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24 Jul

TV Magic Show Goes LIVE at Lake Tahoe

Category: Blog   Posted by: C. DENNIS SCHICK

‘Masters of Illusion Live!’ Popular Production at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Through September 2 By Dr. C. Dennis Schick It is popular and exciting to watch good magic performed on television. With the CW’s hit show, Masters of Illusion, magicians performing on various talk shows, such as The Ellen Degeneres Show, and magicians on America’s Got Talent, magic on television reaches and entertains hundreds of thousands of people – but there is nothing quite like seeing magic performed live. That’s a major reason why live magic shows are so popular and successful. Local, regional, and international magic shows and conventions often have sell-out audiences. Touring magic shows sometimes have had to add additional performances. Resident magic shows in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Branson, Missouri – and elsewhere – pull people away from the music shows and other tourist attractions. It is not surprising, then, that the producers of the television series, Masters of Illusion, have increased their success by producing their own resident magic show in a popular tourist city. Masters of Illusion Live! opened June 27 at Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and will run through September 2. The live magic show will be in the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe in the city of Stateline, Nevada. Featured in the show are master magicians Dan Sperry, Farrell Dillon, Michael Turco, and Tommy Wind. All have appeared on the television series in the past. Performances will run Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets range from $24 to $45 each, plus applicable taxes and fees, and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1-775-586-6244 or online at The magicians will be available for a Meet and Greet in the lobby of the theater following all performances. This limited engagement of Masters of Illusion Live! is a production featuring modern illusions and unbelievable arts of deception. The performers combine fantasy, fervor, and flair within their illusions that leave the audience amazed as the magic happens right in front of their eyes. Masters of Illusion has been performed live in front of tens of thousands of people worldwide over the past eight years and has been seen by over one hundred million viewers on the CW network and in one hundred twenty-five other countries around the world. Dan Sperry is billed as the Anti-Conjuror. He has been described as “David Copperfield meets Marilyn Manson” and is the only illusionist to ever be awarded the title of most original magician on Fox’s World Magic Awards. His show combines illusion and the bizarre with satirical macabre humor. It is non-stop mayhem set to an industrial musical score with razor blades, buzz saws, voodoo, blood, and more. Sperry has toured with Masters of Illusion and is featured in the sixth season of the hit television series. Farrell Dillon is known for his regular appearances on five seasons of the television series. He has been nominated for Stage Magician of the Year by the Magic Castle in Hollywood. When not headlining in Las Vegas, Dillon can be seen on tour in some of the country’s largest performing-arts venues. He has been seen on television on The Today Show, ABC, NBC, FOX, the CW, ESPN, Food Network, MTV, BBC, MyNetwork TV, and POP TV, among others. Dillon combines comedy and mind-melting magic in a modern style. Michael Turco fell in love with the mystery of magic when he was just five years old. Spending his summers just miles from the strip in Atlantic City, Turco saw every magic show in the area and was intent to master each trick and illusion on his own. Turco has had his own show in Las Vegas at the Planet Hollywood casino and brought a little bit of Jersey to the strip. The press describes Turco as “a natural born talent” and “a true success story.” Turco has been with the Masters of Illusion Live! tour for five years and has been featured on the television magic series. Tommy Wind is a magician from Staten Island in New York City. He has performed in many of his own original shows, combining illusion with rock-and-roll music, in New York City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Las Vegas. Wind began his career when he was only seven years old after his grandfather introduced him to magic by showing him the disappearing hanky trick. He is the youngest magician to perform in Las Vegas to date. Wind is a hip, young illusionist who combines his amazing magic and musical talents into a fun, unique show for all ages. He is an award recipient from the International Brotherhood of Magicians and was a winner of the Magician of the Year award on the network television special, World Magic Awards. He was recently featured in the Bally’s Las Vegas hit show, Masters of Illusion Live!

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