Jeanette Andrews, an illusionist who hails from Chicago, returns to Seaside’s REP stage with her uncommon style of magic artistry. Andrews is not your average rabbit-out-of-a-hat magician. First she is an illusionist, but she is also an artist, a science buff and a woman who prospers in a male-dominated profession. Andrews presents
magic as a vehicle to explore ideas and everyday things in the world that fascinate us. To say she has mastered her artistry would be an understatement; these parlor tricks are next level and that is precisely where Andrews intends to take you.
She began her magic career at the young age of six. Performing was second nature for her, and she thrived on stumping friends, family and show attendees. She worked to perfect every movement and every step of every trick through constant practice and study. Her methods evolved and as she matured, so did her magic. She slowly wove influences derived from fine arts, as well as psychologic and scientific discoveries. Her performances are now reminiscent of intimate parlor tricks of the late 1800s that were performed up close in sitting rooms and leave little room for error.
Andrews’ show “The Invisible” tests the limits of human perception and experiments with the
awareness of each of the senses. Her intention is to enlighten the audience by subtly reminding us that we do not necessarily see everything we think we do. Through her magic, Andrews reminds us of the invisible forces that surround us, from the air content of an apple to the scents that change as we, and those scents, drift through life. Her performances put an end to the stereotypes or preconceived notions we may have about magicians. She hopes to toy with expectations by presenting a performance in which you think you know exactly where a trick is going, which then turns into something completely different.Andrews’ performance is not about her; it is about the exploration of concepts and inclusion in the universal artform that is magic.
Andrews strives to educate both audience members and those who have the potential to be the future of illusion artistry. She teaches children some of her most precious magic secrets in her workshops and provides students the opportunity to perform for one another to gain confidence in the craft. You can witness “The Invisible: Magic of the Unseen” at The REP Theatre located at 216 Quincy Circle, Seaside, on Tuesdays at 8 p.m., Thursdays at 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. until July 13. Andrews’ magic workshops are Fridays for ages 5-7 at 2 p.m. and ages 8-14 at 3 p.m. through July 14.
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