He’s levitated humans, made objects disappear into thin air, and is now about to predict the contents of a time capsule specific to Vernon.
Master illusionist Ted Outerbridge says his act is all about that fine line that interconnects reality with the unknown. And it has nothing to do with a flick of a wand or a few parlour tricks, it’s about conveying a message.
“An illusion is a race against time, and how one can get out of a situation,” he said. “My job is to get people to care about magic and illusion by tying it into their day-to-day life.”
Outerbridge, along with his partner in life and magic, Marion, last visited Vernon in 2006 with their act Moments in Time, and on Feb. 27, they return with their latest feat, The Time Capsule Tour.
About to load up their truck with 8,000 pounds worth of illusion equipment and head west, the Outerbridges have a new illusion to share with audiences –– one that strikes close to home, quite literally.
“I had a premonition of what would be in a Vernon time capsule,” said Outerbridge, adding he has already put the contents into a bottle, and sealed them in a box.
“Communities have created time capsules at world fairs and other major events. Even a Beatles’ record was sealed in one at the 1964 World’s Fair. ”
Outerbridge hints the audience at the Performing Arts Centre will be asked about a particular singer/and or band, a street address, and a drawing of Vernon they would like to see in the time capsule, which will be suspended in the air throughout the show, with its contents revealed by the night’s end.
“The show is all about the audience,” he added. “It’s a very interactive show. The excitement for me is people’s energy and appreciation and reaction to what we’re doing. I like to create a sense of wonder and give people goose bumps and try to move them with my magic.”
Always by Outerbridge’s side is Marion, who can often be seen either being sawn in half, or levitating from the ground. (The magical couple plan to perform their signature levitation illusion called Tango Flotante while in Vernon.)
“I originally hired Marion as a dancer, and I fell madly in love,” said Outerbridge, adding their first date was 12 years ago this past Valentine’s Day. “She’s absorbed a lot of magic skills and has tried to teach me to dance, which hasn’t worked out that well.”
Based in Montreal, the married couple continue to spend half their time on the road touring.
“We love being together, and when we’re not performing, we’re brainstorming for the show.”
Recently honoured with the B.C. Touring Council’s Artist of the Year Award for a second year, the Outerbridges just returned from playing four sold-out dates at the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts.
“I’ve wanted to do this since I was seven,” said Ted. “The dream was always to tour across Canada. We’ve built our show as a family show, and we love visiting all kinds of communities.
“Teenagers love it, adults love it, kids love it. What’s really special about our show is that it’s a family show and five year olds are going to love it because it’s very visual and fast paced, but adults will appreciate the cerebral side of things and the intellectual approach we use.”
The Outerbridge Time Capsule Tour takes the stage at the Vernon Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Feb. 27. Tickets are $30/adult, $27/senior, $25/senior at the Ticket Seller box office, 549-7469, www.ticketseller.ca.