The Magic Circle just began accepting female members 23 years ago and has less than 100 total (compared with 1400 total membership). But the 109-year-old magic organization has made huge strides towards gender parity by electing Ms. Knowles-Bacon to Secretary. She is used to the gender ratio being so skewed. She was elected on November 7th.
“When I was first into magic I didn’t realise girls didn’t do it. It was normal for me. It was only when I joined the Young Magician’s Club aged 10 and there were about 70 boys, it was this sudden realisation of: ‘Where are all the girls?'”
Ironically, we had exactly the same “realization” when we joined magic clubs in junior high school. We wondered where all the girls were and if we had chosen the right hobby to pursue. We spelled “realization” differently than Ms. Knowles-Bacon though.
Ms. Knowles-Bacon sounds like our kind of enthusiast:
“I can talk about it for hours and hours,” she cries. “I just love entertaining people and giving them happiness. It’s watching their faces light up in shock, or wonder. Magic shows you can create the impossible.”
Her pals call her “Magic Megs” and she adopted the name for her web presence: magicmegs.com.
“There’s quite a few tricks that I wouldn’t be able to do,” explains Knowles-Bacon. “Like the ‘card on tie’ or wallet tricks, because they’re designed for men. If there were more women in magic, maybe they’d make more women’s parts.
“But it makes you more creative. Women can bring a different character. I demonstrate that with my ballet. I used to do tricks with make-up as well. I really played on being a girl and it went down well. You get some real comedy out of it, like asking a man [in the audience] to unscrew an eye shadow lid.”
Read the rest of the profile at The Telegraph. We were very impressed and wish her the best of luck!