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Friday, January 25, 2013

Nate Stanifoth will take the stage in northwest Iowa for one night at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2.
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On stage, Nate Staniforth is not your typical college magician. Nate's goal is to bring aesthetic street magic to the stage, while keeping it shocking.

"Not that I am doing coin tricks for a crowded theatre, but the idea for me is to strip away all of the superfluous details. It's all about simply amazing people over and over again," Staniforth said.

Stanifoth will take the stage in northwest Iowa for one night at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2.

He will be in town all day on Friday, Feb. 1, for surprise visits throughout the community. Before the show, Staniforth edits the highlights of the afternoon street magic footage into a short video, and one of the highlights of the evening performance is the projection of this video onto a large screen during the show, which allows audience members to see themselves, their friends and their family members be astonished by Staniforth's close-up mysteries.

That evening, Staniforth's performance combines stunning magic with original music, audience interaction, and a multimedia presentation that makes his appearances absolutely unique. Gone are the tables, boxes, scarves, top hats and bad jokes that come to mind when one hears the word "magician." In his shows, Staniforth simply performs magic.

"In my show it is very important to me to perform material that I invented, because I want my audience to experience something that they haven't seen before," Staniforth said.

Performing magic nearly all his life, the innovative Staniforth looks to continue creating and evolving in the market for many years to come. He prides himself on his ability to create and design new material. In fact, he has even given one such design to David Blain to use on his television show.

"Most people have seen a singer/songwriter up close, or a comic up close, but most people have not seen a magician perform in a small venue. If they do see a magician, it's on TV or it's in a grand theater in Las Vegas. So just to be able to see magic being done in an intimate way catches a lot of people off guard because it's entirely new to them," the magician said.

The performance will be in the Grand Ballroom for an intimate setting and an up-close performance.

Tickets are on sale at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children and students (must have a valid school ID). For additional questions, call 580-3000.

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