News: You're Invited To The 2019 Western Cape Junior Magician Championships

Tickets are open to the public for this year's Western Cape Junior Magician Championships, which will see a group of teen magicians competing for top honours in several categories. Plus, the stage event will be featuring a special international guest.

By: Mandy J Watson
Posted: 14 August 2019
Updated: 3 September 2019
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The annual Western Cape Junior Magician Championships, which will be taking place in September and will comprise three events - close-up magic, roving or street magic, and stage magic - is open to the public this year, with tickets available through Quicket. Teen magicians (those who are aged 19 or younger on the first of January each year) from anywhere in the Western Cape are eligible to compete and the finalists of the close-up-magic and stage-magic competitions are selected ahead of time after presenting a qualifying act, while the street-magic competitors sign up on the day.

The five close-up-competition finalists and all six stage contenders are senior students at the College Of Magic in Cape Town, and the sixth close-up-competition contender is a graduate of the College Of Magic. This year no independent candidates submitted acts for consideration for the competition.

The six magicians competing for the title of Western Cape Junior Magician Champion in the close-up category are College Of Magic Course 5 students Alfred Baba and Jenna Shorkend; Course 6 students Liam Hewitson, Luvo Mrolota, and Sahil Samlal; and graduate Eneo Hollenbach. The close-up category is a demonstration of magic usually performed in a small parlour setting so that the audience is able to observe the skills of the performer up close. Since this is a competition and has a larger audience than one would usually find at a close-up show, the performers will be filmed and the video will be live projected onto a screen to ensure that everyone has a good view of what is happening. The close-up competition will begin at 16:00 and it is judged by a professional panel.

The close-up-magic competition contenders
Above: The finalists who will be competing in the close-up-magic competition are Alfred Baba, Eneo Hollenbach, Jenna Shorkend, Luvo Mrolota, Liam Hewitson, and Sahil Samlal.
The street-magic category is particularly popular with younger magicians, as it gives them a chance to test their skills - both magic and audience handling - in preparation for becoming potential future magic champions. The competitors rove among the crowds between the two main competitions and demonstrate their skills with cards, coins, and other impromptu objects. Members of the public are then invited to cast their vote for their favourite performer, so it is up to the young magicians to demonstrate their skills to as many people as possible and garner voting support in the process. The street-magic competition will begin at 18:00 and the competitor with the most votes from the public will be declared the winner.

The stage category is a demonstration of magic that's designed to be performed on a large stage in front of a big audience and can include traditional magic effects, big illusions, mentalism, and escapology routines. This year three of the College Of Magic's Course 5 students - Alfred Baba, Khanya Rubushe, and Jenna Shorkend - and three Course 6 students - Liam Hewitson, Luvo Mrolota, and Sahil Samlal - will be competing for the title. Luvo Mrolota placed second in the stage competition last year and is favoured to win this year but he will still be facing some tough competition from the other magicians as some of them have competed in the Western Cape Junior Magician Championships before and most have spent the past year perfecting their routines even further. The stage competition will begin at 19:00 and, much like the close-up competition, it is judged by a professional panel.

Jenna Shorkend and Alfred Baba
Above: Jenna Shorkend and Alfred Baba are two of the magicians who have qualified for both the close-up-magic and stage-magic competitions. 2019 marks the first time that either of them will be competing in the Western Cape Junior Magician Championships.
Once the stage category has concluded, and while the judges deliberate, the audience will be entertained by a special guest, Andrew Klazinga, who has performed his mix of mentalism and magic at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda and the Cape Town Fringe Festival.

Previously an international guest - Australian magician Josh Staley - was scheduled as the headlining act but he is now unable to make the event, although he will be in Cape Town later this year so perhaps local audiences will still get to see him perform. Staley has won multiple awards, including the Australian Institute Of Magic Junior Champion Of Magic award and the GC Magic 2019 Award, and was also part of a team of Australian magicians that set the Guinness World Records record in June 2016 for the world's longest non-stop magic show, which ran for 85 hours.

The 2019 Western Cape Junior Magician Championships will be taking place on 7 September 2019 at Bergvliet High School, Firgrove Way, Bergvliet, in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. Tickets for the event are now on sale through Quicket or directly from the College Of Magic and the R100 price gains ticket holders access to all three competitions. There is also free parking on site and the performances are suitable for families.

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This post was updated to reflect that Josh Staley is unable to attend the event and Andrew Klazinga will instead be the guest performer for the stage contest.

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