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Shore City Magicians Club

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The Shore City Magicians Club Inc is now a largely inactive magic club based in Auckland, New Zealand.

Its members had ranged from beginners to full time professional entertainers.

One of the largest magic clubs in New Zealand in its day, the Shore City Magicians Club Inc (SCMC) focused on young magicians and fostering the future of magic in New Zealand.[1] Each year the club produced the "Shore Is Magic!" family comedy magic show.

The Shore City Magicians Club hosted its 30th New Zealand International Magic conventions in June 2010.[2] This has been the largest New Zealand magicians convention to date.

A patron of the club was Richard Webster, internationally recognized mentalist and one of New Zealand's most successful authors. Paul Romhany was made an honorary life member in March 2013.

History and objectives

The club was formed in April 1974[3] by Percy Dawson, Stan Hull and Ron Mogridge with an objective to foster the arts and traditions of magic, with a primary focus on young people. The club disbanded twenty-two years later in 1996 due to lack of interest. Shortly after this the club was overhauled and reformed by three of the remaining members including professional performers Bruce Allan and Mick Peck[4]. Each year the club presents trophies to the most-improved magician and to the member who has contributed the most magic at meetings throughout the year.


Lectures and guest performers

Guest performances and lectures presented during SCMC meetings and events have included:


27th New Zealand International Magicians Convention 2004

In 2004, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the SCMC, the club hosted the 27th New Zealand International Magic Convention in Takapuna.[5] The event was well-attended and received positive feedback[6], especially in regards to the overseas talent who performed and lectured at the event.

Overseas guests included Michael Ammar, Michael Finney, Tim Ellis & Sue-Anne Webster, Charles Gauci and David Ginn.

30th New Zealand International Magicians Convention 2010

The 30th New Zealand International Magicians Convention was held over Queen's Birthday Weekend June 5th-7th 2010. Headliners for the event were Paul Daniels, John Carney and Whit Haydn along with special guests Darren Carr, Debbie McGee and TC Tahoe[7]. The headliners of the convention appeared in two sold-out public shows called the International Stars of Magic show.

References

  1. Use Your Illusion
  2. 30th New Zealand International Magicians Convention, Hosted by the Shore City Magicians Club Inc
  3. Trickiest Club To Join
  4. Use Your Illusion
  5. WYSIWYG NEWS - 7 June, 2004
  6. 2004 NZ Magicians Convention Feedback Letters
  7. 30th New Zealand International Magicians Convention, Hosted by the Shore City Magicians Club Inc
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