When Gabriella Lester was 10 and a student at Eagle Mountain Middle, she saw Shawn Farquhar perform magic at her Anmore school.
He had been hired by drama teacher and magic aficionado Jeff Christensen to do the act.
Two years later, Lester was on the same stage to showcase her magic talents.
“I instantly fell in love with performing,” she tells the Tri-City News. “Both Jeff and Shawn became close friends and have had a huge impact on helping me get to where I am.”
Next week, the Port Moody resident heads south to perform at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, Cali.
She’s got 27 gigs booked for her run with fellow magician Elliott Hunter.
It’s not the first time the Heritage Woods Secondary graduate has done her stage magic and mentalism tricks at the venue: Lester was there last September while on tour with Hunter.
A member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM) and its local magic ring, The Vancouver Magic Circle, “The Diva of Deception” hopes to move to Las Vegas, Nev., one day to pursue her career in magic.