Teenage magician Ben is a class act

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MOVE over Paul Daniels... a teenage magician from Brockhall Village has more than a few tricks up his sleeve!

Sixteen-year-old Ben Proos scooped the prestigious “Young Magician of the Year 2011” title at the Magic Circle in London (the premier magical society in the fascinating world of mystery and illusion).

Ben, who is a pupil at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Blackburn, fought off tough competition with a fast moving act featuring a dazzling array of billiard ball and card manipulations, parasol productions and an amazing routine with sunglasses that appeared and vanished in a flash!

The Magic Circle President Jack Delvin said: “Ben has magically manipulated his way to the title Young Magician of the Year 2011 and a great career awaits”.

After the awards, Ben said: “I’m speechless! It was the most amazing, overwhelming and terrifying experiences of my life, but also one of the most rewarding. I’m deeply honoured to win this prestigious award competing against some truly formidable competition.”

The prize includes four years’ membership of The Magic Circle when reaching 18, a selection of gifts from Davenports Magic Shop and the prestigious Derrick Speight Trophy.

Talented Ben has been practising magic for less than four years. He joined the Conjuring Club at Queen Elizabeth’s, which is run by English teacher Brian Lead, who is an Inner Magic Circle member.

Mr Phil Lloyd, development director, for Queen Elizabeth’s said: “Everyone at the school is absolutely delighted at Ben’s success, which makes him the top young magician in the country at the present time.

“He has worked hard at his magic, under the tutelage of Brian Lead, but hasn’t neglected his studies in the process. Ben has an impressive stage presence, which I’m sure served him well in the Young Magician competition, and those in the know say he has all the ingredients to make a successful career in magic, if he chooses to follow that path.”