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The Amazing Steampunk Lady – Calgary Stilt Walkers

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by Neil McElmon Photography

Image by Neil McElmon Photography

I’ve been getting a total kick out of building new stilt walking characters and costumes over the last 2 years and I think this is my absolute favorite 🙂

We’ve used it in Red Deer, Calgary, and Edmonton gigs and it always gets a big reaction.

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Super Creamy Vegan Barley Risotto Recipe with Soylent

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I’ve been loving this Soylent stuff since my musician friend Simon TJ introduced me to it 4 months ago. What is it? Well I’m glad you asked. Soylent is a complete meal replacement with no added flavours or sugar. It comes in two varieties, a liquid and a powder, both taste a bit like a bland liquid cream of wheat in a mildly enjoyable way.

It’s absolutely perfect for artists & entertainers who have a tendency to hyper focus and forget to eat, or just resent needing to stop and cook something, you know, in order to not die. Despite the fact that I now drink many of my meals I also love to cook when I have the time and have been fooling around with adding soylent to my dishes in order to superfood it up a bit.


Recently my partner and fellow magician David Parr came for a visit. He’s Vegan and it’s always a fun challenge to cook for him; fun but not always easy since most of my signature dishes are based around cream, butter and cheese, my holy trinity.

I wanted to come up with a dish which tasted like my 3 favourite foods while keeping it completely vegan. It was a big success according to my 3 taste tester victims, so on my third attempt at making it I tried incorporating soylent and here is what I came up with.

Super Creamy Tomato Barley Risotto with Solent

Inspired by a recipe from Vegan Yum Yum Cookbook with notes from

Yield: ~ 2.5 cups

1 cup dry pot barley
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 onion
1 tsp chives
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 tsp cashew butter
1.5 cups canned pureed/diced tomatoes (15 oz can)
1/4 cup coconut milk (you can substitute almond milk as well)
3/4 cup liquid soylent
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
salt to taste (or smoked salt for added flavour)


1. Rinse and Sizzle
Rinse your pot barley in a strainer and place into medium sized pot or pan. Add olive oil, basil, parsley, garlic and onion till caramelized. Stir in barley till it is coated with oil. Turn heat to medium until barley begins to sizzle.

2. Make it Creamy
Cook for 1 minute and then add in the tomatoes, coconut milk, soylent, water, cashew butter, nutritional yeast and salt. Stir well and bring to a gentle boil and then cover and reduce heat to low.

3. Cook and cook and cook
Cook, covered (with a bit of air escaping) for 40-50 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so, being careful not to burn the barley on the bottom of the pot.

This dish will be creamy as hell, and the barley will be very chewy and not mushy. Serve immediately to your unsuspecting guest who will never know they ate vegan superfood.


No Soylent?? Easy just substitute with coconut or almond milk in and use 1/2 tsp more olive oil.

I grilled some zucchini in garlic and olive oil and tossed it on top for a little extra zing.


Calgary Magician has her Magic Stolen

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Wednesday morning we woke up to find that Paul Bezaire’s van had been stolen along with all my show gear inside. My custom multiplying bottles set (from the video bellow), my close up table, my violet ray, my lobotomy set, and most of my stunt girl show. The insurance company and I work together to estimate the value of my magic props at around $2500, but most have sentimental value or are a one of a kind build that can never be replaces. I have a $1000 deductible for the props and they need to be replaces by Christmas season in 2 weeks. It’s a sad dilemma, but I’m very grateful for all the support and kindness I’ve received.

If anyone sees any of these at a pawn shop please let me know.

New Stilt Walking Images From Circle the Wagons

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Stilt Walking Image by Neil McElmon Photography

Thank to some amazing photography by Neil McElmon Photography we where able to have a memento of the fun we had stilt walking at this year’s Circle the Wagons event.

Stilt walking characters are perfect for corporate events and holiday parties, check out of a few images of our stilt walking characters.

