New Jersey Stage

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Spencers: Theater of Illusion Comes to the Axelrod PAC

(Deal, NJ) -- The Spencers bring their show – which blends the best elements of classic theater, a rock concert and a magic show – to the Axelrod Performing Arts Center on  November, 14 at 2 pm. Along with the couple comes 12 tons of equipment used to create the second largest magic or illusionist show in the nation, behind only legend David Copperfield.

And unlike Copperfield, who performs at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the Spencers prefer life on the road, traveling from city to city. They meet new people, work with new crews, see different parts of the world and are forced to adapt their show depending on the stage and space limitations of each venue

As their website suggests, "For The Spencers, magic is no longer merely about baffling the audience by doing something seemingly impossible. Magic these days is about drama, spectacle, interaction, danger, and personality. And that's exactly what separates The Spencers from every other magical performer in the field. The husband-wife team can penetrate through walls and levitate with the best of them, but they do it with world-class charisma and style, packing one of the biggest, most state-of-the-art illusion rigs in the business."

While some of the illusions change from venue to venue, one part of the show has been a cornerstone of the show this season. Spencer recreates a 1914 Harry Houdini illusion where he walks through a solid, concrete wall with an audience member on the stage to ensure the authenticity of the act.

The show is appropriate for children of all ages, Spencer said. And if the show's done right, it may just bring out the inner child in everyone.

In addition to performing for crowds at theaters and fairs, the Spencers also spend much of their time on the road at hospitals, schools and other social service organizations. They founded two programs, "The Healing of Magic" and "Hocus Focus," which help combine simple magic tricks with rehabilitation and education for children with learning disabilities.

Tickets are $25, Family Four Pack (4 or more) $20 each and groups of 10 or more are $20. Ticket can be purchased  by calling 732 531-9106  or online at www.axelrodartscenter.org