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Friendly “Magician” on the LRT

We don’t often take the LRT, unless we are going to my daughters Stollery appointments as the kids love “riding the train.” Today’s ride was even more special. A gentleman came on the car and went to sit down, upon seeing my kids he stood back up and came to sit with them. It seemed a little odd at first, but we always try to give people the benefit of the doubt. It took but a minute for this friendly older gentleman to start in on my girls with his “magic tricks.” From making a ball “disappear” to some extremely impressive card tricks he had our family, as well as a lot od the other LRT passengers, entertained the whole route.

We got to chatting about his grandkids and such, and I wish I had gotten his name! Has anyone ever encountered this man before, or know who he is? He was such a kind, genuine spirit I would love to reconnect or at least pass along how he made my families day. I did shake his hand and say thank you as I left, but I just feel compelled to reach out and see if I can’t track him down. He was a native man I would say in his 60’s dressed in westernish attire. Regardless of if I ever see him again, I just want to shoutout to him for making our day! If you ever encounter this beautiful soul, please do not just roll your eyes and ignore him like I seen some others doing today, give him a moment of your time it is obvious he lives to entertain and make others smile.

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  1. He comes often in my work for nothing and just shows us tricks with cards and does jokes and then leaves at first I thought odd and then he told us he loves to make people smile and if having to walk in and talk to anyone working he will do that he is funny as hell and has adult jokes too but for the most part he’s been doing it for years I have seen him when I was younger but he stated to us if he can make one person smile before he goes to bed he knows he’s completed his day

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  2. Hey y’all we could give back to this guy . It seems like a person here lives next to him . Couldn’t we figure out if he needs things or go together on a couple gift certificates for him ?!!! I’d be willing to get a 20 dollar one .

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  3. His name is Danny ” spent years as a entertain for children As a clown he lives on north end. If he’s who u ran into

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    • Kylie Bergen Kylie Bergen says:

      Older native gentleman, glasses, greying short hair, very contagious smile and was wearing jeans, a button up shirt and white cowboy hat πŸ™‚

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    • I don’t think is Danny. I saw him at two children parties, in northeast, years ago. I think last I saw him was 2012 but, the description doesn’t quite match him.

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  4. Tanis Kucher Tanis Kucher says:

    Nice to hear! We have taken the LRT on occasion too and a lot of times the characters we encounter can be ones we try to shield our youngster from. The often visible security and police presence most days doesn’t even feel like enough.

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    • Kylie Bergen Kylie Bergen says:

      I agree. This was my post. I often feel uncomfortable taking the LRT for the same reasons you stated. This was a welcome change and frankly a reminder that we can’t always judge a book by its cover πŸ˜€

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  5. Reminds me of super metal air guitar metal head guy in the trench coat. What a riot

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    • Odd connection… but okay.

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    • Haha sorry he would take the lrt too. Made my morning every day when he’d just rock out on his air guitar.

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    • Kylie Bergen Kylie Bergen says:

      I love people with free spirits!

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    • Awesome! Let’s all sing on the LRT it honestly gets uncomfortable with the unspoken tensions on there unusually make a point to smile or even say hello to people I make eye contact with. I don’t always get a positive response but hey that’s not my problem πŸ™‚ keep being awesome, ladies <3

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    • Ccorenduhh Lee: I don’t travel often in the LRT but singing in the LRT seems like an awesome idea. When I lived in Mumbai, India, some groups of people who would sing in the train everyday on their way to work. Sometimes it would get annoying,but most days it was fun.

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    • Yeah I guess it depends on your mood eh . I sing randomly especially on the tunnels because it travels. I love to sing and it’s a country where I have the freedom to πŸ™‚

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  6. Aww <3 Thank you for sharing and speaking some good news about a First Nations man. Being Cree/Blackfoot Native, it causes my heart so much happiness and even tears when my people are actually viewed positively. We face so much racism and discrimination that I take every kind word of a non-Indigenous the heart.

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    • Tannis Fong Tannis Fong says:

      Some of the best and most humorous memories I have are from my time working at Atikameg. The people have a truly fun sense of humour. Lots of jokes and little tricks in fun. I wish I could have spent more time getting to know the people better.

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    • It is said that our sense of humour us what let us survive the tragedies of the past. I was reading this autobiography “They Called Me Number 1” and she said that when the nuns put a Christmas play on for the priests, the little girl was the horse. The nuns didn’t sew holes in the mask and the little girls couldn’t stop laughing for years about the incident because she was walking into the props and falling all over. Lol. I can admit, my people are hilarious! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Your comment truly touches my heart. Wow! We need people like you in this world.
      Yes I am very proud of my people for their have survived generations upon generations of oppression. I am currently enrolled at the UofA as a Native Studies student. I literally got sick of the intergenerational trauma inflicted upon me at birth and took it into my own hands to educate myself so I can back my points up about my people. Our culture was stolen, yet we still do our best to revive what little we have left. I literally had to go to school to learn about my history. At first it was very painful but now I’m healing. I will lead my people one day. I don’t fame I just want to humbly help. Even non-Indigenous people mean a lot to me. My bf is German/Cree and our son is too. So just like you, I love humans for who they are not what they look like. Rotten people come in all colors.
      Ay-Ay (thank you)

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    • Your comment truly touches my heart. Wow! We need people like you in this world.
      Yes I am very proud of my people for their have survived generations upon generations of oppression. I am currently enrolled at the UofA as a Native Studies student. I literally got sick of the intergenerational trauma inflicted upon me at birth and took it into my own hands to educate myself so I can back my points up about my people. Our culture was stolen, yet we still do our best to revive what little we have left. I literally had to go to school to learn about my history. At first it was very painful but now I’m healing. I will lead my people one day. I don’t want fame I just want to humbly help. Even non-Indigenous people mean a lot to me. My bf is German/Cree and our son is too. So just like you, I love humans for who they are not what they look like. Rotten people come in all colors.
      Ay-Ay (thank you)

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    • Kylie Bergen Kylie Bergen says:

      I mean this with all due respect, and I hope it comes across as such, but the actions you are taking should be an example for others. The past cannot be changed, but the future can. As a people, forgive those who oppressed you and move on to better yourselves and educate current and future generations. I have so much respect for people (native, asian, white, black) who take responsibility for their own destiny despite the past and work toward change.

      My girls and I recently were at the colesium when a pow wow was happening. It brings such joy to my heart to see any nationality celebrating culture and tradition with such passion. I am glad to know my children are growing up in the same generation as your son with having a strong mother. High five mama!

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  7. Sue Kidd Sue Kidd says:

    What a lovely post! It’s nice to read! Instead of all the negative rants!

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  8. Jessica Ann Jessica Ann says:

    it’s Danny!! He is an amazing guy! He was on our bus the other day and cheered up my cranky toddler by making balloon animals. I remember seeing him during the fringe on whyte ave when i was kid. (wearing a vest with tons of buttons??)

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  9. Ruby Pruden Ruby Pruden says:

    Nice to hear a positive story for a change..and you seem like a genuinely nice person yourself to give the guy the benefit of doubt…that speaks volumes itself ❀..a good example: never judge anyone especially by race,looks, etc. Thx for sharing!

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  10. I’m not saying its this man you met today, but there is one balding larger guy downtown (clean shaven) who is actually a convicted sex offender, he always has colorful balloon vest on. Be careful who you talk to.

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  11. He lives beside me πŸ™‚ nice guy, funny and loves to chat. He truly enjoys life and making others smile.

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  12. His name is Danny and he is a member of the Native Seniors Centre….lovely man!

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