Magical night out is promised

Lexi Watterson

Lexi Watterson

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A magical night out is promised by the Douglas Rotary Club on Friday, January 17.

A two-hour show, staged by the Magicians of Mann for the Rotary Club, takes place at the Palace Hotel and starts at 7pm.

Paul Martin, who has been chairman of the Magicians of Mann since 2002, said that eight members of the local club will be mystifying the audience.

Also appearing are Michael Daniels, Keith Greenland who is a member of the Rotary Cub of Ramsey, Bev Michelson, Chris Burns and John Cain from Peel, Mike Clague and Lexi Watterson.

Like Paul, Lexi and Mike are members of The Magic Circle.

Compering the show will be Bev Michelson, a member of the Douglas Rotary Club and the Magicians of Mann.

Paul said: ‘There will be a real mix of magic styles, from sophisticated sorcery to fun-filled children’s entertainment, so it’s a show for everyone aged five and over.’

Magic is enjoying a revival at the moment, with the successes of David Blaine and Dynamo making an impact on the art and magicians regularly staging shows on cruise ships.

Paul said: ‘High profile magicians and shows like The Illusionists have created renewed interest in this, one of the oldest forms of entertainment.

‘Lots of magicians performed at the Palace Theatre at the height of the tourism boom. The original Palace is long gone unfortunately, but it’s nice to think that conjuring continues to be performed on the site.’

Tickets, available from The Arts Store in Strand Street, are £5 for adults and £2.50 for children. Family tickets are £12, and doors open at 6.30pm.

The Magicians of Mann meet on the third Tuesday of each month at the Catholic Columba Club in Douglas.

New members are made welcome and anyone interested can contact secretary Mike Clague on 878328 or for information.

Mike can also provide details of the Young Magicians of Mann, a separate magic club for 11- to 18-year-olds, who meet at the Youth Arts Centre in Douglas on Wednesday evenings.

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