Magic of sheer enjoyment

4th September 1998 at 01:00
School: Timmergreens Primary, Arbroath; school roll 380; age of children involved 5-12; head Gregor Robson What was the best arts company to visit your school in the past year? For good, old-fashioned close-up entertainment, I'd mention Johnny Hay the Magician.

How did you hear about him? From his manager, Mr Vaughan, who's been ringing me up for about 15 years, offering me various performers.

What did he do? He performed illusions and conjuring - everything from Chinese rings to wonderful card tricks, disappearing objects and even the sword through the box - with me in the box. It held the children entranced.

Did you do any preparation beforehand? No.

Did you do any follow-up work? He put on a workshop after the performances and showed the children how some of the tricks were done.

What did the visit cost? Pounds 250.

Who paid? The PTA.

What was so good about him? He was live and close at hand. The magic was all there, the illusions captivating the children.

How relevant was it to the curriculum? Obviously it embraces expressive arts, but it was meant to stand on its own and provide live entertainment for the children - sheer enjoyment.

Contact Kenneth Vaughan Management, 0161 860 4857

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