She sounds like the superhero we need: mild-mannered nurse by day, brilliant stage magician by night. Fortunately for Canada, Pauline Kong isn’t the stuff of comic books.
She works as an ICU nurse, inspired to follow a career in health care after a serious illness as a child. But Kong is also a magician and event producer, and she’s combining those pastimes into a fundraiser for the Surrey Memorial Hospital ICU where she works.
The show is called FATE 2: The Dance and Illusions of Oslen. The event features illusionist Oslen Chang, who appeared on Canada’s Got Talent. Other guest performers include magician Will Tsai, close-up magician Rosalind Chan, tap dance ensemble Project X, and Kong herself, performing under her stage name Fate.
As you might guess from the name, FATE 2 isn’t Kong’s first rodeo. She held the first FATE benefit in 2014 for the BC Children’s Hospital, where she was treated as a child for a ruptured appendix.
“Some patients are lonely and sad, and some don’t have people who come visit them,” Kong told the Surrey Now-Leader, explaining how her nursing work sparked an interest in magic. “I went to the night market one night and saw a magician there, and I asked him to teach me magic, and I spent the next two years learning from him, so I could use some of those tricks for the patients, to brighten their mood.”
FATE 2 is happening at the River Rock Casino Resort in British Columbia on April 8. Even if you can’t attend, or if tickets do sell out, Kong has a related GoFundMe campaign as a second fundraiser for the department.