Magic Circle Close Up Magician of the Year

tj with jack delvin president of the magic circle
TJ with the Magic Circle President

March 13, 2013. British magician, TJ Shoesmith, has become one of just a handful of working magicians across the globe to bear the accolade of Magic Circle Close Up Magician of the Year. The announcement of the elite award was made last week at the Magic Circle Headquarters in London.

TJ has worked as a magician and pickpocket at corporate events for the last fifteen years. He also tours the country as half of Devious Minds, a stage show which has enjoyed critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

His specialty, close up magic, is generally regarded as the most demanding form of magic there is, being executed right under the noses of the spectators. The Magic Circle accolade has only been awarded a few dozen times and the number of winners still practicing the craft is small.

The Magic Circle competition is held annually and is open to members of the club worldwide.


TJ Shoesmith explains: “The highest level of performance is needed throughout the competition. The early heats were held on video, which takes no prisoners, and then, when we were whittled down to a final eight, I had to perform in front of a panel in a small room, while a video feed broadcast my performance to the Magic Circle Theatre above, which was packed.

Performing for a small number of people knowing that your friends and colleagues are scrutinizing your every move on a large screen is very stressful. You have absolutely no idea how they are reacting.

Following TJ’s final flourish, in which he restored a card while reciting Shakespeare, the judging panel, which included musician Marc Almond and magician and comedian Paul Zenon, selected TJ as the winner.

TJ concluded: “I am honoured to be chosen as a member of such an elite group of close-up magicians and look forward to representing The Magic Circle in the future.

TJ is also a member of the Inner Magic Circle, the highest level of the world-famous Magic Circle club and a status enjoyed by just 200 magicians in the world. He has made appearances in Los Angeles, New York, Canada, South America and all over Europe.

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Notes for editors
TJ Shoesmith is a magician and pickpocket who works on his own and as half of the stage show Devious Minds. His work encompasses both public and corporate performances.

He has worked for global brands including Bloomberg, Pinewood Studios, Jaguar and Liverpool FC, and has made regular appearances at Monday Night Magic in New York, The Magic Castle in Hollywood, The Magic Circle in London and Royal Caribbean Cruises, as well as comedy and cabaret nights throughout the United Kingdom. In 2011 he won the Houdini Originality Prize at the International Brotherhood of Magicians Stage Competition.

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