Magicians head to Scarborough

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THERE will be plenty of rabbits being produced from top hats and the prospect of people being sawn in half when the Northern Magic Circle holds its annual convention at the Spa Complex this weekend.

Between 150 and 200 of its members are expected to attend the event to see top performers from across the world.

Two shows will be open to the public including today’s Children’s Showtime which features some of the UK’s best children’s entertainers – including the current Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Michael Jordon.

And the whole weekend culminates tomorrow with an All Star Gala Show which will feature some of the best magicians from the world of magic including:

• America’s Thom Peterson

• the current world champion of parlour magic Marc Oberon

• from Australia the elegant magic of Jay Scott-Berry

• regular Las Vegas performer Luke Jermay

• the astounding magic of award-winning junior performer Ben Proos

• comedy from Ian Keable

• the amazing juggling skills of Mat Ricardo

• and Sweden’s award-winning magician Tom Stone.

Alan Mylecraine, the spokesman for the Northern Magic Circle, said: “We’re really excited to be coming to Scarborough. There’ll be a wonderful atmosphere among old friends and the shows open to the public should be well worth coming to.”

He added that Scarborough was a “magical place”. He said: “We have an exceptional line-up of talent coming to the East Coast and we look forward to welcoming residents and visitors.”

Earlier this month members of the North Magic Circle visited Scarborough to publicise the event by performing magic in the town centre.

The Spa is currently undergoing a £6.5 million revamp and it is due to be reopened on Saturday, May 7, with a performance by the Bolshoi Orchestra.

The extensive refurbishment project has seen significant redevelopment of the grade II listed Victorian concert hall, reception areas, offices as well as the communication systems, air conditioning and technical equipment.

The team at the Spa is expecting an estimated 3,500 conference delegates throughout this year and a number of large conferences are expected to span a total of 18 days – last month’s annual national conference for the UKIP political party was one of the highest profile conferences so far this year.

A Scarborough Council spokesman said: “The Spa team is also in discussions with several other party conference organisers about securing some of the regional conferences back to the venue.”