First News: Magic Megan Makes History

Megan Swann has become the first female president of the Magic Circle

Megan Swann has become the first female president of the Magic Circle

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MEGAN Swann has become the first female president of The Magic Circle.

The 28-year-old magician is also the youngest leader of the famous club.

The Magic Circle is a special organisation for magicians. It was founded back in 1905 and has just one big rule – you can’t reveal the secret to your tricks!

Megan’s magic focuses on the environment. She likes to use her tricks to show people how they can help to tackle issues such as climate change, ocean pollution and waste.

Women have only been allowed into The Magic Circle in the last 30 years, which makes Megan’s new role even more important. She told First News: “I am delighted and feel really honoured to be the first woman president. I hope it will encourage other women and young girls, as well as boys, to take up magic.”


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I ENTERED an art competition run by the Wales Millennium Centre (WMC) in Cardiff during lockdown.

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The WMC chose my illustration and then commissioned two artists to create an installation of it. I had lots of Zoom meetings and I directed the artists during the process.

I was invited to the WMC in Cardiff to paint my installation over two days.

Also, the BBC’s The Travel Show wanted to do a feature on my dragon and they interviewed me as they were doing a programme about Cardiff.

The exhibition was on all over the summer. My huge dragon was suspended from the ceiling of the WMC theatre. The technical team even created smoke that came from its mouth, and sound effects!

The Wales Millennium Centre also used my illustration as a shop stamp and for merchandise.


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