Grand il­lu­sions: Joel Ward

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS -

Old-fash­ioned stage magic is served with a side dish of com­edy by il­lu­sion­ist Joel Ward, who per­forms at the Jean Cocteau Cin­ema (418 Mon­tezuma Ave.) this week­end. Ward, who be­came in­ter­ested in magic at age six when he was asked to as­sist a ma­gi­cian at a school assem­bly, em­pha­sizes au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion as he thrills on­look­ers by es­cap­ing locked boxes and turn­ing fire into scarves and scarves into doves. His slick stage pres­ence has earned him fame on the cor­po­rate and cruise en­ter­tain­ment cir­cuits, spots on The Tonight Show and Tosh.0, and the head­lin­ing gig in Rin­gling Bros. and Bar­num & Bai­ley Cir­cus show, Boom A Ring. Ward per­forms on Fri­day, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. and at 2 and 8:30 p.m. on Satur­day, Sept. 12. Tick­ets, $20, with dis­counts avail­able, may be pur­chased at www.jean­cocteaucin­ema.com. — J.L.

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