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South London Magic Society held their annual Close Up Competition on Tuesday 12th July in Beckenham. The newcomer’s award was won by Kevin Goodwin and he is the first recipient of the Michael Pearse Cup which has been named in honour of Pearse Halpenny who recently passed away. Pearse was an immensely talented and popular member of the South London Society for many years. Val Pearse, his widow, presented the cup to Kevin.
The main competition for Close Up Champion 2016 was contested by seven members, George Sinclair, Alex Kirk, Kevin Goodwin, Norman Gee, Ine Dries, Chris Benkin and Theo Theodoris. Club President Simon Rosselli said that “The standard was very high and it was clear a lot of practice had gone into well thought out routines”. The eventual winner was Norman Gee whose routine included a newspaper to dollars routine, a Brainwave Nudist effect and a burnt and restored £20 which turned up in a chunky Kit Kat.