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.
I hope you all are having a lovely summer!
September's Workshop is the "elimination round" for our annual Close-Up and Stage Magic competitions. This is when all those who have entered, perform for a panel of judges who will select the six artists in each category to go forward to the final. So... get rehearsing; we are looking forward to seeing all the potential finalists at the workshop in September.
For more details login and see the article under "Member News"
The July Workshop
Two teachers are already confirmed for the July Workshop. They are Russell Levinson who will be doing the card session. He will be giving you an insightful lesson in false shuffles. He will show you various ways of appearing to shuffle a pack of cards but actually leaving them in the same order and some effects you can do with that skill. Also Eric Michel will be giving part three of his look at some of the historical greats of magic. The third teacher is yet to confirm but I am confident it will be a third strong session.
Please note: We have to alert you to two changes to the normal arrangements. We have been advised that there will be a crane in Stephenson Way which will restrict access to our premises on the day. The managers of the premises, on consultation with me, have agreed that the workshop can go ahead with members entering via the fire exit at the rear of the building. The email announcing registration open for the workshop will give further details.
It has been decided, though, that this would not be appropriate for the audience of a theatre show so the Ali Bongo Show scheduled for the evening of the workshop has had to be cancelled. I know this will be a disappointment for those of you who regularly attend the show but it really is unavoidable.
The workshop is on 19th July and the only way to register is by replying to the official email sent out to all members with a secret code. The email opening registration should be sent out on round-about 12th July so watch your inboxes!
Details for this month's workshop on 17th May are now available!
- Member of the Month Competition
- Alexander Crawford (Cards)
- Mike O'Brien (Mentalism)
- James Fortune (Stage)
In addition to the workshops once again we also have the Ali Bongo Saturday show which will feature John Lenahan and Alexander Crawford on stage as well as three close-up magicians.
Full details including times and how to book can be found in the Workshops section of the Members' site.
We held our annual convention, J-Day, on Sunday 27th October 2013 with 100 young magicians in attendance. Angelo Carbone and Steve Evans lectured and the celebrity guest was Marvin Berglas of Marvin’s Magic. What a great day it was! As always, the two competitions were keenly fought. For the Mark Leveridge Cup for close-up, in third place was Roman Armstrong, in second Callum McClure and the winner was Joe Oyelade. For the Wayne Fox Magic Home Counties Trophy for stage, in third place Jay Borthwick, second was Fletcher Ransberry and the winner was William Tibballs. William also won the Pete McCahon Originality Trophy and Roman also won the Kaymar Komedy Kup. The YMC Member of the Year was announced as Elizabeth Rogan. The day finished with a gala show featuring L’Homme Magique, David Weeks, Marvin Berglas and Young & Strange. The photographs show William and Joe receiving their awards from President Jack Delvin.
The media has been full of how Dynamo levitated on the side of a London bus recently...
No need to join in speculation about how the stunt was achieved, you simply have to admire Dynamo and his team for the brilliant piece of publicity put together to promote his new series which starts on Watch at 9pm on July 11th. Everytime you see a poster of Dynamo on a London bus you will be reminded of the stunt. Clever, clever marketing and we all are looking forward to the new show! Bravo.
The winner of The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year 2013 is........ Piff the Magic Dragon (aka John van der Put MIMC). He walks away with the £1000 prize and the prestigious title. Runner-up was former YMC Member James More AIMC and in third place was Oliver Tabor AIMC. Congratulations to all three!
"Walking into the Magic Circle HQ in London when I first became a member of the junior arm four years ago was one of those "wow" moments in my life"
The Daily Express meet three of Britain's youthful spellbinders... read the full article