The Magic Circle

Anthony John is proud to be a member of the world's most famous and exclusive magic society and joined in 1995 when he passed his entrance examination, whilst competing in The Close-up Magic Championship of Southern England.

The Magic Circle was founded in 1905 by 23 amateur and professional magicians with the intention of forming a magic club in London. Today it is an international organisation with members in 38 countries. The first official meeting was held at The Green Man Public House in Soho but later meetings were held at St. Georges Hall, Langham Place. The total membership is now approximately 1450 of which about 30% live overseas. The society's magazine, The Magic Circular, was first published in 1906 and the cover featured the signs of the zodiac, which subsequently became the emblem of the society. It was not until 1991 that women were allowed to join and new headquarters opened in 1998 at 12 Stephenson Way, London housing a theatre, museum, libraries and a clubroom. It is a popular and unique venue for corporate events as well as hosting weekly meetings of The Magic Circle.

Membership is reserved for practioners of the art of magic over 18, who are proposed and seconded by existing members. An interview and examination must also be passed to gain entry. The Magic Circle's motto, "Indocilis Privata Locqui" roughly translates as "not apt to disclose secrets." Members who wilfully expose secrets face disciplinary action and perhaps expulsion.

In 1996, The Magic Circle formed The Young Magicians Club for magicians between 10 - 18 years of age. It has its own magazine and organises fun events that have been very successful in teaching and raising standards of younger performers.