Teens vie for magic champ titles

Teens vie for magic champ titles
Teens vie for magic champ titles

Bored with the ordinary? Let a little magic into your life at the annual Cape Junior Magic Championships at the Homecoming Centre (former Fugard Theatre) in the Mother City on 8 October 2022.

Eleven talented young magicians from across the province have been selected to compete for the ultimate Junior Magician titles in close-up and stage magic. The contest, also known as the battle of the wands, is a highlight in the calendar of the College of Magic.

This in-person event promises to be bigger and better than in recent years. The audience can expect to be wowed by card magic, sleight of hand, mentalism, illusions and a diverse range of amazing feats that require skill to perform.

“Having trained at the College under seasoned magicians in close-up and stage magic, the young magicians will perform their own unique style of entertainment,” said David Gore, College director and founder. “To enrich their routines, they may incorporate their skills in juggling, drama, mime and clowning.”

Teens vie for magic champ titles
Teens vie for magic champ titles

Leading up to the champs, the young magicians also have access to mentorship sessions with local and international magicians.

“This exciting learning experience encourages the contestants to push their boundaries and maximise their performance potential. As a result, the standard of the contest is exceptionally high and yet it still exceeds our expectations every year,” says Gore.

Guest performers who will also dazzle and entertain the audience are professional magician Liam Joubert and two-times Cape Junior Magic Champion in close-up, Sahil Samlal. The effervescent Sinethemba Bawuti will be the MC at the close-up event.

For a full afternoon of magic, the exciting Street Magic Contest will take place in the foyer between the close up and stage magic Championship events. This gives up and coming young magicians the opportunity to interact with the public and showcase their skills.

Past College student, and now College board member and award-winning comedian, Stuart Taylor likens the contest to “the Rugby Sevens for the artsy kids. You compete in a very friendly way with your friends, and there is great camaraderie backstage.”

Another College alumni and professional magician Olwethu Dyantyi says the champs is “the perfect platform to check your capabilities. I enjoy magic competitions as they’re the best experience.”

The event is suitable for the whole family. For the first time, it will be held in two different venues. The close-up championship will be staged in the Avalon Auditorium at 16h00, while the stage magic championship will take place in the Star Theatre at 19h00 within the Homecoming Centre venue.

Visit Quicket to book seats to attend this enchanting evening.


Summary of details:

Event: Cape Junior Magic Championship
Date: Saturday, 8 October 2022
Venue: Homecoming Centre (former Fugard Theatre)
Close-up Champs: Avalon Auditorium at 4pm
Stage Championships and Awards Ceremony: Star Theatre at 7pm
Book at Quicket: https://bit.ly/3ACUhc2
Visit us: www.collegeofmagic.com



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The College of Magic is based in Claremont, in the southern suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa. It has been teaching the theatrical performing art of magic and its allied arts, as well as vital life-skills, to children and adults from all walks of life since 1980. Its young students have featured locally and internationally, performing all over the world to appreciative audiences. Some participants from previous Cape Junior Magic Championships have successfully pursued a professional career as a magician.

A non-profit organisation, the College of Magic makes a difference to many students from the local communities. Donations help keep the College doors open to continue fulfilling its vision. For more information, or to arrange a tour of the College, please contact us.