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Just Regional
Jul 8, 2013 2 mins read

It was emotional day for the Davenport family, the culmination of nearly 30 years’ hope of seeing their magic collection go on show to the public.

And on Saturday the hard work was celebrated with the official opening of Davenport’s Magic Kingdom attended by world renowned magician Paul Daniels.

A plaque commemorating the special day was unveiled by Betty Davenport, the mother of Roy Davenport who has finally seen his family’s dream come to life.

There were tears from them both at the ceremony and from Fergus Roy, Roy’s father, who paid tribute to his son’s work in his opening speech.

“This is the only major collection of magic in the world open to the public. I had been looking for a place to house the collection for 22 years and in 2002 gave up because of ill health. I was so pleased when my youngest son picked up the baton,” he said.

Daniels, an idol of the 15-year-old Roy when he first launched himself into performance magic, came along to the event with wife Debbie Mcgee. She said the couple had their first date in Norfolk on the Broads after first working together at Britannia Pier in Great Yarmouth 34 years ago. Daniels said: “I love this place, I’m moving to Norfolk.”

“We have created a truly unique place here for a collection that we believe needs to be seen by the public. So much goes abroad and British magic is at the forefront of world magic.”

He said the museum would continue to add to the collection. “The possibilities are endless and this is just the first step. It’s not the end of the journey but the beginning of the rest of the Kingdom’s future.

He thanked those attending, which included North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb, for their help and support in creating the North Walsham attraction.

Events during the opening included a performance from Roy in the museum’s 80-seat theatre, guided tours and an escapology act.

 

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