dealers. For the year of 2017-2018 there were approx 18 dealers giving members such discounts, for the present year of 2018 to 2019 you will notice on the magi site on the membership page located at this link: that I was able to negotiate more discounts for members (You should have been sent a PDF with all the discount codes) and now you have 34 dealers you can save money with.

Bearing in mind all of the above and the fact that I have known many of the Magi members since I was in my early teens and indeed some members such as Jack Steel worked with me when I was around 12, it is with great regret and sadness that on Tuesday 14th August I discovered that I am no longer welcome in any manner and so it would seem at any time at the Order of the Magi.

In a nutshell as mentioned earlier I resigned my membership at the AGM on 27th March 2018, however on 22nd May after having communicated with Mike Sharples by Whatsapp & text Messages during which I had again apologised for any offense my language may have caused anyone at the AGM it was confirmed by Mike that I was welcome to attend the Magi Auction that evening which indeed I did and as always at such events I bought numerous items thus helping to raise funds for the club in the process.

On the 12th of June it was the Andrew Normansell Lecture and on 26th June it was the Paul Roberts Lectures, I attended both events and paid my £5 visiting non magic member attendance fee to Mike Sharples who happily took my money.

On 10th July I attended the Close-Up Competition and just like had occurred at the 2 lectures, various members (you know who you are) were encouraging me to rejoin and so I said I would give it some serious consideration.

It had also recently been brought to my attention that the Magi website had been updated with this sentence:

This is restricted to two visits per person per Magi syllabus year, not including auctions and competitions.”

Which had been added to the sentence about visiting non members so that in full and in context it now read:

Visitors are welcome to attend meetings and lectures by prior arrangement with either the President or Secretary for a fee of £5 (unless otherwise stated). This is restricted to two visits per person per Magi syllabus year, not including auctions and competitions. To attend all lectures and meetings, and to benefit from full Magi membership, Click Here.

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I mentioned this to various members who seemed to be hearing about this for the first time and several commented that such rule was ridiculous and not in the best interests of the club.

My observation is that whilst some clubs such as the Magic Circle have such a rule, they only have such on the basis that they already have lots & lots of members and want to ensure there is always enough room for their registered members to attend.

Sadly no such membership level or issue currently exists with the Magi, and whilst some may think limiting attendance to 2 meetings and then forcing people to join is the way to get more members, I would disagree and point out that currently the more visitors you can get paying £5 a time the more there will be for club funds to pay for more and bigger name lecturers who in turn would attract more paying guests and more funds to the club.

Ultimately in time as bigger names are appearing more regularly some of these people would then join of their own accord due to membership having then become more desirable and beneficial to them.

Anyhow the point is when I attended on 14th August I knew about the 2 meeting rule and so was prepared to pay my £35 subscription fee to rejoin.

I was met at the door by Mike who said “You Can’t Come In” and proceeded to mention the 2 meeting rule to which I replied “That’s fine I understand and that’s why here is my £35 subs money”and tried to hand him the payment.

However Mike refused to take such and said “Your Not welcome, you’ve upset too many members and we’ve had too many complaints” I can only assume by “we” he meant the committee?

Given the AGM was on 27th March 2018 and that I after the event had apologised for the few choice words I used whilst resigning and had subsequently been welcomed back for the auction, 2 lectures and a competition without a single word about “not being welcome” ever being said to me by anybody I was as you can imagine somewhat surprised to say the least by this reaction.

Having spoken to several Magi Members since I was turned away at the door it seems many had absolutely no idea about the new “2 meetings as a visitor rule” and most certainly had no idea that I was apparently no longer welcome at the club.

Several mentioned that members were certainly not asked to vote on whether I was welcome any longer or not and that they doubt that a proper Committee meeting has been held about the matter (or the new 2 meeting rule) as they are aware proper committee meetings in line with the rules of the club have, it seems not taken place for a long time.

So to the members I’ve known for years and those who have become friends in recent years, please do keep in touch and I hope to see you soon.

