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The Magic Circle Collectors Day
5th June 2010
(Open to non-members of The Magic Circle)

This specialist event is aimed at collectors of theatrical memorabilia as is always popular. This year's presentations include:

ANNE DAVENPORT on gems from the John Salisse Archive,
PAUL FREEMAN on Herr Adalbert Frikell (the only Son of Wiljalba Frikell) - His Life and Time in England 1862 to 1889),    
MARCO PUSTERLA on Chefalo: The Forgotten Illusionist,
RICHARD KAUFMAN on Theodore DeLand and his card effects,
NIGEL DUTT Linga Singh on Mu Mysterious Grandfather and
FERGUS ROY on Davenports: A British Institution with some of its Exclusive Tricks presented by ROY DAVENPORT

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We asked Nick Fitzherbert, PRO of the Magic Circle, for an insight into this unusual world; he pulled some magical answers out of the hat.Nick Fitzherbert, PRO of The Magic Circle talks with Helen Soteriou from Londonist about our headquarters in London:

The Magic Circle, that famous club of magicians, has since 1998 enjoyed headquarters at 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, a cobbled street that has a touch of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell about it. Inside, a magnificent set of rooms houses a theatre, museum of illusion and members' library of around 10,000 books. The MC hosts regular events and tours for people interested in the history and future of magic. We asked Nick Fitzherbert, PRO of the Magic Circle, for an insight into this unusual world; he pulled some magical answers out of the hat.

You can read the full article at Londonist.com

The bursary, awarded annually to a young member of The Magic Circle, takes the form of a week-long Master Class at the Jeff McBride Mystery School in Las Vegas.

The Magic Circle Maskelyne Endowment Fund

The Irving Schneider Youth Award

The Maskelyne Endowment Fund announces that this year’s Irving Schneider Youth Award goes to Edward Hilsum.   The bursary, awarded annually to a young member of The Magic Circle, takes the form of a week-long Master Class at the Jeff McBride Mystery School in Las Vegas.

Ed Hilsum has progressed from the Young Magicians Club, where he won the Stage Magic competition, to membership of The Magic Circle.   He was a hit in the Stars of Tomorrow show at last year’s Society of American Magicians convention in Buffalo, and has recently returned from appearing in the finals of the ‘Teen’ competition at the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas.

Past recipients of the Irving Schneider Youth Award are Paul Dabek, Jonathan Shotton, and Ben Hart.

Leading close-up magicians competed in front of an invited audience, and members of The Magic Circle for the coveted title.A packed theatre at The Magic Circle's HQ in London was venue to The Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year Competition 2010. Leading close-up magicians competed in front of an invited audience, and members of The Magic Circle for the coveted title. 

Congratulations go to Matthew Garrett who was awarded the Devano Trophy, and the title of The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the year 2010 together with a prize of £500 by the panel of five judges.

Steve Faulkner took the second prize, winning £250, and Russell Levinson took the third prize, winning £150.

The originality prize was awarded to Paul Brown, with a prize of £100. 

 

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Previous recipients include Ken Brooke, Wayne Dobson, Paul Daniels, Ali Bongo, Geoffrey Durham and Jay Marshall

Jack Delvin, President of The Magic Circle, has been awarded the Murray Award for services to magic.

The prestigious award is named after Murray, the internationally-known Australian magician and illusionist who received the first award in 1974. Previous recipients include Ken Brooke, Wayne Dobson, Paul Daniels, Ali Bongo, Geoffrey Durham and Jay Marshall.

On receiving the Murray Award from Alan Coventry, President of the Blackpool Magicians Club, Jack reminisced on first seeing Murray at the age of 12 and later meeting him at the Blackpool convention where he received generous help and guidance in the early stages of his career.

Further information: Nick Fitzherbert, PRO The Magic Circle 07876 352677 nick@fitzherbert.co.uk

Photo by Mandy Davis