10 March 2015

Thirty seconds with Carey Lauder

This is the eighth in a series of "Thirty seconds with ..." interviews, so called because I approached the interviewees at Sorcerers Safari Magic and Performance Arts Camp last summer with the idea that I would interview them for 30 seconds. It didn't always work that way.

Carey Lauder, is a magician from Winnipeg, Manitoba.  He likes that Canadians, in general, are nice and willing to share.  Carey is an executive member of the Winnipeg Society of Young Magicians (SYM) which is the youth program (7-16yo) for the Society of American Magicians.  He's been involved with the SYM for 20 years.

Carey prefers Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter.

Carey's favourite non-magic activity is photography.  You can see his photos over at MyToba.ca .
He first learned about Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp from reading an article about it in IBM's Linking Ring magazine. Carey is a talented photographer, and a natural fit to be the official camp photographer when he's not teaching magic.  He's spent 16 years at camp as a magic camp instructor.  When asked his thoughts on Sorcerers Safari, Carey highlights the niceness of the participants, and thinks all of the sharing, jamming, and supporting is fabulous!  I asked what brings him back to camp year after year, and without hesitation he replied, "How can't you come back?"

Carey's first memory of magic is as a pre-teen (10-12 years of age) seeing Martin Nash at the Edmonton Klondike games.  He hopes that in spite of the volume of magic out there, people still remember that the magician needs to be part of the magic.  Carey recommends aspiring magicians read as much as they can and they find themselves a mentor.  He has one more piece of advice, "Don't be afraid to take risks and try new things."

Carey teaches photography at the high school level and is delighted that his photography is able to both benefit the camp and help to showcase kids to promote themselves.

Previously published "Thirty seconds with ..." interviews:

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