The magic happens April 26

Magician John Kaplan is set to take the stage at the Castlegar Community Complex next week in an effort to help Kinnaird Elementary students raise funds for a trip to Calgary.

Magician John Kaplan is set to take the stage at the Castlegar Community Complex next week in an effort to help Kinnaird Elementary students raise funds for a trip to Calgary.

While Kaplan tours his “Makin’ Magic” show around western Canada, he often teams up with service groups to help them bring in some dough for themselves.

On Tuesday night, Kaplan will perform starting at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.) The audience can expect 90 minutes of magic and comedy with a scenic backdrop, theatrical lighting, video projection and a cast of dancers and performers.

“I have a very much a Disney philosophy about family entertainment,” Kaplan said. “The entire show has been designed to appeal to all ages: youngsters, seniors, parents and teenagers come to our show, and everybody loves the entertainment value we offer.”

Kaplan has been touring his magic show for 30 years and constantly reinvents himself while at the same time continuing to help other groups fundraise.

He told Magic magazine he knows some groups have taken in over $10,000 from his shows. He’s also performed in over 500 Canadian communities.

In Castlegar, the audience can expect to vote on which local celebrity will be either sawn in half, acupunctured of guillotined. Confirmed guests are Rebels coach Steve Junker, Rebels captain Taylor Anderson, Twin Rivers Elementary principal Doug Hickey and Kinnaird Elementary vice principal Patrick Kinghorn.

Tickets for Tuesday night’s show are available at the Community Complex or at the Movie Company (near Safeway).

Individual tickets are $11 and a family of four is $40.

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