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Magic and mystery comes to St George's Theatre

Stevie Pink, Chris North and Jeffery Drayton at St George’s Theatre in Great Yarmouth where they are

Magicians who have entertained and bewildered millions of TV viewers are among the stars of a new fun festival in the heart of Great Yarmouth.

St George's Theatre is set to host the first ever Family Festival of Magic later this month.

Free daytime sessions will showcase a range of acts from children's magicians and close up conjurors to balloon modellers and circus style performers.

The festival, on Tuesday and Wednesday August 22nd and 23rd, is aimed at combining family entertainment with raising funds and awareness of the two organising magic clubs The Gathering and Anglian Magic Society.

One of the acts, Jeffery Drayton, from Hopton, reached the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent two years ago firing his “partner” Chantel from a cannon. He and Chantel, with her “I don’t wanna go in the cannon” catchphrase, will be recreating the moment live at the event. Jeffery said: "People love magic – the mystery, inventiveness, ingenuity, and play acting that surrounds it.

“The festival is a real innovation! Kids and adults love magic and here is the opportunity for them to see - close up - without any special effects.
"Laughter and magic are the key motives of this festival and visitors will get a good helping of both!"

He hoped visitors might even want to pick up a wand themselves to take up magic as a hobby or career.

Fellow semi-finalist Stevie Pink, from Lowestoft, levitated a woman for the TV panel two years earlier, helped by his assistant Lick the Cat. He said television appearances boosted magicians’ careers, including his own which spanned 35 years. But he hoped the new festival would also promote performers to people thinking of hiring acts for local events as well as two days of mostly free family entertainment.

Other acts appearing include Happisburgh magician and mind reader Chris North, a former winner of ITV’s New Faces talent show, Steve Majes and Paul Henri.

St George's theatre director Debbie Thompson said: "We are thrilled to be hosting this new event which will bring a hat full of live magical entertainment into the middle of Great Yarmouth. St George's is keen to be a hub for community events and one certainly does the trick, with a liberal sprinkling of magic dust."

There is free entry to daytime shows, many of which will be on the plaza outside the theatre from 11am to 3pm, with £3 admission to daily shows at 4pm.
For more information visit www.magicfestival.co.uk, www.stgeorgestheatre.com or call 01493 331484.

Learn more about the two magic clubs, based in Great Yarmouth and Norwich, at www.tg-thegathering.uk and www.theanglianmagicsociety.uk