The Battle of the Magicians will be making a stop at the Letkemann Theatre in Thompson on Oct. 19 as part of a Canada-wide tour.
Magicians Ray Anderson from Toronto and Ed Stone from Fort Erie, Ont. will bring their tour to Northern Manitoba in conjunction with a tour that is making 35 stops in just 32 days. Other Manitoba stops include: The Pas, Flin Flon, and Portage La Prairie.
The show includes magic, mayhem, dancing, lots of laughs, and even a mind reading goose named Harry.
Anderson has been in the entertainment industry for 25 years and portrays the goofball character in the Battle of the Magicians show.
“Ed (Stone) is the straight man and I’m the clown,” said Anderson, “it’s kind of an anything you can do I can do better type of show where we’re constantly trying to one-up each other.”
Stone is a retired police officer who recently got back in to the entertainment industry, but Anderson has made a living on the road, this being his fifth time on this tour of western Canada, though this will be his first stop in Thompson.
This is the first tour for Anderson and Stone as a duo with The Battle of the Magicians performance and Anderson says that it’s a great time and a great show for the entire family.
“We have a lot of fun out there, it’s a great show with some big illusions and a lot of laughs,” said Anderson.
The show will be to raise money for Special Olympics of Manitoba with a portion of ticket sales going back to the charity. Anderson says the tours are always rooted in raising money for charities; he has also used his position as an entertainer to be a role model and spread positive messages.
“I do a school program called magic with a message which uses magic as a medium to say no to bullying and being respectful towards others,” said Anderson.
Battle of the Magicians opens at 7 p.m. at the Letkemann Theatre on Oct. 19. Tickets are $23 each and will be available at the door.