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Illusionist Megan Swann, 28, Magic Circle’s first female president in 116 years

Illusionist Megan Swann, 28, Magic Circle’s first female president in 116 years

It’s a huge honor for me“: Megan Swann has just been elected president of the Magic Circle, an international British institution more than a century old. It brings together 1,300 members including Prince Charles, actor Stephen Fry and above all many renowned illusionists, mainly men, and this is precisely what makes the election of Megan Swann a historical fact: it is the first time that this institution has appointed a woman at its head.

In recent days, she has been invited all over the British media, from the BBC the newspaper The Times, because she is certainly the first woman, because at 28 she is the youngest to embody this function, but also and above all for the message that her magic carries. Megan Swann doesn’t just pop bunnies in hats, she does what she calls green magic, that is to say, she talks about the state of the planet by doing tricks.

She evokes global warming by transforming a balloon, levitates drops of water while talking about the ocean, or even addresses the theme of the extinction of species by showing the audience three ropes, each representing insects, plants and animals. animals, and as she lists the endangered species, the strings change in size, shrink, before suddenly returning to their normal length when she says that “yes, there are solutions“.

“Magic is a very powerful art, we can convey a lot of emotions, create reflection, it’s much more than entertainment. So I use my tricks to explain the major environmental issues, it helps to convey an important message in a fun way. “

Megan Swann, President of the Magic Circle

at the BBC

Megan Swann knows what she is talking about because in addition to being a magician, she studied biodiversity conservation at university. She, who started magic at 10 years old, knows how illusions can mark young minds, so her show is mainly aimed at children. “It is essential that they know the state of the planet, she explains, but my tricks also show them what we can do, what can be remedied, repaired, to convince them that everyone can play a role and act.

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