Humanitarian magician Jamie Balfour-Paul (stage name Jamie Jibberish) launched the self-funded, independent initiative Magic for Smiles in Lebanon in early 2016, following a 30-year career working for major charities operating in the Arab world, Horn of Africa and East Africa. He works primarily with children amongst a refugee population of 1.5 to 2 million – or at least 1 in 4 of the population – mostly Syrians and Palestinians, as well as with poor Lebanese. Working through local and international organisations in Lebanon, he provides magic shows for these kids, as well as providing some tuition. The project promotes magic as a form of psycho-social support for traumatised or stressed children offering many benefits in addition to entertainment.
You are warmly invited to come along to hear his fascinating illustrated talk, with magic demonstrations, about the power of magic to enrich the lives of refugee and other vulnerable children living in exceptionally deprived circumstances in Lebanon and beyond. The event is mainly awareness and fundraising but tricks will be inserted to demonstrate the points made, and children are therefore welcome.
Tickets: Donations are £6 or more at the door.
Venue and time: 1830 in Nomads Tent, Edinburgh EH8 9SH on 1 November. Refreshments will be available.