Magic.Africahttps://www.magic.africa News, shows, stories & videos of magic, illusion, mentalism, sleight of hand and magical entertainment in AfricaMon, 10 Dec 2018 07:38:16 +0000en-ZAhourly1https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9Township youngster awarded magical scholarship from international magic legends Siegfried and Royhttps://www.magic.africa/news/township-youngster-awarded-magical-scholarship-from-international-magic-legends-siegfried-and-roy/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=township-youngster-awarded-magical-scholarship-from-international-magic-legends-siegfried-and-roy https://www.magic.africa/news/township-youngster-awarded-magical-scholarship-from-international-magic-legends-siegfried-and-roy/#respondFri, 23 Nov 2018 09:19:50 +0000https://www.magic.africa/?p=7238Young township junior magician Sesona Gagana as also awarded the much-coveted Siegfried and Roy Foundation Scholarship at the College of Magic’s annual graduation on Saturday 17 November 2018. Gagana recently returned from representing South Africa’s magical youth on a whirlwind educational tour of Las Vegas and New York.]]>

It’s been a magical year of note for young township junior magician Sesona Gagana – not only has he recently returned from representing South Africa’s magical youth on a whirlwind educational tour of Las Vegas and New York, but he was also awarded the much-coveted Siegfried and Roy Foundation Scholarship at the College of Magic’s annual graduation on Saturday 17 November 2018.

The 15-year-old teen illusionist from Khayelitsha is an ardent student of the magical arts who voraciously absorbs everything he can learn about close-up magic, stage magic, juggling and mime and clowning during his weekly lessons at the College of Magic, the only magical arts organisation of its kind in the world, in Claremont.

Each year, the College of Magic, now in its 38th year of teaching the art of magic and its allied arts as well as vital life-skills to children and adults, honours its exemplary students at two graduation ceremonies, one for the junior and one for the senior students. As part of their annual SARMOTI Grant to the College of Magic, Siegfried and Roy present a bursary in the form of a full year’s tuition to a most deserving senior student. The Siegfried and Roy Scholarship is awarded this year to Gagana as the most deserving Course 5 student for his excellent achievements. This magical allrounder goes into his final year of training at the College of Magic in 2019.

Having met Siegfried, one half of the world-renowned illusionist duo on his recent visit to Las Vegas, Gagana is absolutely thrilled with his scholarship:

“Magic has transformed my life so much this year. Travelling overseas for the first time and meeting my magical heroes was a dream come true and now I’ve been awarded this scholarship! Thank you so much to Siegfried and Roy and to the College – I promise to make you all so proud of me!”, says the excited teen magician.

Khayelitsha's star teen magician Sesona Gagana was awarded the Siegfried and Roy Scholarship at the College of Magic's 2018 Annual Graduation ceremony at Rondebosch Boys High School on Saturday 17 November 2018.

Khayelitsha’s star teen magician Sesona Gagana was awarded the Siegfried and Roy Scholarship at the College of Magic’s 2018 Annual Graduation ceremony at Rondebosch Boys High School on Saturday 17 November 2018. [Image credit: Andrew Klazinga]

The College of Magic, a non-profit organisation, is equally pleased with this honour:

“We are committed to helping our young students realise their dreams through the art of magic. To have two of magic’s most iconic performers support this initiative and assist us in helping Sesona achieve the impossible is an absolute privilege and honour“, says Yolandi van Jaarsveldt, CEO of the College of Magic.

As the top senior juggler at the College of Magic, Gagana was also awarded the Senior Juggling Shield – another award to be proud of and to encourage him to strive for excellence in his Course 6 year in 2019.

Experience the impossible with the College of Magic in 2019:

An enchanting new learning adventure awaits aspiring Harry Potters who would like to follow in Sesona’s footsteps as the College of Magic welcomes new wizardry recruits to its beginners’ programme, Course One, from Saturday 26 January 2019!

Course One will see the magicians-in-training explore the world of magic through a 15 week exciting and intensive diploma course which includes rope magic, card tricks and coin effects as well as an introduction to the allied arts, namely juggling, mime, clowning and puppetry.

This entry-level course is suitable for learners aged 10 to 13 years old. Course One will run at the College of Magic, 215 Imam Haron Road (previously Lansdowne Road) in Claremont each Saturday for six months from Saturday 26 January 2019 with classes at 09h00 and at 12h00. Fees are R 2950 and include all course equipment and notes, as well as participation in any or all of the allied arts on offer

Registration for the College of Magic’s 2019 Course One is now open. Call +27 (0) 21 683 5480 or send an email to info@collegeofmagic.com to secure your booking.

For more information about the College of Magic, please visit www.collegeofmagic.com

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A Success Story for Magic Africa Productionshttps://www.magic.africa/news/a-success-story-for-magic-africa-productions/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-success-story-for-magic-africa-productions https://www.magic.africa/news/a-success-story-for-magic-africa-productions/#respondThu, 08 Nov 2018 13:23:53 +0000https://www.magic.africa/?p=7038Our vision as an organisation is to grow the community of magic enthusiasts & performers in Africa. We managed to achieve "both" those goals with Sebastiano Olla. Through one of our productions, we were able to nurture his enthusiasm for magic into becoming a Surprise Guest in our "Monday Night Magic" show. ]]>

Our vision as an organisation is to grow the community of magic enthusiasts & performers in Africa. We managed to achieve “both” those goals with Sebastiano Olla. He’s been one of the most consistent supporters of our “Monday Night Magic” shows at our Cape Town Magic Club theatre company, from Season 1 to Season 7

Before attending our “Monday Night Magic” shows, Sebastiano was already interested in the art of magic. When he found out about the shows, Sebastiano & his wife started attending regularly, and the company of performers got to know him well. A few of the Magic Africa Productions’ Talent have even worked with him as their videographer on various projects.

The “Monday Night Magic” show on 5 November was particularly special for Sebastiano: due to a cancellation from one of our performers, Founder & Producer Marcel Oudejans asked Sebastiano if he could be a ‘surprise guest performer’ in the show. He performed brilliantly, given the time-frame to prepare for the performance, and as a result, he received his “Cape Town Magic Club” Performer Pin!

We consider this a success of our vision because we were able to:

  • inspire a person clearly enthusiastic about our art
  • encourage his support of our theatre company & performers, and
  • he spent the time to the learn & perfect great magic through performances, demonstrated by his performances on his vlog.

As a young organisation, we celebrate and share Sebastiano’s joy in becoming a Performer in our community, as a result of the opportunities we create through our productions and shows.

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Magic Man performs on South African televisionhttps://www.magic.africa/news/magic-man-performs-on-south-african-television/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=magic-man-performs-on-south-african-television https://www.magic.africa/news/magic-man-performs-on-south-african-television/#respondSat, 03 Nov 2018 14:51:44 +0000https://www.magic.africa/?p=7024Andrew Eland, better known by his stage persona "Magic Man", performed on SABC3's "Expresso Morning Show" on 1 November 2018.]]>

Andrew Eland, better known by his stage persona “Magic Man“, performed on SABC3‘s “Expresso Morning Show” on 2 November 2018.

Considered to be Africa’s top street illusionist, Magic Man amazed the host with his remarkable sleight-of-hand skills to promote Cape Town Magic Club‘s “Monday Night Magic” show, currently taking place at Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town, South Africa.

Monday Night Magic Season 7 (Cape Town)

Magic Man, as well magician Jacques le Sueur and side-show artist Li LauOne Crazy China” are also appearing at the 3rd annual Cape Town Busker’s Festival, taking place at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

Magic Man to feature in the 2018 Cape Town Buskers Festival

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16 Important Reasons Why You Should Book a Magician or Mentalist for Your Event or Partyhttps://www.magic.africa/event-planning-advice/16-important-reasons-booking-magician-mentalist-for-events-parties/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=16-important-reasons-booking-magician-mentalist-for-events-parties https://www.magic.africa/event-planning-advice/16-important-reasons-booking-magician-mentalist-for-events-parties/#respondWed, 31 Oct 2018 10:56:13 +0000https://www.magic.africa/?p=6846Looking for amazing event entertainment that is remarkable, memorable, versatile & engaging? We give you 16 reasons why you should consider booking a magician, mentalist or magical entertainer.]]>

If you’re currently planning for an event, party or function, you might be considering how you can entertain your guests. Often the enquiries we receive from our clients include the phrases “we want everyone to have fun”, “we want to do something different”, or “someone told us how amazing this performer is”.

Now assuming that you’ve never booked a magician, mentalist or magical entertainer for a performance before, you’re probably not aware that magical entertainment has many valuable, and often unique, ways in which these performance arts can make your event very special, extraordinary and memorable.

In this article, we’ll be revealing to you sixteen powerful reasons why a magician or mentalist should be your first choice when you need professional, engaging and wonderful entertainment.

1. Rarity And The Element Of Surprise

Despite what you may think, not many people have watched a magician performing live! This is not just the case in Africa, where magic as a performing art is exceptionally rare, but even European and North American audiences have seldom seen a live magic performance.

The most common forms of event entertainment, such as a live band, singers or a stand-up comedian, have already been experienced so frequently at functions and parties that guests are rarely surprised by the entertainment. Unfortunately, this is not the reaction you want and you certainly don’t want the situation where the entertainment is boring or “the same old thing”.

When you provide your guests with a magical experience, it’s important to remember how unusual it will be for them to experience live magic; it will certainly be surprising. And even if they are fortunate to have seen magic before, it’s unlikely that they’ll be bored by the performance because of the nature of how magic works: it’s a performance art that’s based on the element of surprise.

Professional Magician, André Hermanus, entertaining the crowds at a corporate event.
Professional Magician, André Hermanus, entertaining the crowds at a corporate event.

2. Constant And Consistent Surprises

People love delightful surprises and your magical entertainer will be able to offer so many opportunities to do just that – the fact you’ve booked a magician or mentalist (see point #1), the moments of laughter and wonder within the performance, how delighted everyone will be to be able to enjoy a performance together…

Perhaps the most under-appreciated aspect of an event is the element of surprise. Your guests will have an expectation of your event long before they arrive, and when they experience the entertainment value of a magician or mentalist, it’s guaranteed that they’ll have an enjoyable time with you.

