Press: International Stars of Magic transforms GrandWest into the ultimate magical paradise this October!

They’ve dazzled audiences in theatres across the globe for decades with their unbelievable feats of magic – now three of the top internationally-renowned magicians Max Maven, Paul Wilson and Rob Zabrecky, will transform Cape Town’s very own GrandWest into a marvellous paradise in the amazing extravaganza, the International Stars of Magic, from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 October, 2015 at 8pm nightly!


Hosted by the College of Magic, the Mother City’s only magical arts organisation, the International Stars of Magic forms part of the 2015 South African Magic Championships, a triennial event held to select the best magician nationwide.


Local magic fanatics will be astounded at the wondrous metamorphosis of the GrandWest into the ultimate magic convention venue during this three day fest with a series of exhilarating contests, demonstrations, panel discussions and more. The International Stars of Magic offers these mystic aficionados the rare chance to see Maven, Wilson and Zabrecky perform up close in the intimate environment of the Roxy Revue Bar.


Combining three nights of unlimited magic, three of the world’s most celebrated performers and the most entertaining venue in Cape Town, this is magical entertainment like you’ve never seen it before!


Set to mystify audiences nightly at the International Stars of Magic are:


Max Maven (USA) – The Mentalist,  whose performance is described by The New York Times as being a “category-defying mind-reading show that veers into conceptual art”.  Hailed as one of the greatest mindreaders in the world – Maven will be having you question what is real and what is not – are your thoughts really your own? For a taste of what this mind-blowing performer has in store for SA  mentalism fans, visit vimeo.

Paul Wilson (UK) – The Deceptionist, star of the BBC’s The Real Hustle, he is the world's foremost expert on cons and scams, a master magician, speaker, and authority on the art of deception. Paul Wilson proves that anyone can be conned and that knowledge is the only defence. Don’t miss this incredible glimpse behind the curtain of deception. . Visit vimeo for more.

Rob Zabrecky (USA) – The Virtuoso, two time Stage Magician of the Year from the famed  Magic Castle in Los Angeles, the name means ‘abracadabra sideways’ ! With a penchant for the weird and incredible – or a psycho from the twilight zone – doing magic, Zabrecky is renowned as a magical humourist who creates an abstract universe that pushes performance to its very edge.” See him in action on vimeo here.

2015 is a big year for the College of Magic, the only organisation of its kind in the world, as it celebrates three and a half decades of training adults and children in the theatrical performance art of magic and its allied arts.


“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the GrandWest in presenting artists of this calibre to local audiences in such a commemorative year for our organisation. Come and experience the very best magic has to offer this October!” says director David Gore.


Tickets for the International Stars of Magic show, which runs at GrandWest’s Roxy Revue Bar from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 October, 2015 at 8pm each evening, are R 190 and are vanishing fast. Book yours TODAY at


For more information about the 2015 South African Championships of Magic, please contact the College of Magic on +27 (0) 21 683 5480 or visit



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