Add a bit of Magic and Beauty to your Holiday Season !
Are you ready to be amazed this Holiday season?
From Vincent Van Gogh’s Grandiose Paintings – brought to life on large screens, to unbelievable Stage Illusions and Mind Reading feats at the upcoming Champions of Magic show, get ready to let your eyes soak in incredible sights and let your brain be baffled by the seemingly impossible…
* Below: Exclusive Interview with American Illusionist Kayla Drescher
*** CONTEST: Win a set of family passes to see Champions of Magic this Sunday December 15th at Place Bell in Laval ( see end of article for more details.)
Imagine Van Gogh –
The Immersive Exhibition
Let yourself stare up in wonder at the twinkle of a starry
night, try to smell the sunflowers …
From its inauguration last December 5th, Montreal,
city of international art, is hosting all winter the immersive exhibition: Imagine
Van Gogh at which 40 video projectors are working simultaneously to show
you over 200 Classic paintings of the
Dutch master, presented in a very contemporary setting, at Montreal’s
Visitors of all ages are invited to discover a new way of
reconnecting with the work of this great post-impressionist
painter, who is among the most illustrious and influential figures in the
history of Western art.
The exhibition does not feature actual paintings, but rather
giant projections , enhanced by
themed classical music that brings
to life the body of work of the Dutch painter by featuring his famed landscapes,
still life’s, portraits and self-portraits that are characterized by vivid colors
and dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork that helped pave the foundations
of modern art.
Images are projected on “out of the ordinary” 3D shapes,
offering different angles from which to discover Van Gogh’s work. Designed by Annabelle Mauger and Julien Baron, this artistic approach
uses the concept of “Image Totale”, which situates the spectator right inside
the paintings in order to explore their fine detail. Visitors will be able
examine up-close details of selected pieces and also see the variations in
color and theme that corresponds to different
periods of the painter’s life until his tragic demise by suicide in 1890.
Imagine Van Gogh will run all winter long until Feb 2nd 2020 at the Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal
CHAMPIONS OF MAGIC
– Presented for the first time in Quebec!
Sunday, December 15th at 7pm | Place Bell, Laval
Champions of Magic
is a family friendly touring illusion and theatrical show, featuring a cast of
five world class magicians, each specializing in a different type of magic; from
mind reading, close-up hand manipulation and card tricks to full stage, show
stopping grand illusions!
Young & Strange
(UK), Alex McAleer (UK), Kayla Drescher (USA) and Fernando Velasco (Mexico / USA) make up the cast
of talented performers who have been wowing crowds at sold out shows across the
globe, receiving rave reviews by critics and enjoying a long run in London’s
Their show is now coming to Quebec for the first time and will be taking place this Sunday December 15th at Place Bell stadium in Laval.
The world of magic is shrouded in mystery, to help uncover some of its secrets, Gen’s Delights had the pleasure to interview American Illusionist Kayla Drescher, who is ready to offer some insight on the profession.
Kayla has won multiple
awards, including the Society of American Magician’s Presidential Citation and
being voted “Magician of the Year”. She’s also appeared on television numerous
times, including The CW’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us and NBC’s The Today Show,
where she won David Copperfield’s “Search for the Next Great Magician.” Her contemporary style of magic uses everyday
objects to create unbelievable results, from levitating smart phones to
teleporting a borrowed bank note from one person to another. She’s created
marshmallow magic with Blue Man Group and even made David Copperfield appear
for “The Daily Show’. Having honed her craft at The Magic Castle in Los
Angeles, Kayla now wows audiences across the world.
Kayla, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions
A versatile illusionist can cause jaws to
drop and definitely put broad smiles on audience’s faces. How were you
personally drawn into the world of magic and what were some of the initial
challenges you faced when you started your learning journey?
“As a kid, I loved solving science problems and puzzles as
well as performing for people and making them laugh. After walking into a magic
shop, something just clicked within me and satisfied all the parts of
my brain. As a 7 year old doing magic, I was pretty quickly bullied or told
magic wasn’t for girls to perform. Luckily, I didn’t care what other
people thought and kept going!
2. What are some of your most memorable career highlights? Best mentors?
“I had an amazing mentor growing up: Bill Andrews taught me
all of the classic tricks, techniques and staples of magic. Now, my current mentors,
Christian and Katalina, are some of the best magicians I know and I’m
lucky to have them as teachers and friends. The biggest career highlight
was performing on the Today Show with David Copperfield and winning his
search for “The Next Great Magician”.
Now, I’m just lucky and happy to be in the touring show Champions
call you fondly the magician in heels … Do you find it daunting to be a
female in a traditionally male dominated entertainment field? Are there
advantages / disadvantages or persistent stereotypes?
“Magic in Heels is
a business name I chose many years ago to separate myself from other
magicians and magic related businesses in Google searches. There
are advantages and disadvantages to being a women in this industry…however
it would take too long to give a complete answer in just a
few sentences. In our show, I’m just happy that no one treats me
differently because of my gender and I can feel completely at ease with this
group. We all have each other’s backs and we’re the Champions family!”
wise words of advice for aspiring magicians, trends in the industry?
“Find a magician you really respect and ask
for help. Study other forms of performance art outside of magic: Comedy, dance, music or others… Learn
EVERYTHING you can about theater. Finally, never be just satisfied with your
work or have the mentality that once you think it’s done – it’s time to put it
away… The world of Magic and yourself keeps evolving. The magicians who keep growing are the
Thanks to Kayla
Drescher for taking the time to answer my questions.
Champions of Magic takes
the stage of Place Bell in Laval next December 15th 2019