Masters of magic
June 25, 2008 · Updated 9:14 PM
Victoria native Murray Hatfield and his partner Teresa Midbo bring their Magic n Miracles show to his hometown for the first time
Youve heard of the classic cutting a woman in half, said Canadas Magician of the Year, Murray Hatfield, on the phone. This is a variation thats unique in the world of magic.
Hatfields alluding to one of several new tricks wowing audiences in his Magic n Miracles tour scheduled to appear in Victoria, Jan. 10.
And like any man of mystery, hes a master at creating suspense.
His talent has not only helped make Magic n Miracles one of the biggest magic shows in Canada, its regarded as one of the best in the entire world.
The show benefits the Firefighters Burn Fund and several other charities in Canada, but thats not the only reason performers covet a spot on the shows marquee. Making it as a headliner on the Magic n Miracles tour is sure sign in the magic world that youre somebody.
The people that I bring in are the highest echelon of the performing world, Hatfield said.
But talent alone isnt enough to guarantee a spot on the tour. Hatfield looks for a combination of magicians that are different from each other, but complimentary.
This years theme is comedy based.
Comedy magician Tom Burgoon from Kansas City is known for his comedic routine and powers of hypnotism. He will share the stage with Nels Cremean, a physical comedian who uses techniques from Ringling Bros., Commedia DelArte and Cirque du Soleil.
Danny Alan will also make an appearance. Alan has won several awards including, first place from the Society of American Magicians and the Hofzinser Award for Excellence in Classical Magic.
But its Hatfield and his partner Teresa Midbo who host the entire production. And after 18 years of being involved with Magic n Miracles, Hatfield says he stills finds new tricks.
We create an entirely new show each year. So, I spend a good portion of each year searching the world for new illusions, new ideas, new magic that we can take and then craft into something that suits us.
This year theyve added a new video projection system that allows for some David Blaine-style sleight-of-hand street magic. For Hatfield, known for his large-scale illusions, the street-style magic provides an entirely new element to his show.
Its such a powerful kind of magic, whereas with illusions, with magic that involves props, people always seem to suspect that the prop is doing it, that theres a gimmick somewhere. When its just you and a deck of cards and a person a foot away, it just touches them on an entirely different level.
For the first time in his involvement, hell be performing Magic n Miracles in front of his hometown audience in Victoria.
Hatfield recently moved to the Capital Region to take over Tonys Trick and Joke Shop from longtime friend and fellow magician Tony Eng.
Magic n Miracles takes place at the Royal Theatre on Jan. 10, with performances at 2 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for the first, and $10 for each additional ticket.