On Sunday, Feb. 1, the International Brotherhood of Magicians presents an exciting exercise in enchantment, sleight of hand, and prestidigitation when it brings the second annual “This Is Magic!” show to the Smith Opera House in Geneva.
Magicians, wizards and mind-readers George Becker, Glenn Brooks, Ray Cerio, Scott Deming, Bruce Purdy, Greg Steele and ventriloquist “Sir James” will thrill and amaze as they conjure, bewitch and charm their way through an afternoon of hocus pocus.
A generation of kids has grown up knowing George Becker as the host of “The STM Showboat,” a Saturday morning show on Syracuse's WSTM TV. In addition to fifteen years on the “Showboat,” and twelve at “The Castaways” nightclub, “George the Magician” has been seen in commercials, at shopping centers, schools and trade shows. Featuring the “lighter side of magic,” Becker is loved by audiences throughout the area. He returns to his “Showboat” hosting roll as the “This Is Magic!” master of ceremonies.
Glenn Brooks, originally from Atlanta, is a graduate of the Chavez College of Magic. He started as a close-up magician in bars in the Atlanta area in the early 1970s. Brooks has performed as a trade show magician and in hospitality suites for clients such as M&M Hair care, Colt Gun Co., and Upstate Food Association and has appeared in comedy clubs throughout the US.
Ray Cerio has been a professional magician, actor, lecturer and magic dealer for over 40 years. A territorial vice president of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Cerio is a proud member of the Order of Merlin. In addition to approximately 100 magic performances throughout the northeast last year, Cerio found the time to appear in four plays. His “Charlie Chaplin” act was originated fifteen years ago and has been seen in theatres, at conventions and private functions. Cerio is best knows as “The Wizard of Ahs.”
Scott Deming has performed for his corporate clients all over the country, including Atlantic City, Walt Disney World, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. In addition to his Fortune 500 client list, Deming has also performed for political dignitaries including US senators and on two separate occasions for President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Deming blends his unique sense of humor with mind-blowing mental feats.
Bruce Purdy has been entertaining audiences with magic and comedy for over 30 years. Starting with kids' birthday parties, Purdy moved on to school assemblies, shopping malls and festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest, California and New York. When not performing, Purdy can be found behind the scenes at the Smith Opera House where he serves as Technical Director.
Greg Steele is a popular entertainer in the Syracuse area. Having just returned from Las Vegas, this is his first appearance at The Smith.
The brainchild of Purdy, all proceeds from this benefit performance go toward The Smith's stage equipment fund.
Doors open at 1 p.m. for the 2 p.m. show. Tickets to “This Is Magic!” are $5 and may be purchased by calling The Smith box office at 781-LIVE or toll free at 1-866-355-LIVE. They are also available at Area Records and Music and the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Bookstore in Geneva and Lyons National Bank in Lyons. For more information, visit the Web site, www.thesmith.org.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. The Smith is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by contributions from individual supporters.