Open Sesame – Secret Cellar: Brendan Rodrigues

Secret Cellar really is a secret.  Once entering the bar area I was slightly confused where the theatre was as all I could see was a bar and tables. So I went to the bar to ask where is the theatre and they said I had to wait to see. The whole bar area is quite unique with its slightly gothic feel of gargoyles statues and other unique décor set in around the bar. There are also seating areas all dotted around in unique secluded areas making it feel a bit more special if you are in a party of approx. 6 to 8 people. I especially loved the tree house which featured stained glass windows within the area.

Secret Cellar Frozen Passion Fruit Daiquiri

So whilst I waited I ordered a Frozen Passion Fruit Daiquiri and it was delicious. About fifteen minutes before the show was going to begin this bookshelf near the back of the bar area opened up like someone had cast a spell and spoke “open sesame”.  It was through this entrance down some stairs in where the Secret Cellars theatre was.

Secret Cellar the secret wardrobe

I walked upon down the darkly lit stairs into a very dimmed lit stage area that had three rows of chairs giving the whole place a very intimate feel. The seating is on a first come first serve basis so I opted to sit in the front as I love magic and love being involved.

Secret Cellar Brendan the magician coins

Secret Cellar – Brendan Rodrigues

I went along tonight courtesy of Secret Cellar to see Brendan Rodrigues whom is a extremely highly skilled and very stylish magician who loves dressing in gold.  He wore a gold belt buckle, gold shoes and a elaborate embroidered black jacket. Brendan has won many awards with his latest being for the Magic Circle Close Up Magician of the Year 2016 and has ever appeared on television such as The One Show (BBC1) and The Next Great Magician (ITV).

The tricks he performed on the night were spectacular I was literally blown away. Without giving too much away in the sort of tricks he performs the ones that I really was impressed by were:

  • Mobile phone – he literally pulled a red handkerchief through the phone.
  • Cocktail shaker – making a cocktail and then suddenly the cocktail shaker ends up floating the in air
  • Card trick – merged two signed cards by a couple from the audience together and could not see the join at all that fixed both signed cards together
  • Coins – He made coins appear so effectively like they came out of thin air
  • Ball – He moved a heavy crystal ball around in his hands and fingers like it was a feather

I would highly recommend you see his show before it goes ‘poof’ (13-17 September) as it was spell bounding in fact by the end of the night I think he put a spell on me as I had fallen in love with Brendan. Has he placed a love spell on me as I was in awe.

Secret Cellar me and Brendan the magician

After seeing Brendan for my first time and being blown away by his skills and trickery I had to give him an interview after.

Brendan Rodrigues interview

If you don’t get the chance to see Brendan in this short run he will be doing other dates at Secret Cellar at a later stage. However there are plenty of other magicians to see perform at this intimate stage.  See the latest schedule of magician via clicking here.


Thank you to Secret Cellar for the magical experience I certainly will be back in a flash. The show was complimentary but all views are my own honest opinion.

Click below to read the blogs and / or reviews from the other community members whom joint me on the night. All their views are of their own honest opinion.

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All photos of Brendan are all supplied courtesy of Secret Cellar

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