PRLog - June 3, 2011 - LOGAN, Utah -- Richard Hatch, owner of the Hatch Academy of Magic and Music in Logan, will be part of this year's "Picnic in the Park" event as part of Nibley Heritage Days, performing close-up magic for Nibley families at Old City Park (3200 South) from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. This will be followed by "Concert in the Park" featuring the acappella group Vocalocity.
Deceptionist Richard Hatch
As the name implies, close-up magic is magic that is performed at close proximity to the audience, with the magic often happening in the hands of the spectators, often using objects borrowed from them. It is a distinct discipline from the more familiar stage performances and has recently become popular under the misnomer "Street Magic" thanks to televised performances by David Blaine and Criss Angel. In the past, "Street Magic" had been reserved to mean an outdoors stage performances, in which the performer gathers a crowd and then passes a hat for remuneration at the end of the performance, a performing tradition that dates back to the earliest recorded performances.
"I'm excited to be making my performing debut in Nibley as part of their Heritage Days, as the city was named for my great-grandfather, Charles W. Nibley, an immigrant from Scotland to Cache Valley. He originally lived in a sod house in Wellsville, but eventually built several impressive homes on Center Street in Logan that are still standing before moving to Salt Lake City. He died in 1931, just 4 years before the city of Nibley was incorporated."
Although Hatch holds two graduate degrees in Physics from Yale University, he 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”
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About the Hatch Academy of Magic and Music: The Hatch Academy of Magic and Music is an educational institution in Logan, Utah offering private and group instruction in sleight-of-hand and violin performance. Founded by magician Richard Hatch and violinist Rosemary Hatch in January 2010, the Hatch Academy is housed in the historic 1878 Thatcher-Young Mansion in downtown Logan. In addition to instruction, the Hatches offer performances of magic and music, at the Mansion, historic theaters, and at private events.