Magician dentist favored

North Shore News
Sunday, June 8, 2008 Page: 21

A North Vancouver dentist is throwing his magic hat into the ring for the title of Children's Magician of the Year at this year's Vancouver Magic Circle Magic for Youngsters Show.

According to a statement issued by the Magic Circle, the event, which has been held since 1960, will take place Sunday, June 15 at 1 p.m. at Burnaby's Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Audience members determine which magician should receive the title.

Long time North Shore resident Dr. Henry Tom has a popular dental practice on Third Street that attracts a lot of children. He's found that his younger patients are quickly put at ease by his magic, making their visits much more pleasant.

Mike Norden, past president of the Magic Circle and the 2006 winner of the children's award says Tom stands an excellent chance of winning this year as he's won almost every title their club has in addition to a number of international awards for his close-up and parlor magic. He's stood out with his innovative and creative routines and showmanship.

According to the statement, Tom is interested in bringing the title back to North Vancouver as some past winners, Norden and Matthew Johnson for example, call the North Shore home.

Tom says he may incorporate some dental props into his show, as well as remind audience members to brush twice daily.

Tickets are $7 for kids and $10 for adults and can be purchased at www.vancouvermagiccircle.com.