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Magician Mike Super to appear at Community Arts Center

November 15, 2007
By RYAN D. BEARDSLEY — rbeardsley@sungazette.com
Mike Super, master magician and contestant on NBC’s new reality show, “Phenomenon,” will appear at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St.

According to a news release, Super made the CAC an offer they couldn’t refuse.

On Oct. 16, Super sent in a recorded prediction of what the Sun-Gazette’s headline will be on the day of the show. At noon on Saturday, his prediction will be revealed in the lobby of the CAC. The reveal is open to the public.

If his prediction is wrong, all attendees who purchased advanced tickets will have their ticket price refunded by Super himself.

“We have Mike Super’s prediction for the headline in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette of the day of the show under lock and key,” said Robert Steele, executive director of the CAC. “If he is off by so much as one letter, everyone who bought a ticket to the show is entitled to a full refund.”

Super (no stage name here — his last name really is “Super”) began practicing magic at age 6. He said that he’s the only magician in his family, and got started while visiting a magic shop in Walt Disney World when he “saw the coolest old man performing some tricks” and “immediately became obsessed.”

“I used to do shows in my back yard every week and I’d wear my black Dracula Cape from Halloween while performing,” Super said. “It was pretty embarrassing.”

Over his lifetime, Super said his influences have included Walt Disney, who he considers a true genius, Doug Henning, a “cutting-edge musician for his time,” and David Copperfield, a “great musician AND a great book.”

Super also takes influence from Johnny Depp (“he’s just the coolest,” he said) and admires the work ethic of Jerry Seinfeld, who he said is a fantastic entertainer.

Super also considers himself a Disney fanatic, and said that magic and Disney naturally go together.

“I’m also a huge movie buff,” he said. “My favorites include ‘Star Wars,’ ‘The Matrix,’ ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,’ ‘Lord of the Rings,’ any Farrelly Brothers movie and ANY Griswold Family Vacation movie.”

Super practices his magic daily for several hours, and then performs his show for another hour and a half most every night. He said he performs anywhere from 175 to 200 shows a year, and loves every moment of it.

And although he can’t make your wife, kids or mother-in-law disappear permanently (he’s not Tony Soprano, he joked), he can levitate if the conditions are right.

“[I can levitate] under the proper circumstances and the exact same conditions,” Super said. “On special occasions, I love to freak people out with it.”

Super said that his illusions are a collaborative effort between himself and his magic consultants, and rarely go wrong. If something unexpected does happen, however, this is where his constant practice comes in handy.

“When I develop an illusion, I prepare for any worst-case scenario I can think of and that way I can switch methods and the audience is never the wiser,” Super said.

According to Steele, the CAC is excited to have such a wonderful performer and is looking forward to the performance as well as the headline reveal. Steele said that Super’s performance is one the whole family can enjoy.

“Mike Super is a world-class magician who has remained committed to a family friendly performance,” Steele said.

Tickets are $25, $20 and $15 and may be bought at the CAC Box Office or online at http://www.caclive.com.'>www.caclive.com.

Article Photos

Mike Super poses in a steel box.

 
 

 

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