Mentalist Alan Marriott reading the minds of audience members
Mentalist Alan Marriott reading the minds of audience members

3. It's FUN!

It’s the element most desired at an event but also the one that’s forgotten in the event planning process. Whether you’re planning a breakfast event with your VIPs, or you need to keep 1000 people busy, you really want them to have fun.

If you want your guests to laugh in surprise, scream in amazement, murmur in puzzlement, or just clap spontaneously in a moment-of-magic, a magical entertainer is for you.

Mentalist Andrew Klazinga baffling audiences during a stand-up show. [Photo credit: Andrew Gorman]
Mentalist Andrew Klazinga baffling audiences during a stand-up show. [Photo credit: Andrew Gorman]

4. Direct Audience Engagement, Interaction & Participation

Magical acts are – for the most part – all about directly engaging the audience. Unlike most performance art forms which are performed to the audience, magic is a performance with the audience: the magician or mentalist acknowledges the audience and communicates directly with them. The exception here is a silent or musically-driven act: this is when the artist is performing a manipulation or illusion to music; even in this case, the artist communicates directly but silently with the audience.

Whether the show happens on a stage, or in a less formal environment (such as a cocktail party), the performer is constantly talking directly to the audience and asking audience members to participate in the demonstration. For example, a mentalist would ask individuals to think of information which the mentalist reveals; an escapologist might ask people to lock him in chains; a sleight-of-hand artist might ask for random cards to be selected. In each of these cases, the performer is ensuring your guests are directly involved with the magical effect.

With this high level of participation, it is inevitable your audience will have a far greater sense of engagement – and memorability – than with art forms that don’t require direct interaction. Audiences enjoy seeing fellow audience members on stage because it gives a sense of living vicariously through the volunteers: it also confirms the magician is actually performing real magic!

Ryan Jones performing at the WP Rugby 2018 Golf Day. [Photo Credit: Gavin Withers Photography]
Ryan Jones performing at the WP Rugby 2018 Golf Day. [Photo Credit: Gavin Withers Photography]

5. Entertainment That Emotionally & Intellectually Engages Your Guests

A great performance requires the audience is both emotionally and intellectually stimulated. A magic or mentalism performance is perfectly suited for this. You may have sceptics who are watching the performer’s hands and will still be amazed by the performer’s skill. Others may prefer the banter, laughter and fun, regardless of the sleight-of-hand involved.

It doesn’t matter; almost everyone gets drawn into engaging with the performer and each other because of the very nature of the art of magical entertainment.

Mentalist Larry Soffer stunning the audience at an intimate performance. [Photo credit: Andrew Gorman]
Mentalist Larry Soffer stunning the audience at an intimate performance. [Photo credit: Andrew Gorman]

6. Increases The Remark-ability Of Your Event

“Do what you do so well, that the people who see you do it, will want to see you do it again, and tell their friends so that they can see you do it too.” – Walt Disney

Marketing experts worldwide agree: it is the ultimate goal to have people share their amazing experiences with their friends. But for that to happen, your guests have to experience something they can remark about.

And that’s why magic is such a powerful asset to your event; your guests will talk about their experience for years after your event is over. They’ll talk about the impossible things they saw and experienced, they’ll talk about the reactions of their fellow guests, and most importantly, they’ll talk about you and your amazing event.

Andrew 'Magic Man' Eland performing at a team building event for AutoTrader
Andrew 'Magic Man' Eland performing at a team building event for AutoTrader

7. Bespoke Tailoring & Customisation Of The Performance

One of the unique aspects of magical entertainment is the opportunity for the artist to integrate a desired message (or branding) into a performance.

It could mean the performer creates a personalised piece of magic for the birthday boy, or facilitating the CEO doing a magic trick, or incorporating a company’s message, slogan or logo into their performance. Magic performances are a great canvas for creating tailored or customised experiences.

By using live entertainment to deliver your message, you dramatically increase the memorability of your company, branding and message because your guests will make the mental associations required to remember you by.

Corporate Magician Marcel Oudejans delivering his clients' value message during a national product roadshow
Corporate Magician Marcel Oudejans delivering his clients' value message during a national product roadshow

8. Visual Stimulation = Memorability

Psychologically, our eyes and brains are trained to follow visual stimulus; it’s part of our survival mechanism. Magic frequently involves interesting, colourful, and unusual props – which mean your audience will be captivated by the activity on stage.

However, this is not a mutually exclusive benefit; many blind people enjoy the art of magic, even when they cannot see what the performer is doing. [Read our article “Now You See It, Now You Don’t: My Experience of Magic as a Blind Person” written by guest author, Lois Strachan for an unique insight.]

By engaging more of your guests’ senses, you dramatically improve the memorability of your event, so visually captivating entertainment such as magic will help you get more value from hosting the event.

Magician Andrew Herring performing on stage at his corporate client's product launch
Magician Andrew Herring performing on stage at his corporate client's product launch

9. Mystery And Wonder ... Consistently

Who doesn’t love a good mystery story, or doesn’t want to see wonderful things happen? A performance of magic is designed to create a visceral experience of amazement, astonishment, mystery and wonder unlike any other art form with as much versatility, given the vast majority of event scenarios.

Mentalist & magician Brendon Peel consistently surprises audiences with his remarkable mental abilities. [Photo credit: Andrew Gorman]
Mentalist & magician Brendon Peel consistently surprises audiences with his remarkable mental abilities. [Photo credit: Andrew Gorman]

10. Great Photos Of Your Guests Reactions

If you are booking a photographer to capture visual memories of your event, a magician or mentalism is a perfect combination. There’s no other art form that will allow the photographer to capture delight, surprise, wonder, shock and laughter like magic. We constantly receive photographs of audience reactions that make the photos not only excellent snaps of the event but ensure the memories of the time with your guests are unforgettable.

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Marcel Oudejans performing a interactive close-up magic show

11. An Escape From Reality

One of reasons why people enjoy entertainment at an event is because it can provide an “escape from reality”. Similar to the experience of getting lost in a good book or movie, your guests want to be taken on a journey into a world of imagination – or at least, forget about the stresses of the day leading up to your event.

When planning an event, unless you have a magic or mentalism show, it would be difficult to create this experience; it might very strange to play a movie or see a theatrical performance at an event or function. Even stand-up comedy is mostly based on observation, which is a direct commentary on reality.

What makes a magic performance so special is that it captivates people’s attention so much that they forget about their anxieties and concerns and are transported to a reality where anything is possible.

As an added bonus, using a close-up or strolling magician as pre-dinner entertainment is an excellent way to ‘break the ice’, create an atmosphere of fun, and give your guests reasons to interact with each other, helping to overcome social anxiety.

Bryan Miles, star of TV's "One Day With Bryan Miles" show, creates laughter as he delves into people's minds. [Photo credit: Andrew Gorman]
Bryan Miles, star of TV's "One Day With Bryan Miles" show, creates laughter as he delves into people's minds. [Photo credit: Andrew Gorman]

12. Versatile Entertainment, Regardless Of The Size Of Your Event

Given the myriad of event scenarios, where your event could be large and dynamic or small and intimate, there is a style of magic or mentalism performance that will suit your entertainment requirements. Our professional artists have experience in adapting their performances from two people in a restaurant, 2000 people in a conference centre, to two million people on live television.

There will always be a show that matches the flow of your event, whether it’s an informal cocktail party, business breakfast, gala dinner, wedding, or even a private gathering of family and friends.

"Magician Insane" Russell Fox delights guests at a charity fundraiser show. [Photo credit: Miss Hepburn Photography[
"Magician Insane" Russell Fox delights guests at a charity fundraiser show. [Photo credit: Miss Hepburn Photography[

13. Packs Small, Plays Big

Unless you are booking an illusion show – which is appropriate for large-scale events – a magic show doesn’t require a huge performance space. All professional magical entertainers are able to design and perform a show that packs into a cabin-luggage-size suitcase. Don’t be fooled though: the props and audience volunteers still make for a BIG show.

South African magician Jacques le Sueur steals an audience member's watch
South African magician Jacques le Sueur steals an audience member's watch during Cape Town Magic Club's "Monday Night Magic" show. Photo credit: Andrew Gorman

14. Flexible Professionals Performers That Can Handle Almost Any Situation

An experienced professional performing artist will be able to handle virtually any situation that can happen at your event. For example, you need the performer to fill in any delays, or you need an MC, or even when AV equipment fails – this is where the experience of a professional is invaluable.

You can rest assured your entertainer will help to their best ability to keep your audience entertained even when things don’t go as planned.

Magician Jesse Brooks delights the bridal couple at their wedding.
Magician Jesse Brooks delights the bridal couple at their wedding.

15. Variety!

Magic and mentalism acts have an extremely high level of variety to engage your audience. Each professional act is unique, and each artist endeavours to provide variety within their performance. Here is just a short list of the different things you could see in a show: card magic, visual illusion, mind-reading, predictions, escapes, story effects, appearances, visual changes, restorations, telekinesis… just to name a few.

Once a magical act reaches a professional level, the performer normally has several shows and dozens of magical effects that can be performed. Even if you booked the same entertainer several times (which is not unusual), there’ll always be something new to experience.

Glamipulator Olwethu Dyanti delights audiences with visual illusion
Glamipulator Olwethu Dyanti delights audiences with visual illusion

16. Entertainment That's Appropriate Even For Sensitive Audiences

Acknowledging there is a vast spectrum as to what people may consider to be appropriate entertainment, magical entertainment appeals to everyone. The entertainment and comedy aren’t based on people’s race, religion or politics, so it’s extremely unusual for audiences to be offended. Given how important it is to create a comfortable experience for your guests, you can be confident in knowing that a magical entertainer will not offend your audience.

