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Nik Taylor is Director of Teaching and Learning for The School of Music, Humanties, and Media at the University of Huddersfield 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 of projects in the UK, Germany and France, including Discurs’96 & The Festival of Contemporary European Plays. He has designed for Performance CityFestCEP & Sapajou, produced a low budget feature, and performed as a dancing penguin.

As a Research Magician, he is coordinator of the Magic Research Group and is currently undertaking a research on Performing Real Magic(K): The Conjurer and Audience in Bizarre Magic.  As a performer, Nik specialises in Bizarre Magic, Sideshow, Séance and Divination.  Nik co-curates Mr Punch's Cabinet of Curiosities a dark museum of weird and haunted artefacts. He recently advised on the Thackray Medical Museum’s The Magic of Medicine exhibition and Proper Job Theatre’s Nosferatu and performed in Hester Reeve’s YMEDACA at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

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

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Magic
  • Performance Magic
  • Bizarre Magic
  • Technical Theatre
  • Interactive Theatre
  • Immersive Theatre

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Research Output

  • 2 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 8 Performance
  • 4 Chapter
  • 2 Article

Identity and Persona

Taylor, N., 16 Feb 2020, The Magiculum II. Landman, T. (ed.). Lulu Press Inc., p. 58-63 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Seance a view through the veil

    Taylor, N. & Cooper, A., 30 May 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

  • Magic and Broken Knowledge; Reflections on the practice of Bizarre Magick

    Taylor, N., 10 Apr 2018, In : Journal of Performance Magic. 5, 1, 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Mr Punch's Cabinet of Curiosity

    Taylor, N., 25 Nov 2018

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

  • The Strange Thing

    Taylor, N., Jul 2017

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

  • Activities

    • 5 Oral presentation
    • 3 Invited talk
    • 2 Consultancy
    • 1 Editorial work

    Four stages to hacking reality.

    Nik Taylor (Keynote speaker)

    16 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Spiritualists and Magicians: Outrage, Appropriation and the Birth of a Performance Genre

    Nik Taylor (Speaker) & Andy Cooper (Speaker)

    31 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


    Nik Taylor (Consultant)

    31 Oct 2015

    Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

    Press / Media

    Interview for The Extraordinary Project Podcast

    Nik Taylor


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Harry Potter Exhibition Comes To Huddersfield

    Nik Taylor


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Séances and Spookshows - Nik Taylor

    Nik Taylor


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment