Optical Delusions

magician trio mini-tour hits Grand Little Theatre

Theresa Schneider

There’s something about a magic trick that is, well, magic. That something hooked magician Ben Seidman.

“There’s something that’s different about magic. … When you feel deeply fooled by a magician and you feel like a kid again,” said Seidman, a close-up magician specializing in sleight of hand, stand up, and pick pocketing. “I wanted to share that with other people.”

Now the former UW-Eau Claire student has something up his sleeve and is taking his show, Optical Delusions, on the road – first in a mini-tour around the Midwest, then around the nation. Joining Seidman on tour will be Mind Reader Luke Jermay and Comedian-Juggler Marcus Monroe, Seidman’s childhood friend.

“(They’re) two of my closest friends in the world,” he said.

Seidman first started dabbling in magic as a child, but started getting serious by the age of 10. At 18, Seidman said he knew magic was where he wanted to be. 

“I just knew this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”

After three years of pursuing a performing arts degree at UWEC, Seidman participated in National Student Exchange and spent his last year of his undergrad studying at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, networking and trying to get himself established.

Seidman’s networking paid off. He now is the resident magician at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, performing weekly in the Eyecandy and Mix lounges.

Performing nights, going to the office involves making phone calls, trying to find venues for the upcoming tour, practice, and creating new magic tricks that no one has seen before.

“I’ve got a network of scholars and performers I call on. … I make sure that what I’m creating has never been done before.”
After moving out to Vegas soon after gr    aduating, Seidman landed a job with Criss Angel’s Mindfreak on the A&E network.

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