The Magic Circle is delighted to announce the winner of the 50th Anniversary “Young Magician of the Year” competition is Ben Proos, a talented 17 year old from Blackburn, Lancashire.

Ben fought off tough competition with a fast moving act featuring a dazzling array of billiard ball and card manipulations, parasol productions and an amazing routine with sunglasses that appeared and vanished in a flash! The Magic Circle President Jack Delvin said “Ben has magically manipulated his way to the title Young Magician of the Year 2011 and a great career awaits”. After the awards, Ben said "I'm speechless! It was the most amazing, overwhelming and terrifying experiences of my life but also one of the most rewarding. I'm deeply honoured to win this prestigious award competing against some truly formidable competition."

The prize includes four years’ membership of The Magic Circle when reaching 18, a selection of gifts from Davenports Magic Shop and the prestigious Derrick Speight Trophy. Runner-up was James Wilson (16) with his ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ inspired act featuring floating skulls, a classic linking rings presentation and sword swallowing stunt. Third place went to Sonny Pennington (16) who won over the audience with his sharp-witted comedy magic routine that included a superfast Magic Square routine.