Special guest Nyaniso Tutu-Burris awarded top honours and junior magic certificates to the College of Magic’s 52 new graduates at a glittering graduation ceremony, held at the Nassau Theatre in Newlands, on Saturday 9 June 2018.
The dazzling graduates, who enrolled for the College of Magic’s Course One and Two junior courses earlier this year, have completed 15 weeks of lessons in magic and its allied arts and performed some classic effects to delighted parents and supporters at the graduation ceremony.
Ms Tutu-Burris, the grandchild of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and daughter of Rev Canon Mpho Tutu van Furth, has recently been welcomed into the College of Magic as an ambassador of the organisation. She has been assisting with the rollout of the College of Magic’s rural community programme which teaches card skills and juggling to disadvantaged school learners, most recently in Atlantis.
She is excited to be a part of this amazing initiative and to have been present at the graduation:
“Being able to witness these kids go from shy introverts afraid to draw attention to themselves to suddenly being in the spotlight and commanding the stage like it is their turf is an amazing transformation to see. I am really excited to officially start what will hopefully be a long-term relationship with the College of Magic”, says Ms Tutu-Burris.
The College of Magic, now in its 38th year of teaching the magic theatrical performing arts and its allied arts (including juggling, puppetry, mime and clowning), with a social and life-skills component, to children and adults, is a non-profit organisation, based in Claremont, Cape Town, and the only one of its kind in the world.
The organisation is thrilled to have Ms Tutu-Burris as an ambassador:
“Our graduations are always a special occasion for our students but this one was elevated to another level by having Nyaniso Tutu-Burris present their diplomas to them and inspire them with her amazing words. We look forward to working with her to share the wonder of magic and inspire more youngsters to realise their dreams through the magical arts,” says Yolandi van Jaarsveldt, CEO of the College of Magic.
Registration for the second intake of Course One for the year is now open. Lessons will commence on Saturday 21 July 2018 at the College of Magic’s wondrous Victorian manor base in Claremont.