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Talented youngsters sought for TV spotlight

Could you follow in the footsteps of young Mensan Sebastian Carrington on ITV's hit singing show The Voice Kids? The Voice Kids will be return to our screens on ITV in 2019 and the producers are looking for super talented singers and duos aged 7-14 who have what it takes to take over The Voice Kids stage. Last year, 11-year-old classical musician Sebastian made it all the way through to the televised stages of the competition. Parents can send videos of their children performing directly to...

What type are you?

Who joins Mensa, the high IQ society? What makes them do it? And are you the kind of person who is more likely to apply? Lots of people think they “know” what very clever people are like. Some say they are clever introverts seeking conversation or social misfits seeking justification for their 'oddness'? Others will claim that Mensa members are elitists who just want to wave their IQ certificates around in a show of superiority – while having absolutely no common sense, of course. In truth,...

The Mastermind chair beckons . . .

The most famous quiz on television is looking for new contestants - are you brave enough to sit in the big black chair? The BBC is seeking new contestants for Mastermind, the long-running quiz which tests contestants on their own specialist subject as well as general knowledge. Auditions will start later this month - to apply, click here

Little ones sought for Secret Life show

The award-winning Channel 4 series The Secret Life of 4 & 5 Year Olds is returning to follow a new group of children as they play, learn and interact with other children in a nursery – and the producers are now looking for little stars to take part. Children in the programme will be observed throughout by leading scientists and psychologists, who will give insights into child development. Producers at RDF Television are looking for four and five year old children and their parents to take...

Sebastian shows star quality with musical world first

A talented young Mensan has become the youngest singer in the world to achieve a top qualification. Sebastian Carrington, 11, from Hinckley in Leicestershire, is the youngest boy treble to pass the DipABRSM (Associate of the Royal Schools of Music). Not content with passing the gruelling exam though, Sebastian also achieved an impressive distinction grade after wowing the two examiners. The diploma is the equivalent of a first year degree and involved Sebastian learning 12 pieces and performing...

Film stardom beckons for bright boy

A national casting company is looking for a very bright young boy for the lead role in a new film. No acting experience is required for the the part, which is for a boy aged 11-13. The film is a comedy drama about a young child during the Second World War. Des Hamilton Casting, which is leading the search, specialises in discovering new talent and has found stars for productions such as the BBC series Gunpowder the Netflix original film War Machine, starring Brad Pitt. Application in the first...

Could your bright spark be a Child Genius?

Do you know a child who is fascinated by fossils, besotted by barometers or curious about calligraphy? The search is on for remarkable youngsters to take part in the next series of Channel 4's hit series Child Genius. Some of the country's smartest eight to 12-year-olds will battle it out through tough rounds of spelling, mental arithmetic, memory and verbal reasoning in a bid to claim the title. Mensa's gifted child consultant, Lyn Kendall, is an expert psychologist on the show and oversees...

Autism and employability in the spotlight

Dr Anna Remington The employability of people with autism was in the spotlight at an exclusive Mensa event in London. Auticon, a recruitment consultancy which actively seeks to find opportunities for autistic people, hosted the packed event at The Foundry in London. The company has identified the unique value of highly intelligent people who think differently, and spotted that the same issues that can be seen as ‘problematic” when dealing with autism can also make for exceptional workers who...

Student seeks Mensans for happiness research

Post-graduate student Cathy Taylor is looking for Mensans to help with her research into the happiness of people with high IQ. Cathy would like to recruit six people to take part in short interviews about their perceptions of happiness and their feelings about certain topics. Interviews can be held either online, or in person in London. The research would be used for her MSc psychology degree with Manchester Metropolitan University. To volunteer or to find out more, contact Cathy via catherine...

Crossing borders for photography competition

Could you cross national borders to be crowned Mensa’s International Photographer of the Year? The theme for the 2017 PhotoCup competition is Borders, so there is plenty of scope for professional and amateur photographers alike to let their imagination run wild. Photography is an area where Mensans from more than 50 countries with different languages, customs and traditions can converge with a single, visual language. Use your creativity, skills, and technical expertise to produce your entry in...

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