As reported by Brendon Peel
A 6am wake up on a Friday morning isn’t usually on the top of my list of things to do. But I needed to catch a flight to Joburg to appear on an eNCA special about magic in South Africa, which is a topic I am truly passionate about! Since it was raining when I landed (harder than I have seen in many years) and I was wearing my light grey suit, I had to navigate to the location of the film shoot without getting overly drenched. How I managed to make it to the venue with only a few droplets on me was a magic trick in itself.
The eNCA team and I went down to film in a warm and musty cellar of a clubhouse building. I was asked a series of questions about the topic of magic, as well as the state of the art of magic in South Africa at the moment. I always try to answer as honestly and as concise as possible, however, it is difficult to do the latter in such a short period of time as the topic of African magic is one that I could literally speak about for hours on end. In fact, the actual interview segment I did went on for 2 hours: even after the recording was complete, the presenter was still keen to hear more about the topic and we ended up having a long chat after the interview.
Also featured in the special was an interview of the Durban-based magician, Mo Magic, as well as a mention of the world-famous College of Magic. It was broadcast on eNCA on Sunday 1 April 2018. I think the segment paints an accurate portrait of the landscape of magic in South Africa and I thank eNCA for giving me the platform to speak my mind on the topic. I have so much more to say and I hope that in the future I will be able to get another platform like this to speak my mind.
Watch the video and let us know your thoughts on African magic and how we, as magicians, can improve the landscape of African magic even more!