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   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 08:03

Another great full-day workshop at the headquarters of The Magic Circle


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. 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

The first workshop will feature Dave Loosley. He is an ex YMC member who has gone on to become a full member of The Magic Circle since becoming 18. He is now a creator of tricks, specialising in card magic and works at Alakazam. He will be teaching a couple of new unreleased tricks with cards and money.

For our second classic workshop, we are delighted that Andy Smith has agreed to come along and teach you this month. He works alongside Dave at Alakazam and is a very skilled close-up magician. Andy will be teaching 3 coin routines including a visual coins across and coins through table.

And our third expert who is teaching you is this month is Joe Derrington who is also an ex-member of YMC. He was a member at the same time as Dave and during that time they started to perform a comedy double act together. Joe has recently graduated from university with a degree in acting and performance art. I have asked him to perform a trick and then talk about its performance. He intends to cover audience handling and performance technique (putting his own actor training and acting experience to use.) The trick will be a torn corner to impossible location which has a big theatrical moment, audience involvement and plays big.

This looks to be yet another great workshop. You must be a member of the Young Magicians Club to attend and you need to register in advance by replying to the invitation email you have received. Don’t forget to ensure you get confirmation that your registration has been successful to make certain you will not be turned away!

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   
Saturday, 22 November 2014 14:34
Registration is now open for the November YMC Workshop - Saturday 29th at The Magic Circle Headquarters.

Yes – it's our annual Mentor's Day where your friendly mentors do all the teaching.

The first workshop will feature Dominic Anstey. He has been a member for some years now but will shortly be leaving membership as he becomes 18. He is going to be teaching some fairly simple and some more advanced card manipulation.

For our second classic workshop, we are delighted that Tom Elderfield has agreed to come along and teach you. He won our annual close-up competition at J-Day last month and has just returned from Las Vegas where he was filming a DVD of his magic for Murphy's. He, too, will shortly be leaving us as he is about to become 18 and he is teaching you some non-card close-up magic to show all your friends.

And our third mentor who is teaching you is Callum McClure who those of you who came to our hugely successful J-Day last month will remember him being awarded the Member Of The Year award for his work and high profile at Workshops as well as winning the brand new Fox Award for technical ability. He is giving an in-depth look at the close-up magic classic Triumph card trick.

All members should have received the invitation email so that they can get their registration off quickly.  You can only register by replying to the invitation email which gives the special reference number.

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.