The Young Magicians Club is a youth initiative of The Magic Circle, the world's premier magical society. Formed in 1996, the mission of the club is to promote the performance of magic by the young people of today (aged between 10 and 18) and encourage them in their chosen art form so that they can grow into the fine magicians of tomorrow.

To do this The Magic Circle uses its vast knowledge and experience to instruct, encourage and entertain the members of The Young Magicians Club.

Written by Chris Wood   
Saturday, 11 July 2015 15:38

There will be ANOTHER GREAT WORKSHOP NEXT WEEK but sadly, the air-conditioning in the Theatre at The Magic Circle has broken down and it does not look like a quick fix so regrettably I have to tell you that there will now be NO ALI BONGO SATURDAY SHOW in the evening. However – the rest of the building is fine so our workshops can still go ahead. I am hoping that we can still have the Member Performance of the Month competitions in the theatre but we might have to go to the Devant Room for that this month.

Workshops are open only to paid-up members of YMC. To register for this month's workshop (full details below): click "Reply" to the email you will be sent quoting the secret code contained within the email.

Here are the details for this month:

Date: Saturday 18th July 2015

Time: 11 am - 4 pm


In the MORNING –


As always – (assuming there's time) two competitions, one for under-14s and one for over 14s.

The task? To perform any trick you want to - but beware that if you use music email me first as there are sometimes problems with this. Just ONE trick, please, not a whole act - but as always you must be entertaining as that is what seems to win! It can be close up or stage (although we might not have the theatre) - but it has to be entertaining! It is not compulsory but anyone can enter on the day!

Then in the AFTERNOON –

Once again we will have three Magic Circle magicians teaching workshops.

Of course you all know of Will Houstoun who is a sleight-of-hand master and dedicated magic historian. He has recently gained a PhD for his in-depth study of magic so is now Dr Houstoun. A real Doctor of Magic! He is the current The Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year and there is a profile of him in the latest issue of Secrets, the YMC members' magazine. He is going to inspire all of us this month with a session talking about The Influence of the History of our craft on the Magic of the Present. This is going to be great!

Also in Secrets, I know a lot of you love the regular tricks published by Chris Wardle. They are always simple but workable. Called Sneaky Sorcery and Cunning Close-Up, Chris is going to teach some close-up and stand-up tricks that require no reset. After showing and explaining a few, Chris is going to get you to make a special gimmicked envelope which you can take away and use.

Our third guest presenter this month is the chairman of The Magic Circle, Alan Maskell. His workshop is A Force To Be Reckoned With. He is doing a workshop about forces – but not card forces. Forcing numbers, colours or all sorts of other things. An essential skill for mentalists and we are sure you will get something out of this.

Don't wait – register now! Some recent months have filled up very quickly – often by the end of the weekend when registration opens! Once it is full, there will be no admission. To make certain you will not be turned away, you need to register and ensure you get confirmation that your registration has been successful!


Please remember to bring:

Packed lunch (cold drinks are provided free), Current membership card, Notebook and pen are always useful and always bring a pack of cards.

Saturday Night Show

This month there is no ALI BONGO SATURDAY SHOW But it will be back in September. We hope to see you on Saturday 18th.

Written by Chris Wood   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 08:45

What a great Young Magician of the Year 2015 Competition on Sunday 29th March! Six members of YMC competing - all deserving huge congratulations. Well done to winner Leah Devine and joint second place winners Callum McClure and David Hardman who were both brilliant. No one let themselves down. A really good competition - and well compered by ex-YMC star Ben Hart.