As part of our Summer Season of Sorcery, the UCLU Magic Society presents an evening of variety at The Magic Circle Headquarters on Thursday 6th June.
Tour the fantastic Headquarters and discover the artifacts representing the history of magic, from the earliest known trick - the cups and balls, right up to date with the shoes Dynamo walked on the River Thames.
Then it’s into The Magic Circle Theatre for an evening with a selection of the country's finest variety artists, including stars of The Magic Circle.
The winner of The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year 2013 is........ John van der Put MIMC (better known to some as Piff The Magic Dragon!). He walks away with the £1000 prize and the prestigious title. Runner-up was James More AIMC and in third place was Oliver Tabor AIMC. Congratulations to all three.
Step inside the secret world of The Magic Circle. Word of mouth is spreading about the fabulous shows and mesmerising collection of artefacts in our private headquarters. (See video below) A unique and authentic experience, perfect as an original and unusal gift. See our public events for more details and bookings.
The future of magic is in safe hands with these three talented representativesThe winner of The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Final is Sebastian Walton from Leeds.
He will receive full Membership of the Magic Circle when he reaches 18 in March 2014 and also the Irving Schneider Award to go to the Jeff McBride Magic School in the USA.
He fought off tough competition from Sonny Pennington from Much Wenlock who was runner-up, and third place went to Elizabeth Rogan from Nuneaton.
The Magic Circle’s President, Jack Delvin said “Congratulations to Sebastian for winning the Derrick Speight Trophy. It’s much deserved. The future of magic is in safe hands with these three talented representatives showing magic at it’s very best.
Six acts battle for the title of 'The Magic Circle Young Magician of The Year 2013' on Sunday 7th April at The Magic Circle Headquarters.
The winner, who will hold the title of The Young Magician of the Year, is awarded the Derek Speight Trophy. He or she receives admission to full Membership of The Magic Circle at the age of eighteen with the entrance fee and annual subscription for the first four years waived. The Competition which has been held biennially since 1961 celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011.
There are two performances with the final being judged at 6.30pm.Book Online
It with sadness that the President and Council note the passing of Hans Moretti, MIMC with Gold Star, Honorary Member Professional of The Magic Circle at the age of 85. Hans was one of the most compelling performers and colourful characters in magic and during a career that spanned fifty years, treated the world to astonishing illusions and staggering, death-defying escapes.
With his late wife, Helga, the Morettis enthralled audiences from circus tent to television studio, returning many times to the Paul Daniels Show. They won first prize for Grand Illusions at FISM in 1976 with their Sword Box routine and at the FISM Brussels XIV World Championship in 1979, Hans won the Mentalism prize with his Russian Roulette act.
Larger than life, Hans was a supreme showman whose performances mixed high octane energy and edge-of the-seat danger – with a splash of glitz and a dash of tension-relieving humour – to create routines like his blindfold crossbow effect that were not so much memorable, as unforgettable!
The winner of The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of The Year 2013 is Tim Shoesmith! In a closely fought competition, eight magicians entertained members of the public in The Devant Room while the event was broadcast live to the packed Magic Circle Theatre.
In third place was Will Gray whose entertaining routine included a Goldfish production and an impossible signed card to a sealed deck. Second place went to the very personable Billy Reid who registered strongly with the invited audience and his sponge ball routine. The winner, Tim Shoesmith, won the top prize with a set that finished with a torn and restored card effect on a Shakespearian theme as Tim recalled his childhood memories of playing Puck in his school's production of a Midsummer Night's Dream.