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Sunday, July 24, 2016


(Darryn Le Grange, Bennie Matthee, Neil Hazell, Peter Warby, Adi Paxton, Wayne Driver, Ricki Gray & Russell Comrie)

A cast of over a dozen performers will be casting their ‘spell’ over Durban audiences when The South African Magical Society (SAMS) hosts its annual showcase at Rhumbelow Theatre highlighting the best of Durban’s magical talent.

The show, titled Magical Mayhem has many brand new facets for patrons to enjoy. Producer Ricki Gray, already no stranger to Durban audiences, explains that the family friendly show is designed to attract audiences that have enjoyed previous shows hosted by SAMS as well as attract new audiences.

“There are many new surprises in store,” Gray explains. “For example, this year Roland Stansell, long-time member of the magical society, is hosting the show as Grand Panto Dame, Miss Direction.”

The show will feature both amateur and professional magicians and will include a variety of magical acts, from illusions to cards and from mentalism to comedy. By popular demand, once again, magicians will not only be performing on stage, but at the tables. This style of magic - called close-up or intimate magic - will allow audiences to experience magic like never before; up close and personal.

Presented by Rhumbelow Theatre in association with the South African Magical Society, performances of Magical Mayhem take place on July 29 and 30 at 20h00 and on July 31 at 14h00. The venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner.

Tickets R140 (R120 pensioners and tables of eight or more). Children (under 13) R70. Take along food picnic baskets. Braais will be available. There is limited secure parking and booking is essential. A cash bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). Rhumbelow Durban is situated at 42 Cunningham Road off Bartle Road in Umbilo.

Booking is through Computicket or contact Roland on 082 499 8636, email or visit