Monday November 13, 2017
The Marrow Thieves author Cherie Dimaline was once a magician's assistant
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Cherie Dimaline's YA novel The Marrow Thieves won the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award for English-language children's literature. But long before her literary success, a young Dimaline was once a magician's assistant.
"The oddest job I had was the first job I had. I was a magician assistant. My father was a magician in his spare time. I remember spending an entire summer learning how to balance on a sword. The trick is that there's three swords. Two of the swords are incredibly pointy, the third one in the middle is dull, then in the back of your outfit is a small metal bar. You have to have the metal bar exactly on the dull sword and then you have to plank and hold it. I was a young, aspiring gymnast of seven and it took two-and-a-half months to learn how to balance on the sword. It's not on my résumé currently and I certainly could never do it again — I can't even plank on a table for that long."
Cherie Dimaline's comments have been edited and condensed.