The North Western Society of Magicians elects its first female president

A MAGIC society has experienced “refreshing change” with the election of its first female president.

Established in 1915, the North Western Society of Magicians elected its first-ever female president – Louise Taylor of Ulverston.

Louise, who succeeded outgoing chairman Graham Ransom, has supported the Barrow-based club for many years after being ‘coached’ at events over the past three decades by her magician husband Chris.

Although she supported him for many years, she only became a member in 2018 and she is delighted to have made club history in such a short time.

She said: “I feel really privileged to be the first female president. It’s been a real refreshing change.

“I’m really proud. I’m here to support and promote the club and I’m really delighted that I was asked to be president. It means a lot to me, it’s really special.”

Taking the presidency in stride, she hopes to grow the club by welcoming new members.

She said, “We’re always looking for new members. It would be nice if we could have some women too – it’s just me at the moment and I’ve been the only woman for a long, long time.”

New members may attend a small number of meetings before being asked to complete a two-five minute routine to be invited into the society.

The society meets every other Wednesday at the Imperial Hotel.

Louise is also hoping for a big turnout at an upcoming close show to be held at the Laurel and Hardy Museum in Ulverston.

She said: “We’re here doing real magic to real people now, come support us on May 6th.

“At the end of the day, everyone has had a very difficult time with the lockdown and people are used to being at home.

“We want people to perform – it’s a nice atmosphere there. It’s not just magic – it’s a really lovely venue and a special night.”

Tickets for the event will be available at a later date.

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Brian L. Hartfield