Magician Sheldon Casavant will have plenty of tricks up his sleeve when he brings his interactive comedy magic show to Killam tomorrow.
But his biggest trick may be turning the spotlight on willing participants from the crowd.
“From the moment the show begins, the audience will become the true stars of the show,” Casavant says. “Audience members will take to the stage to perform impossible feats of magic and mind-reading demonstrations. They will witness endless impossibilities as objects appear, disappear and even float in the air.”
The magician will be one of two featured acts performing Wednesday, October 11 at the Killam Community Centre as part of Flagstaff Celebrates Success 2017. The event serves as an annual celebration of the local businesses and volunteers that make the Flagstaff Region unique, but you don’t have to be a successful entrepreneur or avid volunteer to attend. Everyone is welcome to enjoy what promises to be an entertaining evening.
Based in Edmonton, Casavant has dazzled audiences around the globe, including in far-off locales such as Beijing, China and Tokyo, Japan. Earlier this month, he performed at the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque.
“Over the span of the 11-day fair, I performed 44 shows for very friendly and appreciative audiences,” he says. “It’s always a thrill to be able to travel to new locations to share my magic performances.”
This will be Casavant’s first time performing in Killam, but not his first trip to Flagstaff County. He has previously performed in Lougheed. Casavant has also put on shows in nearby Kinsella and Camrose.
“One aspect of being a magician that I enjoy the most is being able to travel and experience parts of the province that I might otherwise not have had the opportunity to visit,” he says. “Over the past 20 years of travelling the world doing magic shows, I have criss-crossed much of the province.”
The other featured attraction at Flagstaff Celebrates Success 2017 is Safire Dance, led by world-renowned circus artist Sandra “Safire” Sommerville.
“Our Indigo Circus team is going to bring a wide variety of fun acts to share,” Sommerville says. “Audience members can look forward to seeing fire eating, contortion, stilt walking, hula hooping and more!”
Sommerville, a full-time professional entertainer and fire dance instructor, has taken her unique brand of entertainment to 16 countries around the world. More than four million people have viewed her videos online. She is also the creator of Canada’s First Fire Dance Festival and has organized dozens of circus workshops for children and adults.
Her team hails from throughout Western Canada. While Sommerville has been to Killam in the past, some of the team members will be making their first trip to Flagstaff County.
“Our entertainment is fun for all ages,” Sommerville says, “so bring your friends and family, as this night will be a treat not to be missed!”
Flagstaff Celebrates Success has evolved over the years, transforming from its original business awards format to an event featuring a high-profile entrepreneur in recent years to its present format of an evening of entertainment.
“This year, the event will be kicked off by a brief keynote by Brenda Robinson of the Robcan Group (a training and consulting group), followed by a night of entertainment to gather the whole community to celebrate the Flagstaff Region,” says Economic Development Coordinator Jenalee Blackhurst. “Come out for an opportunity to network with what we believe are the best businesspeople, volunteers, and community members around!”
Flagstaff Celebrates Success is an initiative of Flagstaff County’s Economic Development department.
Tickets are available at Budding Ideas Flowers & Gifts and Underground Hair in Killam, James Insurance Group in Hardisty, Daysland Apple Drugs, Coutts Home Hardware in Forestburg and at the Flagstaff County Administration Building in Sedgewick. You can also purchase tickets on Eventbrite or by calling Blackhurst at 780-384-4152.