Rem Brickhill

The Rem Brickhill Trophy

Rem Brickhill was the cousin of Brian Tarr and although he was not a magician, he enjoyed magic immensely. He made and donated the Lionel Walker Trophy and then in April 1970, he donated the shield pictured above which is called the Rem Brickhill Trophy.

"The President (Brian Tarr) produced a handsome trophy, which he said his cousin, Mr. R Brickhill, had donated to the society in appreciation for all the magic he had seen from us over the past several years. It was agreed that members consider over the next month how this trophy is to be awarded, and to bring ideas to the next meeting. The secretary was asked to thank Mr. Brickhill and his friend, who made the trophy." (Minutes - April 1970)

A number of suggestions for awarding the trophy were put forward, including "It should be awarded for the most novel adaptation of a trick or invention of a new trick each year" and "It should be awarded for the most improvement each year." (minutes - May 1970). The final decision was  left to to committee who decided the trophy was to be awarded for the 'Best Trick of the Evening'. However this competition never took place and the following extracts tell the story:

"For the first time this year we would be competing for a new trophy. It would be awarded for the best trick of the evening - only members being allowed to vote" (minutes - November 1970)

and

"I review the past year with mixed feelings. Although reluctant to commence this report on a disparaging note I feel our Society has been very lethargic with regard to public performances. The enforced cancellation, at the last minute of our Lionel Walker - Rem Brickhill Trophy competition being the most disappointing." (Presidents Report - January 1971)

The Rem Brickhill trophy is now awarded to the magicians for a single effect which from a magicians point of view is superb, either from a technical or presentational view point.  This is voted for by magicians only.   This trophy was originally competed for during the Lionel Walker Competition evening. However this trophy is now competed for at the President's Dinner.

Year

Awarded To

1971
  Brian E. Tarr
1972
  Brian E. Tarr
1973
  Brian E. Tarr
1974
  Des Teague
1975
  Mario Brincat
1976
  David Lewis-Williams
1977
  Roland Hobbs
1978
  David Lewis-Williams
1979
  Basil Emery
1980
  Dennis Sargeant
1981
  Arthur Reed
1982
  Dennis Sargeant
1983
  Trevor Yates
1984
 
1985
  Dennis Sargeant
1986
 
1987
  Des Teague
1988
 
1989
  Keith Pettengell
1990
  Keith Pettengell
1991
 
1992
  B Lange
1993
  Dennis Sargeant
1994
 
1995
 
1996
  Keith Pettengell
1997
  Des Teague
1998
  Chris Macan
1999
  David O'Connor
2000
  Des Teague
2001
  Trevor Yates
2002
  Adrian Smith
2003
  Keith Pettengell
2004
  Darryn Le Grange
2005
  Keith Pettengell
2006
  Darryn Le Grange
2007
  Bennie Matthee
2008
  Chris Macan
2009
  Darryn Le Grange
2010
  Keith Pettengell
2011
  Wayne Driver
2012
  Tom Heistings
2013
  Keith Pettengell
2014
  Mahommed Moorad