A truly magical evening took place at the Palace Hotel & Casino on Friday when the Rotary Club of Douglas staged a family magic show in conjunction with the Magicians of Mann. The performers were all competing for the title ‘Magician of Mann’ and the Arthur Culpin Challenge Cup, given to the club in 1959. The winner at the end of the fun-filled evening was Paul Martin from Douglas, and the award was presented to Paul by Mike Priest, President of the Rotary Club of Douglas. Paul’s stunning act included coins magically vanishing, only to appear one at a time in a small shot-glass covered by a pint glass. When the final coin appeared visibly from nowhere and dropped into the glass, the audience collectively gasped!
Compere for the sell – out show was Bev Michelson, who was also one of the 8 competitors. The other performers were Keith Greenland, Mike Clague, Chris Burns, Lexi Watterson, Michael Daniels and John Cain.
The Magicians of Mann meet on the third Tuesday of each month at the Catholic Columba Club in Douglas. New members are made very welcome and anyone interested can contact secretary Mike Clague on 878328 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information. Mike can also provide details of the Young Magicians of Mann, a separate magic club for 11 to 18 year olds who meet at the Youth Arts Centre in Douglas on Wednesday evenings.
Photo - Mike Priest (l) presents the cup to Paul Martin (r).