Trevor has a few tricks up his sleeve!

Trevor Dawson

Trevor Dawson

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Chartered Surveyor Trevor Dawson has been selling property in Lancashire for more than 20 years and has built up his business so that now his name can be seen on For Sale and To Let signs all around Lancashire.

What people might not know about the name behind the business is that Trevor has a few more tricks up his sleeve than meets the eye and he’s looking forward to entertaining the crowds at Child Action Northwest’s Pound Day event at Oswaldtwistle Mills this weekend, celebrating the annual fundraiser of Blackburn Orphanage.

As a prominent member of Blackburn Magic Society, Trevor has been conjuring tricks and performing as a magician for more than 50 years and is set to take over as President of the Society in an upcoming Centenary.

He will be bringing a traditional “bunco booth” side stall to the Pound Day event which began in 1892 and was revived last June on its 120th anniversary. This year it is moving from Child Action Northwests HQ in Wilpshire to Oswaltwistle Mills in the hope of attracting even bigger crowds.

Trevor explained that while many people might not be aware of the Blackburn Magic Society, it has around 50 members and is the fifth oldest in the country. At just 12 years old he found inspiration in a local magician and has never looked back.

He added that “conjuring can be a therapeutic hobby and is a confidence booster for both adults and children”. The Magic Society has an active Junior section for ages 12 to 16 years.

Although performing much less these days, Trevor and his fellow magicians have kindly offered to entertain the public at the heritage themed event at Oswaldtwistle Mills this Sunday, June 16th, in return for donations in the hat.

Trevor is pictured in the boardroom at the head offices of Child Action Northwest in Wilpshire, which was the original location of Blackburn Orphanage, where the Pound Day event was founded. It encouraged people to donate a pound in weight of various goods which could be used to keep the orpphanage running.