The Art of Wonder
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Derek Selinger has always been an entertainer. As a young boy, he loved it when guests would come over so that he could entertain them. His interest in magic started at age 7. However, this was just one means to the goal of sharing joy and wonder with people. Through his early years he was involved in drama, piano, singing and any other forum which would allow others to feel good about life. In his adolescence he honed his public speaking skills and involved himself in a variety of community activities. He was involved in all of life, from academics to sport, from music to travel. A top student, he considered a variety of careers but was aware of his desire to delight and entertain. While at college he traveled with a drama group and performed with a small R&B rap group. Even though he enjoyed these experiences, he was continually drawn back to magic as a performing art.
Derek began to take magic seriously at age 23. Extra time was spent practicing and he performed continually both formally and informally. The next year he performed an hour-long stage show for 800 people. This experience propelled him into the next phase. In 1999 Derek began to counsel with and receive direction from one of the top performers in Las Vegas. As a result, he began to develop his persona and performance style. The next few months were spent in deep practice, studying dance and magic, while he continued to delight restaurant audiences in Regina. As a result, Derek has developed a performance that is professional and personal.
“I want my show to be emotionally textured. I hope that my audience has been led through a series of performance pictures, and cathartic experiences. At the end of the performance I want the audience to feel hope and the wonder of life.” – Derek Selinger
Awards and Designations
- First Place – Canadian Association of Magicians, stage competition