NZ Labour Weekend
2012 (19/10/2012 to 22/10/2012)
those who are making flight reservations the convention
opens on Friday 19th October at 2.30pm and finishes on Monday
22nd October at 2.45pm.
Six headliners confirmed
Shawn Farquhar (Canada), Mark Mason (England), Ken Scott
(US), Felix (Spain), The Gillam Family (USA)
and Bernard Reid (NZ)
Cruise ship to Christchurch
Reid will be appearing on the Friday opening night show
and also he will be presenting his informative lecture on
the life of Houdini
career in comedy and magic started in his native New Zealand
and 2012 marks his fiftieth year as a professional entertainer.
From the humble beginnings of a semi-professional career
during his educational years, he has now worked in all aspects
of show business around the world.
In 1966 he received his first overseas contract with a tour
of his magic and illusion show through the Pacific Islands
terminating in Sydney, Australia where he worked as an actor
in half a dozen Television shows by day and continued his
magic in nightclubs in the evenings.
In 1968 with the Vietnam War at its peak he was contracted
to tour the country for the troops and at the end of this
experience he settled in Hong Kong where he became the Entertainment
Director for the Miramar Hotel. This involved performing
his show as well as booking acts and producing the shows
for the numerous showrooms during this boom period.
Whilst at the Miramar Bernard moonlighted, working with
a team of actors from Radio Hong Kong dubbing English soundtracks
for Chinese and Japanese movies. His voice is that of the
male leads in over ninety such movies including all the
episodes of The Samurai Television series.
His comedy magic act then took him to the Middle East and
Europe where he toured the nightclub circuit extensively.
America beckoned in 1973 when he was booked to appear in
"C'est Ca Paris" at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas.
He also has the distinction of having performed before the
late Shah of Iran, the King of Thailand and the former Prime
Minister of Canada, Pierre Trudeau.
His career for the last thirty-five years has alternated
between corporate bookings ashore and working on cruise
ships, which is a life he enjoys immensely. Having performed
in over one hundred countries Bernard has settled now for
more time at sea and less time on the road.
on the life of Houdini
Bernard has two passions apart from performing. Studying
the history of magic and the life of Houdini.
So much erroneous information has appeared in print in pulp
literature about Houdini that it infuriated Bernard and
he was determined to set the record straight. He put together
an amazing audio-visual presentation reproducing documents,
rare film footage and the only sound recordings of Houdini's
voice. As Bernard says, "I don't make any statement
about Houdini that I can't back up with valid documentation."
This amazing capsulization of the life of Houdini has been
presented to magic clubs in the United States and the United
Kingdom as well as in other locations. As Bernard is back
in New Zealand temporarily this convention is the perfect
platform for magicians to enjoy this unique presentation.
convention registrations will be
closing off at the end of this month on the
help in the planning for catering and events we need to
finalise our registration numbers. If you are planning to
attend the convention please register NOW
10 rooms left at the convention hotel
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