Do you believe in magic?
Magician, speaker and self-professed dreamer Joel Meyers will be visiting the UT campus at 7 p.m. on Friday. Meyers will be doing various tricks and illusions all while staying true to his slogan, "Nothing is impossible."
NBC coins his performance as "a roller coaster ride," while Newsweek said "he will capture your imagination." Meyers, who performs for all different types of audiences including corporations and even celebrities, is the ultimate entertainer; not only perfecting the craft of illusions and magic, Meyers never fails to make his audiences laugh and is constantly inspiring his viewers through compelling thoughts and perplexing tricks.
Jessica Carr, freshman in journalism, said that based on what she read on Meyers' website (meyersmagic.com), anything is possible.
"I know that Joel Meyers is an illusionist, so you don't really know what to expect from his show, anything could happen," Carr said.
Meyers' resume includes charity events, Fortune 500 company gatherings and even a tour to China. Definitely not a middle school birthday party magician, Meyers knows how to keep the attention of a young, college-age audience. Bringing Meyers to UT was done in part by the Campus Entertainment Board. Chandler Lennon, senior in public relations and Vice Chair of CEB, was part of that process.
"During our planning meeting last semester the board decided to approach Joel Meyers, because we felt his performance was unique and appealing to a college demographic," Lennon said.
"His show here at UT fit well into his college tour and was beneficial for our students as well as his tour." Lennon said that the CEB encourages students to take advantage of this free event that has been specialized and tailored to college students.
"As a committee, we strive to provide many different forms of entertainment to appeal to all the different interests of UT's student body," he said. "(Meyer's performance) will be different from previous tours because it allows him to focus on one demographic rather than attempting to engage an audience that can range from children to grandparents."
Some of Meyers' favorite magic tricks to perform include card tricks that are nearly impossible to understand, levitation illusions that don't make sense and the most exasperating trick ever: unbinding himself from a strait jacket. Carr said that the show will be a nice break from her new spring semester classes.
"I'm excited to go because magic is just entertaining," she said.
Meyers has currently been on tour visiting various universities in the nation, including Washington University, Penn State Altoona and now UT. Lennon said that students loved the last magician who came and performed on campus in 2010, Justin Kredible.
"Students really enjoyed Kredible's performance, but this will allow a new group of UT students to experience a magician on campus," Lennon said. "It will also allow the students who attended the show in 2010 to experience a completely different show and performer from Joel Meyers."
Carr said that magic shows are great because they can be entertaining for all ages.
"I think if UT students hear about the show they'll go, because who doesn't like magic?" Carr said. "You are never too old to go to a magic show."This event is free and open to the public and students with their student ID.