For one night only, the stage at the Vic Juba Community Theatre will play host to one of the most recognizable magicians in Canada and the United Kingdom.
Hailing from Winnipeg, Man., Darcy Oake made a splash on television in the United Kingdom last year when he appeared on the popular television show Britain’s Got Talent, which saw Oake reach the top five before being cut.
Oake is a self-described specialist in slight of hand and illusions.
Simon Cowell, one of the most popular television personalities on both sides of the pond, said in the first audition for Oake that without a doubt he was the best magician Britain’s Got Talent has had on the show.
“I have to say Darcy, you weren’t corny, it was very difficult what you did, and I think that we have witnessing a birth of a star in you,” Cowell said.
“Darcy you are probably one of best magicians I’ve seen on the show,” said David Walliams, one of the co-judges on the show.
Alesha Dixon, another judge on the show, said during his audition that his performance was fantastic.
“Darcy, Darcy, Darcy, that was absolutely fantastic. It helps that you look fantastic as well.”
Oakes will be in Lloydminster on Saturday, Jan. 17. His show is sold out, and is being put on by the Lloydminster Regional Theatre Foundation.
Foundation chair Gwen Mottram said in an email that the LRFT is excited about the sold-out show.
“This year’s fundraiser was one of the easiest tickets we have ever tried to sell,” she said. “Why? Because Darcy Oake was a finalist on Britain’s Got Talent this past year and our audience knows he is performance artist who entertains with nail-biting acts of illusion.”
Mottram said that the money raised throughout the night will go to the maintenance, operation, and equipment of the theatre. “Proceeds from this year’s annual fundraiser will be allocated to a lighting equipment upgrade,” she said. “The total project cost is $210,000. We have raised $87,000 so far for this project and we still have a long way to go.”
Mottram said that events like the fundraiser ensure the community continues to have a quality performing arts venue.