I can hardly wait.
It has been twelve years since I last performed The Conjuror in Toronto – or anywhere else for that matter. The Conjuror, of course, was our big break. First produced at the Shaw Festival in 1996, it enjoyed subsequent runs there, in Toronto and a provincial tour, before a final four-week run in Toronto in December 2002.
The show worked on so many levels. The stars were certainly aligned at the time. Patrick Watson – the now older Patrick Watson as opposed to the younger Patrick Watson – and I wrote the show. William Schmuck, the head of design at the Shaw Festival, created the set, and some of the costumes and Kelly Wolf designed the rest. Bonnie Beecher created the lighting design, and John Lang wrote a wonderful score. I pilfered some secrets from some of the greatest magicians to ever tread the stage, and had so much fun performing for, and with, the audience – young and old alike.
Fortunately, the stars are aligned once more, and all of us look forward to rekindling that magic for ten performances, starting December 30th.
Over the next few days, I will share some behind-the-scenes insight – secrets if you will – about the show.
Until then, à bientôt.
– DAVID BEN