OPEN LETTER TO MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF THE MAGI – Letter of Resignation from Ryan Robertson.

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

C/O Secretary Mike Sharples

11th September 2018.


Dear Members,

I write to officially give my resignation from the Order of the Magi.

Due to Family Holidays & other commitments I have been unable to write this letter and address these matters until now, for which I apologise.

I shall also be emailing this to all members for whom I have direct contact emails and/or am connected to via Social Media.

I joined the Order of the Magi after having been encouraged to do so by former member Jonathan Royle who himself resigned from the Magi at the 2018 AGM earlier this year, I was not present at the AGM but I have been told a few different version of events that took place that night.

According to Jonathan he was disgusted by the lack of apparent motivation or action being taken to help the club obtain new members and grow and was shocked to discover that the club had the previous year spent a couple of hundred pounds more on expenses than it had brought in through subscriptions.

I now find myself regrettably feeling that I too have no choice but to resign from the Magi due to the way that Jonathan Royle was treated by Mike Sharples (supposedly on behalf of club members) on the evening of 14th August 2018.

Ultimately Mike Sharples turned Jonathan Royle away at the door and refused him entry to the Adrian Sullivan Presidents Lecture in a manner that was unfounded and also highly embarrassing for Jonathan.

I am aware (as I was there on the night in question) that Jonathan approached the door to go into the room the lecture was taking place and was stopped by Mike Sharples who said words along the lines of “You Can’t Come in as you’re not a member and have been to 2 meetings during this club year”

Jonathan replied to this by saying “Yes I know I can’t come in without renewing my membership as stated on the club website and so here is the money to pay for my renewal of membership” and then he tried to hand the money to Mike who refused.

Not only did Mike refuse Jonathans membership money he also told Jonathan “You’re Not Welcome” and when asked why he replied “We’ve had lots of complaints about you from members” this seems to be misleading, as Jonathan had already spoken with a number of members who had already told Jonathan to just ignore the new rule and come along to the meetings as they would like to see him there.

Since the meeting I have investigated and to the best of my knowledge we as members were not ever asked whether Jonathan should be “refused entry” or “banned from re-joining” and thus I fail to see how such action and behaviour towards him was fair in any manner.

I am aware that at the AGM Jonathan’s language got quite heated and maybe offensive, however I am also aware that since then he has:

1) Apologised directly to anyone who seemed to be offended on the night including directly to Mike Sharples who confirmed that he had accepted such apology hence welcoming Jonathan along to the Magi Auction which took place a few weeks after the AGM.

2) Jonathan has attended Two Lectures Since the AGM and Mike was happy to take his entry money on both occasions with nothing negative being said to him.

3) Jonathan also attended the Close-Up Competition and again nothing negative was said to him by anyone.

4) On the night in question (14th August) Jonathan was sat with myself and a few other Magi member’s downstairs in the Irish Heritage Centre before the Lecture and nobody said anything negative to him at all.

5) Since the 14th August I have been made aware that the first any of the club’s members knew of Jonathan apparently not being welcome was when Jonathan contacted them after the event and/or spoke to them after the meeting which again illustrates that it seems no vote has ever been made on the matter and that the behaviour shown towards Jonathan is unfair.

6) Given that Mike Sharples as Secretary had the chance to tell Jonathan he was not welcome at The Magi Auction, Close-Up Competition and 2 Lectures all of which Jonathan attended and at all of which Mike Sharples and the Magi were happy to take his money at, it becomes clear that all is most certainly not what it seems.

7) The new rule of people to quote the website:

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). Please note – 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, please apply below”.

This seems to be something that was not discussed at the AGM, nor voted on democratically by the committee and instead seems to have been added AFTER Jonathan has resigned and AFTER he had attended the auction and a lecture, some may say it was instigated to force Jonathan out of attending, it certainly would seem that way.

In any event it is a ridiculous change as potentially this could lose the club money as some people may want to attend 3 events (or more) in a year at £5 = £15 for club’s funds but would only be allowed to attend 2 unless they joined which some may not wish to do.

Given that the club has spent more than it brought in last year surely it would be wise to bring every penny possible into club funds and that includes the fact it would have been wiser to accept Jonathan’s money on 14th August rather than Mike telling him he was and is not welcome?