To those who were encouraging me to rejoin which I tried to do on Tuesday night, thanks again, but it seems I am not welcome any longer.

I’ve only ever wanted the best for the club, for it to grow and return to the kind of success it has enjoyed previously, unfortunately that has not been possible.

I wish you all Health, Happiness and Success for the future.

Kind Regards


PS: I’ve not (yet) been able to find an email address for Dave McGee, Kaye or David and as there may possibly be a few others I’ve missed, it would be massively appreciated if you could, please forward this email to them (and any other members) so that everyone knows what is going on.


Dated Tuesday 11th September 2018 can be seen here:

Rochdale Magician & Hypnotist Jonathan Royle Win’s 2016 Cabaret Magic Trophy at England’s 3rd Oldest Magic Club, Manchester’s Order of the Magi.

ABOVE: Magician Ian Brown Presents the 2017 Trophy for Close-Up Magical Champion to Jonathan Royle at Manchester’s Order of the Magi.

ABOVE: Sly Smith Presenting The Sly Smith Shield for Best Card Trick 2017 to Jonathan Royle at Manchesters Order of the Magi.

Rochdale Magician, Mind-Reader & Hypnotist Wins Close-Up Magical Champion Trophy & The Sly Smith Shield for Best Card Trick in Magic Competition Run by England’s 3rd Oldest Magical Society Manchester Based The Order of the Magi.

Below are the Three Reviews of the Three Lectures I have given to the Order of the Magi in the past which were always positively received and very well attended.





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Celebrity Hypnotherapist & Comedy Stage Hypnotist & NLP Hypnosis Trainer Jonathan Royle aka Alex William Smith

Celebrity Hypnotherapist & Comedy Stage Hypnotist & NLP Hypnosis Trainer Jonathan Royle aka Alex William Smith

Award Winning Hypnotist Jonathan Royle

Award Winning Hypnotist Jonathan Royle

ROYLE REVEALS – (A Working Pro’s Survival Guide to The Mystery Arts) A Lecture at The Order of the Magi – Manchester’s Magic Club for Magicians and Britain’s 3rd Oldest Magic Society – Tuesday 9th August 2016 with Jonathan Royle

MAGIC & MENTALISM LECTURE – Tuesday 9th August 2016.
(Jonathan Royle Live at the Order of The Magi, Manchester’s Magical Society )

NEWS UPDATE = The first 14 People to come to me and hand me £20 either
before the Lecture or During the Interval can grab over £900+ of Magic, Mentalism
& Hypnosis Goodies for just Twenty Pounds as per the information at this link: 

