Magic pulls the wool over Shaun’s eyes

Mark Sowerby demonstrates his magic skills to Shaun the Sheep at the Sunderland Empire.

Mark Sowerby demonstrates his magic skills to Shaun the Sheep at the Sunderland Empire.

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SHAUN the Sheep’s visit to Sunderland proved magical for one student.

Mark Sowerby, 17, a media, film and TV student, performed magic tricks at the Sunderland Empire ahead of one of the TV sheep’s shows.

The teenager was given the chance to show off his skills as part of somewhereto_, a nationwide project to help young people find the space to do the things they love within sport, culture and the arts.

Gemma Clough, creative learning manager at Sunderland Empire, said: “We are delighted to provide Mark with a platform to showcase his magical talents. I’ve had a sneak preview of some of his tricks and I was blown away by how fantastic he was.

“We’re thrilled to be working with somewhereto_ and look forward to providing many more opportunities to local young people in the near future.”

Somewhereto_ is run by Livity, a social enterprise, in media partnership with Channel 4 Education.

The project is funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to help build a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the UK.