So little time …

Posted: September 2, 2008 in magic

Well it’s nearly midnight and for some reason I’m tired? Yes, for most of you this would be late and a time to be tired. For me this is my normal period to find inspiration and be creative. I have always been a night owl and I love the fact that when no one else is awake, I am most alive.

I’ve spent the day working to complete tasks I set aside for week of fun with family and friends. Our journey began with a quick trip to Niagara Falls to see Greg and Alana Frewin and their theatre. It was, as usual, a spectacular show and worth making a trip to see! After the show Hannah joined Ben and Megan Frewin in a tigers cage for a quick photo!

Caged kids

Caged kids


We also did a side trip to show Hannah the Falls.

Hannah Niagara Falls

Hannah Niagara Falls


Shawn at Niagara Falls

Shawn at Niagara Falls

After our brief trip to Niagara Falls we headed North for a week at Sorcerer’s Safari Summer Magic Camp. It was a week of fun and adventure. Most of all a chance to see old friends and make new ones. The days were filled with magic and the nights with fun.

Kline's Beach Party

Kline's Beach Party


Murray Hatfield teaches the Dancing Cane ...

Murray Hatfield teaches the Dancing Cane ...

Sorcerer’s Safari Summer Magic Camp was a very special place where children from as far away as the United Kingdom and South Africa gathered to share and learn magic from some of the finest magicians in North America. Every year the camp draws magicians of incredible talent to donate their time and knowledge to further the future generation of magicians. This year was no exception. The list of magicians this year included Michael Ammar, Eric Buss, Greg Frewin, Joshua Jay, Jason Dean, Wayne Houchin, Steve Kline, Murray Hatfield, Aaron Fisher, Lee Asher and way more …

Each of these incredible performers shared their ideas with the kids and taught everything from card tricks to marketing! My favorite part was the performance workshops where the kids did a short act and then accepted criticism from their peers and the pros. If more magicians would do stuff like this, well magic would be in a much better place …

Hannah had the time of her life at camp. She made several new friends and learned some new magic. For me the first night will be most memorable. Before the show had even begun, Hannah jumped to the stage to dance to the music. The spotlight operator turned on his spotlight and Hannah was in her glory! Soon Ben Frewin, son of Greg, joined in the dance and the crowd went nuts. Later when the show was ending, all of the guest magicians were brought to the stage. I made my usual energetic entrance and missed the front edge of the stage a took a terrible dive across the stage that left me limping for most of the weekend!

I always love a challenge and during the week one of my biggest was to create an illusion that would allow all the kids to be able float! Yes float! Not like the old days when you laid down on a board. This was to be standing up right like you would see on a Cris Angel or David Blaine special. ( Did I just use the word special in conjunction with Angel and Blaine? ). I took me a day to work it out nd just twenty minutes to make it work. The results will be found at the Sorcerer’s Safari website in a few weeks. For now here’s a picture of Murray Hatfield …

Murray Floating!

Murray Floating!

Our trip home was uneventful and the airline was superb! Yes superb! The way the airline personnel presented themselves gave me the feeling they were management. They were an older more mature crew and the way the acted and treated Hannah was excellent. For those of you who are curious it was Air Canada. This is highly unusual for me to commend Air Canada … but credit where credit is due!

Well, it’s 1 AM and I am really tired. In actual fact it is more like 4 AM as I am still on Ontario time. Tomorrow Hannah heads off to her first day of Grade 3 and I have to get up to take a picture of her and her new backpack on the front porch. This is a tradition we started way back in kindergarden. She is so excited to start school so she can see old friends and make new ones too …

Don’t you wish you woke every morning with that kind of wonder in your eyes? Me too!

Good night …

This bright, new day… complete with 24 hours of opportunities, choices, and attitudes… a perfectly matched set of 1440 minutes. This unique gift, this one day, cannot be exchanged, replaced or refunded. Handle with care. Make the most of it. There is only one to a customer.

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