A celebration of wonder, enchantment and delight, Santa Claus is one of the most beloved figures in the history of mankind. His origins can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas, believed to be born sometime around 280AD in Patara, in modern-day Turkey.
Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends. It is said that he gave away all of his inherited wealth and travelled the countryside helping the poor and sick. One of the best known of the St. Nicholas stories is that he saved three poor sisters from being sold into slavery or prostitution by their father by providing them with a dowry so that they could be married. Over the course of many years, Nicholas’ popularity spread and he became known as the protector of children and sailors.
His feast day is celebrated on the anniversary of his death, December 6th. This was traditionally considered a lucky day to make large purchases or to get married. By the Renaissance, St. Nicholas was the most popular saint in Europe. Even after the Protestant Reformation when the veneration of saints began to be discouraged, St. Nicholas maintained a positive reputation, especially in Holland. The name Santa Claus evolved from his Dutch nickname, Sinter Klaas, a shortened form of Sint Nikolaas.
Though old and enduring in his religious roots, Santa is equally an emblem of a secular spirit and the symbol of generosity, kindness and goodwill towards man.
Adored by children of all lands, he keeps the child alive in all of us and does so with humour and warmth. He brings out our best selves and has done so for generations throughout time — all without one extra wrinkle on his face.
He provides a sweet, loving figurehead in a world where those qualities are sometimes hard to find. If history is a reliable indication, Santa will be alive and well for centuries to come.
In September I’ll be performing at David Hartnell’s Celebrity Quiz Night for Blue September New Zealand, the annual awareness campaign for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand.
The night has totally sold out the last couple of years so do book early, tickets are on sale now and are $35 which includes nibbles and bubbles on arrival.
Friday 9th of September 2016 at the Surrey Hotel, Grey Lynn. Details at www.BlueSeptember.org.nz
Great to perform my strolling closeup magic at the New Zealand premiere of Now You See Me 2 this week. The sequel to the 2013 heist adventure film opens nationwide June 9th 2016.
Set three years after the events of the first film, the Four Horsemen return for a second mind-bending adventure, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights. After outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in the hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.
A montage from The Amazing VAC Variety Show, May 2016. My thanks to all members of this year’s cast – John Rowles OBE, Tina Cross ONZM, Colin Parris, Barbie Davidson, Maryanne Rushton, Michael Colonna and Monique Feron with the Elektra Dancers. Our Master of Ceremonies was Patron of the Variety Artists Club of NZ, David Hartnell MNZM. Major sponsor Limelight Productions & Entertainment Limited, photographs by Shoot to Differ Photography.
Pictured with Hilary Barry at a recent corporate event. Hilary leaves TV3 in May 2016 after twenty-three years on screen.
Great to perform my birthday party magic show for broadcasting personality, TV and radio host, writer, columnist, MC and general multi-skilled media person Carly Flynn and her lovely family recently.
“Mick’s magic show was the absolute highlight for our son’s birthday! He captivated the busy young group with his humour and tricks and the adults enjoyed it too! We LOVED how Mick focused in on the birthday boy and made him feel extra special. Highly highly recommended!” – Carly Flynn
After a sold-out first year, the Magic Moments Family Comedy Magic Show is back! Join us on Saturday the 14th of May for an enchanting show starring some of New Zealand’s top magicians. Magic and illusion, comedy and fun for the whole family.
The best value family entertainment in town! Adult tickets just $15 each, children’s tickets $10 each. Family (2A3C) $50, save $10.
The must-see Magic Moments show is on for ONE DAY and two performances only – Saturday 14th of May 2016, 2pm and 7pm.
The venue is the lovely Rose Theatre, School Road, Belmont on Auckland’s North Shore. Free parking onsite.
To book call 021 0826 6616 or visit www.MagicMoments.co.nz
The Amazing VAC Variety Show is back! Proudly hosted by the iconic Variety Artists Club of NZ, join us for a great night with some of the top entertainers in the country. Music and comedy, magic, dance and more.
