Master of illusion performs in Whitefish

Montana Living in the Arts: Master Illusionist

Master illusionist Vitaly at Whitefish

Faces that disappear from drivers’ licenses. Paintbrushes that paint on their own.

Photographs that literally come to life right before your eyes. Brace yourself for a completely new take on magic as the Whitefish Theatre Company hosts Vitaly and his jaw-dropping show “An Evening Of Wonders March 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish.

Vitaly has mystified fans from all over the world, including Las Vegas superstars Penn & Teller whom he successfully fooled on their hit TV show, “Fool Us”. Blending art and illusion with his captivating style, Vitaly’s one-of-a-kind, interactive theatrical experience retraces his journey from a boy with a dream to a man with a vision.

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From making drawings and paintings come to life to teleporting playing cards from one audience member to another, Vitaly’s signature illusions defy logic and leave even the most jaded audience members awestruck. Called “astounding” and “extremely creative”, Vitaly “breaks down preconceptions to let his audiences’ imaginations explore the realm of the impossible” according to Broadway World.

Vitaly began practicing magic at the age of 14. Soon he was developing his own material, entertaining his friends and family. Years later, he would abandon a career in engineering to focus on rebuilding people’s childlike sense of wonder and bridging the gap between dreams and reality.

Vitaly has lived in Vancouver since 2008 and has garnered rave reviews at sold-out engagements in Las Vegas, Seattle, Detroit, Toronto, Vancouver, Tel Aviv, Chile, and at his Off-Broadway show in New York City. A keen observer of human behavior, Vitaly knows that his show offers far more than magic. “My show is about bringing art to life and reminding us how truly wondrous the world is around us,” he says. “Art and wonder are everywhere if we just open our eyes and see it.”

IF YOU GO

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students with reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office, 1 Central Ave., Whitefish, or by calling 862-5371. Box office hours are from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before a performance.

Tickets can also be purchased online at www.whitefishtheatreco.org. This show is sponsored by JeanAnne Swope and Jim Mechum.

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