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Utica native Illusionist Leon Etienne to appear at The Stanley’s ‘Magic of Christmas’ event
Nov 12, 2018
Leon Etienne, hailed by critics as “America’s Rock Illusionist,” will make a special appearance and perform close-up sleight-of-hand magic at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, within the Romano Room at The Stanley Center for the Arts, 259 Genesee St., Utica. This holiday event, “The Magic of Christmas: 90 Years of Magic and Memories,” brought to you in part by Mohawk Valley Community College, will also include complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, and desserts by Utica Coffee Roasting Company, music, 50/50 raffles, a cash bar, and a very special guest, Santa Claus himself. Tickets are in limited supply and are $28, with partial proceeds to benefit The Stanley Center for the Arts. Pre-sale tickets for members of The Stanley will go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 13. Tickets for the public will be on sale Wednesday, Nov. 14. For tickets and more information, visit thestanley.org.
From Radio City Music Hall to Planet Hollywood Casino, Studio City Casino in Macau and his very own theater in Saipan, Etienne enthralls audiences all over the world with his unique performance style. He’s rocked stages from coast to coast in the United States and dozens of other countries, including England, Ireland, France, China, and Australia. His performances frequently leave celebrities like Jimmy Fallon, Howard Stern, and Heidi Klum speechless.
Etienne is also a worldwide hit with critics and producers. He is recognized for his on-stage charisma, a fast-paced, high-energy, rock n’ roll performance style, and his no-nonsense approach to magic. He has appeared on the world’s biggest TV shows, trended worldwide on social media, and performs live at entertainment hotspots around the world.
Originally built to be a movie palace, The Stanley opened on Sept. 10, 1928, with 2,963 seats. Constructed in just 13 months, it was designed by famous architect Thomas Lamb, who is considered one of the foremost designers of theaters and cinemas in the 20th century. His creations include the Fox Theatre in San Francisco and the Capitol Theatre in New York, both now demolished. It is one of three remaining Lamb theaters: The Stanley, Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady, N.Y., and The Landmark Theatre in Syracuse, N.Y.
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