HAMLET — Magic has been part of each single tradition for the reason that daybreak of civilization. It has been used to keep at bay evil spirits, invoke inspiration, carry out spiritual rituals and entertain kings and queens.
The ability of magic is what drew retired Hollywood actor Joshua Lozoff again into the highlight, this time as a magician. Lozoff might be bringing his one-man magic present referred to as “Life Is Magic” to the Cole Auditorium on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m.
“My complete presentation has been influenced and impressed by seeing all of the completely different locations on this planet that research magic and deal with magic. Each single tradition on this planet has had some model of magic,” stated Lozoff.
Lozoff has been sharing magic with audiences for 20 years. Nevertheless, he started an expert performing profession when he was a youngster residing in Durham. He immersed himself within the movie trade when it got here on the scene in Wilmington. After graduating highschool, he moved to California and went on to have a featured position on the TV present “Cheers” (as Gino Tortelli) and in motion pictures “Clueless” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
After 14 years, he left present enterprise, moved again to Durham and have become an EMT. He additionally began touring for volunteer work in Latin America, after which … POOF! That’s the place the magic all began.
A Magical Expertise
“I watched a avenue performer in Bolivia doing magic methods,” Lozoff stated. “It was this superb expertise, not a lot due to his talent, however for the expertise he was creating for everybody gathered round. Individuals had been amazed; they had been laughing. I used to be watching individuals who didn’t even know one another join.”
Lozoff stated the expertise caught with him lengthy after the road performer’s act ended. He got here again house and began fascinated about the one card trick he realized as a child.
“I couldn’t shake this sense. After which I knew that I used to be being referred to as to pursue magic as an artwork type.”
Lozoff’s journey into magic took him again to the West Coast to be an apprentice to a retired magician who occurred to be a household good friend. His instructor ultimately despatched him everywhere in the world to show him to magic as it’s carried out in different cultures.
“I realized magic in Japan. I studied magic from a performer in Guatemala, and I hung out with magicians in India,” Lozoff stated. “What I realized from them was much less about particular methods and extra about approaches to magic and the way to consider magic.”
Studying the Room
As an actor, Lozoff had realized to be very observant. This helped him when he began performing magic methods.
“A lot of magic is about paying consideration and choosing up on refined cues and studying physique language and issues like that,” he stated. “You are able to do issues that appear like magic or seem psychic should you simply pay shut consideration and should you care in regards to the folks round you.”
Connecting with folks is the crux of Lozoff’s magic efficiency. He calls his present “Life Is Magic” as a result of he needs his audiences to depart feeling like they skilled one thing fantastic about life and folks.
“We join with one another with out even being conscious of it. We are able to learn one another’s physique language and subliminal cues utilizing our personal instinct,” Lozoff stated. “Lots of the issues I do on stage are impressed by simply how unimaginable we’re as human beings and never simply intelligent props.”
A Present for Everybody
“Life Is Magic” will depart lasting impressions on all ages.
“There aren’t very many issues you can exit and do for a night and produce your grandmother, mother and father and youngsters, they usually can all take pleasure in it collectively,” Lozoff stated.
Lozoff doesn’t thoughts if folks within the viewers wish to strive to determine the methods. Whether or not it’s actual or an phantasm, it’s nonetheless a magical expertise for the entire household.
Tickets for “Life Is Magic” on Oct. 15 may be bought on the Cole Auditorium Field Workplace. The Field Workplace is open Monday via Thursday from 8 a.m. to five p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be bought on-line at www.richmondcc.edu/showtickets. For extra data, name the Cole Auditorium at (910) 410-1691.