John Archer’s hilarious act included... swallowing a 1.5 metre-long balloon

In a competition among eight magicians for £1750 in prizes and a prestigious title, John Archer, the well-known comic mind reader and master of amazement, walked off with £1000 and a trophy at The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year event held on 12 October.

John Archer's award-winning and hilarious act included naming the word freely chosen by an audience member from among those in three books, turning a drawing of a bowling ball into the real thing, producing lights at his fingertips, and swallowing a 1.5 metre-long balloon.  In second place, with a £500 prize, was Michael Vadini, who magically produced smoke while pretending a spoon was a pipe and magically made water appear in examined bowls.  Finishing third, with a £250 award, was comic pickpocket James Freedman.


A mix of manipulative, patter, speciality, comedy and illusion acts will be competing...

2008 marks the fifth year of the biennial contest to find The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year.  The competition is designed to encourage stage, platform and cabaret magic.   Previous winners have been Scott Penrose (2000), Loki (2002), Duncan Trillo (2004), and Romany in 2006.

This year has seen an increased number of entries and heats have been organised to select the finalists who will take to the stage of The Magic Circle Theatre in front of a distinguished panel of judges.  There will be a mix of manipulative, patter, speciality, comedy and illusion acts competing, all hoping to take away the prestigious title and the valuable cash prizes.

This always exciting evening of magic will be held on Sunday 12th October 2008 with curtain up at 6.00pm at The Magic Circle Headquarters.   Tickets at just £16.00 are available from the CMA Box Office, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD, or telephone 020 7387 2222 between 10.00 am and 5.00 pm with credit card details at hand.  Seats are limited so early booking is recommended.

You won’t see a finer line-up of UK talent this year.

The right choice according to comments overheard from several of the audience...

Congratulations to the 12 contestants who provided our guest audience with a great show in the Devant Room, whilst members were able to laugh at the inside jokes  as they watched on screen in the Theatre. They were also able to openly compare notes on the differences between the various Jerry O'Connell wallets that were in evidence during the competition! Ambitious cards, cut and restored ropes and cups and balls were as popular as ever. The innovation and variety of presentations proving that these effects are as relevant now, as they ever were.


 The Christmas Show was another completely sold out success this year...

This year's Christmas show was ably compered by Mandy Muden and featured a host of international stars. Paul Dabek presented his fast paced manipulative act while Antje Pode amazed by foot juggling a variety of suitcases. Danny Cole had some very orginal magic involving quick changes and an invisible chair. David Kaplan was pure vaudeville in a laid back yet zany presentation that had some very magical moments and some hysterical gags. Geoffrey Durham closed the show with as polished a performance as you'll ever see to great acclaim. Some of the public commented it was the best they had seen having been to 6 previous Christmas shows.



The Magic Circle entertains for Tommy Cooper Theatre fundraising event

A nine foot high bronze statue of Tommy Cooper in Caerphilly was unveiled by Sir Anthony Hopkins at 12 noon on Saturday 23rd February.   Sir Anthony has always been a fan and loves doing impressions of Tommy who was born in this South Wales town.

The Tommy Cooper Society has raised thousands of pounds to finance the statue which is being erected in the centre of the town overlooking Caerphilly Castle.

Once the statue had been unveiled the Tommy Cooper Society have turned their attention to converting the local Workmen’s Hall into a theatre to be used by everyone from professional performers, amateur dramatic societies and schools and renamed the ‘Tommy Cooper Theatre’. At present it is in a fairly run down state and to raise funds towards this project The Magic Circle agreed to put on a show at the venue in Caerphilly on Friday 28th March.   David Ball was Compere and those taking part included Alan Shaxon, Brian Miller and Audrey, Keith Cooper and Carol,  Mike O’Brien, Peter Scarlett and Rob Page.