Twenty years of magic!
It was 20 years ago, this summer, that my late grandfather booked me for my very first gig. To the best of my recollection, it wasn't a very complex show, maybe four or five simple tricks for a small room of very gracious spectators.
The show took place in the club house at the Mic Mac Trailer Park, on the shores of Lake George, NB. Oh the summers I spent there with my grand parents... the memories. For a young boy, it was a place of adventure, mystery, and excitement.
I cherish those days, and will forever be greatful to my Grampy for introducing me to the stage.
Metalbox Films has begun production on Nigel's latest project "Buried Live". Teasers will be cut over the next few weeks and posted to Nigel's YouTube channel. LIVE web event scheduled for this fall.
Season #7 aboard the Canadian Empress begins next month. For the next six months, Nigel will be staging weekly performances aboard the vintage river-style steamer as it hosts guests from around the world. For more info about the cruises check out their site at www.stlawrencecruiselines.com. The ship will carry you through the very heart of central Canada’s most beautiful scenery on routes specifically selected for their stunningly rich gifts of history, natural beauty and modern vitality. Calm-water cruising on a replica steamboat is your rewarding adventure into an old tradition.
PSA for Prader-Willi Syndrome is now online and viewable on Nigel's YouTube Channel
It’s been a very busy summer for Nigel. Season six aboard the Canadian Empress is now complete. Over the next few weeks Nigel will be completing a couple projects that had to be placed on the summer back burner due to scheduling. A couple of smaller routines are being retired from the show after 15 years of loyal service and are being replaced with some fresh material. More updates soon.
Nigel is currently producing a web psa to increase awareness about a rare disorder called Prader-Willi Syndrome. The video will be posted here and on FaceBook upon completion. For more information about PWS visit http://www.fpwr.ca.
Nigel is definately up to something this summer. He will be spending a few days in Toronto, producing a documagic event to be broadcast online later this summer, featuring an all new original grand scale illusion. Stay tuned as more information will be posted as it trickles in…
Nigel was featured in this month’s issue of Kingston Life Magazine which hit the shelves last week. You can read the full article here on the KLM website.
Here is a brief excerpt… “After he made one of their cruise ships vanish last year, it is a wonder that Gananoque Boat Lines isn’t upset with local illusionist Nigel Harrison. The disappearing ship was the biggest illusion ever staged in Canada, but luckily for the boat line, Harrison made it reappear…”
Season #6 aboard the Canadian Empress begins this week. For the next six months, Nigel will be staging weekly performances aboard the vintage river-style steamer as it hosts guests from around the world. For more info about the cruises check out their site at www.stlawrencecruiselines.com. The ship will carry you through the very heart of central Canada’s most beautiful scenery on routes specifically selected for their stunningly rich gifts of history, natural beauty and modern vitality. Calm-water cruising on a replica steamboat is your rewarding adventure into an old tradition.
Just over a week now until Nigel sets out for Banff Alberta. It’s a quick trip, with a gig in the heart of the town, then two days of scouting for an upcoming project. He will be heading up to Lake Louise as well to do some filming and location scouting for a project he first envisioned about thirteen years ago, and our course will make time for a little r&r in the village while he is there. Vids and pics will be posted here.
In the fall of 2010 Nigel successfully staged the biggest illusion in Canadian history by vanishing a 371 tonne cruise ship and its’ passengers. Now, moving forward, Nigel will challenge himself with the most dangerous illusion he has ever attempted… to be buried alive, LIVE! on stage in front of the theatre audience.An illusion of this nature and scale has never been attempted anywhere on stage.
The project is steadily moving forward. A major hurtle Nigel is having to overcome is how to manage the 10,000 plus pounds of dirt needed for the illusion. Not an impossibility, just a challenge. The entire event, as with “The Vanish” will be filmed for broadcast. Updates on the project will be posted here on a regular basis.
