(NORFOLK, Neb.) – Magician Ben Seidman has been featured on Netflix, the Travel Channel, the CW and twice at the Johnny Carson Theatre in Norfolk. And for one very special night, he'll perform live in Norfolk area living rooms.
Through the magic of technology, the family Comedy Magic Show portion of the Great American Comedy Festival will come to living rooms on Wednesday, July 22nd, at 7 p.m. Seidman’s virtual “Camera Tricks” will use the Zoom platform. His virtual show is sponsored by Wattier’s Auto Body.
The 13th Annual Great American Comedy Festival, to be presented by Nucor Steel Nebraska, Nucor Cold Finish Nebraska, Nucor Detailing Center, and Vulcraft Nebraska, was postponed until 2021 because of Covid-19.
Guests at Seidman’s “Camera Tricks” will be part of an interactive performance full of magic, but he advises there will be a catch. Throughout the evening, one of his miracles will use a camera trick and viewers will be asked to figure out which routine is tainted.
Seidman says this virtual experience will combine his acclaimed magical creations with secrets that are over 200 years old, passed down to only a select few conjurors. “The result is a delightful and awe-inspiring night that will remind you there is still magic in the world,” he said.
Seidman guest stars on the Netflix Original Brainchild and appeared on Penn & Teller: Fool Us on the CW network. He has also starred in Magic Outlaws on the Travel Channel. He was the highest rated performer for Princess Cruises and won its Entertainer of the Year award in 2015.
He is the only person in history to be named the Resident Magician at Mandalay Bay, Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. His residency at Mandalay followed three-seasons consulting for Mindfreak on A&E, during which he worked full-time, designing illusions for Criss Angel.
He has also been voted Best Small Venue Artist by Campus Activities Magazine.
“While extremely disappointed that we had to postpone this year’s Great American Comedy Festival, we are thrilled we are able to offer a portion of the festival virtually,” Lisa Wattier, executive director said. “Ben’s appearances on the Johnny Carson stage here in Norfolk in 2018 and 2019 were extremely well received. Children loved him. And children will love watching his show virtually in their own homes too.
“He leaves his audience shaking their heads and often asking, ‘How did he do that?’” she said.
“His hour-long virtual show promises to bring some joy and amazement in a time when we all need a lift. We encourage area residents to gather around their smart TV’s, computer, tablet or phone and settle in for some great fun brought to you by the Great American Comedy Festival.”
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