Dynamic illusionist coming to WCU

Eye-popping, jaw-dropping magic takes the stage Sunday, Oct. 7, at Western Carolina University with a performance by illusionist Jason Bishop.

Jason Bishop brings magic to the stage of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center with a 7:30 p.m. performance Oct. 7, part of the Western Carolina University Galaxy of Stars Series.

“The Jason Bishop Show” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Part of the WCU Galaxy of Stars Series, the show is appropriate for all ages.

With his combination of costuming, fast pace and audience participation, Bishop, along with assistant Kim Hess, is among the most dynamic illusionists on tour. Bishop projects his show onto LCD screens and is known for his “double levitation” illusion.

Bishop became interested in magic at a young age. “I looked up to great magicians from the past and even today, like David Copperfield,” Bishop said. He studied theater in college, with his repertoire evolving over the years as he performed his magic at resorts, amusement parks and even on the street.

“Everything about this show is fun, from the card tricks to the ‘big’ illusions to the way Jason interacts with the audience,” said Paul Lormand, director of the Bardo Arts Center. “He’s obviously having just a great time fooling us and we’re having a great time being entertained. People are going to love this show.”

The only professional entertainment series in Jackson County, the Galaxy of Stars Series debuted in 2005, with all performances taking place in the 900-seat Bardo Arts Center performance hall.

Next up in the series, celebrating its eighth season, is “Xmas Audio” from Vox Audio on Saturday, Dec. 8. Born out of the 1998 Orlando Fringe Festival, Vox Audio has since toured the Americas, Asia and Europe with its fun, interactive theatrical show starring the human voice.

Admission price for “The Jason Bishop Show,” sponsored by Smoky Mountain News, is $20 for adults; $15 for groups and WCU faculty and staff; and $5 for children and students. For tickets or more information, contact the Bardo Arts Center box office at 828-227-2479 or go online to bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.