August 01, 2013

Ivan Attacked and Show Stolen!

by Jennifer Tash


Ivan’s shows in Boston presented him with a new set of challenges like never before. On July 18th, 45 minutes of his show was stolen out of his showroom just a day before he was to perform for over 1,000 people. Cab rides throughout the city for over three hours Ivan worked to put his show back together and through the night to rebuild the illusions. 

Exhausted and filled with adrenaline, the show was finally rebuilt with only 15 minutes to spare before guests were let in. Then moments before he went on stage, he sliced his finger open with an exacto knife. Fast thinking and no choice he resorted to crazy glue to stop the bleeding.

Twenty four hours and with no sleep, he finally hit the stage and performed his 90 minute show including his special tribute illusion to Boston. Overwhelmed by the reception and great audiences, he received his first of 7 standing ovations. “This was the most emotional experience of my career. I understood at one moment what is was to persevere. The show must go on.” said Ivan. 

The following morning Ivan returned to his showroom. Coincidentally, the suspect came back to steal round two. He was furiously trying to open the greenroom doors. Once he stopped, Ivan peeked out the door and recognized that he was wearing one of Ivan’s shoulder bags. Ivan quickly called 911 to send the police. He then followed the suspect out into the hall and notified hotel’s security all while pretending to be on the phone with someone else, “My best illusion to date.” he said. 

Once the hotel’s security arrived, Ivan pointed him out and the very upset suspect physically lunged at Ivan, but was instantly stopped by hotel’s security. Suspect was detained and finally about 2 hours later was arrested by Boston Police. According to the District Attorney’s office, suspect could face up to two years in jail. Ivan will be returning to Boston to testify and with any luck will bring a little magic.

A special Thank You to the Boston Park Plaza who at all times ensured the safety of Ivan, his crew and his guests.