Originally due to air in the fall of 2011, Buried LIVE is set to take place this fall after several technical set-backs and safety issues. "Yes it's magic, but it's darn dangerous magic. You're talking about roughly 1000lbs of dirt on top of me. The original concept was just too risky so I had to go back to the drawing-board and re-evaluate the risks. What I have come up with, I think, will be spectacular, as long as everything goes according to plan." - Nigel Harrison
As with Nigel's "The Vanish" which aired in the fall of 2010, "Buried" is set to take place in the beautiful Canadian Thousand Islands. "One of the things that will make this a totally unique piece is that it will be airing LIVE on my site. The viewers will see everything exactly as it happens. There will be absolutely no room for error. This is a first for an illusion of this nature. Exciting and scary at the same time." - Nigel Harrison
"Buried" LIVE will air this fall at buriedlive.com. Stayed tuned for more info.
In the fall of 2010, Nigel successfully staged (in the pouring rain) the biggest illusion in Canadian history and one of the largest illusions ever performed in North America by vanishing an 800 passenger cruise ship and its occupants (surpassing David Copperfield's vanishing train car or jet airplane illusion). Its was all caught on film and can be viewed here on Nigel's Youtube channel.
If you are a theme park, cruise line, resort, casino, or other major organization, Nigel continues to offer his original brand of classic-edge magic to suit these types of venues. If you are interested in booking Nigel for a show, a string of performances, or a PR stunt, please send inquiries through to the office at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to accommodate and we appreciate the consideration.
Canadian Illusionist Nigel Harrison makes a 371 tonne cruise ship disappear. The biggest illusion ever staged in Canada.
For the last 15 years, Nigel Harrison has been making his mark in the world of entertainment as one of the most talented magicians in Canadian history. The level of professionalism in his technique combined with his superb ability to connect with the audience gives reason as to why he is considered Canada's Rising Superstar of Magic....continue
Nigel Harrison has done a pretty good job at “flying under the radar” in the
world of entertainment. Over the last 15 years, he has been quietly honing his
skills as a world-class illusionist, staging live performances for various
national and international companies, cruise lines, and select private functions.
Often jokingly referred to as the “anti-magician” magician, Nigel tends to keep
his magic to himself rather than mix with others within the same industry. A bit eccentric, perhaps, but a consummate professional who is striving to break from the stereotype that magicians often face, to become a unique performer with the highest standards of professionalism in business, entertainment, and creativity. This has become evident in his current projects and has drawn attention from key industry professionals who are graciously assisting Nigel along his journey to become
Canada’s biggest name in magic.
Nigel is breaking onto the world-stage in style. In October of 2010 he
produced his first major film/live stage production titled “The Vanish”. In
it he performed the biggest illusion ever staged in Canadian history….
causing a 371 tonne, 110 foot cruise ship to disappear from the banks
of the St. Lawrence River in the world-famous Thousand Islands. An
illusion of this size had never been attempted in Canada so this was
a huge undertaking for the young performer. A crew of over 40
people was assembled to stage this history-making event which
not only included the vanish of the ship but also a full outdoor stage
production featuring several of Nigel’s signature routines. The
entire two days were captured on film and televised on Nigel’s
website on December 10, 2010 in a ground-breaking
webcast. This was also a unique achievement, making Nigel
the first illusionist to ever produce a full- length magic special
to be broadcast online.
"My goal is to bring the "romance" back to magic. I really want to
be able to entertain my audiences through amazing magic while
throwing-in some subtle humour. It's a classic form of
performance enhanced with new technologies to produce
some really entertaining bits. It's innocent".
Directly on the heals of “The Vanish”, Nigel is currently in
pre-production for his second project titled “Buried Alive”.
The mandate moving forward is to produce annual specials,
featuring all new illusions, with filming taking place in
different locations across the country, showcasing the
beauty and wonders that Canada has to offer.
Stage Name: Nigel Harrison
Home Town: Harvey Station, New Brunswick, Canada
Currently Resides: Thousand Islands, Ontario, Canada