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Magic trio are more than sleight of hand

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Rabbits pulled out of hats? Probably not. But three magicians with three different approaches to their art will perform this weekend at the KiMo Theatre.

David Kaplan is a modern-day vaudevillian who lives in a magic world where things are coming apart around him. He wants to do juggling tricks but bowling balls are falling from the ceiling.

Kaplan juggles and balances things. Visual comedy is a strong element of his act.

Danny Cole creates illusions. His clothes instantly change colors. He sits in the air with no chair under him. His part of the show is choreographed to music.

“I have a lot of history to draw on and I keep up with new technology so I try to deduce a way to do fantastic things on stage,” Cole said in a phone interview from his home in Los Angeles.

Rob Zabrecky is the emcee of the three performances as well as entertaining audiences with magic through a dark persona known as Odd Man.

“It’s an unusual character that’s been described as irreverent. There’s a strangeness that’s familiar and also childlike, somewhere between Mister Rogers and Herman Munster,” Zabrecky said in a phone interview.

Third Annual Albuquerque Magic Show
WHEN: 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25
WHERE: KiMo Theatre, 423 W. Central
HOW MUCH: $22 general public, $35 preferred seating with a limited edition signed poster in advance at, at the KiMo box office or at the door. Recommended for all ages

Herman Munster was the patriarch of the household of benign monsters in the mid-1960s CBS sitcom “The Munsters.”

“I do some audience participation that employs the use of mentalism … seeing into the future. It’s done in a playful manner. In other pieces, I dance around to music and make playing cards shrink,” he said.

Last year Zabrecky won the coveted Stage Magician of the Year award given by the Academy of Magical Arts, also known as Magic Castle.

Cole won the same award in 2005 and 2006.

Zabrecky, former lead singer of the alt-rock band Possum Dixon, thinks that the unique approaches of all three magicians will make for a fun and interesting show.

“Some magicians do the same old tricks,” Cole added. “What I am proud of is that in this show the magicians created all the material themselves.”