• What is the Magic Circle and why you should book a member for your next event in London

  • August 10, 2020

  • If you’ve ever booked a magician, particularly in London, you may well have heard a term thrown around, “The Magic Circle”. So today I thought I would let you in on some not so secret information (you can go and learn it firsthand from their website which you can find HERE), and explain why you should always keep an eye out for their logo when it comes to booking a magician for your event.

    What is the Magic Circle?

    The Magic Circle is one of the most prestigious magic societies in the world and is based in Central London near Euston train station. With an international membership of around 1500 members, who are unsurprisingly dotted all over the world, it is a name synonymous with magic.

    As one of the oldest magic clubs in the world, the earliest was started only three years earlier, and there is a wealth of knowledge and information that is only available to members. And with a focus on promoting and advancing the art of magic in all of its forms, you can be sure they know their stuff!

    How do you join?

    Any sane magician would be crazy not to want to join The Magic Circle, but you can’t just count yourself a member without jumping through a few essential hoops! Anyone can apply, though, so I would highly recommend it.

    1. Submit an application

    Not as easy as it sounds, unfortunately, but it is still pretty easy. To submit an application, you will need to be supported by two existing members who have each known you for at least a year. Most members, like me, are more than happy to lend a helping hand to anyone who might be interested. (If you are younger than 18, then you can apply to instantly join the Young Magic Circle HERE which is a phenomenal place to start any budding magician’s career!)

    2. Interview

    You will then be asked to interview at the headquarters with the Examinations Secretary who will discuss your magical experience and proficiency, thoughts on the topic and a few other related issues. This is not as scary as it sounds; the ever-charming David Weeks took my interview and did nothing but put me at ease.

    3. Examination

    Should you pass the interview, you will then be invited to attend an audition of sorts where you will perform to an audience of members and judges. This is as nerve-wracking as it sounds, and you can read all about my experiences HERE.

    4. Membership

    So you managed to make it all the way to the examination process, after the judges review your performance, you’ll receive an e-mail and signed certificate if you pass. You will also get a jewel and/or a badge depending on which level you are applying for and how you well you do.

    Levels of Membership

    Once a member of the magic circle, M.M.C., you can also climb the ranks within the Magic Circle, as there are different levels of membership that can reflect many different things, but first and foremost is their ability.

    • M.M.C. – Member of The Magic Circle

    This is the entry-level position of a full member of the Magic Circle that gains all of the benefits that membership brings.

    • A.I.M.C. – Associate Member of the Inner Magic Circle

    An additional examination is required to reach this level, which earns you a Silver Star.

    • M.I.M.C. – Member of the Inner Magic Circle

    This is the pinnacle of membership and is locked at a maximum of 300 members worldwide. You can only reach this level via an invitation from the President, and if you have exceptional ability, you can also receive a Gold Star.

    Both A.I.M.C. and M.I.M.C. members can reach that level through other means such as services to magic or the Magic Circle, but they do not receive a star.

    Benefits of being a member

    Being a member gets a whole host of benefits, the best of which come from being in the U.K. though as they require your physical presence. Overseas members pay a reduced fee to reflect this.

    • Access to the Headquarters which includes the Club Room, Library, Museum, weekly meetings and lectures which give an excellent chance to meet other magicians.

    • Monthly magazine, The Magic Circular which includes new, reviews and articles about topics such as history, interviews with performers and thoughts on magical effects.

    • Access to the many competitions held each year and the potential awards that come with them.

    • Exclusive online content such as the private Facebook group, a Magic Circle e-mail address, live streaming of lectures.

    So there is definitely a reason for magician’s to join.

    But what does this all mean for you if you’re looking to book a magician?

    Accreditation

    As you will have noticed, for the most part, any magician who is a member is going to have some skill as a performer. There are of course, as I mentioned a few members who may not be performers, but rather historians, or students of magic in one form or another. Those members would make for a great consultant, but not such a great performer.

    If you find a performing magician with any level of accreditation at the Magic Circle, then you can be sure that they are a talented entertainer and have a wealth of experience. You can be sure that they continue to improve as they work on their skills and are an active member of the community—all signs of a great performer.

    Booking the best of the best

    When you book a magician with the accreditation from the Magic Circle, you know that they will be one of the best in their field.

    As you guessed, I am a member of The Magic Circle, and if you would like to have a chat about how I can make your next event as incredible as it should be, get in touch below.

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