9) Jonathan being refused entry in the manner he was is even more alarming when it is considered what an active member of the club he was including such things as him:

**Helping to set up and pack away.

**Taking photographs of meetings which went into the magazine monthly.

**Negotiating discounts for club members.

**Participating in the Magi competitions.

**Participating in Magi auctions.

**Always offering help, advice and insights to members when questions were raised.

**Often being asked to clarify things by and for visiting lecturers who have always thanked him.

**He Lectured at the Club 3 times before he joined.

**Having recently been asked by Max Townsend if he had another New Lecture available and in response offering to give such lecture to the club free of charge,

**Actively trying to get things happening to help get new members into the club and back on track to where it once used to be.

Despite all of the above and despite the fact that Jonathan had already apologised (and had his apology accepted) for his language used and any offence he had caused to those present at the AGM whilst resigning all of the aforementioned things it seems have been purposely ignored and subsequently refused membership.

It sadly seems as though those at the helm of the club have no real desire to do what is right for the club and rather are making decisions (without consulting other members or the club council) and taking actions aligned to their own personal agendas.

This raises the question “What is the purpose of a committee or council if important decisions which may directly affect the future of the club are being made by those in direct control.

I am not wishing to cause offence here but this is my honest opinion and I cannot remain silent on these issues hence I am officially withdrawing my membership from the club.

Should these matters be fully rectified and put right fully in the future, then I may possibly reconsider my position at that time, but for now I can no longer remain a member of the Order of the Magi.

I would urge all members to consider these matters seriously when choosing who to vote for at the next AGM, the future of your club depends on it.

Yours Truly

Ryan Robertson.

PS: I have for some strange reason been removed from the magi mailing list & so am not able to find email addresses for other members hence I have sent this
letter to Jonathan Royle and given him permission to post it on his blog page.



RE: YOUR MAGIC SHOP & OUR MAGICAL SOCIETY – (How To Get A Free Advert for Your Magic Shop on The Order of the Magi’s Club Website)


Dear Magic Shop Owner…

I am writing on behalf of the 3rd Oldest Magical Society in England, namely “The Order of the Magi” in Manchester of which I am a member.

My email is in relation to this page of our clubs website:

I am sending this email because either..

a) You already have a Free advert on our website or:

b) You may wish to obtain a Free advert on our website.

(Details of How to Secure Your No Cost Advert follow Shortly)

If you have an existing Free Listing on our website (thus meaning you have offered some kind of discount or voucher code or exclusive offer to our members) then now is the time to confirm that you would like this listing to continue as our AGM and New Year starts at end of March.

However our webmaster needs to update the website before then so any discount code would need to please be active from right NOW up to and including the last day of March 2019.

NEW MAGIC SHOPS = For those who are not yet listed on the site, all we ask is that you offer our members some kind of voucher/discount code that they can enter at checkout and/or a password they can quote over the telephone or in person at your store to claim a discount off their purchases.

There can of course be a sensible (e.g. £20 or so) minimum order level to claim the discount using the code you supply to be entered at checkout or to be quoted over the telephone.

In exchange we will put your company logo onto this page of our website

And this will of course link directly to your website and thus maybe help to improve your Google Ratings.

It could certainly send visitors from our site who are not Magi members yet to yours and thus help generate full price sales for you from non Magi members.

It is out intention to be starting a major Social Media Advertising Campaign in our clubs New Year and so we are anticipating lots more website visitors and also ultimately new members, both of which can only prove to be positive & beneficial for those who secure their place on our site and offer our members a discount of some kind.


Please get back to me URGENTLY & no later than this coming
Friday on my direct email of

We need to know:

1) Your Website Address you want promoting on our page.

2) What level of discount (and terms) you will offer our members.

3) What voucher code they are to enter at checkout on your site or password they are to quote over the telephone or in person at your store.

4) Confirmation that the codes are active NOW so we can start adding you to the site and informing members.

5) Confirmation that the codes/discount will remain active until at least 31st March 2019.

Many thanks in advance for your time, consideration and anticipated rapdi response to this email.

Yours Truly

(On behalf of The Order of the Magi)


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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