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As a younger baby, Greg Gleason would enjoy “The Magician” starring Invoice Bixby and desire about 1 day stepping into his shoes.
“He did magic demonstrates in Las Vegas at a casino and he drove a corvette and he had a auto phone. That’s cool in the ’70s,” Gleason mentioned. “Very last calendar year, when I was doing work at Bally’s, I recognized, ‘Hey, I’m heading to my position at the casino, doing my clearly show, I am driving my corvette to the location and I’m on my cell phone. It truly is like, ‘Hey, I’m that guy from the Television set clearly show.'”
Gleason has traveled a very long highway from his early days of executing magic methods at Topeka West High Faculty, his alma mater. He has expended a great number of nights doing in Las Vegas and all over the entire world.
But now he’s coming back to the Midwest and bringing his show to the Kansas Metropolis place.
The Gleason Magic Encounter will begin June 4 with shows at 7 and 9 p.m. each individual Friday and Saturday and a 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. matinee each and every Sunday. The demonstrates will consider location at The Brass Onion, 5501 W. 135th St., in Overland Park’s Prairiefire enjoyment district.
Tickets are $29 and $39 and can be ordered at gleasonmagicexperience.com.
From the magic retail outlet to the huge phase
Gleason began out performing magic tips he could obtain at the magic shop.
“It was the trick boxes and handkerchiefs and ropes and issues like that,” Gleason stated.
Then he turned fascinated in sleight-of-hand magic and illusions.
Gleason discovered how to correctly perform magic methods by going to the library and examining out magic guides. Later, he attended magic conventions in the Kansas Metropolis spot.
He would commit his evenings performing at such Topeka places to eat and nightclubs as The Caravan and Prime of the Tower.
Just after graduating from Topeka West, Gleason attending Washburn College, in which he obtained a diploma in economics and finance.
Gleason then worked entire-time as a magician at a Kansas Town nightclub but fell into management as a profession. For about 7 many years, Gleason managed nightclubs, inevitably acquiring expertise that would push him to turn into a profitable magician.
It was not right until Gleason was 30 that he decided to pursue magic as a occupation. By the time he was 32, he was headlining at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Accomplishing in Las Vegas, enjoyment capital of the earth
Transferring to Las Vegas appeared to be a organic phase if Gleason wanted to further his magic career.
“It had all the displays, all the showrooms, various magicians,” Gleason explained. “You created it when you built it to Las Vegas. That was the significant time.”
Gleason done a lot more than 9,000 reveals at the MGM in a theater specially developed for his displays. A rotating, circular phase positioned in the middle of the room authorized friends to practical experience Gleason’s displays from all angles.
“All the illusions were on cables, and they would come down and land on the phase and then they would go back again up,” Gleason explained. “There is no wings or backstage, every thing is right in the heart.”
Gleason moved to the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas and then Bally’s in 2018 and 2019.
By means of the a long time, Gleason has been on “Masters of Illusion,” “Penn and Teller,” “The Huckabee Demonstrate” and “Road Magic.”
He also brought his present to extra than 600 cruises close to the globe.
Gleason’s Kansas Metropolis exhibits will provide guests an intimate environment for magic
Gleason’s lots of a long time of traveling and touring his magic clearly show led him to seem at bringing his present back again to the Midwest.
“I have done all the issues in Las Vegas that I wanted to do,” Gleason said. “I realized Kansas Town was a seriously excellent industry since it can be large open. There is certainly no display like I am likely to be performing. No person does something like it.”
Gleason specializes in sleight-of-hand and thoughts-reading through, which is what visitors can expect throughout the Overland Park performances.
The 90-minute exhibits will be done in a area that seats much less than 100 people, one of the smallest venues Gleason has held a exhibit in. It will give guests an up-near-and-personal magic encounter.
“It is really head-looking at, so I will be working with folks in the audience and sleight of hand,” he reported. “You can find going to be a significant online video display at the rear of me, so everything that I am executing shut up, you can expect to be able to see it no matter exactly where you happen to be at.”
Gleason hopes these who attend the exhibits allow them to get absent their worries and difficulties.
“They will just sit there and come to feel like a child once more, declaring, ‘Wow which is amazing,'” Gleason explained. “But they will also find out a great deal. They will not enable me do this display in Las Vegas.
“It’s simply because the sleight-of-hand stuff I am accomplishing with cards and dice the casinos really don’t want everyone realizing that it is probable to do the unattainable. I’m carrying out issues with a deck of cards that is fundamentally unachievable.”