Remember the first time you watched a magician perform, and wondered, “How do they do that!” Magic tricks use sleight of hand, misdirection and theatrical trickery to create visual illusions that cause the audience to believe one thing, while actually something else entirely is happening. The audience is surprised when the illusion is revealed, without any knowledge of how it actually happened.
A mentalism performance often focuses on expanding reality with explorations of psychology, suggestion and influence. You can think about it as the art of suggestive magic. It has been part of human experience for centuries, with early practitioners such as the first noteworthy performance of mentalism, which is generally attributed to famous professional magician and sleight of hand artist Girolamo Scotto in 1572.
On Tuesday, Jan. 24, 1 p.m., join magician-mentalist Bruce Kundin on a two-hour journey of discovery and learning into the mysteries of mentalism and magic. Participants will learn how to perform a number of mind-boggling effects, and will receive magic tricks, materials, and typed notes for further practice. Be sure to bring your own deck of playing cards!
Kundin has performed at a variety of locations, including several clubs in PebbleCreek, the Hat and Hare pub and Cellar Theater of the Hollywood Magic Castle, the Spellbound Magic Show in Ventura, CA, and the House of Magic Foundation for the Arts, among others. He is a member of the Society of American Magicians, Arizona Assembly 248, and the Phoenix Ring 55 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, along with membership in the Elders, a southern California group of Mentalists. He has received the Order of Merlin from the Society of American Magicians, and has also created a number of magical effects and tricks that are currently in use.
DATE /TIME: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 1-3 p.m.
LOCATION: LLL Center