Luther College presents 'Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders' on Oct. 6

With paintbrushes that create art on their own and photographs that literally come to life, illusionist Vitaly invites audiences into his world with "Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. As part of Luther College's Center Stage Series.

Known as a unique and innovative illusionist, Vitaly recently stumped Penn and Teller on their hit TV show, "Fool Us" with one of his mind-bending creations.

This event is open to the public. Tickets are $26 for adults, $24 for seniors 65+, and $15 for youth ages 4-18. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.tickets.luther.edu, or via the Ticket Office at (563) 387-1357 or [email protected]. Ticket Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Blending art and illusion Vitaly creates a story that illustrates his transformation from a boy with a dream to a man with a vision.

Fresh off a series of shows in New York, Vitaly's Luther performance will be held in the college's Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.

Vitaly discovered his passion for magic at the age of 14, developing his own illusions to entertain his friends. Years later, he abandoned his career as an engineer in exchange for a life of magic as he tried to rebuild the child-like sense of wonder that so many people lose in adulthood. His magic works to budge the gap between dreams and reality.

Known by Forbes Magazine as a master illusionist, Vitaly has designed every single illusion that is put into his stage show. This allows him to treat his audience to theatrical entertainment that hasn't been seen anywhere else in the world. He now resides in Vancouver, and is receiving rave reviews from publications like The Huffington Post and The Province, which has called him "The master of his own magical domain."

Prior to the performance, Luther is holding a Center Stage Dinner Series event. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room; tickets are $20 per person. Dinner tickets can be found online at http://www.tickets.luther.edu, or via the Ticket Office at (563) 387-1357 or [email protected].

Upcoming Center Stage Series events include Frankenstein on Oct. 19 and The Lorelei Ensemble on Nov. 17. For the full Center Stage Series listing see https://tinyurl.com/css201819.

This event is co-sponsored by Winneshiek Medical Center and Mayo Clinic Health system.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,005, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.

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