For most children magic is something to be simply enjoyed, but for others it is something to be mastered. Reporter NINA MASSEY finds out why the president of the Magic Circle wants to teach youngsters to become magicians.
AT EIGHTY years old Orpington magician Jack Delvin is stepping out of the limelight and turning his hand to teaching tricks of the trade.
Mr Delvin was bitten by the magic bug aged just five. He performed his first professional show at 13 years old and has gone on to enjoy a career spanning 60 years.
He has been president of the international Magic Circle for the past three years, but following a heart attack last year, the veteran magician is now taking a step back from performing.
Every Saturday the London School of Magic runs from the Coronation Hall, in Bridge Road, Orpington from 10am to 12pm.
Magician Adrian Sels at the Saturday school
Although it is open to all ages, Mr Delvin is setting up a new class for young magicians aged seven to 14 years old.
He told News Shopper: “A child who can entertain friends with spell-binding illusions commands their respect and becomes popular.
“Young magicians also master the art of public speaking and become skilful with their hands. They have to use their minds to invent new tricks, which means that while all this is going on, they are developing unique personalities.
“Most of all they gain confidence at a young age.”
He added: “There is a huge interest in magic among youngsters and while they can show their friends and families their tricks, it is important for them to show other magicians who can offer advice and help develop skills.
“It is important for the future of the magic community to get children learning at a young age.”
Depending on demand, the aim is to run weekly classes on Friday evenings after school.
Chris Ball, 12, has been attending the Saturday school for three years. He said: “I really like it here. I am learning so much. It is great to have people like Jack to learn from.
“I hope to follow it up and become a professional when I am older.”
First time visitor to the class, Jack Marsch said: “I have really enjoyed it here today. I love the fact I don’t know any of the tricks. I hope to pick some up myself.
The 12-year-old added: “Hopefully it will become a long-term thing and I can make a career out of magic.”