Murray brings home the magic for the holidays

Vegas illusionist presents Burnaby show

By Cheryl Minns, Arts Editor

Make way for Murray SawChuck, a Burnaby-native stage illusionist who headlines shows in Las Vegas, appears on reality shows like the History Channel’s Pawn Stars, and made it to the semi-finals of America’s Got Talent.

He’s coming home for the holidays with his new show Murray’s Magical Holiday Spectacular at the James Cowan Theatre on December 14—his first hometown performance in almost 20 years.

“The reason I am doing this show is solely for my parents, John and Arlene Sawchuk, as without their support, I wouldn’t have any career,” he said. “So I wanted to come back to the last theatre I played in Burnaby, which was the James Cowan Theatre.”

Murray, a World Champion Magician, has created a variety of acts that include grand illusions such as making sports cars appear out of thin air as well as signature magic routines like his CD FX Act.

For his holiday show, he hopes audiences are ready for some comedy and hands-on fun.

“The show I am bringing to the Shadbolt is my comedy/magic show. It’s all personality with a few bigger illusions,” he explained.

“I also will be bringing some people up from the audience to help me as well! I will be doing a few of my signature bits… You just have to come to see the show to find out which ones!”

Tickets to Murray’s Magical Holiday Spectacular are available through the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at 604-205-3000 or online at

You can see more of Murray’s magic on his official website at