Magicians descending on Wellington for convention video

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Magician Charlie Frye shows off a few of his tricks ahead of Magicians in the Capital this weekend.

When Charlie Frye takes the stage it's "one big mess".

Frye, one of the world's most in demand American variety acts, Charlie Frye, has flown into town for the Wellington Magic Convention.

The convention will host magic performances, lectures and workshops across three days at the James Cook Hotel.

Magician Charlie Frye is a master of juggling and card tricks and is in Wellington for Magicians in the Capital. Photo: ...
ASHGTEN MACDONALD/FAIRFAX NZ

Magician Charlie Frye is a master of juggling and card tricks and is in Wellington for Magicians in the Capital. Photo: ASHTEN MACDONALD/FAIRFAXNZ

Frye will also take to the stage with his wife, Sherry, for the Saturday night show at the Opera House.

"She gives me a hard time on stage," he said.

The silent comedy act will include tricks such as sleight of hand, physical comedy, and juggling with a range of card tricks.

"I mix juggling and magic together, into one big mess," Frye said.

Card tricks were amongst his favourite illusions to perform and he believed he could never exhaust the entertainment value of a deck of cards.

Frye last performed in New Zealand five years ago and said he enjoyed the audience here and was excited to be back in the country.

"New Zealand is great. It's a good best kept secret," he said.

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Robin Reynolds and Adrian Oldham from Papamoa managed to see a few of Frye's tricks and described him as "amazing" and "mind-blowing".

Convention organiser Anton van Helden said he wanted to invite the people he knew were great magicians so Wellington audiences could experience them.

He said the convention took more than a year to organise and included more than 150 magicians from around the country and Australia.

The Saturday night show will be hosted by Canada's leading comedian magician David Merry and will include New Zealand born mentalist and mind-reader Paul Romhany and Australian number one corporate magician Phil Cass.

Ticket information is available through www.wellingtonmagic.nz.

 - Stuff

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