What we’ve been doing this summer

It’s been a while since I posted anything on the blog, so here’s a quick round up of what we’ve been doing.

We were medieval magicians in July, doing street magic on the quay in Conwy, and we also took part in the Conwy Jester Weekend in August. The lovely face painting was done by Kaleigh from HTC Entertainments.

It hasn’t been all outdoor work though; we were part of the Rachel Silva Show in Rhyl Golf club in July, and of course we’ve been continuing with the summer season. Those Were the Days, the 1940s/wartime show went on the road in August to take part in Penmaenmawr’s Wales at War 1940’s weekend. We performed in the community hall, and it was great to see so many of the audience dressed up, it made a brilliant atmosphere!

 We spent a day outside Asda in Llandudno, helping to raise money for their community fund and promoting our show, Illusionary. You can see more photos of the day on the Asda Green Room website.

The show itself took place on the 1st of September in the Orme Suite in Venue Cymru. Featuring High Jinx, Harley and Elemental, together with Dean Raymond and Joe Daly, it was a great night, and we’re very grateful to everyone who helped make it a success.

There’s three more weeks left of our summer season with Happy Faces Children’s Charity in Llandudno town hall. Tickets are still available for both shows, Seaside Special, and Those Were The Days. (Please note, Jay and I won’t be there on the 26th and 27th of September, as we’ll heading off to a magic convention.)

And what will we be doing next? Well, we’re back in the Tynedale Hotel in Llandudno at the beginning of October for another of their Variety Breaks, and we’ve also just started work on a project for a local car dealership. We’ll tell you all about it soon!

Illusionary – Venue Cymru 1st September

Gatling Magic presents in association with Venue Cymru Fundraisers, the first ever Illusionary: An Evening of Magic and Illusion. A fabulous family show, with astounding close up magic and a superb stage show.

Illusionary: an evening of magic and illusion

Featuring two award winning magic acts, including High Jinx, as seen on ITV’s “Penn and Teller’s Fool Us”, and the high-paced, colourful and exciting magic of Elemental, as well as a selection of close up magicians.

During the first part of the evening, see the impossible up close, as magicians Jay Gatling and Michael Jordan and others perform incredible magic at your table.

After the interval, the action moves to the stage, with a show featuring the award winning magic acts of High Jinx and Elemental: you won’t believe your eyes as an amazing world of magic unfolds before you.

 

Following the magic, there will be a retro disco for you to dance the night away.

Adults £10 Concessions £7.50 Family £32.50

Tickets on sale now from Venue Cymru Box Office: 01492 872000
https://tickets.venuecymru.co.uk/whats-on/Illusionary.html

Saturday September 1st at 7.30pm, in the Orme Suite at Venue Cymru, Promenade, Llandudno LL30 1BB

Important Message: If you are planning to come to see Illusionary, please make sure that you buy your tickets in advance, rather than waiting until the night, as the theatre need to know what numbers to expect.

You can get your tickets from the Venue Cymru website, by telephoning their box office, or by calling in to the theatre in person.

FISM – The World Championships of Magic in Blackpool

Jay and I had a holiday in Blackpool last week. We saw the tower, and the piers and the beach. As you can tell, it was a bit windy!

But we weren’t just in Blackpool to see the sights. We were here for this:

FISM stands for the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques – and every three years they hold the World Championships of Magic. This year it was held in the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

2012 is the first year the convention has ever been held in UK. We arrived on the Sunday, and went to the registration desk to pick up our name badges and tickets. We also got a FISM bag, with all sorts of goodies in it, including a miniature Tommy Cooper teddy bear.

The main part of the convention is the competitions – there were 100 entrants in the stage competition, and 50 in the close up. The stage competitions were held in the Opera House and were very popular, as you can see. The Opera House is a very beautiful theatre. The standard of magic was amazing. We mainly watched the stage competitions, as that is where our interests are. We watched one of the close up acts via a video link, as the actual hall it was being held in was so busy. The crowd were applauding so loudly that we could hear it through the walls of the building!

There were over 100 magic dealers from all over the world, each with their own stand. They were spread out across the Empress Ballroom, The Arena, and the Ice Room. This is a photograph of the stands in the Empress Ballroom, plus one of the ceiling. (I love old buildings, and I tend to get a little distracted looking around sometimes…)

We also went to several lectures over the week, learning new tricks and picking up interesting ideas. Conventions are a brilliant way to meet other magicians, and we met some well known magicians – Eric Jones, Shoot Ogawa, and our favourite, Topas. We also met up with some friends from our local magic club, the North Wales Magic Circle.

   

One evening, there was a special trip to the Blackpool Tower. There were drinks in the Tower Ballroom, and then we all went to watch the Tower Circus. The whole audience was made up of magicians, which created a wonderful atmosphere. The show itself was absolutely amazing, full of incredible athletic stunts and brilliant clowning. The show closed with the famous water finale, where the entire circus ring fills with water and dancing fountains.

The finals of the competitions were held in the Opera House on Saturday. All the acts were absolutely breathtaking, and there were several well deserved standing ovations. The winners were announced on Saturday evening, with Yu Ho Jin from Korea winning the Grand Prix for stage magic, and Yann Frisch from France winning the Grand Prix for close up magic.

We had a fantastic week, but it was very tiring!

Animal Magic in Colwyn Bay

This week, Jay and I celebrated our sixth anniversary, and we spent the day at the Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay. Jay took some great photographs of the animals:

The new lemur walk though enclosure was a brilliant way to get close to some of the animals, and the lemurs seemed to enjoy watching all the people too!

 

We had a wonderful day, watching all sorts of amazing animals. We especially enjoyed seeing the bird flying display and the sea lion training. The Welsh Mountain Zoo is a brilliant place, and I’m sure we’ll visit it again soon.

Welsh Mountain Zoo Website

 

But we did see one thing in the zoo that looked rather familiar to us… Can you spot it in this photograph?

Yes, it’s a poster for the charity show that we take part in every Thursday in Llandudno Town Hall! (Click here for more details about the show.)

Weekends in Llandudno, Colwyn Bay and Conwy

We’ve been very busy for the last few weekends. First was the Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza. It was our fifth year at the event, and the very first performance for the Mystic Emporium.

 

 

The following weekend we were at Eirias Park in Colwyn bay for the Way Of Life team’s fun day. Harley the Clown was there with his circus workshop, and we had lots of fun learning how to spin plates!

 

And finally, this weekend we were at the Conwy Pirate Weekend. We had  a great time, especially as we were working with Harley again, as well as escapologist Roslyn Walker. Be sure to have a look at their new Pyrate Circus website.