‘The Magical Hats Exhibition’


An event created for ‘London Hat Week 2018’

By Jennifer Rowley and Richard Leigh with additional artwork by Jay Fortune

As part of London Hat Week 2018. An interactive exhibition of themed hats, art and performance magic using hats used by magicians of the past, present and future.

All interactive magic hats, futuristic hats, optical illusion hats and hats from the exquisite magical past are all hand created by award winning milliner Jennifer Rowley.

The interactive Side Show magic is presented by Richard Leigh. You can take part in ‘The Fortune Teller’s Hat’, ‘The Angel or Devil Hat’ and what is the image reflected in the ‘Anamorphic Hat’.

Jay Fortune combines iconic imagery of celebrated contemporary characters of a magical persuasion with his unique expressive style of art which completes this intimate exhibition of ‘The Magicians Hat’

Have a chance to see the exhibits up close and around the exhibition of wonderful hand crafted hats before the show and then take your seats for the performance. Each hat has a story of the Magician, past and present, or the Magicians tricks. Live magic is then performed within each story by Richard Leigh.

Each performance was limited to 15 people. The venue is intimate and has been a theatre of magic for the past 15 years in London.

Proceeds to the value of £474.89 were donated to charity. Through an incentive celebrating its 10th year pioneered by Jay and Richard called ‘Magic Moments’. All proceeds from this event went to Jennifer’s charity of choice which is the St Helena Hospice in Colchester, Essex.


Pedro Pereira (4/5)
Ioly Kotta-Loizou (5/5)

‘The Magician’s Hat – Barons Court Theatre
Fantastic little show in a nice cosy venue under a pub with good food. Fun and unusual, perfect for any magic fans or anyone looking for an unusual night out. You’ll learn about hats, magicians and will see magic tricks performed right in front of you.’

‘Second time I am attending a magic show at Baron’s Court Theatre and I was as hooked as the first one! Cosy venue, friendly magician, lots of pretty hats and amazing tricks. Definitely recommend!’


’The Magical Hats Exhibition’ at The Magic Theatre

The Magician’s Linking Ring Hat (Centre) and Two decks of shuffled Playing Cards Hat (Left and Right) That’s a cue for a card trick if ever I heard one.

The Infinity Hat

The Floating Hat

Pieces of art of Magician’s whose character would not have been the same without their associated Hats

A Magician’s Assistants Hat

The Hall of Mirrors Hat

The Magician’s Assistant’s Feathers Hat

The Rainbow Hat

The Anamorphic Hat

A famous Magician’s hat … The Fez

Followed by a fortune tellers hat

More clairvoyants Hats and Turbans. The Fortune Teller will be back in five minutes. In the meanwhile, that’s another cue for a piece of live magic.

This family had so much fun playing the puzzles and games within ‘The Magical Hats Exhibition’. Guided in a relaxed manner by your host of the Magic Theatre.

A Chinese Hat, part of the costume of many magicians of the past.

The Kaleidoscope Hat

The Top Hat …. Hat

The Vanishing Birdcage Hat

Angels Hat

’The Devils Hat’ – in the making. (So much red glitter …. I love it )

A close up of ‘The Anamorphic Hat’

A puzzle played in association with the story of ‘The Anamorphic Hat’

Another puzzle from ‘The Anamorphic Hat’ story

The Magician’s Cat. Hat

The above is just a flavour of this exhibition. I will look forward to showing you around the full exhibition and presenting some close up magic themed around the magic prop, magic scene, or the magician famous for a particular hat from which the hats started their creative process from.

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