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Tuesday, September 28, 1999 Published at 11:08 GMT 12:08 UK

UK: Wales

Making magic in Llandudno

Llandudno is playing host to magicians from all over the world

A total of 2,000 magicians from 22 countries are converging on north Wales for the annual convention of the Brotherhood of Magicians.

BBC Wales's Victoria Ellis meets early arrivals at Llandudno.
The event will culminate in a gala show which promises to show some of the latest techniques and magical innovations.

It marks the 63rd annual convention of the Brotherhood - the largest circle of magicians in Britain - which was last held in Llandudno 16 years ago.

Among the 2,000 delegates are professionals, amateurs and those who do it purely for fun.

New-found techniques

The main focus of the event - which is held behind closed doors - will be on sharing new-found techniques, ideas and trade secrets.

Assistant secretary of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and one of the organisers of the Llandudno conference Tony Shirley, said he was pleased with the number of magicians attending the conference.

"We're very excited to be back in Llandudno with such a good registration," he said.

"We've got members coming from all over the world - Australia, America, Switzerland, Italy and one act from Russia."

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