Illusionist, magician Adam Trent brings his show to Beaver Creek’s Vilar Performing Arts Center
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What: Magic with “The Futurist’” Adam Trent.
When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, and Thursday, March 31.
Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.
Cost: $42 adults, $28 children.
More information: Get tickets by calling 970-845-8497, or go to http://www.vilarpac.org.
BEAVER CREEK — Presentation is everything, and you’re never seen anything quite like Adam Trent.
Trent is a singing, dancing, comedian-illusionist, which explains why he has been described as “Justin Timberlake meets David Copperfield.”
“Even though something may look new, it’s based on the principles you can find in the oldest of all the books. I like to redress things so they feel new,” Trent said. “I like to present magic in a way that is fresh and feels different.”
Giant LED screens are on stage with him. He teleports across the stage using the screens, he clones himself, he jumps into the screens and they appear to shatter.
“These screens have been used for years in concerts, but they’ve never had magic applied to them,” Trent said.
Life and magic
Trent is not that old, but he has been at this a long time — 16 years performing in almost every venue known to humanity, ranging from cruise ships and colleges to comedy clubs, theaters and civic centers. In the past year, he has done more than 250 shows in 19 countries.
“I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t performing,” Trent said.
His first audience was his mom. He learned a card trick from a book and ran downstairs to show it to her.
“It actually fooled her. She said, ‘You’re pretty good at this!’” Trent said. “I thought, ‘Wow! I’m good at something!’”
So he ran back upstairs and learned some more.
“I began with birthday party shows at age 9 for kids who were older than I was,” he said.
At 14, he started street performing, calling it “the most amazing/brutal training a performer could ever have.” He said it taught him to build a crowd and be entertaining in the worst of situations.
“I discovered an audience’s true attention span because they just walked away if things got boring,” he said.
He learned that magic should be entertaining first and tricky second.
“I don’t want people to remember just the tricks, but also the laughs and the memories that were made,” he said.
He went to college in Los Angeles and earned a degree in finance and entertainment marketing. Apart from learning that a tiger would be tax-deductible, he got a crash course in L.A.’s music and comedy scene.
He was a dancer, a theater actor and a standup comic. He finally tried magic, and it all came together.
“I realized that the most important element in a show is the performer’s connection to the audience. Without that, even amazing skill can fall as flat as a bad boy band,” he said. “So that’s the way I approach my performance style. Above all else, prepare to feel very different than you expected to after a ‘magic show.’ I’ll bet my reputation on it.”
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.