Preview: Teens vie for magic champ titles, Cape Junior Magic Championships- October 8, 2022 at the Homecoming Centre (formerly The Fugard Theatre)

Cape Junior Magic Championships  
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022
Venue: The Homecoming Centre (HCC -formerly The Fugard Theatre)  

~Close-up Champs: Avalon Auditorium at 4pm
~Stage Championships and Awards Ceremony: Star Theatre at 7pm

Bookings: Quicket:
Note: Separate tickets needed for each contest
Duration: The Close-up Championships should run for approx. 70 – 80 minutes with no interval. Stage Championships is in two halves with a 60 min first half and a 30 minute 2nd half.  
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It is magic! Eleven super talented young magicians from across the Western Cape have been selected to compete in the Cape Junior Magic Championships on October 8, 2022. This annual and much anticipated event is taking place at The Homecoming Centre (HCC- formerly the Fugard Theatre). Coveted titles are up for grabs – Junior Magician titles in close-up and stage magic. The Magic Champs are endearingly referred to as ‘the Rugby Sevens for the artsy kids’ and ‘battle of the wands’ and is a highlight in the calendar of the College of Magic. Note – there are two contests and tickets are required for each venue at the HCC. Read on for more. Info as supplied:

Teens vie for magic champ titles

Bored with the ordinary? Let a little magic into your life at the annual Cape Junior Magic Championships at the Homecoming Centre (former Fugard Theatre) in the Mother City on October 8, 2022.

Eleven talented young magicians from across the province have been selected to compete for the ultimate Junior Magician titles in close-up and stage magic. The contest, also known as the battle of the wands, is a highlight in the calendar of the College of Magic.

Card magic, sleight of hand, mentalism, illusions

This in-person event promises to be bigger and better than in recent years. The audience can expect to be wowed by card magic, sleight of hand, mentalism, illusions and a diverse range of amazing feats that require skill to perform.

“Having trained at the College under seasoned magicians in close-up and stage magic, the young magicians will perform their own unique style of entertainment,” said David Gore, College director and founder. “To enrich their routines, they may incorporate their skills in juggling, drama, mime and clowning.”

Leading up to the champs, the young magicians also have access to mentorship sessions with local and international magicians.

“This exciting learning experience encourages the contestants to push their boundaries and maximise their performance potential. As a result, the standard of the contest is exceptionally high and yet it still exceeds our expectations every year,” says Gore.

Guest performers

Guest performers who will also dazzle and entertain the audience are professional magician Liam Joubert and two-times Cape Junior Magic Champion in close-up, Sahil Samlal. The effervescent Sinethemba Bawuti will be the MC at the close-up event.

Street Magic Contest

For a full afternoon of magic, the exciting Street Magic Contest will take place in the foyer between the close up and stage magic Championship events. This gives up and coming young magicians the opportunity to interact with the public and showcase their skills.

Past College student, and now College board member and award-winning comedian, Stuart Taylor likens the contest to “the Rugby Sevens for the artsy kids. You compete in a very friendly way with your friends, and there is great camaraderie backstage.”

Another College alumni and professional magician Olwethu Dyantyi says the champs is “the perfect platform to check your capabilities. I enjoy magic competitions as they’re the best experience.”

Two venues at the HCC

The event is suitable for the whole family. For the first time, it will be held in two different venues. The close-up championship will be staged in the Avalon Auditorium at 16h00, while the stage magic championship will take place in the Star Theatre at 19h00 within the Homecoming Centre venue.

Magical: Youngsters are gearing up for the Cape Junior Magic Championships, October 8, 2022, at The Homecoming Centre (HCC- formerly The Fugard Theatre). Tickets:
Magic Champs: The 2022 Cape Junior Magic Championships is a mega event with two contests, taking place on October 8. Bookings:  

The College of Magic is based in Claremont, in the southern suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa. It has been teaching the theatrical performing art of magic and its allied arts, as well as vital life-skills, to children and adults from all walks of life since 1980. Its young students have featured locally and internationally, performing all over the world to appreciative audiences. Some participants from previous Cape Junior Magic Championships have successfully pursued a professional career as a magician.   A non-profit organisation, the College of Magic makes a difference to many students from the local communities. Donations help keep the College doors open to continue fulfilling its vision. For more information, or to arrange a tour of the College, please contact us.    

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