Working magic for Kenya

CHARITY GIG John Archer has 'finally made a name for himself'.
CHARITY GIG John Archer has 'finally made a name for himself'.

A charity that has helped establish schools and clinics in an impoverished region of Kenya has enlisted a top comedy magician for a charity bash.

Tickets are almost sold out for John Archer’s performance at St Peter’s Church in Gildersome later this month, hosted by the Funzi and Bodo Trust, which was established in Morley.

Channel 4’s Derren Brown, who employed him for his father’s 70th birthday party, said: “John’s reputation in the magic world is among the very best. He’s hysterically funny. I’d recommend him unreservedly.”

John appeared on Jonathan Ross’s ITV programme tasked with fooling the two men who are often regarded as the top magicians in the world, Pen and Teller.

They had to admit in front of millions of television viewers that they could not explain John’s magic despite beating a string of other challengers.

Magician Dynamo, from Wyke in Bradford, said: “He is the funniest man I know. Seeing him perform is guaranteed to be one of the best experiences of your life.”

John has performed in Hollywood at the Magic Castle and completed tours with Tim Vine, star of BBC sitcom Not Going Out.

Later this year charity founders Ashley and Sara Peatfield will mark the 10-year anniversary of the Funzi and Bodo Trust.

The charity’s website described the origin of the project.

“Funzi Island is a popular tourist destination in Kenya. Ashley and Sara Peatfield from Morley in West Yorkshire visited Funzi Island as tourists in 1993. Although captivated by the environment they were shocked to see the poverty in which local people lived. They soon began helping people in the community.

“Today it operates two medical clinics, a birthing centre, pays for operations, runs road and water ambulances, teaches health education, supports mothers and babies, works with those who have a disability or are long term sick, has rebuilt two schools , has opened a computer training centre and has installed water pumps.”

Tickets for the gig are £10 for adults and £6 for children, which includes pie and peas.

Call 0113 2526513 to book and visit for more information on the trust.