The criteria for the competition is as follows:

  • The judges will be looking for the most entertaining and magical performance of close-up magic in a formal setting.
  • The duration of the act should be a minimum of six minutes and a maximum of eight minutes.
  • Any act finishing outside of these times will be automatically disqualified.
  • Technique, presentation, content and appearance will be taken into consideration.
  • Originality will be considered only for the Originality Prize.

The competition performances took place in the Devant Room before a small invited audience comprising of laypersons and judges and was screened in the theatre for members to watch as well as to Facebook live.

The winners for 2018 were:

1st Place: Matthew Le Mottée
2nd Place: Simon Alexander
3rd Place: Billy Reid

The Originality Award was not given this year.

Photos by Mark Hesketh Jennings

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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