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SPRING2015VKNVIDEOKINGNETWORK9OMNIContinuedFromPage8Everyonewhoknowsmeperson-allyknowsIdislikethecold.MaybeonedayIllliveinaplaceonceagainwheretherewillbegreengrassforChristmas.Itremindsmeofmyfirstso-calledwinterinItaly.ItwasthebeginningofDe-cemberorangeswereonthetreesIlookedupatmydadaskingIsitgoingtosnowforChristmashesimplyrepliedwithprobablynot.Youcanimaginethelookonmyfacethen.nHowColdDoesItActuallyGetIthinkitwaslastyearortwoyearsback.Itrytonotrememberthingslikethis.Winnipegreachedarecordof-55degreesFMarsColdtheysayandletmetellyouitssocoldatthispointtheresnotimetothinkbuttrytostaywarmandyeshopefullyyourcarstarts.nDidYouEverPlayBingoBe-foreFunnythingaboutBingoisitsbeenatraditioninmyfamilyforyears.DuringtheChristmasseasonafterhoursandhoursofdinnertimemyfamilybringsouttheBingogameinItaliancalledTombola.Incomparisonitsidenticalto90-numberBingo.Weplayformoneyeachcardusuallyis25centsandtherearedifferentpotsofmoneyforeachBingopatternmatch.Prizesaresetupbyhavingtwonumbersinasinglerowthenthreefourandfivenumbersthenfinallythefullcard.Thisleadstohoursofentertainmentandcompetitionbetweenfamilymembers.Betweeneachsessionwetaketurnsbeingthecaller.OnethingtomentionthatsdifferentthannormalBingoplayisthecallercanalsowin.nYourImpressionOfBingoNowIneverwouldhavethoughtthatBingowasthishuge.Ilovetheexcitementitbringtheplay-ers.WhatgetsmethemostistheorganizationittakeswhenaparticularhallhasabashalltheadditionalhardwarethatneedstobeshippedthingslikeadditionalhandsetsorevenanextraPOSforsalesandneedtoensureanypromotionsandPOSbuttonpricingarecorrect.OMNISeePage10nightclubactsandhostsfund-raisersandseveralotherspecialevents.ButheclaimshisintrotoBingowasmoreflukethanfate.Iencountereditinthemid-90sthroughtheentertainmentsidesaidKaplanthenayounggameshowdesigneratthetime.WhileataconventioninLondonwhereconceptsofgameshowsBingoandthelotterycombosswirledonbothsidesofthepondasonewouldsayoneassociationledtoanotherwithKaplanulti-matelyshootingapilotshow.NothinghappenedbutIfellinlovewithBingohesaidofthewholeTVgameshowexperience.ButwhenaskedaboutmagictheVancouvernativesaidithadhimathellotoborrowanoft-repeatedmoviequote.Myfatherdidthelightingforalocalcommunitycenter.Igotcalleduponstageeverytimeamagicianwouldappear.Ithoughtmydadarrangeditbuthedidnthesaid.Whenhewas11Kaplantookacourseinmagicatthecommunitycenter.Thefollowingsummerwhenthefamilytookacampingtriptherewasanopenbarnshowwherehegotthechancetoperformhistricks.Bittenorshouldwesaysmittenhesaidafterthefirstshowfirstap-plausefirstlaughternothingwasevergoingtochangemydirectionorcareer.FastforwardyearslaterKaplanwasworkingasaDJinanightclubandonenightdecidedtoshakethingsupabit.DuringtheSundayslowshifttherewereonlyabout10to15peopleintheclub.Istarteddoinggamestomakeitmorefun.Mixedtriviaphysicalchallengeshesaid.Soonhehadafollowingandotherbarscaughtwindofhisact.ItwasreallyfunandIdevelopedmoreandmoregamesKaplanfindinghimselfbookedandhighindemandhadsaid.GamesincludedWannaBetplayedwithgiantdiceandgiantcardsPokerCentsaninteractivelottery-stylegamemadeforelectron-icsandGamblersParadisehisfirstboxedgame.Ilearnedallthethingsnottodoonaboardgame.Butmightreviseitforanelectronicgamehesaidstilltoyingwiththatidea.AsforDoktorStrangeandhisvariouscomedyactsKaplanlikemanydrawshisinspirationfromdeepwithinhischildhoodwell.TherewasauniquecharacterinMarvelComicsknownasDoctorStrangewhoservesastheSorcererSupremetheprimaryprotectorofEarthagainstmagicalandmysticalthreatshesaid.OrasKaplanwithboy-likegleetellsitHewasasurgeonwhosehandisparalyzed.HetravelstoTibetvisitsawizardandismadetobeaSorcererSupreme.Ilikemagic.HisnamewasStephen.MynameisStephentoo.Itisaclassicfithesaidinhisquick-firewayofspeaking.WhereasDoctorStrangesuniversescollidedinthecomiclegendssodidKaplansalsoinamannerofspeaking...WhileataClassIIBingoseminarKaplanwaspresentingYourBingoIsBoringofferingtipsonhowtoengageacrowd.Justsohappenedallthecomput-ersatthecasinocrashedaffectinghundredsofplayers.KnownforhismagicKaplanwhooftencarriedhisbagoftrickshewasaskedtoenter-taingivinghimanotherdramaticelementtohelpwowthecrowds.WhiletherehelearnedofCosmicBingowherehedecidedtotakethisalmostdiscostyletypicallylate-nightblacklightgametoawholenewlevel.WorkinginconjunctionwiththeBritishColumbiaLotteriesKaplanbecamehighlysoughtagainthistimetodevelopotherCosmicBingoinfacil-itiesaroundtheworld.Itwasarunawayhit.IhavelostcountofhowmanyeventsIdidhesaid.WhilemostmagicianswontrevealtheirtricksthemanwhoseemstostillmarvelatlifewillsaythisIlovetohost.ItsfuntoletgoandhavefunsaidKaplanwhoalsodevelopedamobileversionoftheCosmicgame.Iliketointersperseitwithminigames.Itgiveseveryoneachancetowin.WhichmayalsobethesecrettotheAmazingBingossuccessrecentlystagedforlarge-scaletournaments.Gearedtowardplayersbetween8and108thegameiswhollyandcompletelyoriginalhesaid.NoothergameplayslikeAmaz-ingBingooroffersthegamingchal-lengethatitdoes.Ithasafamiliarnameyettotallyoriginalgameplay.Itismulti-generationalandspansthegapswithincredibleease.Itisthegamethateveryonewantstoplaywitheverybodysoundingliketheperfectpitchman.Andinstantprestoanothersurprise.Ithasaneduca-tionalcomponentaswell.Itstheperfectgameforclassroomseverywhere.Thisgameteachesyoungpeopleeverythingfromcountingtospatialandpatternrecognition.Itteachesthemco-operativecompeti-tiveandmostimportantlyinteractiveplay.Thisisthegameeveryclassroomshouldaddtotheircollectionofqualitygameshesaid.Butseeingisbelieving...CheckoutKaplansWebsitewww.thebingogame.comwhichfea-turesvideolinksreviewsaswellasTournamentInABoxTIABcontainingaguideandeverythingyouneedtostageasuccessfulfund-raisingeventusinghisgame.TheinauguraltournamentofAmazingBingowasheldNov.2inVancouver.ThisfirstonewastothebenefitofTheChildrensWishFoundationagreatorganization.Thesuccessofthistournamentshowsthatnotonlyisthisagreatnewgameitisalsoafununiquewaytoraisefundshesaid.HowevertocontactKaplanbesttoe-mailhimatskaplanshaw.cabeforehedisappears...beforehisnextactTheresnosleightofthehandAmazingBingofitsnicelyinthepalmofyourhandinitsnewziplockpouchcompletewithallthepiecesneededtoplay.BingoContinuedFromPage5SubmittedPhoto