SALEM - It's truly a family affair when it comes to Jason Alan Magic.
Jason Alan Greenamyer, a 2002 graduate of Salem High School, has been practicing magic for 16 years. But beginning in January, his solo show expanded by one-his wife Stacy.
The two met through magic, striking up a conversation following a show in Akron in 2010.
Stacy and Jason Greenamyer will perform
Saturday in Kent. (Photo courtesy of Jason Alan Magic)
"I love magic. My father and brothers love magic. So I grew up watching David Blaine, David Copperfield," Stacy said. "Following a show I approached Jason and got him to do some magic for me."
That magic spark resulted in a proposal during a performance in the Bahamas one year later, and now she is set to make her own debut this weekend.
Since joining Jason Alan Magic, Stacy has served in an assistance capacity, but will open the Impossible Deceptions show featuring the magic duo and juggler Charles Peachock at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Kent Stage. Tickets are available at impossibledeceptions.com or at the door. The 642-seat entertainment venue is located near Kent State University at 175 E. Main St.
Peachock, a Kent native who was a featured contestant on America's Got Talent in 2011, will set himself on fire while juggling following the show at the neighboring venue Bar 145.
Jason and Stacy joined talents after Stacy quit her full time job as a clinical counselor.
"He was constantly gone, like every other month, so it was hard," she said.
She had already been assisting Jason-the duo even won Cleveland's Top Talent at a Cavs game in 2012-so joining the show full-time made sense.
Jason and Stacy now travel nationally, with upcoming shows in Colorado and Utah. Their performances include mind reading and pick pocketing, not traditional magic tricks, according to Jason.
"It's not typical, no rabbits in hats or sawing [assistants] in half," he said.
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The thrust of their performance is interaction with the audience, Jason noted.
"We like the interaction, getting people involved on stage," he explained.
The interaction is what drives Stacy, she added.
"Watching people's reactions; you can do a trick a thousand times and the trick doesn't change, but [people's] faces do," she said. "You can make people feel good. Magic is rewarding every day."
"There's interaction between people who wouldn't normally interact," Jason added. "Magic is very universal."