Scott Penrose, MIMC, President of The Magic Circle writes:

It is with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of Past President Michael Bailey MIMC (with Gold Star) on 6 November 2017.

Michael was President of the Society between 1998 and 2003 and provided a pivotal role in helping to raise the substantial funds required to purchase and build our first fully owned headquarters in Stephenson Way, Euston, opened in 1998.

Michael had been a professional magician since 1971 and, coupled with his background in advertising, is acknowledged as being one of the key figures in adapting magic for a corporate market. Having been at the forefront of his chosen field in the UK, he published his book “The Magic Business” which soon became the authoritative guide for working magic in all aspects trade shows, product launches and business seminars. He was also the author of “The Magic Circle: Performing Magic Through the Ages” and co-edited the centennial history, “Circle Without End: The Magic Circle 1905-2005”.

In addition to his contribution towards helping members of The Magic Circle achieve their seemingly unachievable dream of owning their own Headquarters in London for the first time, Michael was an Honorary Life member of the Society, was awarded The Maskelyne for Services to British Magic in 2003 and in 2005 was given The Gold Medal for exemplary services to the Society, an honour that has only been awarded ten times since its inception in 1926.

The legacy of Michael Bailey is something to which members of the Society past, present and future will be forever indebted.

Photography of Michael Bailey copyright Gordon Drayson, taken in 2009 at The Magic Circle

Further information

Michael Bailey

Michael Bailey, Self: 50 Greatest Magic Tricks. Michael Bailey is an actor, known for 50 Greatest Magic Tricks (2002), Heroes of Magic (2000) and It’s Magic (1962).

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Robert Douglas-Fairhurst reviews The Magic Circle: Performing Magic Throughout the Ages by Michael Bailey

Magicians fight to make each other vanish

TOMORROW EVENING, at the annual general meeting of the Magic Circle, Michael Bailey, a 58-year-old professional magician, will discover if he has pulled the ultimate rabbit out of the hat and become the society’s new president. Tradition has always dictated that the current president’s position is rubber-stamped for another year.



Gordon Drayson

Professional Magician, working in the South London area. Close up magic, double act cabaret as well as UK Childrens Entertainer of the Year 2016/2017. Founding member of Magic Daily.

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