Competitions - be part of the fun!

Want to be more involved in the Convention? Here is how you can be part of the fun at Southport!


The Ali Bongo Micro Marathon of close up magic – who is going to take part this year and give Bharat Patel a run for his magic?!?

Since the late and much revered Ali Bongo introduced a Micro Marathon of close up magic at the Eastbourne Convention in 2008 it has continued to be a popular and well attended part of every convention. Magicians of all levels of experience are encouraged to enter to showcase their skills to their fellow magicians in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. The winner is decided by the votes of the audience. The “Ali Bongo Memorial Trophy” is presented to the winner and all competitors receive a certificate of participation. For further details on how to enter please contact Rick Tynan on


Competitors are you ready?

The deadline for applications - 30 July 2018 - is fast approaching for the Stage and Close up competitions! There are still a few spaces on each for any last minute applicants – you have to be in it to win it!

Here is a reminder of what is up for grabs to contestants:

Stage Competition

1st prize of the British Ring Trophy plus £500

2nd prize of the Theo Speaker Cup plus £250

3rd prize of the Alastair Wand plus £100

Plus do you have an act you believe can win The British Ring Shield for achieving outstanding magical excellence, the Dittia Shield for manipulation, the Tom Harris Cup for comedy or the Conventioneers Trophy for the greatest originality shown in effect, method or presentation? These awards have a reputation for excellence as they will only be awarded if the judges all agree they have been earned! As such if a contestant is awarded the British Ring Shield they will be invited to perform their winning act as part of West End Magic at Leicester Square Theatre in London.

Contact our competition organiser Oliver Tabor now for further details on 01702 543242 or


Close up Competition

1st prize of the Zina Bennett Trophy plus £500

2nd prize of £250

3rd prize of £100

The ‘Rovi’ Trophy may also be awarded for the most entertaining and skilful act using cards. For further details on how to enter please contact Bill Simpson on 07710 533188 or