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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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Magic Arts & Humanities
Magicians Arts & Humanities
Gothic Arts & Humanities
Entertainment Arts & Humanities
Yorkshire Sculpture Park Arts & Humanities
Lounge Arts & Humanities
Fiction 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

Mr Punch's Cabinet of Curiosity

Taylor, N., 25 Nov 2018

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

Cabinet of Curiosities

The Strange Thing

Taylor, N., Jul 2017

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

"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

Activities 2009 2019

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

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

Performing Seance: Four Steps to Collective Delusion

Nik Taylor (Speaker)
30 Oct 2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

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