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Champions of Magic to appear Monday at Thrasher-Horne Center

By Kylie Cordell For Clay Today
Posted 4/27/23

ORANGE PARK – Champions of Magic will bring a spectacular show delivering “grand-scale magic,” according to Master Illusionist Sam Strange.

“It’s a full-scale production show with …

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Champions of Magic to appear Monday at Thrasher-Horne Center


ORANGE PARK – Champions of Magic will bring a spectacular show delivering “grand-scale magic,” according to Master Illusionist Sam Strange.

“It’s a full-scale production show with different styles of magic,” he said. “There are five magicians, and it comes with lots of large-scale illusions. It’s a very high energy, fast past show.”

The Champions Of Magic cast presents incredible interactive magic, a daring escape from Houdini’s water torture cell, mind-blowing predictions, levitation high above the stage and a finale beyond explanation.

“It comes with high energy and 80s music, visual illusions, pyrotechnics, all sorts of stuff. It’s such a vibrant show. It’s fun to do, and the audience loves the spirit of it,” Strange said.

The show, which has been touring through arenas and 2,000-seat Broadway houses, will only be performed for one night.

Strange and his partner, Richard Young, make up the act Young and Strange – one of the world’s most unique comedy illusion acts. The pair met in their early childhood and have been doing magic ever since.

“I do grand scale illusions which are basically larger scale props. We’re going to have pyrotechnics and high-scale production,” Strange said.

Young and Strange started touring with Champions of Magic in 2013.

“We did our sets in small venues around the UK, and in 2017, we transitioned to North America. Since then, we have been back and forth. It’s now the world’s largest touring show and most watched magic show of all time,” Strange said.

In recent years their relentless development and innovation of spectacular illusions and live shows have landed them spots on prime-time television and the biggest stages around the world. In addition to Live performances, Young and Strange also create online video content which showcases original formats for magic.

However, the real magic is on the stage.

“We love performing in live theatres. When you perform on a theatre stage in these historic buildings that have been home to the best shows in the world to a live audience. It’s a feeling like nothing else,” Strange said. “So many magicians now produce online content for Instagram or TikTok, and that’s primarily what they do. And we have dabbled with that over the years, but it doesn’t emotionally do it for us to just stand there in front of a camera.”

However, in a cynical age surrounded by what is essentially magic all the time, he said that trying to compete with mass media entertainment is difficult.

“It’s really difficult, isn’t it? You sift through news feeds and videos all day that are insanely interesting. Now everyone has these massive TVs in their house with unlimited streaming services.

“But we do try to push the limits of magic. What’s great about coming to a magic show is that you get to experience pure escapism. You forget about all that stuff. You are engaged in the live moment. I don’t think those moments can compete with anything that you would see online or on a TV screen,” he said.

So break away from the screen and experience live entertainment like never before with Champions Of Magic – an evening of impossible illusions and spectacular special effects. The show happens all around the theatre and features spectacular illusions that can’t be seen anywhere else.

“It’s a massive show. You have to have fun. I think the audience, they recognize that,” Strange said. “And it’s different every time. There’s always something varied about the show.”

Don’t miss this unbelievable experience to entertain the entire family and see why fans return to one of the world’s biggest touring illusions.