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Magician Richard Bellars midway through 100-hour challenge

PUBLISHED: 11:30 11 May 2012

Richard Bellars

Richard Bellars

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Fundraiser for theatre will run all weekend in Tunbridge Wells shopping centre

Magician Richard Bellars will cross the half-way mark today in a remarkable 100-hour charity performance.

The event at Market Square in Tunbridge Wells’ Royal Victoria Place shopping complex is raising money for a theatre in nearby Southborough.

The Royal Victoria Hall faces an uncertain future after losing thousands of pounds a year.

Mr Bellars, who recently returned from Las Vegas having fooled legendary magicians Penn & Teller on ITV’s Fool Us TV show, will be attempting the longest ever magic show.

He aims to perform for 100hours without any breaks to sleep or rest.

His remarkable effort will run throughout the weekend.

Mr Bellars said this morning: ““I’m over the moon about the amounts of money we have raised so far.

“We have collected over £500 in the collection pots alone and people from all over the country have been donating by PayPal.

“But I didn’t realise how hard it would be on my body and mind 40 hours in.

“It’s going to hurt but I’ll do it. I really need people to come and support me and be around to help me through it now.

“I’d like to thank everybody who has made this possible by donating their time and skills.”

Marc Burchett senior marketing manager at Royal Victoria Place, added: “The Royal Victoria Hall is not only our name sake but something we all care dearly for.

“I think he will do it. His determination is incredible and I hope people will come out to support him, as a hundred hours is a long time.”

The attempt started at 6pm on Wednesday and runs until 10pm on May 13.

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