By Joe Hadsall
Magician Mike Super insists he wasn’t the best among 10 magician-contestants in NBC’s “Phenomenon,” even though he won the $250,000 top prize.
“It’s hard when someone’s art is put in competition with another’s art,” Super said. “I just look at it like I was performing well that day. It’s not like I’m better than anyone else on that show.”
Super — which is his real name, he said — will be on stage at 7 p.m. today at Memorial Auditorium in Pittsburg, Kan. The performance is part of Pittsburg State University’s Performing Arts and Lecture Series.
There were — among the millions watching “Phenomenon” when it aired last fall — likely some viewers who thought his effects were just prearranged camera tricks, done with the audience’s willing complicity. Super said he is ready to prove those viewers wrong by performing some of those winning illusions.
“We’ll solve a murder, do some voodoo magic and some of the other acts on ‘Phenomenon,’” he said. “People will know there were no stooges on that show.”
Super has been involved in magic since, as a 6-year-old, he watched a magician perform close-up magic at Walt Disney World. From there, he was hooked — he used to perform shows in his back yard, wearing a black Dracula cape from an old Halloween costume.
Since then, the Pennsylvania-born magician has performed for thousands, including Regis Philbin, Joan Rivers, Paul Reiser and Robin Leach.
Taking inspiration from David Copperfield and Doug Henning, he developed a performance style that brings the spontaneity and realism of street magic to the stage. Instead of using assistants and stagehands, many of his effects are performed with audience members.
During a typical show, a spectator might find himself on stage, levitating about four feet above the ground, or disappearing for almost three minutes.
By Joe Hadsall
Stretching out: Whiskey Dick's can do more in a bigger downtown location
For the Whiskey Dick's owners, it isn't a matter of what's in a name but more of a place where everybody knows your name.
Benji Tunnell: Great CGI, solid writing make 'Apes' a near-perfect blockbuster
A couple of weeks ago, we saw "Transformers 4," a big, computer-driven blockbuster film that was symbolic of all that is wrong with filmmaking today.
Marta Churchwell: New Mexico marimba group returns for concert Sunday
They're back. Polyphony Marimba, the Santa Fe, New Mexico, band that wowed the crowd with African music during a Downtown Joplin Third Thursday last summer, received such a response to that performance that they're coming back on Sunday.
Dave Woods: Nevada regatta makes for a birthday escape
In just three weeks, I'll spend my 50th birthday floating down the Colorado River with 35,000 of my closest friends.
New festival focuses on short independent films
As Jack Truman saw his films play in festivals around the world, one lingering thought persisted: He wished that such festivals existed in his hometown area.
Glory Days Music to resume weekly in-store concerts
The staff at Glory Days Music have been working their business as usual. Musicians demonstrate guitars, drums and other instruments. Music is sold; lessons are taught. But something has been missing.
Joe Hadsall: All the hidden secrets in "Weird Al's" "Word Crimes" video
I sincerely believe the "Word Crimes" video will become the most important song in history, and the most mandatory-to-watch video in schools across the country.
Globe Phone Test: Concept is clever, but transitions tricky with Asus PadFone X
It's kind of embarrassing to point this out, but "Candy Crush Saga" is one of the best ways to illustrate how well the Asus PadFone X, a smartphone and tablet combo really works.
Anyone who has more than one device will understand this situation completely: Let's say a player fires up "Candy Crush" on his tablet computer and really digs the game. A lot. So much so that he downloads it to his smartphone.
Only there's one problem: All the progress made on the tablet is stuck on the tablet. The smartphone has a completely separate path of progress, meaning the player has to play each level twice. This makes progress through the game twice as long. (This problem can be fixed by signing up for the game on Facebook, but no one really wants their Facebook friends to know they spend so much time crushin' candy.)
The Asus PadFone X is the dream solution to this nightmare of a problem.
Available exclusively from AT&T, the device is actually two devices. A standalone smartphone can be plugged into a tablet computer, meaning the owner can take his pick of how he wants to play the game, and all the progress he makes is saved on one device's hard drive.
AT&T loaned us a device that we tested for more than two weeks -- didn't like having to send it back -- and we found a lot of its qualities and quirks.
Tantric tours in support of latest studio album
"37 Channels," the latest album from Hugo Ferreira's band, features a lineup of guests including Hinder's Austin Winkler, Shooter Jennings, 3 Doors Down drummer Greg Upchurch, Uncle Kracker guitarist Kevin McCreery, Saving Abel guitarist Scott Bartlett and Leif Garrettt.
New exhibit combines works of married couple
Steve and Cindy Head create different types of art, which means they can be each other's best mentor. Steve makes mixed media works assembled from photographs, headlines and more; Cindy paints vivid patterns and fanciful scenes with bold color palettes.
- More Enjoy Headlines
- Stretching out: Whiskey Dick's can do more in a bigger downtown location