I have entertained people with magic for almost 40 years. Hard to believe, but it seems like yesterday.
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In that time I have performed thousands of shows, in theatres, at festivals, at resorts, conferences and at private functions, in most major cities in Canada and the United States, in Mexico, England and Japan.
I have performed four different stage shows that I co-authored with Patrick Watson: The Conjuror (1996, 1997, 2002), The Conjuror’s Suite (1999, 2000), Tricks (2005) and Natural Magick (2011). I have performed two seasons at the Shaw Festival, at the Charlottetown Festival, and at Luminato. Other highlights include two feature performances at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. and performances at the Canadian embassies in Paris and Tokyo.
When asked to describe what type of magic, I usually respond: all types. I enjoy performing grand illusions. I have made people float and disappear, cut others in half and then restored the parts (well, most of the time), and I have made the odd automobile appear – and disappear – before incredulous eyes. I also specialize in sleight-of-hand, being the sole protégé of Ross Bertram, one of the great sleight-of-hand artists of the 20th century, performing magic that, as they say in the trade, packs small but plays very large.
I still practice and rehearse several hours each day. Every day.
I take great pride in creating performances with texture both in terms of the magic – I draw on over four hundred years of the professional’s repertoire in selecting material to perform – and musically, having commissioned noted Canadian composer John Lang to score much of it.
I am interested in creating relationships on stage, and with the audience as a whole. The magic I perform is mysterious, but it is also laced with humor, humor from the performance of the unexpected, and humor from situations in which we – the audience and myself – find ourselves.
Most of all, I entertain. That’s what I do. I entertain.