Andre’ Talks Endeavors with Murray, Celebrity Magician

MurrayBy Andre’ Haynes

Las Vegas Informer

Murray, Celebrity Magician may be the youngest and most accomplished entertainer to currently headline an afternoon show on the South Las Vegas strip, and that’s no magic trick. Ingenuity, vision, determination and years of hard work have taken him from his birth place in Burnaby of British Columbia – Canada to perform in concert worldwide and now to audiences at sold-out shows in the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas. Murray’s resume is packed with star appearances on television shows including the History Channel TV series “Pawn Stars,” the VH1-TV series “Celebracadabra,” the comedy TV series “Reno 911” and NBC-TV’s “Last Comic Standing.”

Lucky for Tiger Woods that Murray’s endeavor is magic because at age three he had a golf club in hand. And something tells me that if he stuck with golf, he probably would be as successful in sports as he is in magic, if not more. The same goes for Elton John, Kenny G, Ryan Phelps, David Beckham and Shelby Miller. By age seven Murray excelled in playing the accordion, keyboard and saxophone. Also he was an avid athlete and enjoyed participating in swimming, soccer, baseball, snow skiing and horseback riding. Murray agreed to talk to me about his endeavors on one condition, that I allow him to make my car disappear from valet at the Tropicana Las Vegas Resort Hotel and then reappear in my driveway. Let’s hope that there is still a rabbit in his hat because cab fare is expensive from the strip to Summerlin.

Question:

How did you earn a living before becoming successful?

Answer:

I was an entrepreneur from an early age. I started doing local paper routes around my neighborhood in Burnaby, BC (Vancouver-Canada). Then at 12 years old I got a job after-school at a bakery making Scottish meat pie shells. I would make 200 shells a day and earn about $0.25 a tray. They would be ready for the next morning when the bakers came in to make the full meat pies. I would ride my bike from school to the bakery and work for a few hours, then ride my bike home to do my homework and when finished I practiced magic! I had 21 regular jobs before I decided to do magic full time at 19 years old. I did EVERYTHING from fixing bikes, to washing dishes, stocking shelves, telemarketing, pumped gas, you name it and I did it if it paid. Then at 19 I had an offer to tour the world with my show and quit all my other jobs. So I jumped in the water with both feet and have never looked back! Was I ready for it? Not at all but it was the best decision I have ever made.

Question:

Who inspired you?

Answer:

I was inspired by all of the entertainers from yester-year such as Lucy Ball, Johnny Carson, Dean Martin, Danny Kaye and Fred Astaire because my parents watched them on television, so I did too. In my opinion that was what real entertainment was. Great talent, a great look and a brand. At age seven I witnessed David Copperfield vanish the Statue of Liberty and thought to myself, “Wow that’s what I’d like to do!”

Question:

Name some sacrifices that you made to become successful.

Answer:

There were many sacrifices. I left my country of Canada because there was just not enough work to become really popular or known worldwide. Being an only child I really wish that I could be closer to my parents, John and Arlene Sawchuk. I lost my first marriage because I married at a very young age and was extremely driven to become successful. Another sacrifice that I have made is my private life, especially because of the internet.

Question:

Did you receive criticism for believing in your dream, and if so how did you handle it?

Answer:

Yeah definitely criticism. As I got older most people asked me “When am I going to grow up?”, or sarcastically referred to me as “playing with toys.” Ironically playing with toys gave me a life that I have never even dreamed of. Most people are scared to take a risk, so they do what’s normal or risk free. If you or someone else takes risks then people get jealous because you had the balls to do it and not worry about success or failure.

Question:

Describe a defining moment in your career.

Answer:

I have had many defining moments in my career including the first time that I performed at the Magic Castle in Hollywood while still living in Canada, to working with legends’ Alice Cooper and Larry King. A major turning point was making it to the finals on America’s Got Talent and making a 1918 steam train vanish live in front of 22 million people. You just can’t beat that kind of exposure. It was a major once in a lifetime illusion.

Question:

Is there a secret to your success?

Answer:

Yes! The secret to my success is “Just say yes!” I have lived by that secret since I began training with magic mentor, Mr. Electric aka Marvyn Roy and Carol. They were an amazing act and had a long run that lasted for 50 years. He was known for lighting light bulbs in his bare hands.

Question:

Do you have a favorite cliché or slogan that you live by?

Answer:

Dream as if you will live forever and live as if you will die tomorrow! – James Dean

Question:

What is a typical day like for you?

Answer:

Wake up, always a great day when you wake up! LOL. Wake up; kiss my wife, Robe, drink coffee, read the newspaper and hop online to check Facebook, Twitter, and my emails. After that I attend regularly attend meetings, drink more coffee and then head off to do my show at the Tropicana on the strip. After my show ends I often make Red Carpet appearances with my wife, Chloe Crawford (dancer in Fantasy at Luxor), attend a new show opening or a charity event and go back home. My wife and I end most nights by drinking a glass of wine on the backyard patio accompanied by our two Chihuahua pups, Ella and Kahlua!

Question:

Tell fans two things about yourself that they do not know.

Answer:

  1. I have rode horses since I was two years old and was in the rodeo.
  2. My favorite hobby is fishing.

Question:

Before the curtain rises, how do you prepare for your show?

Answer:

By tweeting or posting something on Facebook or quickly chatting with my guest act, Lefty aka Douglas Leferovich and my assistant Chloe!

Question:

Any scheduled upcoming events?

Answer:

Performances

  • May 18-19                            Diamond Jo’s Casino        Dubuque, Iowa
  • June 3-9                                Magic Castle                         Hollywood, California
  • September 6                        Crown Casino                      Melbourne, Australia

TV appearances

  • “4 Houses”                            TLC
  • “Home and Family”          Hallmark                              (Marks fourth episode)
  • “What Not To Wear”         TLC                                         Las Vegas, Nevada

Question:

Share some advice with aspiring professionals.

Answer:

Never give up and any chance that you have to work, work. I don’t care if it’s free, paid great, or paid poorly. The more that you are on stage or in front of people, then the better that you will become. It’s a fact. Be original. Be memorable.

Question:

Give fans a preview of your future endeavors.

Answer:

To produce my own television show, that is in now in production. So cross your fingers.

Question:

Any last comments?

Answer:

Every day is a gift. I am one of the lucky people in the world! To do something that I love doing and being married to the most amazing woman ever, Chloe!

Question:

Where can fans follow you online?

Answer:

http://murraysawchuck.com/

Murray Poster

Celebrity magician and “America’s Got Talent” semifinalist Murray is up close and personal like he’s never been seen before! Situated in Laugh Factory’s intimate venue, this interactive show features magic performed right before your eyes, including two signature illusions where you can see 360 degrees around the entire illusion.

Show times are Saturday through Thursday at 4pm. Tickets start at $19.50. (Buy Tickets)

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Andre’ Haynes writes “Q&A with Andre” a public relations advice column, and “Andre’ Talks Endeavors” a celebrity profile column. Haynes also writes for the Las Vegas Informer, co-host the Veterans In Politics radio talk-show and manages Endeavor Media Group, a public relations agency.

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