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The Harry Potter trilogy comes to an action packed end this month when the final film instalment – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – is released at cinemas across the country.
As Harry, Ron and Hermoine say goodbye (for now at least) it’s worth noting that Scotland has its own school of young wizards that can match the famous Hogwarts for tricks, wizardry and magic.
The Hourwelcomed three of the country’s top young magicians into the studio to show that Harry Potter isn’t the only one with a few tricks up his wizard sleeve.
Mandy Fletcher (17), Chris Dougall (17) and Liam Black (15) were all given the chance to perform a trick each in front of presenters Michelle MacManus and Joe McGann, as well as an audience of The Hour viewers at home.
Mandy first started performing magic at the age of 5 and has been asked to perform with the prestigious Magic Circle in London. Her trademark trick involved placing three clear plastic cups on a piece of glass and turning upside down. Showing that gravity is optional, Mandy managed to turn the glass upside down without dropping the cups. Beat that Hermoine!
Motherwell supporter Chris’s skills have led him to perform in front of his footballing heroes and he has even been mentored by the legendary magician Kevin McMahon. For his trick, Chris asked Michelle to pick from a deck of cards and show that card to the cameras. Without seeing it himself Chris managed not only identify the card – 10 of Hearts – but even inflate it to over four times its size.
Last but certainly not least was 15-year old Cowdenbeath lad Liam. He has been performing since the age of 5 and won the inaugural Wizard Snappers competition at last year’s Edinburgh International Magic Festival. After asking Joe to pick from a deck of cards and show it to the camera, the young magician asked the presenter to pick a bowl of fruit from The Hour fruit bowl. Low and behold, Joe found his card inside an Orange!
Liam believes the best advice for any young magician is to start early:
“You can start at any stage you want but the younger the better. You pick up different tips as you go along.”