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"Magic teaches a lot about how the minds works," Richard Hatch said when he first launched his series of magic tricks accompanied to classical music in Logan earlier this year.
"It explores gaps in people's logic and thinking. The best audience in the world is a room full of doctorates and people with advanced educations. It's often children who are hardest to impress because they don't have the same patterns of accepted understanding. I love not knowing; I hate the word 'fooled.' "
Hence Hatch's preference for the term "deceptionist," as opposed to magician. It's a more honest label for what magicians do.
Performances combining magic with classical music were pioneered by renowned 19th-century French magician Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, who called them "Soirées Fantastiques." The Hatch family tradition dubbed them "Matinées Enchantées," in homage to Robert-Houdin, but with a slight name change to mark the afternoon performance time.
This coming performance, Nov. 19 and the final show to take place at Logan's Thatcher-Young Mansion, features "The Music Box of Anna Eva Fay," the Viennese favorite "The Ink of the Enamored" and the "Heart of Glass," each accompanied by classical music courtesy of Hatch's wife Rosemary Kimura Hatch on violin and son Jonathan Hatch on a new piano.
When • Nov. 19, 2 p.m.
Where » Hatch Academy of Magic and Music, Thatcher-Young Mansion, 35 W. 100 South, Logan
Info » $7-$10. Call 435-932-0017 or visit http://www.HatchAcademy.com.