Illusionist provides March Break magic

    Lucas Wilson and Kelly Defilla will perform two shows Monday at the Sanderson Centre.


    Port Dover  illusionist Lucas Wilson is bringing his March Break Magic show to Brantford’s Sanderson Centre for a second year.

    There will be two performances on Monday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The show supports Help A Child Smile.

    “Last year was the first time he performed at the Sanderson Centre and the first time the show was linked to us,” Joyce Hutson, of Help A Child Smile, said. “It was really successful and the management at the Sanderson Centre was pleased with the turnout.

    “We were thrilled to have cleared just over $10,000 for a first-time event.”

    Both shows are close to selling out. Organizers hope to raise $15,000.

    Help A Child Smile is a volunteer-run charity supporting families with children being treated for cancer at McMaster Children’s Hospital.

    Wilson, who performs with stage assistant Kelly Defilla, is a four-time Guinness World Record holder for escaping from a straitjacket in various positions including hanging upside down in chains and while underwater. He has been performing magic since he was a kid.

    Defilla, also of Port Dover, has been working with Wilson since 2009. She is a graduate of George Brown College, where she studied acting in the theatre arts program.

    A long-ime supporter of Help A Child Smile, Wilson performs 12 free shows a year for the children at McMaster. He provides each child with a magic trick and shows them how to perform it, said Patti Berardi, administrative assistant to Help A Child Smile.

    The organization approached Wilson in 2018 about doing a show. Wilson had previously performed a March Break show a the Lighthouse Theatre in Port Dover but had outgrown the venue after four years.

    “Our partnership is a very natural one,” Wilson said. “I was already hosting a fundraiser during March Break for my own program at McMaster Children’s Hospital. So, given the chance to expand on that with Help A Child Smile was a great opportunity.

    “The Sanderson Centre is an amazing venue and has really let our show spread its wings.”

    A big part of Monday’s show is the VIP experience before the matinee, Wilson said.

    “We get to hang out with Help A Child Smile families and teach them magic tricks one on one,” Wilson said. “It truly is one of the highlights of the day, and the reason why this all started – to help a child smile.”
    Tickets, which cost $15, are available through the Sanderson Centre box office at or .

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