It’s a magic time for Scarborough

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CONJURERS and magicians will be heading to Scarborough’s Spa for a conference next month.

Magicians from across Europe will appear at the event which is predicted to attract between 150 and 200 people.

The news comes as Scarborough Council announced that the £6.5 million revamp of the Spa is due to be completed on Saturday May 7.

Alan Mylecraine, spokesman for the Northern Magic Circle Convention, said the conjurers’ convention will take place on the weekend of April 16 and 17.

“Scarborough is a magical place and we are very much looking forward to our gathering in April,” he said.

“We have an exceptional line-up of talent coming to the East Coast and we look forward to welcoming residents and visitors to our public shows.”

During the convention there will be two shows open to the public including a children’s showtime on the Saturday. It will feature some of the UK’s best children’s entertainers including Michael Jordon who is the current Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year.

The weekend will culminate in a show with some of the best magicians from the world of magic, including:

- America’s Thom Peterson direct from the Magic Castle

- current world champion of parlour magic Marc Oberon

- Jay Scott-Berry from Australia

- Las Vegas performer Luke Jermay

- award-winning junior performer Ben Proos

- Tom Stone, Sweden’s award-winning magician.

A Scarborough Council spokesman said: “Around 3,500 conference delegates are expected to visit Scarborough Spa during 2011 – with the possibility of more on the horizon. The Spa team has secured a variety of large conferences for the season, spanning a total of 18 days.

“One of the most high profile will be the UKIP political party annual conference, to be held at the Spa this weekend.

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

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.

Jo Ager, Spa Sales Development Manager said: “We are delighted to be getting the Grand Hall back better than ever.”

The Spa will be running a variety of launch activities starting with an evening with The Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, May 7.