Local teen has the magic touch

For South Slocan teenager Connor Bojey, performing magic is a great passion. At 16, Bojey already has his sights set on becoming the next Criss Angel.

Young magician Connor Bojey is ready for his next big trick.

Young magician Connor Bojey is ready for his next big trick.

For South Slocan teenager Connor Bojey, performing magic is a great passion. At 16, Bojey already has his sights set on becoming the next Criss Angel.

Although Bojey has only been involved with magic for two years he has already had several well-received performances.

“I got into it because of my brother,” said Bojey in a recent interview. “One summer he turned on a little show called ‘Mindfreak’ with Criss Angel. We both watched it and got into it. We started doing card tricks for that summer.”

Bojey continued working on card tricks the following summer and started to expand his repertoire.

“I like performing and amazing people,” he said. “It’s just a lot of fun to do.”

Last weekend, Bojey performed before around 40 friends and family at his house.

“They really liked it and I had fun,” he said. Bojey has played at several other shows but the most recent one was the biggest.

He is practicing and hoping for more shows.

“I do mentalism, I’m getting into hypnosis,” he said. “The bigger stage illusions I’m holding off on for now, but I do all the smaller things.”

Bojey has several influences as a young magician, none more so than Angel. In fact, he has even met Angel after being pulled on stage at the famous icon’s stage show.

“I’ve seen Angel twice in Las Vegas,” he said. “I was in the audience and he said he needed a helper. Me and a few other people raised their hands and he picked me. It was pretty amazing because I idolize him quite a lot. He’s also one of the reasons I got into this art. Being on the stage and looking at all the people in the audience was pretty amazing.”

Bojey has a couple of upcoming events planned in Castlegar. On Oct. 21 he will be appearing at Boston Pizza and on Oct. 23 he will be at the Element as part of the club’s Teen Night.