Sheffield magician Steve Faulkner has pulled off one of his most difficult tricks - in front of fellow magicians.
He won the ‘close-up’ section at the British convention of the International Brotherhood of Magicians in Buxton, with 150 of his peers watching him perform card and cup and ball tricks.
Judges ranked him top out of six performers for magic content and entertainment value.
“It was very odd,” said Steve, aged 40, who more usually works his magic passing between tables at corporate functions or in front of a public audience.
“It’s the most weird way to perform. I wasn’t in my comfort zone. You don’t get the same reaction as in my usual show.
“I came off thinking it wasn’t a great show, but then everybody is in the same boat.
“But it’s good to win a competition that isn’t street performance and to be judged by your peers.”
Steve, who lives in Greystones, developed his art, combining magic and humour, on the cobbles of Covent Garden in London and has twice won national street performance awards. He was the Magic Circle’s ‘close-up’ Magician of the Year in 2010.
He reckons some of his audience in Buxton will have known how he did the tricks, and some, who see magic as more of a hobby, might have known elements.
It is the first time he has entered the competition, and now his name will join the likes of Ali Bongo on the Zina Bennett Trophy, which dates back to 1958.
Steve will perform his ‘Fright Night Magic Show’ at Sheffield Memorial Hall on October 27.
Meanwhile, he has produced 135 videos for his online magic course, and he continues to work with companies on motivational speaking and team building.