Starring John Rowles, Tina Cross, David Hartnell, magician Mick Peck, Barbie Davidson, Maryanne Rushton, impressionist Colin Parris and the Elektra Dancers.
The must-see Amazing VAC Variety Show is on for ONE NIGHT ONLY, Friday the 6th of May at the lovely Rose Theatre, School Road Belmont on Auckland’s North Shore. Free parking on site.
Tickets just $25 – the best value in town! To reserve your seats call 09 489 7514 or email : email@example.com.
Pictured here with The Hits radio personality Flynny. His son had a birthday party coming up and had asked Dad to perform some magic for the occasion. Easy right? Maybe not, so I was brought in to teach him some magic. Alter-ego The Flynnician was born.
Unfortunately his debut performance received a muted reaction and the birthday guests weren’t impressed with his cape, so I stepped in to save the day. Maybe entertaining the kiddies is harder than it looks after all.
“Thank you Mick for doing an amazing magic show for Leo’s birthday today … you are a great entertainer and a very kind person! Leo was so happy and blown away as were we. A very skilled and gifted entertainer and a huge hit with both the kids and adults. If you want an extremely memorable party for your child – Mick is the real deal. 10/10.” – Flynny
Courtesy Stuff.co.nz :
Mick Peck is a professional magician based in Auckland and a member of London’s Magic Circle, the world’s premier magic club. He was inspired by Paul Daniels to become a magician, and he contracted Daniels to attend the New Zealand International Magicians Convention in 2010. Peck shares his memory of the beloved magician who passed this week after suffering from an inoperable brain tumour. He was 77.
I’ll admit, I was totally star struck when I met Paul Daniels.
He was an inspiration not only to magicians in the UK but right around the world. And here he was standing in front of me. And he’d even brought along the lovely Debbie McGee.
One of my earliest memories of magic was seeing Paul perform the Magic Kettle on television.
A perfectly ordinary looking tea kettle could pour out any drink requested by the audience. Beer, sherry, whiskey, wine; whatever the audience called out Paul poured from the kettle and gave to the audience.
A smart alec called out “milk”, and in his inimitable style Paul tilted the kettle, milk flowed from the spout and was given away.
Hmm, I thought, maybe this magic schtick was worth looking into.
My first magic set was a Paul Daniels magic set. It caught my eye in a toy store, proclaiming “one hundred professional magic tricks”.
This was my ticket to ride, I thought, and wouldn’t leave the store until my parents had bought it. Read More
Courtesy Stuff.co.nz :
Pukekohe magician Mick Peck has been accepted into the world’s most prestigious magic club.
The Magic Circle of London was formed in 1905 and members include Dynamo, Paul Daniels and David Copperfield. Membership is restricted to top professional magicians.
Prospective members must undertake an interview process where knowledge and skill are accessed before the decision goes to a final vote by the society council.
Peck, 34, said that being accepted into the organisation brought a tremendous source of pride.
“I grew up watching many of these magic stars on television, so to be a part of their society is a real honour,” he said.
Members are granted access to the headquarters in London for regular meetings and lectures from top international magicians. They also have access to a library of 6000 magic books and an on-site museum which houses rare magic posters and memorabilia.
“Being a member of the Magic Circle is also seen as a stamp of approval within the international magic fraternity so will be very useful for opening doors when travelling outside of New Zealand,” Peck said.
Peck got his start as a magician in the 90s, performing at school and local birthday parties. He now makes his living as a full-time magician and performs throughout the country.
He is planning a visit to the club’s London headquarters.
Photo credit Emily Hung, article courtesy Stuff.co.nz :
A wonderful start to the year being named a Franklin Service Hero in The Post newspaper which is distributed throughout Franklin and the North Waikato.
My thanks to everyone at The Post and Paige McElhinney from Pukekohe who nominated me after I performed a show at her party last month.
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