Merlins Magic Festival Day - Sunday 14th May 2023
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SUNDAY 14th May 2023
The Academy Theatre, Birdwell, Barnsley S70 5TU
Merlins of Wakefield are hosting another fantastic one Day Magic Festival. The day will consist of lectures, workshops, surprises and finish with a Gala Magic Show in the evening.
If you would just prefer to come along and see some of the best professional magic, comedy and variety acts, then the evening show is for you, ideal for the whole family. If you would like to see everything, then get the special discounted ticket for the whole event. With a minimum age limit of 10 years old, and concessions for under 16 year olds. There is plenty of free parking, a cafe/bar open all day and is easy accessible from M1 junction 36
DONT FORGET - IF YOU BOOK FOR THE WHOLE EVENT, YOU WILL GET A MERLINS GOODY BAG WORTH AT LEAST THE PRICE OF THE TICKET!
Day event is from 9.30am - 5.30pm
Evening show is 7.00pm - 9.30pm
Due to previous years successful events, there has been a lot of interest, so please book early.
Entry is by ticket only - We will email you a ticket to print off and bring on the day, along with timings and directions to the venue. The evening show seats are now numbered and will be allocated on a first come basis - book early to get the best seats!
The day event.....................
There will be three lectures during the day :
Vinny Sagoo will be performing his brand new lecture 'The Only Lecture That Counts'.
Vinny is the owner and creator at Neo Magic. Since starting his magic business he has created many effects and lectured all over the country. This is his latest brand new lecture which he is presenting as well as having a Dealer stand with his amazing range from Neo Magic.
Kay Dyson 'Miss Magic' is one of Britain’s top professional modern day contemporary magicians. She has performed at hundreds of venues all over the world for the likes of: Victoria Beckham, Sting, The Rolling Stones, Roger Moore, even Royalty! Kay was even flown to America to appear on the TV show Penn & Tellers Wizard Wars. She joined Gerry Cottles circus as a flying trapeze artist and was a member of the flying Belle Stars, the only female flying act in the world at the time. Always the daredevil, Kay was flying into the hands of the catcher, completely blindfolded, when she suffered a terrible accident which sadly ended her career. After a year of rehabilitation, Kay’s love of travel kicked in and she landed a job as assistant cruise director for Princess Cruises. She continues to travel the world performing as a corporate magician and presenter. She will be talking about her amazing life and career.
Zak Stone has been taken ill, so will be unable to do his lecture. We wish him well and a speedy recovery.
Mark Lee is the co-owner of Merlins along with Phil Peters. Mark has collected Magic since a child and spent much of his pocket money on magic tricks. 40 years on, he has over 3000 magic effects, books and memorabilia in his private collection. Many items are rare collectibles that are never usually seen in public. For one day only, he will be showing and explaining some of his favourite and most ingenious items from his collection. His 'Conjouring Contraptions Lecture' will include items owned and performed by Paul Daniels on TV, Orrins Matchboxes and Warlocks Famous Glass Penetration plus many more.......
Chris Cross will be perfoming one of his 'sideshow stunts throughout the day. A real specialist in the art of Magic and entertainment, Chris promises a sideshow to remember.
Card Jam Session
During the afternoon, there will be some time for the most popular form of magic - cards! With several of our regular customers and friends showing some of their favourite effects. They will also be on hand to discuss any aspect of card magic including forcing, sleights and moves.
Merlins will have a stand on the day : www.merlinswakefield.com
There will also be lots of great magic available from :
Neo Magic - www.neomagic.co.uk
The Enchanted Magic Rabbit Emporium - www.theenchantedrabbit.com
Brian Berry Magic - no website
Razamataz Magic - www.razamatazz-magic.com/shop
Dark Artifacts - https://darkartefacts.com
As well as everything else, you will also get a free cuppa and biscuit to keep you going!
The Evening event......
Our evening Gala Show runs from 7.00pm - 9.30pm and includes some of the best
acts in Magic and Variety.......
DARREN MAC - Darren is a multi-award winning close up and cabaret magician and performs regularly all across the UK and Europe for both corporate and private clients. Darren is a highly respected children’s entertainer too and has a long standing residency at ‘The Web’ in York. He represented the UK in the European Championships of Close Up Magic. He has won the title of ‘British Magical Champion’ as well as being presented with the “Ken Dodd Comedy Award, for his unique blend of magic and comedy which guarantees to have you laughing and applauding his baffling magic performance in equal measures!
Dean and Kazia - Dean Raymond along with his partner Kazia Cannon are Welsh illusionists. A blend of comedy and variety, this fast paced and fun magic show is one not to be missed. Dean is a Welsh magician and actor currently living in Liverpool. He has been a magician for 13 years and has recently become a ventriloquist, he loves to incorporate his variety acts into pantomime which he loves to do every year. Both he and Kazia have recently worked on Red Riding Hood for Magic Light Productions. Kazia also loves to direct pantomime, she recently has been the assistant director on Aladdin and Jack and the Beanstalk for Just Entertainments. Kazia has also had her solo work showcased at Norwich Theatre Royal, The Lowry Salford and the Unity Theatre. This talented duo will entertain audiences of all ages with their boundless energy, charisma, and enthusiasm. So don't miss your chance to experience this captivating young duo.
CHRIS CROSS - Chris has performed for loads of celebrities, from Boy George's 50th in London and Alice Cooper's press conference, to entertaining the Prince of Bahrain at the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix! He's supported bands such as Bloc Party, Pendulum, Bonnie Tyler, The Stanton Warriors etc. at multiple music festivals and entertained for numerous celebrity only & VIP parties/events. And he’s here tonight! Watch out! This is one zany, energetic performance you will never forget!
KAY DYSON - Kay’s hilarious cascade of complex magic tricks combined with her charismatic personality makes her a refreshing re-working of the magician archetype. Kay has entertained at venues all over the world at corporate and private functions from Monaco to St Tropez, The Cannes Film Festival, Venice and The Dorchester. She has appeared on GMTV, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here ITV2, Penn and Tellers Wizard Wars, Sorcerer’s Apprentice
DAVE BURNS - Born in Warrington and now living in Lincolnshire. Dave fist fell in love with magic at the age of eleven but went on to study as an actor after leaving school. In 2000 Dave landed his first professional role and has continued to work in the performing arts ever since. Dave has performed his unique style of magic for over 20 years now, performing in venues worldwide entertaining a wide variety of audiences. Over these years Dave has honed his craft to produce a fun, exciting show that is perfect for all ages. Aside from his shows offering a feel good,
interactive experience Dave has developed magic that engages with people emotionally through music, storytelling and unbelievable magical effects.
HIGH JINX - Michael Jordan’s HIGH JINX magic, illusion & circus show is a jam packed show that will knock your socks off and leave you wanting more. Featuring grand illusions, crazy circus thrills and extraordinary tricks that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Appearances on ITV's Penn and Teller "Fool Us" back in 2011led to Theatre tours and Corporate work, culminating in him producing his own full length show which has been a highlight for families visiting Blackpool for the past 6 years. Whether you are 5 or 105 you will be amazed, puzzled and even
scared, but above all entertained with a fantastic range of stunning fast paced illusions and eclectic mix of visual magic.
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