Master Magician Luis Carreon Performs at Chicago’s Legendary Magic Inc.

January 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Award-winning master magician Luis Carreon has announced two performances of his original solo show, Bending Minds and Bending Dreams, at one of the most renowned magic shops in the country, Magic Inc.

Fresh from almost winning Tengo Talento (the Spanish language equivalent of America’s Got Talent), Luis presents an evening of modern magic and mentalism featuring classic close-up parlor magic with a fresh twist, as well as his own original illusions with intense, dramatic elements and his penchant for the bizarre. With audience participation throughout, Luis takes his audiences on a journey through what magic is and what it can do, and ultimately, what dreams mean and how to follow them. Bending Minds and Bending Dreams is an exercise in watching the impossible unfold before your eyes, experiencing wonder, and learning to believe in the surreal.

Friday, February 15 and Saturday February 16, 2013 @ 7:00pm.
Jasper Theatre Club at Magic Inc., 5082 N Lincoln (just south of Foster Ave).
$15 tickets must be purchased in advance at MagicInc.net.
For more information, call 773.334.2855 or visit Facebook.com/LuisCarreonMagic.

Luis Carreon - Bending Minds and Bending Dreams - photo by Guy F Wicke

Magic Inc. is quietly tucked away in Lincoln Square, and you may have passed it without realizing it is the oldest continuously family-run brick and mortar magic shop in North America, and the leading-edge magic source for magic tricks, books, DVDs, lessons and lectures. The shop has been frequented by such magical legends as Harry Blackstone (Sr. & Jr.), Penn & Teller, Lance Burton, David Copperfield, Mac King, Johnny Thompson, John Fisher, David Blaine, and many more.

Luis is actually the head demonstrator at Magic Inc. Here’s a fun clip of him blowing a kid’s mind at the shop:

Master Magician Luis Carreon Plays Bughouse Theater

September 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

Special performance: Saturday, September 22 @ 8PM 

After wowing the folks at Bughouse with a brief appearance earlier this month, Luis Carreon is returning with the whole shebang this Saturday.  His solo show, Bending Minds and Bending Dreams, is an evening of hip, modern magic and mentalism guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.  Luis performs classic close-up parlor magic with a fresh twist, as well as his own original illusions with intense, dramatic elements and a penchant for the bizarre.  And I do mean intense, dramatic elements.  Luis’ big finale at last month’s Mary’s Attic show had me ready to call 911.

What’s Luis been up to since then?  Oh, just flying back and forth to LA to appear on national television as he competes on on Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento, EstrellaTV’s Spanish equivalent of America’s Got Talent.  And of course putting in his time being the head demonstrator at Chicago’s own Magic Inc, the oldest family-owned magic shop in the country.

Where’s Bughouse Theater?  What’s Bughouse Theater?  If you haven’t been, Bughouse is smack dab in the heart of Northcenter, just west of Irving/Damen/Lincoln.  It’s not a normal theater exactly either.  It’s a non-profit private membership club which holds members-only events.  Meaning when a first time visitor arrives, they pays $10 to become a new member of this private club and attend their first members-only Bughouse event.  Ah, technicalities.

And in case you didn’t make the connection, the name “Bughouse” is taken from Chicago’s Bughouse Square, a gathering place for orators, free speech advocates and rabble rousers of old. “Bughouse” was slang for mental institution, and seemed to fit the cast of characters that frequented the square. It is in the spirit of that place that this collection of artists, actors, writers, and filmmakers decided to create a new venue for themselves and their community. And Bughouse Theater was born.

My recommendation?  Go see an amazing show in an exciting new venue this Saturday.

Bending Minds and Bending Dreams
Saturday, September 22 @ 8PM.
Bughouse Theater, 2054 W Irving Park Rd, (just west of Damen Ave),Chicago.
$10 at the door.

Magician Luis Carreon Bends Minds and Dreams at Mary's Attic

August 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

One Night Only:  Wednesday, August 29 @ 7pm

Luis [brings] a youthful rebellion, masterful mentalism, and quiet exuberance to thestage
– Mick Napier, Artistic Director of the Annoyance Theatre

This is not your father’s magic show.  Young master illusionist Luis Carreon presents an evening of hip, modern magic and mentalism guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.  Bending Minds and Bending Dreams is an exercise in watching the impossible unfold before your eyes and following dreams into unexpected realms.  Carreon performs classic close-up parlor magic with a fresh twist as well as his own original illusions with intense, dramatic elements and his penchant for the bizarre.  With audience participation throughout, Carreon takes everyone on a journey through what magic is and what it can do, and ultimately, what dreams mean and how to follow them.

See Luis Carreon in action.  Experience the wonder.  Believe in the surreal.

Bending Minds & Bending Dreams is performed by Luis Carreon and directed by Joseph Cranford.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 @ 7pm.  One night only (with the possibility of an extension).
Mary’s Attic, Hamburger Mary’s, 5400 N Clark St (a few blocks north of Foster Ave), Chicago, IL 60640.
$15 tickets are available at the door.
2 hour runtime with an intermission.
All ages welcome, but some elements may be too complex for children under 10.

For updates and glimpses of the sublime, visit Facebook.com/BendingMindsandBendingDreams.

Photo by Jonathan Cohon Photography

A little more about Luis…
Magician and mentalist Luis Carreon recently won the Harlan Tarbell Close up Competition Award from the International Brotherhood of Magicians, took home 3rd place at the Chicago Magic Competition hosted by the Society of American Magicians, and is the head demonstrator at Magic Inc, the oldest family-owned magic shop in the country.  Carreon became interested in magic at the age of 10, inspired by his grandfather who was a clown with the Circo de los Hermanos Vazquez, a circus which toured all over South, Central and North America. Carreon received a small magic set at the age of 11, and from that moment on, his life changed. He became more intrigued with the art of magic with every passing day. After high school, he decided to take his magic and make it his profession. Carreon specializes in close-up card magic and parlor mentalism, and presents a unique blend of both. He has performed close-up magic for private parties, corporate events, and for celebrities such as Shakira and Jim Carrey, and in 2010, he performed platform magic for approximately 2,000 people at the Cicero Stadium. Carreon has performed his show Bending Minds and Bending Dreams at theaters around Chicago and he was recently featured on the evening news of Univision, where he is in talks to create a TV special. He is also to compete in LA this month as a finalist on Tengo Talento, EstrellaTV’s Spanish equivalent of America’s Got Talent.

A few words about Director Joseph Cranford
Chicago actor and director Joseph Cranford is making his magic-directing debut with Bending Minds and Bending Dreams, combining his love of magic with his stage expertise. Cranford has performed professionally with the national touring improv group Mission Improvable, multiple Harold teams at iO Chicago, and has been a guest improviser on the Second City ETC stage. His feature film debut can be seen in the summer of 2013 when he portrays a grown-up Pete Ross in the upcoming Man of Steel.  

That’s pretty cool, right?

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