Monday, 21 April 2014

Not Hockey, But He's Blood

The man in the middle is CBC journalist and Hockey Night in Canada reporter Scott Oake. Scott Oake has become a fixture on the late-game broadcasts as he hosts the "After Hours" segment on Hockey Night in Canada as well as doing some rinkside reporting during the game. Oake has been a fixture at the CBC, rising from his sports reporting gig at CBC Winnipeg to becoming one of hockey's respected interviewers and personalities. While Scott Oake has been front-and-center on Canadian TV, it appears that another Oake is making his mark, albeit on British television with talents that haven't been seen in a long, long time.

Scott's youngest son, Darcy, is an amazing magician! He's been seen around Winnipeg in some amateur magic shows, but Darcy went big on Saturday night when he made an appearance on Britain's Got Talent! No word of a lie: this performance should wow even the most accomplished magicians.

If you're a fan of The Incredibles, this should say it all...
Darcy turned in one of the most amazing magic performances ever seen on the program, even getting praise from Simon Cowell who called Oake, "The best magician we have ever had on this show." I have to admit that his abilities are amazing. I was floored by his act, and he deserves the praise he's receiving.

As he said in the video, though, it was his father, Scott Oake, who got the young man hooked on magic. When Darcy was ten, Scott showed him a card trick, but refused to reveal the trick for weeks. This, of course, drove Darcy crazy who tried in vain to replicate his father's magic trick. The seed had been planted, and Darcy Oake's love for magic grew like a weed.

Scott Oake, Darcy's father, really didn't dabble in magic professionally. According to his CBC bio, "Oake began his career by volunteering at the university radio station during three years of pre-medicine studies at Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland. After two summers working at CBC-St. John's in radio and television, he was hired full-time in 1974." Pre-medicine, radio and television, amateur magician. Scott Oake is literally a man of many talents, and he was instrumental in his son's success!

Congratulations to Darcy Oake who got the vote of approval from Britain's Got Talent judges! This Winnipeg-born magician appears to be ready to set the world on fire with his act unless, of course, he turns it into a dove!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

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