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Illusionist Reza tricks a full house
Jessica Kenyon
Antelope Staff
Photo by Kevin Whetstone
Illusionist Reza performing on stage. Reza has been described by his peers as one of the rising stars in the world of illusionists.

This Brookings, S.D., native isn’t just a magician; he’s an entertainer. UNK experienced the intriguing, engaging and captivating performance of illusionist, Reza, Thursday Nov. 12 in the student union.

Since the age of seven, Reza has been focused in the art. By age 14, Reza was performing for resorts and large corporations. A year later, on his 15th birthday, Reza set out to perform a six week tour in Branson, Mo. Since then, Reza has been one of the fastest rising stars in the industry.

What exactly do you do at your shows?
Well, NO rabbits out of hats. It's the music and energy of a nightclub combined with hard-hitting magic and illusion. It's a very interactive show— I love to get the crowd involved. There's everything from close-up magic with cards, projected by a live camera feed, to a modern recreation of Houdini's most famous escape.

Who have you been influenced by?

A lot of my inspiration comes from movies, music and everyday life.  I aim to create magic using ideas that people can relate to and identify with.

What’s something you plan on doing at the show?
One effect in the show involves seeing into the future… The odds of these predictions coming true are over a billion to one.

What made you know this was the right path for you?
This job can be very demanding, from the travel and show schedule to the sometimes years it can take to develop an illusion from an idea to actually putting it on stage. Seeing and hearing the audience's reaction and feeling that energy makes everything worth it. It's the highest form of reward. I couldn't imagine myself doing anything else.

How did the show turn out?
We had a great time in Kearney! The audience was amazing, and we can't wait to return next year!

Did anything take place you did or didn't expect?
I was told a couple weeks in advance that there was a sports conflict on the night of the show, and, as a result that attendance, might be affected. With that expectation in mind, I was thrilled to that they ran out of seating and had to bring in more chairs in order to get everyone in.

Will you be returning to Kearney?
For sure! We already have plans in the works for our return visit.

What was your favorite part of the performance?
My favorite part was seeing unfolding of the prediction, which I had created a year in advance about the people in the audience and thoughts on their minds that night.  Everything and everyone matched up perfectly.

Check out Reza’s web site for more information and photos at


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