Magical mayhem will abound when eleven of the Mother City’s most talented teenage wizards go wand to wand for the 2013 Western Cape Junior Magician title at the Umlingo Festival of Excellence at the Baxter Theatre on Sunday September 8.
Hosted annually by the College of Magic, Cape Town’s only magical arts organisation, this year’s Championships forms part of the Umlingo Festival of Magical Excellence, a project supported with a grant from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) as well as additional funding by the National Arts Council (NAC) and the tension is mounting.
The charming adolescents who will face off at the Championships and dazzle audience and judges alike with their dexterity and showmanship in the Close – Up and Stage magic categories, include:
• Luzuko Bedi (20), from Khayelitsha, who was the 2012 Western Cape Stage Junior Magician and has excelled in Close-up Magic, Mime and Clowning, Juggling and Ventriloquism Contests in 2013 – he is energetic talent in motion.
• Anele Dyasi (15), from Khayelitsha, a multi-talented performer, who has performed at the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas and who will be competing in both the Close-Up and Stage categories – an amazing achievement for last year’s winner of the Supreme Award for up-and-coming Junior Magician.
• Liam MacKenzie (16), from Plumstead, a skateboarder with a penchant for mentalism and card magic, performed a stylish act at the Senior Close-up Contest earlier this year winning him a place in the Championships.
• Siyamthanda Mzangwa (18), from Zwelethemba, who is a coin-trick enthusiast and top mime and clowning performer in 2013, and a runner-up in the College of Magic’s Senior Close-Up Contest in 2013 where his comedic act showed a sharp sense of humour.
• Aaron Simon (15), from Plumstead, keen close-up entertainer and avid card manipulator, won top honours with his act featuring an exciting musical closer in the College of Magic’s Course Close-Up Contest in 2013.
• Samuel Spiller (17), from Rondebosch, is a quick-fingered wizard, and talented Mime artist, who was the first runner-up in the College of Magic’s 2013 Close-Up Contest and brings a touch of mystery to the competition.
• Vuyolwethu Foslara (16), from Khayelitsha, who holds awards in the Mime and the Juggling Contests in 2013 and won first place in his Stage Magic Course Contest earlier this month, has been developing his ‘floral sensation’ to entertain audiences over the past two years.
• Kabelo Moreheng (17), from Crossroads, a keen student of stage magic, mime and clowning, won a place in the 2013 Stage Course Contest and tied as runner-up 2012 Western Cape Stage Junior Magician with his amazing CD manipulation.
• Alex Paterson-Jones (17), from Hout Bay, an avid surfer, with awards including winner in 2012 Close-up Contest and 2013 Stage Magic Contest, he is a natural entertainer with a friendly comedic style and a keen fan of card magic.
• Adam Schroeder (16), from Pinelands, who most recently entertained and delighted families at the 2013 Traditional Children’s Magic Festival with his musical magic act, was joint runner-up at the Championships in 2012 and won second place in this year’s Stage Magic Contest.
• Siyanda Tofile (18), from Crossroads, a runner-up in the College of Magic’s 2012 Annual Stage Contest and a keen contestant in the Championships for two years running, brings style and poise to the magical party with his excellent manipulation skills.
• Bedi, the 2012 Western Cape Junior Stage Magician, returns to the Baxter Theatre stage, eager to claim the 2013 Close–Up title as his second magical victory.
In addition to the highly anticipated battle of the wands, audiences can look forward to the classical music talents of special guest artist and singer, Selim Kagee, who released his debut album ‘Cry for Love’ (Piango D’Amore) in 2012.
Celebrating its 33rd anniversary in 2013, the world-renowned College of Magic has been training adults and children in the fascinating art of magical theatrical performance since 1980 and the Championships is a highlight on its magical calendar.