In this week's episode we talk about the new movie Magicians-Life in the Impossible (http://www.magiciansmovie.com), talk about the strangest things we've had said to us after a show and what modern magicians do we respect the most?
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Impossibilities-An Evening of Magic, Mindreading and Mayhem!
Are you looking for an evening of family entertainment in the Great Smoky Mountains? You’re looking for Impossibilities.
Magical Comedian Chris Collins and Master Mentalist Erik Dobell present a night of stunning magic, reality shattering mindreading and hilarious mayhem. An evening of family fun where Impossibilities are brought to life right in front of your eyes.
With a combined 40+ years in the art of magic, Chris Collins and Erik Dobell have traveled from Las Vegas to South Korea performing their award winning shows for audiences and companies such as the NFL, Sony Electronics, and Carnival Cruise Lines. Now they bring their critically acclaimed show to the Historic Gatlinburg Space Needle!
You do not want to miss the opportunity to be amazed and astounded by one of the best shows in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg; you do not want to miss IMPOSSIBILITIES!
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Impossibilities own Mentalist Erik Dobell recently did a Q & A with Alli Marshall at the Mountain Xpress for Impossibilities at the North Carolina Stage Company this weekend in Asheville.
Check out the Q & A below or click HERE to see the original story!
Mountain Xpress: Why do you think that magic shows have less of a following than other forms of entertainment?
Erik Dobell: When Chris and I perform Impossibilities, we’re often told after the show that we’re the first magic show [that audience member has] ever seen. Not because of a lack of interest but a lack of opportunity. On any Friday night, you can bar-hop and check out three different bands. Magicians certainly aren’t that common. That’s why I think it’s so important to present the best show we possibly can, because it may be that person’s first and last time seeing something like this.
Chris Collins came up with the idea of combining his magic show with your mentalist show. Why did you think it was a bad idea at first, and what changed your mind?
While magic and mentalism certainly have things in common, they are very different in performance. The idea of mixing the two to the degree that we ended up doing seemed like it would make a wonky show. Then we put the general outline of the show on paper. Maybe it’s the type of material Chris and I perform, or maybe it’s how we present each piece, but I just started to realize that this could be a really fun show to perform and to see — a show that has a little bit of everything without feeling cluttered. This may sound self-serving but if I wasn’t in the show, I’d happily pay my money to go see it.
What mentalists inspired you to go into the field? How did you get started?
Strangely, I wasn’t inspired by a mentalist. Remember what I said earlier about magic and mentalism shows being rare? I didn’t know what a mentalist was when I got into this. I just wanted to be like Sherlock Holmes, and mentalism seemed like a way to do that.
[My favorite book] is by a guy named T.A. Waters. It is this 900-page monster of his life’s work, and that is what really got me going. The first time I read it, I didn’t understand anything he was talking about, but I knew I wanted to be a mentalist.
Since then, there are a handful of mentalists that really inspire me. I think the big one for me is The Amazing Kreskin who I was fortunate enough to see about three years ago. I also draw a lot of influence from George Carlin and Rodney Dangerfield, stand-up comedy in general. I love that they can completely engage an audience for 60 minutes with nothing but jokes and personality.
What would you most like audiences to know about both mentalism and magic?
That they like it, they just don’t know it yet.
Can you give us an idea of what to expect with Impossibilities: An Evening of Magic, Mind Reading and Mayhem?
A fun filled, interactive evening with two performers who have been doing this for a long time and want nothing less than to give the audience the best show possible.