As is the custom, we will provide the MCW with a magical finish – an evening stage show held in the intimate surrounds of our amphitheatre. The show will be hosted by David Charvet and, in addition to being the Master of Ceremonies, David will perform an interlude with Rag Pictures, the subject of his presentation the day before. Also on the bill, will be multiple Magic Castle Award Winner John Carney, presenting some of the classics of parlor prestidigitation with that light and playful touch for which he is famous. Headlining the show will be Murray Hatfield and Teresa, making their MCW and Chicago debut.
Murray and Teresa are one of the hardest-working touring professional illusion acts in North America. Residents of Victoria, British Columbia, where they are also the proprietors of Murray’s Trick & Joke Shop, Murray and Teresa perform primarily for the public. Although they have been featured at several of the larger magic conventions, and just recently at both the Magic Castle and It’s Magic!, presenting excerpts from their full show, Magic ‘n Miracles, they have never performed before a group of our ilk.
What makes their debut at the MCW even more special is that Murray and Teresa will present their own twist on an illusion described by Tad Ware in Magicol No. 161 (November 2006), namely Edward Stowell’s Confounding “Chinese Torture Cabinet”. Murray stumbled upon the illusion several years ago, remembered it being performed by Mark Wilson, and acquired the prop. It came to him in an old wooden crate stamped on the side with the name Lee Edwards. It is now one of his favourite illusions and, after you see Murray and Teresa perform it, it will be one of yours.
I’m pleased to say that Murray and Teresa will be with us for the entire Weekend. Not only are they fine practitioners of the “big stuff”, they are enthralled by the history. I hope that once they see the nature of the group and the Weekend, they will become regulars.
After the show, we will have our just desserts, and the opportunity to mingle, drink and sample a dessert or two at a reception outside the Dealers Room.
All in all, a fun-filled and informative Weekend: don’t you agree?