Deceptionist Richard Hatch
- May 27, 2011 - LOGAN, Utah --
Deceptionist Richard Hatch, owner of the Hatch Academy of Magic and Music, in Logan, will give two performances as part of this year's Box Elder Relay for Life. The first performance will be at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 3rd and the second at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 4th, both at Brigham City's Pioneer Park (800 West Forest Street). Both performances are free and open to the public.
The Relay for Life is an annual fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. In Box Elder county it will be a 24 hour event at Pioneer Park beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 3rd and ending at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 4th. More than 30 teams, made of of nearly 300 volunteers are expecting to raise more than $30,000 at this year's event. For more details or to volunteer, contact Debbie Niewenhoff, 435-225-2118.
Richard Hatch holds two graduate degrees in Physics from Yale University, but finds it easier apparently to violate the laws of nature than to discover them. A childhood interest in magic became a lifelong obsession after he met and was encouraged by the German magician Fredo Raxon in 1970. A full time professional “deceptionist”
since 1983, Richard moved with his wife, violinist Rosemary Kimura, to Houston, Texas in 1985, shortly after winning first place in the annual New England Close Up Magic Competition in Worcester, Massachusetts. For several years he honed his craft entertaining the guests as one of the house magicians at Houston's Magic Island Nightclub before devoting himself exclusively to private and corporate work, traveling internationally on behalf of his clients. Richard is a member of the Academy of Magical Arts, the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and is a lifetime member of the Society of American Magicians. Until recently he was also co-owner with Charlie Randall of H & R Magic Books in Houston, the world’s largest purveyors of magic books. Among magicians he is perhaps best known for his research on the identity of “S. W. Erdnase”, the mysterious author of the 1902 classic, Artifice, Ruse and Subterfuge at the Card Table, and as the translator from German into English of works about Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser (1806 – 1875), Paul Potassy, and the first four volumes of Roberto Giobbi’s acclaimed Card College course of card manipulation. A graduate of Logan Junior High and Logan High School, Richard and his wife Rosemary moved to Cache valley this Fall where they have opened the Hatch Academy of Magic and Music in the historic 1878 Thatcher-Young Mansion. In January Richard lectured docents at the Skirball Museum in Los Angeles on the topic of "Jewish Magicians of the Golden Age of Magic" to help prepare them for an exhibit on that topic which opens at the Skirball in late April. He is the founder of the Cache Valley Conjurers, a group of magicians who meet to improve their performing skills and knowledge of the craft of theatrical conjuring. Membership is open to anyone with a sincere desire to learn and a willingness to respect the traditions of conjuring and monthly meetings are currently held at the magic studio of the Hatch Academy. For more information on Richard Hatch and the Hatch Academy, see www.HatchAcademy.com or call 435-932-0017.
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The Hatch Academy of Magic & Music is an educational institution in Logan, Utah offering private and group instruction in sleight-of-hand and violin performance.Photo: