YOUTH Events and the Young Magicians of Mann have announced an amazing addition to their family Magic! show at the Gaiety Theatre on Friday, September 14.
Magician Scott Penrose, vice president of the famous Magic Circle in London, will be performing his award-winning manipulation act at the show, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Young Magicians of Mann. Scott’s success in The Magic Circle’s Young Magician of the Year competition helped him become a member of the great club. He has subsequently been promoted to member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. In 1992, at Europe’s largest one-day magic convention, he was named British Magical Champion of General Magic. Five years later he won the Dittia Challenge Shield at the International Brotherhood of Magicians’ annual convention. More recently, The Magic Circle honoured Scott with the title of Stage Magician of the Year. He is now a magic consultant who has created illusions for Cirque du Soleil’s touring show Kooza and has appeared on the QI ‘Hocus Pocus’ Christmas Special, TV series Hustle and the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Love Never Dies.
The Manx magic club for 10 to 18 year olds was started in 1987 by Mike Clague, who is now assisted by Lexi Watterson, who will perform on the night, and Paul Martin. All three are members of The Magic Circle.
Mike said: ‘We wanted to stage a fun–filled magic variety show suitable for all the family.’
Current Young Magicians of Mann taking part are Philip Morrison, Daniel Quayle, Chris Corlett, Thomas Clague, Andrew Martin, Nathan Hill, Juan Moore, Sarina Dove, Megan Wilson, Max Workman, Tom Greene and Harry Roe. They meet regularly at the Youth Arts Centre in Kensington Road, Douglas.
The evening, which starts at 7pm, also features island family entertainers Colin Boardman and Chris Burns, Represent Dance Company, Joe Hillard, Tom Callow, The Viva Girls and, of course, the Young Magicians of Mann.
‘There will be lots of great illusions,’ explained Mike, ‘and we’re especially grateful to John Cain, a member of the Magicians of Mann adult club, who has a wonderful knowledge of magic principles and has been a great help with the show.’
Mike added: ‘Represent is run by David Cowley, who was a young magician. He will show off his card tricks during the interval. Joe Hillard was also a young magician for a while, but on this occasion will be singing. And Gail Hampson, one of the Viva Girls, was a magician’s assistant for the young magicians for many years, so the show is a real celebration of our silver anniversary.’
Compering the show, which is sponsored by ManxCover (Blackford & Co) and SMP, will be former young magician, Juan Corrin, who is now studying at Bangor University.
With magic, laughter, music, dance, illusions and even a ghost hunt, this promises to be great family night out. Tickets are £14 (concessions available). Call 600555 or visit www.villagaiety.com