Unicycle races held at kids’ circus workshop

Children take part in a holiday circus workshop at The Gallery in Gosport. Instructor Matt Blossom works with (left), Charlie Harris (eight), Jack Large (10), and Katie Brawn (eight). Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122821-2)

Children take part in a holiday circus workshop at The Gallery in Gosport. Instructor Matt Blossom works with (left), Charlie Harris (eight), Jack Large (10), and Katie Brawn (eight). Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122821-2)

Martin Montague at his home in Swanmore   Picture: Sarah Standing (170555-6583)

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CHILDREN learned the tricks of the trade at a three-day circus and magic course.

Youngsters aged eight to 12 were taught how to ride a unicycle, juggle, and do street magic and illusions at the classes held by The Dramatic Entrance Company, in Gosport Discovery Centre, Gosport.

Other activities included an illusion of stabbing each other in the chest, escaping from a locked sack while handcuffed, spinning plates, how to make a handkerchief disappear, and how to make their head look like it was expanding.

And as part of the final day yesterday, children put on a performance for their parents and friends showcasing everything they learned.

The workshops were led by husband and wife Joanna and Matt Blossom.

Joanna, 27, from Alverstoke, said: ‘The children loved the whole experience – they all wanted to come back and do it again which was lovely.

‘They really enjoyed the plate spinning and escaping from the sack. We had a competition earlier in the week to see who was the fasted at getting out of the sack which went down well.’

Inspired by London 2012 there were lots of similar competitions, including a unicycle race and balancing competitions.

‘These sorts of tricks teach the kids a lot about co-ordination, balance and teamwork,’ Joanna added.

‘And they’re something different that they don’t really get the chance to do anywhere else.

‘Not a lot of magicians like to give away their secrets but we like to teach the kids some of them because that way we are inspiring magicians of the future.’

The workshops are running next week from Tuesday to Thursday in the Discovery Centre.

They are from 10am to 3.30pm and cost £25 for three days. Advance booking needed, call (023) 9252 3463, or drop into the centre beforehand.

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