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Monday, March 18, 2019


(Brendon Peel)

Excellent entertainment for the children during the holidays and it is highly recommended. (Review by Keith Millar)

The Durban Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo has become the home of children’s theatre over the past while with exciting and fun-filled productions on offer every school holiday.

These holidays are no different and every day until March 30 at 11h00 the theatre is offering Alakazam!, a very polished and entertaining magic show for children presented by magician extraordinaire. Brendon Peel.

This show in magic in every sense of the word. Peel is an amiable and charming young man who has an excellent rapport with the children in his audience. They react in wonderment as he runs through a gamut of sleight of hand illusions such as making things disappear and re-appear, pulling scarves from his mouth along with a variety of card tricks.

To their great excitement and enthusiasm, the youngsters participate in most of the tricks – and, it must be said, the look of awe and delight on their faces is a large part of the entertainment for the adults.

My co-reviewer and grandson, Landon, who attended the show with us stated that what he saw was really magic - not tricks, and that it was the best show he had ever seen. He also informed Brendon Peel (in the middle of the show) that his Mom and Dad also had a magic trick. They turned ice into water.

After the show there is a colouring in competition for the children where they may win prizes.

Alakazam! is excellent children’s entertainment delivered by a likeable and skilful performer. Excellent entertainment for the children during the holidays and it is highly recommended. Don’t miss it.

Alakazam! can be seen every day (except Sundays) until March 30 at 11h00 – at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Avenue Umbilo.

Tickets R75 pp. Snacks and juices will be on sale. Booking is through Computicket or contact Roland on 082 499 8636 or email: or visit

Every afternoon at 14h00 during the holidays, Peel will be presenting a Kids Magic Workshop. Probably for slightly older children than the morning show, it promises that the audience will learn card tricks, sleight of hand, mentalism tricks, and a number of illusions that they can do at home. Peel’s guidance and expertise will assist on the first steps to performing magic for different people, with excellent results. Tickets for this show are R150. Or you can see both shows for R200. – Keith Millar