*Greenlight Network’s 2nd annual fundraising environmental concert, GREEN CARPET , has been billed as the 'classical, magical, environmental concert' ... and Tobyn Pearson, Canadian magician extraordinaire, will certainly help us to live up to the 'magical' part of the evening on Saturday 18 October 2008. See details at end of post. But first, read his fascinating interview.
1. When and why did you first start practicing magic?
I actually started out juggling first when I was about 13 years old.
Magic was a natural progression from there. I still utilize both art
forms in any shows that I do.
2. Where are some of the places you have you performed?
Canada, United States, Argentina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and of
course Trinidad and Tobago. I would love to do shows in China, Russia,
India, Mexico, All of Europe, Iceland, Peru, Chile................ The
world is not that big of a place anymore. It would be a shame to miss
any of it!
3. Tell us about your most memorable magical moment (a) in show (b) in life.
I was in Burkina Faso in a very remote village doing a magic and
juggling show for the community. The show was a tremendous success!!!
After the show a gentleman approached me with his daughter. He asked if
I could heal her as she was deaf and mute. This had a tremendous impact
on how I used to view the world. I have been back to Africa on 2 more
occasions and can't bring myself to do magic again there.
4. What does it take to be a magician?
Misspent youth!! Just kidding. It takes patience more than anything
else. Sometimes you will have to work for months on a simple move that
is only a small part of one trick.
5. What particular magic trick do you most enjoy performing?
Anything close up. I pretty much gave up stage and adult shows about 8
years ago. I strictly focus on charity work now for children's causes
usually. This upcoming show will be my first adult stage show in several
years. Close up Magic does not play well on stage, so it should be
interesting what I can come up with for this event.
6. If there was a magic trick you could do to help the environment, what would that trick be?
OUCH!!! Without getting too political, I would wave my magic wand (which
in truth I have never used or owned one) and educate all humanity on the
destruction we are doing to ourselves via the use of fossil fuels, our
mega agricultural industries, unfair trade practices.....and the list
goes on. I honestly believe that if everyone was educated, the abuse to
ourselves and the planet would stop. Now that would be magic!!!
7. Free flow - anything else you would like to add about yourself, magic and/or the environment ...?
Mostly I would like to thank T&T for being so generous and kind to me
and my family over the last 2 years. We will be leaving shortly with
only good memories and thoughts of all the people we have met and the
places we have been. Trinidad and Tobago like all countries has its
needs and worries. Do not settle for mediocrity. Hold people
Date: Saturday 18th October
Time: 5 - 8 p.m.
Venue: La Joya Auditorium, Eastern Main Road, St. Joseph
Glenford Bhagat - 789-0786
Shivonne DuBarry - 758-7915
Elspeth Duncan - 786-2539
50% of proceeds will go to WORC (Wildlife Orphanage and Rehabilitation Centre).
The other 50% will go toward Greenlight Network’s environmental projects. Have a look at some of our past ones.
Please forward this post to those you think will be interested in learning about our performers, attending the concert and supporting this worthy environmental cause.