Magician Greg Gelb fascinates an audience at a corporate golf day. [Photo Credit: Gavin Withers Photography]
Magician Greg Gelb fascinates an audience at a corporate golf day. [Photo Credit: Gavin Withers Photography]

We hope that these sixteen reasons have given you a new perspective on the unique value of magical entertainment so that if you’re looking for a remarkable, memorable, versatile and engaging experience for your guests, you’ll consider contacting us for your upcoming event or function.

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“Spooky side of magic explored” – HeraldLivehttps://www.magic.africa/news/spooky-side-of-magic-explored-heraldlive/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=spooky-side-of-magic-explored-heraldlive https://www.magic.africa/news/spooky-side-of-magic-explored-heraldlive/#respondMon, 29 Oct 2018 07:14:00 +0000https://www.magic.africa/?p=6840"The art of illusion takes a seasonally scary twist on Wednesday, October 31 when Brendon Peel and Li Lau present Cabaret Magic: A Halloween Special at the Savoy Theatre."]]>

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Cabaret Magic – A Halloween Special (Port Elizabeth)

 

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One of South Africa‘s most-loved ‘street magic‘ performers, Andrew ‘Magic Man’ Eland, returns to the country for the Summer of 2018/2019, starting with public performances at the upcoming third Cape Town Buskers Festival from 1 to 11 November at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

Magic Man “…will be wowing the crowds with his very special brand of magic that has seen him travel the world. He is joined on the programme by a number of other magicians performing various acts” according to the festival’s website.

From U2 to the Rolling Stones, Magic Man has entertained stars and celebrities worldwide, and performed at top nightspots across Europe, North America, Japan and South Korea. He has amazed audiences at the Edinburgh Festival and on the finest cruise-lines in the world and is the only conjurer to have headlined at every casino and comedy club in South Africa. In 2018, he has performed at numerous street festivals across Canada & Europe.

The city’s third Buskers Festival will run between 1 and 11 November – with the performers taking a break on 6 and 7 November. The festival is partnered and sponsored by the V&A Waterfront as an extension of the platform it provides to performers to showcase their talent across the property. Also featured on the line-up are Bill Ferguson (“a master of crowd control and hand-eye coordination: he’s one of the best non-juggling jugglers in the world”), Cape Town Freestylers with their football talents, Hungarian Imré who performs acrobatic stunts, as well as musical acts. The festival organisers have promised just under 40 acts across 269 performances.

All performances are free-of-charge to the public, who are encouraged to support the buskers in the traditional way: by putting money into the performer’s hat.

Find out more about the Cape Town Buskers Festival at www.ctbuskersfestival.co.za or follow the #CTbuskers tag on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

Magic Man will also be performing in the seventh season of Cape Town Magic Club‘s “Monday Night Magic” show, currently running at the Artscape Theatre Centre, appearing on the evenings of 5, 12 and 26 November.

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Capetonian illusionist, Olwethu Dyanti, has been featured on Beautiful News, a South African website that “celebrates the extraordinary fabric of human nature that binds our nation.”

“As a young kid it was a miracle for me to see someone making furniture fly …I just want to share that.”

Olwethu Dyanti
View the full article at https://beautifulnews.co.za/stories/olwethu-dyantyi
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Referee’s Match Report: “Magic vs Mentalism” on 9 October 2018https://www.magic.africa/stories/referees-match-report-magic-vs-mentalism-on-9-october-2018/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=referees-match-report-magic-vs-mentalism-on-9-october-2018 https://www.magic.africa/stories/referees-match-report-magic-vs-mentalism-on-9-october-2018/#respondFri, 12 Oct 2018 12:52:48 +0000https://www.magic.africa/?p=6543For centuries there has been the constant debate amongst conjurers, namely “which is better: Magic or Mentalism?” On Tuesday 9 October 2018, Magic.Africa decided to put an end to this debate. "Match referee" Greg Gelb reports.]]>

For centuries there has been the constant debate amongst conjurers, namely “which is better: Magic or Mentalism?”

On Tuesday 9 October, Magic Africa decided to put an end to this debate.

We located the perfect arena for this fight, café Roux in Cape Town’s CBD, where we had a veteran from each discipline take to the stage to battle it out. Representing the discipline of Magic was veteran corporate magician and producer of Cape Town Magic Club, Marcel Oudejans. Representing the Mentalism discipline hailing all the way from Port Elizabeth, Brendon Peel, international mind boggler and entertainer. Of course to ensure fairness and that there were no cheap shots taken during the match, we had Greg Gelb, professional comedy magician who called it like it is:“rather exciting”.

This was how the match worked:

There were three rounds, each round giving each discipline the opportunity to entertain the crowds. But there was a trick (because we are after all… magicians….): The first round, each competitor performed in their preferred discipline (Marcel Magic, Brendon Mentalism). Round two, however, the fighters swapped disciplines (Marcel Mentalism, Brendon Magic). Then Round three it switched back to normal like in Round one.

After each round, the audience decided which discipline they enjoyed more and marked their choices on a ballot, and at the end, they were collected and tallied up for a final verdict.

It was close. As close as it gets. 68 votes to 66, Mentalism took the cup. Magic did well coming 2nd place, but well you know what they say… what matters is how you finish, and by looking at the picture I guess we can say we all won… except mentalism actually won.

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“Life Tricks From A Magician, Plus How To Make A Coin Disappear” – Men’sHealthhttps://www.magic.africa/stories/life-tricks-from-a-magician-plus-how-to-make-a-coin-disappear-menshealth/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=life-tricks-from-a-magician-plus-how-to-make-a-coin-disappear-menshealth https://www.magic.africa/stories/life-tricks-from-a-magician-plus-how-to-make-a-coin-disappear-menshealth/#respondWed, 10 Oct 2018 10:08:53 +0000https://www.magic.africa/?p=6377Men'sHealth Magazine interviews 'Mo Magic', one of very few South African magicians to have had his own TV show. Follow his advice to trick your way to the top.]]>]]>https://www.magic.africa/stories/life-tricks-from-a-magician-plus-how-to-make-a-coin-disappear-menshealth/feed/0Life Tricks From A Magician Plus How To Make A Coin Disappear Men s HealthMagic vs Mentalism : a show that shows the differencehttps://www.magic.africa/news/magic-vs-mentalism-a-show-that-shows-the-difference/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=magic-vs-mentalism-a-show-that-shows-the-difference https://www.magic.africa/news/magic-vs-mentalism-a-show-that-shows-the-difference/#respondWed, 03 Oct 2018 08:58:07 +0000https://www.magic.africa/?p=6112Magic is magic is magic, right? Well, yes and no. At Café Roux Cape Town on Tues 9 Oct 2018 you’ll get the chance to get a closer look at – and gain a better understanding of - two significantly separate disciplines when veteran Marcel Oudejans pits his years of visual illusion and sleight of hand skills up against the mentalism and mind-reading of the award-winning Brendon Peel.]]>

Magic is magic is magic, right? Well, yes and no. It’s all magic at the end of the day, but there are different types of magic beneath that wider umbrella.

Magician Marcel Oudejans

Magician Marcel Oudejans

At Café Roux Cape Town on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 [Click here for info] you’ll get the chance to get a closer look at – and gain a better understanding of – two significantly separate disciplines when veteran Marcel Oudejans pits his years of visual illusion and sleight of hand skills up against the mentalism and mind-reading of the award-winning Brendon Peel, in a match refereed by fellow magician Greg Gelb.

This is an all-new concept in which the two performers will bring out their big guns to impress the audience…and then they’ll swop and do each others! After a final round back in their own comfort zones, the spectators will be invited to vote for their favourite and one man will be crowned the winner.

Do you prefer a dazzling card trick, or will an extreme feat of memory sway you from Marcel to Brendon? Who will reign supreme in this battle of wits and wizards? You hold their fate in your hands.

Café Roux in Noordhoek and the Cape Town CBD is a longtime supporter of local music and performing arts; this is the first time it’s hosting a magic show and certainly not the last.

About the Competitors:

Mentalist Brendon Peel

Mentalist Brendon Peel

Marcel Oudejans is one of those rare magicians who is less interested in accumulating accolades from his peers than he is in creating amazing and unforgettable experiences for his audiences. Oudejans has been a full-time professional magician since 2003 and in that time has entertained hundreds of blue-chip corporate audiences, high-profile executives and at international conferences, casinos, and luxury hotels. He’s been the producer of Cape Town Magic Club since 2016.

Brendon Peel is an award-winning mentalist hailing from Port Elizabeth. Peel has performed at every National Arts Festival in Grahamstown/Makana since 2011 with solo hit shows such as Think Twice, Magic Through the Ages, and Mind Over Magic. He has also performed all South Africa in theatre festivals, as well as being booked for large corporate events. In 2017, Peel won the South African Theatre Magazine “Performer of the Year” award.

**PLEASE NOTE: DINNER FROM 6.30/7PM. SHOW AT 8.30PM

“Magic vs Mentalism” starring Marcel Oudejans & Brendon Peel (Cape Town)

 

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How you can add ‘Magic’ to your wedding reception partyhttps://www.magic.africa/event-planning-advice/how-you-can-add-magic-to-your-wedding-reception-party/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-you-can-add-magic-to-your-wedding-reception-party https://www.magic.africa/event-planning-advice/how-you-can-add-magic-to-your-wedding-reception-party/#respondThu, 20 Sep 2018 09:18:20 +0000https://www.magic.africa/?p=5627Brides and grooms often want entertainment at their wedding reception. Why not let your guests rediscover wonder with the aid of a magician – either as a close-up table-side performer or walk-around magic - whilst the guests are standing around?]]>

What makes a wedding event memorable? Why would you need one?

Essentially it will be a memory hook whereby emotions are coupled to certain aspects of an event.

Here’s a test – which is easier to remember? An exciting, wonderful or traumatic experience from your childhood, or what you ate for lunch last Friday? Which memory is more vivid? Unless you have a very unique brain, or a plane crashed two blocks away while you were having lunch last Friday, the childhood memory is probably the easiest to recall, even though it was much farther in the past.

