Soffer’s magic touch

21 July 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Larry Soffer was one of the magicians who recently entertained the crowd at the Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre in an event dubbed the Night of Comedy and Magic.

The magician impressed with a variety of tricks, the first which involved transferring Coke from a full can to an empty can which a member of the audience was holding.

Soffer, who also amazed many by bending forks with an unseen force, then he did a trick where he formed a paper rose and allowed it float in the air before setting it ablaze with lighting which led to it turning into a real rose.

Born in 1982 in Cape Town, Larry always dreamed of becoming an international star in the fascinating realm of magic and mentalism. Inspired by the artistry, charisma and showmanship of David Copperfield, Larry enrolled at the College of Magic in Cape Town when he was only 13 years old.

Four years later, he graduated with a Silver Medallion, the highest accolade bestowed by the college and his childhood dream was becoming a reality.

In the meantime, Larry took nothing for granted as he continued to hone his craft at the College of Magic. He began performing at corporate and private events, while garnering several national and provincial championship titles. Such were his talents that world famous Las Vegas magicians, Siegfried and Roy awarded him the Siegfried and Roy Masters of the Impossible Grant - a bursary for his final year of study at the College of Magic.

After graduation, Larry took interest in mentalism - acts of mind-reading, metal bending and telekinesis. Soon he began showcasing his skills on television and radio - making spoons and forks bend across these platforms effecting people in their homes, including fixing broken watches, making light bulbs burst, making TV’s switch on.

In 2006, Larry was invited to the world-renowned Magic Castle in Hollywood, the members of which are only the most prestigious magicians in the world. He went on to become the youngest South African to ever perform there and the only to ever be awarded membership at that time.

Larry is an extremely popular live show and corporate event performer, inspiring his audience to “believe to see” instead of “seeing to believe”.

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