Illusionist Jason Bishop, April 9

Jason Bishop SOCORRO, N.M. April 2, 2010 – Is that woman really floating in mid-air? Can he really stuff her into that box and then fold the box up into a small square? What just happened to the laws of physics?

Just in time for Science Fair, illusionist Jason Bishop challenges your perceptions with the most dynamic illusion and magic show in the U.S. The Jason Bishop Show features Jason’s exclusive large illusions, award- winning sleight-of-hand, and “close-up” magic that is captured live and projected onto LCD screens for the audience to have a clear view of every detail.

The Jason Bishop Show comes to Macey Center in Socorro on Friday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. It is part of New Mexico Tech’s Performing Arts Series. Many of the attendees will be competitors in the state Science and Engineering Fair, set for Saturday, April 10, on the New Mexico Tech campus.

Local sponsors for the Jason Bishop Show are: City of Socorro, Wells Fargo Bank, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, GenCorp Foundation, AeroJet, IRIS/PASSCAL, Alliant Techsystems, New Mexico Tech Undergraduate and Graduate Student Associations, and Comfort Inn of Socorro.

Bishop is currently the only illusionist in the U.S. to tour with the rare Double Levitation, Plasma illusion and Op-Art. His performance abilities have led him from New Mexico to Maine and Florida to New York, as well as every state in-between.

Bishop is an international award-winning illusionist who was the youngest person to win the Magician’s Alliance of Eastern States Stage Award and one of the youngest people to compete in the Society of American Magicians World-Class competition. Bishop’s combination of modern costuming and contemporary rock music, fast-paced illusions, sleight of hand and audience participation has landed him in several notable venues, including Norwegian Cruise lines, Caroline’s on Broadway and the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City.

Before the performance, Tech Club – Club Macey (TCCM) holds a social in Macey from 5 to 7 p.m., with light snacks. TCCM is a social club for people 21 and over. There is a $5 cover charge if you are not a member of TCCM.

Tickets for the performance are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, and $12 for youths 17 and under. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at NM Tech Cashier’s Office (second floor of Fidel Center), Brownbilt Western Wear, Sofia’s Kitchen, and Video Shack.

Admission is free to full-time New Mexico Tech students – those taking at least 6 hours and showing a valid ID. Students should pick up their tickets in advance at the Tech Bookstore.

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By Kathleen Hedges/New Mexico Tech