How to Join

The Darlington Magic Circle welcomes anyone with an interest and enthusiasm for magic. Most of our members are professional performers or hobbyists, but we also have some interested in magical history, collecting magic memorabilia or simply enjoy the art. We make no distinction between seasoned professionals and absolute beginners. If you are genuinely interested in magic, are aged 16 years or above, will fit in with the group and won't reveal any magic secrets you may learn to non-magic folk, you should apply.

New members are usually brought along or invited to their first meeting by a current member who will let the Secretary know in advance.
Don't panic if you don't know any of us yet as all you need do is contact our Secretary and introduce yourself.

The Secretary, currently Nick Richmond, will provide you with basic details, an application form and arrange for you to meet a member of the Executive Committee, usually just before a circle meeting.  This interview is very informal and  gives you the opportunity to ask any questions as well as allowing us to find out a little more about you and why you would like to join us.

You may then be invited to attend up to four meetings as our guest.  This is to give you the chance to see what we do, meet and chat with some of the members and  decide whether we are the society for you.  The members will also be assessing how you fit in with the group.  Prospective members can be asked to leave at 9pm to allow members to discuss magic secrets more openly.

On or before your fourth visit you will be invited to perform an audition of around ten minutes.  Don't panic!  If you need help with this, just let the members know.  The standard is not as important as your enthusiasm, although it is worth trying your best to impress. 
Non-performers may prefer to present a talk about a subject related to their interest in magic.  Following your audition you will be asked to briefly vacate the room to allow a vote to decide whether you will be invited to join us.

The current joining fee is £25 plus £30 annual membership.
Previous members who have left the Circle may rejoin for a fee of £10 plus £30 annual membership.

Membership includes:

  • Membership of The Darlington Magic Circle including voting rights.
  • Membership of the Railway Institute where we hold our meetings (over 18's).
  • Access to all Meetings, Lectures and Events (usually meeting every two weeks).
  • Use of our large Magic Library of books, videos, DVDs and other items.

So what are you waiting for? Contact us now and find out what you've been missing out on!