Tuesday February 14, 2012

Upcoming Event

The Secret Is Out

Farquhar is at the Cultch Feb 25

Released by Ann Goodswaard, CACC


repare to be thrilled and bewildered as world champion magician Shawn Farquhar explodes onto the stage with his excitable personality in Secrets, 8:00pm on February 25, 2012 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.


Filled with incredible magic, gut busting humor and dynamic personality, magic and comedy are combined seamlessly to create a show that is unparalleled.


His striking look, flashy suits and infectious smile have been enthralling audiences around the globe for more than two decades. Last month Farquhar opened for Pen and Teller in Las Vegas after successfully fooling them on the British show Penn and Teller: Fool Us but his fame really took off after appearing on the Ellen Show in January of 2010 where she referred to Farquhar as "the best sleight-of-hand magician in the world". Wowing Ellen with his signature creation of a signed card in a sealed deck changing within her own hands, he then proceeded to amaze her as he tore up and restored a signed photograph of her right in front of her eyes.


Shawn’s true love of his craft shines though in all that he says and does. You can’t help but crack up as he entertains with his contagious smile flashing and his baffling magic routines. He is guaranteed to amaze and amuse with the many fascinating routines he has used to win his countless awards, which include being the only magician in history to win First Place at the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM) for both Stage and Sleight of Hand; Canadian Association of Magicians Magician of the Year; First Place at the Society of American Magicians annual magic convention competition; and three Silver (2nd Place) awards plus a First (World Championship) in Card Magic.


Farquhar is the ONLY magician to win BOTH world championships and the Olympics of Magic in Beijing. China awarded him the highest award in magic, the GRAND PRIX WORLD CHAMPION OF MAGIC in 2009! He has performed in over 41 countries and is the 2009-2012 World Champion of Cards and the Grand Prix World Champion of Sleight of Hand. Most magicians will perfect either the discipline of Stage Magic or Close Up, Shawn has chosen to master both! He in fact travels the globe teaching other magicians at such events as like Siegfried and Roy’s World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas.  How does he do it? …it’s his job!


Every great magician begins and ends their career with a deck of cards and Shawn is no exception he just takes it to a whole other level, unlike anything you have ever seen before. Treating the Chilliwack audience, he will be presenting the world premiere of some new illusions along with many of his signature pieces from his Sleight of Hand show. Farquhar will thrill and confound as he involves the audience with acts such as turning a deck of cards into a block of glass as they are held by a patron or levitating an audience member.


“Nothing is more mind blowing than having magic happen in your very own hands.” Says Farquhar


Magic runs in the family. A fourth generation magician, Farquhar remembers as a young boy always being thrilled to visit a magic shop and check out all the things he could buy to help him learn the craft. Travelling around the world extensively, performing and lecturing for magicians and consulting for TV shows and motion pictures, it has been thrilling for him to appear on the cover of the largest magic publications in Asia, Europe and North America.


Customizing shows to enthrall and entertain audiences in South Africa, Brazil, Hawaii, Sweden, Greece, China and Las Vegas he has appeared on stages all over the world and performed for the royals, Queen Elizabeth on her visit to Charlottetown, PEI and was requested by The Royal Princess Anne to perform in Bermuda. A natural performer, Farquhar’s show is exhilarating and astonishing as he takes us out of our normal world of reality and leaves us in awe.


Shawn’s magic, ideas and even his illusion props have been used in countless motion pictures and television productions over the past twenty years.  From teaching actors how to perform sleight of hand magic and having a deck of cards spill from his mouth right before your eyes through to creating original illusions, Shawn has done it all and with award winning results! Don’t miss this opportunity to be delightfully bewildered by a magician who is considered to be one of the very best in the world.


“I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.”

                                                                                           –Francis Ford Coppola


“He’s the magic equivalent of one of the seven great wonders of the world. Once you have seen him, you’ll never forget Shawn Farquhar.”

-Graham Hey, Magic Seen Magazine


Generously sponsored by: Platinum Sponsor – Envision Financial, Bronze Sponsor – Fortins Supply, Bronze Sponsor – Sutton Group Showplace Realty, Bronze Sponsor – MNP, Media Sponsor – Chilliwack Progress, Government Sponsor – British Columbia Arts Council, Government Sponsor – The Province of British Columbia, Government Sponsor – City of Chilliwack


Purchase your tickets early for Secrets by calling the Centre Box Office at 604.391.SHOW(7469) or visit the friendly agents Monday-Friday 9:30am-9:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 9:30am-5:00pm. Tickets are also available online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca 


For more show info go here.




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