The Young Magician Of The Year Competition 2015

Written by Chris Wood   
Sunday, 14 December 2014 07:48

So what do all the above magicians have in common?  Andrew O’Connor, Ben Hart, Carl Dean, Colin Rose, Dominic Wood, Michael Jordan, Johnny Hart, Keith Cooper, Paul Dabek, Richard Cadell, Russ Stevens and Steve Dela are all big names in magic now and are all past winners of The Magic Circle Young Magician Of The Year Competition.  Others who have entered and ended up in the top three have included our President Scott Penrose, London Magic Festival organiser Noel Britton and ex-YMC member and now secretary of The Magic Circle Megan Knowles-Bacon. It really is a prestigious competition.

If you will be 14 years old by January 1st but not yet 18 by that date there is still time to enter The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition 2015.

You must present a stage act (suitable for family audiences) of 8 to 12 minutes.

We look forward to receiving your entries. The winner receives the title of Young Magician of the Year and full membership of the Magic Circle when he/she reaches the age of 18, and also a bursary to attend a Magic Camp in the USA.

Yes, you could join the likes of Johnny Hart, Dominic Wood (of Dick and Dom), Ben Hart and the current winner Sebastian Walton.

The closing date is 8th January 2015, but don't wait till the last minute; get the applications in now.  The YMotY secretary looks forward to receiving them.

YMOTY 2015 Application Form



Written by Chris Wood   
Sunday, 12 October 2014 20:07

YMC J-Day 2014 is now SOLD OUT!  Sorry if you have been disappointed but please email Kevin Doig, YMC Chairman, to find out if there have been any cancellations or to be added to the waiting list.

Starring Luis de Matos, who is our celebrity guest (founder and organiser of the Essential Magic Conference and star of two series of BBC’s “The Magicians” as well as many tv shows in his home country Portugal), Henry Evans (FISM winner for card magic 2000) who will be our international star lecturer, YMC favourite Wayne Fox giving an excerpt from his brand new lecture Brian Sibley, Justin Monehan, and other guests still to be announced as well as our annual close-up and stage competitions together with dealers, this exclusive day is now open to YMC members.

Date: Sunday 26th October 2014 

Doors Open 10.00am

Programme starts 10.30am

Day finishes approx. 8.00pm

Price for YMC members only: £16.50 (including booking fee)

Please note, numbers are very strictly limited so tickets are for YMC members only. No friends, brothers, sisters or parents may attend.  (I have a few balcony tickets available for parents of competitors in the competitions and you need to book these tickets directly through me.  Competition finalists please contact the Chairman Kevin Doig at his usual email address to request up to two tickets at £25 each for parents/relatives who may attend only the Competitions, Award Ceremony and Gala Show.)

You MUST bring your membership card with you.  Entry is strictly with ticket and membership card.

We look forward to seeing you.


May Workshop

Written by Chris Wood   
Saturday, 10 May 2014 15:05

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.


April Workshops

Written by Chris Wood   
Thursday, 03 April 2014 16:52
Date: Saturday 5th April 2014
Time: 11 am - 4 pm
Cost: £8.00 payable on the day


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

We are very excited about this month's workshops with three top magicians to teach you!:

Star of the London Stage Steve Truglia is our card expert this month. He is the man behind "The Card Shark", now in its second year, in which he amazes London's West End Audiences with classic card tricks, cheats and scams in a unique and interactive multimedia show, with film, images music and live camera action, to bring close up magic to every audience member. Steve is going to teach three great card routines for all abilities. One for beginners, one for intermediate card performers and one for the advanced. We are assured of a superb session with Steve.

One of theatre's great ideas men, magical creators and advisors is the vice-President of The Magic Circle, Scott Penrose who has created stage effects and magic for, amongst many others, Cirque du Soleil, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom sequel "Love Never Dies" and, most recently, Harry Hill's "I Can't Sing". He is also a busy working magician and has a beautiful manipulation and dove act that regularly delights visitors to The Magic Circle. Scott is going to present for you a truly intriguing study of the oldest magician's prop – the magic wand. For Sony Playstation's promotion of the Sorcery game, the Move Controller or Wand was presented to The Magic Circle's Museum and part of the promotion involved Scott selecting the top five wands in magic history and writing about them for the press release. He will discuss the history of the top five that he chose for Sony....which might be a surprise and education to everyone and will also show some weird and whacky mechanical wands from his own collection that you only ever read about in the old books but never actually see working. With some surprises on the way, I am certain that you will be fascinated by this workshop.

Our very own workshop staff member Steve Dela is going to present you your third workshop this month. Steve is one of the most decorated magical performers in the world with 19 international awards to his name including 'UK Close Up Magic Champion' as awarded by the International Brotherhood of Magicians – a title Steve has now held on two occasions. He is going to teach you probably some of the most impromptu of magic, tricks with rubber bands. If you get into the habit of always having a few bands on your wrist, once you master some of these effects you will be able to entertain anywhere, anytime.


March Workshop

Written by Chris Wood   
Sunday, 02 March 2014 17:56
Date: Saturday 8th March 2014
Time: 11 am - 4 pm
Cost: £8.00 payable on the day


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

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

Wayne Fox: Mix and Mingle 
Chris Wood: Card School
Alan Maskell: Endless Chain

To register for this month's workshop (full details are inside under "workshops"): click "Reply" to the email invite from Kevin Doig (sent 02-03-2014) with the required information completed.

Tickets for the evening ALI BONGO show are £10.00 each and only obtained by calling 020 7387 2222 or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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