Magic may take sleight of hand, but it also takes a ton of energy.
For Gary Savard, a Chilliwack-based magician, it means pulling off 21 shows in two weeks. He’s traveling around to that many Fraser Valley Regional Libraries over spring break, bringing with him his high-energy, fun magic show.
“I’ll be doing two shows a day, with the exception of one day,” he explains. But he’s looking forward to the fast-paced schedule, because of the joy the audience brings to the table.
“What makes me happy doing magic is the kids,” he says. “That’s where all my energy is going right now.”
He began his career on stage about 30 years ago, and learned early on that improv is his wheelhouse. It’s where he feels more comfortable, and where he excels.
“I wanted to do something fun,” he says. “I tried guitar, but realized I couldn’t be Elvis in a day. I found I was great at improv, but not so good at reading (lines).”
And when dealing with kids, who can really say the darnedest things, having a knack for improv is crucial.
He’s constantly working on his act, honing his skills and finetuning his character. It helps being part of the Fraser Valley Magic Circle, which meets once a month to learn from each other and special speakers.
But his big influences are David Copperfield, and Canadian magician and illusionist Doug Henning.
“David Copperfield always had a story,” Savard says, and that’s part of what makes magic so enthralling for live audiences. Even though many magicians use the same basic principles for their tricks, it’s the stage play and storytelling that sets them apart as individual artists.
Gary Savard visits Aldergrove Library on Tuesday, March 14, at 2 p.m.
He also stops in Pitt Meadows, Abbotsford, the Muriel Arnason Library, Clearbrook, Mission, Tsawwassen, North Delta, Langley, Brookswood, Ladner, Walnut Grove, Maple Ridge, Terry Fox, Hope, White Rock and Murrayville. These are free, ticketed events. Tickets will be available one week prior to each event.
Savard is just one many special guests dropping by the libraries over spring break. Other special events planned throughout the two weeks, including a scavenger hunt, sand art, movies, and more.
Check with your local library for registration information where required.
-By JESSICA PETERS/ Black Press