Journal of Performance Magic

ISSN: 2051-6037

Subject area: Media

Publisher: University of Huddersfield Press

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Journal of Performance Magic is published annually as a fully open access journal. All article processing charges are fully supported by the University of Huddersfield Press.

Articles are published under a Creative Commons attribution licence (CC BY), although other more restrictive licences will be considered.

About the journal

Despite the perennial reports of magic’s demise at the hands of both old and new media Performance Magic is more popular and inventive than ever before. It is a performance art with a vibrant culture of live performances, popular TV shows, and emerging forms that use the street and the internet to create unique performances, to stage challenging effects and to engage new audiences and practitioners. The popularity of contemporary performance magic now rivals the magic assemblage of the nineteenth century’s ‘golden age’ of magic and certainly overshadows it both invention and in its astonishing scope.

The Journal of Performance Magic focuses on a multidisciplinary and contemporary approach to the field. Covering the influence, legacy and future of performance magic on wider performing arts practice and other diverse academic disciplines. In recent years the academic study of performance magic has made exciting creative links within emerging disciplines; such links include the cognitive sciences, architectural design, and emerging technologies. The Journal of Performance Magic seeks to strengthen these links as well as encourage reflection on areas of performance magic not already covered in publication and develop new perspectives on areas already heavily researched.

The Journal of Performance Magic is intended to serve a wide and international academic and non-(traditional) academic community, and invites contributions from researchers and practitioners throughout the world and from a wide range of disciplines. Contributions will be welcomed form areas including but not exclusively; performance training, psychology, scripting, scenographic invention/application, magic technology, ethics, narrative/story-telling, theme parks.

Review Process

The Journal of Performance Magic follows a double-blind review to further provide fairness to the review process; this means that neither the identity of authors will be disclosed to the reviewers nor the authors know the identity of reviewers. Reviewers are selected by the editor of an issue, which may include members of the editorial board, or may include other individuals with the necessary knowledge to accurately review the article.

Please refer to the COPE ethical guidelines for peer-review. Reviewers should clearly reference the section of the manuscript (line numbers) to which they are referring in their response. While critiquing the manuscript, reviewers should acknowledge the authors’ time and commitment for the piece of work and therefore should be constructive. While identifying the deficiencies, clear suggestions to improve the quality of the manuscript should be provided.

The review should be submitted to the journal within three weeks to avoid delays in publishing the research. If for any reason the deadlines cannot be met, please notify the editors immediately so it can be assigned to another referee.

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

The University of Huddersfield Press is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). As such, the Press and affiliated Editors adhere to the COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and the Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers.

Editorial board


  • Nik Taylor (The University of Huddersfield)
  • Stuart Nolan (HexInduction)

Editorial Board

  • Jonathan Allen (Kingston University, London)
  • Professor Bruce Ballon (University of Toronto)
  • Professor Brian Corrigan (North Georgia College & State University, USA)
  • Professor Simon During (University of Queensland, Australia)
  • Professor Larry Hass (Austin College, TX, USA)
  • Dr Peter Lamont (The University of Edinburgh)
  • Professor Todd Landman (The University of Essex)
  • Professor Michael Mangan (The University of Loughborough)
  • Professor Daniele Nigris (University of Padua, Italy)
  • Professor Mary Oliver (Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • Professor Ross Prior (University of Wolverhampton)
  • Joseph P. Zompetti (Illinois State University)

Submit to the journal

The editors of Journal of Performance Magic welcome submissions from authors, further details of how to submit are avaliable below:

Notes for Contributors

Licence to publish

The review process

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