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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Jay Temaat will show his act at tonight's Art Walk

  • Those who missed Jay Temaat’s recent performance at Jeff McBride’s WONDERGROUND at the Palace Station Casino in Las Vegas will have a chance to catch his act around 7:15 p.m. today in the Colonial Fox Theatre parking lot.

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  • Those who missed Jay Temaat’s recent performance at Jeff McBride’s WONDERGROUND at the Palace Station Casino in Las Vegas will have a chance to catch his act around 7:15 p.m. today in the Colonial Fox Theatre parking lot.
    “I’ve been looking forward to doing this show during the Pittsburg Art Walk,” Temaat said. “We’re going to have a lot of  fun.”
    Because of logistics and all the details involved, such as arranging an ambulance to stand by, Temaat and art walk organizers decided against having him escape from a strait jacket while hanging 60 feet in the air.
    “It’s actually pretty safe,” said Temaat, who will turn 18 in May. “When I do it, I have an ambulance handy and medical personnel who check my vital signs at the beginning.”
    Lucky people might be able to see him practicing his escape stunts with his lovely assistant Rachel Herring if they’re in the right place at the right time.
    “You may see us jumping into the pool at the YMCA with strait jackets,” Temaat said. “A friend of mine has a fork lift and he hoisted me up. How often do you see somebody hanging upside down in a strait jacket?  Frontenac gets a thrill now and then.”
    He had his own thrills in Las Vegas.
    “I went March 19 and was supposed to  come back  March 22, but I was having such a good time and so many of my friends wanted to spend time with me that I changed my train ticket and stayed until March 24,” Temaat said.
    He made the train ride unaccompanied, but made a lot of little friends along the way.
    “I made the mistake of showing everybody some magic when I got on the train,” he said. “When I tried to go to sleep, little kids would wake me up and want  to see more magic.”
    This also turned out to be good marketing strategy.
    “I also booked some events in Kansas while I was on the train,” Temaat said.
    He said that WONDERGROUND is a night club attended by many celebrities and fellow magicians.
    “This was my second time to perform there,” he said. “They liked my act so much the first time that they invited me to come back.”
    He couch-surfed, staying with friends in Las Vegas, including Bertil Fredstrom who performs as Black Bert and is a counselor at Fantastic Magic Camp in Austin, Texas. He has performed for the King and Queen of Sweden.
    “I had worked with Bertil when I did a tour of Texas,” Temaat said.
    In addition to performing and attending other magic shows, he also worked with some younger magicians.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I worked with a lot of  youth and shared the knowledge I have, then worked with the older magicians to help improve my own act,” Temaat said.
    McBride invited Temaat to his home, along with magicians Eugene Burger, Larry Hass, Tobias Beckwith and Jordan Wright.
    He also consulted with magician Lance Burton about his future career and how to be successful, and met with Joanie Spina, an artistic designer who was an assistant to David Copperfield for many years.
    “She has helped me in the past with many of my acts and how to get my choreography perfect,” Temaat said.
    He said that his career has been taking off.
    “I’ve had 14 shows booked in April and more are coming in,” Temaat said. “I’ll probably have 17 or 20 by the end of the month.”
    He’s also been looking at the cruise ship industry and the prospects of someday having a theater of his own, and is creating a media kit, available through jaytemaat.com.
    The son of Stacey and Brad Temaat, he was introduced to magic at the age of 8 by family friend Skip Foley. He attended Frontenac High School for a time, then graduated 2 1/2 years ahead of his class from the Lawrence Virtual High School.
    “I started business, accounting and some psychology through Fort Scott Community College last semester,” Temaat said. “I love to do lighting and design, and I’ve been studying that, too.”
    He feels drawn to Las Vegas, and wouldn’t mind at all if he someday takes his place among his star friends and mentors. If  he does, they will be proud of him and welcome him to their ranks.
    “Magic is one of the careers that is not competitive,” Temaat said. “Everybody is trying to help each other be the best they can be.”
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