Camilo the Magician’s egotistical humour, unexpected tricks and charisma make his performances, such as his recent show “Somnium”, a delight to take part in. I say “take part in” instead of “watch” because at Camilo Dominguez’s shows, one does not simply sit in the audience and stare at the stage. He interacts with his audience constantly, and even the people who aren’t chosen to assist him on stage are invested in his feats because of easy going and personal he is. Keeping a watchful audience member sitting by his side to make sure he didn’t cheat (although, of course, magicians never cheat), he used magic squares, rubix cubes, card tricks and hypnosis to confuse and astound the audience.
Camilo the Magician (who Vancouver band Said the Whale wrote this -– song about) began doing magic at the age of 4. The first trick he learned, a card trick taught to him by his grandmother, was the final one of the night for Somnium. It continues to be special to him not because it is incredibly impressive or challenging, but because of the sentiment behind it. Behind his career as a message, he keeps the message that his family always reminded him of, which is never to give up. Somnium was full of positive messages, being not only a magic show but also a fundraising event for the Canadian World Education Society. Troy Harris, the Victoria high school teacher who founded the organization, attended Somnium, explaining to the audience that in the past 6.5 years CANWES has built a fully operational school providing quality education for children nursery aged through Grade 12, in a remote village of Nepal. Camilo’s connection to the organization is, once again, personal, since Harris was his high school social studies teacher, and one who was always encouraging of his passions for magic. Camilo told of how all through high school he took the first 20 minutes of socials classes to try out his new tricks on the class (and on days when he wasn’t in the mood for class, 30 minutes).
Camilo Dominguez is not a traditional performer. His comedy is not based on wit, but on his friendly, boastful nature. He does not command the stage with an assured presence, but rather dances upon it while egotistically making the audience fend for themselves. Generally, as a performer, the last thing you want to do is make the audience feel nervous for you, but Camilo keeps the audience on such a personal level that when he attempts dangerous or challenging affects, the whole crowd tenses up.
Shows like Somnium are rare for Camilo Dominguez, who usually performs at private events. Not only was it a large scale show at the Granville Island Stage, but Camilo is also taking it on tour in Columbia. For more information about his upcoming shows and event opportunities, see http://www.camilothemagician.com/