Peter Wardell is the only magician to win both The Magic Circle Stage and Close Up competitionsPeter Wardell wins Magic Circle’s Stage Magician of the Year competition and becomes first magician to win both Stage and Close Up categories
Peter Wardell has won The Magic Circle’s Stage Magician of the Year competition 2010, beating seven finalists including a mindreader, a pickpocket and a sleight of hand artist who had come from Taiwan.
Wardell is well known for the cups and balls act that he developed as a street magician before developing into new performance areas and work in the marketing and motivational arenas. Cups and balls with his modern comedy twists formed the centerpiece of his winning act to a sell out audience at The Magic Circle’s HQ in London on Sunday October 10th 2010.
The award marked a ‘double’ for Bournemouth-based Wardell, as he is the only magician to win both the Stage Magician of the Year and the Close Up Magician of the Year; he won the latter competition in 2009.
Jack Delvin, President of The Magic Circle, presented Peter Wardell with the trophy and £1,000 in prize money, commenting: “Congratulations to Peter are especially in order, first because he is the only magician to win both the Stage and Close Up categories, and second because this was the best Stage Magician of the Year show I have seen to date.”
Runner up in the Stage Magician of the Year competition was Oliver Tabor with an act in which he transforms from musician to magician, complete with vanishing violins. Third place went to Nicholas Einhorn, who combined stunning predictions with the vanish of a spectator’s watch that reappeared many yards away on the spectator’s seat, sealed in a tin of popcorn.
Photographs from the event can be found here: http://www.themagiccircle.co.uk/photographer/SMOTY2010
For further information contact: Nick Fitzherbert. PRO to The Magic Circle - 020 8299 6755 / 07876 352677