Magician Andrew Herring performing for the guests at a wedding reception

Magician Andrew Herring performing for the guests at a wedding reception

Weddings are truly magical events of love. But one thing can make them more magical: a magician.

A wedding is “theatre”. As such it needs to flow. There should be no dead time. Often this is not always the case. Whilst the bride and groom are busy with their photo shoot the guests are milling around. Some are bored. Most likely, the people at your wedding don’t all know each other. Thus a wedding is either impressive or utterly boring.

As a bride or groom, you’re probably too busy or nervous to notice how your guests are fairing. Remember, your guests will very seldom have something negative to say about your wedding. It’s not often that guests are truthful about what they thought about your wedding.

A wedding function has its own unique memorable elements due to various emotions at play. Be it the décor, wedding dress, food, ambience, etc. most guests will form a memory hook to this event, but here’s the problem – over time details of the event fades. Sure, a few guests will remember the food, décor, wedding dress, ambience, but this will be the minority of the guests who were emotionally connected.

So what’s the best way to form an emotional attachment to an event?

Memory hooks! Emotional response triggers the memory of the event even after a long passage of time

Often magicians are approached by people from all age groups (10 – 80) relating a magic effect they vividly recalled performed by a family member or friend when they were very young – ages of four or five is not uncommon! This is the power of magic.

Magician & Mentalist Larry Soffer performing close-up entertainment for guests

Magician & Mentalist Larry Soffer performing close-up entertainment for guests

Brides and grooms often want entertainment at their wedding reception. There is usually a DJ at the reception. Hopefully, the DJ is professional and truly understands the dynamics of a wedding reception. In addition, the music is not loud and impersonal and distracting from the conversation. Despite the solo harpist/violinist adding to the ambience they often, if not careful, dissipate into the background and become invisible. Moreover, all of these ideas are played out, nothing breaks new ground. No one will leave the event saying they experienced something different or memorable as far as entertainment is concerned.

Why not let your guests rediscover wonder with the aid of a magician – either as a close-up table-side performer or walk-around magic – whilst the guests are standing around? Wonder and laughter are the two emotions which act as memory hooks that enable the recall of a memorable occasion!

If you wish to achieve a lasting impression at your wedding event, THINK MAGIC!

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Double gold trophies, glory and Junior Magician titles for terrific township duo!https://www.magic.africa/news/double-gold-trophies-glory-and-junior-magician-titles-for-terrific-township-duo/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=double-gold-trophies-glory-and-junior-magician-titles-for-terrific-township-duo https://www.magic.africa/news/double-gold-trophies-glory-and-junior-magician-titles-for-terrific-township-duo/#respondTue, 11 Sep 2018 16:29:26 +0000https://www.magic.africa/?p=5616An atmosphere of euphoria and cries of jubilation were felt and heard by all as Khayelitsha’s terrific township duo Anele Dyasi and Dion Wabanie were crowned the 2018 Western Cape Junior Close-Up and Stage Magician champions, respectively, at Bergvliet High School on Saturday 8 September 2018.]]>

An atmosphere of euphoria and cries of jubilation were felt and heard by all as Khayelitsha’s terrific township duo Anele Dyasi and Dion Wabanie were crowned the 2018 Western Cape Junior Close- Up and Stage Magician champions, respectively, at Bergvliet High School on Saturday 8 September 2018.

The Championships, hosted annually by the College of Magic, Cape Town’s only magical arts organisation, tests the competitors’ mettle in showmanship, visual appeal, presentation, technique, originality and entertainment value.

Going wand to wand with seven of their equally talented teenage peers, Dyasi (20) and Wabanie (20) pulled out all the stops to thrill audiences with an elegant money-centric close-up magic act and a hilarious sponge ball manipulation and comedy act.

Dyasi, a student at Northlink College and an experienced international magical contest competitor, having competed in the 2015 South African Magic Championships and at the International College Magic Convention in Beijing, China, is ecstatic to finally clinch the Close-Up title:

“I’ve been competing in the Western Cape Junior Magic Champs since 2011. This is my fifth competition and I have finally won. I am so very excited!”, says the happy champion.

A stunned Wabanie, a captivating performer with aspirations of cooking up all kinds of culinary wonders as a chef someday, is in awe of his Stage magic champion award:

“This was the second time I entered to compete in the Championships and I won! I am so honoured and encourage other teen magicians to enter too. It is amazing!” says the proud winner.

In addition to their Western Cape Junior Magician titles and awards, the young champions were each awarded a much coveted performance slot at the prestigious Cape Town Magic Club, which opens the seventh season of its Monday Night Magic series at the Artscape Theatre on Monday 1 October 2018, by Club producer and founder Marcel Oudejans.

In a tense and exciting battle to charm audiences and judges alike, this year’s Championships’ runners-up, in Close-Up Magic, Siphesihle Ndayi (20), from Khayelitsha, and Luvo Mrolota (18), from Nyanga in Stage Magic, missed out on the titles by just half a point and 1 point in their respective categories.

The dazzling duo, who astounded audiences with a wondrous original paper cup, ice-block and pizza close-up routine and a breath-taking classics of magic Stage illusion performance, are in high spirits and proud of their runner-up trophies:

“To see months of hard work and preparation come to life on stage, to know that we gave it our all and still be recognised for it, is a huge honour. We look forward to going for gold again in 2019!”, say the thrilled youngsters.

This year’s Supreme Up-and-Coming Supreme magic Trophy, which recognises the most promising contestant with successful performance skills and great potential, was awarded to Sahil Samlal. The 15-year-old from Century City will soon be representing South Africa on a magical tour of Las Vegas and New York, the entertainment and magic capitals of the world.

“2018 has already being such an incredible year, having been selected to meet my magical heroes in the USA and now being recognised for my passion and progress in the art of magic! I am beyond excited to see what the rest of the year holds”, says the aspiring professional magician.

The people’s choice award, the coveted 2018 Street Magician of the Year, went to an excited 13 year old from Khayelitsha, Mbalentle Mahlasela.

Each year, a panel of esteemed judges from across a multitude of entertainment fields, adjudicate this ultimate teenage battle of the wands. Stuart Taylor, a renowned South African comedian, an award-winning magician and a graduate of the College of Magic, was delighted with the standard of magic acts seen at this year’s Championships:

“What an amazing show these young kids put on for us! The standard of magic performances was really high – so well done to the finalists.I know how tough these magical competitions can be because I used to compete in them. My advice to aspiring contestants is to experiment with their acts, be true to who they are and try many things – you never know what will impress future judges!”, says the celebrated entertainer.

The College of Magic, now in its 38th year of teaching the art of magic and its allied arts as well as vital life-skills to children and adults, has hosted the Championships for more than 30 years.

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Magic Africa Productions is extremely fortunate to have a fan and a friend in Johann Kupferburger, who is bringing the experience of a lifelong career in theatre to its endeavours. As the organisation’s newly appointed ‘theatre liaison’, Kupferburger hopes to assist Marcel Oudejans – and other entrepreneurs and magicians – in facilitating the booking of appropriate venues, consulting on technical aspects, budgets and related matters.

“Also, to spread the word about magic as entertainment, and the veritable wealth of magic talent in Cape Town within my industry, and help grow the audience for this wonderful form of entertainment,” he says.

“You don’t really get into magic… magic gets into YOU! Ask any magician!”

Johann Kupferburger

Kupferburger was bitten by the theatre bug in the late 1970s, while still at school, when Robert Kirby and Terry Lester let him hang around the old Academy Theatre in Braamfontein. A Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Art at Wits University followed and during the ensuing three decades, Kupferburger has worked as a stage manager, general manager or company manager for nearly all theatres and production managements in South Africa. Currently, he manages the local and international tours of the large-scale musicals, and recent tours have included countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, New Zealand and Tokyo.

“Having begun as an assistant stage manager, I was always attracted to the technical and administrative aspects of theatre and had the good fortune to work with some of the most well-respected production managers, designers and directors in the business,” shares Kupferburger.

During the past 30 years, Kupferburger says almost every show he has worked on has been a highlight, each in a different way, but a world tour of Singin’ in the Rain stands out as particularly special. “Also, touring to Tokyo for the first time with Evita was a wonderful experience,” he adds.

Johann Kupferburger (r), Magic Africa Productions new theatre liason, poses with Marcel Oudejans, Founder & Executive Producer of Cape Town Magic Club, at the opening of Monday Night Magic Season 3

Johann Kupferburger (r), Magic Africa Productions new theatre liason, poses with Marcel Oudejans, Founder & Executive Producer of Cape Town Magic Club, at the opening of Monday Night Magic Season 3

Kupferburger is no stranger to magic, and it’s natural and appropriate he should gravitate towards Magic Africa and it’s theatre company, Cape Town Magic Club; he is already ranked as Monday Night Magic’s number one fan, having attended over 30 shows during its six seasons to date.

“In the right hands, even the simplest trick can be perceived as a major or minor miracle.”

Johann Kupferburger

As a magician himself, Kupferburger says the level of talent seen in these shows was something to which he could aspire. “The line-up was always varied and hugely entertaining. It was great to get to know Marcel and other performers, and as a dedicated magic hobbyist/amateur, every Monday was always immensely inspiring and enjoyable.”

As for how he got into magic in the first place, Kupferburger laughs: “You don’t really get into magic… magic gets into YOU! Ask any magician. But probably, like most magicians and enthusiasts, seeing my first magician while at preprimary school. I developed more interest through my high school career with a friend, whose dad was a magician.”

“We performed a dove act and substitution trunk illusion to great acclaim (we thought!) at various variety concerts. I am old enough to have had to visit brick and mortar magic shops in the days before online shopping! To this day, I have always enjoyed performing close up magic to friends, family, and colleagues.”

Magic is all about turning your assumptions and expectations against you, says Kupferburger, who believes the thing that differentiates “tricks” from “magic” is not the props but the effect. “And the effect depends on presentation. In the right hands, even the simplest trick can be perceived as a major or minor miracle.”

