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Local magician unveils instructional DVD

Local magician Leif David has developed an instructional DVD for young aspiring illusionists. - Kyle Perison - Contributed
Local magician Leif David has developed an instructional DVD for young aspiring illusionists.
— image credit: Kyle Perison - Contributed

Leif David has had a busy summer.

Over the past eight weeks the magician has dazzled audiences of all ages in West Kelowna and other Central Okanagan locations 47 times.

Now David has come up with a product to help feed the region's hunger for magic.

Magic Academy: How to be a magician, is an instructional DVD for young aspiring illusionists.

"When I perform for birthday party shows, after the show I do a magic wand workshop—people can buy magic wands for the kids instead of doing a goody bag," said David.

"I teach kids how to do a couple tricks with the wand. There were a few kids who were really into magic, but I didn't have anything else to teach them.

"Doing a DVD was a natural way (to let) somebody take the next step."

The video is for children six and up and features 12 tricks: Six that utilize a magic wand, which comes with the DVD, and six that feature household items.

"Normally the age when kids are most interested in magic is between six and 12…I designed it so it's simple enough that a mom can watch it once, sit with her kids and teach them how to do it too."

David's own journey started with a magic kit, which was a Christmas present from his uncle. After he mastered all the tricks in that set, he began taking out books and VHS tapes from the library to learn new material.

"Even at that time they were really dated videos and the books were hard to learn from.

"When you're getting into magic, you're not sure what things are supposed to look like. That's why I created a DVD rather than doing a book."

He said the tricks range in difficulty, from an extremely basic maneuver that requires minimal skill to a complex sleight of hand illusion.

David said he has thought about creating additional videos that feature more complex tricks; however, it will likely depend on demand and how successful his debut DVD is.

With his busiest summer ever in the rearview mirror, David is gearing up for a high-demand winter, which will feature several Christmas parties and corporate events. Many of those clients are repeat customers; therefore, the local magician has been working hard to keep his act fresh.

"I'm constantly studying and learning new material…I've got a list right now of a dozen things I'm working on and trying to get into a show before Christmas."

Along with the steady demand from customers, David is continuing to earn recognition among the magic community as well.

This summer he earned second place at the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians conference in Seattle in the children's magic category. David also took third prize at the Magic Jamboree in Oregon this past June.

The next goal for David is putting on more out-of-town shows and developing a circuit to tour his travelling act.

"I want to perform for the rest of my life."

For more information on David's DVD, visit bcmagician.com/dvd.

wpaterson@kelownacapnews.com

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