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Bloomington magician says craft thriving in internet age

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 14:01:38 CDT
By: Willis Kern

Bloomington magician says craft thriving in internet age One of central Illinois' most popular magicians says the availability of online content has changed his craft significantly Bloomington-Normal educator Chris Bohne says since amazing performances are available on the internet and TV specials reveal secrets to legendary tricks, people come to magic shows with different expectations than a generation ago.

Bohne says there will always be people who must know the backstage answers. But he says they're definitely not the majority.


Bohne says there will always be willing audiences that prefer to be dazzled.

Bohne says much of the offset in expectations can be made up through showmanship. Bohne and colleague Vince Sampson, who together spent 30 years putting on shows in the twin cities, will make their first appearance in five years Saturday during a Relay for Life benefit at the Chateau in Bloomington. There are two shows. One at 6 pm is designed for kids and the other is at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Reservations are required and can be made via email at relaymagic@gmail.com. Reserved tickets must be picked up 30 minutes prior to showtime.


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