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Thursday, 28th May 2020

Magic just the trick for Mornington boy’s shyness

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Abrekebabra! Cillian O’Connor during his roadside magic show yesterday.

Driving out the Church Road in Mornington yesterday my eye was drawn to a sign offering a Free Magic Show. Intrigued, I decided to call in on my way back and I’m glad I did.

Parking up beside Moran’s pub, it was sad to see the doors closed, but I made my way to a gateway two or three doors away where a young boy was in the middle of a performance.

I was amazed at this boy’s showmanship and so was his audience. Coins were disappearing and reappearing, cards were changing suits, disappearing and re-appearing in seemingly impossible places. This was not just a young lad playing with a magic set, he’d done this before.

One trick especially amazed me, this young magician managed to solve the rubic cube in a matter of seconds the cube behind his back! This was the real deal. I’ve never, ever been able to solve the dreaded cube in my entire life.

After this performance, which was taking place in the gateway of his home, the young magician introduced himself as Cillian O’Connor, he’s eleven and he told me he’d been doing magic since he was just eight years old.

Cillian, who has Autism, first became interested in magic at a family gathering in England where someone showed him the severed thumb trick. At first he was scared by it, then wanted to know how it was done and he hasn’t stopped since.

His fascination with magic has grown ever since and he practices all the time, when he was just eight years old, Cillian became the youngest ever person to be elected to the Irish Society of Magicians.

“Normally they won’t let anyone in until they are 13 or 14” said Cillian, who is in fourth class at Realt na Mara Boys National School in Donacarney.

Cillian particularly likes card tricks.

Asked why he decided to start his shows for passers-by Cillian said that it provided them with a bit of entertainment during lockdown, was a bit of practice for him and it was also helping him overcome his shyness.

 Being a member of the Irish Magicians Society has opened doors for Cillian and it was trough them that he was invited on to the Abrakebabra TV show and he has also appeared three times at the biggest magicians’ convention in the world which is held every year in Blackpool.

Needless to say Cillian’s family, Mum Elaine, Dad Richie and little sister Casey (who sometimes appears with Cillian as his assistant) are all very proud of him and are delighted with his progress both in the realms of magic and with his Autism.

“The Magician Society members have been very good to Cillian” Richie told Drogheda Life. “They are very generous with their time, advice and experience.”

“Magic has been brilliant for Cillian, his social interaction skills have improved immensely” he said. “A few years ago he was a shy little boy who avoided eye contact and would spend a lot of time on his own, now he just loves putting on his show.”

You can follow Cillian  on Twitter and Instagram under the name Cillians Magic, and you can see his YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULxfuqffHSw

Here's one of  his videos:

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