Magician goes for third title

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times
Friday, June 6, 2008
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Community Source: The Times

Mike Norden is trying to pull another award, instead of a rabbit, out of his hat.

The Vancouver Magic Circle will be hosting the Magic for Youngsters Show on June 15, at 1 p.m. at the Shadbolt Centre in Burnaby. Since 1960, the Vancouver Magic Circle (VMC), now Canada's largest magic club, has held an annual show featuring some  of the finest children's entertainers in western Canada. These magicians are vying for the honour of being  titled Children's Magician of the Year, the winner   being selected by popular vote of the audience.

Local resident Mike Norden has been making a name for himself since moving to Maple Ridge five years ago. He won the title in 2006 and hosted the event in 2007. He then took his act to the international stage in 2007 and won Gold at the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians (PCAM). Now he is back with an all-new act to try to three-peat as an award-winning children's entertainer.

"Since winning that first award it's been amazing," Norden said in a news release. "I enjoy doing magic for kids and the kids seem to like it too. It's not everyone who gets to act silly and do magic tricks for a bunch of seven-year-olds and get paid for it - I love my job."

Norden was the president of the VMC for the past two years, but now has taken some time off to enjoy performing and just being a member. Gord Boyes, the new president says, "Norden was wonderful for the club for the past two years and really pumped new life into it. I would wish him all the best at the children's competition, but I am competing as well so I sort of hope his bunny hops out the hat a little early during his show."

Norden is also going to be at Pitt Meadows Days on Saturday and will also be touring the Fraser Valley Library circuit in July. He will be at the Pitt Meadows library on July 8 and in Maple Ridge on July 16.

 - Tickets are only $7 for kids and $10 for adults (the bigger kids) and can be purchased at www.vancouvermagiccircle.com.