Convention Dealer officers:
David Plant email@example.com
Blackpool Magicians Club Ltd.
Company number 05842945
President: Chris Stickland
Chris Started his association with Blackpool Magicians Club, helping to set up the Dealers halls at the Blackpool Magic Convention, some 15years ago. As well as being President, Chris is also one of the Convention Dealer Officers. He makes his living performing close up magic at various functions, all over the UK, Chris is also a timed served Joiner.
In recent times Blackpool Magicians Club has seen some big changes, not least of which, was purchasing and moving into new headquarters. This has signalled the start of a new era in the clubs history.
Many of the recent changes, not just within club but also in how the convention is run, have been implemented by the Convention Team and Committee, with the help and support of the membership.
One important change, undertaken by the committee was the restructuring of the membership, as it was felt that the existing system was out of date and needed changing to simpler and fairer system.
As Blackpool Magicians Club enters a new era, the Committee will be exploring new ways to ensure the continued success of Blackpool Magicians Club for many years to come.
Blackpool Magicians’ Club was formed in April 1941. One of the founder members was Paul Clive, the Blackpool magic dealer who had 2 ‘Witchcraft’ magic shops – he also owned a warehouse in Blackpool. Paul Clive wrote ‘Card Tricks Without Skill’ and his brother, Douglas Craggs wrote ‘The A.B.C of Ventriloquism’ He was also well known at the Magic Circle in London. Paul went on to live in the USA, later returning to Blackpool.
The club was first known as the ‘North West Magicians’ Club’ but approximately 10 years later in February 1951; the name was altered to ‘Blackpool Magic Circle’. Sometime later the Magic Circle in London wrote to all other clubs using the title of ‘Magic Circle’ in their name and asked them if they would change it
So, once again, Blackpool changed their name to that which it is today… BLACKPOOL MAGICIANS’ CLUB.
Edward Victor was the clubs first Honorary Life President. He was a royal command performer who specialised in sleight of hand and shadowgraphs. Author of ‘Magic of the Hands’, he visited the club whenever he played Blackpool. Peter Warlock was asked to accept the Honorary Life Presidency after the death of Edward Victor. After the death of Peter Warlock, well known star comedian, Ken Dodd OBE was invited to accept the position of Honorary Life President and always wears the insignia when performing a ‘spot’ every year at the convention
The club has had many well known names as Honorary Life Vice Presidents including the late Jack Kinson who is remembered for his famous ‘Kinsons Flying Record’ trick sold by many magic dealers in the 50’s and 60’s. Billy O’Connor (and his 52 assistants). Fred Brezin and Kardoma (fills the stage with flags). The late Charles Fitness – well known magic dealer and Murray the famous escapologist were also Honorary Life Presidents for a number of years along with ‘little’ Harry Dewhirst who was a Convention Organiser for many years
Honorary Life Vice Presidents are limited to 3 and currently the positions are held by Bill Lamb, Arthur Casson and Mark Raffles.
Honorary members have included the late Colonel Edward Graves who wrote a column in the ‘Worlds Fair’ for many years, the late Jack Shaw, originator of the ‘The Wychwoods’, the late Will Dexter author of ‘The Riddle of Chung Ling Soo’ and many other books. Current Honorary Life Members are Bev Bergeron of the USA, Lance Burton, David Copperfield, Siegfried & Roy, Ian Ogilvy, John Hardman & Brian Sefton.
Johnny Hart, a former member of the Blackpool Magicians’ Club began his magical career by winning one of our competitions, then going on to win the Magic Circles ‘Young Magician of the Year’ competition. The current club badge was designed by Bill Lamb, who used the design on the front cover of the book ‘Tricks & illusions’ by Will Goldston, who visited the club in August 1942 and donated some books so that the club could start a library. The world famous Convention has been run by Blackpool Magicians’ Club since 1952, and in 2012 Blackpool Magicians’ Club will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the World Famous Blackpool Magic Convention. The same year Blackpool will host the FISM 2012 World Championships of Magic.
Previous magic convention organisers have been Harry Dewhirst, Bill Lamb, Tom Owen, Steve Eastham, Ian Ogilvy and Derek Lever. The convention is now organised by a small team of members each with their own roles and skill sets. The convention was for many years operated for the one day only at the Casino at the Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Then as it grew larger it was moved to the Winter gardens. In 1986 Derek Lever originated ‘The British Magical Championships’ and the first event was held on the Saturday night in the Horseshoe Show bar at the casino. The Grand Prix winner was none other than Blackpool Magicians’ Club Past President, Mark Raffles.
Blackpool Magicians’ Club host the world’s largest Magic Convention every February when nearly 3,500 magicians from all over the world are thoroughly entertained for 3 days by international magic stars in the Opera House and Winter Gardens. A remarkable achievement and long may it continue.
In July 2012 Blackpool Magicians’ Club hosted the FISM World Championships of Magic
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Blackpool Magicians Club has, for many years, presented a scroll called the ‘Award of Merit' at their annual convention. The scroll was to honour the recipient for outstanding service to Blackpool Magicians Club and for distinguished dedication to the art of magic.
From 1994 the award took a new form in memory of a magician who was a member and Honorary Life Vice President of the Blackpool Magicians Club -
That Murray Award was a pewter statuette of a magician holding a wand, on his table stands a top hat with a rabbit emerging. It was designed exclusively for Blackpool Magicians Club by the English artist Ray Bradbury. The statuette has an antique pewter finish and is approximately 12 inches high on its wooden base.
The final figurines of the previously commissioned Murray awards, that were created some 30 years ago, were presented in 2015 and 2016.
Now it was time for a new, modern, and current award to be designed
There was one name in magic that stood out for creating beautiful, contemporary pieces of magical art with an unsurpassed qaulity -
Brian was commissioned by Blackpool Magicians Club in 2016 to design and create a Murray award that featured a likeness of Murray, had a more contemporary look, yet still had a timeless and classic feel. A brief which we honestly believe Brian has not only met, but exceeded
1975 Peter Warlock
1977 Jack Hughes
1978 Ken Brooke
1979 George Blake
1980 Ken Brooke Testimonial Year
1981 Harry Dewhirst
1982 Geoffrey Buckingham
1983 Bayard Grimshaw
1984 William G Stickland
1985 Will Dexter
1986 Ali Bongo
1987 Donald Bevan
1988 Paul Daniels
1989 Jeffrey Atkins
1990 John Fisher
1991 Sir Ken Dodd OBE
1992 Bill Lamb & Tom Owen
1993 Wayne Dobson
1994 Jay Marshall
1995 Billy McComb
1996 Hans Moretti
1997 Patrick Page
1998 Terry Seabrooke
1999 Hank Moorehouse
2000 Ron McMillan
2001 Marvin Roy & Carol
2002 Derek Lever & Ian Ogilvy
2003 Alan Shaxon
2004 Steve Eastham & Mark Raffles
2005 Joe Pasquale
2006 Brian Sefton & Johnny Hart
2007 Betty Davenport and George Kovari
2008 Domenico Dante & Geoffrey Durham
2009 Eric Eswin & Duncan Trillo
2010 John Pye & Jack Delvin
2011 Arthur Casson & Roy Johnson
2012 Russ Stevens & Gerrit Brengman
2013 Gay Ljungberg
2014 Obie Obrien
2015 Michael Webber
2016 David Plant and Michael Shepherd
2017 Finn Jon