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Tickets go on sale for Theatre of Illusion show April 13

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Advance ticket are now on sale for The Spencers Theater of Illusion show April 13 at Schaller Chapel, the next offering of the Storm Lake Area Arts Council.

Tickets are $7.50 for adults and $5 for kids age 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the Pilot-Tribune, Browns Shoe Fit, Floors Etc., and Community Credit Union. Tickets as available will be $10 at the door on the night of the show.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

The Spencers have spent over a decade defining the Art of Illusion by infusing magic with movement, cloaked in music and woven with physical expression. Much as a storyteller uses words, the Spencers combine scenery, music, lighting, special effects, audience interaction and cutting-edge illusions to produce a powerful theatrical experience the entire family will enjoy.

In January 2003, Kevin and Cindy vanished the Stanley Cup for the NHL as a kick off to the NHL All Star Weekend in Fort Lauderdale, FL making magic and sports history in the process. The treasured Cup wasn't "gone" for long when Spencer made it reappear with Hockey Hall of Fame legend Larry Robinson.

The Spencers have performed throughout the United States, Mexico, New Zealand, Canada and Australia, they have thrilled audiences around the world, with a show totaling 10 tons of state of the art illusions and backgrounds.

"The Spencers are masters of magic," said Jim Steinmeyer, who is a former magic creator and consultant for the late Doug Henning as well as David Copperfield. "They've combined their illusions with stagecraft to create a unique and professional evening of theatre."

The couple are more than musicians, however. In 1984, The Spencers founded "The Healing of Magic," a program that takes them to hospitals and rehabilitation facilities to teach simple magic tricks to victims of stroke, spinal cord and head injuries, learning disabilities and other maladies. Having worked with Julie DeJean and David Copperfield in the Project Magic program, Kevin and Cindy were encouraged to develop and implement their own program as the opportunities to expand to other areas of healthcare presented themselves.

The simple tricks in the Healing of Magic program help develop fine and gross motor ability, cognitive and perceptual skills and help establish a sense of wholeness and well-being. Today, the program is being used in more than 2,000 facilities in over 30 countries.

The Jaycees recognized their endeavors and honored the Spencers with their Outstanding Young Americans Award. In addition, they have received the Harry Chapin Award for Contributions to Humanity, joining Willie Nelson (Farm Aid) and Roslyn and Jimmy Carter (Habitat for Humanity) on the elite list of honorees.

"A patient will practice a magic trick hundreds of times a day to learn," says Cindy. "With traditional therapy some patients experience boredom and frustration. Magic wands don't always belong with black hats and rabbits. Sometimes they belong in hospitals where frail hands learn tricks and magic, the real magic is in the healing."