I don’t know if it’s because I love The Eagles, or if I still have a crush on Don Henley, but I was really looking forward to Hotel California performing here over the weekend. And boy, was I not disapointed. It was like I was actually at an Eagles concert, because the lead singers sounded just like Don and Glenn Frey. But nothing I can say will do Hotel California justice, so just watch the clip and you’ll see what I mean.
On Sunday, we had Spencers Theatre of Illusion, and they were a blast. There are magic tricks that everyone can pull off, and then there were illusions that the Spencers did, including one that Hodini did in the 1920s once, and then never did again. I don’t have any clips from their show, but that just means that you’ll have to catch ’em next time they’re in town.
At this point in my Monday Mashup, I usually give everyone a preview of what we have coming for the weekend, but this weekend is Easter, so we don’t have anything scheduled. Instead, I’d like you folks to do something for me (if you have Netflix this will be a piece of cake).
Beg, borrow, rent or bribe, but get your hands on a copy of the documentary Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars. It’s the documentary about the band that will be here on April 30. If you watch the documentary, you’ll see what this group went through, and it’ll make watching them live even better.
I bawled through the whole documentary though, just as a warning.
Life this weekend is going to be nuts, but I’d much rather be busy than bored.
First off, if anyone is going to Buzzcation tonight, you have a chance to win two tickets to Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, so go, donate to charity and enter the raffle. And come say hi to me. I’ll be the scared stiff person in the corner trying not to be shy.
Saturday night we have Hotel California, and I’m playing The Eagles at top volume today to celebrate. I love that this group plays their songs just like The Eagles did. It isn’t just one lead singer and then a few back up guys that we can pay attention to when we aren’t staring at a Don Henley look-a-like, but a harmony that brings so much more to a performance. Can. Not. Wait.
Then on Sunday, you should come out and see Spencers Theatre of Illusion (you can read my interview with Kevin here). It’s very family friendly, so if you want to bring your little ones, you have nothing to worry about. To make it even cooler, Kevin uses magic to help people, so make sure you ask him about the Healing of Magic, and watch how excited about it he gets. You can really tell he loves everything about his job.
So come out for a sweet double header weekend, and because these are two of out last three shows for the season! Take in all that you can before we slow down (just a tad) for summer.
Kevin Spencer loves what he does. I spoke with him yesterday and he was talking a million miles an hour right out of the gate (good thing my j-school skills taught me how to keep up). Sometimes, interviewees can be nervous, but not Kevin. Good thing, because his job isn’t something that can be done while hiding behind a desk.
“I was 5 years old when I told my mom I wanted to be a magician,” he said, and he hasn’t looked back since. But it isn’t enough to just perform magic, Kevin wanted to add a new element to the time-honored tradition.
“Magic was never presented in a theatrical environment, which is the perfect place for a magician. So we take great magic, wrap it in great theatre and totally engage the audience,” he said. To the Spencers, which is made up of Kevin and his wife Cindy, engaging the audience is more than just asking one or two people to come up on stage.
“There is one trick we perform where we ask everyone in the audience to do something and everyone can leave the show saying that they participated in the show,” he said, adding that when a magician uses people who audience members know, they know that it wasn’t a set up.
But for Spencers, it isn’t just about the tricks. With their Healing of Magic and Hocus Focus programs, they help patients going through physical therapy and those with learning disorders, respectively.
“It’s much easier to engage in therapy when that therapy is fun,” said Kevin. He would know, having gone through therapy himself a few years ago.
“We have 40-50 simple magic tricks that help patients reach specific therapy goals, and they’re done with all the same moves that traditional practices have,” he said. This program has been put in place at over 2500 hospitals and rehab centers, as well as at the University of Alabama where Kevin is an assistant occupational therapy professor.
How many times have you seen a magician who teaches at a university? Come over on Sunday and you can say you have!