Monday, November 02, 2009

The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion at The Clayton Center on Sunday, Nov. 15

Prepare to be mystified – the Spencers are bringing their magical spectacle The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion to The Clayton Center on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 4 p.m.

For more than a decade, Kevin and Cindy Spencer have dazzled the world with their engaging personalities, entertaining stage magic and breath-taking illusions. These modern-day Houdinis have redefined the art of illusion and are shattering the stereotype of the traditional magician. They have left a trail of accolades in their wake with more than 20 national awards, making them one of the most recognized and honored performance teams in the industry. Arts event programmers have named them Performing Arts Entertainers of the Year an amazing six times; and their peers recognized them as “the best of the best” by naming them the 2009 International Magicians of the Year, joining the ranks of Doug Henning, Penn & Teller, and David Copperfield.

The Spencers have baffled and entertained millions of people in venues across America and around the world, and they continue to bring a fresh meaning to the word “magic” for a new generation of spectators. Theatre of Illusion is one of the largest illusion companies on tour today. The Spencers work with some of the leading inventors, creators and builders in the industry to incorporate original, never-before-seen illusions into their production. Theatre of Illusion is a sophisticated stage experience filled with original magical creations designed exclusively for The Spencers.

Kevin Spencer was intrigued by magic at a very young age. His parents bought him a magic kit at age 8, and he worked hard to master the tricks. However, by middle school his focus had changed to music. That is until Doug Henning.

Henning revived the fascination Kevin had with magic and once again he began to work on his magic throughout high school. In college in Chattanooga, Tenn., he worked part-time in a magic shop and met some of the local musicians. He learned new effects and the opportunity gave him plenty of experience in demonstrating the tricks for others. It was during this time that he made the unconscious decision to pursue magic as a career.

Performing has always been in Cindy Spencer’s blood. She attended college with a vocal scholarship and traveled with a vocal group that performed throughout the country and abroad. She met Kevin in the early 1980s, and the couple married in 1983. Cindy is the first woman to be recognized by the International Brotherhood of Magicians and receive her own feature and cover on the oldest magic magazine in the world, The Linking Ring.

The Spencers are entering their 20th professional year. Entertainers come and go but few leave behind a lasting impression on their audiences or their art. The Spencers are one of those rare exceptions. What they create is a powerful theatrical experience their audiences will never forget.

Tickets for The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion are $15 adults, $12 children 12 and under. A $50 family four pack also is available. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 919-553-1737; at The Clayton Center Box Office from 10 a.m. until noon and from 1 until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at The Box Office is located in The Clayton Center at 111 E. Second St. in downtown Clayton.

The next performance in the 2009-2010 Palladian Series is Jan. 22, 2010, when Clayton audience favorite Etta May brings her new solo show – Dr. Etta (Family Specialist) – to The Clayton Center.

Other popular artists presented in past seasons at The Clayton Center include Kathy Mattea, Johnny Winter, Jesse Cook, Jim Brickman, Doc Watson, Eileen Ivers, Riders In the Sky, the Harlem Gospel Choir and David Sedaris.

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