Canada: "Educational magic show" has tiger, lion cub, photo ops

By Mikelle Sasakamoose
Staff reporter
Dec 15 2006
Kamloops, British Columbia

In the midst of the magical season, get a little wild and crazy.

An educational magic show today for the whole family features a Bengal tiger, a lemur and a possibly a nine-week-old baby lioness cub.

Bridge Lake trainer and magician Kim Carlton will be at the Landsdowne Centre (above the Royal Canadian Legion on Landsdowne Street) at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Carlton does not use the animals in his act, but presents conservation information about the beasts while performing, to educate through entertainment.

“A century ago, there used to be 100,000 tigers in the wild. Now there are less than 2,000 and they’re mostly in captivity because, in the wild, they’re being poached,” he said.

A retired professional fighter, Carlton started doing magic 15 years ago, when he traded magic lessons for martial-arts classes with Las Vegas musician Donavin Atredies.

His love of the craft grew as he found how much he enjoyed performing — and the competitor in him wanted to learn more.

Soon, Carlton said he found himself working with one of the best exotic animal trainers in the world, Gerry Therrien.

Now he has seven exotic pets at his Bridge Lake compound on Highway 24 including Raja, a female Bengal tiger; Pette, an olive baboon; and Kong, a ring-tailed lemur.

“They’re basically a training tool,” he said of the animals’ involvement in his crusade, “because you can’t really appreciate them until you see them.”

The animals are also made available for photos after each show. Photos are $30 each and are developed on-site.

Doors open one hour prior to each show time. The animals will be on display and Carlton will be available to answer question about each of them.

Tickets are $10 each for children, $14 for adults and will be available at the door.

For more information, visit www.siberianmagic.com.

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