Page 4 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, July 19, 1983
By Jackie Young
"How about levitating someone off the
Bell Tower?" magician and five-year
art fair veteran Franz Harary says.
"Or how about Tower Plaza or
Maynard House. Just name it,
whatever you would like to see done, I
can do it."
It is easy to believe the small, blond-
haired Harary as he stares deeply into
your eyes and speaks in a hypnotic
AFTER YEARS of performing in
shows for kids, the career of this 21-
year-old Eastern Michigan University
senior is beginning to take off.
He will perform at the art fair July 20,
and from there he travels to the Magic
Castle in Hollywood with his company
"Odyssey in Illusion."
After four years of studying other
magicians' tricks, Harary says he now
originals and designs most of the acts in
his show. Yet still much of magic, he
says, is taking the designs of master
magicians and reworking their theories
into a new illusion.
"EIGHTY YEARS ago cutting a lady
in half was a big thing, today it
wouldn't be very amazing. You have to
come up with new ways to trick people.
And the technology magicians have
.D.aly Photo by DEBORAH LEWIS
Magician Franz Harary, right before your very eyes, performs feats like suspendingpeople in mid-air.
gup with in illusion in the calls photoisis, where he makes two people don't bother to think "maybe it
ars is really amazing," beams of neon light appear to cut was there all along but I didn't see it,"
s. "Now they can make a through a woman's stomach. Harary he said.
ear in a theater-in-the- says illusions in magic require the The key, he says, is a sort of mass
magician to perform a disassembly, hypnosis where Harary directs the
as performed some im- production, disappearance, levitation, audience's minds in the direction he
ater-in-the-round acts him- penetration or transformation, but wants them to go.
se Bowl, a huge theater-in- when pressed for a glimpse behind the "STAGING routines to control your
provided the stage for scenes, Harary says, with a devious emotion, your chain of thought - that is
'itation of University Mar- look, that he will keep the secret. not voodoo, it's simply a science," he
Director Eric Becker last WITH SOME of his most impressive explains.
the UCLA game . Then, in tricks, like his disappearing car act, Logic and skepticism soon succumb
packed crowd in Pasadena, Harary says children and adults are when Harary steps up the magic at-
arary, in cooperation with both confused because they are not tack: "I use everything you've learned
ng Band, levitated E.T. using their minds. in life and reverse it to where you can
me ceremonies. "If something is not there one
rary's best tricks is one he moment and appears the next, most See LEVITATIONS, Page 14
past 20 ye.
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