• Ray Burrell – Magician

  • Magician - Ray Burrell

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    My interest and love of magic started as a child watching legendary Magicians such as David Nixon, Alan Shaxon, and Paul Daniels on TV.  I nagged my parents for a magic set for Christmas.  Then started reading any magic books I could find at second hand shops and jumble sales.

    I joined Hull Magic Circle in 1995 and since then I have honed my skills.  The inspirational work of other performers including Michael Ammar, Aldo Colombini, Dan Harlan, John Carey, Cameron Francis and many others has been invaluable.  While being a member of Hull Magicians' Circle I have served as Vice-President, Membership Secretary.  I am currently the Honorary Secretary.

    I have been performing Magic for over 20 years at a wide variety of large and small venues throughout Hull, East Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, and beyond.

    I am a previous winner of the Hull Magicians' Circle Shirley Watts Close-Up Magic Competition.  This is awarded to the magician with the best close-up act under competition conditions. The photo above shows me being presented with the trophy by Arthur Setterington.  Arthur was one of the most respected magicians and performers whose effects have been performed on TV by David Copperfield and others.  Entrants perform magic in front of an intimate public audience where a panel of judges, made up of a combination of experts and laymen, decide on the winner.  

    I have also won the prestigious Hull Magic Circle Simpson Shield which is made up of 6 themed heats and the competitors are scored according to the voting be fellow magicians. Winners are decided by members in an audience vote and subsequently earn points, the member who accumulates the most points at the end of the year wins the title.  I now help to organize the lectures and meetings for Hull Magicians' Circle as well as the competition rounds.