Fundraising shows at LFT Monday
Magic team Lucas Wilson and Kelly Defilla are gearing up for three shows on Monday at the Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover. The shows are a fundraiser for the pair’s charity work at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton. Contributed photo
Illusionist Lucas Wilson enjoys performing for kids at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton.
The monthly shows he and assistant Kelly Defilla deliver are rewarding but can also be heart-breaking. The pair has been surprised at how sick some of these children are and how much they must endure to get well.
“Some of these patients are in there for months at a time,” Wilson said this week. “I do shows at the start of the year and then you see the same people in the crowd at the end of the year and you realize they haven’t left.”
Wilson of Port Dover was promoting the annual fundraising shows he stages at Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover during March break. The shows underwrite his work in Hamilton and the hundreds of magic kits he distributes to young patients.
As for the latter, a recent clever illusion has proven very popular.
The trick involves a pair of fake thumbs with tiny batteries that you slip over your real thumbs. When gently pressed the thumbs light up and appear to be holding a glowing object.
With good hand-eye co-ordination an illusionist can make the thumbs appear to pass the glowing object from hand to hand and pulling it from unexpected places on stage or from your body.
“It makes for the biggest laugh,” Wilson says. “That’s the biggest reward you can get – making a room full of children at a hospital laugh.”
All of this costs money, so Wilson and Defilla rely on a solid turnout at LFT.
As they did in 2017, the pair will mount a one-day blitz next week consisting of three shows. The performances this year are Monday, March 12 – the first day of March break for area students.
Wilson and Defilla performed in front of more than 1,000 during last year’s day of magic. They hope to do so again next week. Show times are 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Wilson encourages people who’ve seen his stripped-down show at area festivals to come to Port Dover. The professional stage at LFT gives Wilson and Defilla options they don’t have out-of-doors.
“They’re two different shows,” he said. “When we perform in a theatre, it’s a spectacle. Just because you’ve seen us in the park doesn’t mean you’ve seen our entire show.”
Tickets are $12 for floor-level seats and $10 for the balcony. Ticket information is available at the LFT box office at 519-583-2221 and at the website lucaswilson.ca.