Michael Neto will blend magic and theatre when he visits Cumbernauld

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MICHAEL Neto is a magician, but his forthcoming new show at Cumbernauld Theatre is more than a magic show.

Michael (37), who hails from Portugal, is starring in a one-man theatrical production, Tragic Magic, which sees him play a character called Alan Sparks in a fusion of theatre and magic.

“The story is about Alan Spark, who is a magician who was part of a group of very famous magicians, but there was an accident which tarnished his reputation.

“Now he makes a living performing at children’s parties, but he meets a girl who becomes the love of his life and the two get engaged.

“However he is constantly working on and performing his magic and as a result he lets his relationship fall apart. There is a conflict between magic and love, and he has to choose.”

Michael told us about his background with magic, and how it has always been a big part of his life.

“I have done magic since I was a kid. Every kid has a ‘magic phase’ where they are really interested in magic, but they tend to grow out of it.

“I wanted to learn how to do magic so started learning tricks from books and have always been fascinated by it.

“I joined the Magic Circle and got a lot out of that and never lost my enthusiasm for it. I love it.”

Michael has been performing magic professionally for around four years and is a four-time winner of the Scottish Close Up Magic Champion award.

Tragic Magic is a result of collaboration between Michael and Glasgow-based Sonic Boom Theatre Company, who wrote and directed it. Michael will be performing the play in Cumbernauld Theatre on Friday, February 28.

Tickets are £10 and can be booked from the theatre box office on 01236 732887 or online at www.cumbernauldtheatre.co.uk.