The Inaugural Meeting of the Manchester Circle of Magicians
Tuesday 15th January, 2002
Reported by Derek Lever


It was envisaged that a small room at the Masonic Hall, Salford would amply suit the needs of this new Society. However by 7.00 p.m. it had been moved into the spacious Ballroom, but even this could not cope with the numbers and it was standing room only on this memorable night.

Over 120 magicians attended the event and 102 actually became paid up members with the remainder being unable to join after the supply of application forms ran out. Phil Tilston and Anne Lever on the Registration Desk coped brilliantly, with the queue at times stretching from the Registration Desk and down the corridor. Peter Woolley was formally elected President, Carl Royle as President Elect, Phil Tilston as Treasurer and Derek Lever as Secretary.

The formal part of the meeting over Derek Lever lectured for nearly two hours showing a fascinating range of apparatus from 1890 to the current day for which he received a long and loud ovation. The atmosphere was superb with much laughter being generated throughout the night proving that the members were certainly having fun. Many familiar faces were evident including some of the areas top professionals. Prior to the meeting Carl Royle had appeared on BBC Television News presenting a 5 minute spot and also BBC Radio publicising the event. A raffle organised by Syd and Dot Kenyon raised the magnificent sum of £90.00 for the Club’s coffers and the magic carried on in the private bar of the Masonic Hall long after the meeting ended.

The Manchester Circle of Magicians is certainly the newest Club in the area but the fact that it is now the biggest seems to prove that it has a valuable role to play in the magical life of Manchester.

Derek Lever, Secretary

© Derek Lever January 2002