Our OBFs (oldest best friends) have a son, Nathan, who goes to the College of Magic here in Cape Town. Whenever we spend time together we hear the fabulous stories of the place, and last night we went to Artscape to see the show Imagine, created and performed by the students of the College of Magic.

Nathan was part of the pre-show in the foyer (repeated at interval). He was a professor who explained to us all about Spidora, the spider lady. And he was brilliant. Nathan is an articulate, clever, passionate performer way beyond his 11 years. Go Nathan!

The show itself was a collection of magic acts strung together by a loose story, with a gorgeous heroine and a snaky villain. Some tricks were spellbinding, like the card trick by Olwethu Dyantyi. Others were cute and funny, and some were great fun with beginner magic.

What made the whole thing fantastic (apart from the totally full house of friends and family and others) was the absolute seriousness of it all. A brilliant and complicated set, that used the stage revolve nogal, as well as fab costumes and brilliant lighting and sound gave the show an air of total professionalism. And of course, it was totally brilliant that everybody got a chance to do their little (or big) bit.

It is obvious to see that the College of Magic is home to a lot of unusual young people, who get given a chance to be part of something truly magical. Bravo Imagine and all involved!