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.

OPEN LETTER TO MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF THE MAGI

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.
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FURTHER DETAILS ON WHAT HAPPENED TO JONATHAN ROYLE

https://klearthoughtsmentalismhypnosis.wordpress.com/2018/09/11/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-englands-3rd-oldest-magic-club/


 

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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)

RE: YOUR MAGIC SHOP & OUR MAGICAL SOCIETY

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:

https://www.orderofthemagi.co.uk/membership

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

https://www.orderofthemagi.co.uk/membership

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.

WHAT TO DO NEXT.

Please get back to me URGENTLY & no later than this coming
Friday on my direct email of royle@magicalguru.com

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
JONATHAN ROYLE

(On behalf of The 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

Jonathan Royle The Order of the Magi Close-Up Magical Champion 2017 & Winner of The Sly Smith Shield for Best Card Trick

Jonathan Royle The Order of the Magi Close-Up Magical Champion 2017 & Winner of The Sly Smith Shield for Best Card Trick

On the evening of Tuesday 13th June 2017, Rochdale Resident Jonathan Royle, aged 41 who resides in the Spotland area with his Wife Rachel and 7 year old daughter Ashleigh was awarded both the Winners Cup for outright Best Magical Performance and also the Sly Smith Shield for Best Card Trick in the 2017 Order of the Magi Close-Up Magic Competition.

The Order of the Magi is the 3rd Oldest Magical Society & Magicians Club in England and
has its headquarters at The New Irish Heritage Centre in Manchester.

Jonathan Royle is the Current Winner of the Cabaret Magic Trophy as well as the Close-Up Cup and Sly Smith Shield for Best Card Trick from The Order of the Magi

Jonathan Royle is the Current Winner of the Cabaret Magic Trophy as well as the Close-Up Cup and Sly Smith Shield for Best Card Trick from The Order of the Magi

Towards the end of 2016, Royle was also awarded the Cabaret Competition Trophy
by the then President and fellow Rochdale Resident Alan Johnston who can be seen
in the picture below awarding him the trophy.

Jonathan Royle being awarded the 2016 Cabaret Magic Trophy by the then President Alan Johnston

Jonathan Royle being awarded the 2016 Cabaret Magic Trophy by the then President Alan Johnston

Further details on Royle’s 2016 Cabaret Magic Competition win along with a short
video of his Award Winning Magical Performance can be seen at this link:

https://klearthoughtsmentalismhypnosis.wordpress.com/2016/10/12/rochdale-magician-hypnotist-jonathan-royle-wins-2016-cabaret-magic-trophy-at-englands-3rd-oldest-magic-club-manchesters-order-of-the-magi/

And in the picture below you can see Magician Sly Smith presenting the Order of the Magi’s Sly Smith Shield for Best Card Trick 2017 to Jonathan Royle…

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

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

And below is Magician Ian Brown from The Modern Mystic League in Blackburn who due to the Current Order of the Magi President Rochdale Resident Stuart Cassels being ill Presented the outright Close-Up Magical Champion Trophy to Jonathan Royle.

Magician Ian Brown Presents the Trophy for Close-Up Magical Champion to Jonathan Royle at Manchester's Order of the Magi

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

And for those interested in the kinds of Card Magic Tricks that Royle performed last night
take a look at this short video of him performing just a few of his favorite effects.

Jonathan was born whilst his parents were travelling with Gandey’s Circus and he made his Stage Debut aged 3 as Flap The Clown.

Aged 4 he appeared alongside his dad “Tizzy the Clown” on Blackpool’s Golden Mile helping to present a Neck Guillotine Illusion whereby a large blade penetrated a persons neck without harm.

This was an outdoor attraction to entice people to come inside The Paul Daniels Magic Museum and was the first time (of many) that Royle met Paul Daniels over the years.

Jonathan Royle with his Wife Rachel & current Order of the Magi President Rochdale Resident Stuart Cassels one evening with the Late & Great Paul Daniels.

Jonathan Royle with his Wife Rachel & current Order of the Magi President Rochdale Resident Stuart Cassels one evening with the Late & Great Paul Daniels.

By the time his age had hit double figures, Royle in his former stage name of Alex-LeRoy was performing Large Stage Illusions such as impaling his assistant with Swords and Producing Doves from Mid air…

Jonathan Royle in his former Stage Name of Alex-Le-Roy performing Large Scale Stage Illusions like David Copperfield

Jonathan Royle in his former Stage Name of Alex-Le-Roy performing Large Scale Stage Illusions like David Copperfield

Aged 15, along with help from his fellow Magicians Jamie Allan & David Arkay, they supplied to Television Illusionist Simon Drake their version and method of the Impaled Illusion which he then used on his UK Theatre Tour and also on the Iron Maiden “Raising Hell” Farewell Show which was broadcast on Television around the world.

