Golden Spike Sesquicentennial to feature Magic by the Great Wizard of the West

Professor Richard Hatch will perform both close-up and on stage at the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Summit.
Professor Hatch, the Great Wizard of the West
Professor Hatch, the Great Wizard of the West
PROVIDENCE, Utah - May 9, 2019 - PRLog -- "Professor" Richard Hatch of the Hatch Academy of Magic in Logan, Utah will astonish visitors to the Frontier Village at Promontory Summit at close quarters with his pioneering prestidigitation. His appearance will include feats gathered in travels around the globe, including the Mystic Golden Rings of China, Nankin Tamasudare from Japan, the Miracle of the Jadoo-Wallah from India and the Unlimited Coinage of Silver as featured in the mining camps of the Nevada Territory.

From 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 10th, he will be performing interactive close-up magic for participants in the sesquicentennial celebration of the linking of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroad, followed by a formal 30 minute stage performance at 5 p.m. on the Frontier Village Stage. On Saturday, May 11th, he will perform interactive close-up magic from 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Come, be astonished and entertained! Laughter Born of Bewilderment!

For more information about statewide sesquicentennial celebrations, check out the official website:

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. In 2017 his performances took him as far from Cache Valley as Dubai, Toronto, Madrid and Barcelona. In 2018 he performed and lectured in Costa Rica for the first time. Richard is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and is a lifetime member of the Society of American Magicians.  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 (1923 - 2018), and the first four volumes of Roberto Giobbi's acclaimed Card College course of card manipulation. Richard and his wife Rosemary moved to Logan in October 2010 where they opened the Hatch Academy of Magic and Music ( in the historic 1878 Thatcher-Young Mansion. Richard is vice president of the board of Logan's Sunshine Terrace Foundation and current president of the Cache Valley Beekeepers Association.

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