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Award-winning illusionist Ted Outerbridge to perform in Airdrie

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 11:23 am

Illusionist Ted Outerbridge brings his magical and theatrical stylings to Airdrie's Bert Church Live Theatre on Feb. 15. Outbridge's current show Clockwork Mysteries transports audiences back in time to different eras as he preforms magical acts that help to tell a story.
Illusionist Ted Outerbridge brings his magical and theatrical stylings to Airdrie's Bert Church Live Theatre on Feb. 15. Outbridge's current show Clockwork Mysteries transports audiences back in time to different eras as he preforms magical acts that help to tell a story.
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Bert Church Live Theatre is playing host to award-winning Canadian illusionist Ted Outerbridge and his family-friendly show Clockwork Mysteries on Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

“It’s an amazing show,” Outerbridge said. “We won Touring Artist of the Year in BC and the Award of Excellence in Ontario. We’ve received recognition that illusionists don’t usually receive.”

In 2011, the show was awarded the Award of Excellence from Ontario Contact and in 2010 it received the Touring Artist of the Year from the B.C. Touring Council.

This is Outerbridge’s second performance in Airdrie and he said he really enjoyed the audience and atmosphere of Bert Church Live Theatre last time he came.

He promises this show will not disappoint returning fans and will include a lot of new material.

The show is a combination of over 20 custom-designed illusions, theatrics including world-class lighting and set design, dancing from Outerbridge’s assistant and wife Marion who was trained in classical ballet in Moscow, and music to set the mood.

“We want to give (the audience) the feeling they have been transported to another time and place,” Outerbridge said.

He said the show is more than just store-bought magic tricks but is much more complete theatrical performance with seven-foot tall clocks, time machines and custom illusions.

“We are trying to tell stories with the magic and give it a meaning so it has more impact on people,” Outerbridge said.

The show opens with the stage set to be nighttime at the Museum of Time, a place with all kinds of time keeping devices. A burglar enters and tries to steal time in the form of a large hourglass.

“We have a bit of an obsession with time,” Outerbridge joked about the show.

In some sense the time machine takes Outerbridge back to medieval times, in others he’s in the 1960s.

“It’s very different from what a lot of other magicians are performing,” he said.

For one illusion Outerbridge makes a prediction of what would be found in an Airdrie time capsule, then asks the audience to decide what they want to put in the capsule.

Once the audience selection is complete Outerbridge unveils his prediction to see if they are the same.

“I find it really exciting to perform that piece,” he said. “It’s a community project.”

He said he genuinely enjoys the interaction with the audience because he never knows who will join him in helping with an illusion and how they will react.

“It’s different every night,” he said, adding he will ask people of all ages from kids to grandparents to join him on stage for illusions.

He said the show combines grand illusions with interactive comedy magic.

“It’s a family show for five year olds or 105 year olds,” Outerbridge said.

Outerbridge said movement is always important in a magic show but he leaves the dancing to his wife Marion.

“My dancing has all been cut because I’m really not a dancer,” he said, adding it’s best to leave that to the professional.

He said he is trying to “induce goose bumps” with the show and bring magic to life.

“Everyone loves to experience wonder,” he said of magic’s ageless nature.

“It’s a really beautiful, healthy buzz to be amazed by something.”

Tickets to the show are selling fast and are available online by visiting,

www.airdrie.ca/index.cfm?serviceID=830


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