The Unofficial Archives of The Merlin Awards


Following are magicians who we know have won Merlin Awards based on their listing on the IMS site (or other references as mentioned below), but we have no idea when they won them or what they were for.

If you can help, please email or leave a comment below.

  • Joe Stevens
  • Hugh R Riley
  • Charles Reynolds
  • Greg Frewin
  • Jean Pierre Kraft
  • Paul Osbourne
  • Sonny Fontana
  • Ha Sung Chung
  • Jonathon David Bass
  • Tom Mullica
  • Tony Spina
  • Michael V Lewis
  • Brett Leonard
  • Fielding West
  • John Gaughan
  • Oli
  • Mahka Tendo
  • Elena Palchevski – Ref: McBride Blog
  • Alberto Sperduto – Ref: McBride Blog
  • Robin Channing
  • Raymond Long
  • Paul Daniels
  • Tabary
  • Shimada
  • ‘Master Mystifier’ – Merlin Award Winning Show – Ref: Today in Las Vegas
  • David Copperfield – ‘Magician of the Century’ (That makes three!) – Ref: IMS FAQ
  • Tony Hassini – ‘Magician of the Year’ (see photo below from the back of one the IMS videotapes) When asked, Tony Hassini was unwilling to reveal the date of the award.

Tony Hassini - Magician of the Year


6 responses

  1. I was presented the Merlin Award 2001, The Best Close Up.

    Bob Chua

    October 8, 2010 at 8:37 am

  2. Hi Tim this is Gay Blackstone… Sorry for the delay getting to you.

    Harry Blackstone’s award was given in 1996 for
    Best Magic Quarter of the Century ( It wasn’t for the decade but longer LOL )

    Gay Blackstone 1999
    For preserving the Art of Magic from Generation to Generation

    October 8, 2010 at 6:39 pm

  3. Hi Tim

    Looks like the year 2001 award is listed as 2000.

    Best wishes.

    October 11, 2010 at 11:32 am

  4. magicunlimited

    All fixed now Bob. Thanks!

    Tim Ellis

    October 11, 2010 at 1:13 pm

  5. Albert Tam

    Hi Tim,
    For some updated info, I have just received my Merlin Award in “Outstanding Contributions To Magic” in 28th Sept., the same date Tony had presented Shenzhen Happy Valley theme park
    “Best Magic Festival in China” base on Happy Valley theme park have organize annual Happy Valley International Magic Festival since year 2000, which is a weekly event in every Oct. This year there are 4 locations in China as there are now 4 Happy Valley theme park in the country. Tony also present “Best Female Illusionist in China” to Ms. Ru Xian., who is the only female magician in China with her own illusions show since 2001.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:52 am

  6. Juanita Barker

    Allen Ravine won Merlin Award for Gospel Magician of the year in 2009.

    August 3, 2011 at 10:13 pm

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