The Magic Circle Close Up Magician of the Year competition took place in March at the Magic Circle Headquarters in Euston. Tj Shoesmith was the winner. After heats decided by video the last eight performed in a small room while the members watched on a big screen in the theatre. He was on last which is a bit tricky as you have to be careful not to duplicate themes which have already been covered by other competitors.

This annual competition to find the Magic Circles top close-up magician is described by the membership as a highlight of the year and he was very pleased to take part and indeed win.

I am very pleased to say that I won! I did not see the other acts so can’t comment on the strength of the performances but there were a number of acts which I have great respect for and others I have not met or seen work.

The Devano Trophy which is awarded to The Magic Circle Close Up Magician of the Year is handmade and his to keep. Tj joins a long line of successful magicians who have won the trophy in the past.

It is a difficult environment in which to perform but he felt confident and believed in his material. We released a full press release which can be found here Tj Shoesmith wins Magic Circle Close Up Magician of the Year and information about other awards can be found on the Award Winning Magician page.

Tj Shoesmith was interviewed by Sue Dougan on BBC Radio and also appeared on ITV news as well as appearing in both local and national newspapers.

Tj Shoesmith is available as a magician for hire throughout the UK and abroad. Do feel free to contact us by phone or email, details are on the contact page.