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In the cards: Fourth-generation magician Shawn Farquhar stars in show at KiMo

Magician Shawn Farquhar’s mother told him that when he was born he said “pick a card” after the doctor slapped him.

The idea is not farfetched, because magic is part of Farquhar’s DNA. He’s a fourth-generation magician. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather all practiced the craft.

“I jumped in with both feet, champing at the bit to learn from my father,” Farquhar said. “He was surrounded by great magicians who all helped me. Unlike all the other stories of kids getting a magic kit, it was just everything I wanted to do since I can remember.”

Farquhar will amaze audience minds as part of the Hocus Pocus Magic Show on Saturday, Nov. 25, at KiMo Theatre. The show also features Kalin, Jinger, Nickey Fynn and Liberty Larsen.

“I’m just as big of a kid as everybody else is,” Farquhar said. “I love magic just as much if not more than some. Being on a compilation with such awesome artists is really pretty exciting for me.”

Farquhar’s style of magic is not Las Vegas glitz or street tricks.

“I can tell you everything in my show is something you’d find in your living room,” he said. “… I have old bottles and a deck of cards and a handkerchief, just things that you would find anywhere. … I want you to really disengage from the props and go to the person, because I think between myself and whoever comes on stage, that’s the magic, and what we do together creates whatever that magic is.”

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Audience participation is a must in Farquhar’s shows.

“Everything in my show is audience participation,” he said. “I think that magic, that’s when it’s done in somebody else’s hands, you get to see the experiences of that person. The majority of the show that they’ll see will all be audience involved, and if it isn’t with a person on the stage, it will be interactive with everybody participating with me.”

Farquhar will perform one of his favorite effects, which he calls “Shape of My Heart.”

“I discovered a piece of music, decades ago, that was just so beautiful,” he said. “The lyrics spoke to me, and I created a magic effect where the music and the lyrics all go hand in hand with the effect. It’s just a beautiful piece of music and a really creative piece of magic all woven in with sleight of hand so people can appreciate the skill that goes into it, the wonder of the magic, while experiencing the music itself.”


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