Mentalist and magician Jay Alexander could tell you a lot of cool tidbits about the dozens of celebrities he’s known and performed for over the years, but that would be like spilling secrets of the magic trade.
He’s not about to do that. But, he will admit to getting a little star struck.
“There have been times when I’ve looked into the audience and (been overwhelmed) to see John Cleese out there from Monty Python. Or Robin Williams,” said Alexander, who has traveled the world and performed for such industry giants as the Rolling Stones.
Set to bring his act to Old Town Temecula Community Theater on Aug. 20, San Francisco-based Alexander promises a unique performance that will feature mind-reading, comedy, magic and “lots of audience participation.”
“It’s a family-friendly show. It works on two different levels,” Alexander said, noting that kids will be in on the jokes and adults will come away from the event feeling like not all was just for the kids.
Alexander, whose great-grandfather was a vaudeville performer, was bitten by the showbiz bug from a young age.
He gave his first show at 11 years old and by the age of 14 was awarded the Society of American Magicians Gold Medal of Honor.
The money he earned from his performances paid for his college education and 30 years later, he still delights in bringing a little magic into people’s lives.
“The trick to being a magician is being able to connect with your audience and take them on a journey. You want them to leave and feel as though they’ve had so much fun,” Alexander said.
Ticket sales from Alexander’s Aug. 20 performance will help support the Temecula-based Baakari Foundation — a non-profit organization that seeks to bring attention to the abuse of Premarin horses, build animal sanctuaries, and provide domestic and wild animal rescue.
“I’m very glad to be part of the (Baakari Foundation’s efforts),” Alexander said.
To learn more, visit jayalexander.com.
To purchase tickets, call 866-OLD-TOWN or visit temeculatheater.org.
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