The College of Magic in Cape Town has received further international recognition for its work with an award from the world’s most prestigious magic society, The Magic Circle in London. The College won the Chapender prize – for services to the community using magic – at The Magic Circle’s annual award ceremony held at the Centre for the Magical Arts, its headquarters on Thursday (January 19).
Megan Swann, the President of The Magic Circle, said:
“The College of Magic trains young people in the art of magic and performance while also building their confidence and developing their life and social skills. Their Magic in the Community project provides opportunities for children in some of Cape Town’s most deserving communities, teaching entertainment skills, growing their confidence, improving their communication ability and giving them a chance of success where there had been little other opportunity. It’s amazing to see the real difference magic can make to their lives, and this project truly gives the art of magic a good name.
David Gore, the director of the College of Magic said:
”We are thrilled to be recognised by our fellow magicians by an organisation as esteemed as The Magic Circle. Thank you to president Megan Swann and the rest of the team in London.”
The Chapender prize is named after Martin Chapender who was a founding member of the society when it was set up in 1905. However he died before it was decided to name the society The Magic Circle. One idea was to name it after him. He shares his initials with it.
The Magic Circle has over 1500 members including King Charles III. He joined in 1975.
For more about the prestigious Award Ceremony visit The Magic Circle website here.