Magician/Mentalist James Mollenkamp invites you to a night of wonder at the Firehouse Theater on Tuesday, October 1st at 7:30 p.m. You’ve maybe met James working behind the counter at Riverbend Coffee, but did you know he had a passion for fraud, cons, cheats and pranks? (All in good fun, of course). It’s amazing what a small conversation unveils when you’re talking with your neighbors. James, besides being a super nice guy behind the counter promises to put on a great show.
What can people expect from Deception?
The show DECEPTION is very interactive. In the show is a lot of what has been deemed psychological illusions. Using the five known senses to create the illusion of a sixth. As a magician Dr. Faustus used to say “I’m a psychic and I’m a fraud!” Mind reading and magic.
What excites you about magic and entertaining people?
Magic is an interesting field to think about because it is a playground for thought and free expression. The playground on its surface is based on deception. Which would be a terrible thing, it would be a con (as it was in its history) except for the fact that the audience knows that.
I like to think of there as being a contract in magic, the contract is that I’m going to try and fool you with a trick. And you’re going to try not to be fooled. As Karl Germain said “Magic is the only honest profession. A magician promises to deceive you and he does.” And what makes it interesting is the ability to use the “lie” of magic to tell a greater truth. Plato said “Anything that deceives, may be said to enchant.” And when you perform a truly good magic trick, you’ll know, because the audience will tell you with their reaction. When a child gasps or a teenager screams expletives or someone stands stunned in amazement, that’s when the job is done. Performing is my greatest thrill. I absolutely love the feeling that magic gives people and I get the same feeling when they enjoy my magic.
Who is your inspiration and why?
I’ve had a lot of inspirations, most of them are obscure magicians from the past, but some more recognizable names are James Randi, Penn and Teller, and Bob Dylan.
Tell us a little bit about you.
Other than magic, which is my first love. I like music, reading, and travel. This year I decided to quit my job as a real estate agent so that I could pursue magic full-time. I’ve been lucky enough to meet and talk with many of the greatest magicians living today from London to California. I’ve been doing magic for about eight years now.
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Firehouse Theatre (View)
1609 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Tuesday, October 1 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 DOS.