Personal profile


Nik Taylor is Subject Area Leader in Drama, Theatre and Performance 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.


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

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Magic Arts & Humanities
Magicians Arts & Humanities
Fiction Arts & Humanities
Gothic Arts & Humanities
Ceremony Arts & Humanities
Persona Arts & Humanities
Mystery Arts & Humanities
Performance Practice Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2009 2018

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
Performance Practice

"Strange ceremonies": Creating imaginative spaces in bizarre magick

Taylor, N. 5 Sep 2016 In : The Luminary. 7, p. 54-63 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Impersonating spirits: The paranormal entertainer and the dramaturgy of the gothic séance

Taylor, N. 24 Apr 2015 New Directions in 21st-Century Gothic: The Gothic Compass. Taylor and Francis Inc., p. 163-174 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Performing fabulous monsters: Re-inventing the gothic personae in bizarre magic

Taylor, N. & Nolan, S. May 2015 Monstrous media/spectral subjects: Imaging Gothic from the nineteenth century to the present. Botting, F. & Spooner, C. (eds.). Manchester: Manchester University Press, p. 128-142 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Out of tricks

Taylor, N. 15 Apr 2014 The Magiculum. Landman, T. (ed.). London: EyeCorner Press, p. 101-111 12 p. 9

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Activities 2009 2015

  • 4 Oral presentation
  • 2 Consultancy
  • 2 Invited talk
  • 1 Editorial work