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THE ULTIMATE VARIETY SHOW (article first published : 2003-09-18)

Durbanites are in for a real treat on September 25 in The Playhouse Opera with a strictly one-night-only Ultimate Variety Show featuring magic, comedy and music. The show boasts a star-studded line-up of international and local talent and is part of Celebrate Durban week.

Presented by the Magic Lodge of South Africa as part of the Magic Convention Durban 2003 and Celebrate Durban, the Swedish duo Jahn and Gun Gallo “The Gallos,” will strutt their stuff in the Gala Variety Show. This world-class duo have presented their skilful magic, cabaret and comedy act in more than 40 countries over the last 30 years. They will also host a magical lecture and workshop, where the secrets of crooked gamblers are exposed in a lecture entitled Card Sharks and Con Men.

Experience the suave Italian charm of Aldo Colombini who throws together a hilarious mix of magic and comedy. This charismatic magician has twice won the prestigious Parlour Magician of the Year at the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. He often appears at Caesar’s Magical Empire at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

A feast of local talent will also be presented at the show – with comedy duo Aaron McIlroy and Lisa Bobbert; the song and dance group The Gee Jays; international singing star Helene Joseph; the radical magic of Vicus - SA’s top Dove Act; world-class ventriloquist Gareth Lush; comedian and singer, Stephen Cloete and the UBR Young Performers.

Proceeds from ticket sales get pumped back into the community in two different projects. The first scheme will see a group of underprivileged young people trained and developed in the Art of Magic and a competition will be held to identify youngsters with raw talent that can be nurtured. The second scheme, Project Magic, is designed to assist rehabilitation of hospitalized individuals - by showing and teaching magic - thus developing confidence and self-worth.

The Ultimate Variety Show is fast-paced, unique and promises much fun and excitement. Book at Computicket or the Playhouse Box Office. Block bookings are also available at discounted prices.




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