Magic man Dan is ready to dazzle

BUDDING magicians will have the chance to build and perfect their repertoire of tricks during a magical tour visiting local libraries in the July school holidays.

Geelong-based magician Dazzling Dan the Magic Man, aka Dan Bingham, will host the two-part sessions at libraries in Terang, Timboon, Camperdown, Port Fairy and Koroit.

His opening performance, called the Pop-Up Magic Club, involves a workshop-style show in which children and adults alike can try their own magic tricks and learn new ones.

The first of its kind in Australia, the Pop-Up Magic Club was inspired by a meeting with a country boy in Castlemaine who was unable to attend magic shows in the city.

“We met at a local library and began quietly doing card tricks, next thing I know a young boy and his grandmother were beside the table watching us perform,” Bingham said.

“It turns out she had brought her grandson into the library that day to find a magic book because he wanted to learn magic. Soon after, two more children joined our table to discover more.”

Following the pop-up show, Bingham will showcase his favourite performance, The Magic of Stories, where he embarks on a search for his friend Casper the Dove, culminating in a large pop-up book of magical surprises.

Bingham performs  across Victoria, with one of his tricks having been considered for use by Japan’s Tenyo Toy Company.  He will visit Terang and Timboon libraries on July 4, Camperdown on July 10 and Port Fairy and Koroit on July 11.

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