The 2013 Western Cape Junior Magic Champs
"The art of magic is a difficult one," writes Chad Findlay, director of this year's Western Cape Junior Magician Championships, held at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town.
Chad and his army behind the scenes certainly made it look easy today, putting on a delightful production featuring over 50 young magicians.
In the foyer, performing effects for guests milling about, were over 40 young entertainers who were taking part in the Street Magic Competition.
At 14:00, the close-up contest started, held in the studio and MCd by Mawonga Gayiya, a graduate of the College of Magic.
Six performers - Luzuko Bedi, Anele Dyasi, Liam Mackenzie, Siyathanda Mzangwa, Aaron Simon and Samuel Spiller - took to the small stage and entertained the full house with a great sequence of magical effects. Luzuko Bedi's clever banking-themed routine was chuckle-worthy, and both Aaron Simon and Liam Mackenzie gave memorable performances.
The stage contest in the theatre also saw six performers stepping up, with Anele Dyasi performing again. The other five talents were Vuyolwethu Foslara, Kabelo Moreheng, Alex Paterson-Jones, Adam Schroeder and Siyanda Tofile. Kabelo Moreheng's CD manipulation routine was very good, and Anele Dyasi's stage presence was remarkable. My money was on Adam Schroeder, though.
It was great to see Olwethu Dyantyi again, performing during the opening sequence of the stage show. And two seats to my left was Nick Andrews - strange to see him on this side of the curtain. MC Steve "Yellow Man" Sandomierski was like communion wafers made with real butter: the host with the most.
After intermission, during which final votes were cast for the Street Magic Contest, singer Selim Kagee entertained the audience, and then it was time for the big reveal. The contestants, judges and other dignitaries gathered on stage, with David Gore leading the proceedings.
The first award was for a theatre entrepreneurship competition held at the College during 2013. The winners, Andrew Klazinga and Carlo Penso, received their dues from Bruce Hutchison and Fazielah Williams.
David then announced that the Street Magic Competition had yielded two runners-up, Dougan Hall and Liam Paris, with the winner being Xolile Dyani (aptly wearing the #1 sticker).
This year's special Supreme Up and Coming Magician Award was tied between Liam Mackenzie (Close-up) and Kabelo Moreheng (Stage).
Finally, the results we'd come for -- the 2013 Western Cape Junior Close-up Magician Championship was won by Aaron Simon ("Yes, Aaron!") with Anele Dyasi taking a well-deserved second place. And the 2013 Western Cape Junior Stage Magic Championship went to Adam Schroeder, with Siyanda Tofile taking second. Excellent stuff all around.
nothing more to see. please move along.