On Saturday December 3rd, you’re invited to the Roger Smith Hotel for an experience of sophisticated sleight of hand and mind blowing mentalism from acclaimed magician, Patrick Terry. Presented in our beautiful Penthouse suite, the 60-minute performance will feature an interactive program of finely curated mysteries where spectators are encouraged to consider the fine line between logic and imagination, free will and destiny, reality and magic.
Magic Hour with Patrick Terry debuts at The Roger Smith on Saturday, December 3rd 2016. Performances will take place at 8pm and 10pm.
RS: When you’re performing, what kind of response do you envision from your audience?
PT: Magic is different for everyone. We know what it looks like, but it can often be difficult to define. That feeling is unique and depends on how you see the world.
It’s never simply about a card trick – its about the experience or the memory that someone will connect with that moment. I believe that magic, like all art forms,
functions best when it engages the imagination. For me, magic is not always about deception – Its about finding the truth within illusions. At the end of the night, I hope the audience feels genuine wonder and also a new respect for mystery.
Also – one element of MAGIC HOUR that I’m really excited about is working with director Beth Burns who I collaborated with recently on a project about Harry Houdini. She runs a theater company called The Hidden Room, and through serendipity, I discovered that she also actually has a history with the Roger Smith as a graphic designer.
RS: Is magic something you picked up along the way by accident, or was it inspired by a specific experience?
PT: For as long as I can remember, I always loved the thrill of magic. Growing up, my brother and I were actively involved in local theater – so magic became a natural extension from there. When I was around 11 years old I met an actor who also worked as a magician. He was the first person to show me how much work went into sleight of hand, because as a kid, most of the things you start with are very basic. So I quickly became fascinated about studying magic as an art form, like music.
As with any instrument, I practiced constantly until I felt confident enough to perform for others. Soon after, my brother and I developed a magic show and together we’d perform at office parties, birthdays, carnivals – anywhere we could. It was a fun outlet, and eventually we began to develop more sophisticated material.
RS: Who do you consider a good magician?
PT: That’s a tough one, because there are so many! Here in New York, I would say Steve Cohen. He’s fantastic. On stage and off, he’s always been a great example and a true inspiration. I also really admire Asi Wind. He represents a new school of magic, but also has a great reverence for the masters like Juan Tamirez.
In LA, Andrew Goldenhersh is one of my favorite magicians to see – he’s like a poet. His material is just pure and beautiful and thoughtful. Watching him always reminds me why magic is so wonderful. I hope that I can make my audience feel the same way. If you’re able to see him perform at The Magic Castle, don’t miss it!
And I really love Jon Stetson, who travels the world as America’s Master Mentalist. He’s such a generous performer; really cares about the audience. I would also consider the work of Penn & Teller to be a major influence. They have constantly proven that magic can be powerful and poignant when executed properly. I also really respect their sense of humor, they have been performing for so long, but their shows always feel especially relevant.