Two of Cape Town’s most beguiling teens, Jamian Fortune and Vuyolwethu Foslara, were crowned the 2016 Western Cape Junior Magician Championship winners at Milnerton High School.
Hosted by the College of Magic, Cape Town’s only magical arts organisation, the championship was a thrilling showdown, testing the mettle of eleven of the province’s most talented teen wizards in the art of magic.
But there could only be two winners: Jamian (19) from Bishop Lavis took top honours in the Close-Up magic category while Vuyolwethu (18) from Khayelitsha snagged the Stage magic title.
Jamian held spectators in thrall with his comedic repartee and blink-and-you-miss-it sleights and card effects, while Vuyolwethu paired his love of watching flowers grow with a passion for grand illusions in a fascinating florist magic act.
The charming duo’s imaginative acts and hard work paid off, captivating the attention and approval of celebrity judges and star graduates of the College of Magic: Francis Chouler, Marcel Pretorius, Stuart Taylor and Sithembele Tyutula.
Jamian, a burgeoning tech whizz and first-time championship competitor, is thrilled with his achievement.
“This is just unbelievable. I always enjoy the reactions my performance gets from audiences but to be recognised for it by such a prestigious panel of judges is a real honour.”
Vuyolwethu, an accomplished performer who has previously competed in the 2014 edition of the championship, adds:
“Winning the Stage Magician Championship title is a dream come true for me and proof that with magic, anything is possible. I look forward to sharing my winning act with the world.”
The terrific twosome, who can now proudly lay claim to the prestigious championship titles as well opportunities to perform at international magical events
Celebrating 36 years of teaching the art of magic and its allied arts as well as vital life-skills to children and adults in 2016, the College of Magic is a non-profit organisation and the only one of its kind in the world. The College has been hosting the championship for more than 30 years.