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Merlin’s Magic Wand is a worldwide charity whose aim is to put some magic back into the lives of seriously ill, disabled and disadvantaged children. They are currently on site transforming our swimming pool environment and changing rooms. More on this later but as a result of the links we have formed we were able to take two students, Joanne and Jacob, to Merlin studios in London.

These studios are the home of the creative geniuses known as the ‘Merlin Magic Makers’ and we were very fortunate to be able to spend a day in their creative world.

They had a fantastic day and were treated like VIPs. They were taken to the moulding room where Joanne and Jacob both had the star treatment and had their arms cast as wax works – just as many celebrities have done before them! Joanne was very excited to see the waxwork of Liam from One Direction’s head, and even managed to give him a sneaky kiss…the highlight of Joanne’s day!

During a full tour around the studios they were able to see the full process of creating a waxwork including seeing various famous figures in different points of completion. They also spent an hour with four rollercoaster designers who were able to show them the secrets behind the creation of some of the best known rollercoasters – they were taken through the process of creating ‘Smiler’ from start to finish and the students were able to experience the feeling of being on a rollercoaster whilst sat in the meeting room thanks to the ‘Oculus’ technology headset which Jacob particularly enjoyed.

Huge thanks to Elly and Sarah from Merlin for an incredible day out.

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