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How to Join the Bristol Society of Magic

The Society has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and likes to encourage and develop new members. Membership is by an interview and informal performance.  The information below will give you all the details about joining and who to contact.

What are the requirements to join the Society?
You should be 16 or over and have a genuine interest and knowledge of magic with some experience of performing if only in front of friends and family.Membership is open to all levels whether amateur, semi-professional of full time professional magicians. We don’t accept complete beginners so your interest should be a minimum of at least a few years old.  If you meet those criteria, we would invite you to one of our meetings as a guest so you can see what the evenings are like and meet other members. An application form should then be obtained from the Secretary, completed and signed by an existing member as your proposer. The form should then be sent together with the appropriate fee to the Secretary.

But I don’t know anyone
If you do not know any members we can arrange for one to contact you to discuss your interest in magic with a view to becoming your proposer for membership of the Society.

What next?
You will be invited to an interview with the Society’s Council members. The interview will explore your interest in magic and you will be asked to demonstrate your magical ability with a short informal performance.
We expect new applicants to be able to demonstrate a competent level of performance and show a genuine and lasting interest in magic. If successful you will receive a letter of acceptance, normally within a week after the interview

What levels of membership are there?
Apart from honorary positions in the Society the membership levels are:

Associate Member
New members of the Society are normally accepted as Associate Members at first, during which time they are not entitled to describe themselves as members of the Society in advertising, stationery or by any other implication.

Associate member status is automatically reviewed after 6 months with the view to promoting the candidate to full member.  Promotion to full membership may be dependant on a number of factors including regular attendance, progress of skills and a performance at a meeting.

Full Member
If on joining, you are considered to have the ability or status of a practising magician, the Council may at their discretion admit you as a full member of the Society, without first being accepted as an Associate.

What we ask of you!
You should have a genuine interest in the art of magic and performing it to the best of your ability as well as protecting its secrets by not divulging them to non-magicians. You respect the interests of fellow members and that you do not copy their original material or performance without first gaining their permission.Attend the meetings as regularly as you can and from time to time take your share in assisting in the running of events and help out in the clubroom. Most of all, we ask that you strive to improve the performance of your magic and that you enjoy the facilities we offer and the company of fellow members.

How much does it cost?
The current annual subscription is £35 with a £15 joining fee for new members.

Who do I contact?
If you have any further questions about the Society or if you wish to become a member, please contact the Honorary Secretary for an application form:
Paul Preager
E-mail  or telephone 0117 9512417

A few facts about the Bristol Society of Magic

What are the objects of the Society?
The objects of the Society are to promote and sustain the interests of magic and its allied arts. It provides a focal point for magicians to meet, perform, discuss and enjoy a mutual interest in the art of magic.  All aspects of magic are enjoyed through lectures, demonstrations as well as through friendship with other members.

What sort of magic do members do?
Members of the society have a broad range of interests from close-up magic, to mentalism and stage magic as well as many other types. Some members specialise in children’s entertainment and others are experts at card magic.

What events and facilities do we offer?
A range of meetings take place over the year (usually 20 meetings), which include three or four lectures by top full time magicians often from the USA, magic dealer demonstrations, workshops, specific interest meetings, competitions and social functions, not forgetting the AGM! We often have exchange meetings with the neighbouring societies in Cardiff, Exeter and Gloucester.

We also look to present shows to the public by co-promoting with charities and other organisations. The Society has a comprehensive library of magic books which can be loaned by full members.

Where and when do we meet?
The Society meets at the Vassall Centre Gill Avenue Fishponds Bristol on Thursday evenings every two weeks, from September to June. The meetings start at 8pm. This is the society’s new venue from the start of the 2013 -14 season.

How many members do we have?
Currently (2013) we have around 90 male and female members spanning all ages from 16 upwards. The members are mostly hobbyists and enthusiasts as well as several full time and semi professional magicians who perform regularly.

The Bristol Day of Magic
We organise our own one day convention for magicians in May (now in its 54th year) which attracts magicians from all around the country to see leading international magic acts and speakers.

The society’s newsletter Focus on Hocus is published bi-monthly and contains reviews of meetings, competitions, articles and details of future meetings

The Bristol Society of Magic web site gives information on forthcoming events and has details of the membership, officers and archive information of competition winners over the years and a history of the club.

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