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Steve Price
Steve to bring gospel magic to Norwich church

Christian magician Steve Price will be performing his astonishing ‘gospel magic’ show at a Norwich church on December 7. Helen Baldry reports.
 


 
A past secretary of The Magic Circle, Steve Price is one of the UK's busiest and most established magicians. His desire is to amaze and amuse his audience, and at the show at Norwich Central Baptist Church he will share his Christian faith as part of the performance.

At the age of ten, Steve was given a Paul Daniels magic set, which sparked an interest in the concept. Over the years, he honed his tricks, comedy and sleight of hand, became a full-time professional performer and his show has won him The Magic Circle’s Originality Prize.

Steve said, “I was brought up in a Christian family, so I was taken to church for many years.  When I went to university in Loughborough, I then had the choice - do I want to make this faith my own?  I’m pleased to say that I did, and my church in Loughborough was a place where my faith went from strength to strength.”

Steve builds up a rapport with his audience throughout his performance and uses it as an opportunity to talk about faith. Some Christians are wary of performers who term themselves ‘magicians’ but Steve says most people understand what they are seeing is not ‘real’ but a clever trick. He explains how he started to weave in the gospel message to his performance.

“When I was about 21 years old, I met up with a Christian magician.  He explained how he used tricks and illusions to share the Good News.  He suggested that I take six months to put a show together, taking the tricks I already performed and putting a relevant message to them.  Getting the   balance between performing and sharing my faith is delicate, but if I can entertain and engage an audience I find that they’re attentive to what I have to say.”

Steve’s primary purpose is to enthrall the audience and he is delighted when people respond to his message. He said, “Usually when I’m at a Christian event, I’ll invite people to take postcards that briefly outline the Christian faith and invite people to send off for a free copy of Mark’s gospel.  I’m often thrilled at how many cards are taken.  I also have stories from church leaders about how my show   has been significant in their outreach to particular individuals.”

Steve has over 15 years of performing experience and has worked at thousands of venues around the world, including Paris, St Petersburg and New York and the Arctic Circle. He and his wife Alice have attended St Francis Church in South Croydon for 11 years and are soon moving to the Wirral. Steve is pleased to return to Norfolk for the church’s Christmas show. He said, “I’ve performed in Norfolk before, in fact, several times in Cromer and Sheringham.  The furthest place I’ve performed has to be Easter Island.  It took about six days to get there!”

So what skills do you need if you want to try gospel magic?  Steve says the most important skills are “people skills” – being confident; being able to make eye contact; being able to communicate clearly.  He said, “You might take these for granted, but so many performers think it’s all about the trick, that they forget the primary purpose – to entertain, and, if appropriate, share the Gospel.”

Come and see Steve Price perform at Norwich Central Baptist Church on Saturday December 7 at 2pm Tickets cost £3 in advance or £5 on the door. His show is suitable for ages 7 and over. Ring 01603 760497 or visit: https://www.norwichcentral.org/events/steve-price
 


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