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.