Sheffield day of illusion is pure magic

Magicians using dragon props will be at the Sheffield day of magic.
Magicians using dragon props will be at the Sheffield day of magic.
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Strolling magicians will perform tricks for crowds of shoppers in the final event celebrating summer in Sheffield.

Fargate, Barker’s Pool and Millennium Square in the city centre are all to be transformed into arenas of illusion and wizardry for the last Summer Saturday activity on August 31.

Russell Hall, of city firm Magick Enterprises, said around 30 magicians will be hitting the streets to showcase their skills on the day.

He said: “We have had a lot of interest in the event with people coming from as far away as Leeds and Nottingham just to see it.

“People should come along to see the talent for magic we have in Sheffield and further afield.

“They will be able to see magic close up. There’s a lot of interest in magic at the moment thanks to people like Derren Brown.

“Unlike television, where people might think it is all about a trick of the camera, they will be able to see it up close.

“There will be a talking dragon, magic with coins and cards... it’s more street magic than the old school stuff.”

The Sheffield Street Magic Festival is free and will also include a stage in Barker’s Pool with regular performances.

It is part of Sheffield Council’s Summer Saturdays programme which has aimed to encourage trade and boost businesses in the city centre.

In total 20 different events have taken place over the summer, from Sheffield Pride to an open-air cinema.

And it ties in with The Star’s Summer of Love drive to encourage city residents to spend money locally.