“A lot of people know a kid from high school that did card tricks,” said magician Theron Christensen. “We are not that kid.”
The Wall will host its second “Night of Magic” on April 11. Friday’s trickery will include illusions, sleight of hand, mind-reading, escapes and more.
Christensen is one of six magicians to perform this Friday, and he vouches for the performers, whether they be magicians, illusionists, mentalists or deceptionists.
“These are experienced magicians,” Christensen said. “They know how to entertain, they know how to fool you and they know how to have a good time.”
Christensen specializes in sleight of hand. He said most of his tricks are difficult to perform, but the audience’s reaction makes it worth the work. One trick he will perform is more than 2,000 years old, but modern audiences love it, according to Christensen.
Ethan Williams will perform as well, his specialty being mentalism. He looks forward to performing a trick where he blindfolds himself on stage and answers questions that people merely think about in their minds. Williams finds mentalism fascinating.
“With mental magic, there is a part of it that is real, actual psychological trickery, mixed with traditional techniques,” Williams said. “And so the line between reality and trickery is blurred and leaves a person truly feeling something.”
Monica Bennett, BYU student and friend of Christensen, attended the last “Night of Magic” and said the performances exceeded her expectations. Bennett finds Christensen’s tricks perplexing and impressive.
“About a year ago, Theron showed me a trick ,and I’ve been thrilled about it ever since,” Bennett said. “I love watching the magic tricks because they make me think, and I love being amazed.”
Williams noted that magic shows provide a safe and entertaining escape from reality.
“In my opinion, people should come because they will feel something they rarely get to experience, even in a good play: a complete release of reality and logic in a safe, fun environment,” Williams said.
There will be two showings at the Wall on Apr. 11 at 6 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the WSC Information desk and can also be purchased at the door.