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Illusionist Jason Bishop captivates audience in Freed Center performance

Jason Bishop performing a trick of illusion with his assistant, Kim. (photo/

Jason Bishop performing a trick of illusion with his assistant, Kim. (photo/

On Saturday, illusionist Jason Bishop visited Ohio Northern University for a performance at the Freed Center for the Performing Arts. As this was his first time performing at ONU, audience members were likely curious as to what this award-winning illusionist could do.

Multiple tickets were sold, and the Biggs Theatre was packed with eager audience members. Bishop’s show was great and appropriate for the whole family.

The show began with the Freed Center’s Operations Manager, Dylan Woods, greeting audience members to the show. He thanked Liberty National Bank for their appreciated support, stating that the show would not have been possible without the organization’s support.

Bishop received many laughs from the audience when he delivered joke after joke. Throughout the show, he asked for audience participation, and he often made jokes about his volunteers. At one point, he even had a man stand in a box and dance to "Gangnam Style" by Psy.

Not only was Bishop hilarious, he delivered a fantastic production. His tricks were accompanied by pop music, which only added to the appeal of the show. Also, multi-colored lights flashed to heighten the effect of the show.

However, mistakes happen. In the show, there were moments with audio difficulties. Bishop’s voice would sometimes fade out and he would have to switch audio channels. He seemed slightly frustrated by this error, but he continued with the show in good nature.

As the saying goes, the show must go on.

Finally, Bishop performed an illusion that was a crowd favorite. He turned a one-dollar bill into a hundred-dollar bill. A lucky 13-year-old walked away with the money.

Student Chris Barnes had a different favorite aspect of the show.

“My favorite part of the show was when he had a dog named Gizmo come out and he made him disappear. It was the cutest part of the show,” Barnes stated.

With disappearing acts, bar-bending stunts, and card tricks, the show was captivating and entertaining for every age.

The show was so well-attended that hopefully this isn’t the last ONU has seen of Jason Bishop.

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