Martin Gardiner, from Lifton, has won the brand new award “Family Entertainer of the year 2017” at the recent Blackpool Magic Convention.

This was the first year of heats throughout the UK, with the seven winners competing in the final on the stage of the Blackpool Opera House – a 3,500 seat theatre, attended by local Blackpool families, and delegates to the convention. Another change this year was that the competition was judged by the seven heat running magicians only – in previous years it was judged by everyone in the audience who were given score sheets, handed in at the end of the competition.

Martin said:

It was a real honour to be chosen to take part this year. I felt it was a great achievement as I have been working as a magician and entertainer for 15 years and have always dreamt of taking part in the Blackpool competition.


The competition was said to be very strong this year with each act being diverse, original and at the top of their game. This has to be the highlight of my career to have my name called out as the winner on stage was a moment I will never forget.


Although I’ve been doing magic for many years it was my first visit to the Blackpool Magic Convention. To be able to perform on the big stage and then take the prize away at the end was pretty special.

The previous title was “British Childrens Entertainers National Championships” – won in 2016 by Gordon Drayson. This year the award consisted of a glass plaque engraved with the Blackpool Magicians Club logo.


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That’s magic! Top award for entertainer

MAGIC Martin has been named the UK’s top ‘Family Entertainer of The Year 2017’ – said to be one of the most coveted awards in the magic industry. Martin Gardiner, from Lifton, known as Magic Martin, won the South West heat of the competition late last year, and travelled up to the finals on Saturday, February 19 at Blackpool Magic Convention.

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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