[cleeng_content id="567219554" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]INWOOD – Local illusionist Mario Orsini returns to familiar ground this weekend, headlining a fundraiser here to raise scholarship money for his alma mater.
Orsini, a 1999 graduate of Musselman High, says he’s looking forward to the Saturday performance. “I like to perform locally for my community,” he said. “It’s a bonus to raise money to extend kids’ education.”
It’s not the first time Orsini has offered his work for a good cause. In fact, this is the second fundraiser for the scholarship fund.
Orsini has been performing illusions and magic shows professionally for about six years, performing for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and other VIPs and gaining a loyal following in the mid-Atlantic.
He traces his interest in magic to age 8, when he saw a man performing card tricks as he accompanied his mother to a craft store. “It all started with a deck of cards,” he says. “Everyone relates to a deck of cards.”
Soon, Orsini had taught himself tricks from a book and acquired a magic set (from his cousin, a trade for his skateboard).
His first audiences were made up of family and friends watching his magic shows at home. Orsini says even as a professional, he is constantly perfecting his craft. His aim, he said, is to make sure that each person who comes to his show will leave having had a memorable, enjoyable time.
Orsini’s interactive shows are fun for audience members, especially a hometown crowd. “Everyone will get the best that I have,” he says.
The illusionist promises never-before-seen tricks plus some longtime favorites.
Saturday’s benefit for the Musselman High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund begins at 6 p.m at the high school at 126 Excellence Way in Inwood. The $10 tickets will be sold at the door.
The admission price includes dinner – soup, sandwich, drink and dessert – making for a night out that costs far less than dinner and a movie. “You get to see an awesome show and have dinner for only $10,” he said.
Orsini is planning to stay busy in the coming months. After Saturday’s fundraiser, his schedule includes performances at the Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va., as well as at private parties and corporate events.
He’s also set to take his street magic to the Apple Blossom Festival, happening April 25 to May 4 in Winchester, Va., and he’s also been selected as a judge at the festival’s “Apple Blossom’s Got Talent.” In the works as well: Orsini is helping to establish a new chapter of The Society of American Magicians based in Winchester.
For more information about Orsini’s Saturday show or his other upcoming performances, go online to Sinimagic.com.
Want to go?
What: Mario Orsini magic show plus dinner
When: 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Musselman High School, 126 Excellence Way in Inwood
How much: $10 at the door
To know more: Go online to Sinimagic.co[/cleeng_content]