He’s magic in the making

2017-05-02 06:00
Aaron Simon performs a free magic show for the elderly residents of Doordrift Lodge in Plumstead to show his gratitude.

Aaron Simon performs a free magic show for the elderly residents of Doordrift Lodge in Plumstead to show his gratitude.

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Residents of Doordrift Lodge in Plumstead were recently entertained by an award-winning magician.

Doordrift Lodge is an assisted living or frail care centre for senior citizens. Nursing staff are in attendance day and night for those requiring temporary, incidental, permanent or frail care ­nursing.

Aaron Simon, a multiple award-winning and magician who graduated from the College of Magic and has travelled internationally, performed for the ­residents.

He says the show he had for the residents went amazingly well.

“It was such a beautiful and heart-warming day for me as happiness was brought into people’s lives through the art of magic. They absolutely loved the show and were overwhelmed with excitement. They were absolutely thrilled by the thought that went into the reason as to why I did show.

“Everyone was cheering, laughing, and there was not one person who wasn’t smiling. These types of reactions will stay with me for the rest of my life and is enough to make the world for me. It takes so little to do so much for someone else and that should be the prime focus of the world right now,” he says.

“Their response was amazing and they instantly said ‘Yes’. This brought so much joy to my heart. No matter how old one may be, there is nothing like feeling like a child again.

“It takes so little to do so much. Making others happy through the beautiful art of magic is honestly the greatest gift ever.

“A while ago, in 2010, I did a community service project at Doordrift Lodge for six days. Last week I went there and I offered them a complementary magic show for the elderly as a gift of gratitude and goodwill for allowing me into their home.”

After going professional this year he has been involved in many charity events, such as with the Peninsula School Feeding Association, Maitland Cottage Home and the Round Table.

In 2013 Simon was the youngest person ever to win the title of Western Cape Junior Magic Champion for Close-Up at only 15.

“Now I am the current SA Magic Champion for Close-Up which took place in October 2015 at Grand West casino. I was also the only magician in South Africa last year to achieve the Silver Medallion award (the highest possible award in the art of magic) for my magical achievements and abilities.

“I have also given a private show for Terry Fator (the only ventriloquist to have won America’s Got Talent) at a dinner in Las Vegas. Recently I was featured on a massive billboard on the Media24 building for magic. I was invited to join Entertainment Online, which is the largest online hiring agency in Africa. I am the youngest on the site.”

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