Magic in Seychelles

Do it once, it was memorable, do it twice it was iconic but do it thrice it goes down in history, however the circus of Samoa doesn’t need to visit a place more than once to go down in history. From their opening act to the bow the circus of Samoa surpasses expectations.

The magic circus goes by its name, the colors within their presentation brings shame to the rainbow; and the atmosphere they create leaves the audience craving for more and more.

The magic circus visited Seychelles during the years 2013 and 2015 and each time they introduce the small vanilla islands of Seychelles with nothing more than splendor, elegance and marvelous touch of talents from all around the globe; in 2015 they brought the tallest man ‘Sultan Kosen’ to one of the smallest nation in the world and this year 2018 the main attraction will be the ‘Globe of Death’ which will consist of 3 riders.

The Circus of Samoa is beautifully packed with a diversity of Samoan and international acrobats, clowns, aerialists, jugglers, magician who does more than amaze audiences with their skills and charisma!

What to do in Seychelles? From February 15 until March 18 the circus will be putting on shows on the Seychelles island Mahe. Worried about the working hours? The great thing about the magic circus is that at sun down the colorful lights turn on and the fire soars through the air; with shows starting from 7 pm. If the weekly shows are too hectic to attend and the little ones need to be in bed by 7 30 pm then the matinees shows are what you and the whole family can enjoy on Saturdays from 2 30 pm to 7 pm.

The approximately one hour show will be held at the ‘Vilaz Flaboyant’ parking next to the international conference center Seychelles (ICCS), Also known as the ex-flamboyant night club premises. Tickets will be on sale at the Circus Ticket Office which opens at 10 am. The tickets for adults cost Sr 225, children under 12 are Sr 125, first class tickets are Sr 250 and VIP tickets are 275.

Why should you attend the Magic Circus of Samoa? Because no one does it like they do and the edge of your seat will certainly be the only place you’ll be occupying all throughout the show.  Hold on to your hat because the Magic…is in Seychelles!!!

A Brief History of Seychelles

According to historians, Vasco de Gama came across islands as he was traveling from India to East Africa in 1503. These islands then became known as the Amirantes. In the year of 1608, the East India Trading Company came across land that was in abundance of resources after getting caught in a storm. Despite reporting the island they inhabited for a short time, the British took no claim over the land.

The Isle de France which is now known as Mauritius had been occupied by the French since 1715 and by 1742, an administrator by the name of Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais sent an expedition under the command of Lazare Picault to chart the islands northeast of Madagascar.

By November of the same year, the boats Elizabeth and Charles had anchored in Mahé at Anse Boileau and Ile d’Abondance was born. However, due to the fact that the mapping was so poor, Picault headed back to the island in 1744 and renamed it Mahé after La Bourdonnais. The islands ended up being forgotten two years later once La Bourdonnais was replaced.

The Seven Years War between England and France in 1754, reminded the authorities of Mauritius and its neighboring islands and thus two ships were sent to claim them once more. Under the command of Corneille Nicholas Morphey, the largest island was renamed Isle de Séchelles in honor of Viscount Jean Moreau de Séchelles. This name then became Anglicized as Seychelles and was then used as the name for the entire group of islands; Mahé becoming the largest island once more.

After the French Revolution, a Colonial Assembly was formed by the settlers on Mahé In 1790. It was decided that they would run their colony themselves, according to their own constitution.

In 1794, Jean-Baptiste Queau de Quincy took command of the colony, making Seychelles a haven for French corsairs. Despite trying to stay under the radar, in 1794, three British ships arrived under commodore Henry Newcome to Mahé. He gave Quincy an hour to surrender.

Alas, the British didn’t feel the need to claim Seychelles due to the fact that they believed it to be a waste of resources. This made the island a neutral ground to British and French folk alike, supplying newcomers.

If you fast forward to the British rule of Seychelles, around 2.400 men women and children were brought to the islands over a period of thirteen years from 1861.

The main town had been known as Victoria since 1841 and was growing exponentially. By 1879 there were a range of businesses in town; two auctioneers, five retailers, four  liquor stores, an attorney and a watchmaker to name a few.

When Seychelles wanted to become a colony in its own right, the Mauritian governor of the mother colony sent a petition to London but Seychelles did not become a Crown Colony until 1903 when Sir Ernest Bickham Sweet-Escott became Governor. The French language remained dominant and the botanical gardens were created along with the clock tower residing in the heart of Victoria.

But just like the French, the British saw Seychelles as the perfect place for exiling political prisoners.

It was not until 1964 that any new political movements were created, giving birth to the Seychelles People’s United Party led by France-Albert René. The party rallied for socialism and independance from British rule. The late James Mancham’s party called the Seychelles Democratic Party, represented businessmen and planters and wanted closer integration with Britain.

When the elections began in 1966, SDP won. Further elections in November 1970 brought about a new constitution, putting Mancham as Chief Minister. With elections in 1974, both parties ended up campaigning for independence. After that election the British agreed to allow Seychelles to become independent under the Commonwealth on June 29th, 1976. Sir James Mancham became the first President and René as Prime Minister.

René, however was not satisfied and threw a coup d’état on the 5th of June. 1977, overthrowing Mancham while he was overseas. This resulted in Seychelles becoming a one party state for the next 16 years. A number of Seychellois were displaced and exiled within these times

On December 4th, 1991, President René  announced the return of the multiparty system.

This failed to remove President René and his political party from the Presidency and the now SPPF, remained in power for the next 22 years.

By 2016, and after years of losing presidential elections, the opposing party SNP joined forces with other oppositions in the National Assembly elections. This resulted in a 15 to 10 district win for the newly formed LDS, and the first time in 38 years that there was a new party that claimed the majority of parliament.