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Illusionist Reza is making magic personal at Wilmington’s Blue Eyed Muse

WILMINGTON — In recent years, magic has evolved. Gone are the days of pulling rabbits out of a hat, now, magicians create shows to enthrall their audience with the art of illusion. But, with so many big acts, how does one stand out in a crowd? For renowned touring illusionist Reza, the answer is simple. You make your show personal.

Reza’s journey to magic began at a young age. After being inspired at a magic show in his home town of Brookings, S.D., at just 7-years-old, he began practicing on his own, going from performances in his basement to performing at corporate banquets.

Eventually, he worked his way up to residencies at major venues and world tours taking him to far flung locales like Japan and Mexico. He’s been featured on TV shows like “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” “Duck Dynasty,” and was voted “2016 Magician of the Year.”

The magician specializes in the art of illusion. His current tour, “Magic and Mayhem,” has seen him make things like helicopters, people, and even himself, disappear and transform before the audiences eyes.

Making a connection

This summer, Reza has taken up a residency at the Blue Eyed Muse, bringing his “Magic and Mayhem” tour right here to the Port City. Although much smaller than the arenas he typically performs in, according to Reza, it offers him the opportunity to really connect with his audience.

“We’ve scaled the show to fit a club venue, and make the magic as up close and personal as a 700 seat venue allows for.” he said. “Other venues we’ve played have been up to several thousand seat arenas, and it’s a different experience in those, because you don’t have the same connection with the crowd. You get the energy, but not the connection.”

According to Reza, it’s refreshing for him to work off the audience, he’s able to cater to the energy of a specific crowd, never giving the same performance twice.

“It’s a lot of fun, it does drive the sound and light people crazy because it’s hard to follow, but I’ll just do whatever illusion I feel like the crowd is amped up for next,” he said. “Literally people will shout out requests, and we’ll take it. It’s cool because we’re adapting to a music venue, and magic has always strived to be like a rock star art form.”

Despite this “rock star” style, the entertainer wants to make every person in the room feel like they’re participating in some way or another. He says at every show, he brings up participants from the crowd for various illusions, and sticks around for Q&A sessions after the show.

'It’s a lot of fun, it does drive the sound and light people crazy because it’s hard to follow, but I’ll just do whatever illusion I feel like the crowd is amped up for next,' he said. 'Literally people will shout out requests, and we’ll take it. It’s cool because we’re adapting to a music venue, and magic has always strived to be like a rock star art form.' ‘It’s a lot of fun, it does drive the sound and light people crazy because it’s hard to follow, but I’ll just do whatever illusion I feel like the crowd is amped up for next,’ he said. ‘Literally people will shout out requests, and we’ll take it. It’s cool because we’re adapting to a music venue, and magic has always strived to be like a rock star art form.’

“We’ve taken this, and we’ve made it more about these personal experiences with the audience, and made it more interactive,” he said. “To me, some of the smaller things that affect somebody on that level, can be a greater reaction and a greater experience for the audience than even the largest illusions that I can produce.

“As a kid, I got inspired by watching a magic show. And now I get to relive that on a nightly basis, through these kids, not only on stage, but after the show too,” the illusionist continued. “I like to hang around and do a meet and greet. Those kids that want to come up and ask questions, or show me a trick of their own, it’s just a really cool experience for me as well.”

Reza has three more shows in his Blue Eyed Muse residency: Tuesday, Aug. 8, Thursday, Aug. 10, and Sunday, Aug. 13. For more ticket information, visit themusewilmington.com.

For booking information, or to find out more about the illusionist, visit rezalive.com. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for his latest illusions.

Get in touch with Reporter Cory Mannion: follow him on Facebook, Twitter, or send an email at cory@localvoicemedia.com.

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