Magician looks to break stereotype

"The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE!" comes to YCPAC Saturday, Sept. 23. (Kristin Miller/courtesy)

"The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE!" comes to YCPAC Saturday, Sept. 23. (Kristin Miller/courtesy)

Stage magician Bill Blagg is set to perform at Yavapai College Saturday night, but looks to deliver a different type of magic experience.

With his magic career going on 30 years since he performed his first illusion, Blagg said he received a magic kit from his grandparents. One of his first tricks was showing his dad how to make a quarter disappear, he said.

“It genuinely fooled him,” he said. “From that moment on, I was hooked with it and never put it down.”

Not only that, but the set of magic books he received from his great-grandfather for his 10th birthday laid the foundation for his magic training and career, Blagg said.

Performing at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St., at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, Blagg said he is always dreaming up different types of magic and wants people to have a different experience than with other magic shows. Usually, when people think of magicians, they think of the usual stereotypes such as card tricks, top hats, wands and birds, he said.

“My No. 1 thing is I always wanted to break that stereotype,” Blagg said, commenting his ideas for illusions are based on his story when he got started and looking to do illusions that he aspires to. “I want an unbelievable interactive experience with the audience.”

Whether it’s disappearing and showing up in a completely different part of the theater or squishing his body after falling from two feet, Blagg said he wants his show to revolve around illusions people don’t normally expect in a magic show and to blow their mind, having them wonder how the illusion just happened.

However, people always want one card trick, he said. So there is just one and it involves the spectators, Blagg said.

“I make sure that it’s a card trick that takes place while the cards are in the audience’s hands,” he said. “I’m not even doing anything with it, which makes it really unique.”

Remarking at how he’s surprised at the amount of people who have never been to a magic show, Blagg said that his show also has an interesting set with lighting that would normally be at a rock concert. It makes for a much more interactive experience than just sitting down and watching somebody do card and coin tricks, he said.

Tickets for “The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE!” are $25 for adults and $10 for children. For reservations or more information, call the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center Box Office at 928-776-2000 or at 877-928-4253 or visit the box office between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.