For more than a decade, magician and illusionist Kevin Spencer and his wife, Cindy, have dazzled the world with their engaging personalities, entertaining stage magic and breathtaking illusions.
The Spencers have earned the reputation as one of the most highly regarded acts in magical entertainment and one of the most sought-after illusion teams in the business. But Kevin takes his magic beyond the stage and uses his creative talents to reach and empower people of all ages and abilities.
Lake Cumberland Performing Arts, in partnership with The Center for Rural Development, presents Kevin Spencer Magic and Illusion show in a special Center Stage performance and first-ever sensory-friendly matinee performance for children and adults with sensory issues and other special needs on Saturday at The Center.
In the first of two performances, Kevin will use “magic” to provide unique learning opportunities for individuals with special needs at a 3 p.m. Hocus Focus sensory-friendly matinee performance. The one-hour show, open to all ages and abilities, incorporates magic into the learning process.
“The Hocus Focus program teaches simple magic tricks to individuals with abilities different from our own,” said program founder Kevin Spencer, “Through this art form, these individuals develop and improve many of the skills they find challenging. For instance, we know that learning a magic trick can improve cognitive skills like planning and sequencing, organizing tasks and movements, and concentration and focus. But we also know it can be very beneficial in improving motor skills, creativity, and communication and social skills, providing them with positive social experiences.”
Later that same day, Kevin and Cindy Spencer will take the stage for a special Center Stage magic and illusion show — starting at 7:30 p.m. at The Center — for what he calls some of his “greatest hits” performed over the last decade.
“Our goal has always been to allow the audience to experience magic as an art form,” Kevin Spencer said. “We want them not only to sit and enjoy the show, but we want them to be a part of the show — even if they never volunteer to be on the stage. I believe the art of magic has the potential to move an audience — emotionally and intellectually — in much the same way as great dance, music, and theatre.”
For tickets to the sensory-friendly matinee or evening Center Stage performance, call the Box Office at 606-677-6000 or visit www.centertech.com. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and children. Special group rates are available.