Deceptionist Richard Hatch to be featured at UPR New Year's Eve Celebration

Tableside magic by deceptionist Richard Hatch and music by Jazz Pudding will be featured at Utah Public Radio's New Year's Eve in New York benefit celebration at Hamilton's in Logan, Utah.
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Dec. 18, 2010 - PRLog -- Utah Public Radio’s New Year’s in New York benefit celebration and fundraiser is slated Friday, Dec. 31. The inaugural event unfolds at the Accolade at Hamilton’s with an appetizer reception beginning at 7 p.m. and dinner seating at 8 p.m.  

Guests may dance to the music of Jazz Pudding and Friends featuring Greg Wheeler, Todd Fallis, Brad Wright, Ryan Conger and Doug James and enjoy feats of magic performed tableside by “Deceptionist” Richard Hatch.

A salute to 2011 will be offered at 10 p.m. (New Year’s in New York) for those who want to call it an evening, with another toast at midnight to celebrate the New Year in Cache Valley. Music and dancing will continue until 1 a.m.

Hatch says he does not usually accept New Year's Eve engagments: "My wife Rosemary and I were married on December 31, 1982, so I usually try to spend the evening with her. I do make exceptions, one being  when I was hired to perform at Eddie Murphy's New Year's Eve party at his home in New Jersey. I spent most of the evening in his private VIP lounge downstairs, entertaining Sugar Ray Leonard, Arsenio Hall and other celebrities. I'm delighted to make an exception this year as well, to support Utah Public Radio!"

Tickets for the evening are $100 per person, of which $67 is a tax-deductible contribution to Utah Public Radio. Several dinner options, including vegetarian, are available along with a dessert buffet. All proceeds from the New Year’s Eve event will benefit UPR’s new building campaign.

Individual reservations will be accepted and tables for 8-10 people may be reserved. Attire for the evening is semi-formal.

Utah Public Radio is a service of Utah State University and a member of National Public Radio.

Hamilton’s Steak and Seafood is located at 2427 N. Main Street in North Logan.

To order tickets for the event online, visit the Utah Public Radio website or call the radio station at 435-797-3215.

Those with questions may call 435-797-3138.

Contact: Teri Guy, Utah Public Radio,, 435-797-3215

Performer Biography:  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 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 this Fall.  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. In Logan he and his wife will open the Hatch Academy of Magic and Music in the 1878 Thatcher-Young Mansion in January 2011. 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. This past year he was a featured performer at the exhibit "Magic: The Science of Wonder" at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Samples of his sleight of hand work as featured at the Museum may be viewed at

Information on Jazz Pudding may be found at

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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. Conceived as a combination of Hogwarts and Juilliard, the Hatch Academy opens January 1, 2011 in Logan's historic 1878 Thatcher-Young Mansion, offering private and group lessons in sleight of hand and violin playing. The instructor/founders are deceptionist Richard Hatch and violinist Rosemary Kimura Hatch. For information on the Hatch Academy of Magic and Music, see
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