Richard Cannon, a member of Harmony Lodge, holds the first place title in the first annual Cache Valley Conjurers Competition which drew contestants from Idaho to the North and Salt Lake to the South last year. At age 80, he is also believed to be the oldest actively performing magician in the state.
Richard Hatch is the co-owner, with his wife Rosemary, of the Hatch Academy of Magic and Music, housed in the Thatcher-Young Mansion, where he and his wife teach magic and violin performance respectively, as well as offering occasional ensemble performances of magic and music.
This family friendly performance will feature plenty of audience participation and comedy born of bewilderment. Tickets are just $10 for adults, just $5 for students with ID and children under 12 and may be purchased online at http://www.harmonylodge21.org/
Richard Cannon, 80, has been performing magic for 70 years, having been introduced to the art while growing up in Tremonton. The Loftus Magic Shop in Salt Lake City provided early inspiration on family outings to the big city. Cannon obtained a BS in Chemistry from USU then an MS, also in Chemistry, from the University of Idaho before returning to Cache Valley to begin a 35 year career with Thiokol and raise his son and two daughters. Retiring in 1997, he remains active in the community as a volunteer at Logan Regional Hospital, as an usher at the Lyric and Ellen Eccles Theaters, and as a clarinetist in the Cache Community Band. He is also an active member of Logan's Historic Harmony Masonic Lodge and recently served as a Missionary at the LDS Employment Resource Service Center. Cannon has three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A founding member of the Cache Valley Conjurers, he had originally intended only to observe last year's magic competition, but when told he could save the $10 cover charge by entering the competion, he stepped up to the plate and hit a home run, winning the $100 top prize!
Although Richard 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. He has been performing his unique brand of magic full time since 1983. In 1985, shortly after winning first place in the annual New England Close Up Magic Competition in Worcester, Massachusetts, Richard moved with his wife, violinist Rosemary Kimura, to Houston, Texas where they were based until moving to Richard’s hometown of Logan, Utah in October 2010. 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. Hatch 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. Among magicians he is known 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. In 2010 he was a featured performer at the exhibit "Magic: The Science of Wonder" at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. In 2011 Hatch served as a consultant to the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles for its exhibit "Masters of Illusion: Jewish Magicians of the Golden Age". He has currently serves on the board of the Sunshine Terrace Foundation.
For more information about Harmony Lodge No. 21, please visit their website: http://www.harmonylodge21.org/