November 28, 2021



Lindenhurst magic present for older people is LI’s ‘best-stored secret’

‘Parlor of Mystery’

WHEN | In which 7 p.m., Sept. 26, South Shore Theatre Knowledge, 115 S. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst

Information $25 631-669-0506,

The girl did not appear pleased. Times before, magician Bobby Torkova had borrowed her ring and built it disappear into slim air. Flashing a “What, me stress?” glimpse, he moved on, creating a walnut, an egg and a lemon vanish. Reaching into a bag, he discovered the lemon. Slicing it, he introduced forth the egg, which he cracked to expose the walnut. You see where this is going — inside the nut was the ring, good as new.

It’s all section of the exciting at “Parlor of Secret,” a magical evening held the fourth Sunday of each thirty day period at South Shore Theatre Encounter in Lindenhurst. (The August display has been canceled because of to scheduling troubles, so the upcoming date is Sept. 26.)

“It’s Long Island’s finest-retained key,” claims inventive director Deborah Cascio Plezia of the clearly show that is been managing additional than 7 years other than a crack for the pandemic. “People today enjoy it, they take in it up,” she provides, noting that the 40-seat theater is practically always sold out for “Parlor of Secret.”


The output bought its start out when her spouse, Ted Plezia — a magician who goes by Thaddeus when carrying out — and many colleagues resolved they desired to do something alongside the strains of the prolonged-functioning “Monday Evening Magic” in Greenwich Village.

An first weekend with several other magicians was a huge good results and they were being off, putting on shows that incorporate magic in its numerous forms, from card and coin methods to mentalism and road magic. At the July exhibit, Plezia, who began doing magic when he was 12 expanding up in West Hempstead, served as host and did his very own quick established (a humorous flea circus) right before introducing the two other performers.

With so quite a few magicians passing as a result of New York, the Parlor has been capable to attract expertise from all over the planet together with Francis Menotti, who did a difficult phrase trick the night right before accomplishing it on the CW clearly show “Penn & Teller: Idiot Us.” The Lindenhurst viewers was fooled even better, so were Penn and Teller.

In excess of the decades, the clearly show has made a substantial enthusiast foundation, spurred on by the acceptance of magic on television reveals like “America’s Bought Talent.” Carol-Lynne O’Pray of West Babylon rarely misses a performance: On best of getting entertained, she says she enjoys supporting a area organization. “You’re in no way disappointed,” she claims.

For Tom Facchiano, it is all about “making an attempt to determine out how they did it,” while he admits he hasn’t been in a position to so significantly. The Massapequa Park resident liked the June clearly show so substantially that he returned in July with 11 friends.

AN Intelligent Audience

The viewers is involved each and every action of the way, generally identified as on to lend a ring, check the toughness of a rope or decide on a card. Ted Plezia stresses that no just one in the audience is at any time ashamed and most are eager to take part. “It is extremely scarce no one wants to come up, they want to arrive out and play,” he says.

Though Plezia thinks magic provides the audience again to their childhood, this event is supposed for grownups, while not simply because of inappropriate content. July headliner Eric DeCamps notes that the ideas are much more esoteric than all those in a children’s demonstrate. At its optimum sort, he states, “magic is not just a craft, it is an art kind.” And really don’t dismiss the experience of marvel, suggests Torkova, having the viewers “out of their each day life.”

DeCamps shut the new display with an illusion he’s been doing work on for some 35 years, a complex trick in which three playing cards chosen at random by the viewers somehow show up less than a glass dome. This variety of close-up parlor magic calls for wondering on the portion of the persons viewing, he states. “The higher the intelligence of the viewers,” he states, “the much more the magic performs.”

But DeCamps is also reasonable. “If I could do real magic, I wouldn’t be below ideal now. I’d be sitting on a pot of gold.” His part, he states, is to support people acknowledge the illusion. “And if I do it suitable,” he thinks, “it’s magical.”

They’re UP TO THEIR Old AND NEW Tricks

The stars of two common tv exhibits will get the job done their magic on Extensive Island in October.

Very first up, is Justin Willman of Netflix’s “Magic for Human beings,” in which he performs tips for serious persons he encounters on the road.

(7 p.m. Oct. 3, Westhampton Beach front Performing Arts Heart, 76 Most important St. $35-$65 631-288-1500,

Also heading our way are the solid of the CW’s “Masters of Illusion,” which was scheduled to debut its eighth period in August. Count on anything at all, from escape and sleight-of-hand artists to levitation and interactive head tips.

(8 p.m. Oct. 8, The Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd. $39.50-$140.50 516-247-5200,