KU News Release

Jan. 13, 2011
Contact: Marisa Bregman, Lied Center, (785) 864-2722

Magicians to perform Feb. 24 at Lied Center

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LAWRENCE — The Lied Center of Kansas will present “The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion,” a theatrical performance of magic, drama, suspense and illusion, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24.

Husband-and-wife duo Kevin and Cindy Spencer perform modern interpretations of classic illusions with acts of levitation, escape and fantasy. Joining the ranks of Doug Henning, David Copperfield, Penn and Teller and Criss Angel, the Spencers recently were named International Magicians of the Year by their peers. The duo present a high-tech stage show that combines drama, comedy, romance and suspense with stage illusions and special effects.

“It has always been my passion to combine theater and magic into one production, and that is what we’ve done with Theatre of Illusion,” said Kevin Spencer in a webcam interview with the Lied Center, viewable at lied.ku.edu. “Most of our critics say the show has all the great elements of Broadway, the high energy of a rock concert, and magic is the force that just moves the show along.”

As leading experts the on therapeutic use of magic, the Spencers are committed to their Healing of Magic program. Healing of Magic focuses on medical and rehabilitation techniques to improve the everyday skills of patients who have suffered from strokes, developmental disabilities, drug or alcohol abuse and other medical conditions. The program has used magic tricks as a healing tool for the physically challenged since 1984. The American Occupational Therapy Association supports the concepts taught in Healing of Magic, and more than 2,000 facilities in more than 30 countries have implemented the practices. As an expansion of Healing of Magic, the Spencers recently founded the Hocus Focus project for special education. Hocus Focus combines education and the arts to help students improve and develop new skills. The Spencers have also created Magic and Imagination Camp — a summer program where kids explore creativity through the art of magic.

As one of the largest illusion productions on tour today, the Spencers perform regularly in cities across the world. Their reputation as “modern day Houdinis” makes them one of the most sought-after teams in the business.

As part of their residency, the Spencers will work with occupational and physical therapists at local nursing homes as well as school special education staff.

Tickets are on sale at the Lied Center ticket office, (785) 864-2787 or (785) 864-2777 TDD; Murphy Hall box office, (785) 864-3982; and online at lied.ku.edu. Tickets are $28 for the public and $10 for students and youth. All seats are reserved. Discounts may apply.

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