In Kupferburger’s undisputedly expert opinion, magic is becoming more and more popular in the theatre landscape; one only has to look at the success of The Illusionists which packed out Grand West Arena and Teatro at Montecasino earlier this year. “Close-up and ‘parlour’ magic for intimate audiences is also growing, and thanks to events like Monday Night Magic, the public are tuning into the idea that magic is not simply the old cliché of rabbits out of hats at children’s parties!” he says.

“At the heart of the appeal of magic is WONDER, the turning-upside-down of our beliefs about how the world works. It’s a powerful art form. It restores the sense of astonishment we knew as children, which is why mature and sober adults have been known to yelp, cackle and applaud wildly at a performance by a good magician. Encountering impossibility is fun, but can also be profound in reminding us how much of life remains mysterious.”

While he remains Monday Night Magic’s most loyal supporter, Kupferburger will sadly be missing most of season seven, which launches on October 1, 2018, at Artscape Theatre Centre. “It’s another fabulous line- up, in a new exciting venue but I will be in Johannesburg with Matilda- The Musical

“I suppose there are always Kulula flights from Lanseria on Mondays,” he laughs…

Cape Town Magic Club’s Monday Night Magic Season 7 starts at Artscape Theatre Centre on 1 October 2018. Click here for more information.

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‘Magic’ vs ‘Tricks’: what’s the difference? A professional magician explainshttps://www.magic.africa/stories/magic-vs-tricks-whats-the-difference-a-professional-magician-explains/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=magic-vs-tricks-whats-the-difference-a-professional-magician-explains https://www.magic.africa/stories/magic-vs-tricks-whats-the-difference-a-professional-magician-explains/#respondMon, 03 Sep 2018 17:49:40 +0000https://www.magic.africa/?p=5411There is an old adage: "You can teach a dog tricks but you cannot teach it magic." It begs the question: 'magic' versus 'tricks' – is there a difference? Professional Magician André Hermanus explains.]]>

There is an old adage: “You can teach a dog tricks but you cannot teach it magic.” It begs the question: ‘magic’ versus ‘tricks’ – is there a difference?

No two magicians will feel the same way about this topic and I don’t consider myself an expert, but it’s important to develop one’s own thoughts on this subject. Paying attention to audience reactions, and doing a post-mortem of our shows, can reveal a great deal about whether our performance was magic or magical and there is a difference. It is equivalent to something being ‘real‘ or ‘unreal‘.

Witnessing a car accident on our way home from work is different from a car accident in a movie scene. The one is real and the other is unreal. As such, our emotional feeling will be different. Audiences can also be polite: that often makes it difficult to ascertain if they were truly convinced and absorbed in our performance. I once read how a certain magician would rush off to the bathroom after his show, lock himself in the toilet to eavesdrop on what people had to say about his show. This would provide a more objective and honest opinion about the performance!

Magic is a theatrical art and it’s a combination of science, psychology, drama, misdirection, specific principles and digital dexterity. By misdirecting the senses, the magician gives the mental impression of a supernatural agency at work – creating the illusion of impossibility in an entertaining way.

On the other hand, a trick is merely a piece of digital dexterity minus a proper set-up and entertainment value.

A trick sets up an intellectual challenge of an audience by conveying how good and clever we are.

Magic, on the other hand, takes the same trick and weaves it around mystery, storytelling, allegory, and metaphors to create an enchanting piece of theatre. Thus the audience will be suspended in disbelief and ‘forget’ about the intellectual challenge.

André Hermanus focuses on 'magic' rather than 'tricks' to entertain his audiences.

André Hermanus focuses on ‘magic’ rather than ‘tricks’ to entertain his audiences.

When we watch a brilliant movie we become involved in the storyline and we don’t sit wondering about technical details such as how the movie was made, where the director was sitting, how the lighting technician was able to control the light etc. A second rate movie, on the other hand, interferes with our suspension of disbelief: poor acting, conflicting genres, inconsistencies, lack of continuity, muddled plots, etc. only serve to annoy as oppose to entertain an audience. It interferes with our suspension of disbelief.

If a musician misses a beat or a chord he carries on and the audience can still enjoy the music, whereas if you flash a palmed coin, the illusion is destroyed and the trick pretty much comes to an abrupt end.

In a magic performance the lack of timing, rhythm, plot, theme, scripting, or unrehearsed or confusing magic, can all distract and render a magic performance to ‘clever tricks’. By properly engaging an audience we can diffuse the intellectual challenge and create magic.

To reframe the word “magic” let’s call it “astonishment”.

Astonishment is built into our psyche very much like fear. When someone scares us we are moved on an emotional level and something within our psyche is enabled. Similarly, when we are astonished we are moved on an emotional level and something within our psyche is enabled – even though deep down inside we know that what we are witnessing cannot be possible. Suspension of disbelief!

Tricks, however, are ‘puzzles’ as they do not suspend our disbelief. When we watch a scary movie we know that the actors are merely acting out a role and if they do this correctly we become emotionally hooked.

To conclude; magic engages an audience so that they can suspend their disbelief and forget [or no longer care – Ed] about the effect is done.

A trick is simply a ‘tool’ to unleash our ‘cleverness’…

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https://www.magic.africa/stories/magic-vs-tricks-whats-the-difference-a-professional-magician-explains/feed/0André Hermanus amazes crowdsAndré Hermanus focuses on 'magic' rather than 'tricks' to entertain his audiences.
Becoming A Full Time Magicianhttps://www.magic.africa/interviews/becoming-a-full-time-magician/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=becoming-a-full-time-magician https://www.magic.africa/interviews/becoming-a-full-time-magician/#respondTue, 28 Aug 2018 11:37:40 +0000https://www.magic.africa/?p=5229Sebastiano Olla chats to Greg Gelb about Gelb changing careers to become a full-time magician.]]>

Sebastiano Olla chats to Greg Gelb about Gelb changing careers to become a full-time magician.

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Mentalist Brendon Peel To Astound Audiences With His ‘Hocus Pocus’ South African Tourhttps://www.magic.africa/interviews/mentalist-brendon-peel-to-astound-audiences-with-his-hocus-pocus-south-african-tour/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mentalist-brendon-peel-to-astound-audiences-with-his-hocus-pocus-south-african-tour https://www.magic.africa/interviews/mentalist-brendon-peel-to-astound-audiences-with-his-hocus-pocus-south-african-tour/#respondTue, 28 Aug 2018 09:42:32 +0000https://www.magic.africa/?p=5213From table magic beginnings in his hometown of Port Elizabeth to international stages, award-winning mentalist Brendon Peel is currently touring his latest solo show, Hocus Pocus, around South Africa in 2018.]]>

From table magic beginnings in his hometown of Port Elizabeth to international stages, award-winning mentalist Brendon Peel is currently touring his latest solo show, Hocus Pocus, around South Africa in 2018. [Click here to see upcoming show dates]

“Essentially mentalism is magic of the mind, whereby I am using a mixture of actual psychological principles, suggestion, memorisation techniques, with some traditional old-school magic trickery,” explains Peel. “All blended together, these allow me to create the illusion of really getting inside your mind.”

It doesn’t always go as planned though…

Brendon Peel, winner of the SATMag 2017 "Performer of the Year" award. [Photo credit: Duncan Errington]

Brendon Peel, winner of the SATMag 2017 “Performer of the Year” award. [Photo credit: Duncan Errington]

In 2014, Peel was booked to perform his mentalism and mind reading routine by an India-based tour group comprising members from all over the world. Ten minutes before show time, the event organiser informed Peel most of the people in the room couldn’t speak or understand English very well.

“For those of you who don’t know, mentalism involves a lot of talking and engagement and communication with people, so going on to do a mentalism show was going to be quite challenging,” recalls Peel.

“It was near impossible to do what I planned. I could see I was losing the crowd, so halfway through my act, I just pulled out a deck of cards and started doing random card tricks for the last half hour which they actually seemed to enjoy as there was not much verbal communication.

“I did kind of save myself by thinking on my feet but it was definitely the roughest gig of my life. By the end of the night everyone in the crowd was so drunk they coerced me to dance… and I don’t dance, so it was an overall nightmare.”

As a prolific performer – over the past eight years he has written, produced and appeared in 11 different shows – it’s important for Peel to keep things fresh and exciting, with each performance having its own unique experience and effects.

“Generally speaking, I tend to find inspiration for different tricks, illusions, or effects in very odd places,” he says. “This means I tend to have hundreds of different ideas for illusions, some of which are more traditional than others.”

Brendon Peel performing at the National Arts Festival 2018

Brendon Peel performing at the National Arts Festival 2018

The repetition of performing “crowd favourites” is a good thing, says Peel, which he does mainly during his walk-around routine. “However, when performing shows at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown each year, for example, I do like to come back with new and different ideas that keep the audience on their toes and not knowing what to expect,” he says. “One of the first things I ever learnt when starting magic, was ‘never do the same trick or illusion for the same audience twice as it takes away the element of surprise’. This is a mantra I tend to perform by.”

Peel thinks about his next illusion every day but says he never forces it. He describes his process: “When inspiration hits, I will quickly write it down on one of the multiple notepads that I have in my room. Strangely, whenever it rains, inspiration tends to strike. Once I have written down a load of ideas I will then string together different effects or illusion ideas I have written down and see what could work best together, and to see what is even possible to do.

“Once I am happy in the formulation of a show I then get to practising each part and ‘scripting’ what I plan to say in each segment. I say ‘scripting’ as I do also adlib quite a lot in my shows as this creates an organic and natural feel to the show. This entire process of birth to the creation of a show can take anywhere from one week to one year.”

“… I tend to have hundreds of different ideas for illusions, some of which are more traditional than others.”

Brendon Peel

Beginning acting a good four or five years before he was even interested in the notion of magic, Peel has been on stage for about 18 years now. “Without a shadow of a doubt, acting has definitely helped me to become a good performer in magic,” he says. “It helped me build that confidence needed to go on stage, it helped me in understanding theatre and stage layout, in writing and directing a show, and of course it helped in pronunciation, diction, and projection of the voice.

