The Magic Circle is delighted to share the news that David Berglas, our past president, has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to Magic and Psychology in the New Year Honours List. It is believed this is the first time that this honour has been given to anyone for their contribution to the art of magic.

The Magic Circle president Scott Penrose said: “I am sure our members both in the UK and around the world will join me in congratulating David Berglas on receiving this award which recognises his immense contribution to magic. As our former president he was deeply involved in the successful development of our permanent HQ in London. His influence on magic and magicians has been profound for many years and many magicians owe him a real debt of gratitude.”

David Berglas said: “I am delighted to accept this honour but even more pleased that the art of magic has at last been recognised. I have spent over 60 years entertaining people in person, on radio and television, as a magician and mentalist - “reading their minds” - but I certainly didn’t see this one coming.”

David, aged 92, was the first elected president, serving from 1989 to 1998, and helped revitalise the society. During his tenure The Magic Circle admitted women as members, formed the Young Magician’s Club and acquired and rebuilt the HQ, the society’s first permanent home. David named it the ‘The Centre for the Magic Arts.”