Friday 13th April, 2007


US trio to dish out magical treat

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Kelsey Carson

By Michelle Loubon

Las Vegas-based performers Garry and Kelsey Carson and New York-based ventriloquist Kenny Warren and his puppet Leroy Cool are promising a magic show with a twist.

Yesterday, the trio came to town for The Ultimate Magic Show, sponsored by the Trinidad Broadcasting Co (TBC) Network, at Jean Pierre Complex in Port-of-Spain, tomorrow.

Previously, they performed for audiences in Australia, India, Europe, and neighbouring Caribbean islands, including Aruba, Bahamas, St Maarten and St Thomas.

But they could not contain their excitement at playing to a Trini audience on their maiden visit here.

Although the thespians did not want to totally let the cat out of the bag, they offered a sneak peek into their repertoire which promises a treat for the entire family.

Among the acts the Carsons will be presenting are levitating, metamorphosis, transposition and their specialty—Bits ‘n’ Pieces.

Kelsey said it’s called magic with a twist since Garry has added his own touch to items such as Bits ‘n’ Pieces.

While recreating the mood of a medieval castle in a segment of Bits ‘n’ Pieces, Garry places Kelsey in a box and sticks her with three swords, two arrows and a fire torch.

“He does not use the regular two swords...He likes to push the tricks a bit,” Kelsey said.

“He spent about a year-and-a-half trying to figure out how to put the fire torch in without burning me.

“People’s jaws drop...How did he do that?”

The audience will also view the typical classical trick—a magician sawing his wife in two.

Normally, the woman is lying down, but in this case Kelsey will be standing.

Although the Carsons have been married for 14 years, they have no children.

Kelsey said “her children” comprise a black leopard, doves, ducks, a rabbit and parakeet.

“They all work,” she added.

Similar to the Carsons, ventriloquist Kenny Warren and his partner puppet Leroy Cool are delighted to be performing here for the first time.

Warren was content to let Leroy Cool steal the show—even in the Guardian’s lobby.

“He makes a fool out of me...He does most of the talking,” Warren said.

“Sometimes he gets an attitude and says he'll go out and do his own act,” said Warren, while poking fun at Leroy Cool’s Pinochio-styled nose.

“I’ll show you what I can do with my nose,” said Leroy Cool.

“He likes kids...He’s crazy about women,” Warren said.

“He even has surprises up his sleeve for both the women and the children.

“At a few shows I did in the past, I’ve had to request extra security.

“The children go nuts...The children think he’s real,” added Warren, who designed the show-stealer himself.

Warren has appeared on the Late Night Show, and Comedy Tonight and national television.

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