Simon Drake Impaled on a Sword - This prop having been Devised & Supplied by the Joint efforts of Jonathan Royle, Jamie Allan & David Arkay

Simon Drake Impaled on a Sword – This prop having been Devised & Supplied by the Joint efforts of Jonathan Royle, Jamie Allan & David Arkay

Over the past 25+ Years as well as travelling the World Himself with his Comedy Stage Hypnosis, Mind-Reading and also Magical Style Shows, Royle has also become a Consultant and Adviser to Fellow Magicians, Hypnotists & Psychic Entertainers around the world and his Training Books, DVDs and Courses are now on sale from all Major
Magical Dealers Worldwide as can be seen along with glowing reviews of his Magic Lectures at this link:  http://www.magicalguru.com/magical-lectures/ 

Buying Tricks off Television Magician Wayne Dobson at Blackpool Magic Convention

Buying Tricks off Television Magician Wayne Dobson at Blackpool Magic Convention

Royle has also performed at The Southern England Magic Convention on two occasions and Lectured at Magic Clubs to fellow Magicians sharing his own original creations on many occasions.

Award Winning Hypnotist Jonathan Royle

Award Winning Magician & Hypnotist Jonathan Royle

As well as being a Multiple Award Winning Magician, Royle is also an Award Winning Hypnotist, having last year been made only the Fourth Hypnotist in the World to ever be inducted into the South African Academy of Hypnosis Hall of Fame as per:

https://klearthoughtsmentalismhypnosis.wordpress.com/2016/08/26/hypnosis-hall-of-fame-excellence-award-for-rochdale-greater-manchester-england-hypnotist-jonathan-royle-the-king-of-hypnotherapy-nlp-hypnotism-trainers/ 

Dr. Jonathan Royle - Hypnotist - Circa 1990

Dr. Jonathan Royle – Hypnotist – Circa 1990

More on Royle’s Career and Life to date can be found on his official Resume Page on his main website at –  http://www.magicalguru.com/resume/  

The Order of the Magi Based in Manchester is Englands 3rd Oldest Magical Society

The Order of the Magi Based in Manchester is Englands 3rd Oldest Magical Society

More details on The Order of the Magi which is based in Manchester and is Englands 3rd Oldest Magical Society & Magicians Club can be seen on their official website at:

https://www.orderofthemagi.co.uk/history

Jonathan Royle's Books on Magic, Hypnosis & Mentalism are bought by Magicians, Mentalists & Hypnotists Worldwide

Jonathan Royle’s Books on Magic, Hypnosis & Mentalism are bought by Magicians, Mentalists & Hypnotists Worldwide

Here are some pictures of some of the other Competitors of the Order of the Magi’s 2017 Close-Up Magic Competition which was held at The New Irish Heritage Centre in Manchester.

Magician Mike Sharples aka Mick the Trick

Magician Mike Sharples aka Mick the Trick

Above is Mike Sharples aka Mick the Trick from Royton, near Oldham in Greater Manchester and below is Mind Magician Ryan Robertson from Oldham.

Mind Magician Ryan Robertson

Mind Magician Ryan Robertson

Below is Manchester Magician Michael Bates performing his style of Magic..

Michael Bates Performs

Michael Bates Performs

There were 4 judges in all, two of whom were members of the Public and the other Two who were Magical Judges for the Competition.

The Magical Judges were Ian Brown & Dr. Roger Woods of The Modern Mystic League in Blackburn, Lancashire.

Ian Brown Member of the Modern Mystic League in Blackburn Entertains whilst the Judges Scores are added up

Ian Brown Member of the Modern Mystic League in Blackburn Entertains whilst the Judges Scores are added up

In the picture above Ian Brown Member of the Modern Mystic League in Blackburn performs some Magical Wizardry to entertain the audience whilst the Judges votes are counted and checked at The Order of the Magi’s 2017 Close-Up Magic Competition.

And finally here are some photos of the Outright Winner of the Close-Up Magical Cup and also the Sly Smith Shield for Best Card Trick Jonathan Royle Performing during the competition..

Jonathan Royle Performing Card Magic at The Order of the Magi's 2017 Close-Up Magic Competition

Jonathan Royle Performing Card Magic at The Order of the Magi’s 2017 Close-Up Magic Competition

Jonathan Royle Performing Card Magic at The Order of the Magi's 2017 Close-Up Magic Competition

Jonathan Royle Performing Card Magic at The Order of the Magi’s 2017 Close-Up Magic Competition

Jonathan Royle Performing Card Magic at The Order of the Magi's 2017 Close-Up Magic Competition

Jonathan Royle Performing Card Magic at The Order of the Magi’s 2017 Close-Up Magic Competition

Jonathan Royle Performing Card Magic at The Order of the Magi's 2017 Close-Up Magic Competition

Jonathan Royle Performing Card Magic at The Order of the Magi’s 2017 Close-Up Magic Competition

FOR MEDIA INTERVIEWS PLEASE CONTACT JONATHAN VIA HIS WEBSITE
www.magicalguru.com or email royle@magicalguru.com 

Dr. Jonathan Royle - Visual Coding Displacement Therapy (VCDT) Practitioner

Dr. Jonathan Royle – Visual Coding Displacement Therapy (VCDT) Practitioner