This past weekend, top-class magicians visited libraries all across Northern Nevada. These shows were free to the public and included talents such as Eric Jones, who was a finalist on America’s Got Talent, Karl Koppertop, who has had several television performances, and Dan Birch, who was trained by David Copperfield.
This was the sixth annual Spellbinders International Festival of Magic. There was a range of acts: from close-up magic to illusions utilizing the entire stage.
The festival was held in local libraries to help increase traffic and encourage the community to use these spaces. The goal was a success, and the show I attended was a full house.
The show was fun for all ages. The kids loved being picked as volunteers and witnessing the magic and the adults enjoyed innuendo jokes and were left confused by the tricks. Magicians made money multiply and disappear, solved a mixed-up Rubik’s cube without touching it, and more.
Again, all these shows were free to the public all weekend. On top of this, audiences were encouraged to sign up for a free newsletter giving magic lessons and advice.
If you missed the festival this year, look out for Spellbinders next year. Visit http://spellbindersfestival.com/ for further information.
Kylie Masznicz is a recent graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, where she studied English with a concentration in writing with a minor in Communication Studies. She writes culture pieces for ThisIsReno, but her work has also been featured on Broadway Baby and Brushfire Literature & Arts Journal. Her goal is to write a novel. She enjoys art of all forms, but chooses to express her own creativity through writing, music, and nail art. She also collects Christmas sweaters and has enough to wear one everyday from Thanksgiving to New Years.