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John Archer

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John Archer

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John Archer is a UK comedy magician.[1]


Archer was a police officer in Cleveland Constabulary for ten years, until 1996 when he was medically retired, after which he began entertaining. In 1998, Archer was awarded the Ken Dodd Presidents Trophy for Best New Magical Comedy Entertainer. In February 2000, he took part in the British magical Championships, and was awarded British Magical Champion of Comedy. In November 2002 at The Magic Circle Awards Banquet he was promoted to Member of the Inner Magic Circle – with gold star, and was also awarded The Carlton Comedy Award for outstanding use of comedy and magic. In 2003, he was awarded the Senator Crandall Award for Comedy at Abbott’s convention in the United States of America, and won The Magic Circle's Stage Magician of the Year competition in October 2008.[2]

He appeared on the hidden camera series Undercover Magic, broadcast in the UK on British Sky Broadcasting. Archer was also involved in writing for television and has worked on several projects with comedian Tim Vine.

John Archer successfully starred in the ITV show 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us' on January 7, 2011 hosted by Jonathan Ross. 'Fool Us' is a programme where magicians from Great Britain to attempt to trick the magic greats Penn & Teller; if they do, the prize is to open the Penn and Teller show at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas.


  • Undercover Magic - Sky1
  • Rosed’or TV Awards 2005 – Scriptwriter.
  • The Impressionable Jon Cullshaw ITV1 (Writing and appearing)
  • Claverdeek (Short film) - BBC2 (Appearing)
  • Give us a clue - BBC1 (Appearing)
  • The Sketch Show ITV1 (BAFTA) Series 1 and 2 - (Writer)
  • Alter Ego – ITV1 (Writing and appearing with Jon Cullshaw)
  • Fluke - Ch4 (Writing and appearing)
  • It’s A Knockout Series 2 - Ch5 (Writer)
  • It’s A Knockout Christmas Show ‘99’ Ch5
  • The Tim Vine Christmas Present – Ch5 (writing and appearing.)
  • Whittle - Ch5 (Writer)
  • Look North - BBC1
  • Not The Jack Docherty Show - Ch5 (Writing and appearing)
  • Fort Boyard – Challenge TV (Writer)
  • Fort Boyard - All around the World. – Challenge TV (Writer.)
  • Stand up Live – LiveTV
  • Dutch Milk Advertisement - Dutch TV
  • Fool Us - ITV1


  1. Magic: Magical way to celebrate your anniversary, 60 years of magic
  2. Huddersfield Magic Circle to celebrate 60th anniversary
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