Magician Richard Hatch to perform at Nibley Heritage Days

Deceptionist Richard Hatch will perform strolling, close-up magic for Nibley families at "Picnic in the Park" from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15th at Old City Park (3200 South) in Nibley, Utah. This event is free and open to the public.
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June 3, 2011 - PRLog -- 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.

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” since 1983, Richard moved with his wife, violinist Rosemary Hatch, 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. The couple moved to Logan last Fall in order to be closer to Richard's parents, longtime Logan residents Anne and Eastman Hatch. 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.  In addition to teaching group and private classes in sleight-of-hand at the Hatch Academy, 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. Monthly meetings are currently held at the magic studio of the Hatch Academy.  For more information on Richard Hatch and the Hatch Academy, see or call 435-932-0017.

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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.
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