Coronavirus has taken a lot from people this year. But the magic hasn’t been stolen. Mark the Magic man, Milledgeville’s own magician, is hosting some specially-themed shows for later this month based on the infamous Harry Houdini.
The Magic Man’s newest show, “Contact,” combines comedy, illusions and of course, magic.
“With all the pandemic and quarantine stuff I am most excited about performing again for people,” Mark the Magic Man said. “…Trust me, my wife is sick of seeing magic. This is not a political statement, COVID has hit a lot of people hard, people we know here in Milledgeville and surrounding areas — financially, emotionally, health-wise, and even some folks have lost loved ones. With all this, I have only been able to perform 24 shows this year and in the past, I usually average that monthly.”
The upcoming show will be quite different from what Milledgeville is used to seeing from Mark. According to his press release, in this show, Mark will rekindle an audience member’s childhood nightmare, attempt an escape from a straight jacket, read several audience members’ minds, have two random audience members read each other’s minds and explain how to do what he does.
“This show is unique, first of all, because there are no kids allowed,” he said. “Most folks in surrounding areas, including Milledgeville, think of me only as the kid entertainer and I go all over the U.S. performing mostly for adult-only crowds, that is not to say that I don't enjoy entertaining families, I do, this is just going to be a totally a different show for me and for the folks who are used to seeing me.”
While COVID has taken a toll on society, Mark has used the unplanned downtime to research and prepare for this particular show.
“I have been researching and rehearsing the show for several months, but wasn't sure I would be allowed to perform it with all the regulations of COVID,” he said.
“And with all the time on my hands I got to spend some time studying up on some new techniques in magic, some of which you will see at the show.”
Another unique aspect of this show is the location. The setting of the performance will be on the Central State Hospital campus. Walter Reynolds, facility manager at the Grove Event Center, and Mark sat down a while back and came up with the idea.
“Last October, Walter Reynolds and I had lunch at The Brick and started discussing a Halloween/Milledgeville show,” he recalled. “With all the history in Milledgeville and CSH, we thought it would be a nice fit for a story told through magic. This show was going to showcase many of the historical figures that have been in or through Milledgeville and CSH. When COVID hit, I scraped the history part and focused on one person, Harry Houdini.”
At the end of the show, Mark will attempt something that should blow everyone’s mind: contacting Harry Houdini from the grave.
The show will have social distancing practices in place as well as all precautions — temperature checks at door, face masks, hand cleaning stations, etc. Those who are sick or running a fever, even if they have a ticket, will not be allowed to enter.
The show is for mature audiences only with a minimum age limit set at 15. The shows will take place at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Oct. 30, and 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Oct. 31.
Doors will open one hour before showtime.
Tickets are $20 general admission and $30 VIP and can be purchased at tickettailor.com/events/magichatproductions.
Most shows are sold out, so purchase tickets as soon as possible. Each show is limited to 50 seats.