A packed room of students in the Brower Student Center eagerly sat and watched as Australia’s number one magician, James Galea, wowed the audience with his variety of tricks on Thursday, Jan. 24.At the start of the show, Galea explained to the audience that he was in the emergency room just three hours prior to the show due to an injury to his thumb.
However, the injury did not impact his flawless performance, although he did claim that his performance on Thursday night had been his most difficult. “Anything is your most difficult trip with half a hand,” Galea said.
He began the show with a card trick, for which he asked an audience member to write her name on a card. Not only did he pick her card from the pile on the first try, but he also managed, while shuffling the deck, to successfully continue discovering it.
“From age 14 to 21, I sat in a room with a deck of playing cards so I could do what I could do now,” he said. For his next trick, he asked the audience if anyone had any money on them.
Freshman chemistry major Bill Buchbinder volunteered and reluctantly handed Galea $100. To everyone’s surprise, Galea made the bill disappear. He then asked Buchbinder for his watch and made that disappear as well. It was not until later in the show that Buchbinder received his money, which was found in the middle of an orange.
He then discovered his lost watch in an unopened can. The can had been placed in a box at the beginning of the show, before Galea even chose Buchbinder as his volunteer. “It was real,” Buchbinder said of the trick for those who doubted the magician’s ability.
Perhaps Galea’s best trick and his personal favorite was called “673 King Street,” a trick that has been featured on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” This trick incorporated a story into the cards. He shuffled them, yet still managed to find the correct cards that correlated with the story.
While the audience was continuously at awe over Galea’s magic skills, they also appreciated his humor.
“I didn’t really know what to expect when I walked in there, but his show was more than just magic,” said Justine Kasztelan, sophomore chemistry and secondary education double major. “Not only did he leave us in awe, but he also made us laugh with his personality.”
Other students also enjoyed the show.
“I thought it was very entertaining and I am still at awe,” said senior urban education and Math/Science/Technology double major Cynthia Perez.
Galea became interested in magic when he met a magician in Australia who taught him some tricks. He later found out that this man was actually a professional con man and would con people out of their money. Galea did not follow in his teacher’s footsteps, but instead became very passionate about magic. David Copperfield also has been an inspiration to Galea because he also uses humor during his magic shows.
Galea not only entertained the audience, but left many members of the crowd speechless.