Japanese magician to visit Cook Islands

Friday May 10, 2019 Written by Published in Local
Japanese magician Max Watanabe performing for the kindergarten students in Tonga. Watanabe will be visiting the Cook Islands later this month. 19050703 Japanese magician Max Watanabe performing for the kindergarten students in Tonga. Watanabe will be visiting the Cook Islands later this month. 19050703

An 86-year-old magician from Japan will be visiting the Cook Islands later this month, performing various magic acts for children on Rarotonga and Mangaia.

 Max Watanabe loves to travel the world in a bid to deliver hope, encouragement and laugher to the children.

After his retirement, Watanabe learned his magic skills by himself and started doing free shows.

He says he loves to see the smile and laughter of children and that is his only motivation.

Watanabe, who graduated from Nanzan University with bachelor’s degree in English Literature in 1950, began activity as an overseas magic ambassador in 1980s.

He has performed around the globe to as many as 105 different countries so far and more than 2500 shows.

Watanabe has also done a lot of charity work including donating wheelchairs, farming machines, clothing sewing machines, musical instruments and stationery.

He also engaged in constructing as many as 10 schools, three dry season vegetable gardening centres with irrigation systems, four boreholes for drinking water for the residents, and three workshops for women in Ghana.

Watanabe has won a number of awards, including the Japan’s Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Prize in international collaboration composition in 1994.

He is excited to visit the Cook Islands to meet many children and entertain them with his various magic performances.

He will be in Rarotonga from May 23-29 and will be performing at Apii Te Uki Ou and Apii Rutaki on May 24, Punanga Nui Market on May 25 and Mangaia School on May 28.

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