Where it began
Sue-Anne met Turoa Walmsley—magician, puppeteer and artist extraordinaire—through her father, John William Webster, at art lessons when Sue-Anne was in her early twenties.
Turoa taught Sue-Anne how to paint and then later create and perform with intricate string puppets. But when Turoa vanished a coin right before her eyes and made it reappear again in his hand, Sue-Anne hounded Turoa to teach her magic. However, it wasn't until Turoa gave her an armful of magic books to read to see if she was truly interested in magic did he finally take her on as a magic student.
Magical hours would be spent in Turoa's studio, with the aroma of linseed oil, beautiful music and walls adorned with artworks created by Turoa, and an automated skeleton playing a miniature organ. Turoa held magical nights at Christmas and Halloween where Sue-Anne performed magic and puppet shows with Turoa. They worked alongside each other at community events and at birthday parties.
Turoa's words to Sue-Anne:
"Remember! You are a magician. Not an assistant!"
resonated and puzzled to her, until she branched out into the corporate arena to find out why Turoa insisted she understand these words when she discovered how entrenched the stereotypical view is that females are still generally viewed by the public as 'assistants'.
His other words to her were:
"Now, pass the magic on to others and help them learn!"
Sue-Anne is determined to persist in the male dominated arena of magic to make it her life's work.
She is, and always will be, forever grateful to her extraordinary magic mentor, Turoa, for the endless hours and many years spent in theatrical training in the magical arts that gave her a brilliant beginning to a most magical career.