“Masters of Illusion Live!” is a stage version of the award-winning television series of the same name, and it is bringing the unique repertoires of three master illusionists to the Jim & Linda Lee Performing Arts Center at Yavapai College, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott, at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25.

Though dramatically different in style, Dan Sperry, Naathan Phan and Tommy Wind share the ability to entertain an audience with their individualized, mind-bending illusions.

Naathan Phan is an illusionist, comedian and singer whose high-energy, close-up magic and stage illusions have made him a favorite on popular television shows.

Tommy Wind combines illusion and rock ‘n’ roll into his own original style. The youngest magician to ever perform in Las Vegas, Wind blends his magic and musical talents into a fun show for all ages.

Wind explained that he was first introduced to magic at a young age.

“My grandfather showed me a vanishing handkerchief trick when I was about 7 years old and I thought it was really cool and he taught me how to do that one,” Wind said.

“I started showing it to friends and family and I was really interested in the fact that they were so shocked. So I learned more tricks and went to, like, the little shops and bought a bunch of magic books and learned all the little tricks first. And then it sort of just spiraled into me becoming a magician.”

Dan Sperry combines illusion and the bizarre with satirical macabre humor. He is the only illusionist ever awarded the title of “Most Original Magician” on FOX’s World Magic Awards.

Sperry’s interest in illusions with a dark twist began with a traumatic first introduction to magic at a David Copperfield show.

“He did this bit where it would seem like the magic trick went wrong and a giant, spinning saw falls on him and cuts him in half and it looks like he dies,” Sperry said. “Then, of course, in the end, it’s this whole dramatic presentation and he is healed and restored but I never saw it because I was just a kid, like 5 or 6 years old.

“I thought I saw some random dude that my grandparents took me to see do a magic show die on stage. So we had to leave the theater and go in the lobby because I was throwing a fit, just traumatized.”

Tickets for Masters of Illusion start at $32, with $10 Youth tickets available for patrons 18 and younger. The YCPAC Ticket Office is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.

For reservations or more information, call 928-776-2000, or visit www.ycpac.com.

Jesse Bertel is a reporter/videographer for the Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter @ JesseBertel, email him at jbertel@prescottaz.com, or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2043.

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