Getting up to tricks

VIDEO ONE of the biggest magic shows Suffolk has ever seen took place this weekend, with an array of international performers wowing the crowd with their tricks.

ONE of the biggest magic shows Suffolk has ever seen took place this weekend, with an array of international performers wowing the crowd with their tricks.

More than 400 people packed out the Ipswich Corn Exchange yesterdayto see stars such as Channel 4's Michael J. Fitch and the first lady of magic, Juliana Chen, who flew in from her show in Las Vegas.

The sell-out show was the finale of a day of magic organised by Ipswich Magic Society for its annual convention.

It had everything from mind-reading to card tricks, with Michael J. Fitch, who lives in Colchester, opening a sealed box with his rugby prediction live on stage.

The daytime activities included top magicians giving demonstrations and disclosing their closely-guarded secrets to society members.

The convention returned to Ipswich from Needham Market, where it had been held in recent years, due to demand from the public.

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Richard Whymark, the president of the society, said it now had more members than ever before, with magic enjoying a renaissance off the back of street performers such as David Blaine.

Simon Shaw, secretary of the society, said: “It was a fantastic day where we catered for all aspects of magic and it's nice to bring it back to Ipswich.”

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