ROYLE REVEALS – (A Working Pro’s Survival Guide to The Mystery Arts)
On Tuesday 9th August, Controversial Magician, Mentalist, Psychic Entertainer and Hypnotist Jonathan Royle returns to “The Order of the Magi” at The New Irish Heritage Centre in Manchester with a truly Unique, Entertaining and Thought Provoking Lecture that is sure to contain much worth for everyone who attends whatever their preferred area of Magic is!
Born on the 13th August 1975 into a Showbiz Family whilst Travelling with Gandey’s Circus, Royle made his Stage Debut aged 3 as Flap The Clown, aged 4 worked doing Illusions with his showbiz father Tizzy The Clown aka Les-Le-Roy at The Paul Daniels Magic Museum on the Golden Mile in Blackpool and has worked extensively in most every area of the Mystery Arts and Variety Entertainment Industries ever since.
Aged 15 he became the youngest (at the time) person to ever be employed by Marvins Magic and became their top seller that season selling over 400+ Svengali Decks in one day alone and thus outselling even London’s Top Store demonstrators!
From Barbados to Bahrain, London to Las Vegas, Crete to California, Florida to the Bahamas and numerous other destinations, Royle’s Acts and talents have taken him all over the world performing in Theatres, Circus, 5 Star Hotel’s, Exclusive Celebrity Private Parties, and even in Schools, Nursery’s and peoples houses when he first started out in the Childrens Parties arena.
During his almost 39 years in Showbusiness, Royle has worked in every genre from Kids Shows and Close-Up through to Doves and Large Stage Illusions on the one hand to Mentalism and Hypnosis along with Comedy Clubs, Theatre and even Circus on the other.
Together with 100’s of TV Shows around the world including having had his own One Hour Hypnosis TV Special on German RTL in 1994 and filming his own Six Part European Comedy Magic, Mentalism and Hypnosis Television Series in Amstedam during 2001, he has much varied knowledge and experience to share.
This Lecture will contain a Mix of Commercial Magic & Mentalism, Secrets of Cold Reading & Hypnosis and even insider tips on how to make more money from Magic.
Amongst the numerous Tricks, Routines, Techniques and Professional Insights, Wisdom and often Career Enhancing and Life Saving Advice that Royle will Share and Reveal Are:
*The exact opening routine which warms up your audience, involving an unexpected Bottle Production that he used when supporting Comedy Legend Lee Evans at Manchesters “Buzz” Comedy venue.
*What do you do when you land in for example Bahrain as Royle once did to perform at The Hilton Hotel only to discover that all your luggage is still in Amsterdam and your meant to be on Stage doing a two hour show in just a few hours time?? This was one of the biggest learning curves of Royle’s Career and he reveals all so you are always prepared.
*His Unique Psychic Belly Button Reading Routine which has been featured on ITV’s “Funky Bunker” and also Sky Livings “Live At Three” Television Shows as well at high profile corporate events around the world and has even been adapted successfully for use in product launches.
*Several of Royle’s Favourite “Impromptu” and “Close-Up” Magic Tricks will be performed and explained, along with insider advice on for example such issues as how to perform in very noisy nightclub environments such as for example the now closed but still Legendary Hacienda Club in Manchester which Royle appeared at on a number of occasions.
*A Stunning and Miraculous seeming Word Prediction Routine which has it’s root in ideas by Ron Chatburn, Max Maven, Stewart James and Arun Bonerjee amongst others. A Real audience fooler and reputation making routine.
*Royles thoughts, tips and experiences on Larry Beckers “Make The Cards Match” with numerous ideas of how to make the routine more entertaining and how to draw truly massive applause from your audiences with this every time.
*Royles “Power of Words” a pack flat stage filling routine that looks like genuine Hypnosis and yet nobody is ever Hypnotised. Some will even talk about this and say that they witnessed somebody being levitated. Royle used elements of this on Granada Breeze’s “Psychic Livetime” TV Show with much impact and success.
*The True Inside Secrets of what happened behind the scenes of Royles 1993 Channel Four appearance on the cult TV Show “The Word” when he was head to head against Hypnotist Peter Powers. In conjunction with the Mobile Phone Hypnotic Routine that he will also demonstrate and a few “Hypno-Tricks” that are Guaranteed to work every time, these Real World Secrets will help make you look like an Instant Hypnotist with ease!
*Should time permit, Royle will also reveal some little known Secrets of Cold & Hot Reading for the Psychic Entertainer that can also be utilized by the Magician and Mentalist to help increase the impact to and reactions from the routines they choose to perform.
*All interspersed with insider Secrets and Real World Advice of how to get more shows, obtain higher fees and make way more money from your Shows, Acts and Related Talents whilst gaining far more positive Audience reactions, longer lasting memories and ultimately far more positive reviews and testimonials for your shows.
In short there will be something for everybody at this event, as Royle will also explain along the way how various things can easily be adapted for different ages of audience and also different styles of performing venue.
Reviews of Royles Past Two Critically Acclaimed Lectures at The Magi can be seen here:

Non Members are welcome at this event for a fee of £10 on the night. Details of how to find the venue and about the club are at –

NEWS UPDATE = The first 14 People to come to me and hand me £20 either
before the Lecture or During the Interval can grab over £900+ of Magic, Mentalism
& Hypnosis Goodies for just Twenty Pounds as per the information at this link: 

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