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The College gave me tools to escape the township life and be different but most importantly be the positive change in the township. The College has always taught me through magic that in life it’s always best to treat others with respect and humility in that way we become better people and be the change the world needs.

Mawonga Gayiya

Professional Magician & Entrepreneur

40 YEARS OF MAGIC – TESTIMONIALS

College of Magic graduates share their memories and experiences of being part of this singular organisation. From our first graduating class in 1985 and beyond!

2018 – Anela Gazi

2018 – Anela Gazi

During 2015 I joined the College of Magic family and every person I met was so friendly and loving. As time went by I was officially part of the family. I met friends, sisters, brothers and supporters. When I was studying magic I was not taught about magic only I was...

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2015 – Jamian Fortune

2015 – Jamian Fortune

When I was a kid and up-until-today I am still very curious on how things are done and how they work. Magic has been a great art in fulfilling my tea cup, it has helped me professionally and personally in so many ways. Today I can think a few years back and would not...

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2014 – Santika Naidoo

2014 – Santika Naidoo

Having lived behind the College of Magic for the first thirteen years of my life, it only made sense that I would enrol at the age of ten. If not necessarily for my own creative interests – then at the very least to find out what these noisy neighbours were getting up...

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2010 – Matt Ross

2010 – Matt Ross

Congratulations are most definitely in order! 40 years of impacting thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of lives is a feat not many organisations can claim to have done.  A lifetime & legacy to be proud of & what’s exciting is that it’s only just...

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2009 – Nkumbuzo Nkonyana

2009 – Nkumbuzo Nkonyana

My name is Nkumbuzo Nkonyana my journey with the College of Magic began in 2006 when I was 16 years old. I was accepted for Magic & Showmanship course which was a bit advanced than starting from Course One with 10 year olds. It was my first experience of being in...

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2009 – Michelle Gore

2009 – Michelle Gore

People whoknow me will know that magic has always been a part of my life. My entire family has been involved in magic. My parents were entertainers, my brothers and cousins all perform and were students at the College of Magic, and my uncle David is the founder of the...

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2009 – Mawonga Gayiya

2009 – Mawonga Gayiya

I was born and raised in Khayelitsha, a township in Cape Town in a household of three people. A little family with a single mother raising two boys in a hard township life. Fortunately, Khonzekhile, my brother was a student at the College of Magic. Every Saturday I...

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2008 – Michael Saharin

2008 – Michael Saharin

What does the College of Magic mean to me? It’s 17 years of my 28 years of life. It’s the only organisation that I’ve been committed to and regularly involved with, for that long. It’s a family away from home. It’s the place that taught me many of the important things...

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2006 – Nicholas Rix

2006 – Nicholas Rix

It was during a visit to the ‘Magic Shop’ 2002 that I stumbled across an organisation that would change the trajectory of my life forever. With a keen interest in juggling initially, I had never considered the hidden wonders of the art of magic and the life skills it...

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2005 – Wade Petersen

2005 – Wade Petersen

Unbeknown to me, I had just cast my first magical spell… one that would forever define the course of my life. My parents may not have heard the walls resound, the wind change direction, nor witnessed the glowing lights abound as I did, but with their smiles they...

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2004 – Carlo Penso

2004 – Carlo Penso

I walked through the gates of the College of Magic one cloudy morning in 1999 on a visit. My parents were told I should attend the college by my puppetry teacher, Mr Doug Price. The first people I met on my visit were Director, David Gore and teacher, Steve...

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2003 – Matthew Gore

2003 – Matthew Gore

As a youngster, who isn’t fascinated by the art of magic? A world where anything is possible. A wave of a wand makes rabbits appear, snapping your fingers and a coin appears. Growing up having David Gore, an amazing Magician as your uncle is unreal. As a young boy, I...

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2000 – Jean-Pierre Murray-Kline

2000 – Jean-Pierre Murray-Kline

As I moved from the rear seat of the taxi I could feel eyes on the back of my neck. I must have looked out of place. Bowtie, waistcoat and very shiny shoes. My brief case, the traditional sidekick of a magician, was knocking the door as I squeezed out of the...

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1996 – Guy van der Walt

1996 – Guy van der Walt

My name is Guy, I'm 39 years old, a graduate and long-time supporter of the College of Magic. I was first introduced to the College by a friend in 1990 and was instantly drawn in to the mysterious alternate reality. Even today the notion of an actual school that...

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1992 – Jacques le Sueur

1992 – Jacques le Sueur

I arrived on the doorstep of the College of Magic as a dorky kid with very big glasses and a bush of hair... I'd seen the College's display stand at the Design For Living Expo, and I clearly remember seeing a miniature lady in a fishbowl, and watching with wide eyes...

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1992 – Diane May

1992 – Diane May

I joined the College of Magic 32 years ago; and never realised how this was going to mould my life ahead. We were still based in the Plumstead premises in those days, and the walls of the College became my second home. I loved being a part of this institution, and...

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1985 – Carl van Blerk

1985 – Carl van Blerk

Long before the days of Harry Potter visiting Diagon Alley and getting has very own wand from Ollivander’s – youngsters from across Cape Town were getting their very own magic wands from the College of Magic.   I was one of those fortunate 10 year old’s who had the...

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1985 – Kenny WIlliamson

1985 – Kenny WIlliamson

So, here we are … in Cape Town during lockdown, June 2020. The College of Magic has had their 40th anniversary earlier this year. Luckily there was an opportunity for wishes at their function. However, since then, the World has gone virtual. Which in itself, is quite...

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