Magic comes to Mammoth

Magician and actor Albie Selznick is bringing his highly acclaimed “Smoke and Mirrors” magic show to the Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre, March 21 through 23, marking its first venture out of Los Angeles.

“We are very excited to bring this show to Mammoth,” said Shira Dubrovner, Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre’s artistic director.

“It received terrific reviews in Los Angeles, playing to sold-out houses,” she said.

“This is just the type of programming we look for to expand our season and provide quality entertainment both for our community and our guests.”

Selznick said he aims to take his show to New York in October, and Mammoth Lakes offered a two-fold package in the show’s journey: a chance to see what another type of audience is like, and an opportunity to relax in a mountain town.

This will also be his first time visiting Mammoth Lakes.

“We’re really excited to get up there, get out of L.A.,” he said.

Audiences in Mammoth will enjoy Houdini themes, an appearance from a giant bunny, and an oracle that can read the audience’s mind.

Selznick will be excerpting his full show, focusing on the magic tricks, and even trying a couple totally new tricks—for the first time—in Mammoth Lakes.

The full storyline of the original show, he said, gets a little serious at times, drawing upon the loss of his father at a very young age.

Just showing the magic portions makes it a little lighter, more fun and silly, and 20 minutes shorter, he said.

As a child, Selznick got into magic as a way to escape the sadness around him, he said.

It helped him to cope with his loss, allowing him to take refuge in a place where anything is possible.

“Magic saved me,” he said.

Years later, he still gets that feeling of wonder and belief vicariously through his audience, Selznick said—a feeling which he compares to the effect of religion on religious people.

Magic brings out the imagination, wonder, and amazement in everyone—and encourages a suspension of disbelief, Dubrovner said.

“You just go for it,” she said.

“I think we all need a little of that.”

Showtimes will be 8 p.m. only on Friday, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday night, and 4 p.m. only on Sunday.

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