aka Maya (b.1947)
Maya, Lesley Walker-Fitzpatrick
Magician, Artist, Dancer, PhotographerWriter, Educator
Place of Birth
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Maya possesses the ability of masterful dance and performing skills in the magical arts.
Walker's first pets included a giant anteater, a parrot and baby ocelot cubs.
Maya was born Lesley Walker in Scotland in 1947. She was named after Robbie Burns’ sweetheart Lesley Baillie.
walker grew up on a sugar plantation in Guyana on the edge of the jungle. She attended 13 schools in 5 countries on 3 continents including; Windsor, Chicago, Plymouth, Michigan, Niagara Falls and Fonthill, Ontario.
She worked as a Flight Attendant for Air Canada at the same time earning her BA in Developmental Psychology at the University of Rochester.
She also studied theatrical arts and dance under Len Gibson and connected with an agency to seek work as a dancer, performer. Enter Doug Henning.
Walker had her first audition with the soon to be internationally famous magician, Doug Henning.
The meeting took place in his apartment. The living room was a bare rehearsal space with a set of handcuffs hanging from a chain suspended from the ceiling.
On a shelf lay a copy of ‘The Last Unicorn’ by Peter S. Beagle. He took Walker with him in his Volkswagon van, ‘Beauty’, that had gaping holes in the floorboard under my feet, to audition young women from model agencies to be his ‘lovely’ assistant.
He had big dreams for a rock magic show. After the last model had gone Walker turned to him and asked “Don’t you want to audition me?” She gave him a quick demonstration of slow motion dance but it seems he had already made up his mind long before this.
Lindsey Walker was now ushered into the world of magic…She became Maya, "The Goddess of Magic," the name derivative of a Greek Goddess also called "Grandmother of Magic."
She performed in Henning's "Spellbound" at The Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
it was originally planned that she would go to Broadway with Doug, however, a change in writers had the cosmic female become a cosmic whore and Maya's part in the show had quickly vanished.
Maya had been dreaming of an illusion she called "the moth and the flame" based on magic she had performed in "Spellbound."
During International Woman’s Year a producer found Walker and hired her to do magic in a variety show at the St. Lawrence Center.
The producer insisted she do a 10 minute act. However, walker would find it impractical to dance with a candle for 10 minutes!
That was when she met dancer, performer Mars Barrick. The two forged a partnership and spawned the female magic duo, "Mars and Maya."
Mars and Maya were ahead of their time as women in magic and very successful.
They traveled with the Canadian Armed Forces on a tour to provide entertainment to troops based in Europe and the Middle East.
Mars would eventually meet her husband on that tour and moved to Ottawa, and Maya became a solo act.
Maya later pursued her interest in photography working amongst professional artists and photographers William Giles, Edmund Soame, Richard Stodart and Dave Heath.
Her self-portrait work in conjunction with Dave Heath was shown at the Ryerson Gallery, Toronto; Artscourt, Ottawa and Light Impressions, Rochester. She is also an artist member of Gallery 96.
Maya also worked as a psychiatric researcher at the Hospital for Sick Children on studies about mother-child interaction in pre-mature babies, children with developmental delays and physical trauma.
She is currently an educational entertainer and artist in the schools creating and presenting programs about social justice and environmental issues as well as dance and drama.
She is married to actor Richard Fitzpatrick.
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