As a dedicated Michigander, it is hard to admit there is any likeable or noteworthy aspect to Ohio. Sure, Josha Jay, William Howard Taft, the Wright Brothers, Jamie Farr (the cross-dressing actor from M*A*S*H!), Thomas Edison, the Amish and the Mennonites, Vulcanized Rubber, the Classic Joke “What’s Round on both Ends and High in the Middle,” Most of the Early Astronauts, Paul Newman, the First Pop-Top Can, Teflon, Beautiful Streams, and the modern version of what we know call the Hot Dog.
It’s just that gosh-derned Woody Hayes Ohio State University and their rivalry with those kind boys who play football in Ann Arbor in a state the true-blue Ohio folks refer to not as Michigan but “that state up north.”
Beyond all that, we have a new reason to think highly of our owl-shaped state perched just below the base of our mitten. The Akron Civic Theatre of Akron Ohio is featuring The Carbonaro Effect, Michael Carbonaro, from truTV.
His show unloads his national tour of his stage show this Friday will have the same feel of the TV show, Mr. Carbonaro says, “where improbable magic tricks fool unsuspecting victims.’
Tickets range from $39.50 to $150 for the 7:30 p.m. performance this Friday at the beautiful Akron Civic. You can choose your seats here at akroncivic.com.
“Magic brought me to my discovery of becoming an entertainer,” he said.
He drew inspiration from another true showman and performer at the time, David Copperfield.
“He was so on point, so precise,” Carbonaro said.
So he spent his teen years performing for family, friends and whatever gigs he could find.
He landed a gig with Jay Leno, where he used a hidden camera in “Magic Clerk” segments on The Tonight Show. He used his old magic tricks and knowledge to fool customers in a convenience store. He moved to nicer stores and multiple years worth of series with The Carbonaro Effect.
We have seen this very young and talented man perform live for cynical, hardened and oft-smelling magicians in prestigious theaters and been delighted by the new waves of illusion his presence brings. He has little reason to be as humble as he appears but he is a joy to watch. Do not miss your chance.