Simon Cowell-cursing witch in running for Wookey Hole job
A SIMON Cowell-cursing witch wants to work with children at tourist attraction Wookey Hole Caves.
A rejected Gwyneth Marichi rushed back on to the Britain's got Talent stage to curse Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan in 2009 after being dismissed a few seconds into her comedy routine on the television show.
The curse of Gwyneth proves so powerful it deflected onto the following act - Somerset chainsaw maestro AD Tree Pirate (see above video).
Now she has applied to the Hex Factor on October 22 - Wookey Hole Caves' own contest to whittle down contestants to find a replacement for current witch, actress Sunny Van der Pas, who handed in her notice to take up a new career running her own retro clothes shop.
If she arrives at the auditions Gwyneth Marichi from South Wales will have just one minute to impress a similar panel of three judges to try to clinch the £50,000 a year (pro rata) role.
Now in her 60s she is likely to be up against drama school graduates, actresses and children’s entertainers keen to land the role.
Director of Wookey Hole Daniel Medley said: “We were a little worried when Gwyneth rang up and we realised she has a track record for cursing judges.
"The incident is an internet hit so we were able to watch it again online and she quite clearly says it was her one and only lifetime curse, so we believe she has used it up.
“There is a lot of myth and magic associated with Wookey Hole going back over centuries so if we have to protect ourselves from Gwyneth we have the spells at hand!"
Mr Medley claims enquiries about the witch job have come from as far afield as Australia and he has sent out over 100 application forms out in the last week.
The role of Wookey Hole Witch is open to male, female and transgender witches of any age.
Sunny Van der Pas is 29-years-old and will be one of the panel deciding on her replacement.
She said: “We could select a glamorous young witch that appeals to the Dads or it could be an older Grandmother-type witch. Although the witch has magical powers and can be scary at Halloween it has to be someone who doesn’t frighten children and who is entertaining and fun.
“I have absolutely loved playing the role and wearing the fabulous costumes but it is time to move on and pass on the broomstick to the next person.”
When auditions were last held in 2009 close to 3,000 potential witches came forward hoping to be appointed to the £50,000 a year (pro-rata) role.
To apply for the position of Wookey Hole Witch people can visit www.wookey.co.uk or call 01749 672243 / email: email@example.com.