Grand Illusionists and Hollywood’s Magic Castle headliners Ted & Marion Outerbridge will cast their spell on Ottawa with their Holiday Magic Show for the entire family at the Ottawa Little Theatre, Dec. 26-31! (tix @ https://outerbridge.eventbrite.com or 613-233-8948 | $26.78-$49.64 (includes tax/fees) 400 King Edward Ave).
Outerbridge Magic – Mysteries of the Keyhole House is a world-class magic show with grand illusions, comedy-magic and mind-bending mentalism that will amaze and thrill audiences of all ages.
This magical extravaganza includes Ted and Marion Outerbridge’s connection to a Canadian Prime Minister who had a predilection for séances and communications from the “great beyond.”
Indeed, it seems quite probable that the Right Honorable William Lyon Mackenzie King, the 10th prime minister of Canada, visited the illusionists’ home in Smiths Falls, known as the Keyhole House, because the previous owner Robert Brodie seconded the motion to name King as Liberal Leader, ultimately leading to King’s two-decade tenure as Canada’s Prime Minister. Many a midnight meeting occurred in the Keyhole House, and given King’s belief in the spirit world, he occasionally sought counsel from mystical psychics and mediums.
The Keyhole House is now an enchanting sanctuary inhabited by Ted and Marion Outerbridge, who have restored the once-dilapidated home to be guardians of this historic gem. As they meticulously refinished the creaking floors that carried the weight of countless footsteps, a treasure trove of cherished, historic relics materialized before their eyes.
Each artifact whispered tales of bygone eras, from delicate skeleton keys to faded photographs. But it was Ted’s compelling social media videos, marrying history with the digital age, that transported the Keyhole House into the viral universe. With over 30 million views on social media and appearances on the CTV National News, a TVO documentary, and NBC’s The Golf Channel (Brooke Henderson’s grandparents had a 54-year connection to the house), the Keyhole House became international news!
These videos and the true stories they tell birthed Outerbridge Magic – Mysteries of the Keyhole, a simultaneously reverent, mystical, and joyous magic show. Audiences will be transported back in time as Ted and Marion Outerbridge take them through an evening of enthralling illusions, theatre and dance.
The impetus for the show began when, fresh off their Hollywood appearances in search of an old Victorian home, a chance Google listing lured the Outerbridges from Montreal to the Smith Falls home and its grand keyhole arched entryway. Despite concerns from banks and building inspectors, the Outerbridges moved in on a cold November day. Ever since and ever thankful, the Keyhole House has generously returned its love with magical revelations of its storied past.
Indeed, on the very first night, Ted awoke to an aura of bright light at the foot of the bed, which he is now convinced was the spirit of Agnes Lamb, one of the first owners of the Keyhole House. To this day, the couple’s sleep continues to be disrupted by things that bump at night.
Delving into the depths of history, Ted’s meticulous research into Agnes Lamb and all those who lived and loved in the house has unlocked mysterious stories of its former residents.
Among them is WW1 veteran John Briggs, a returning soldier who found solace in the Keyhole House before later succumbing to a heart attack there. Briggs was buried in an unmarked grave. Ted led an appeal to the Federal Government’s ‘Last Post Fund’ to ensure that John will receive the military gravestone he deserves, forever memorializing his service.
Through the power of TikTok videos and Ted’s captivating ‘Smiths Falls History & Mystery’ column in Hometown News, he similarly rallied Township funds to restore Agnes Lamb’s tomb, which had fallen into significant disrepair. Now adorned with beautiful limestone, Agnes and her kin rest peacefully, knowing their legacies will never be lost to time.
Setting itself apart from other magic shows, Outerbridge Magic – Mysteries of the Keyhole is a living, breathing bridge between reality and illusion, past and present.
Outerbridge Magic – Mysteries of the Keyhole House featuring Ted and Marion Outerbridge
Ottawa Little Theatre, 400 King Edward Ave.
Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 @ 7:30pm
Dec. 31 @ 3:00pm
100 minutes, including a 20 minute intermission
https://outerbridge.eventbrite.com or call 613-430-4626
$49.64 | Senior 60 and over- $39.40 | Youth 25 and under – $26.78 | prices include taxes/fees
Lisa Weitz, LW Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org 416-846-6877