DJ Wilson (11), of Dunedin, watches in amazement as his shoe explodes during Chuck Jones' magic act at the Lions Club Magic Show in the Regent Theatre on Thursday night.
The show followed a similar one held earlier in the afternoon. Together, the shows attracted more than 2000 disadvantaged children, children with disabilities and their carers.
Organising committee chairman Ron Coles said it was the 25th year the Lions Dunedin Central and Host clubs had staged the event, which was aimed at providing a bit of pre-Christmas cheer for those less fortunate.
He said funds raised from the event would be given to the Otago region of Brain Injury New Zealand and the Otago Youth Adventure Trust.