Pete WardellThe theatre was standing room only at The Magic Circle's HQ in London to watch some of the leading close-up magicians in the country compete with each other. Always a popular event the two audiences enjoyed a  high standard of performance throughout. Congratulations go to Pete Wardell whose assured performance of coins to glass and his acclaimed cups and balls routine won him 1st place in this year's competition. (Pete has now 100% record in winning competitions he has entered). John van der Put came in second place whose act featured a clever and entertaining "card in laptop screen" along with his signature VDP card transformation. Paul Brown came third with a beautiful set piece featuring a theme of alchemy that resulted in him being awarded the Ali Bongo Originality Prize as well. Many favourable comments were made afterwards about the quality of all the competitors.



It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of our President Ali Bongo in hospital to-day, after complications following his recent stroke. This is especially distressing after reports of his progress had been so encouraging, and the whole world of magic will mourn his passing. 

Ali devoted his life to magic, and The Magic Circle in particular, for whom he was our finest international ambassador. Our sympathies go out to his family and close friends at this sad time. The numerous tributes that continue to flood in are testament to his far reaching influence and popularity.  

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One of Magic's Greats - Paul Daniels 

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A prolific inventor... and a pioneer of Origami

The Magic Circle, with the full co-operation and support of One Housing Group of Camden, unveiled a Blue Plaque at 1 Camden Square, London NW1, the former home of Honorary Vice President of The Magic Circle, Robert Harbin on Monday 16th February. This unique celebration coincided with what would have been Robert Harbin’s 100th birthday. Robert Harbin was a renowned magician and illusionist, a prolific inventor, including the famous Zig Zag Lady, and a pioneer of Origami. The unveiling was performed by Michael Bailey and Alan Shaxon, past Presidents of the society. Following the unveiling a celebratory lunch took place at The Centre for the Magic Arts in Euston enjoyed by many famous magicians from around the world.