“All these factors have helped me so much over the years in being able to portray a trick on stage for many people, and allow everyone in the room to connect with what is going on even if they are not physically on stage at the time.” Confidence is one of the most important qualities a performer needs, says Peel: “No matter what you do, if you do it with confidence it will look good.”

Mentalist Brendon Peel performs at Cape Town Magic Club

Mentalist Brendon Peel performs at Cape Town Magic Club [Photo credit: Andrew Gorman]

As for additional skills, Peel says he has always been excellent with numbers so playing to his strengths like this is something he thoroughly enjoys. “Another example is that when I was young, I memorised every country in the world, every national flag, capital, and where they are in the world. Having this knowledge in my mind has pushed me to create new memorisation feats that have never been seen before.

“This being said, I only perform and create these types of effects that I enjoy; if it ever feels like a chore to perform or practise a certain effect, then I throw it out the show.”

Something else in Peel’s background is his business degree, and rather than asking how he went from student to mentalist, it should be the other way around.

“I was doing mentalism way before I got any degree. My very first public stage show was in 2011, I was 18 years old and still in matric; in fact, I was the youngest solo magician to ever perform at the National Arts Festival,” he smiles.

Given his line of work, it comes as no surprise that Peel has amassed a “large array” of playing cards. “In fact, I believe I have owned around one thousand different decks of cards. I actually have my very own personally branded deck of cards that I usually sell after shows or on request,” he shares.

Brendon-Peel-Hocus-Pocus“I also have a deck of circular cards I have never seen before, and I have a gold-infused deck where every card is a shimmering gold (this deck was given to me by the cruise director of the MSC Sinfonia, Mr Stephen Cloete, who is himself a magician). I have a collection of a deck of cards from every interesting and unique place I have ever been to. These are all unopened and untouched but form my collection of playing cards from around the world!”

Besides the Hocus Pocus tour, Peel is on the bill for the seventh season of Monday Night Magic at Cape Town Magic Club which begins in Cape Town on October 1, 2018.

“Expect to see some classic mentalism brought into the 21st century,” he hints. “You can also expect a bit of danger…”

Find out more about Peel’s Hocus Pocus tour by clicking here

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City’s amazing teens to duel for title and glory at Western Cape Junior Magician Champs!https://www.magic.africa/news/citys-amazing-teens-to-duel-for-title-and-glory-at-western-cape-junior-magician-champs/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=citys-amazing-teens-to-duel-for-title-and-glory-at-western-cape-junior-magician-champs https://www.magic.africa/news/citys-amazing-teens-to-duel-for-title-and-glory-at-western-cape-junior-magician-champs/#respondTue, 21 Aug 2018 15:51:34 +0000https://www.magic.africa/?p=5033The ultimate battle of the teenage wands, the 2018 Western Cape Junior Magicians, will transform Cape Town's Bergvliet High into an epic magical battleground on Saturday 8 September 2018]]>

The ultimate battle of the teenage wands, the 2018 Western Cape Junior Magicians, will transform Cape Town’s Bergvliet High into an epic magical battleground on Saturday 8 September 2018!

Proudly presented by the College of Magic, the Mother City’s only magical arts organisation, the Championships will see nine of the province’s top teen wizards go wand to wand in the dexterous art of Close-Up magic and stunning illusions of Stage magic for the Junior Magician titles and top honours.

Dazzling preparations have been underway at the College of Magic’s mysterious Victorian manor base in Claremont as the excited teenage competitors, Grant Best, Anele Dyasi, Liam Hewitson, Emma Hutchison, Luvo Mrolota, Siphesihle Ndayi, Sahil Samlal, Duncan Shelver and Dion Wabanie, hailing from Khayelitsha to Goodwood, work hard on their unbelievable acts to impress spectators and judges.

Celebrating its 38th year of teaching the art of magic and its allied arts as well as vital life-skills to children and adults in 2018, the College of Magic, a non-profit organisation and the only one of its kind in the world, is delighted to once again host the Western Cape Junior Magician Championships:

“To host a fantastical spectacle of this prestige year after year is a great honour. The Championships not only gives our young contestants the opportunity to put their performance prowess to the test against their peers but also allows us to share the wonder of magic with a greater audience. We look forward to welcoming everyone to THE magical battle of the year! “, says Yolandi van Jaarsveldt, CEO of the College of Magic.

See the magical action up close!

The public is invited to witness the wondrous combination of showmanship and competition the likes of which they’ve never seen before at the 2018 Western Cape Junior Magician Championships this September!

Click here for booking information

For more information about the College of Magic and the Championships, please visit http://www.collegeofmagic.com or send an email to pr@collegeofmagic.com.

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The ultimate battle of the teen wands, the 2018 Western Cape Junior Magician Championships, proudly presented by the College of Magic, will be held at Bergvliet High School on Saturday 8 September 2018. [Image credit: Andrew Klazinga]

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Season 7 Of Monday Night Magic Pops Up At Artscape This Springhttps://www.magic.africa/news/season-7-of-monday-night-magic-pops-up-at-artscape-this-spring/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=season-7-of-monday-night-magic-pops-up-at-artscape-this-spring https://www.magic.africa/news/season-7-of-monday-night-magic-pops-up-at-artscape-this-spring/#commentsMon, 20 Aug 2018 11:00:56 +0000https://www.magic.africa/?p=4986The number seven is believed to be lucky in many cultures and it is indeed a special one for Monday Night Magic, which returns for its seventh season on October 1, 2018. This time around, the pop-up theatre will be in a new location – the Opera Bar at the newly-renovated Artscape Theatre Centre on Cape Town’s Foreshore.]]>

The number seven is believed to be lucky in many cultures and it is indeed a special one for Monday Night Magic, which returns for its seventh season on October 1, 2018. This time around, the pop-up theatre will be in a new location – the Opera Bar at the newly-renovated Artscape Theatre Centre on Cape Town’s Foreshore.

“We’ve been negotiations with this prestigious venue for several months, so it’s a big relief to be able to finally tell everyone who’s been asking that we’re back for more shows!” says Executive Producer, Marcel Oudejans, who founded the Cape Town Magic Club theatre company in 2016.

“It’s a great honour that Artscape has agreed to host our tailor-made ‘pop up’ theatre within the Centre, so we can maintain the atmosphere of an intimate experience of magic that leaves audiences feeling they’ve immersed themselves in wonder,” says Oudejans.

“From the moment people find out what it is that you do, to the moment the curtain rises on the stage, you’ve got to take them on an exhilarating and interesting journey you need to increase their curiosity.”

Marcel Oudejans: Founder of Cape Town Magic Club & Executive Producer of Monday Night Magic

Over its six seasons since 2016, the concept has seen Cape Town audiences introduced to a variety of magical disciplines, from sleight of hand and mentalism, to the carnival sideshow attraction of escape artists. As its title suggests, the shows take place only on Monday nights, with one or two shows featuring some of the top names in local and international magic, as well as providing a platform for the young up and coming next generation of magicians.

Audiences can expect to see a different, dynamic line-up during each of the nine shows this season, with internationally-recognised performers including Larry Soffer and Magic Man; magic champions Anele Dyasi and Jamian Fortune; theatre-award winners like Brendon Peel; corporate event specialists Marcel Oudejans and Greg Gelb; and young rising stars Mawonga Gayiya and Ryan Jones, among others.

Click here to view the full season line-up

Oudejans learned much from his time spent with Madame Zingara and has applied that in the creation of a truly magical experience. “It’s not just magicians performing; you need to create the theatrical environment so by the time the show begins, the audience is excited about seeing something amazing and astonishing,” he says. “From the moment people find out what it is that you do, to the moment the curtain rises on the stage, you’ve got to take them on an exhilarating and interesting journey you need to increase their curiosity. So when the curtain goes up, they are ready to be blown away.”

Monday Night Magic has always been about finding cool spaces where people could see magic in a theatre that doesn’t normally exist there, says Oudejans. “Everything is put in there to make sure the experience is remarkable. Finding a fixed venue for each of our seasons means we can make choices with the creation of the experience inside.

“One of the best things about producing a show like this is we get to control all of those details – music, sound, lighting – and experiment with new magic we wouldn’t ordinarily be able to do.”

Details:

  • Monday Night Magic shows are every Monday night at 19h00 and 21h00 from 1 October to 26 November 2018
  • Shows take place in the Cape Town Magic Club theatre within the Opera Bar at Artscape Theatre Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Ticket prices: R200 Golden Circle, R170 General Admission
  • Tickets available via Quicket at http://qkt.io/ctmc
  • Website: www.magic.capetown

Produced by Magic Africa Productions (Pty) Ltd

Publicist: Bianca Coleman publicist@magic.africa

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WATCH: Preview of Larry Soffer’s Upcoming ‘Blindfold Drive’https://www.magic.africa/videos/watch-preview-of-larry-soffers-upcoming-blindfold-drive/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=watch-preview-of-larry-soffers-upcoming-blindfold-drive https://www.magic.africa/videos/watch-preview-of-larry-soffers-upcoming-blindfold-drive/#respondMon, 20 Aug 2018 07:54:04 +0000https://www.magic.africa/?p=4868Mentalist Larry Soffer took 'LiabilityGuy' Simon Colman on a 'trial run' of Soffer's upcoming 'Blindfold Drive', which is to take place at Killarney racetrack (at higher speeds) on the 22nd of September 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa.]]>

Mentalist Larry Soffer took ‘LiabilityGuy’ Simon Colman on a ‘trial run’ of Soffer’s upcoming ‘Blindfold Drive‘, which is to take place at Killarney racetrack  (at higher speeds) on the 22nd of September 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa.

“What I can tell you is that I took a trip in a car, with a blindfolded driver and after giving him a few prompts at the outset, he drove the car as if he had 20/20 vision. I won’t lie, I was terrified but it really is remarkable.”

