A childhood friendship is making a magical partnership for The Magic of the Illusionist, as the show returns to Blackpool next week.
Magician Michael Diamond and Andi Mac grew up as neighbours – but she admits she wasn’t interested in magic at the time.
“Michael was one of the first kids to join the Magic Circle when he was 12 or 13,” Liverpool-based presenter-turned-promotor and agent Andi said.
“He would ask me to help out, and I – quite sensibly as a nine-year-old – said ‘no’ when he asked me to put my head in a guillotine and things like that.I went off to do theatre and he went off into magic and we came back in contact through my working with Paul Daniels on the Penn and Teller show. And we now appear together in this amazing production which has something for everyone from six to 60.”
Andi says the unique mix of magic and special guests The B Boys, street dancers from B Twist Studios in Manchester, gives The Magic Of The Illusionist the edge when it comes to family entertainment.
She discovered the four-strong street crew when one of its members auditioned for her pantomime production of Pinocchio, which ran at the North Pier in May.
“Having worked in TV and radio, I represent some recognised acts but I want to give these guys a chance to get some experience in theatre,” Andi said.
“These guys have nothing in their CV in terms of theatre work, so they probably wouldn’t be seen at traditional auditions – but they definitely have the talent and deserve a chance to be seen. When they come on stage the kids in the audience get a chance to go a bit mad. It wakes them up and makes the show great entertainment for everyone as well as being a little bit different.”
Andi will also be presenting tribute and nostalgia acts at the pier in September.
* The Magic Of The Illusionist, North Pier, Tuesday, July 22, 7.30pm. Call 01253 623304 for tickets, £8.