Also: Somers Point Jazz Society, Matisyahu show
If you are looking for a fun show for the kids this holiday season, Michael Turco’s magic show,
, at Bally’s Palace Theater through Jan. 2, would be a great choice. Originally from Wayne, N.J., Turco became fascinated by magic at age seven. As he explains, “I spent my summers in Brigantine and I would go to Atlantic City and see all the magic shows. It wasn’t one specific magician that got me hooked. When I was younger there were a lot more variety shows in Atlantic City, and they always had a magician.” Turco does traditional magic, including a really cool card trick in which he draws the picked card, but with a spectacular twist. “I designed the show as an illusion show as well as a lot of close-up magic. I love doing close-up magic; you get a real response from people. I designed the show with a lot of audience interaction.” Turco also does a few big-scale tricks, assisted by a trio of sexy assistants who also dance when not being levitated or locked in a box and having swords thrust in their direction. “I try to keep both aspects of [magic], the large-scale illusions all the way down to the simplicity of card tricks.” Asked if his magic career had tanked, did he have a backup plan, he says, “Well, I did graduate from college, but like I tell everyone in my show, you’ve got to believe in yourself. You’ve got to stick with it. However long it takes, you will eventually get there. I never really had a doubt that I would get there.”
Keep Jazz Alive
This Sunday (Dec. 6), the Somers Point Jazz Society (SPJS) will hold a special birthday party for its president, Nick Regine, who has helped to bring live jazz to the area for several years through his efforts with the SPJS. Regine’s 60th birthday party will be held at Gregory’s in Somers Point from 1-4pm. There will be live music courtesy of the Somers Point Jazz All-Stars as well a cash bar and free buffet. Admission is free. The SPJS is currently in the midst of its 4th annual Winter Jazz Series with the next performances slated for Saturday, Dec. 12: Natascha Roth (pictured) and the James Scholfield Quintet at Sandi Pointe (formerly Mac’s Restaurant) from 8-11pm and the Will Clark Quartet at Gregory’s from 8:30-11:30pm. To find more about these performers or to become an SPJS member, visit spjazz.org.
The Tube Flop
By Sanuk: $29.95
Wearing socks and sandals used to be an absolute fashion faux pas; now, it’s a chic statement! Introducing the bold, the bright, the anything-but-boring: The Tube Flop from Sanük!
Photos by Kevin McCarty
No it wasn’t a Bar Mitzvah at the Borgata last Saturday; it was pop star Matisyahu playing his brand of Hasidic hip-hop.
Unlike most magic shows, which feature one headliner, Masters of Illusion Live had been featuring multi-magicians. Scheduled for Feb. 20 are Peter Gossamer and Ed Alonzo. Scheduled Feb. 27 are Jonathan Pendragon and a terrific illusionist with local roots, Michael Turco.