College of Magic: Championships
This year is the College of Magic's 30th anniversary (congratulations!) which I think is a wonderful achievement and due in a large part to the effors of its Director, David Gore.
On Sunday, September 19, the Western Cape Junior Magician Championships was held in the Baxter theatre. Ed, Lynnette, Hermann, Bertus, Bani and myself attended.
While making our way to the auditorium, young magicians came from hither and yon to perform a trick and to grab our vote for the Street Magic contest.
Six contestants (Adrian le Roux, Brian Stevens, Matthew Ross, Nicholas Andrews, Jesse Brooks) took part in the Closeup Magic competition, which started at 11:00. Each contestant was given 10 minutes to impress the judges (Herman Groenewald, Wolfgang Reebe, Stuart Taylor, Colin Underwood and Guy van der Walt).
An unfortunate technical problem with the projector made it difficult to see Adrian le Roux's card magic in detail. Jesse Brooks handled his technical SNAFU quite well, I thought.
The two outstanding performers in my opinion were Matthew and Nick; interestingly, both seemed more nervous than I remembered them during the finals a few weeks earlier.
The six contestants for the Stage Magic event were Sinathemba, Yanga, Sesethu, Luke, Olwethu and Matthew. Crowd-pleasing performances from all six were the norm. I was, of course, looking forward to Olwethu's card routine, and he didn't fail to please (although I think his routine during the Finals was more impressive).
After the interval, and while the judging was being finalized, Ryan Sharp with Andre du Toit and company performed three effective illusions that the crowd enjoyed.
Then the big moment: Director David Gore announcing the winners of the various categories:
For a video-summary of the day, visit YouTube, or click on the play button above.
nothing more to see. please move along.