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The Magic Circle will have a stand at the forthcoming International Magic Convention on 26th-28th November. www.internationalmagic.com. If you are attending this popular event feel free to visit us and say hello or chat face to face about any membership queries you may have.

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The Winners of The Magic Circle Annual Awards were announced at the Gala Dinner on 14th October 2010 Congratulations go to The Magic Circle’s Award winners announced by David Ball at the Gala Dinner held on 14th October.

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Peter Wardell is the only magician to win both The Magic Circle Stage and Close Up competitionsPeter Wardell wins Magic Circle’s Stage Magician of the Year competition and becomes first magician to win both Stage and Close Up categories

Peter Wardell has won The Magic Circle’s Stage Magician of the Year competition 2010, beating seven finalists including a mindreader, a pickpocket and a sleight of hand artist who had come from Taiwan.

Wardell is well known for the cups and balls act that he developed as a street magician before developing into new performance areas and work in the marketing and motivational arenas.  Cups and balls with his modern comedy twists formed the centerpiece of his winning act to a sell out audience at The Magic Circle’s HQ in London on Sunday October 10th 2010.

The award marked a ‘double’ for Bournemouth-based Wardell, as he is the only magician to win both the Stage Magician of the Year and the Close Up Magician of the Year; he won the latter competition in 2009.

Jack Delvin, President of The Magic Circle, presented Peter Wardell with the trophy and £1,000 in prize money, commenting: “Congratulations to Peter are especially in order, first because he is the only magician to win both the Stage and Close Up categories, and second because this was the best Stage Magician of the Year show I have seen to date.”

Runner up in the Stage Magician of the Year competition was Oliver Tabor with an act in which he transforms from musician to magician, complete with vanishing violins.  Third place went to Nicholas Einhorn, who combined stunning predictions with the vanish of a spectator’s watch that reappeared many yards away on the spectator’s seat, sealed in a tin of popcorn.

Photographs from the event can be found here: http://www.themagiccircle.co.uk/photographer/SMOTY2010

 

For further information contact: Nick Fitzherbert. PRO to The Magic Circle - 020 8299 6755 / 07876 352677

Magic is constantly changing, with performers creating bigger and better tricks to impress us. Times have changed since a magician produced a startled rabbit out of top hat with a puff of smokeBBC Radio Four today presented a program entitled ‘Magic People and Places’, the program featured prominent members of The Magic Circle, including the late Patrick Page & Ali Bongo and our current President Jack Delvin MIMC.

Magic is constantly changing, with performers creating bigger and better tricks to impress us. Times have changed since a magician produced a startled rabbit out of top hat with a puff of smoke.

Today we expect more, and the modern magician apparently does the impossible before our eyes. But spare a thought for where the trick came from. How did the magic get there?

Presenter John Sugar does not reveal any trade secrets - like how to saw a woman in half, or the best way to float in the air - but we do hear how the sale of magic has changed, with the impact of the internet and the way conventions are developing new environments for its promotion and sale.

The programme also hears about the leading magic shops and studios of 60 years ago, revealing the characters who created the magic. Today, magic revolves around the internet and magic conventions. The key gathering is in Blackpool in late February. The programme visits the 58th Magic Convention, attended by 3500 magicians.

We speak to the organizers and the performers, and soak up the atmosphere. Discover more about the way magic is brought and sold in this engaging programme which celebrates the innovators, demonstrators, characters and studios who make sure magic continues to touch all our lives.

The program can be listened to via the BBC iPlayer Service

ChefaloThe Thirty-fifth Collectors’ Day was held at The Magic Circle HQ on Saturday the 5th of June. Organized by Eddie Dawes and Peter Lane the day featured six talks on a range of subjects as well as plenty of time to look around the building, visit the library and look at a display of items from the Tim Reed collection that Tim brought along especially for the day...
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