Saddleworth magicians impress to clinch top prizes at Order of The Magi event

TWO TALENTED magicians from Saddleworth wowed judges to scoop prizes at a top competition last month.

Peter Cholewa, 27, from Dobcross, was the overall winner at ‘The Order of The Magi’ annual close up magic event while Michael Bates, 17 from Grotton, received the Best Card Trick award.

Peter, who has been a member of the Manchester-based Society for almost three years, also won the top prize last year.

p27 Michael Bates and Peter Cholewa (Magi)
WINNERS: Michael (left) and Peter with their awards

To repeat his success this time around, he performed a card trick with the four Queens, a traditional cups and balls trick dating back to the Egyptians and his own coin trick designed specifically for the competition.

Peter said: “I was quite surprised to win. The standard is always really high so it does mean a lot to me.

“It’s exciting to win it two years in a row as some of the magicians have been doing it for decades and know every trick in the book.”

It was seeing Peter’s success in the newspaper last year which inspired budding magician Michael.

He got in touch with Peter and joined the society – and his award at this event makes him one of the youngest in their 106-year history to win a prize.

Another member, Ray Connor, 85, from Salem also took part in the competition with a sterling effort to represent the active magicians at the other end of the age spectrum.

Although not placed on this occasion, he has been a prize winner in the past.

The Order of The Magi meet twice monthly at the Irish Centre in Manchester to share tricks, tips and enjoy lectures. For more details visit their website:



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