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September 14, 2013

It's magic: Lost ferret reunited with owner after two weeks


She fed it ferret food, and, she said, “By the end of the week, he was up and running around.”

Her cats were afraid of the ferret, but she enjoyed having the animal in her home for a week. Prometheus would burrow under her bed covers.

“If I could afford one, I’d buy one,” she said. However, she added, “They’re a lot more work than I thought.”

This isn’t the first time the family has found household pets in their yard, she said, adding they found a guinea pig one time.

When Lomax contacted Olson, she thought she might be wasting his time. “I felt like such an idiot trying to get hold of this guy,” she recalled. “I couldn’t imagine a ferret getting from Ellsworth to Westville.”

But it did turn out to be the magician’s Houdini-like ferret, who also was identified by a tattoo.

Lomax and Olson agreed to meet in Tilton last week.

Olson brought Aries along. When the ferrets met, he said, “The two of them were sniffing each other and happy to be reunited.”

As for the ferret-owner reunion, Olson said, “He was all kisses and hugs when he saw me.”

Magicians tend to get attached to their animals because they handle them every day, he said. “On a personal level, you connect with them as much as they connect with you.”

Olson acquired both ferrets from a rescue group about three years ago; they were about 1 year old at the time. Ferrets are very smart, he said, and they’re escape artists, as well.

Olson uses ferrets instead of rabbits in his act because he wants to be accurate in his portrayal of the Russian, Dmitri the Mage. During the Renaissance, rabbits were considered food, not pets, he said. Ferrets were a common pet during that time and were used to control the snake and rat populations.

Olson has been performing professionally for 26 years and has been doing Renaissance festivals the past 12 years. This was his second year at the Danville event. He also uses two doves in his acts.

As a reward, Lomax will receive a chain mail bracelet made by another vendor from the festival.



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