Metal rings magically linked and unlinked themselves at a tap; rope mysteriously divided into two then rejoined before our eyes; objects were somehow transported from one side of the stage to the other – just a few of the jaw dropping acts performed live on stage at Ipswich Civic Centre by award-winning magician Sue-Anne Webster.
She began by changing one giant playing card into another – by simply turning it. Then author Geoffrey McSkimming told us how Sue-Anne inspired him to write Phyllis Wong mysteries and read from his latest book, Phyllis Wong and the Waking of the Wizard. (I’m part way through the first one and can’t wait to see how it turns out).
Sue-Anne performed tricks from the series with the help of several young volunteers from the audience. One girl placed an empty top hat on her head, while, across the stage, Sue placed a cube in a box. A moment later the box was empty and the girl looked in the hat – to find the cube. Sue made a huge feather pen stand on end on her hand, then the table it had been sitting on started rising in the air and trying to get away – she held it back only by the cloth that covered it, as it swung this way and that and round in circles.
My favourite trick would have to be the can of drink that managed to uncrush, re-seal, then refill itself right before our eyes, after she, Geoffrey, and another volunteer had drunk its contents. There is nothing like magic performed live!
Geoffrey McSkimming is the author of the bestselling 19 volume Cairo Jim chronicles and now the new Phyllis Wong mysteries: Phyllis Wong and the Forgotten Secrets of Mr Okyto, Phyllis Wong and the Return of the Conjuror and the newest story, Phyllis Wong and the Waking of the Wizard. http://phylliswong.com/home http://geoffreymcskimming.com/
Sue-Anne Webster has performed in theatres around the world, lectured on magic throughout the USA, Europe, UK, Asia and South Africa and judged major magic competitions at international conferences. http://www.ladymagician.com.au/