The duo received a great write-up in The Norfolk News in advance of their shows next Monday at the beautifully appointed Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover, Ontario.
They returned from the bright lights and big city vibe of Las Vegas with a new illusion they cannot wait to share. “We’re bringing a slice of Las Vegas to Port Dover,” Mr. Wilson told the reporter during rehearsal.
“It’s fun, quick, colourful – illusion after illusion after illusion,” Ms. Defilla offered.
She is the putative assistant but really the key to the show. She does the heavy lifting behind the scenes, gets cut in half and puts her professional acting background to good use. After seven years performing together, “we play off each other really well now,” she said. “And I think my acting training really helps with that, because I know how to be animated (on stage) and stay in that world.”
They were separated during the Christmas season last year when Ms. Defilla needed surgery to repair a “toonie-sized hole in her heart.” A “toonie” is a rather large one-dollar coin. That’s a big hole.
Ms. Defilla said it felt “weird” to know that the show was going on without her – a classmate from Holy Trinity filled in for her – but she was touched by the outpouring of concern and love their fans sent her way.
They are their own roadies, responsible for the load-in, tear-down and load-out as they tour. Do they get tired? Yes, but it is a good kind of tired – a “rewarding exhaustion.”
“One of the things we try to remember is this could be someone’s first magic show. There could be someone who’s about to fall in love with magic because we put 100 per cent in,” Mr. Defilla said.
“You have to put that kind of energy and excitement in, because you don’t want to let anyone down.”
If you are in Ontario, check out their performance next Monday, March 16, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover. There are a limited number of VIP seats available for each show so act quickly. You can visit their website to learn more about the couple, their magic and upcoming shows here.
We wish the duo the best of luck and will keep Ms. Defilla in our prayers.