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Magic as easy as one, two, three

MAGICIAN and Australia’s Got Talent star Bodane Hatten traded the big stage for the classroom when he treated the year eight class at St Mary’s College to a special performance as part of their mathematical probability unit.

St Mary’s College mathematics teacher Ivano Del Pio said he often looked for different ways to make the mathematics course engaging for his students.

“There is a natural relationship between mathematical probability and many magical illusions,” he said.

“Therefore, I thought it would be a great opportunity to make this unit more exciting by inviting friend and magician Bodane Hatten into the classroom.”

Mr Hatten said many card tricks were based on principals of mathematical probability.

“I enjoyed showing the students some tricks of the trade which rely on probability, but of course I didn’t share all my big secrets,” he said.

“While card magic is my forte, I also specialise in sleight of hand tricks, including a needle swallowing routine that was recently shown on Australia’s Got Talent.”

St Mary’s College principal Helen Spencer said staff were always striving to go the extra mile by creating unique and engaging learning experiences for students.

“One of the great strengths of St Mary’s College is our talented and dedicated staff are always looking to create progressive, best practice learning programs for our students in the classroom and in co-curricular pursuits,” she said.

“Some key examples are our VET nursing program and co-curricular projects from the ‘Justice Action’ team and ‘Footprints Sustainability’ group.”

Following the magical probability lesson for the year eight class, Mr Hatten also performed a show for all students during the lunch break to raise funds for the Grace Reid Foundation, one of the prefects’ chosen charities for 2016.

Caption: Australia’s Got Talent star and magician Bodane Hatten with St Mary’s College year eight students Brianna McVilly-Callinan, left, Abbie Elmer and Kate Oliver.

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