ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
Omaha will get to experience a little bit of magic when Nate Staniforth, former host of Discovery Channel’s “Breaking Magic,” begins his four-week magic show residency at Slowdown.
The “Real Magic Tour” is described as intimate and similar to a theatre-style performance. Staniforth dedicates his show to exploring wonder and amazement. He focuses on the imagination and intellect of his audience instead of played-out style tricks. News site OZY called Staniforth “the Bob Dylan of magic.”
The show will wow audiences for four nights in Omaha starting March 10. The show will repeat the following Thursday evenings on the 17, 24 and 31 of March.
“Magicians get to see people at their very best,” Staniforth said. “A moment of genuine impossibility and uncomprehending wonder makes everyone forget to be cool for a second. No one is acting or pretending. They’re just there, unguarded and open.”
Staniforth is a founding member of Band of Magicians, a magic show ensemble. The five-star-reviewed group toured Australia and performed sold-out shows last year. Staniforth has also lectured at the Oxford Union and given a speech about the philosophical base for his magic work in a TED Talk.
His memoir, “Here Is Real Magic,” will hit bookstores next year and will be published by Bloomsbury Publishing, the same house that put out the Harry Potter books. The memoir outlines his trip to the slums of India, where he essentially became a part of a three-thousand-year-old clan of Indian magicians, as well as performing his tricks to people on the street. The “Real Magic Tour” focuses on this energy of wonderment and amazement he gathered in India.
Tickets are available through Slow-down’s website. The March 10th show is sold out, and the performances are not recommended for children. Slowdown is located at 729 North 14th Street in downtown Omaha.