I have to apologize again for not being as prompt as I should be in writing this blog. My days have been slammed – and so have my nights. The performance schedule is busy and that’s a great thing. But beyond the shows, I’m also working in many of these communities with special education students, clients in rehab hospitals, and conducting continuing education training sessions for educators and therapists. And I’m trying to wrap up my Certification in Autism Students while writing a research paper on the Social and Cognitive Benefits of Integrating Magic Tricks for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum.
We have had some great shows this season – enthusiastic audiences and strong responses! Our week in New Jersey was no exception. The opportunity to work in two schools and two rehabilitation hospitals in Somerville was a great way to start the week. You can reach more about it on the previous blog post
From Somerville, we made our way to Vineland in the southern part of New Jersey. Our performance was scheduled for Friday night in the Guaracini Fine & Performing Arts Center…
…but, on Thursday, Chase and I had the chance to work with some college students. I taught them a few magic tricks with the express purpose of improving memory, concentration, sequencing, and creativity. They did an outstanding job!
On Friday, when we arrived at the theatre, we were greeted by Chris and the technical crew. This would be our second time on the stage at CCCNJ. Greg and his team are great, fun to work with, and very professional. They were ready to get the show loaded in, set up, and ready for the audience. The day rolled along very smoothly – scenery, lighting, focus, cues, etc.
The audience for the Friday performance was fantastic! Meeting them in the lobby afterward is always a highlight for me. Hearing their comments about their favorite illusion or moment in the show makes it all worthwhile.
After Vineland, we were on our way back north to Somerville. This would be our 4th or 5th performance at the Theatre at RVCC working with Alan and his team. It is always such a pleasure to work here (dare I say like family?) – and after two days working in the community, I was looking forward to the show! I took lots of pictures during the day AND this audience was wonderful – engaged and responsive to all the illusions. It was the perfect way to end a week in New Jersey!