LiabilityGuy, Simon Colman

Driving blindfolded (and other tales of mystery)

 

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Watch Larry Soffer performing in the Good Hope FM studioshttps://www.magic.africa/videos/watch-larry-soffer-performing-in-the-good-hope-fm-studios/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=watch-larry-soffer-performing-in-the-good-hope-fm-studios https://www.magic.africa/videos/watch-larry-soffer-performing-in-the-good-hope-fm-studios/#respondTue, 14 Aug 2018 12:29:00 +0000https://www.magic.africa/?p=4623Mentalist Larry Soffer performed while live on air at the Good Hope FM studios in Cape Town. ]]>

Mentalist Larry Soffer performed while live on air at the Good Hope FM studios in Cape Town.

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Marcel Oudejans Plays Like An Artist, Thinks Like A Businessmanhttps://www.magic.africa/interviews/marcel-oudejans-plays-like-an-artist-thinks-like-a-businessman/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=marcel-oudejans-plays-like-an-artist-thinks-like-a-businessman https://www.magic.africa/interviews/marcel-oudejans-plays-like-an-artist-thinks-like-a-businessman/#respondThu, 09 Aug 2018 08:33:27 +0000https://www.magic.africa/?p=4357From performing in restaurants while juggling a day job in IT to initiating a continent-wide production company, Marcel Oudejans has created a life in magic – for himself as well as others.]]>

From performing in restaurants while juggling a day job in IT to initiating a continent-wide production company, Marcel Oudejans has created a life in magic – for himself as well as others.

Founder of Cape Town Magic Club and producer of Monday Night Magic – which has run for six seasons in two years and preparing for its seventh in Spring 2018 – Oudejans established Magic Africa Productions earlier this year with the aim of using his knowledge and experience to promote the art of magic as widely as possible.

Marcel Oudejans has been amazing audiences with his magic for over 25 years. [Photo credit: Andrew Gorman]

Marcel Oudejans has been amazing audiences with his magic for over 15 years as a professional magician. [Photo credit: Andrew Gorman]

“It’s been a learning curve,” says Oudejans. “First it was learning the magic; then how to sell the magic. Learning how to make my own show came next, and then how to produce a show with a bunch of magicians. Now it’s learning how to take that show and travel with it.”

With 15 full-time years in magic, Oudejans says it’s now less about the magic tricks and more “how to create these shows and sell them and spread out with them” as he creates a community of performers who collaborate under the Magic Africa Productions umbrella rather than compete.

“That’s the transition I’m going through. I still love the show … don’t get me wrong, I love performing!” he laughs. “But it’s not the full-time job right now. Instead of looking at myself as an independent performer trying to make only my own productions, it’s more about ‘How do I take all of these guys and create a production?’.”

Unlike the age-old question of the chicken and the egg, when it comes to Magic Africa Productions and Monday Night Magic, we know which one came first.

When  American illusionist and entertainer John Lenahan was in Cape Town in 2010 for the Funny Festival, it was over drinks with him that Oudejans happened to mention theatres wouldn’t let magicians play in their spaces. Lenahan’s solution was simple: “book your own theatre!”. Speaking from his personal experience, Lenahan – who has been living in the UK since the mid-1980s – has produced and Monday Night Magic in London for more than two decades. The concept is also found in New York City ( http://www.mondaynightmagic.com/ )

“We take a place that’s dark, put people inside it and create a variety show revolving around magic. Why don’t you do it?” said Lenahan. And Oudejans replied: “That’s a frikking good idea.”

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Executive Producer of Magic Africa Productions, Marcel Oudejans, pictured here with magicians Brendon Peel, Josue ‘Black Jack’ Mesenge & Li Lau, on set during a recent client commercial shoot.

This happened before knowing where it was going to be set up, and it took another five years before the right venue was found – Cape Town Club in Queen Victoria Street. Presented by Cape Town Magic Club, the mission was to always do shows on Mondays because it is consistent in that brand and it’s much easier to book performers because they’re not usually otherwise occupied, explains Oudejans.

By building a community of performers with a common goal, Monday Night Magic, with its variety of acts from carnival stunts to mentalism, has reached a wide audience of magic enthusiasts. A major factor in the success of Monday Night Magic is its fully immersive experience, something which Oudejans learned while performing with Madame Zingara, at the original restaurant as well as the Theatre Of Dreams.

“I was performing for the right people in the right places. Zingara was where most of the people I’ve done business with now met me for the first time,” he says.

“It’s something I was – am – very proud of. It was a great gig to do, and it was a huge influence on what I wanted for Monday Night Magic.”

Magicians Alexander May, Greg Gelb, Ryan Jones, Steve Sandomierski joined Monday Night Magic Season 2 with Founder, Marcel Oudejans. [Photo credit: Andrew Gorman]

Magicians Alexander May, Greg Gelb, Ryan Jones, Steve Sandomierski joined Monday Night Magic Season 2 with Founder, Marcel Oudejans. [Photo credit: Andrew Gorman]

Having creative control over all the elements such as décor, lighting and music, contributes to the excitement and expectations of the spectators that they are about to witness something quite remarkable when the curtain goes up. “You don’t really get to play with that when you do corporate events; you don’t get to influence that,” says Oudejans, referring to yet another hat he wears.

“Even when I was doing my one-man theatre shows for festivals, you are limited as to how much stuff you can put into your theatre. It’s got to be quick. Even now when I do corporate events and gala dinners, everything must fit into one suitcase. If it’s only hand luggage, even better.”

“I get to understand how to present to the client, captivate their audience, and how to get the best out of the entertainer they’re booking.”

Marcel Oudejans

All of this filters through to Magic Africa Productions: “What happens now is, whether I’m booking performers for a production, at a festival, a theatre, or whether a company is calling me for a magician to entertain at their event, I am an executive producer. I get to understand how to present to the client, captivate their audience, and how to get the best out of the entertainer they’re booking,” he explains.

Magicians 'Magic Man', Marcel Oudejans (Founder), Bryan Miles, Jesse Brooks, Jacques le Sueur, Robin Boltman and Mawonga Gayiya at the launch of 'Monday Night Magic' Season 1 in March 2016. [Photo credit: Andrew Gorman]

Magicians ‘Magic Man’, Marcel Oudejans (Founder), Bryan Miles, Jesse Brooks, Jacques le Sueur, Robin Boltman and Mawonga Gayiya at the launch of ‘Monday Night Magic’ Season 1 in March 2016. [Photo credit: Andrew Gorman]

Thus it becomes much more fulfilling for Oudejans to be able to grow magic than it is it to grow his own personal brand. “Let’s face it – if I was going to be famous, it would have happened by now,” he says. “Which is also cool because I’ve always been extremely aware of the career of magic rather than the ‘flash in the pan’ celeb status. I had to make it a long-term business decision.”

“By the time I’m 50 there are going to be guys who are 21 – my age when I got into it – who are going to be the flavour of the month then. It’s far better for me to help them grow into the industry and create a platform for them, and ultimately create a business from it, than to resent the fact these young guys are getting the gigs.”

By laying the foundation for the future of magic in Africa, Oudejans is building a foundation for his own evolving career. Everybody wins.

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South African Phillip Boruchowitz Interviewed On Scott Wells’ “The Magic Word” Podcasthttps://www.magic.africa/interviews/south-african-magician-phillip-boruchowitz-interviewed-on-scott-wells-the-magic-word-podcast/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=south-african-magician-phillip-boruchowitz-interviewed-on-scott-wells-the-magic-word-podcast https://www.magic.africa/interviews/south-african-magician-phillip-boruchowitz-interviewed-on-scott-wells-the-magic-word-podcast/#respondTue, 07 Aug 2018 13:32:18 +0000https://www.magic.africa/?p=4350Johannesburg-based amateur magician & "magic convention enthusiast", Phillip Boruchowitz, was interviewed by internationally-recognised professional magician Scott Wells, for Wells' "The Magic Word" podcast.]]>

Johannesburg-based amateur magician & “magic convention enthusiast”, Phillip Boruchowitz, was interviewed by internationally-recognised professional magician Scott Wells, for Wells’ “The Magic Word” podcast.

The interview took place at the 2018 MAGIC Live convention, currently taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, which is Boruchowitz’s second MAGIC Live, although as he says, he loves to attend magic conventions.

Boruchowitz is interviewed at the 17m23s mark.

“Phillip Boruchowitz from South Africa talks about why he attends magic conventions around the world and how much he enjoys listening to The Magic Word Podcast”

Scott Wells, The Magic Word Podcast
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Jive Cape Town Funny Festival international performers educate and entertain College of Magic’s young magicians!https://www.magic.africa/news/jive-cape-town-funny-festival-international-performers-educate-and-entertain-college-of-magics-young-magicians/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=jive-cape-town-funny-festival-international-performers-educate-and-entertain-college-of-magics-young-magicians https://www.magic.africa/news/jive-cape-town-funny-festival-international-performers-educate-and-entertain-college-of-magics-young-magicians/#respondWed, 25 Jul 2018 19:30:37 +0000https://www.magic.africa/?p=4293The College of Magic, the Mother City’s only magical arts organisation, welcomed the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival’s international performers Mooky Cornish and Raymond Raymondson to its sprawling and wondrous Victorian manor in Claremont on Saturday 21 July 2018.]]>

The College of Magic, the Mother City’s only magical arts organisation, welcomed the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival’s international performers Mooky Cornish and Raymond Raymondson to its sprawling and wondrous Victorian manor in Claremont on Saturday 21 July 2018.

With it being the first day back at the College of Magic after their winter school holiday, the organisation’s more than 200 students were excited to be re-immersed into their beguiling training which includes lessons in magic and its allied arts of juggling, mime and clowning, puppetry and ventriloquism. The Festival performers’ visit was a thrilling treat for the students!

Mooky, a Canadian comedienne best known as the former lead clown for the renowned Cirque du Soleil, is a pianist, puppeteer, mask maker, accordion squeezer and chicken trainer!

Frenchman Greg Lackovic, who performs as Raymond Raymondson, began studying the art of magic and illusion at age 14. A gold medalist of the visual arts of the stage and music in 2014, this lauded artist shares his special brand of magic at festivals, cabarets and theatres worldwide.

