Mag­i­cal­start­to­ca­reer ofCil­lian‘TheGreat’(9)

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

MOVE over Dynamo – there’s a new kid on the block!

Nine-year-old Cil­lian ‘ The Great’ O’Con­nor from Morn­ing­ton has his sights set firmly on en­ter­ing the magic cir­cle and is well on his way as the youngest mem­ber of the Ir­ish So­ci­ety of Ma­gi­cians.

He is also a reg­u­lar on RTE’s ‘Abra­cadabra’ show and his fam­ily and friends have been mar­veling at his tricks since he was six!

“He is just pas­sion­ate about magic and he re­cently au­di­tioned for The Late Late Toy Show as well to show off his tricks, but maybe next year,” says his proud dad Richard.

“For now though, he will next ap­pear in episode eight of Abra­cadabra on RTE Jr, is prac­tic­ing new magic tricks so he can au­di­tion for more.”

Cil­lian is in third class in Donacar­ney school, and be­ing autis­tic, when he was first in­tro­duced to a magic trick at a young age, he be­came fas­ci­nated.

“Some­one showed him a sim­ple trick with his thumb and it just blew his mind!” says his dad with a laugh. “Straight away he wanted to learn more tricks, and it is bril­liant for his mo­tor skills - you should see him now shuf­fling cards, he’s like some­one in Las Ve­gas. A to­tal pro.”

Cil­lian is a nat­u­ral on stage, and his lit­tle sis­ter Casey (7) is now fol­low­ing in his foot­steps, pick­ing up his magic tricks and also ap­pear­ing on the RTE show. “He has met lots of peo­ple in­clud­ing Marvin Ber­glas of The fa­mous Marvins Magic sets, and Marvin has even sent Cil­lian some sets to try out,” adds mum Elaine.

“He is a mem­ber of the Donacar­ney Celtic foot­ball team, and his team is called The Din­gos, this train­ing is so im­por­tant in al­low­ing Cil­lian some down time for his over ac­tive brain, and helps him build up his so­cial skills also by be­ing part of a team.”Be­ing the youngest mem­ber of the Ir­ish So­ci­ety of Ma­gi­cians has its ben­e­fits too, as they were able to travel to the an­nual Black­pool Ma­gi­cians’ Con­ven­tion in Fe­bru­ary and also the one in Dublin in June.“Ev­ery­day is dif­fer­ent for Cil­lian, and per­form­ing is such a big big part of his life now, we are so so proud of what he has achieved, and who knows why lies ahead for our Su­per Guy,” con­cludes Elaine.

Cil­lian ‘The Great’ O’Con­nor

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