Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Adding some Real Magic- Onstage

Most of us probably know the magic of watching a well-executed musical being performed onstage, but what if that musical involved actual magic?

I ran across an article via Google News today about a Magician that isn't just performing shows, but also teaching high school drama students how to perform them.

Illusionist Rob Lake has been traveling to schools and theater groups across the country, helping them put on a version "Beauty of the Beast" that integrates magic and illusion. Lake enjoys teaching them the concepts, and watching the show come to life, while simultaneously emphasizing the secretive nature of these magical skills.

This is a fascinating mix of performance art that holds the potential to be a great teaching tool-not just in terms of learning an art, but also taking two passions and bringing them together.

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