After a whirlwind tour, led by the non-profit organisation’s CEO Yolandi van Jaarsveldt, of the College of Magic’s century-old building and facilities which include Africa’s largest magic museum and the Magic Shop, South Africa’s only brick and mortar magical supplies store; the dynamic duo joined the Mime and Clowning, Puppetry and Juggling classes.

Mooky imparted some well-earned tips for entertaining audiences and how to step up a puppetry performance with the learners, while Raymond dazzled them with his gravity-defying juggling feats.

Celebrating 38 years of teaching the art of magic and its allied arts as well as vital life-skills to children and adults in 2018, the College of Magic, the only organisation of its kind in the world, regularly hosts international artists for visits and guest lectures at its charming Victorian mansion:

“What an absolute treat for our students to learn from and be inspired by international performers who have achieved immeasurable success in magic and its allied arts of clowning, puppetry, juggling and busking! We truly appreciate the support of the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival and their commitment to having their star global acts visit us each year. Thank you to Mooky and Raymond for sharing their entertainment expertise with us!”, says van Jaarsveldt.

The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival runs at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch until Sunday 5 August, 2018. Please visit www.funnyfestival.co.za for more information about the Festival.

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Now You See It, Now You Don’t: My Experience of Magic as a Blind Personhttps://www.magic.africa/stories/now-you-see-it-now-you-dont-my-experience-of-magic-as-a-blind-person/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=now-you-see-it-now-you-dont-my-experience-of-magic-as-a-blind-person https://www.magic.africa/stories/now-you-see-it-now-you-dont-my-experience-of-magic-as-a-blind-person/#respondTue, 24 Jul 2018 10:11:23 +0000https://www.magic.africa/?p=4251Guest writer Lois Strachan describes what she loves about magic shows - despite being totally blind. She explains what aspects of a magic show are particularly enjoyable for her, despite magic & illusion being a visual performance art.]]>

A Guest Post by Lois Strachan

I can only imagine how perplexed people must be to see me at a magic show. After all, a magic show, where sleight of hand and illusion are the norm, wouldn’t seem to be an obvious place to find a totally blind person.

Yet I love going to magic shows.

What? Don’t you believe me? Well, read on to find out how I experience a magic show and what I gain from the experience…

Admittedly I don’t get the wow-factor that comes from the visual side of seeing an illusion being skillfully set up and executed, so it’s true my experience differs from that of a sighted person. Let me see if I can give you a sense of why I enjoy magic shows.

“… maybe I don’t get to experience exactly what a sighted person does when I go to a magic show but, believe me, my experience is no less magic.”

Lois Strachan: Speaker, author, blogger, musician – and a fan of magic shows

The Skill Of The Verbal Patter

It’s natural for a sighted person to focus more on what they’re seeing at a magic show – after all, magic is very visual – but I get to really listen to the words and phrases the magician uses as he or she sets up and performs each illusion.
I can usually follow the basics of an illusion from what the performer says. It’s possible the magician may be describing more of what’s happening because a visually impaired person is in the audience, but I don’t have a way to confirm that; I don’t get to hear what they say when I’m not present, do I?

I also enjoy the way magicians use verbal misdirection. You’d be amazed how often words can be used to focus the audience’s attention exactly where the performer wants it, to build expectation or increase tension. Experiencing how a skilled performer uses words as a tool to manipulate the audience’s focus can be pure magic all on its own!

The Magic Beyond The Act

Because I’m not focusing totally on what’s happening on stage at a magic show I’m able to tune into the magic happening beyond the act, mostly in the minds and reactions of the rest of the audience. I love experiencing the growing excitement and awe that audiences express as the illusions continue. I especially love listening to the reactions of children – their excitement and incredulity as the show progresses is almost tangible. Believe me, I can experience the vibe at a magic show – and it’s a contagious kind of energy!

The “Trick” Of It All

I’m not sure if it’s just me but I always try to figure out how the illusions at a magic show are done. Maybe it’s the way my mind works: a (at times, perhaps unhealthy) desire to prove how clever I am by figuring out the trick of it all. So I sit there with my brain working overtime trying to think how it’s done, which requires logic, imagination and brain power, not sight. Of course, most of the time I only land up proving how clever I’m not since I can seldom figure out any of the illusions, but that’s okay – it’s all part of the game!

So, maybe I don’t get to experience exactly what a sighted person does when I go to a magic show but, believe me, my experience is no less magic. It’s just a slightly different type of magic, that’s all.


About the writer:

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Lois Strachan

Lois Strachan is a speaker, author, blogger and musician who works to increase the inclusion of persons with disabilities into society and the workplace.

She has published a series of illustrated children’s books, The Adventures Of Missy Mouse, and an inspirational memoir, A Different Way Of Seeing: A Blind Woman’s Journey Of Living an Ordinary Life in an Extraordinary Way.

Lois assists organisations to accommodate the needs of the differently abled through services like website accessibility assessments, customer service training and team sensitisation.

Follow Lois on Twitter @LoisStrachanZA, on her blog, https://www.loisstrachan.com/news/ or on her Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/loisstrachanspeaker/

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https://www.magic.africa/stories/now-you-see-it-now-you-dont-my-experience-of-magic-as-a-blind-person/feed/0lois-strachan-profileLois Strachan
Magicians Dazzle Rugby Stars And Fanshttps://www.magic.africa/news/magicians-dazzle-rugby-stars-and-fans/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=magicians-dazzle-rugby-stars-and-fans Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:18:33 +0000https://www.magic.africa/?p=4062Fans and players of the DHL Stormers from Cape Town, South Africa, were entertained by the talented Magic Africa Productions magicians before the games & during the 2018 Golf Day.]]>

Magic Africa Productions strives to ensure as many people in as many different environments experience magical entertainment, so during the 2018 Super Rugby season, its magicians could be found at Newlands Rugby Stadium performing ‘Match Day Magic‘ for guests in the suites before the games began.

The magicians at Magic Africa are highly skilled performers who can handle any situation, and entertaining and amazing excited rugby fans sitting in the commercial suites with delicious finger foods and drinks certainly made for an interesting and exciting audience.

Magic Africa magicians, Marcel Oudejans & Andrew 'Magic Man' Eland, performed in the commercial suites at DHL Newlands on 17 March 2018

Magic Africa magicians, Marcel Oudejans & Andrew ‘Magic Man’ Eland, performed in the commercial suites at DHL Newlands on 17 March 2018

Magicians Marcel Oudejans, Jacques le Seuer, Greg Gelb, Andrew Klazinga, Ryan Jones, Russell Fox, Magic Man, and Larry Soffer performed for the guests of the suites owned by T-Systems, Tsebo Group, Alphawave, ARTS (African Road Transport System), Canon, FNB Corporate, and Grand West (among others).

They arrived at the stadium, pockets full of magical miracles, and did not disappoint. “The guests loved the interactions and, of course, the entertainment. It was just the right amount of magic to get the guests pumped for the game. Thank you to the Western Province Rugby Union for having us!” says Marcel Oudejans, Managing Director of Magic Africa.

Magic Africa was also invited to perform a mixture of strolling magic and a stage show for the DHL Stormers and their supporters at the De Zalze Golf Club in July, a wonderful evening preceded a fantastic game of golf.

By the time veteran magicians Greg Gelb and Ryan Jones arrived, the guests were relaxing outside, drinks and hors-d’oeuvres in hand, ready for an evening of wonderment and astonishment. As Gelb and Jones made their way around the tables, suddenly the chitter chatter was interrupted by continuous applause and excitement as Jones defied the laws of science and made two rubber bands pass through each other under extreme test-conditions!

On the other side of the room, Gelb was making a borrowed wedding band melt through a security cord and magically reattaching to the cord; finally, the ring disappeared from his hand and landed inside a wallet that was inside a wallet, that was inside a wallet, which had been on the table from the very beginning.

Soon, word got around that there was two special gentleman walking around, and the attention shifted to where they could be found. Jones landed up performing for Stormers hooker Scarra Ntubeni, where a freely thought-of card was found bruised onto Jones’s skin. See the picture below for Scarra’s priceless reaction.

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Photo Credit: Gavin Withers Photography

 

Gelb found himself performing for Stormers coaches – former player Robbie Fleck and forward coach Russell Winters – and their sponsors Brightrock and DHL. Gelb performed a piece of magic which required a member of the group to hold the pack of cards with their signed card lost in the middle. Gelb asked the group to imagine all the cards disappearing except for the chosen card. The group did just that… and when he lifted his hand up, the cards magically turned see-through, all except for the signed card.

The guests were ushered into the hall where they were welcomed and thanked by emcee Matt Pearce before he introduced Gelb to take the stage. Gelb, a Magic Africa comedy magician very comfortable on the stage, related his performance to the Stormers. He spoke about how important it is to get in the minds of the opponents, to understand how they tick, which led to the question “how would the game change if we can read minds?”. Gelb called upon flanker/lock Kobus Wiese and fullback SP Marias to assist. He proceeded to read the minds of the audiences as they chose words from books, which ended with SP on stage and a fun and interactive moment between the two.

“Let’s just say, there was a hug involved,” shares Gelb.

His second and final piece was addressing the fact everyone has fears and anxieties and the players, as big and as strong as they are, are no exception, especially before a big game. Gelb then spoke about his fears of sharp objects and loud noises and proceeded to do some self-therapy to help him overcome his fears.

Overall, the guests applauded, laughed, gasped, and were thoroughly entertained by these two talented performers.

“Thank you to the DHL Stormers for asking Magic Africa Productions to enhance the evening and be a part of celebrating the team for their hard work in the season,” says Gelb.

[Written by Greg Gelb, edited by Bianca Coleman & Marcel Oudejans]
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Match Day Magic at DHL Newlands 17 March 2018Cape Town Magic Club magicians, Marcel Oudejans & Andrew 'Magic Man' Eland, performed in the commercial suites at DHL Newlands on 17 March 201836511669_427464401074952_165859439264399360_n#Repost @ryanjonesmagic Credit: @gavinwithersphotography