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'The Magic Circle Close Up Magician of the Year'..And the Winners are...

What a fabulous evening last night for the Magic Circle Close Up Magician of the year completion 2024!

Strictly Come Dancing chief judge Shirley Ballas swapped the dance-floor for The Magic Circle’s headquarters last night and gave an unofficial 10 to all the competitors in The Magic Circle’s Close-up Magician of the Year 2024 Competition. as said by Charlie Burgess of the Magic Circle.

Chris Harding was the fine winner of the prestigious award followed by Tim Sutton second and Henri White third.

The Winning Team - 1st Place, Chris Harding , 2nd Place Tim Sutton, 3rd Place Henri White

Shirley said: “It is not often I am flabbergasted but I can honestly say I have no idea how any of those magicians did their tricks. They were wonderful. They all got a ten from me.”

Shirley was among several celebrities who attended the competition in London, invited by our President Marvin Berglas.

Receiving his award from Marvin, Chris revealed it was 22 years since he last performed at The Magic Circle as a 16-year-old member of the Young Magicians Club and he paid tribute to Mandy Davis and Roy Marsh who ran the club at the time.

Chris, from Kent, said: “I am so proud. This means the absolute world to me.” He spoke of the genuine warmth from his fellow competitors back stage.

The evening was compered brilliantly by Liam Ball, the main organiser of the competition. The six other finalists were Roman Armstrong, Bronwyn Covney, James Pritchard, Tom Wright, Russ Appleby and Paul Pickford.

As promised GRUM would like to acknowledge each of the winners with a voucher for them to use at their will to put towards a purchase on any Grum product for magicians.

The Winning Team

1st Place, Chris Harding 50% Discount

2nd Place Tim Sutton 25% Discount

3rd Place Henri White 10 % Discount

Congratulations to you all.


Craig Petty's EVOKE has launched and it's a killer!!

(And so is the new GRUM case for it too!)

The Evoke-d packet trick holder

Hand crafted premium card holder for Craig Petty’s new effect Evoke and multiple card packet tricks . (Holds up to 26 cards)


There are two styles to choose from.

The flip and the envelope.

The flip style has the option for the additional pocket on the back and both come in black leather with purple stitching!

However if you would like this case for other effects you can also opt for a bespoke colour of your choice with the 'XL Packet trick holders'.


These are flying off the shelfs at the moment with the current hype of the release. So if you are going to Blackpool Magic Convention and want to secure one (and make sure you get one) I suggest ordering online now and collecting at the convention. Just add local pick up in the shopping cart and add ' Blackpool Magic Convention' and we will aim to have it ready for you to collect. First in first served.


Order your one here today!


Other popular GRUM products

purchased during the convention

Our Newest, largest and most unique chop cup available

The most popular product the classic GRUM dice cup comes as standard or large

The One for the Diary now has an upgrade for a Stage Edition Too!

The perfect companion for the 21st century phantom performer.

Have a trick on you to perform any time, anywhere!

Available in twin, triple and four pocket wallets.

Carry your deck on your belt and not in your pocket!

Premium Packet trick holders with black, red or blue suede lining!


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