Showzam festival dazzles in Blackpool

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It looks like everyone will have the chance to roll up for some sensational circus fun in Blackpool, as next month’s Showzam festival celebrates the wacky world of the big top!

This annual festival showcasing the talented performers of circus, magic and new variety is the only one of its kind in the UK, so it’s a sure bet you’ve never see anything like it before. This February’s event promises a wealth of entertainment to satisfy everyone, with families and magic connoisseurs alike being promised something to enjoy at Showzam 2010.

The festival’s unique exhibitions and performances will take place at venues across the ever-popular North West seaside town from Friday 12 to Saturday 20 February, and taking a look at the programme of events, there’s some truly mesmerising stuff.

Whether you’re more inclined towards Derren Brown or Paul Daniels, you can’t help but be dazzled by magic performances, and Showzam is a treat for fans of the conjuring arts. The imaginatively-titled Magic Show playing on every day of the festival at Blackpool’s Grundy Art Gallery actually offers a lot more than its name suggests, and will see talented performers revealing how illusions and sleight-of-hand are regularly used in more shady contexts in the real world.

But if that sounds a bit heavy-going and you’d rather lose yourself in a traditional magic show full of camp theatrics and rabbits-out-of-hats, Queens of Magic combines magic, comedy, song and dance into a big-budget show at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, and features the talents of Fay Presto – reputedly Britain’s finest close-up magician. Sounds like quite a show doesn’t it?

So while it’s the magic events that have piqued my interest, Showzam offers much, much more – from Miss Behave’s Carnival Ball, featuring burlesque performer Amber Topaz and calypso Queen Marawa, to a scary sounding ghost train with live performers. Last but not least, the award-winning cabaret show La Clique combines everything from circus sideshows to modern variety acts.

And if all that isn’t enough to get your pulse racing, the white-knuckle rides of Blackpool Pleasure Beach open for the 2010 season on weekends starting February 13, meaning the one of the weekends overlaps with the festival. Has there ever been a better time to visit Britain’s seaside capital?

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