We visited Blackpool in February to attend the world’s largest magic convention. Over 3,000 magicians were there over the four day event.
There were plenty of lectures and shows to watch, as well as the opportunity to see the latest magic tricks being demonstrated in the two dealers halls.
The Blackpool convention is always a great place to catch up with friends and other magicians; and also a chance to meet some of the big names in magic.
One of our highlights was Paul Zenon’s “Linking Rings”, a wonderfully unique and moving performance.
We also had a little bit of fun at the Magic Circle’s stand, where Jay found out what it was like to be the assistant for a change!
We had a wonderful time, and can’t wait to go back again next year!
There are lots of different magic societies all over the country. The Mersey Dee Competition is an inter-society competition, held every two years.
This year’s competition was held in Liverpool, hosted by the Liverpool Magic Circle. The other societies taking part were the Chester Guild of Magicians, the Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle, and the North Wales Magic Circle.
Together with David Baker, Jay represented the North Wales Magic Circle in this year’s competition.
Although they didn’t win, they had a great time, and were proud to represent the NWMC.
This year’s winner was the Chester Guild of Magicians, represented by Stephen Cooil and Scott Prior.
Lots of people came to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday with the North Wales Magic Circle in Abergele.
It was a great evening, featuring performances from several of our members; with a wide range of magical styles including a children’s magic show, stage and cabaret performances; balloon modelling, and close up tricks.
Jay performed a short cabaret show, and close up magic to the guests.
If you’re interested in joining the North Wales Magic Circle, or would like to know a bit more about us, visit our website:
The North Wales Magic Circle is holding an evening of magical entertainment in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday.
The evening starts at 6.30pm with children’s entertainment, followed by close up and cabaret magic; all performed by our members.
Jay will be performing close up magic, as well as cabaret magic later in the evening.
The event is free to attend, and refreshments will be provided. Doors open at 6.30pm, and the evening carries on until 9.30pm.
Date: Friday 10th of June 2016
Time: 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Venue: St Paul’s Church, St George Road, Abergele LL22 7HA
There was an article on us in the November issue of the Key Ring magazine, the monthly magazine of the British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
The article is reproduced here by kind permission of Key Ring magazine and their editor Geoffrey Newton.
For more information on the British Ring, visit their website www.britishring.org.uk
THE PEOPLEPAGE James and Sarah Dickson (known as Jay Gatling and Amelia)
Wizardry in Wales by Geoffrey NEWTON
I was trolling through the membership list the other day and found that James and Sarah Dickson of North Wales are both members of The British Ring. Granted they are not alone in this, but it is quite rare amongst the several hundred people in our society. I am very pleased to see this husband and wife team supporting us in such a manner. Their name was already familiar to me due to their success in winning the Theo Speaker Cup and Dittia Shield for Manipulation at the 2011 Southport convention. As a direct result of this I booked their act as seen for a subsequent dinner at The Order of The Magi, in my alter ego capacity as PRO there. See it pays to enter competitions so please pay heed and have a go yourself next year.
Although James originates from Kent, Sarah was born in North Wales. They became (then unknown to each other) interested in magic via different routes. James from a book on card tricks and Sarah having seen a magician perform at a Christmas pantomime in her home town of Rhyl. They met at North Wales Magic Circle and made their first performance together with ‘Elemental’ in 2008 winning the NWMC competition. The following year they had a summer season in Llandudno, honing this act to perfection and winning their local society competition again in 2010. This clearly had urged them to have a go at the IBM competition.
James and Sarah married in 2014 with a reception full of magic, with performances by many of the North Wales society members and even adding their own digital dexterity as part of the celebration.
Jay and Amelia (I’ll call them by that name from now on) are both actively involved in the Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza, held over the first May Bank Holiday and which will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016. There are daily parades throughout the event with many people entering into the spirit by wearing Victorian costume. Jay presents mix and mingle magic and the two perform on the various stages in Mostyn Street which is specially closed off for the weekend. According to what I have read it is clearly a very popular event, proved by the large numbers who attend.
I had to ask about any disasters but luckily they generally seemed to have escaped these so far. A near miss though has come their way on a couple of occasions. Once when the wrong music was playing, fortunately Jay knew the piece so battled through with no one any the wiser. The other was when Amelia forgot to unpack the Losender floating table and Jay was on stage performing with just one minute to it being needed. Talk about a high speed prop set. She just made it and Jay knew nothing of the panic until he had finished the act.
Amelia told me of her most exciting performance, on the stage of the Rhyl Pavilion when they were the interval act whilst the judges were adjudicating at the Welsh Factor competition. It happened to be the very stage where she had seen a magician all those years ago and which had hooked her into magic in the first place. Jay has another interest, as a trained swordsman and he presents sword displays with a friend Erwyd le Fol. Their performances are appropriately called ‘Two the Hilt’. I bet he can do a great Card Sword or Sword through Neck!
I have a few more people in the pipeline to write about, so keep reading as it is amazing what you learn about your fellow members.