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Magic man stepping up

• Howick and Pakuranga Times

HANDING OVER: Outgoing Shore City Magicians Club president Mick Peck, left, is welcoming Pakuranga resident Matthew Winnard, right, to the role.Times photo Wayne Martin.

MATTHEW Winnard believes he has the necessary skills to become not just an entertainer, but a leader.

The Pakuranga magician has been voted by his peers as the new president of the Shore City Magicians Club, taking over from professional performer Mick Peck.

Based on the North Shore, the club was formed in 1974 and is one of largest of its kind, with a membership roll of 30-40 magicians.

“I’ve been the club’s president for more than 10 years and decided it was time I ought to step aside,” says Mr Peck.

“Matthew has been in the club for about eight years.

“He’s a very keen amateur magician and he’s won national under-18 magic awards at different conventions.

“I think he’s the right person to lead the club.”

Mr Winnard is studying computer science at the University of Auckland.

He became interested in magic as a child and specialises in close-up magic using props such as a deck of cards and coins.

“I’m well-known among fellow magicians for my card work,” says the 21-year-old.


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