As much as we love magic’s stage legends — David Copperfield, Penn and Teller, Howard Thurston, Doug Henning, etc. — we have always had a special love of close-up magic. There’s nothing like the power and impact of great sleight of hand performed right in front of people’s noses. That’s why we love it when someone brings the power of close-up to the stage.
That’s why we like Greg Riley, the Urban Illusionist.
Riley is no stranger to big stages: He’s worked the New York New York Casino, Mandalay Bay, done gigs with the Suicide Girls and performed for celebrities on the Sunset Strip, as well as strangers on the street.
In April, he’ll star in “Urban Legends of Illusion,” a new show bringing his style of close-up into an intimate theater setting. He’ll pack illusion and mentalism into an event that features total audience participation. The show, on April 7 at Beyond the Stars Palace Theater in Glendale, Calif., also features guest appearances by Nathan Gibson and Matthew Teague. 10 percent of all ticket sales will benefit UnderShare, a group that assists victims of abuse and the homeless. We loved the emotional concepts behind his magic so much that we signed on as sponsors.
Check out this vid of Riley in action at Venice Beach. And there’s much more coming.