June 14th Mansion Matinée to feature "Human Vivisection"

The Hatch family's June 14th ensemble program of magic and music (violin and piano) at the Thatcher-Young Mansion (35 W 100 S in Logan) will include the debut of a new illusion: visibly chopping through the neck of an audience volunteer!
Richard and Rosemary Hatch performing "tamasudare" (Photo by Levi Sim)
Richard and Rosemary Hatch performing "tamasudare" (Photo by Levi Sim)
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LOGAN, Utah - June 4, 2014 - PRLog -- In their first Mansion performance since last January's Winterfest peformance, the Hatch family returns with a single Summerfest performance at the Thatcher-Young Mansion (35 W 100 S in Logan) on Saturday, June 14th at 2 p.m. This year's Summerfest performance will feature the debut of a new illusion for the ensemble, the famous "See Thru Guillotine" illusion, created by William Schmeelk based on an idea of Alan Wakeling. "I have two historic posters in my collection that feature intriguing accounts of what one might characterize as apparent audience multilation," says magician Richard Hatch. "One, from Hartford, Connecticut in 1855 boldly proclaims that it will 'conclude with the celebrated Nose Amputation, Large Noses Preferred.' The other, circa 1880, says that it will conclude with the 'Egyptian Vivisection in which the Professor cuts a Living Man to pieces in the presence of the audience.' The latter likely involved a trained assistant, rather than an audience member, but the Guillotine illusion that we will present on Saturday, June 14th will show a solid steel blade penetrating the neck of brave audience member. Since Sunday is Father's Day, we are hoping one of the fathers in attendance will stick his neck out for this amazing illusion." The two historic posters will be on display at the performance and audience members are encouraged to take photos of the illusion.

The 70 minute program will begin at 2 p.m. and will also feature music by Bach, Kreisler and Saint-Saens and magic by Punx, Vernon and Robert-Houdin, among others. Also featured will be Richard Hatch's original presentation for the traditional Japanese feat known as "Nankin Tamasudare", accompanied by Rosemary's performance of Michiyo Miyagi's "Haru no Umi" (The Sea of Spring).

Tickets to the 2 p.m. performance are just $10 and may be reserved by calling 435-932-0017 or purchased online at http://www.hatchacademy.com. Just 56 seats, so reservations are strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.

About the performers:

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 o 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, the world’s largest purveyors of magic books (www.magicbookshop.com). 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 Logan in October 2010 where they opened the Hatch Academy of Magic and Music (http://www.hatchacademy.com) in the historic 1878 Thatcher-Young Mansion in January 2011. Richard serves on the board of Logan's Sunshine Terrace Foundation.

Rosemary Kimura Hatch received her Masters degree from the Yale School of Music and her Bachelors Degree with Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. She has studied Chamber Music with the Fine Arts, Tokyo and Cleveland Quartets and with Raphael Hillyer. She has performed with the New Haven, Hartford, San Antonio and Houston Symphonies and with the Houston Grand Opera. Her principle private instructors have been Sergiu Luca, Syoko Aki, Peter Salaff, Charles Castleman and Martha Katz. As a teacher herself she has been on the faculty of Music Schools in New Haven, Milwaukee and Houston. She currently teaches privately at the Hatch Academy of Magic and Music in Logan. She and Richard Hatch were married in 1982 and have two children, Catherine and Jonathan.

Jonathan Hatch has studied piano with Paul Krystofiak at St. Thomas University in Houston, Texas and with Sophia Gilmson at the University of Texas in Austin. He has also worked as a Veterinary Technician and is currently exploring an interest in the visual arts. In 2013 he was given the Little Bloomsbury Promising Artist Award.

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.

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