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Magic...with a modern twist
MOVE over Derren Brown and
Dynamo; rising Gawler mentalist
and card master Jden Redden, 22,
is set to revolutionise traditional
magic in a way that will blow
Blending classic magic with a
modern edge, the former Xavier
College student will use digital
trickery to mesmerise audiences at
the Adelaide Fringe Festival next
The techno-illusionist will
introduce modern technologies,
like image messaging mobile app
Snapchat, into his solo shows,
SUPERHUMAN and The Expert
at the Card Table -- How to Cheat
"Some people think magic is lame
and old, and boring to watch, but
then you have others who perform
very up-to-date and modern tricks,
so it's a matter of bridging the gap
between those two ideas of what
magic is," he said.
"It's interesting when you start
bringing in different concepts into
"This year, I'll be connecting (the
shows) together in some respect
Despite the modern twist, Jden
reassures audiences that his shows
are suitable to all ages.
"A lot of the show will be
accessible to everyone, the elderly,
children or teenagers. The trick
also works to watch it in real life
as well, so it's not exclusively on
Snapchat," he said.
"I haven't made it the staple of the
trick, but to add context."
The Expert at the Card Table
-- How to Cheat at Cards uncovers
the secrets and dirty work of card
cheats throughout history and
around the world.
explores the existence of
extraordinary claims of
superhuman abilities and what
it would look like if these skills
coincided with everyday life.
Jden, together with Adelaide-based
magicians Andrew Lymn-Penning
and Wilson Lee, has produced
his own magic production firm,
Along with completing a Bachelor
of Science in Physics at the
University of Adelaide, Jden
made his debut Fringe appearance
in 2016, performing as part of a
duo in Reading Minds and Other
"The style of magic I perform is
mentalism, which is less flashy and
showy traditional magic, and more
to do with mind reading," he said.
"UK magician Derren Brown
really popularised this style of
magic, and is a big inspiration to
me in terms of the character I am
For more information, or to book
tickets, visit FringeTIX and www.
Local magician Jden
magic to the modern
day, blending new
during his performance
at the Adelaide Fringe
Festival next month.
“ﬂawed”: St Vinnies
A WELFARE charity has slammed
a Centrelink compliance program
aimed at returning nearly $4 billion
to the federal budget, saying it has
left thousands of clients across the
nation with overblown bills.
Midway through last year, the Federal
Government introduced changes to
automate its Centrelink compliance
program -- aimed at recovering debt
from clients -- to achieve savings.
The move came after analyses
revealed more than 860,000
Centrelink clients had discrepancies
in their accounts, at an average debt
value of $1400 per client, even though
the debt recovery scheme had human
oversight to keep it in check.
St Vincent de Paul Society's National
Council CEO, Dr John Falzon, said
the entire debt recovery program
should be suspended to investigate the
"People should not be intimidated and
hounded for money they do not owe,"
"Centrelink should not be used by
the government as a blunt weapon
to achieve a deficit reduction on the
backs of people who already carry the
greatest burden of inequality."
Dr Falzon said the axing of thousands
of Department of Human Services
jobs has led to service standards
dropping to "unacceptable levels",
and warned against privatisation as a
means to fixing "the mess".
Human Services Minister Alan Tudge
has repeatedly insisted the compliance
program will continue as it is, and
rejected claims it is flawed.
should not be
used by the government as
a blunt weapon to achieve
a deﬁcit reduction on the
backs of people who already
carry the greatest burden of
- Dr JOHN FALZON
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