About 160 aspiring magicians graduated from the Claremont-based College of Magic at a ceremony held at Rondebosch Boys’ High School on Saturday 17 November.They were awarded various diplomas for completing six-year on-campus courses at junior and senior level.According to a statement the students were awarded for mastering different levels of training in magic and its allied arts, including juggling, puppetry and drama, mime and clowning.During the graduation ceremony students also received top achievers’ awards. This year’s winners were Jessica Williamson in the junior category and Duncan Shelver in the senior category.Williamson (23) says: “I am so happy that I have won this incredible award. I love magic because it helps me to express myself. Studying the art of magic is unlike anything else and I cannot wait to further my studies.”Meanwhile Shelver says: “Wow, what an incredible honour to be recognised for my achievements with these awards! What I loved most about studying at the College of Magic is the sense of belonging to a magical family and the atmosphere. I am going to miss it. I’d encourage anyone who is thinking of studying magic, to join the college.”The college also honoured staff, students and graduates for long service, community service and excellence in magic theatrical performance and its allied arts. Winners included Ann Pawley and Dion Wabanie, Alfred Baba, Sesona Gagana, Anela Gazi, Liam Hewitson, Emma Hutchison, Dale McManus, Lukhanyo Mpondo, Luvo Mrolota, Jonah Poole, Thando Rala, Sahil Samlal, Jenna Shorkend, Zeta Wanamaker, Gabriella Mans, Ruby Park and Anja Steyn.