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Biography

Nik Taylor is Senior Lecturer in Drama where he researches and lectures on Performance Magic and Creative Technical Theatre. He is co-editor of The Journal of Performance Magic

He has worked as a performer, writer and director; working on a number projects in the UK, Germany and France, including Discurs’96 & The Festival of Contemporary European Plays. He has designed for Performance City, FestCEP & Sapajou, produced a low budget feature, and performed as a dancing penguin.

He is coordinator of the Magic Research Group and currently undertakes research in Paranormal Entertainment.  A Mystery Entertainer himself, Nik specialises in Bizarre Magic, Sideshow, Séance and Divination.  He recently advised on the Thackray Medical Museum’s The Magic of Medicine exhibition.

He is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and The British Society of Mystery Entertainers.

Research & Scholarship

Performance Magic, (particularly ‘Bizarre Magick’)

Nik’s key research interest is performance magic; from the big box illusionist to the close-up prestidigitator. His main focus is the dramaturgy of Bizarre Magic and Paranormal Entertainment. A majority of this work is practice-based, both through performing as a Mystery Entertainer and through teaching-based research with small groups of students.  His most recent work examines narratives of performance magic and their relationship with the dramatic structure of legend texts.

Multimedia, performance interaction and immersion.

Nik is also interested in the use of multimedia within performance. His experiments in this area have involved digital scenography and projection mapping. Nik is keen to integrate Performance Magic research into this area, and has created a number of immersive/interactive experiences that use magic to create a visceral experience for the audience.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2014

Taylor, N (2014) ‘Out of Tricks’. In: The Magiculum. London, UK: EyeCorner Press. pp. 101-111. ISBN 9788792633279

2013

Taylor, N (2013) ‘Call for PapersJournal of performance magic , 1 (1), p. 69. ISSN 2051-6037

Taylor, N. and Nolan, S. (2013) ‘Letter from the EditorsJournal of performance magic , 1 (1), p. 1. ISSN 2051-6037

Taylor, N (2013) ‘The Bizarnival of the StrangeMystic Menagerie: The Journal of Bizarre Magic , 1 (13), pp. 10-12.

2012

Taylor, N. and Hoedt, M. (2012) ‘Magic and the M-word’. In: Liber Mentis. London: PSYCRETS. pp. 262-276. ISBN 9781291107326

2011

Taylor, N (2011) Host / MC [Performance] (Unpublished)

Taylor, N (2011) ‘More Than Just Tricks’. In: Tabula Mentis, 16th April 2011, The University of Huddersfield

Taylor, N (2011) ‘Introduction’. In: Scripting & Storytelling for Paranormal Entertainers. : Aken Productions. p. ix.

Taylor, N (2011) ‘Collective Delusion and the Madness of Crowds.’. In: Occult Magic 2: Into The Darkness. : Valentine Entertainments. pp. 43-47.

2010

Taylor, N (2010) How Psychic are you? [Performance] (Unpublished)

Taylor, N (2010) ‘Throw Six to StartMystic Menagerie: The Journal of Bizarre Magic (3).

2009

Taylor, N. and Nolan, S. (2009) ‘Performing Fabulous Monsters: Re-inventing the Gothic Personae in Bizarre Magic’. In: The Ninth Biannual Conference of the International Gothic Association, 21-24 July 2009, Lancaster University

Taylor, N (2009) A Performance of Bizarre Magick [Performance] (Unpublished)

Taylor, N (2009) Many Magics [Performance] (Unpublished)

2007

Taylor, N (2007) England's Home of Mystery [Performance]

Research Degree Supervision

Nik is happy to supervise/co-supervise research students (MA by Research, MPhil, PhD) in areas related to his teaching and research specialisms. Nik is particularly interested in Performance Magic in the 20th/21th Century, theatre illusion and sideshow, and the relationship of the actor within a multimedia performance space. He would welcome enquires within the following broad subject areas.

  • Performance Magic
  • Technical theatre
  • Multimedia in performance
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