Illusionist Jason Michaels announces his return to Crossville to debut his new show, “Secrets and Illusions,” for local audiences. “Secrets and Illusions” is Michaels’ newest show and will play at the Palace Theatre Saturday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m.

“I know that when most people hear the words ‘magic’ or ‘magician,’ they think the show is only suitable for an audience of children,” remarks Michaels. “Don’t get me wrong — children will love the show — but I am attempting to create an experience that is far from just being a kids’ magic show. This show is totally different from what most people would ever expect. It has been designed to be energetic, humorous, action-packed, uplifting, even thought provoking. I want my audience to feel a wide range of emotions and leave the theater convinced that magic can be just as powerful as a great movie, song or piece of art.”

Michaels notes that one of his key strengths as a stage performer comes from his background as an actor. That training has allowed him to do something that few other magicians have done onstage. It allows him to create and perform as several unique personas that interact with the audience during the show. Michaels’ performance as one of those personas, “Francesco — the Shakespearean street hustler,” resulted in two second place finishes at two separate, major international magic competitions. Audiences can expect to encounter “Francesco,” but should also be ready to enjoy numerous high-energy illusions.

Michaels initially became interested in magic during a visit to a magic shop some sixteen years ago. After his initial interest flourished and following his graduation from college, Michaels had the unique opportunity to work for and train with master illusionist Brett Daniels for several years in Tunica, MS. He again worked with Daniels a few years later, touring China with him twice. Michaels has traveled all over the world performing magic and is thrilled to bring his show to a local Crossville audience.

“Secrets and Illusions” will play at the Palace Theatre Saturday, Jan. 19. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door. Tickets can be reserved through e-mail at scott@secretsandillusions.com. The Palace Theatre is located at 72 South Main Street, Crossville, TN 38555. For more information on Jason Michaels, check out his Web site – www.secretsandillusions.com.

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