LOUISIANA — Louisiana-natives Michael Dardant (from New Iberia, LA), also known as “Magic Mike,” and Shanna Lynn Forrestall (from Gonzales, LA), a film and television actress, performing as “Velvet Marie” joined forces to compete in the International Festival de Magie in Quebec City over Labor Day weekend.
The duo who’ve been friends since 2004 were focused on acquiring another international competition award for Dardant whose impressive records includes 13 awards in 2012 alone.
This was their first time performing together, and Forrestall had to learn four routines in two days. The pair performed seven times in two days. And Dardant, who’s Cajun French, worked hard to translate more than half of each routine into local French to help attendees understand the performances.
They returned home with TWO International Magic titles – a 1st Place Award in the Close-up Division, and also a 1st Place Award in the Mentalist Division.