The Derby Magic Circle was founded by Fred Wiles in 1952. The first meeting was held on the 25th day of March 1952 at Freds Hairdresser shop, number 81 Nightingale Road, Derby.

 

There were 16 members at the first meeting. The first President was Tommy Harris, with a committee of G Hollingworth, J Lowe, H Burrows (Chairman), F Wiles (Secretary), J Wilson (Treasurer), W Ford and G Moore.

 

The society became popular with local Magicians and quite a lot joined society. Goodliffe, the original editor of Abracadabra magazine, was made Hon. Vice President for 1958-1959. In April of 1954, Derby Magic Circle produced a film of their members performing. The first annual dinner was held on 7th May 1955. In October of 1965, Derby Magic Circle suffered the fate of many activity organisations. With dwindling membership and lack of support, the society disbanded.

 

On 13th February 1974, John Keith appealed on Radio Derby for anyone who was interested in re-forming the Derby Magic Circle to meet him at the Sherwood Hotel, Derby. This produced a response from Fred and Bea Wiles, Alan Fox, Mike Hazeldine, Dave Cheney, Scotty Thomson, Wilf Cadman, Mike Neal, and Joe Bonsall. Breadsall Memorial Hall was adopted as the Derby Magic Circle Head Quarters. John Keith was elected as President, Joe Bonsall was elected as Secretary, and Mike Neal was elected as Treasurer. For the collective list of our Past Presidents (from 1952 to present day), In 2017 the Circle continues to evolve

Past Presidents of Derby Magic Circle

1952 - 1956 Tom Harris

1956 - 1957 Fred Wiles

1957 - 1959 Tom Harris

1959 - 1960 Fred Wiles

1960 - 1961 G Moore

1961 - 1962 V Taylor

1962 - 1963 Fred Wiles

1963 - 1964 J Walker

1964 - 1965 E Newton

1965 - 1965 M Hawthorne

DMC disbanded in October 1965

DMC reformed in February 1974

1974 - 1976 John Keith

1976 - 1977 Roy Field

1977 - 1979 Fred Wiles

1979 - 1980 Ray King

1980 - 1981 Dave Cheney

1981 - 1982 Dez Colona

1982 - 1983 Dennis Gardner

1983 - 1984 Alan Fox

1984 - 1985 Frank Salisbury

1985 - 1986 Clive Moore

1986 - 1987 Joe Bonsall

1987 - 1988 Mikel Dee

1988 - 1989 Fred Wiles

1989 - 1990 Allan Humphries

1990 - 1991 Mike Habbershaw

1991 - 1992 Tony Woollett

1992 - 1993 Dave Faulks

1993 - 1994 B Roe

1994 - 1995 J C McIntyre

1995 - 1996 Stuart Brown

1996 - 1997 Bernie Pedley

1997 - 1998 John Parker

1998 - 1999 Dez Colona

1999 - 2000 Neil Spencer

2000 - 2001 Jean Ellison

2001 - 2002 Ron Betteridge

2002 - 2003 Ian Barradell

2003 - 2004 Dave Faulks

2004 - 2005 Committee

2005 - 2006 Simon Goodfellow

2006 - 2007 James Braybrooke

2007 - 2008 Clive Moore

2008 - 2009 Mike Grimmett

2009 - 2010 Steve Grundy

2010 - 2011 Neil Spencer

2011 - 2012 Paul Sharp

2012 - 2013 Tony Woollett

2013 - 2014 Tony Woollett

2014 - 2015 Paul Sharp

2015 - 2016 Terry Hickman

2016 - 2017 Ray Lewis

2017 - 2018 Allan Humphries

2018 - 2019 Simon Goodfellow

2019 - 2020 Steve Grundy