“Matilda’s master illusionist” interviewed in The Guardian

Feature in The Guardian from 2011. Interviewed by Maddy Costa, he talks about Matilda, Ghost The Musical and when when things don’t quite go to plan!   Read Matilda’s master illusionist.

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The Feature :Backstage: Paul Kieve

Feature from Official London Theatre, July 2011 as Ghost The Musical was about to open in London at the Piccadilly Theatre. The full article is here.

After being asked to create magic effects for a 1991 production of The Invisible Man at Theatre Royal Stratford East, magician Paul Kieve found himself in a theatrical niche which blossomed into a career. Not only has he worked on big budget productions including The Lord Of The Rings, The Witches Of Eastwick, Theatre Of Blood and current touring show Batman Live, he also has the honour of being the person to have taught Harry Potter magic. (more…)


The right spirit

An interview with Paul Kieve, director Mathew Warchus and designer Rob Howell in the Financial Times to tie in with the London opening of Ghost The Musical. Full version here.

“It was quite daunting,” adds Kieve (a veteran of stage and screen sorcery, who has worked on The Invisible Man and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, among many others). “You don’t know whether you are going to screw up until you get it on to the stage.” (more…)


Paul Kieve: The real-life Jonathan Creek

Article about Paul Kieve by Jasper Rees in the Daily Telegraph, 14 Jun 2011 to tie in with the opening of Ghost The Musical in London. Full version here.

The staged movie is now part of the cultural furniture. Some morph into musicals, some become plays, and a few, such as Brief Encounter and The 39 Steps cleverly stake out their own territory. But some films surely remain unstageable. And you’d think that one of those would be Ghost. (more…)


Master of illusion gives Ghost The Musical an extra dimension

Ghost The MusicalPaul Kieve was interviewed by Paul Taylor for the Manchester Evening News  on 26 April 2011. Full article here.

There’s a rule in magic that you never do a trick twice, says illusionist Paul Kieve. But he cheerfully breaks that rule in Ghost The Musical at Manchester’s Opera House. Three times, we see a character die, and their ghost rise up in startled realisation, looking back at their own mortal remains lying on stage. How on earth did they do that, you wonder?

Kieve – a member of the Magic Circle – is not about to answer that question. But he does admit that creating these illusions has been a collaborative process. The set for Ghost The Musical was designed from the start with Kieve’s illusions in mind. And he has had to share at least some of the tricks of his trade with the crew who make them happen nightly. (more…)