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The Young Magician of the Year - Results

Congratulations to Leah Devine, The Young Magician of the Year 2015.

Joint second was Callum McClure and David Harman.

Well done to all of them.

More news to follow soon.



Close Up Competition 2015

The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year 2015 took place  on Monday and in an exciting and closely fought competition, the winner of The Devano Trophy and new holder of the title is Dr Will Houstoun MIMC.

Dr Houstoun said “I feel rather overwhelmed! Completing my Doctorate, and winning the competition all in the same day is a landmark moment in my life. Thank you to everyone who has helped me with both”

In second place and winner of the originality price is Noel Qualter MMC and in third place is James Freedman MIMC.

Congratulations to them all.

The Magic Circle Awards 2014 Winners



And the winners of The Magic Circle Awards 2014 are:

The Carlton Award for Comedy
Mark Shortland MIMC.  Winner of "The Ken Dodd Award" for best comedy magic, Mark engages the audience with a mixture of prestidigitation, visual gags and audience participation. His winning personality and "unique brand of comedy" are blended with an individual style of magic, in an act that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The John Nevil Maskelyne Prize (presented for noteworthy contributions to the art or literature of magic)
Roberto Giobbi - author of ‘Card College’ Volumes 1 - 5, this landmark course sets the groundwork for magicians. His choice of material is impeccable, featuring not only original effects and handlings of his own, but tricks and routines by world-masters as well and the series has been acclaimed by magicians worldwide.

The Maskelyne (for services to British Magic)
George Kovari MIMC - one of the world’s leading magicians, George was born in Budapest but is now resident in London with his wife, Susan and their two children George Kovari Jr, and Eve.
Kovari has many television appearances to his credit including; "The Sooty Show", "Five Magic Minutes", "Rainbow", "Illusions", "Won't Change Places" and "The Freddie Starr Show"
Kovari has also acted as Magical Advisor for Films, Television and Theatrical productions where his expertise was an invaluable addition to many productions.
Not only is George known for his performances in Europe and the USA, but amongst magicians he is known for supplying a number of original creations, manufactured in his own workshop, to professional magicians around the world.

The Devant (for service to International Magic)
David Copperfield MIMC - one of the greatest illusionists of all time having made the Statue of Liberty disappear, made a Lear Jet vanish, he’s the first living illusionist to be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was knighted by the French government. He—along with Steven Speilberg, Martin Scorsese and Colin Powell—received the Living Legend award from the United States Library of Congress and tonight he adds ‘The Devant’ to his collection of honours.

Other presentations included Silver Wands (for services to The Magic Circle) to Dr Terry Wright MIMC, David Hibberd MIMC and Dr Michael Colley MIMC). The Cecil Lyle Award (for best magic trick published in the Magic Circular was awarded to Chris Wardle MIMC.
The winners are selected from nominations from Members of The Magic Circle by a panel of judges that include The President and Secretary of The Magic Circle.
The full list of previous winners and further details of each award can be found here



New Elected Officers
The membership of The Magic Circle elected a new President, Vice President and Secretary last week, with the results being announced at their Annual General Meeting held at the Society’s Headquarters on Monday 6th. The new officers are:

Scott Penrose - President of The Magic CirclePresident
Scott Penrose MIMC. Scott is the former Vice President of the Society, winner of the first Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year competition, a professional magician, a member of the board of The Centre for the Magic Arts and a consultant on many films and theatre productions. “I am very humbled to have been elected President of the Club I look forward to serving the membership to the very best of my ability. In our 109 year history, I’m the 13th President, lucky for some I hope!”



Vice President
Richard Pinner MIMC. Richard was the winner of the 2014 Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year competition, is a former winner of the Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year competition, and also a professional magician and magic consultant on numerous stage and TV shows. “I am very proud to have been elected Vice President and will look forward to what will be a very exciting year ahead for our Club".

Megan Knowles Bacon MMC is the first woman to hold an officer position in The Magic Circle’s history. A recent university graduate she said “I am extremely excited and honoured to have been elected Secretary. I cannot thank the membership enough for giving me this exciting opportunity”.

Officers and members of Council serve for twelve months with the maximum term for President of the Society set at five years. To find out more about The Magic Circle, and for membership information, visit
The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year 2014

This year's winner was Richard Pinner MIMC! Look out for tickets for the next competition - Young Magician of the Year soon!

At Home with The Magic Circle

A regular evening of mystery and wonder featuring some of the club's top magicians in  "At Home with The Magic Circle".

Suitable for 14 year old and above, this event features History, Close up and Stage entertainment and happens throughout the year and lasts for a full evening.

Doors open at 7.00pm and The Club Room Bar and museum is open.

Parlour magic begins at 7.30pm. During the interval,  The Magic Circle Museum and The Club Room Bar is open once again and you’ll have a chance to explore our fabulous Headquarters.

Then it’s time for a dazzling show in The Magic Circle Theatre to finish of your evening



Available Dates:

18th November SOLD OUT

Due to phenomenal demand all 2015 dates are NOW ON SALE

Come visit the Magic Circle
Close-Up @ The Magic Circle

Join us for an intimate evening of entertainment!

This event showcases some of the best close up magicians available and audiences get to meet the performers and experience the magic in the intimate setting of The Magic Circle Headquarters in London, often taking part themselves. An amazing collection of close-up magicians presenting superlative magic right before your very eyes. Seeing IS believing!

"Absolutely fantastic, we were given tickets as a present and it's been totally brilliant!" Steve & Lynn Michaels
"I've never seen ANYTHING like that before - Absolutely amazing!" Doris Chow

Friday 22nd November | Book Online

John O Riordan, Mike Alderman, Marc Spelmann and Peter De Horsey


John Calvert MIMC.

John Calvert dies aged 102

John Calvert MIMC was a legend of magic: a man whose talent for our art was matched by great charm and charisma. It was a long life in magic and whilst we are the poorer for his parting we are richer for his having been among us.

On behalf of Council and all Members of The Magic Circle, I send our love and sympathy to Tammy and his family. Our thoughts are with you at this time

Jack Delvin MIMC

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