Many years ago I had the pleasure of performing a magic show on Rogers television in London Ontario. l say it was a magic show, but it was more like a sketch comedy. It was full of hilarious skits and funny scenes as well as clips from magic shows that I had performed in the area. The show aired on Rogers television in London, St. Thomas and I believe Strathroy ontario.
The shows premise was that Captain Corbin, a Pirate had sailed to the area because he had received a message in a bottle that told him there was treasure at the library. The scenes had the Captain trying to find his way through town to get to the library while at the same time, dealing with weird situations that crop up. The Captain’s first mate goes missing, his passengers on the ship cause trouble and everywhere he goes he stops to perform a bit of magic. The Captain Corbin eventually ends up at the St. Thomas public library where he discovers that the treasure he was seeking at the library was books! The librarian explains that books are like treasure chests and the stories they hold are the treasure within, so Captain Corbin borrows a stack of books to take back to the ship. The show ends with the Captain sailing off into the sunset.
It was a lot of fun to shoot this television show. It was also a lot of work. I myself wrote the script and thought everything up. It took a couple weeks to get all the footage. In the end, it was very well received and was played on television many times that year. I had always hoped to do more shows, with the same basic idea. It would highlight different places in the region. for instance Captain Corbin hears there is treasure at the Musem, or there is treasure at the school, or there is treasure at the park and each show would teach the children that there was more to treasure then just silver and gold. Hopefully showcasing different places along the way and teaching children to look at things differently. It was not to be however, due to cutbacks Rogers television left my hometown and the nearest location was not interested in doing the show again. Perhaps one day we will do it again in a different format. maybe a youtube show? If you are interested in help send me a message!