The Magic Gorilla Woman

My favourite story from the Stampede happened when my sister and I were little girls.  It was the early 90’s and my mom had taken us to the grounds for the day. They use to have a side-show type of tent that you paid your loonie and got to see a woman “magically change into a gorilla before your eyes!”

So we paid and went it to witness the magic. I was about 5-6 years old and I thought it was the funniest thing in the entire world….my sister on the other hand screamed and ran half-way across the park by the time the magic gorilla woman ripped through the bars and jumped into the audience!  All I remember is turning around and then spending the next 20 minutes locating my sister.  It must have had an effect on her life, as she is now in veterinary studies and I am sure will she will do her best to assure no escape gorillas on her watch.

Melanie Hughes
Calgary