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Magician Eric Giliam returns to Elks Theatre on Friday

Magician Eric Giliam performs for a groups of students. (Courtesy)

Magician Eric Giliam performs for a groups of students. (Courtesy)

Phoenix-based magician Eric Giliam is returning for a night of magic at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center.

It feels good to come back, Giliam said, noting how much he loves the old and classic feel of the Elks Theatre. He also enjoys performing on big stages, which he doesn’t have when doing birthday parties or corporate events, where he can make use of cool lighting effects and big sound systems, he said.

“I have my own sound system and lighting but it’s just not nearly as big as theaters’,” Giliam said. “I just love having a bigger space because I can do more stuff and showcase my best all in one night.”

He said he hopes to fill up the theater again.

Giliam has been doing magic for about 15 years and was inspired to start after seeing a show by David Copperfield. From there he was self-taught as he practiced more and more. He’ll be doing a few new things at the Friday, Nov. 9 and said he usually tries to add three to four new illusions ever year. One part of the act revolves around a lightbulb that turns on by itself, Giliam said. It’ll turn on when he picks it up and he will manipulate it several different ways, he said.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $23 for adults, $19 for seniors, students and military and $29 for VIP seats and can be purchased online at, by calling 928-777-1370 or at the door one hour prior to the performance.

Even if people have seen the show before, it’s still different from other shows the Elks Theatre usually has, Giliam said. Normally the shows don’t cater to kids, but this one is fun for the entire family, he said.

One of his biggest inspirations for coming up with new illusions is music, Gilliam said. He’s always trying to listen to new music and come up with new ideas, he said.

“If I hear a song, it can spark new ideas,” Giliam said.

Sometimes, he’ll get deep into the rabbit hole of YouTube and find the weirdest songs, but can use them for interesting ideas, he said.

The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center is located at 117 E. Gurley St. For more information, visit or

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