Despite the snow and ice covered ground on Friday, a big crowd gathered for magician Joel Meyers's performance in the UC auditorium.
Meyers, an illusionist, entertainer and self-professed dreamer, has a resume of performances for A-list celebrities like Brad Pitt and Catherine Zeta-Jones. He performed at movie premieres for "Twilight" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," and at the age of 14 was already opening for renowned magician Wayne Newton.
"I love doing shows for colleges because everybody gets my humor and the way I do my stuff. It really goes over better with colleges than any other crowd," said Meyers of his performance.
Chandler Lennon, vice chair of the Campus Entertainment Board and senior in public relations, said the event had a good turnout.
"I think (turnout) was really good considering we kind of had an iffy situation with the weather," Lennon said. "The weather kind of killed our publicity since we couldn't do posters, since it was raining all week and then it snowed. We're very surprised it turned out this well considering the snow, we didn't think people would want to come out."
Meyers executed a number of mystifying magic illusions, including card tricks, levitation and pulling himself out of a strait jacket — a feat that is near impossible to achieve. Alexandra Jordan, freshman in political science, was pulled from the audience to perform with Meyers on stage. Jordan said she was surprised that Meyers's performance was so entertaining.
"I didn't really know who he was until the show. I was expecting just a simple magic show," Jordan said. "I thought it was going to be typical magic tricks but he turned out to be really funny, and have a good sense of humor. He's also a really good magician, too, now that I've seen his show."
The entertainment board had invited magician Justin Kredible to campus back in 2010 and received a good response from students after that event. Lennon said that after the positive response from Kredible's performance, Meyers seemed like a good person to bring to UT.
"We try to do entertainment for everybody and try to get it well-rounded so a lot of the events we do are completely different from our other ones," said Lennon. "In the past we've had magicians before and it went really well, and we thought for a different crowd than would typically go to Volapalooza, a super hardcore music event, they might enjoy something like this."
When questioned about the tricks behind the trade of his magic, Meyers didn't divulge all of his secrets.
"It's about entertaining and having a good time with everybody and it's not about how it's done because really how it's done isn't even cool," Meyers said. "The how to is not as impressive as what it is, it's always going to be a little less impressive so there's not really any point."
Jordan was overall impressed with Meyers's performance.
"My favorite part was when I got on stage and did the trick with the rings," she said. "I couldn't do it but it was fun to perform with him. I would do it again. (Meyers' show) is very entertaining and not what you would expect."
Meyers said that since he first started performing at age six, his favorite part has been seeing the reactions of the audience.
"I love making people happy, so my drive for performing my whole life has really been making people happy and getting that great reaction from doing magic," Meyers said. "You can't really get that reaction from doing any other art form."