Last week was the annual Mental Magic Competition at the North Wales Magic Circle, a contest which focuses on Psychological Illusions, Thought Reading and other Mind Games. This was particularly important for me as I was defending my title, as you might recall if you happened to read this post from last year. Once more I was up against the crème de la crème of magicians with over a hundred years of combined experience set against me, but I dug in my heels and went, once more, with a spooky themed set.
Last year the set up was a séance, this year was a lecture and demonstration from a famed occultist, drawing heavily from Hammer Horror and referencing everything from Lovecraft, The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and the 1957 film, Night of the Demon. I demonstrated the ancient art of prophecy, or at least seemed to, for the length of the act predicting random outcomes, and placing memories in other people’s minds. I even managed to finish on a song (beat that Derren Brown)!
And thankfully, I managed to retain my title of Mental Magician of the Year for another… erm year. I enjoyed the preparation and script-writing, and salute my competitors Chris, Paul and Jay, who did not make it easy for me! Let’s see what next year will bring.
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