Fifty years ago, The Magic Circle held its first ever ‘Young Magician of the Year’ competition. The winner was Johnny Hart, whose dazzling card manipulation routine won over the judges and set Johnny on course for an international career taking him from London to Las Vegas, via New York, Shanghai and every major city in the world.
Jack Delvin MIMC, President of The Magic Circle said “On behalf of the Council and Members of The Magic Circle, I am delighted to bestow Johnny Hart with Honorary Professional Membership of The Inner Magic Circle. His style and talent inspired a generation of performers and he joins a short but impressive list of the world’s very best magicians”
Russ Stevens MIMC who won the title of ‘Young Magician of the Year’ at The Magic Circle in 1977, presented Johnny Hart with his certificate and Membership at a private event in Blackpool last week. Russ had the opportunity for a rare interview with Johnny that was played to an appreciative audience at ‘The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Revisited’ Day which took place at the Club’s headquarters last weekend. Russ said “People say never meet your idols, you’ll be disappointed. However, Johnny was my inspiration and driving force for getting me into magic and finally getting to meet him and present him with the honour of Membership of the Inner Magic Circle was far from disappointing. Like all of us, he may have aged just a little, but his digital dexterity is as eye-popping today as it was half a century ago”
Noel Britten MIMC, organiser of The Young Magician of the Year Revisited event states “Seeing Johnny suitably feted for his outstanding achievements was an inspiring reason for organising the event and it’s wonderful to see him honoured in this very special year”
Johnny Hart joins just three other British magicians who hold the title of Honorary Professional Membership of The Inner Magic Circle (David Berglas, Paul Daniels and Wayne Dobson) and eleven worldwide including David Copperfield, John Calvert, Silvan and Lance Burton.
‘Young Magician of The Year Revisited’ featured a line-up of past winners and contenders for a day of magic and workshops at The Magic Circle. Angelo Carbone, Michael Colley, Richard Wiseman, Russ Stevens, Scott Penrose, Graham Jolley, Richard Griffin, Nic Einhorn and Richard Cadell were among the fifty Members who spent months putting together one of the highlights in this year’s Magic Circle calendar.
The Magic Circle
22 September 2011