Destination Florida: Peter Moran
Reported by Geoffrey Newton

Manchester Magician Peter Moran is well known to the stars. No heís not taken up astronomy as well as magic, I mean TV stars. During his career in the technical side of TV, film and theatre production he has worked with many celebrities we normally only see in our lounge on the screen. It is for this reason he seems these days to be a favourite choice when a comedy magician is needed to support major events these people have lent their names to. A massive such activity took place when Destination Florida held a Summer Ball at Mere Golf and Country Club (Cheshire) last Saturday. The photo shows Peter baffling Kym Marsh (Michelle in Coronation Street) at a packed house also attended by other stars of the soap including Chris Gascoigne (Peter Barlow), Shobna Gulati (Sunita) Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre) and Graham Hawley (John Stape). The speciality act was in the very capable hands of Andrew Van Buren with his plate spinning extravaganza. The entertainment also featured Denise Welch with husband Tim Healey and Dancing on Ice star Matt Ivers. The compere was Darren Proctor from Key 103 Radio. The hostess for the evening was BBC Radio Manchesterís Becky Want who I remember interviewing me on her show during The Magi centenary celebrations a couple of years ago.

For the past 21 years Destination Florida has been specialising in providing holidays to this famous US area for children who have missed out on the fun and laughter due to illness. A full medical team travels with them to give as normal a life as possible. It is envisaged that the final figure raised on the night will exceed £100,000.

I feel the entertainment profession in general can be very proud that their talents can help raise money to support such worthwhile causes like this one. Peter is a member of The Order of The Magi and The IBM British Ring.


© Geoffrey Newton PRO (The Order of The Magi & IBM British Ring), July 2011