There was magic in the air when the Lewes-based Associated Conjurers of East Sussex (ACES) marked a significant milestone.
Some 30 members and guests gathered at The Dorset to celebrate the group’s 21st birthday with a meal – and plenty of tricks and illusions.
The society was founded in 1992 by the late Tony Richards (aka Tony Lusion) who had a long association with the Lewes antiques scene, and Robin Toft from Worthing. These best friends formed a magic society with friendship at its heart and a motto to match “Amicitia Per Artem Magicam” (Friendship Through the Art of Magic) which is still as strong 21 years on.
During the evening current members, former members and potential members enjoyed some amazing close up magic (often called table magic).
John and Charlotte Troughton, Alex Parker and Joseph Millroy presented their auditions to the guests to become full members of the society. All passed with flying colours and great applause. The birthday cake was donated by long-term member Stan Reynolds and featured playing cards, dice and cups and balls as well as the society’s logo.
President and original member Martin Lewis, was delighted at how the evening had gone. “We are all such good friends,” he said. “Robin and Tony would have been so proud that ACES continues to be such a success story.
“We welcome all magicians and currently have members aged from 14 to more than 80 as part of our membership. We ask all members to participate in an audition as we don’t just want people to come along and learn the secrets. We want them to join in and take part in our friendly competitions and themed nights. Membership fees are reasonable and this is to encourage everyone from students to hobbyists, part-time professionals to those, like myself, who earn their living through magic.”
The society’s members also fundraise for local schools and charities. A visit to the society’s website at www.acesmagic.co.uk will explain how.
The ACES meet on the second Wednesday of each month at Thomas a Becket Church Hall, Cliffe High Street, and often have open nights where members of the public can join in for the evening. For full details visit the website or contact Secretary Nicky Lewis on 01903 532413.