Mildura Weekly : Friday January 23 Vol 9 No 11 2015
18 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2015 By ALEXANDRA TRELOAR THERE’S a new magician in town, and he’s pulling out all the tricks to captivate Mildura audiences. Joseph Wattie, or ‘Jojo’ as he is known on stage, arrived in Mildura recently with his big red box of magic ready to daz- zle Sunraysia’s kids. The 31-year-old moved from his home town of Towns- ville with wife Sarah, who grew up in the region, to be closer to family. For his part, Joseph said: “My family has been very sup- portive of me doing magic as a young kid and now profession- ally.” Joseph’s love of perform- ing started as an eight-year-old where he would perform card tricks for family and friends. In his teens, he went on to study at La Luna Performing Arts school in Townsville, grad- uating with full clown honours. Later still, Joseph toured as a stunt clown with The Fire- works and Monster Truck Show for 18 months before returning home with his career path set. “When I came back to Townsville, I decided that I wanted to keep doing it (per- forming) so I came up with Jojo’s Entertainment,” he said. Jojo’s Entertainment was a variety show consisting of clowning, puppetry and magic, which developed into Jojo’s Magic for Kids 12 months later. “I went from a lot of clown- based stuff to a 45-minute magic show,” he said. When asked if performing is a tough career, Jojo insists it’s not at all. “You buy your first magic book, start practising, show your friends, get confident, get comfortable, build your skills and put a routine together.” After talking to Jojo, it would seem that the three key- words to performance success are practice, practice, practice. Now settled into the region, Jojo is well and truly ready to sprinkle some magic around town, and says his shows cater for all age groups. “I take a lot of pride in the fact that even though it’s a kids show, adults get a lot out of it too,” he said. Jojo’s Magic for Kids is a mobile show that can go wher- ever the party is. “I perform everywhere, from schools to shopping cen- tres,” he said. “But my main business is doing children’s birthday par- ties at houses, parks... wher- ever the party is I can set up and go.” More information on Jojo’s Magic for Kids is available by contacting 0404 067 373 or by visiting his ‘Jojo’s Magic for Kids’ Facebook page. A little magic has taken Jojo a long way • READY TO ENTERTAIN: Joseph Wattie, aka Jojo, is ready to party with plenty of tricks up his sleeves. MILDURA Senior College Year 11 student Vera Chef- fers has joined a group of Australia’s “top students” to take part in this week’s National Youth Science Fo- rum. The forum is aimed at helping par- ticipants learn more about groundwater science and its rel- evance to securing future water resources for Australia. Vera, along with the nation’s top Year 11 students, gathered in Canberra this week as part of the National Youth Science Forum, with her group – the Lyell Group – focus- ing on earth and en- vironmental sciences. Along with Geo- science Australia, the Lyell Group will be visiting Tidbinbilla Dish and National Park, Grains Research, Mur- ray-Darling Basin Author- ity and the ANU Research School of Earth Sciences. The forum follows re- cent droughts in the south- ern half of Australia, and predictions of a drier future under a number of climate change scenarios. This has led to the search for innovative wa- ter security strategies for regional communities and industries, while also de- livering environmental benefits to threatened river systems. Geoscience Australia undertakes groundwater studies across Australia to identify alternative water sources, and ways to better manage these systems. Chief executive officer, Dr Chris Pigram, highlight- ed the importance of cur- rent students having access to Australia’s lead- ing geoscientists and being exposed to cutting edge groundwater inves- tigation techniques. “By applying themselves to a topic of national importance like groundwater, we hope the students will further engage in science and ul- timately follow a geoscience career,” he said. “We know wa- ter security in arid Australia is going to be one of the most important resource issues we face in ensuring commu- nity sustainability into the future. “Drawing upon today’s leading science students could mean the difference in solving tomorrow’s na- tional challenges – such as water security.” Vera leads the charge at national science forum MURRAY River International Music Festival is in full swing with musical performances being presented in various locations around Mildura, including the Homestead Gardens, Roxy Theatre and Ampelon Gardens. The extensive program provides performances, mas- ter-classes, VCE workshops and school visits. The festival will run through to Saturday, January 31. For more information is log onto www.artsmildura. com.au and follow the links. International Music Festival now in full swing LEAVE AND LIVE. Authorised by the Victorian Government, 1 Tr easury Place, Melbourne LEAVE AND LIVE. visit emergency.vic.gov.au call 1800 240 667 download the FireReady app Authorised by the Victorian Government, 1 Tr easury Place, Melbourne IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY LEAVE EARLY Check Fire Danger Ratings and warnings regularly.
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