Nicola Cuningham kindly sent on the following review of what sounded like a fantastic night for USM Chairman Alan Kennedy's Dinner.
What an amazing day at the Rockmount Gold Club for our annual Ted Oldham Lecture and Our 2014-2015 Chairman, Alan Kennedy's dinner. We knew that we were in for a treat when it was announced that Mel Mellers had been booked to come along to this wonderful event but really we didn't know just how much Mel would help to make this event a laugh out loud show stopper!
The afternoon saw our USM members flock to the Ted Oldham lecture at which we got to see a glimpse into the weird and wonderful world of Mel and his cheeky little character that alongside his practical methods for magic, provided magical hooks and enough wit to get us all hooked on his performances of many great routines that left us wanting more.
The evening dinner as usual saw our younger members and established pro's take to the floor when guests arrived to display a glimpse of our magical world through performing some close of magic around the tables to get our audiences in set the mood for the Magical night ahead.
In his speech Alan made a very special award to our USM Secretary of 25 years Mr George Bleeks to show our appreciation for all his hard work and dedication to the USM and of course to Magic. We are all so grateful of your commitment George.
After dinner we swiftly moved into our evening cabaret.
Comparing the evening our very own Caolan McBride successfully warmed up the audience with his charm and magical skills then introduced Joel Mawhinney, 17 year old Mentalist from Belfast whom Caolan had the pleasure of meeting and guiding into the world of performance and magic. Joel's style was quick paced, lively and sharp and we are really proud to see and provide this young Magician with a platform to perform his magical effects with a well seasoned, magical audience.
Next the star of the show took to the stage, (well we couldn't get the star we wanted at such a late stage in the day, so we thought it was best to use our afternoon Ted Oldham lecturer, none other than), Mel Mellers!
Mel had the audience gasping for breathe from start to finish, with laughter that is. His sarcastic wit again really went down great with the crowd and his highly entertaining tricks got resounding applause.
What else can I say such a great turn out for a fabulous night. Thanks to Alan and James for organising it. Thanks to George for pinning down Mel and getting him to come to Belfast for this wonderful magical treat. Thanks to Daz for being our technical manager on the night. Thanks to Richard, Shirley and the Rockmount Golf staff for again providing this wonderful venue.
And above all, thanks to everyone who came along and supported lasts nights event without you events like this would not be a success and yesterday was just that.