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   
Sunday, 31 January 2016 17:51

We are very excited about this month’s workshops!  We don’t know HOW we get these huge names to come and present sessions at our workshops but they all do so very, very willingly:

Russell Levinson is our card expert this month.  We know you always enjoy what he does for you and we are always delighted when he says he is available.  He is going to be teaching the Multiple Shift move and some tricks which use the sleight.

President of The Magic Circle and The Young Magicians Club, Scott Penrose is with us again this month and we know you always enjoy what he does with you.  This time he is giving a special session on Robert Harbin’s Zig-Zag illusion which is an almost perfect illusion.  Even when you know the secret, the visual trick is so convincing it still appears to be impossible.  If you were at J-Day last year you will have seen him perform the illusion on stage with ex-YMC member (and secretary of The Magic Circle) Megan Knowles-Bacon and she will again be assisting Scott at this workshop.

And how exciting is this?  Our third guest presenter is the one and only Ian Rowland.  He is one of the most highly respected mentalist performers in the world and regular columnist on all things mentalist in both The Magic Circular and USA’s MAGIC magazines.  Teller says of him: “Ian's been a good friend for about ten years. His work is extremely subtle and ingenious; I'm so glad he's on the side of the good guys”  and Jeff McBride says: “Anyone who has seen Ian perform knows how charming and smart he is!  But what I really enjoy even more is Ian's lectures and his writing. Ian's creativity inspires me to become a more thoughtful performer.”  Ian says he is going to teach you to “Read Minds like Derren Brown”.

It’s going to be great.

 
 
Written by Chris Wood   
Friday, 22 January 2016 09:52

Our Chairman is thrilled to announce that the new editor of our magazine "Secrets" is Will Houstoun who is an ex-member of YMC and the editor of The Magic Circular (magazine of The Magic Circle). He is a Doctor having gained his PhD in a study on Victorian magic, an expert card and coin manipulator, writes regularly for Genii and MAGIC (two big American magazines) and has written two books and advised on many others. He has already nearly finished his first issue which should be with all members in February. We are very lucky to have him, he has some great ideas for "Secrets" and will be consulting members on what they want from the magazine.

Details of the next workshop coming soon!

 
Written by Chris Wood   
Saturday, 21 November 2015 22:34

YMC November Workshop
Registration for the November Workshop is now open. 

The only way to register is to click “Reply” to the email you will receive as a YMC member (please do not change the Subject Line to the email as we keep track of registrations using it), and complete the table within.  

Date: Saturday 28th November 2015
Time: 11 am - 4 pm
Cost: £8.00 payable on the day    

SO WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MONTH?: 
Yes – it’s our annual Mentor’s Day where your friendly mentors do all the teaching.   

In the MORNING –
Registration from 11.00am then straight up to the theatre for the competitions at, usually, about 11.45am once we are full. 

MEMBER OF THE MONTH COMPETITION!
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 - just ONE trick, please, not a whole act. It can be close up or stage - but it has to be entertaining! It is not compulsory but anyone can enter on the day!Everyone votes, apart from the competitors themselves.   

Then in the AFTERNOON –
It’s Mentors’ Day.  This has been very popular for the last four years.  Some of our mentors (older members) teach in the November workshop.  Some of these mentors are approaching their eighteenth birthdays so will shortly be leaving YMC and, hopefully, moving on to The Magic Circle.  

The first workshop will feature Callum McClure.  He will be teaching some coin magic and showing how he put together his prize winning J-Day stage act.  There will be a lot to learn here! 

For our second workshop, we are very pleased that Fletcher Ransberry has agreed to come along and teach you this month.  He will talk about how to treat people (both those who book you and also volunteers you use in the act - his treatment of volunteers is very good!) Also, he is going to talk about how he develops a character (like his French waiter.) He has also promised to teach a trick as part of this presentation. 

And our third mentor who is teaching you is  Tom Chaplin who is going to teach a single hand top palm and show different ways you could apply it.  Additionally, he intends to teach a couple of good self-working card tricks.  

This looks to be yet another great workshop.  Don’t wait – register now!  Many recent months have filled up very quickly!  You need to register and ensure you get confirmation that your registration has been successful to make certain you will not be turned away! 

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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
In addition to the Workshops, this month once again we have THE ALI BONGO SATURDAY SHOW The acts for the November show include:

The one and only John Lenahan, two YMC members appearing this month - Callum McClure and Dean Leavy, also a favourite workshop teacher Russell Levinson will be performing as well as up and coming Henri White.

Remember: Doors open for the evening show at 5.15 pm, close up at 5.45 pm, stage show at 6.30 pm and all finished by 8.00 pm. 

Please be aware that The Ali Bongo Saturday Show is an event of The Magic Circle NOT the Young Magicians Club.  All under 16 year olds MUST be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. 

PLEASE NOTE:  This show is NOT open to the public.  It is exclusively for members of The Magic Circle or members of The Young Magicians Club and their families and friends.  TICKETS SHOULD BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE.  

Tickets for the show are only £10.00 each. Please do not email YMC for the Ali Bongo Show tickets - we can't help. 

Hope to see you on Saturday 28th.

 
 
Written by Chris Wood   
Sunday, 08 November 2015 21:00
The YMC Awards Ceremony at our one-day convention J-Day announced the prize winners following two very high standard competitions.  The ceremony was hosted by YMC Chairman KEVIN DOIG and awards presented by President of both The Magic Circle and YMC, SCOTT PENROSE.


Six finalists made it through to the competitions following a tough elimination round.
The stage competitors were  Luke Oseland, Callum McClure, Theo Mellor, Billy Roche Menezes, Oliver Paice, and Fletcher Ransberry.
The close-up competitors were  Stephen Friend,  Joshua Hennes, Dean Leavy, Callum McClure, Joe Oyelade and Amos Wollen.


The awards were won by the following:
The Pete McCahon Award for Originality was awarded to THEO MELLOR,
The Kaymar Komedy Kup went to FLETCHER RANSBERRY and
The Fox Magic Technical Ability award was won by CALLUM McCLURE.
The Mark Leveridge Close-Up Cup was won by AMOS WOLLEN
with JOSHUA HENNES in second place and STEPHEN FRIEND in third.
The Alakazam Home Counties Shield for Stage Magic was won by CALLUM McCLURE
with THEO MELLOR second and FLETCHER RANSBERRY third.
The Marvin Berglas Rising Star Award was presented to JAMIE RAVEN.
The YMC Member of the Year Cup was awarded to FLETCHER RANSBERRY