Secret Cellar

Love intimate small theatres? Love magic? Then you’ll love Secret Cellar Then check out this amazing venue. Within the intimate setting at Secret Cellar you can come face-to-face with the finest close-up magicians in the world. Secret Cellar kindly gave the community of Love Pop Ups – London a few spots to experience the following shows: Ian Rowland – The Mind Man Ian is the world’s leading cold reader comes to London. Psychological mind reader and mentalist Ian Rowland will read your mind and tell you how he does it, and explain how every choice you make can be influenced in ways you don’t even realise. You will laugh, you will be amazed and end up doubting your own intuition. The Mind Man (Ian Rowland) is a member of the Inner Magic Circle and an expert in persuasive communication. He has been hired by the FBI, the Ministry of Defence and the British Olympics team sports psychologists. Brendan Rodrigues – Intoxicated Brendan recently won the Magic Circle Close Up Magician of The Year Award 2016. Following from a sell-out run at the Secret Cellar, he returns. This star of the Next Great Magician and Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year will present more bar flair and gobsmacking sleight of hand. Enjoy a unique take on illusion by one of London’s most stylish magicians. The Vienna Experiment It’s 1888. Join paranormal investigators Professor Franklin Fitzroy-Smogg and Baron Gustav von Wraith at the European Institute of Parapsychology. Let them take you through their most baffling and downright disturbing cases. Watch them conduct a series of thrilling experiments with – and on – you, their ‘witnesses’. Written and performed by international, award-winning magicians and actors Jasper Blakeley and Frank E. Haschka, The Vienna Experiment is a funny and thrilling theatrical show that will chill, delight and amaze in equal measure.

Paul Zenon – Linking Rings

Paul Zenon has made regular appearances everywhere from Countdown to La Clique and is known as the UK pioneer of Street Magic (C4’s Turning Tricks, Tricky Christmas, Trick or Treat, ITV’s White Magic).

He will tell a story of Houdini’s right-hand man who deals with the death of his boss. A half century later, the Blackpool joke shop proprietor takes on a wide-eyed young protégé. An affectionate look at a misspent youth and unsung heroes; a touching true story of interlocking lives.

Not a magic show, but magical nonetheless.

To find out about the latest shows at Secret Cellar and to book any click here. Thanks to Secret Cellar who let some members of the community of Love Pop Ups London come down to experience various magic shows.
Discover more and read our write ups.
What a unique space, hidden in the wall, literally Secret Cellar. Very atmsopheric place. Bit expensive at £20 but possibly understandable given the size. Amazing magic show by Brendan Rodriguez, mindblowing.” Ian Rowland September 2017

Elizabeth de Brito

I watched Ian Rowland – The Mind Man on his last show and it was entertaining. I wouldn’t say it was worth £20 though, but it was good entertainment and an intimate setting. He is a great speaker, funny and has some decent tricks. It was a bit of magic and demystifying certain aspects of magic which was interesting. However, I think it would have been better if he stick to either just being a magic show or demystifying certain things and the whole shebang. I found it a bit weird to have some showmanship for mind tricks to get ‘smart’ such as multiplying double digit numbers ending in 5. Overall I would say it was entertaining and better than sitting at home doing nothing, but I wouldn’t kill myself for a ticket.Ian Rowland September 2017


“Came here for a special magic/mentalism show in the basement that they call The Secret Cellar. It’s a tiny venue with quirky decor…” Ian Rowland September 2017

Sunny Kleo review post

“Secret Vaults is an amazing bar that has a secret theatre downstairs. I went along to see magic by Brendan and he was amazing. I was literally blown away by his magic.” Brendan Rodrigues September 2017

Joanne of Love Pop Ups London blog post

“I came here to watch Brendan Rodrigues and it was great. Really made my evening. I sat in the first row with a couple of friends and was really impressed by his sleight of hand magic. Almost everything was like ‘wow’. He is extremely talented with his hands as he showed off with his magic crystal ball which he almost makes float. He is very smooth with all his moves and very charming with his personality. He puts his own flair into some things like finger ballet, which is not a magic trick but just a show of the dexterity of his fingers. He did a routine for romance for a couple with various things appearing, dissapearing and guessing cards. Finally, he did a bar routine where he guessed the cocktail on the sheet of paper. It was awesome and would definitely recommend.” Brendan Rodrigues September 2017


“I came here to watch Brendan Rodrigues and was blown away by this hidden venue.” Brendan Rodrigues September 2017


“Improvised comedy show, in an underground cellar, want to know more??” Comedy September 2017

Joice blog post

“There is a cool little bar near Waterloo station called Vaulty Towers. What is even cooler is what you will find underneath… Behind a secret door you’ll find the stairs to a secret cellar where magic happens for a very reasonable ~20 quid, The Vienna Experiment mixes theatre with magic in a fantastic way. Since it is such a small venue, tickets are limited and chances are good you’ll get to take part in the show! The story starts with two men talking about a mysterious event and their work in paranormal science. We are told a story about tragic death and mystery, and throughout the storytelling unexplainable things happen and several members of the audience (including myself) were invited up on stage to take part in the tricks. Even if you’re not a fan of magic, the play is entertainment enough and if you feel like a beverage afterwards you won’t need to walk very far! Perfect for date night!” The Vienna Experiment September 2017

Anna De Jesus

“Went back again for the Vienna Experiment show and found it quite entertaining. It was more a like 2 man theatre with magic bits included rather than a proper magic show. All the tricks were executed really well and audience participation was brilliant. The story is 2 men trying to communicate with a child who died 35 years ago and paranormal activity was happening (the magic bit). I would say that if you like theatre and magic, you’d enjoy this show. If you like a straight up magic show with trick after trick, then this would not be for you. Recommended!” The Vienna Experiment September 2017


“I went to see The Vienna Experiment at Secret Cellar and thought it was a fantastic experience from start to end. Vaulty Towers is such a fun little bar and the secret cellar itself is a cool underground space. The show was thrilling, entertaining, funny and very immersive. I’ve never seen close-up magic before, but now that I’ve been I definitely want to go again!” The Vienna Experiment September 2017


“It was great, up close and personal with Paul zenon. His story focused on his love for magic and the people who inspired him. The show was 1hour and only him but, the passion on a personal story he shared was beautiful.” Paul Zenon October 2017


“Linking rings – is it magic, theatre or comedy? Maybe its none of them. Paul Zenon puts on a one man show. A monologue. An autobiographical story about Zenon growing up and learning magic tricks. The show had some good moments but all in all its is a long wait for what is ultimately an anticlimax. Personally I believe that the show would have been much better if he actually did all the magic tricks he was telling us about. The highlight of the show was the part when he was actually linking rings but this part was brief and nothing you haven’t seen before. Zenon is an ok actor but the story doesn’t compel and is way too long and slow. My friend left for a good 10 minutes and didn’t even miss any big part of the story. The show is definitely not worth £20. The venue is great though.” Paul Zenon October 2017

Anna De Jesus

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