BURTONPORT magician Dylan Murray is celebrating this week after winning a prestigious award. The popular magician was in Scotland last weekend where he was presented with a Merlin Award from the International Magicians Society (IMS). He received the accolade in the category ‘Outstanding Storytelling And Magic In Ireland’.
Speaking after the win Dylan said it was “the honour of a lifetime” after becoming only the third Irish person and now the youngest person in history to receive the award. He was presented with his trophy by IMS Chairman Tony Hassini in Scotland.
“The Merlin Award is presented to those magicians who have achieved the highest level in their craft, both on the national and international stage,” said Dylan.
The criteria that the voting members consider for the award are talent, showmanship, originality, skills, and above all the rare ability to entertain under any conditions.
“Past winners of The Merlin Award include, Paul Daniels, David Copperfield, David Blaine, Penn and Teller: Fool Us Harry Lorayne, Rene Lavand, Lennart Green, Shin Lim and Siegfried and Roy. To join this exclusive list is very special. I’m honoured and humbled by receiving this international acknowledgement,” added Dylan.
“I have also graduated with my official doctor of magic degree from The Magic Academy after my successful examination becoming only the second Irish person and the youngest to ever receive it in Irish history. It’s often refereed to as ‘The Crown Jewel of the IMS. This is only the beginning.”