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For the first time the winner of The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition is a girl. The twenty-eighth biennial competition, staged on Sunday in The Magic Circle theatre was won by Leah Mae Devine who, assisted by her sister, Sara Jade, outshone her seven male rivals with an elegant illusion act that combined powerful magical effects with music and balletic choreography.
The joint runners up were David Hardman and Callum McClure whose lively magic acts featured classic tricks and witty banter.


The competition was hosted by the 2007 winner of the competition Ben Hart AIMC (currently starring in the BBC3 series, Killer Magic) and the awards were presented by Scott Penrose MIMC, President of The Magic Circle.

The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year 2015 took place  on Monday and in an exciting and closely fought competition, the winner of The Devano Trophy and new holder of the title is Dr Will Houstoun MIMC.

Dr Houstoun said “I feel rather overwhelmed! Completing my Doctorate, and winning the competition all in the same day is a landmark moment in my life. Thank you to everyone who has helped me with both”

In second place and winner of the originality price is Noel Qualter MMC and in third place is James Freedman MIMC.

Congratulations to them all.

The membership of The Magic Circle elected a new President, Vice President and Secretary last week, with the results being announced at their Annual General Meeting held at the Society’s Headquarters on Monday 6th. The new officers are:

Scott Penrose - President of The Magic CirclePresident
Scott Penrose MIMC. Scott is the former Vice President of the Society, winner of the first Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year competition, a professional magician, a member of the board of The Centre for the Magic Arts and a consultant on many films and theatre productions. “I am very humbled to have been elected President of the Club I look forward to serving the membership to the very best of my ability. In our 109 year history, I’m the 13th President, lucky for some I hope!”



Vice President
Richard Pinner MIMC. Richard was the winner of the 2014 Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year competition, is a former winner of the Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year competition, and also a professional magician and magic consultant on numerous stage and TV shows. “I am very proud to have been elected Vice President and will look forward to what will be a very exciting year ahead for our Club".

Megan Knowles Bacon MMC is the first woman to hold an officer position in The Magic Circle’s history. A recent university graduate she said “I am extremely excited and honoured to have been elected Secretary. I cannot thank the membership enough for giving me this exciting opportunity”.

Officers and members of Council serve for twelve months with the maximum term for President of the Society set at five years. To find out more about The Magic Circle, and for membership information, visit



And the winners of The Magic Circle Awards 2014 are:

The Carlton Award for Comedy
Mark Shortland MIMC.  Winner of "The Ken Dodd Award" for best comedy magic, Mark engages the audience with a mixture of prestidigitation, visual gags and audience participation. His winning personality and "unique brand of comedy" are blended with an individual style of magic, in an act that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The John Nevil Maskelyne Prize (presented for noteworthy contributions to the art or literature of magic)
Roberto Giobbi - author of ‘Card College’ Volumes 1 - 5, this landmark course sets the groundwork for magicians. His choice of material is impeccable, featuring not only original effects and handlings of his own, but tricks and routines by world-masters as well and the series has been acclaimed by magicians worldwide.

The Maskelyne (for services to British Magic)
George Kovari MIMC - one of the world’s leading magicians, George was born in Budapest but is now resident in London with his wife, Susan and their two children George Kovari Jr, and Eve.
Kovari has many television appearances to his credit including; "The Sooty Show", "Five Magic Minutes", "Rainbow", "Illusions", "Won't Change Places" and "The Freddie Starr Show"
Kovari has also acted as Magical Advisor for Films, Television and Theatrical productions where his expertise was an invaluable addition to many productions.
Not only is George known for his performances in Europe and the USA, but amongst magicians he is known for supplying a number of original creations, manufactured in his own workshop, to professional magicians around the world.

The Devant (for service to International Magic)
David Copperfield MIMC - one of the greatest illusionists of all time having made the Statue of Liberty disappear, made a Lear Jet vanish, he’s the first living illusionist to be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was knighted by the French government. He—along with Steven Speilberg, Martin Scorsese and Colin Powell—received the Living Legend award from the United States Library of Congress and tonight he adds ‘The Devant’ to his collection of honours.

Other presentations included Silver Wands (for services to The Magic Circle) to Dr Terry Wright MIMC, David Hibberd MIMC and Dr Michael Colley MIMC). The Cecil Lyle Award (for best magic trick published in the Magic Circular was awarded to Chris Wardle MIMC.
The winners are selected from nominations from Members of The Magic Circle by a panel of judges that include The President and Secretary of The Magic Circle.
The full list of previous winners and further details of each award can be found here



This year's winner was Richard Pinner MIMC! Look out for tickets for the next competition - Young Magician of the Year soon!

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