By Popular Demand - TWO SHOWS!
2:00 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Sunday, January 13
"Right Before Your Very Eyes"

The Betty Strong Encounter Center will present “Right Before Your Very Eyes” with “Siouxland’s Corey Fravel: the Magic Man” at 2 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

Fravel will entertain the audience with a range of card and other sleight-of-hand tricks. He’ll use everything from fruit and money to silks and items borrowed from the audience in the show. He’ll call for volunteers from the audience to verify that no “fakery” is afoot.

People are fascinated by magic. It’s one of the few things that give them a sense of wonder,” says the Sioux City native. “When you become an adult most everything has a solid answer, but magic makes you think - imagine. It gives you a kid-like sense of awe.”

Fravel’s fascination with magic began in childhood when he saw magician David Blaine on TV, he says. “Unlike most kids I never grew out of it. I discovered that I’m pretty solid at learning new techniques. I present them in a way that’s unique to me.”

Fravel began performing magic shows more than a decade ago as a West Middle School student. Today, he presents his act at private and public venues.

I’ve learned from a wide variety of places - books, the Internet and our Sioux City magic club,” he says. “Knowing how a trick is performed and then performing it are two totally different things. It takes time and lots of practice to master the art of magic.”

The Lewis & Clark Expedition recorded a number of observances of hiding games played by Native peoples. The object of these games was to fool opponents’ eyes while shifting game pieces among hiding places, either in hands or under a moccasin or other concealments. Competitors then guessed where a game piece was hidden.