Friday, September 25th, 2009 - Cicerello's
THE inaugural Cicerello’s Fremantle Magic Festival is set to conjure up a cavalcade of tricks, illusions and enchantment this October.

From 10am, October 9, 10 and 11, magicians galore will be on hand to perform in Cicerello’s Mews Park every hour, supporting the Starlight Foundation.

Magic clowns, Punch and Judy, balloon artists and Captain Starlight will also be part of the three-day festival, followed by a gala magic show each evening in Cicerello’s Upper Deck function area.

Organised by the WA Society of Magicians and Cicerello’s, the overall aim is to continue fostering the art of magic.

“We’ve previously had great success with evening shows at Kulcha and being part of other festivals but we wanted to create a festival where the focus was purely on magic,” WASM president Ray Haddad said.

“This is an opportunity for people to see a variety of wonderful magic performers, whether they’re performing a show or mingling with the crowd.”

When approached with the idea for the festival, Cicerello’s owner Henry Liascos thought it would work well in the Fishing Boat Harbour location.

“I’ve had a great deal of success from employing magicians for different events and a whole festival devoted to magic seemed like a perfect fit for the families and tourists who come to Cicerello’s,” he said.

“We’re always on the lookout for new and interesting things to enhance people’s experience at Cicerello’s and the magic festival is another way for us to really engage with our customers.”

Allen Smith, 75, who performs as Magic-Al and Alfonse the clown, will be part of the three-day festival and is delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate all things magic with fellow WASM members.

“Whether it’s kids or adults, there’s something wonderful about performing magic for them,” he said.

“Kids are always mesmerised while adults are always intrigued as to how the tricks are done.”

A three-time winner of the Fremantle Family Friendly Award, Cicerello’s was established in 1903 and is renowned as a mecca for locals and tourists alike.

The WA Society of Magicians was founded in 1923 by a handful of Perth magicians and, since then, the club has supported numerous local charities and children’s organisations.

More information about the WA Society of Magicians and the Cicerello’s Fremantle Magic Festival is available at

Jean-Luc Marinai.jpeg: WA’s Magician of the Year 2007 and 2008 Jean-Luc Marinai will be performing at Cicerello’s Fremantle Magic Festival.

Magician Alan Moore.jpeg: Magician Alan Moore will be at Cicerello’s Fremantle Magic Festival from October 9 to 11.

Alfonse the clown.jpeg: Allen Smith as Alfonse the clown.

First Mate Fumbles.jpeg: First Mate Fumbles, alias Dick Wilkinson, is a magician and puppeteer – he will be performing a Punch & Judy show at the Cicerello’s Fremantle Magic Festival and roving as a pirate, performing magic.

Tom Tulp - Mot The Wizard.jpeg: Tom Tulp will be performing as Mot The Wizard at Cicerello’s Fremantle Magic Festival

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Cicerello's is a unique dining experience in the heart of Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour and also Mandurah’s Peel Inlet in Western Australia

For more than 100 years the name has meant not only the best fish and chips in a great location in the heart of Australia’s largest fishing boat harbour, but also freshly-caught seafood including oysters, mussels, crabs and lobster, enjoyed with beer, wine or champagne at the water's edge.

The characteristic informal and friendly atmosphere of cicerello's, matched with live family entertainment and value-for-money is better than ever. Customers include locals, as well as national and international tourists, all taking time to peer into the big aquarium that is a special Cicerello’s feature.

Cicerello's world-class aquarium display provides an amazing experience, allowing you to explore the spectacular local marine environment, without even getting your feet wet.

With more than 22m of aquaria containing over 20,000 litres of water, our team of aquarium staff have created a “Noah’s Ark” with more than 50 species of marine life, all caught in Fremantle waters.
Allen Smith - WA Society of Magicians
P: (08) 9526 0038


First magic festival to be held in Fremantle, Western Australia, this October.


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