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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 🙂