On Saturday 21st September, Sutton Village Church played host to Laughs & Tricks. The event, run in conjunction with Compassion UK, has been touring the country and earning rave reviews.
The show was a wonderful combination of family-friendly magic and comedy from Steve Legg and Tony Vino. Between them they have over 30 years experience in live entertainment and both are regulars at Christian conferences and festivals across the UK. The tour started in January at Scotland’s national youth work conference in Aviemore via Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, London in June and ending in November. On its way, churches from Inverness to Plymouth are hosting these fantastic nights of entertainment and evangelism.
The event in Sutton was advertised through SVC youth clubs, local churches, Sutton Smile community group and local supermarkets. As the evening got closer ticket sales really started to pick up and on the night just under 100 people packed into Sutton Village Church for a great night’s entertainment.
First up was Steve Legg who is a Guinness World Record holder for his escapology feats, Steve travels the length and breadth of the UK, as well as internationally. His magic has taken him to four continents working at the most prestigious of venues, including in the UK, Birmingham's National Indoor Arena, Wembley Conference Centre, London's Royal Albert Hall, 'Odyssey' in Belfast and Manchester's Apollo Theatre often alongside top names in entertainment.
"Without doubt the second funniest comedy magician I know." Joe Pasquale
Steve’s quick fire repartee and spell binding illusions had everybody wondering how he did it. He engaged with the youngest to the oldest and enlisted the help of some children from Friday Club to help him put across his Christian message.
After a short intermission where drinks and cakes were served, the second half of the show featured Preston’s very own funny man Tony Vino. He has been touring the comedy scene since early 2005. Well aware of social and political issues he mixes friendly well thought out observational humour with audience interaction and quick witted responses. A finalist in 2006 Funny Bones competition, Tony has enjoyed recognition as a comedian and comedy compere of renown.
He enlisted the help of some unsuspecting members of the audience to perform a scene from Camelot in the style of both opera/ballet and then hip hop “gangsta” rap. Their impromptu adlibs brought the house down.
On a more serious note, Steve showed a short video of his visit to India to meet the child he and his wife sponsor through the Compassion UK. He explained how a sponsorship agreement works and how important it is to lift children around the world out of poverty.
The evening flew by and everybody commented how much they had enjoyed the show. Have a look at our Gallery page to see more images from the evening.