|by Yeats Wong|
May 05, 2012
Front page of the Korea Alberta Journal
Interview Article in the Korea Alberta Journal
Wow, I had a huge amount of fun at the Calgary Korean Community Association’s annual charity fundraiser, on Saturday May 12, 2012. The fundraiser was to raise money for First Steps Canada, a foundation dedicated to battling malnutrition in North Korea. Yeats Magic Co. headlined the event with a 1 hour magic show. In addition to our magic our illusions, the event also featured many talented singers and musicians.
Aside from eating a tonne of really yummy authentic Asian foods, I also had the chance to meet alot of really interesting people, and watch a tonne of highly talented performers! The singers were absolutely phenomenal; very reflective of the Korean love for Karaoke.
At this performance, I was able to debut several new illusions and effects. Gwyn Auger and I opened the show with a new illusion; a modern day twist on the classic Zig Zag.One of the challenges with performing for an ethnic community is the language barrier. A significant portion of the audience has learned English as a second language, and communication is always more difficult. My own Chinese cultural background offers an advantage in this regard; although I perform in English, I am able to tailor many of the routines so that any of the effects can be fully appreciated whether or not the audiences understands the “patter”.
I also love to build the show around the elements of the community that I am performing for. In this case, I was happy to include a copy of a Korean newspaper into the act; these small touches lets me make a bit more of a connection to the audience.
Yeats debuts a new illusion
Tags: Calgary Korean Community Association, First Steps Canada
Yeats performing for Calgary’s Korean CommunityYeats Wong and assistant Gwyn Auger perform with a member of the Korean communityTraining a new sound/lighting techPerforming with water… over the head of a volunteer!