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12 October 2019

A(nother) peek behind the curtain with Richard Young

Upcoming Champions of Magic Canadian tour dates:
  • 12/8/19     Brandon, MB
  • 12/12/19   Ottawa, ON       <<<  ** recent addition **
  • 12/14/19   Oshawa, ON
  • 12/15/19   Laval, QC
  • 1/16/20     Saskatoon, SK    SaskTel Centre
  • 1/17/20     Regina, SK    Conexus Arts Centre
  • 1/26/20     Prince George, BC
  • 2/29/20    Rama, ON         <<<  ** recent addition **
Read more and buy tickets.


You may remember the fabulous interview, "A peek behind the curtain with Young and Strange,"  from December of last year.  I was delighted to receive an invitation to take a second pass at an email interview with Richard Young (one half of Young and Strange) as part of a Champions of Magic promotion.

You may already know Young through his podcast, "The Magician's Podcast."  He's interviewed a handful of Canadians including Darcy Oake, Billy Kidd, and Greg Frewin.   Last June, Young aired an epic 100th (and final) episode, where he interviewed his magic idol David Copperfield.  The Magic Circle recently recognized the outstanding contribution to magic made by Young through his podcast.


From the Magicians' Podcast Twitter feed:






You've toured a number of countries.  Have you experienced anything specific about Canadian audiences in particular?
I think the shows we did in Toronto last Christmas were some of the best shows we have ever done in our six year history. We did so many shows back to back and it was really hard work however the enthusiastic audiences kept us going and our spirits high. I think enthusiasm and energy is what I notice specifically about the Canadian audiences.


Do you have any advice for touring magicians?
 
My top tip for other touring magicians is to buy more underwear, washing machines are hard to find on tour sometimes.
Do you have a favourite touring anecdote?
Touring with Champions of Magic has been the greatest adventure of my life. I remember arriving in North America with the show for the first time in September 2017 about to embark on our first US Tour, it was one of the most thrilling times of my life. I couldn’t believe we had finally made it to America, it had been secretly talked about for a couple of years and I was worried it might never happen. Two days after we arrived we threw out the first pitch at a Cleveland Indians game in front of 30000 people to help promote the show. It really felt like we had ‘arrived in that second.’



What interests do you have outside of magic?
 

I am a huge Musical Theatre fan, I saw both Come From Away and Hamilton last week here in the U.K, I can’t get enough of Come From Away it was the 4th time I have seen it, the London cast are extraordinary.

I also have a weird life long obsession with the Titanic Disaster and know an awful lot about it, from design and conception through to the inquiries that followed the sinking and also how the wreck was found in 1985. If you’re ever struggling to sleep, give me a call and I’ll talk you through Lord Mersey’s inquiry, it was an absolute cluster f**k.
What do you do to keep your performance fresh for both your audience and you?
The fact we are facing forward and talking to the audience as opposed to being in scene or play where we pretend the audience isn’t there means the interaction with the audience will help to keep it fresh night after night. There are a few exercises taught to us by our director which we do during long runs to make sure we are still ‘in the room’ while the show is going on. The same sort of techniques they teach to actors and musical theatre performers on Broadway who do the same role every night in the same theatres for sometimes a couple of years in a row.


If you could be endowed with the talent to take on any Broadway role past or present, who would you pick?
I fantasise about being Javert from Les Miserable quite a bit, however I think if I’m being honest with myself I probably suit Thernadier more. I think I would also be a good Monsier Firmin in Phantom too. 
Could Young play Javert?

Listen to Richard Young interview Andy Nyman in episode 85 and you be the judge.  (The whole interview is fabulous, but the Javert part in particular comes shortly after the 1:14 mark.)

Listen to what Irish tenor Killian Donnelly thinks. Donnelly recently appeared in a West End production of Les Mis as Jean Valjean. 
I know all the words to both parts already so if anyone is reading this looking to fill those parts let me know. I would drop Champions of Magic like a sack of s**t to be in either of those two shows,

this may seem in written published form as a kinda bizarre form of career suicide from Champions however I know Alex the producer of our show wouldn’t take offense to my remarks and if anything would encourage me too do it, he loves both shows as much as I do and would completely understand.
[Editor's note: We certainly hope Alex is as understanding as you say he is!]


Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
If you haven’t seen Champions of Magic before, I do really think you’d enjoy spending an evening with us.

If you’re a magician, you won’t like everything you see, however I promise you will love some stuff and have a great time slagging off the stuff you didn’t, so you have nothing to lose, I hope to see you at one of the shows.



 


Thank you Richard Young of Young and Strange for making the time to answer more of our questions!

Catch the Champions of Magic on tour in Canada!


Upcoming Champions of Magic Canadian tour dates:
  • 12/8/19     Brandon, MB
  • 12/12/19   Ottawa, ON       <<<  ** recent addition **
  • 12/14/19   Oshawa, ON
  • 12/15/19   Laval, QC
  • 1/16/20     Saskatoon, SK    SaskTel Centre
  • 1/17/20     Regina, SK    Conexus Arts Centre
  • 1/26/20     Prince George, BC
  • 2/29/20    Rama, ON         <<<  ** recent addition **
Read more and buy tickets.

