John Bulleid

Illusion Designer & Director

"And, yes, we do see him disappear before our incredulous eyes..."

-The Invisible Man, Queens Theatre


Alongside John's theatrical illusion design and direction, he also creates bespoke magic effects in the corporate arena to help express key messages and deliver presentations packed with a magical punch. 

With his background in performance John regularly facilitates workshops and can use magic to re-energise groups, keeping them focused on the exact task they have been set. Recent work in this field includes working with Facebook, Ted Baker, KPMG, Coca Cola and DHL.

By combining his knowledge of theatre and stagecraft with magical techniques John will help you create moments of pure wonder for your productions and has won Olivier Awards for his work in this field. Magic in the theatre, when it is totally embedded within a narrative is a truly remarkable thing - and John loves crafting those moments. Through collaboration across all departments he looks to design illusions and moments of wonder that fit seamlessly into the world of the piece. John is an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star, and classically trained as an actor at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.


Theatre credits include:

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child UK (Palace Theatre, London - current Magic & Illusion assistant); The Ocean At The End Of The Lane* (The National Theatre, London - Associate to Jamie Harrison); Prince of Egypt (Dominion Theatre, London - Associate to Chris Fisher); #WeAreArrested (The RSC and Arcola); Death Of A Salesman* (The Piccadilly, West End);

Oi Frog! (The Lyric, West End and UK tour); The Worst Witch* (Vaudeville Theatre, UK tour and Royal & Derngate Northampton); Our Lady Of Kibeho (Theatre Royal Stratford East and Royal & Derngate Northampton); A Very, Very, Very Dark Matter (Bridge Theatre, London - Associate to Chris Fisher); The Inn At Lydda (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Gypsy Thread (National Theatre Studio); Dirty Dancing (Secret Cinema); Beauty And The Beast (Watford Palace); The Star (Liverpool Everyman); Partners In Crime (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch); Dracula (Paul Ewing Entertainment, Thailand); The Ladykillers, The Secret Adversary (Watermill Theatre); Thark (Park Theatre); Alice In Wonderland (Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre in the Forest).

*2020 Olivier Award Winning productions.

For all illusion design enquiries please contact Sam Day at Intertalent