The Magic Circle
So what is the Magic Circle and why am I proud to be member.
Lots of people have heard of The Magic Circle but aren’t quite sure what it is or even if it actually exists!
The Magic Circle…..
The Magic Circle was founded in 1905 after a meeting of 23 amateur and professional magicians at London’s Pinoli’s Restaurant. At this founders meeting, chaired by Servais Le Roy, those present decided upon the name of the Society it was initially felt that the name of the Society should be the Martin Chapender Club, in memory of the performer and founding member who had recently died at the age of twenty-five. However, it was finally agreed that the name “Magic Circle”, which shares the same initials as those of Martin Chapender, would be more appropriate.
The first official meeting was at the Green Man public house in Soho, but meetings were later in a room at St George’s Hall in Langham Place, where David Devant and John Nevil Maskelyne were regularly seen performing.
Devant became the first president of The Magic Circle, and in 1906, Maskelyne edited the first issue of The Magic Circular magazine, a regular feature for members ever since. The Magic Circular claims to be the longest-running regular magic magazine in conjuring history.
The motto of the society is the Latin “indocilis privata loqui”, roughly translated as “not apt to disclose secrets”; members give their word not to willfully disclose magic secrets other than to bona fide students of magic. Anyone breaking this or any other rule may be expelled.
Magicians who wish to join may spend up to two years as an Apprentice before applying for full membership. They need to have known two current members for at least one year and must be at least 18 years old. These two members are then asked to act as sponsors, or referees, on the candidate’s application form and propose them as a suitable candidate for membership.
Following the receipt and processing of the application, the candidate is invited to an interview with the examinations secretary, usually at the London headquarters. If the candidate proves suitable and sufficiently knowledgeable a performance exam is scheduled or a thesis may be written. The exam takes place in front of a panel of judges, and candidates must demonstrate their skills to members in a rehearsed act.
Members may take a further examination to achieve the degree of Associate of the Inner Magic Circle. The designation A.I.M.C. shows this higher membership. The A.I.M.C. degree can also be attained through thesis, and in rare cases – that is when a candidate gains 18 or higher out of a possible 20 marks in the written exam – examinees taking the M.M.C. exam are awarded the A.I.M.C. degree. Those who attain an A.I.M.C. degree as a result of a performance examination are awarded the A.I.M.C. with silver star.
Within the society, there are a number of members never exceeding three-hundred known as the “Inner Magic Circle”. Full membership of the Inner Magic Circle is denoted by the letters M.I.M.C. after the member’s name. Membership of the Inner Magic Circle is by call of The Society’s President. The M.I.M.C. degree may be awarded with a gold star, to signify that the recipient is a performer of magic (as opposed to e.g. an inventor, historian or noteworthy volunteer for the Society).
Why am I proud to be a member…..
After seeing Paul Daniels and Tommy Cooper on TV as a small boy, I always wanted to be like them and a Member of the Inner Magic Circle. Finding out you couldn’t just join that elite group was upsetting at the time when I became a member. One year after becoming a member of The Magic Circle I did my exam and became an Associate Member of The Inner Magic Circle (one step closer to my childhood dream) and taken quicker than usual.
The Childhood Dream…..
After performing a lot of public shows for The Magic Circle and being seen working weddings and corporate events and also coming third in the Close up Magician of the year. President Jack Delvin called me to give me the news that the Magic Circle had made me a Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star this was the proudest moment of my life finally achieving my childhood dream and becoming a member of that elite group. Which include Paul Daniels, Tommy Cooper, David Copperfeld, Dynamo and Prince Charles yes he’s a member too.
So this is why I’m a proud member not only is it a childhood dream to be where I am in the club but the history and what the club stands for. Not to disclose the secrets magic.
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