“Masters of Illusion,” the stage version of the CW Network’s hit television series billed as America’s largest touring magic show, encourages audiences to “Believe the Impossible” during its current tour of the U.S. and Canada.
Audience members at The Palace Theatre on Feb. 17 will have their own chance to “Believe” as nationally known illusionists and magicians Chipper Lowell, Naathan Phan, Michael Turco and Tommy Wind try to astonish and amaze them with their own tool box of unique grand illusions, sleight-of-hand tricks, interactive mind magic, comedy and dangerous escapes.
For Tommy Wind, who hails from Staten Island, New York City, a few of his favorite tricks involve his assistant and wife, Stacy Wind.
“There’s this one trick where I place her in a box and shove 12 sword blades into it,” he says. “She reappears and there’s a surprise ending.”
In all fairness, he also does a trick called “Assistant’s Revenge,” in which “she locks me up and I have to escape. It has a surprise ending as well.”
Being on tour with one’s significant other makes road trips more fun, not only for the Winds, but for Turco and his wife/assistant, Nicole.
“Everybody gets along,” Tommy Wind says. “We all go out together, like when we all went to a Super Bowl party at Buffalo Wild Wings” when they were in Ridgefield, Conn., for a show during Super Bowl weekend.
Wind has performed in many of his own original shows, combining illusion with rock and roll music, in New York City, Atlantic City, N.J., and Las Vegas, where he also appeared at Bally’s with “Masters of Illusion Live.” He said he became interested in magic at age 7 after his grandfather showed him a disappearing hanky trick.
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Comedian and magician Lowell has performed at theaters, cruise ships, casinos and corporate events. He has been described as an “artistic cyclone of talent and comedy” and was honored twice as “Top Funniest Magicians Performing Today” by MAGIC Magazine. His father was a professional clown with Ringling Bros. and his mother performed as an aerialist.
Phan, does celebrity impressions in addition to being a magician. He has a show, Martinis and Magic, in Las Vegas, where he also has performed with Masters of Illusion’s live show at Bally’s. He’s also appeared on national TV shows and films, including “Superbad.”
Turco, originally from Wayne, N.J., has had his own show in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood casino, where he says he “brought a little bit of Jersey to the strip.” He performed at Six Flags Magic Mountain near Los Angeles, before performing on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and opening his “Magic and Mayhem” show on the Las Vegas Strip.
All of the magicians on the tour will be part of the next “Masters of Illusion” TV series this summer.
Candy Williams is a Tribune-Review