Michael Neto will blend magic and theatre when he visits Cumbernauld

MICHAEL Neto is a magician, but his forthcoming new show at Cumbernauld Theatre is more than a magic show.

Michael (37), who hails from Portugal, is starring in a one-man theatrical production, Tragic Magic, which sees him play a character called Alan Sparks in a fusion of theatre and magic.

“The story is about Alan Spark, who is a magician who was part of a group of very famous magicians, but there was an accident which tarnished his reputation.

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“Now he makes a living performing at children’s parties, but he meets a girl who becomes the love of his life and the two get engaged.

“However he is constantly working on and performing his magic and as a result he lets his relationship fall apart. There is a conflict between magic and love, and he has to choose.”

Michael told us about his background with magic, and how it has always been a big part of his life.

“I have done magic since I was a kid. Every kid has a ‘magic phase’ where they are really interested in magic, but they tend to grow out of it.

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“I wanted to learn how to do magic so started learning tricks from books and have always been fascinated by it.

“I joined the Magic Circle and got a lot out of that and never lost my enthusiasm for it. I love it.”

Michael has been performing magic professionally for around four years and is a four-time winner of the Scottish Close Up Magic Champion award.

Tragic Magic is a result of collaboration between Michael and Glasgow-based Sonic Boom Theatre Company, who wrote and directed it. Michael will be performing the play in Cumbernauld Theatre on Friday, February 28.

Tickets are £10 and can be booked from the theatre box office on 01236 732887 or online at www.cumbernauldtheatre.co.uk.

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