LATEST NEWS

 

 SEPTEMBER 2016

Conference Discount finishes Sept 30th

winner FCMUK stage competition 2016Booking forms for conference 2017 are available now to be downloaded on the conference page of this website. Committee are finalising the big name acts this weekend so look out for more conference information here on in the next Voila. To take advantage of the early discount you MUST get your applications to our treasurer before the end of this month. So don’t delay….book today!

 SEPTEMBER 2016

New Membership Form

paypal-logoA new membership form is now available, it can also be used to update details such as a change of address for our existing members. There is also a brief summery for FCMUK members to read at the bottom of the page. Plus you can now pay with PayPal using either a credit card or a PayPal account. You can find all this information by going to the join us page.

 SEPTEMBER 2016

David oconnor picture*******CHANGE OF VENUE FOR REGIONAL*********

please be aware that the venue has changed for the regional on Saturday 17 September 2016. Please see below or go to the regionals page for extra contact and parking information.

Thank You

 SEPTEMBER 2016

New LOGO launched

FCMUK Logo

Dear membership

You now have your very own LOGO. Please not that there are some strict guidelines for you to follow. This is to ensure that the LOGO maintains its integrity for the benefit of all members. You can access the high quality image and regulations via the LOGO page from the members menu. As FCMUK no longer exists we have also been asked by our American cousins to remove the FCMUK logo from any web pages or literature. We would also like to point out that the words “Christian Magicians UK” should be used. Please do not abbreviate to “CMUK” as this is used by another company and we wish to avoid confusion in web searches etc.

 SEPTEMBER 2016

South East Regional

David oconnor pictureDavid O’Connor will be hosting a regional on Saturday 17 September at the Mantle Hall, Holder road, Aldershot, Hants GU12 4RH. THIS IS A CHANGE OF VENUE FROM THAT PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED Please let me know if you are coming as some ideas of numbers would be useful. The times are 10 till 4 and lunch will be provided. The idea is to video a few short Christian routines for the website library for all other members to enjoy. Please be aware that these will be available for other members to copy jokes, patter etc. There will be a lot of discussion on presentation, tightening a routine and getting your message across. Do not worry if you do not have a routine or if you are new to magic. Your input will be more than welcome whatever level your ability.

JUNE 2016

Brian Mitchell Teach in and Shows

brian mitchell photoBrian Mitchell will be doing a 4 day mission in Kirk Ella just outside of Hull Thursday night (June 9th 2016) through Sunday. Brian will be entertaining the evening meetings at St Andrew’s Church Memorial Hall, (Beverley Road, Kirk Ella, HU10 7QA) Thursday, Friday, Saturday, some schools and street work on Friday a magic class for over 10s and a gospel magic show for under 10s on the Saturday. On Sunday he will be interviewed in both services followed by a couple of magic/ escapology sets before and after the hog roast at around 2.30pm. Want to know more then contact Brian by going to the regionals page

JUNE 2016

Announcement from Laurie Brockenshire

blankpersonFor those who know Laurie you will be more than aware of his passion for puzzles and magic. Laurie has contacted me an asked me to pass on “the worst possible news” to his friends in our fellowship. I regret to tell you that Laurie has been diagnosed with brain cancer. Laurie asks for you prayers and that you to pass on this information to whoever you feel you wish to do so. On the few occasions that I have been privileged to speak with Laurie I have found him a true gentleman who has always been willing to help others in our art. Please contact the membership secretary who will pass on your contact details should you need to do so.

JUNE 2016
Regional News
tony southwick photoNext regional in the Northeast is 27th June 2016 at 7.30pm at the home of Gordon Stoves.  For more information please contact Tony Southwick using the email in the regional reps list at the bottom of the regionals page of this website. This can also be found in the members area.
MAY 2016
NEW FORUM now open for business
David oconnor pictureFor those of you who were alive before facebook, there were such things as forums. These have several advantages over the facebook pages. The old forum was much loved and used well. There were a couple of issues. Hacks from outside on the servers and the time it took to moderate and run. The forum will if used properly provide an archive of understanding, a living library and we are happy to run one again on our members behalf. Watch out for The Big Bad Moderator and if its not used we will have to get rid of it due to the above mentioned efforts required.The forum requires you to have a username and password that are different to your members ones. Go to the contact pages and contact the membership secretary who will pass out the information required. There are over 150 of you and they have to be processed by hand one at a time. for this reason we will only set members up as and when they request access. We will be actively promoting it over the coming weeks. We hope this new forum will be as much loved as the last.
APRIL 2016
Committee and Steering Meeting coming soon
David oconnor pictureOn Sunday 1 May the steering group will be meeting to finalise the changes required for us to move forward as Christian Magicians UK. The four representatives of the committee (president, vice president, treasurer and membership secretary) will meet to discuss and formalise proposals that they feel will be in the best interest for you our members. These proposals will then be placed before the full committee on the Monday 2 May. We also have the small task of a conference to organise !A lot of the work has already been done with constant emails going back and forth, databases in the background of the website being put in place as well as the possibility of a new forum. So much is required that is unseen. A lot has been accomplished and its only been 8 weeks since conference. We would like to thank all those who have helped in this matter. Watch this space.
APRIL 2016
Sad News
Terry Lawton photoIt is with great sadness that we announce that Terry Lawton passed away peacefully at the start of April. This picture tells you everything you need to know about Terry. He found wonder in everybody and everything he met. Above all he promoted the wonder of our Lord with an exceptional enthusiasm, energy and kindness. We will always remember him with a smile because quite frankly its impossible to remember Terry in any other way
MARCH 2016
AGM UPDATE: FCMUK to become CHRISTIAN MAGICIANS UK
Barry in a box Dear All