05 October 2019

A peek behind the curtain with Fernando Velasco

Upcoming Champions of Magic Canadian tour dates:
  • 12/8/19     Brandon, MB
  • 12/12/19   Ottawa, ON    TD Place    <<<  ** recent addition **
  • 12/14/19   Oshawa, ON
  • 12/15/19   Laval, QC
  • 1/16/20     Saskatoon, SK    SaskTel Centre
  • 1/17/20     Regina, SK    Conexus Arts Centre
  • 1/26/20     Prince George, BC
Read more and buy tickets.


I was delighted to receive an invitation to email interview Fernando Velasco, as part of a Champions of Magic promotion.  You may already know that Velasco was presented with the 2018 Junior Achievement Award at the Magic Castle earlier this year.






What is your first memory of magic?

I must have been around 7, and my dad (who lived in the US while i still lived in Mexico) took me a DVD from the US with a number of magicians on it. there i started to fall in love with magic.

I used to think "THAT is real magic" and would invite all my neighborhood friends to come over and watch this DVD with "REAL magic."

Who inspires you magically?
Mexican magician Joaquin Ayala, along with Copperfield, and naturally HOUDINI.


What would have been in store for you had you not caught the magic bug?  
Maybe if I could sing, a singer



Why do you think audiences are still drawn to escapes, sleight of hand, and illusion?
Magic still gives people a feeling of "wonder."


Who inspires you that is not a magician?
 

Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez as it feels like he gives it all on stage every time.
What's special about Champions of Magic draws large audiences on 6 UK tours and 3 North American tours over the past 6 years?
There is nothing like a good magic show LIVE. Not on TV or online, BUT LIVE.



You've performed in many different countries. Have you experienced anything specific about Canadian audiences in particular?
They are up for the fun.


Do you have any pre-show rituals?
 
I sing, terribly but I try to sing.  As well as sometimes I watch live performances of my favorite singers/bands. I feel like I take on their energy for the show.
Do you have a favourite touring anecdote and / or advice for touring magicians?
Too many to tell!
 
(Sam) Strange and I often go urban exploring and that's fun.

Advice: Have fun on and off stage!




What interests do you have outside of magic?
 

Sports.
What do you do to keep your performance fresh for both your audience and you?
Doing little things to have fun with the other performers and crew on stage.  Like playing tag on stage (without the audience noticing anything) among other small things.


If you could be endowed with the talent to take on any Broadway role past or present, who would you pick and why? 
Aladdin.  Because I had a dream I played him!






What's your Canadian connection to magic?
I saw Greg Frewin's show last year.

Velasco also experienced, for his very first time, the magic of real snow in Toronto last December!


Thank you Fernando Velasco for making the time to answer our questions!



Catch the Champions of Magic on tour in Canada!




Upcoming Champions of Magic Canadian tour dates:
  • 12/8/19     Brandon, MB
  • 12/12/19   Ottawa, ON    TD Place    <<<  ** recent addition **
  • 12/14/19   Oshawa, ON
  • 12/15/19   Laval, QC
  • 1/16/20     Saskatoon, SK    SaskTel Centre
  • 1/17/20     Regina, SK    Conexus Arts Centre
  • 1/26/20     Prince George, BC
Read more and buy tickets.









18 September 2019

Champions of Magic are coming back!

I was also lucky to score interviews in 2018 with two of the four acts in the show.  Have a read:
I had the privilege of seeing Champions of Magic with Kidlet last December. So. Much. Fun! You can read my random thoughts about their show here.


From the Champions of Magic:
  • 12/8/19     Brandon, MB
  • 12/14/19   Oshawa, ON
  • 12/15/19   Laval, QC
  • 1/16/20     Saskatoon, SK    SaskTel Centre
  • 1/17/20     Regina, SK    Conexus Arts Centre
  • 1/26/20     Prince George, BC
Read more and buy tickets.


From the Champions of Magic Facebook page:


13 September 2019

Masters of Illusion Canadian dates for 2020

Check the Masters of Illusion website for cast information and additional show dates.


From Ticketmaster:

     March 2020 shows include:
  • Mar 18, 2020 - Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg, MB
  • Mar 19, 2020 - TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK
  • Mar 20, 2020 - Winspear Centre, Edmonton, AB
  • Mar 22, 2020 - Red Deer Memorial Centre, Red Deer, AB
  • Mar 23, 2020 - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, AB
  • Mar 24, 2020 - Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC
  • Mar 25, 2020 - Royal Theatre, Victoria, BC



26 July 2018

Saskatoon: Chris Visser at the #YXEFringe

The #YXEFringe runs August 2 to 11, 2018

From the 25th Street Theatre:
*NEW SHOW* – MAGIC is a hilarious look into a world of innocence and wonder. Visser takes his audience back to a child-like state where anything is possible and everything is achieved. With state of the art stage illusions, award winning magic and even live magical animals, Chris will make a believer out of the most skeptical of spectators. Join us and experience MAGIC.


