Touring Master Illusionist Elliot Zimet from America’s Got Talent, amazed the Western students with mind-blowing tricks.
Zimet performed on Sept. 20 inside the Kemper Recital Hall. Zimet provided the audience with illusions, mentalism, humor, audience interaction and today’s popular music.
The magic show was hosted by the Western Activities Council. WAC President Elijah Todd explains why they chose to bring Zimet to Western.
“The last WAC committee chose him when they went to NACCA last year,” Todd said. “I played my part and promoted it throughout the school.”
There were over 40 people who attended the magic show. The event was open to students and local residents of the community. Todd explains how this event may have benefited students who attended.
“It gave students something to do besides watch a football game or play NBA 2k all night,” Todd said.
Zimet has done magic shows throughout the country-from Madison Square Garden to the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. He saw his first magic show at the age of nine and knew that he wanted to be a magician from then on.
“I started when I was nine years old,” Zimet said. “I saw a magician doing sleight of hand magic, and I was following him all night. I was just blown away, and I have been doing it ever since.”
At the show, Zimet performed a variety of tricks. Some of the tricks that he did throughout the night were the bird act, predicting lottery numbers, making his head get bigger and smaller, making a table float and making $1 bills turn into $100 bills.
After his first time performing at Western, Zimet talks about how it felt dealing with a smaller crowd.
“The best part is seeing the reaction on people’s faces and making them feel good in general. You know- mystifying them- there’s not enough of that in our lives, and I like to bring that in people’s lives for at least an hour,” Zimet said.
Brenae Tate, a sophomore at Western, rarely attends events on campus, but was excited to be able to go to this one.
“The show was amazing, and I am glad I came out,” Tate said. “He did some mind blowing tricks that I tried to figure out how, but just could not do it.”
WAC has a variety of events coming up this semester. To find out about more events on campus, check out Western’s event calendar, Griffon Weekly or WAC’s official Facebook page.