Lionel Walker

The Lionel Walker Trophy

The first reference found to Lionel Walker was in the Magic Mirror (March 1933).

"The South African Magical Society is now represented in Bulwer, by Mr. L.M. Walker, a very keen and capable disciple of Magic. He has just recently joined up with us and should prove a very useful member. We wish him a long and happy association with us; and hope he will find much to interest him."

We believe there is an article with a photograph of Lionel Walker in his fly fishing gear. Perhaps someone out there can confirm this for us?

Lionel Walker was a member of our society and believed that the magicians primary goal should be to entertain his audience.  He argued that the audience were not interested whether the magician was using technical sleight of hand or a piece of self working apparatus. All they demanded was to be entertained.  This trophy is competed for annually (although some years have been missed) and is judged by members of the lay public in the audience.

This trophy was made by Rem Brickhill who was a cousin of Brian Tarr and, although not a magician, he enjoyed magic immensely.

If you have any more details please e-mail me at webmaster@sams.org.za

Year

Awarded To

1967
  David Lewis-Williams
1968
  David Lewis- Williams
1969
  Mario Brincat
1971
  Bernard W. Dyer
1972
  Mario Brincat
1973
  Colin Rood          
1974
  Mario Brincat
1975
  Kevin Davie
1976
  Ellis Pearson
1977
  Mario Brincat
1978
  David Lewis-Williams
1979
  Ellis Pearson
1980
  Arthur Reed
1981
  Arthur Reed
1982
  Arthur Reed 
1983
  Roan Myers
1987
  Bernard W Dyer
1988
  Bernard W Dyer
1990
  Bernard W Dyer
1991
  David J O'Connor
1993
  David J O'Connor
1994
  Bernard W Dyer 
1995
  Bernard  W Dyer
1996
  Trevor C Yates
1997
  Keith Pettengell
1998
  Trevor C Yates
1999
  David J O'Connor
2000
  David J O'Connor
2001
  Adrian Smith
2002
  Adrian Smith
2003
  Adrian Smith
2004
  Keith Pettengell
2005
  Not Competed for
2006
  Adrian Smith
2007
  Adrian Smith
2008
  Bennie Matthee
2010
  Ricki Gray
2011
  Ricki Gray
2012
  Peter Warby / Bennie Matthee
2013
  Darryn le Grange
2014
  Adrian Smith