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In what we assume is a regular feature in London paper The Metro, Jennifer Cox attempts to join various clubs of differing degrees of exclusivity. This week, she wanders around the head quarters of The Magic Circle.

The walk through is pretty much what you’d expect but one bit that really deserved expanding were her impressions of a nervous applicant as they ready themselves for their audition.

And in the Devant Room, three young magicians are taking their magic exams. Judged on appearance, personality, showmanship and technical ability, this is a tough gig – and the first would-be magician nervously drops his pack of cards on the floor. Magician of 60 years, Jack Devlin grimaces sympathetically: ‘Fifty per cent fail this exam’ he tells me.

Read the entire article here.