Magic in the


Transforming lives through magic.

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Today’s African youth face a multitude of challenges. Problems such as poverty, violence, drugs, crime and the scourge of the HIV/AIDS pandemic have permeated the very fabric of our society, and are contributing to the general lack of hope experienced by our young people. There is a pressing need for creative initiatives to transform our youth and give them hope for the future.

Magic is a universal language that motivates and excites young people. The magical arts – which include sleight of hand, illusions, juggling and mime – are an excellent medium through which to nurture holistic life skills – improved confidence and self-esteem, individuality, respect, self-discipline, creativity and the hope to achieve their dreams

By sponsoring a student you can touch the life of a child in Africa in a special way. Even a modest contribution will assist in the training of this young individual, opening doors to so many opportunities.

What’s more, your support will shine a beacon of hope in a young life – knowing that someone cares.






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You’re one step away from making a real difference…

Over the past 30 years it has become evident that in order to effectively run our organisation ongoing funding is an essential part of the equation. Our goal with the Sponsor a Student initiative is to secure a solid foundation of continuous support so that we can employ the majority of our resources into what we do best – making a difference in the lives of young peoples through the art of magic.

By sponsoring a student in need, we offer you the opportunity to actively get involved in transforming a young person’s life. Our Magic in the Community initiative offers young people multiple opportunities to succeed – nurturing hope and vision for the future.

You will receive a welcome package containing information and photos of the student you have chosen to assist. We will also keep you up to date on their progress by sending you regular reports and information regarding their experiences at home and at the College of Magic. On occasions when you are in a position to attend College of Magic functions you will receive VIP treatment, and will have an opportunity to meet your student should you so wish.

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Phumile Dyasi was a bright eyed dreamer that first arrived at the College of Magic in the year 2000 at age 10. He was one of a lucky few that had been given a chance to enrol under the “Magic in the Community” project. His family lived in one of Cape Town’s surrounding informal townships known as Khayelitsha where he would spend his days and attend school. Life is not easy in the townships of South Africa and Phumile would look forward to the weekends when he could escape the dusty ghetto streets and explore a magical world where dreams and reality were one and the same. He attended classes where he began to learn the art of magic.

Guy van der Walt had begun his journey through the College of Magic 10 years earlier and after completing the 6 year course he had signed up as a part time volunteer instructor. This gave him an opportunity to see the College of Magic from a different perspective and to develop an understanding of the organisation’s inner workings. It was around this time that he met a young and enthusiastic Phumile Dyasi. A year later Guy had completed his tertiary studies and relocated to Johannesburg to pursue a career in advertising. Guy felt that the College of Magic had played a large role in developing the social and creative skills that had contributed to the success of his career and personal life and so when the “Sponsor a Student” programme was launched he saw in it an opportunity to actively enhance the quality of other students’ lives.

Guy chose to sponsor Phumile on a monthly basis and closely followed his growth within the organization from student to mentor. During his time at the College of Magic Phumile benefited from the practical skills he was taught as well as the social development that would equip him to bring about his own change later on. Phumile came from a background where he was faced with many life challenges and through the support and solid foundation he received from the College of Magic has now risen above those dusty streets. In 2009 he received a bursary from the University of Cape Town to study Film, Media and Journalism. After completing his teacher training and instructing a new generation of students, he has begun to sponsor a student of his own.