Show Girls at the Shell Giveaway Event in Edmonton

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Event in Review

Date: October 22nd 2014
Theme: Shell Giveaway #FabulousShell
# of Entertainers: 5
Entertainment Services Provides: Elvis Impersonator, Roving Showgirls & Close-up Magic
Location: Edmonton, AB

It is always a blast to work with shell on their over the top themed corporate entertainment, but this one was special. We gave away thousands of dollars in prizes and free gas in shell’s #FabulousShell Giveaway!! For some people it was a game changer and we really changed a few lives. Thank you so much for making us a part of this 🙂

Relaunching Our Showgirls

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You may not have know but we have been doing showgirls for years… I don’t mean in that way. Last year we took them off our roster while we reworked the shows and built a new team of talented dancers. We are so excited to relaunch our showgirls with new acts, more routines and twice as much glitter.

Showgirls for Roving or Stage Shows

# of Performers Available: 1 – 8

Showgirls are the ideal for a casino night a vegas themed corporate event or a special surprise at your trade show. Showgirls roving in sassy characters with accents, taking photos with your guest, and performing full choreographed routines.

Have our showgirls sell your 50/50 tickets or hand out your promo. They can serving champagne, walk off your speakers at a conference or get your guests on the dance floor and lead them in a dance. All our girls are trained dancers with acting experience so the possibilities are endless.

Showgirls are also available as stilt walkers, roving magicians & living statues.

Different styles of show girl are available from moulin rouge, to classic vegas, from carnival to high glamor.

Corporate Events
Large Parties
Expo’s & Conventions
Fun Money Casinos
Vegas Themed Events
Trade Show

It was wonderful to have you and your crew at our event. I didn’t realize how much fun you guys would bring to the event, we will definitely have you next year.

– Events Coordinator Alisia Bonnell

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We are Doing a Stage Show in Vegas for TV!!

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On October 9th & 10th (less than a month away) we will be hitting the stage at the beautiful Tommy Wind Theater in Las Vegas to perform my new Sci-Fi Time-Travel Magic Show which will be filmed for TV and set to air early 2016!!

I can hardly believe all this is really happening. Myself and my amazing team have been working away at this for 6 months now all secretly(ish) and now I can tell you all!

You may have noticed the video at the top of this post, well we are launching our kickstarted to cover the last of the show’s expenses. Our last investor has had to pull away from the project leaving us a little stuck.

Click here to see the Kickstarter!

Even f you can’t contribute to the kickstarter, I hope you will share it around. I would be very grateful for any help to get traction on this, the first 48 hours are critical.

Thx everyone & we’ll see you in Vegas

Writer & Creator – Carisa Hendrix
Co-Star – Jamie Tea
Director – David Parr
Costumes – Dianna Martin
Props & Set Builder – Paul Bezaire
Make Up & Hair – Tracy Falukozi
Choreography & Dancers – Natalka Lewis
Music – Simon Tj
Project Manager – Sarah Velocity
Building & Welding – Vernon Hendrix

Vintage Steampunk Stilt Walking Character

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by Neil McElmon Photography

Her name is the lady and she is a wonderfully rich stilt walking character that works for steampunk, masquerade, mardi gras and vintage themed events.

Calgary Circus Workshops for in Schools and Day Cares

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Circus Playshops make for an excellent in-school activity. Start the day off with a fun circus show for the whole school to get everyone excited, followed by hands-on workshops where children explore each circus skill themselves.

Ask about more workshops we offer such as magic and balloons.

– Quick Set Up & Tear Down
– Good, Clean & Educational Fun
– Get Kids Up and Moving
– Costumes to Fit Your Theme
– Circus Goodie Bags Available

Our Fire Dancers at the 2015 Canadian Ismaili Games

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I’m just completely in love with this team, can we all get showbiz married?
Thank you to the Canadian Ismaili Games for making us a part of your closing celebrations. I still can’t believe the warmth of the crowd.
Such a great collaboration between Ballyhoo Entertainment, Trip The Light Dance and Super Nova Circus.

Ballyhoo Corral aftershow 08.02.15_3