January 19, 2017

NYE 2017 at Beverly Wilshire Review

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On a magical, mystical evening, none other than New Year’s Eve, ringing in 2017, something of almost supernatural, magical, other worldly realm took place.  All were in awe at the Grand Trianon room at the Beverly Wilshire, as the esteemed illusionist Ivan Amodei graced the stage. With his one of a kind (sui generis) approach to all things illusion, Amodei never ceases to amaze.  His mesmerized audience watched each trick with bated breath, wondering the hidden secret that was never revealed.

Mystical feats galore, including an opening by a beautifully talented cellist to set the mood, Ivan, a wizard genius, had everyone standing in front of their seats, and in a process of elimination, Simon Says style, had the last woman standing (yours truly!), only to find, in astonishment, my name suddenly appearing on a chalkboard onstage!  He then went on to swallow nails of steel, miraculously regurgitating them painlessly. Sleight of hand; mind reading, all the while, accompanied with humorous playful banter with the audience was the tour de course.

Amodei shared his journey, as a young boy raised in Cosmo, Sicily…to his formative years in Brooklyn… to a spectacular career as a world class illusionist, the likes of Houdini.

This magician extraordinaire intrigued the audience, with quite a lot of audience participation, with flights of fancy, from guessing cards in a deck to destinations on a globe to revealing love notes in a clear balloon.

As New Years is upon us, it is time to ring in the new, embrace the uncanny, a time of adventure and mystery, a time of new beginnings, abracadabra. This show presents not only magic, but soothing music, and a theatrical flair, a la Cirque Du Soleil. At the magical, daunting stroke  of midnight, Amodei, using his innate gift of illusional sleight of hand, transported us to a make believe reality, just the treat we all need this year.

By Bonnie Priever

October 19, 2016

MY DAY WITH PENN & TELLER

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ON OCT 9TH, 2016, I was invited to the Rio Las Vegas to perform on the Penn & Teller stage that evening.

After Penn & Teller’s performance that night, Penn introduced me to his audience and with the accompaniment of Irina Chirkova on cello, I performed my “State of Mind” illusion that fooled them on the CW Fool Us TV show.

It was a great day filled with laughter and fun. Penn & Teller, their manager Glenn Alai and their staff were very hospitable and kind to me. I thank them again for everything and wish them continued success. On to more memories.

Here are a few photos and a quick video too.

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September 19, 2016

IVAN FOOLS PENN & TELLER!

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ON SEPT 16TH, 2016, Ivan appeared on the Season Finale of Penn & Teller Fool Us on the CW Network.

Performing in front of Penn & Teller was an exciting experience and a unique opportunity to showcase an audience favorite illusion on national television.

FOOLING these two seasoned and masterful performers Penn & Teller was simply the cherry on top of the sundae. It took them over 7 minutes to deliberate (not shown in edited version).

Check out the judges interrupting Penn with their decision.