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Circus and magic show set to conjure up some cash for annual family fun day

PUBLISHED: 16:25 02 November 2018 | UPDATED: 16:27 02 November 2018

Magician and clown pals Robbie James and Alex Morley, who are staging a circus variety show at North Walsham's Atrium centre in aid of the town's annual fun day. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Magician and clown pals Robbie James and Alex Morley, who are staging a circus variety show at North Walsham's Atrium centre in aid of the town's annual fun day. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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A pair of entertainer pals are hoping to add a touch of magic to North Walsham’s annual family fun day, by donating part of the proceeds of a circus-themed variety show they are staging at the town’s Atrium community arts centre to the popular summertime event.

Magician and clown pals Robbie James and Alex Morley on stage. Photo: suppliedMagician and clown pals Robbie James and Alex Morley on stage. Photo: supplied

Multi-talented former Cromer High School student Robbie James, who began doing magic tricks for his family and friends at the age of six and went on to appear on TV shows including Blue Peter, has been entertaining audiences with his comedy, magic and singing skills for more than ten years.

After a three-year stint entertaining holidaymakers in Spain, he returned to Norfolk a year ago and began performing with Watton-based circus clown Alex Morley, who toured the country with London-based Zippo’s Circus before taking on the job of producer and resident clown with Norfolk regulars Russells International Circus.

Magician and clown pals Robbie James and Alex Morley on stage. Photo: suppliedMagician and clown pals Robbie James and Alex Morley on stage. Photo: supplied

Since setting up Alex Morley Productions a couple of years ago, he has hosted regular variety shows at Melsop Park Farm, at Scoulton, also teaming up with Robbie to take a family circus show featuring comedy, magic, jugglers and acrobats on a tour of village halls in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

The pair, whose latest venture has seen them host ‘laughter care’ shows at residential homes and day centres, came up with the idea of staging a family show at the Atrium after being asked by North Walsham Fun Day organisers for their support.

Robbie James and Alex Morley entertaining audiences with one of the illusions featured in their Fun Time Circus show. Photo: suppliedRobbie James and Alex Morley entertaining audiences with one of the illusions featured in their Fun Time Circus show. Photo: supplied

“A lot of what we do involves working in smaller communities, so we know just how important these events are,” Alex said. “And, because we regularly perform in the area, we thought it would be nice to do something for people who know us.” .

The show will feature, comedy, magic and illusions from Robbie and traditional clowning from Alex, with a supporting cast ranging from acrobats, to mascot characters.

“We think it will be a great event, not just for kids, but for the whole familiy,” Alex said.

Fun Time Circus, featuring comedy, magic, acrobatics and circus skills, will be at The Atrium, Spenser Avenue, North Walsham, at 3pm on November 10. Tickets, priced £12 adults, £10 children, are available by phoning 01953 665001 or from www.ticketsource.co.uk/alexmorleyproductions

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