Photo Flash: Cape Town's College Of Magic Honours Its Brightest Stars At Glittering Graduation Ceremony
The College of Magic, Cape Town's only magical arts organisation, held two glittering annual graduation ceremonies to honour its brightest and charming stars at St Anne's Primary on Saturday 25 November 2017. Check out photos below!
Now in its 37th year, the College of Magic is the only organisation of its kind in the world and offers a six year on campus diploma that covers all aspects of the magic theatrical performing arts.
Each year, the College of Magic, based in Claremont, honours its exemplary students at two graduation ceremonies, one for the junior and one for the senior students. The Student of the Year trophy is awarded to the best all-round junior students with a record of excellent performance and participation in College life and events. In 2017, Jenna Shorkend and Grant Best were awarded Junior and Senior Student of the Years awards respectively.
The College also annually honours staff, students and graduates for long service, community service and excellence in magic theatrical performance and its allied arts. The 2017 honourees included Grant Best [who also won the Comedy Award and the Children's Entertainment Trophy], Sonwabile Mekuto, Sahil Samlal, Luvo Mrolota, Emma Hutchison, Anela Gazi, King Langdon, Isaac Gama, Amy Franz, Danny Guttmann, Dougen Hall, Santika Naidoo, Khanyi Nyakatya, Aaron Simon, Ntokozo Mhlongo, Anele Dyasi, Khadija Brey, Sesona Gagana, Sibabalo Zuma, Ongezwa Hlekiso, Mkhanyiseli Sidimba and Jeremy Moore.
Two Silver Medallions, the highest award to College of Magic offers, were awarded to Andrew Klazinga from Constantia and Siphesihle Ndayi from Khayelitsha. The Silver Medallion is awarded to College of Magic graduates who have finished their training and return to the College to present a qualifying act performed for public audiences in the field of either Close-up Magic, Stage magic, Children's Magic or the Allied Arts.
Two of this year's impressive honourees include rising juggling stars Anathi Fodo and Ayabonga Tshofuti, who were awarded the Colin Marshall Memorial Trophy for their clowning and juggling in the Imagine! Show.
Learn the art of magic at the College of Magic in 2018!
In 2018, the College of Magic will welcome a new generation of would-be magicians. Registration for the College of Magic's entry level Course One and Magic and Showmanship course for aspirant Harry Potters is now open.
These courses will commence on Saturday 3 February 2018 and fees are R520 per month or R2 850 for both courses (Includes lessons, notes, magical equipment and allied arts such as puppetry, juggling and mime and clowning sessions.)
Photo Credit: Andrew Klazinga
Sonwabile Mekuto, Old Crossroad's resident teen illusionist and the 2017 Western Cape Junior Magician Champion has continued his lucky streak by winning the much-coveted Roy Danby Trophy for his dedication to the College of Magic at the organisation's annual graduation ceremony on Saturday 25 November 2017. Image by Andrew Klazinga
Andrew Klazinga, Constantia's incredible magician, graduated with his Silver Medallion at the College of Magic's 2017 Annual Graduation Ceremony, Image by Andrew Klazinga
2017 Senior Student of the Year Grant Best with his mom Leanne, dad Stephen and brother Dylan at the College of Magic annual graduation. Image credit: Andrew Klazinga
Khayelitsha 's amazing illusionist Siphesihle Ndayi was awarded the Silver Medallion, the highest accolade the College of Magic bestows on its graduates for a qualifying act performed for public audiences in the field of either Close-up Magic, Stage magic, Children's Magic or the Allied Arts Image by Andrew Klazinga
Siphiwe Fangase, Hayley Tomes, Adrian Le Roux, Michael Saharin, Faris Jacobs, Mayibuye Mandela, Vuyolwethu Foslara, Jesse Brooks, Michael Barta, Michelle Gore, Marian Williamson Chadwen Jacobs, Justin Dorman, Stefan Coetser, Mathew Arora, Mkhanyiseli Sidimba, Ongezwa Hlekiso, Craig Mitchell, Stuart Lightbody, Khanyi Nyakatya Sibabalo Zuma, Jamian Fortune, Olwethu Dyantyi, Mawuzole Zuma, Asiphe Mnqika, Steve Sandomierski, Khadija Brey, Odwa Bauti, David Gore Jeremy Moore, Carlo Penso, Sonwabile Mekuto, Grant Best, Bruce Hutchison, Luzuko Bedi, Anele Dyasi
Grant Best, Goodwood's talented teen illusionist, won the coveted 2017 College of Magic Student of the Year award on Saturday 25 November, 2017. He is seen here with his Service to the Community Award. Image by Andrew Klazinga
Rising juggling stars Anathi Fodo and Ayabonga Tshofuti were awarded the Colin Marshall Memorial Trophy for their clowning and juggling in the Imagine! Show. at the College of Magic's 2017 Junior Annual Graduation in Cape Town on Saturday 25 November 2017. Image by Andrew Klazinga
2017 Junior Student of the Year Jenna Shorkend with her mom Avril and dad Eugene at the College of Magic's annual graduation. Image credit: Andrew Klazinga
The College of Magic's junior honourees at the 2017 Annual Graduation ceremony. From left:
Caleb Kannemeyer, Zeta Wanamaker, Logan Idas, Jessica Williamson, Alfred Baba
Heidi van Wyk, Ruby Park, Jenna Shorkend, Tristan Carter, Bruce Hutchison, Timothy Murray
Jennifer Williamson, Ayabonga Tshofuti and Anathi Fodo. Image credit: Andrew Klazinga