On a London street, four unlikely friends stand before the astonishingly ordinary-looking blue door of the Magic Circle . . .
Alex doesn't say much, and once jumped when handed a satsuma, but, wow, is he amazing with a deck of cards. Zack is undoubtedly one of the best pickpockets in the country (but always puts things back). Sophie once convinced her Brown Owl that all the other Brownies were jellyfish thanks to her nifty hypnosis skills - and then never returned. Jonny - who is quite possibly the tallest boy in the universe - mixes science and magic with spectacular consequences (mostly explosions).
Join these young magicians as they step inside the world-famous conjuring club in an adventure that may or may not involve the search for a secret book, a set of impossible crimes and . . . oh, yes - a flock of very confused pigeons. Intrigued? Confused? Well, you're just going to have to decide for yourself, aren't you?
Written by real life comedian and magician, debut author Nick Mohammed introduces us to a group of young magicians keen to join ‘The Magic Circle’, a society of magicians.
But all is not what it seems as the society is poorly run and in ruins, both financially and physically. They also don’t seem to want children in their midst.
However, our four young magicians, using their individual magic powers, take us on an entertaining magic journey to solve crimes and force the society into the modern age.
A fast paced story, with heaps of action scenes and lots of gags and humour to keep you turning pages. It is also the first in a series that many will look forward to future instalments of.
All in all, an excellent read for those about 10 and older, whether they are into magic or not.
Reviewed by Rob