I have entertained people with magic for almost 40 years. Hard to believe, but it seems like yesterday.
Magic | Television | Theatre
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 six different stage shows: Hocus Pocus (2016), Tricks (2015, 2005), The Conjuror (2014, 2002, 1997, 1996), Card Table Artifice (2014), Natural Magick (2011), The Conjuror’s Suite (2000, 1999). I have performed three seasons at Soulpepper, where I am a resident artist, two seasons at the Shaw Festival, at the Charlottetown Festival, and at the Luminato Festival. 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 twentieth 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. Over the past few years I have also added, whenever possible, multi-media visuals to the mix. Again, it’s about texture.
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.