At the Ontario Educational Leadership Center
With legendary magician Richard Turner
My name is Owen and I have loved magic since I was three. It all began at the public library when I saw my first magician perform a show. I remember being amazed as he took different coloured balls and placed them into a clear tube and they changed places. I knew instantly that's what I wanted to do: I wanted to do magic. That very afternoon I came home and made up tricks of my own such as taking a crayon, placing it on the table and asking my parents to close their eyes. Next I would quickly grab the crayon and hide it, ask them to open their eyes, and ALACAZAM it was gone.
For a long time that was my magic until one day my mom surprised me with a trip to a magic store in Toronto. That opened my eyes to the world of magic. The store was filled with people doing magic, and the walls were all shelves full of magic items (some of them items that I had seen in my first show). A man named Jeff came over and I said: "My name is Owen and I am interested in magic." Little did I know that these ten words would change my life. He responded with "Well then, you have come to the right place". Ever since then, whenever I was in Toronto, I would ask to go to the magic store.
As I began to accumulate more magic I started to wonder where I could begin to perform and practice my magic. The simple answer was the Barrie Farmers' Market, a place I had been going to ever since I was a baby and a place I still go to do magic. That's actually where I got my name from, Owen The Great Magician. The first Saturday I did magic at the market, at age six, the market manager posted a big sign that said: "Here today, Owen The Great Magician". Ever since, that name has stuck.
Going to the market really kick started my magic. It was there that someone asked me to perform magic at a special camp called the Ontario Educational Leadership Centre. This opportunity really helped my magic because for the first time I had to take my magic and present it in a show for a large audience.
A few years later I still loved magic as much and my collection had grown even bigger. I wondered how I could perform more. The answer was Kids birthday parties. I started out with a business card that I could hand out at the market. The result was that I got my first paid birthday party. After that, word of mouth started spreading and I found that my name was getting around. I am 12 now and I am so thankful for all the people who helped me.
Had I never gone to the market I would never be where I am now.
Last year I had the honour of going to the Canadian Association of Magicians (CAM) annual magic convention and was inspired to grow my close up show. Before the convention I was doing close up magic but until then, I had never performed a full hour show. Since then, close up magic has become one of my favourite types of magic to perform for adults. I could never have dreamed my life would be so magical.
Written April 25th, 2012
Owen the Great