Magic Stars of the Future: Young Magicians Club J Day

Sunday 21st October 2007
Reported by Jack Delvin

Photos by Mandy Davis

A little lad, Jack Gleadow, wearing his fatherís bowler hat brought the house down at this yearís Junior Day at The Magic Circle. Not only was he adept at performing his amazingly magical wonders; he was also extremely funny. So much so that he walked away with the top prize for the Best Stage Act, and also the Kaymar Komedy Kup for Best Comedy Act. Look out for Jack Gleadow, a star of the future. Runner-up was Joe Harper, with James Milner, third.

Organised by the Young Magicians Club, a youth initiative of The Magic Circle, J Day sees the culmination of a yearís work by its 450 magic mad members between the ages of 10 and 18. Close-up magic is all the rage just now with magicians table-hopping their miracles in hotels and restaurants to the delight of the customers. This yearís J Day saw the rise of a new close-up star, winner of the Mark Leverage Trophy for the Best Close-up Magician, Alex Hansford. Second was the only female competitor, Megan Knowles-Bacon and third was Ali Ceurvost. The judges were Alan Shaxon, Bruce Kalver, David Weeks, Steve Dela and Keith Churcher.

Magic as a performing art never stands still. Behind the magic there is an army of enthusiasts creating new magical masterpieces. This year, past chairman, Roy Marsh, presented the Peter McCahon trophy for Originality to Giles Rozier-Pamplin.

J Day is totally devoted to magic, including dealers, Kaymar Magic, Magic Books by Post and Magic Cave, selling their latest wares, and an entertaining and informative lecture by famous American magician, Bruce Kalver.

An eager audience of young magicians hung on every word of wisdom from one of our own top magicians, Geoffrey Durham, when interviewed by Brian Sibley.

Notable in the audience were President of The Magic Circle, Alan Shaxon, who presented the awards, and Honorary Vice President, Ali Bongo.

The day ended with a terrific Gala Show introduced by Matthew Duggan and featuring the great comedy magic of Bruce Kalver, the originality of Steve Dela, the quirky humour of Richard McDougal, and the exquisite manipulation of cards and doves by Scott Penrose. Stage Manager was Michael Carr.

The whole event owes much to the hard work and organising genius of Chairman, Mandy Davis, assisted by her team consisting of Stephen Kennard, Kevin Doig, James Fortune and Rob Page. The mature magicians in the audience were united in their praise for the young performers; happy in the knowledge that the future of magic is in good hands.



1. Magic Circle President Alan Shaxon and Jack Gleadow

2. Alex Hansford

3. Roy Marsh and Giles Rozier-Pamplin

© Jack Delvin, October 2007