Until I saw Mark Correia perform, I didn't believe in magic. Not this kind of magic. Not the kind where he pulls a string out of his eye and wows me to the point of my jumping to my feet and yelling "YOU'RE A FREAK!". It was one of the most magical theatrical moments I had experienced in a long time. Which is great. Because, he's a magician.
Merely 18 years old, Correia is one of the youngest up-and-coming performers I know. He's been performing magic for over twelve years, booking his first professional gig at age six. "I believe the first time I was funny was when I was ten", he muses. "I think it was a Thursday." On that day, at age ten, Correia made a coin disappear and everyone laughed. Now, literally now, as in this weekend, you can see him in the student soiree on Sunday night in the Toronto Festival of Clowns.
This Sunday, Correia will be performing a stunt entitled Straitjacket Escape wherein he does just that. The act is a little teaser to his biggest project yet, a fundraising stunt called Escaping Parkinson's, a project Correia took on to raise money for Parkinson's Disease with the Michael J. Fox Foundation. In this weekend's act, he'll be performing elements that he's never done before. The trick will be thrilling for both Correia and the audience as he honors his love for performance in this first-ever escape trick.
After this weekend's festival, Correia can next be seen in Escaping Parkinson's with the Michael J. Fox Foundation happening this July 7th to the 21st during which he will spend two whole weeks in a straitjacket setting the world record for longest amount of time in one ever. At the end of the two weeks he will attempt an escape.
Follow his stunt via video blogs and twitter! www.markcorreia.ca Twitter: @Mark_Correia
For ticket information on Correia's upcoming appearance in the Toronto Festival of Clowns click here.