Erik Dobell clearly enjoys his magic on the zanier side of the spectrum, if his clips from his Impossibilities show is anything to go by. There, he partners up with comedy magician Chris Collins at the Iris Theatre in Gatlinburg, TN to put on a wild show of illusion, mentalism, and off-the-rails humor.
You can see it pretty clearly in the two videos above and below. Up top, we have a mentalism routine where Dobell fishes for papers in a glass bowl to guess what the audience has written down, but by the end there are little bits of paper everywhere. And in the clip below, not only is there paper, but there are cards, other bits of debris, and now he’s brought a chalkboard into the mix. The guy’s reaction when Dobell predicts the state he was thinking of is pretty good too.
For more on how you can get tickets to see Dobell and Collins completely demolish a theater, check out impossibilitiesshow.com.
If you’re in Bell Buckle, Tennessee (a tiny town about an hour southeast of Nashville), be sure to stop by The Webb School on January 23 for an inspirational speech from illusionist and self-proclaimed “Card Shark” Jason Michaels.
Michaels is a successful magician and motivational speaker, performing for corporate events, on stage, and for network television audiences, and was diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome at a young age. At the event, Michaels will speak about his life and overcoming adversity. From the event description:
Jason Michaels is a professional speaker and entertainer with expertise in the arts of deception. Diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome at age six, Michaels overcame “the impossible” and became an internationally award-winning sleight-of-hand artist and professional speaker. He has been performing sleight of hand, the art of illusion, and theater for more than 25 years. He motivates audiences to see beyond their challenges and self-imposed limitations and inspires them to take action by living bigger, bolder lives with his program “You Can Do the Impossible, Too!” He has shared his style of interactive sleight-of-hand, illusion, and humor with corporate audiences, theaters, universities, the United States Armed Forces, and for private social affairs all over the world. He is the author of the book “You Can Do the Impossible, Too!” His book details his journey of overcoming the debilitating neurological disorder Tourette Syndrome to become a success in business and in life.
He will also be on hand to sign his book, which will also be on sale at the event.
The presentation will begin at 2:20pm at the Follins Chapel, and is free and open to the public. For more information, call (931) 389-5703, or visit the official event page. And for a little sample of what you can expect from the talk, check out the video below from a TEDx talk in Chattanooga from 2014.