The Humberside Young Magicians Workshop is run on a monthly basis for the 10-16 year olds of the area. It is currently held at Kingston Wesley Methodist Church on the first Saturday in the month from 10.00am-12.00 and is organised by Richard Morrell, Jon Marshall, Malcolm Bromwich and Tom Wilkinson.
We try to keep the mornings as open and flexible as possible to allow time to discuss tricks, let the members perform and ask questions, and we usually have a session with close-up props, teaching them new tricks and sleights etc.
Also in the summer we hold the annual Spooner Trophy competition which is a competition setup by a former Sheriff of Hull to find the best Young Magician in the area. If you are in the area and are between the ages of 10 and 16, and wish to find out more regarding the Young Magicians Workshop then please get in touch.
We are looking for more members, and recently sent out a press release, which is reproduced below:
“Where are all the young magicians?” said thirteen-year-old Nathan Ayer and his magical mates. “I’ve been attending a monthly magic workshop in Hull for a year and it’s been really useful, the hints, tips and secret magical information from visiting professional performers has given me confidence with my performances,” said Nathan, the Hymers College young Merlin, “but there are only five members of the workshop at the moment and we’d like to find some more magicians, age ten to sixteen to swap magical ideas with.
The Humberside Young Magicians’ Workshop was founded in 1971 and meets monthly on a Saturday morning to give youngsters with a magical interest an opportunity to meet informally, swap ideas and tricks, perform close-up magic and stage illusions, receive help and information to enable them to develop their acts. Members are encouraged to develop their acts suitable for close-up and stage performance.
Richard Morrell of Hull Magician’s Circle said, “the workshop has many professional performers and award winners among their ex-members, most recently Jack Gleadow, now sixteen, he has just been awarded membership of Hull Magicians’ Circle, he won the young magicians’ trophy for stage magic three times, the close -up cup twice and as a member of The Magic Circle’s Youth initiative, The Young Magicians’ Club he won their Junior day comedy and stage competition. Last year he was invited to perform in the USA for the Society of American Magicians convention. Having some more young magician members would make our activities, workshop sessions and exchange visits and especially the competitions more viable. And we may discover the next Derren Brown.”
Youngsters with an interest in magic who can already perform one or two magical tricks, however simple, can, with their parent’s permission, ask for more information.