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ANDERS BOULANGER, 36

Comedy magician and interactive corporate entertainer

Accomplishments: Boulanger became a magician at age five when his uncle gave him a Fisher Price magic set for Christmas. He turned a wand into a bouquet of flowers and was hooked for life. Growing up in Wawanesa, Boulanger's first public performance was for his kindergarten class. He moved on to birthday parties and festivals in rural Manitoba. At Brandon University (1995-99), he earned a bachelor of science degree with a major in physics and honed his craft. On campus, he performed street magic and tricks in the cafeteria (one involved a fake raccoon). He decided to pursue a career as a magician, started Anders Magic and moved to Winnipeg in 2001. His work, most frequently as an interactive entertainer at trade shows and conferences, has taken him across Canada, the U.S., and to international locations including Mexico and Denmark. Married for eight years to Robbyn, the couple have a daughter Esmeé, 4, and a son Keaton, 2. To see Boulanger, go to www.andersmagic.com or come to The Forks during the 14th annual Festival of Fools during spring break. He's doing one show on April 6 at noon.

 

1. Favourite workout?

I like to work out in my basement using my TRX straps. I love how you can do a full body workout with nylon straps that weigh just two pounds. They have a high novelty factor, which makes for a fun workout. I take them when I travel so I can exercise wherever I go.

 

2. Favourite workout song?

New Orleans is Sinking by the Tragically Hip. Not your typical workout song, but it works for me. When I jog (which isn't as often as I like) I actually like to learn while I listen. I tend to listen to various trainings and podcasts on marketing, sales and personal development.

 

3. Fitness tip?

I have come to the realization we are all either getting into or getting out of shape. Starting over is always frustrating but realize it's not about how many times you fall but how many times you get back up. In that way, the habit of exercising is more important than the actual workout itself. Just get started and continue down that path.

 

4. What's in your fridge?

My wife does a fantastic job of keeping our family fed with a constant supply of fresh fruits and vegetables. I have also learned to love nutrition shakes. It's often an acquired taste, but they come in real handy when I'm travelling and you need a healthy alternative to eating out.

 

5. What's your guilty pleasure?

My two favourite treats are Mars bars and Dr. Pepper. I tend to eat a Mars bar while watching (the NHL's) Montreal Canadiens games on TV.

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 29, 2014 D16

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