When the going gets tough, magician Tony Steward has a reputation for pulling a rabbit or two out of the hat. So when he heard that organisers were desperately searching for a professional entertainer for a charity fundraising event in Essex, he volunteered his services … and helped them to raise thousands of pounds for two good causes.
Tony amazed guests with his close-up magic and illusions at a celebration dinner rounding off The Chris Barrell Memorial Charity Golf Day at Woolston Manor in Chigwell on Monday July 26, 2011.
Organisers are still totting up the proceeds – expected to exceed £6,000 – which will be shared by Clowns in the Sky and SupportLine. Clowns in the Sky funds research and treatment of childhood brain tumours and gives help and support to youngsters and their families, and SupportLine is a confidential service offering emotional support to any individual on any issue.
After the event, Clowns in the Sky organiser Donna Byrne paid tribute, saying: “Thank you, thank you, thank you Tony – you were great. You were like a breath of fresh air.”
Tony is a keen supporter of charities and as chairman of The Ilford Magical Society, he regularly teams up with fellow magicians to take part in shows to raise funds for charities and good causes.
He said: “I cut my teeth as a magician by performing at charity events and I never like to lose sight of that. It’s so rewarding.”