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October 13, 2016 12:00 AM

Pick a card International magician Neil Croswell will coming to the Vic Juba Community Theatre on Oct. 16, where he'll show off his brand of comedic high illusion for the Border City crowd.

Lloydminster can expect some grand illusion, a bit of comedy, and of course, a tonne of magic when magician and illusionist Neil Croswell comes to town.
Croswell, who’ll be joined by his assistant Ashley Da Silva, said the crowd at the Vic Juba Community Theatre will also get in on the action, due to his show’s heavy audience involvement, so if you’re shy, you may want to sit near the back. 
“The show is called Seeing is Believing, it’s a 75 minute show with a 15 minute intermission, and actually one of the children in the audience, I’m going to get them on stage and they’re going to levitate and all sorts of fun stuff,” Croswell said.
Croswell was wary not to give away too much before the show, but assured people who come out will see some new twists on classic tricks, like a lady being cut in half, but in a way that’s different to what anybody has seen before.
Half the show, however, does involve the audience—some aiding him on stage and some from their seats—with a lot of comedy sprinkled throughout to guarantee a night of entertainment.
Magic has opened a lot of doors for the 25 year-old magician, giving him opportunities to travel the world to continents like Asia, Africa and Europe.
In fact, Croswell was even invited to compete in China at the Magic of China International Magic Championships, where he brought home the gold and was the only magic man there representing Canada.
He first got interested in the craft when he was five years old, after managing to dupe himself with a trick that came in children’s toy.
“It was a little magic trick inside of a Kinder Surprise, it was a little box that made a rabbit disappear and I put the rabbit inside the box, I opened up the box and the rabbit was gone and I tricked myself, I had no idea where the rabbit went,” Croswell said, laughing as he recalled the situation.
“And I asked my Dad, ‘Where the heck did it go?’ I’m looking around, I thought I dropped it or something, we read the instructions and we realized how the trick worked.”
After that it was straight to the library for the soon-to-be budding magician, because the Internet wasn’t the universal resource it is today, so he began reading books on the trade and honing his skills.
He said magic has always come natural to him since then, and because he can’t sing or dance, it became the hobby he stuck with.
“What I love most about magic is just that I get to travel and I get to share and I get to share my magic with people, because they can come to the show and for a short period of time they can forget about everything,” he said.
“And performing for kids; in a way it inspires kids that anything’s possible.”
So if want to go down to the Vic Juba Community Theatre and check out what Seeing is Believing is all about, Croswell will take the stage on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.

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