How To Join The Magic Circle, The Degrees, How They Are Awarded and Earned…
To join The Magic Circle is for many magicians an aspiration that starts at a very early age, it is after all the most prestigious magic club in the world which has been going since 1905.
The criteria for joining has changed many times over the years but this is how it is done today…
First you need to make sure you are eligible, so you must be:-
- Over 18 years of age.
- Have a keen interest in magic.
- Your initial investment could be as high as £265 depending on your age and where you live. There are discounts for over 65 years and substantial discounts for youths aged under 28 years.
It is as simple as that. Next you need to get hold of an application form, you can do this by calling 020-7387-2222 and asking for one to be put in the post, or you can fill it in online at http://www.themagiccircle.co.uk/join-us/membership-application
You will need to find a “Proposer” and “Seconder” who are existing members and have known you for at least one year.
You will then be invited to an informal interview with a senior member. This is just to make sure you have sufficient knowledge and skill. It is a waste of your time and ours, not to mention your money, if you need to study and practice a bit more before The Magic Circle would be right for you.
These interviews normally take place at The Magic Circle’s HQ in London but they don’t have to be there.
Then there is the matter of the test; prospective candidates are given lots of advice on passing this test, what is required and what the judges are looking for. I will give you two thoughts from my own experience of watching many entrance tests….
- Don’t try and fool the judges. If you do they may mark you down if they think you are using stooges.
- Do the material you do all the time, you like doing and entertains your audiences, so long as it is magical.
Tip: The pass mark is 12 out of 20 so you just need to be competent not extraordinary.
I would also like to expel one myth… You don’t have to invent a new trick. If you do then good on you but it is not a prerequisite.
You don’t have to do this…
When you pass you will become a Member of The Magic Circle and be entitled to use the letters MMC after your name. You will also be entitled to wear a medal with a blue ribbon at functions and a blue button badge on your jacket.
I passed this test in 1985.
If you wish you may go on and take a more advanced test – a bit like an ‘A’ level in school. The pass mark is a more challenging 18 out of 20 but a high sense of achievement is felt when you pass.
When you do pass this test you will become an Associate of The Inner Magic Circle and be entitled to use the letters AIMC after your name. If you are a performer (as opposed to a historian, inventor or any other non performing discipline) you will also be awarded a silver star. Your degree full title will be “Associate of The Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star”. You will then be entitled to wear a medal with a white ribbon at functions and a white button badge on your jacket.
I passed this test in 1989.
The highest degree is awarded at the gift of the President in Council. It is awarded for exceptional performing ability and/or outstanding service to The Magic Circle or the world of magic in general.
You can’t take a test for this degree, however, it is the pinnacle of ones magical career and is reserved for a maximum of 300 magicians in the world. If this degree is awarded to you, you become a “Member of the Inner Magic Circle” and if you are a performer you will also be awarded a Gold Star. The letters after your name are MIMC. You will then be entitled to wear a medal with a red ribbon at functions and a red button badge on your jacket.
I am honoured and very proud to be award this degree on 17th January 2012. Here’s a video of my presentation ceremony about a month later…
If you would like me to help make your next event magical and memorable, why not give me a call and let’s have a chat.
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All my best best wishes
Clive Hyams AIMC