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From Chris Visser's Twitter feed:

11 April 2018

The Illusionists: MB, SK, AB, BC, ON

From The Illusionists Live:
  • WINNIPEG, MANITOBA - APR.10
  • REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN - APR.11
  • SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN - APR.12
  • RED DEER, ALBERTA - APR.13
  • LETHBRIGE, ALBERTA - APR.14
  • KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA - APR.16
  • PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA - APR.17
  • KITCHENER, ONTARIO - MAY.17

Read more and buy tickets.


From the April 9th article 'Works like magic: Illusionists get to shine in "roller-coaster" show' by Cam Fuller in the Saskatoon Starphoenix:
“The Avengers of magic.” That’s what Jeff Hobson feels like as part of The Illusionists.

The necromantic spectacular features stars in five disciplines, from traditional magic to mind-reading: The Inventor Kevin James, The Deductionist Colin Cloud, The Manipulator An Ha Lim and Hobson, the Trickster.

“We’ve been all over the world and this is our first chance to get to the western side of Canada, which is great,” said Hobson.

“I love Canada. We always have great audiences. We just finished in Ottawa for a week and did Toronto for a month back in December.”

Read more.

18 November 2016

Andrew Kinakin at the Saskatoon Family Expo

From The Saskatoon Family Expo:
Our next Expo will be taking place Saturday and Sunday November 19 and 20 - Hope to see you there

Watch our Facebook page for all the announcements:
https://www.facebook.com/saskatoonparentandtotexpo/

Read more.


From Andrew Kinakin's YouTube channel, watch Andrew promoting the event on CTV news:





[via iTricks]

15 September 2016

"Potted Potter" 2016 tour

From Broadway World:
Whether you plan on camping outside a bookstore for three days awaiting the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, or you don't know the difference between a Horcrux and a Hufflepuff, the comedy, magic and mayhem of POTTED POTTER makes for a fun and funny visit to the theatre.


Venues and Dates:

Halifax, Nova Scotia - September 24 & 25 - Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie Arts Centre www.dal.ca

Moncton, New Brunswick - September 26 - Théâtre Capitol Theatre www.capitol.nb.ca

Fredericton, New Brunswick - September 27 & 28 - The Fredericton Playhouse www.theplayhouse.ca

Hamilton, Ontario - October 1 & 2 - Molson Canadian Studio www.coreentertainment.ca

Waterloo, Ontario - October 6 to 9 - University of Waterloo Theatre Centre, Humanities www.uwaterloo.ca

Winnipeg, Manitoba - October 13 to 16 - West End Cultural Centre www.wecc.ca

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - October 25 to 27 - Broadway Theatre www.broadwaytheatre.ca

Edmonton, Alberta - October 29 & 30 - Horowitz Theatre www.su.ualberta.ca

Kamloops, British Columbia - November 3 - Sagebrush Theatre www.sagebrushtheatre.ca

Victoria, British Columbia - November 5 & 6 - McPherson Playhouse www.rmts.bc.ca

Nanaimo, British Columbia - November 8 - The Port Theatre www.porttheatre.com

Calgary, Alberta - November 10 to 27 - Boyce Theatre at Stampede Park www.calgarystampede.com

Vancouver, British Columbia - December 13 to 24 - Vogue Theatre www.voguetheatre.com

Toronto, Ontario - December 13 to December 31 - Panasonic Theatre www.mirvish.com

For more information, visit www.pottedpotter.com

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27 August 2016

Ty Reveen's 2016 tour of Alberta and Saskatchewan

From the Facebook page of Reveen The Legend Continues:
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16 December 2015

Trevor and Lorena Watters in "The Magic Variety Show"

From Trevor and Lorena - Comedy Magic Show Facebook page:
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Happy to announce the 2016 Magic Variety Tour Dates! We are excited to welcome back STEVE "The Pretty Good". More to come soon.... Stay Tuned!
Posted by Trevor & Lorena - Comedy Magic Show on Sunday, 1 November 2015


12 January 2015

Darcy Oake's Prairie tour

From Clive Court's Facebook page:


16 August 2011

James Randi Canadian tour

Edited August 26th to add link for Vancouver date.

From Randi.org:
The JREF is excited to announce that our own James "The Amazing" Randi will be embarking on a whirlwind lecture tour across Canada this September.  The tour will be graciously hosted by the Center for Inquiry Canada and will see Randi traveling from coast to coast with plenty of stops on the way.
According to the site, he will be touring following cities:
  • Vancouver, BC (9/22)
  • Kelowna, BC (9/23)
  • Calgary, AB (9/24)
  • Edmonton, AB (9/25)
  • Saskatoon, SK (9/26)
  • Toronto, ON (9/27)
  • Ottawa, ON (9/28)
  • Montreal, QC (9/29)
  • Halifax, NS (9/30)
Check back with his website for announcements about times and venues.