A MAGIC group is hoping to conjure up some support.

The Darlington Magic Circle was formed in September last year, after existing unofficially since 1989. It now has 16 full-time members.

The circle has four professional magicians, but also has two beginners who recently joined. Circle members hope to perform at fundraising events in the coming months, and are looking for venues.

Professional magician Ian Wragg, a founder member of the club, said he hopes to introduce the community to magic. He said: "All that is needed is a genuine interest in magic, as the more experienced members will act as mentors, although we can see straightaway who comes just to see how tricks are done."

Log on to www. thedarling tonmagiccircle.co.uk