The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

July 26, 2013

Local magician set for Saturday show

By HOWARD BALABAN howard.balaban@journal-register.com
Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — Local magician Patrick Holman has enjoyed magic since childhood. On Saturday at 7 p.m., he will share that enjoyment during a show at The Medina Theatre Company.

“We are very excited to bring Patrick to the theatre stage for this show,” said Renee Schuner, event manager at The Medina Theatre Company. “People are fascinated by the excitement of seeing magic performed and Patrick will bring a full stage show to the historic theatre.”

Holman, a Medina native and life-long resident, said his mom got helped nurture his interest in magic. 

“I saw a show at school, and she got me a kit from O’Connor’s Toy Store when I was younger,” Holman said. “I was impressed with the show and it just took off from there. It’s been a passion all my life.”

Holman has been working as a magician all over Western New York, doing different types of shows for a variety of audiences. He has performed “outside strolling magic” and has also done “close-up and stand-up shows for all ages at schools and other organizations, as well as corporate trade shows.”

During Saturday’s show, Holman’s act will include illusions but not on too grand of a scale.

“There’s not enough room in the Theatre for some of the bigger props,” he explained. “Bigger stages allow for bigger props.” The Medina Theatre Stage, while a nice size, is smaller than some of the other stages on which he has performed.

Holman has also done tableside magic locally during Mother’s and Father’s Day brunches.

A science teacher with the Albion School District, Holman said that when his education career is over, he will “really get after” his magic act.

“This started out as a hobby, but I take it very serious because it’s an art form,” he explained. “I rehearse a lot because I want to present the show in the best manner possible.”

Holman said his family helps him work on his act. Saturday’s show, he noted, is very family friendly.

“People will hopefully be amazed and in awe of some things,” he said. “We’ll involve audience participation, and look entertain everyone.”

Holman said the show will last about an hour and a half and include a 10-minute intermission. According to the Theatre and Holman, the show will also include “elaborate back drops, large illusions, live animals, and much more.”

Tickets for the show are available now or can be purchased at the door. Adults cost $9.95 and children 12 and under are $5.95. Doors open at 6 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 993-2274.