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Annual ‘This Is Magic!’ Casts a Spell at the Smith Opera House

On Saturday, Feb. 12, the Salt City Magic Club presents an exciting exercise in enchantment, sleight of hand, and prestidigitation when it brings the third annual “This Is Magic!” show to the Smith Opera House in Geneva.

Magicians, wizards and mind-readers George Becker, Scott Matthews, John Wolfson, Gene Doane (as “Yang Chu”), Wade Live, and Bruce Purdy will thrill and amaze as they conjure, bewitch and charm their way through an amazing evening 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 15 years on the “Showboat,” and 12 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.

Utilizing colorful props, such as a goldfish bowl [complete with goldfish], brightly colored flowers, gorgeous silk handkerchiefs, and the classic Chinese Linking Rings, together with a sound track of authentic Chinese music, Gene Doane's act presents magic of a type which was popular a hundred years ago, but is rarely performed today. “Yang Chu” will lead the audience on a journey back through time to an era when Americans perceived the Orient as inexplicably mysterious and wonderfully magical.

Wade Live is one of a new breed of cutting edge magicians. At only 20 years of age, Wade has already performed for some of the largest companies in the world. His modern style and approach to magic makes him accessible to a wide variety of audiences. When he works his magic, neon colored birds materialize from inanimate objects. Be prepared to question reality when watching Wade.

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.

The brainchild of Purdy, all proceeds from this benefit performance go toward The Smith's stage equipment fund which, this year, will include a new $6,000 light board to replace the aging model that finally died last week. The historic theatre is currently renting a board to continue live show operations until funds can be raised to purchase a new one.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show. Tickets to “This Is Magic! III” are $5 and may be purchased by calling The Smith box office at 315-781-LIVE or toll free at 1-866-355-LIVE. For more information, visit