Football player-turned-magician Jon Dorenbos had a few tricks up his sleeve at the Music Box on Saturday night, the biggest of all was audiences thinking they were heading in to see a show of card tricks and illusions, but what they wound up experiencing was a motivational speaker disguised as a magician. Besides wowing the crowd with his sleight-of-hand talents, his oftentimes humorous show was interspersed with frequent stories of his sometimes tragic life that, through therapy, persistence and a great attitude, turned into one of triumph. A Dorenbos show is more than just some tricks with a deck of cards, his inspirational life is magical, as well.

— Pamela Dollak