74th British Ring IBM Convention
22nd - 26th September 2010, Eastbourne
Update 11, June 2010
Bob Hayden, British Ring PRO

The British Ring Convention this year includes three acts from France. The Black Fingers, a unique shadowgraph act we have already profiled. Today we turn the spotlight on Cyril Harvey and Yogane.

It was in 1984 that Cyril Harvey discovered the fascination of the world of illusion when he met the well known French magician Pierre Edernac. From this meeting he attended his first magic Convention in Versailles and it was the beginning of his determination to make magic his vocation in life. Later at the Grevin museum in Paris he discovered Marc Antoine a young magician who performed an impressive manipulative act. After seeing the elegance of Marc’s act it inspires in Cyril a burning desire to create and perform a stage act using manipulation; the genesis of his future career is in place.

Within two years he wins his first magical award in the manipulation category when he competes in the French Convention in Bordeaux where he made a big impression with his act of the manipulation of Jumbo Cards. In the following three years numerous awards come Cyril’s way when he enters competitions other than in France.

His successes encouraged him to enter the World Magical Championships at Lausanne in 1991 where he became one of the very few French magicians to receive an award in the manipulation category with his famous ‘spinning tops’ act. It is the act we remember seeing and enjoying at the 2002 Eastbourne Convention with its carefully choreographed pyrotechnics in the form of explosions and flashes of flame.

As in 2002 Cyril will again be delivering a lecture. He specializes in visual magic and creates many new and original effects for stage, parlour and close-up magic. He is also the author of the first book to be written about the manipulation of Giant Cards a book that carries a preface by the famous Dutch magician Richard Ross a world champion of magic and one who pioneered this speciality of manipulation. He has now marketed a DVD dedicated to Jumbo Card Manipulation on stage, another first in the history of magic.

Cyril’s lecture will allow you to discover some truly unique effects each of which can have a terrific impact on audiences. Here are just a few of Cyril Harvey’s creations:


Star Coins – Ultimate coin production with powerful lights.

Catapult – A new idea to produce a silk from bare hands.

Elevator – A new system of pull to switch some items.

Instant Flash – A gimmick to ignite your flash products from bare hands and in a short sleeved jacket.

Cards from Nowhere – Card production from bare hands, fingers wide apart.

Flashing Card – A powerful luminous card is produced at the end of your favourite card production.

UFO – A bank-note floats in the air, no thread is used.

We are all looking forward to welcoming you back to our Convention Cyril.

It is many years since a lady magician from France has appeared at our Convention. This omission is corrected this year when Yogane appears in the Late Late Gala on Friday evening. Yogane is the daughter of that great French inventor of grand illusions Yogano. Since the age of 9 with her brother Yogano Junior they travelled far and wide with their father and in doing so collected innumerable awards along the way with a highly praised act.

After a break ‘Mama’ Yogane came back to the stage as a solo act that combines feminine charm, rhythm, mystery and elegance. She performs a whirlwind of spectacular and wide ranging colourful magic including not only the production of jewellery and cane handling but also incorporates surprising costume changes and an unexpected levitation.

Yogane we are delighted that you will be with us and bringing us your own special brand of French magic.

If you are a fully paid up member of the British Ring and have a full registration for the Convention there is still time to enter for the Stage Competition for the British Ring Shield and the handsome cash prizes. In addition this year the British Ring will sponsor the winner to compete in the F.I.S.M European Championships to be held in Blackpool next year.

So get an act together and get in touch with the competition organiser Shirley Ray by either telephone on 0113 225 4816 or by email shirley@shirleyray.com straightaway. She is waiting to hear from you.


Bob Hayden, British Ring PRO, June 2010. www.britishring.org.uk




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