Every journey starts with a single step and who would have thought our journey with the FCM would be such a long one? This year the FCMUK celebrated its 29th conference and all due to that single step we took with the FCM

Over that time the FCMUK has grown and change direction many times, but always with the same Christian ethos and the support of the FCM.

Just as a child grows up and leaves the family home, we now need to make the same move and continue the rest of the journey on our own.

Today at the AGM of the FCMUK, we voted unanimously to start the process of being an independent group under the working name of “Christian Magicians UK”

The possess won’t be a quick one. However we will have completed the change by the end of the year.

We wish the International FCM our best wishes for the future. We will still share and actively promote them on our website and news feeds so watch this space.

FEBRUARY 2016
Stage Competition winner Steve Price
winner FCMUK stage competition 2016Congratulations to Steve price who was this years Stage competition winner. Steve is one of our most accomplished performers and this year was the toughest competitions we have had for a decade. The standard of all entries was extremely high with both UK and international acts represented. Steve combined some of his trademark set pieces with a simple message that really hit home with the audience and judges alike. Fantastic magic and simple Gospel from a true professional.
FEBRUARY 2016
Comedy and Young Magician’s Awards
comedy and young macian, dennis and charlie Dennis Clark was winner of this years Pete McCahon Award for outstanding comedy. The comedy Award is not allocated every year and once nominated must be approved by committee. Not only was Dennis a winner of the award, but he was also a winner with the children’s group.Charlie was the deserved winner of the young magicians trophy for the second year running. Also winning the presidents award for “If we had an award for open mic Charlie would have won it award”Charlie was up against some stiff competition this year as Dennis was also nominated for the young magicians award!  It was good to see so many youngsters at the conference this year showing off their remarkable skills.
FEBRUARY 2016
Volker De Hass receives lifetime honorary membership
Volker in 2016 stage showIt is with great pleasure that the committee would like to announce the awarding of lifetime membership to Volker De Hass. Volker has been a very supportive member of the FCMUK and FCM Germany. He is a very accomplished magician, teacher and friend to all at conference. This year despite having to fly in from Germany Volker took a masterclass in the linking rings, provided us with  delightful stage puppet and magic presentation and gave a full two hour lecture to the children’s group on science and magic. Truly dedicated to magic being not just tricks but an art form we are proud and privileged to permanently call him one of our own.
FEBRUARY 2016
Regional News
peter cooper photo Birmingham: Regional event planned for 21st May
in St Cassian’s Church, Chaddesley Corbet to raised funds for King of Hearts
Creative Outreach. At this time the plan is to meet at 2.30 for fellowship and sharing of ideas before presenting and evening show. Please go to the Regions page in the members area for more details
FEBRUARY 2016
Regional News
brian mitchell photo Scotland is hosting several events. Brian is looking into a gospel magic training day later in the year. Check out the Regions page in the members area for more details. Brian is an accomplished magician, evangelist and street worker. Always welcoming if you are in Scotland it’s well worth the travel to come and meet both Brian and the other members from the region.
JANUARY 2016
blankpersonSad News
Sadly John Crocker passed away (peacefully) on Christmas Eve. He was a gentle man with a love for magic and a passion for his Lord. John’s wife Wendy said “I would like to thank you for all the fun and joy that John received through the FCM. He loved the annual Conferences and enjoyed sharing tricks with many individuals.” Please remember Wendy and her family in your prayer, it can’t be easy adjusting when you lose some one so close.
DECEMBER 2016
Sad News
On the 30 November Jean Purdy was promoted to glory with the Lord.jean purdy photoJean was a very active and well loved member who had time for everybody that she met. Jean was an accomplished magician as well as actor and performer. Jean also still holds several fire eating world records. She had circus skills, was a wing walker, stunt double and stared in her first film as a schoolgirl in the Lavender Hill Mob.To say she will be greatly missed is also a great understatement. We of course send all our prayers, love and best wishes to Bob at this time.