Illusionist introduces the magic of opera in Burbank

Kids and adults marvel at singing, sleight of hand at the Central Library.

tn-blr-illusionist-introduces-the-magic-of-ope-001The audience in the auditorium on the second floor of Burbank’s Central Library on Thursday evening suggested incantations.

An 8-year-old in front named Lauren, seated on the blue alphabet rug, suggested “abracadabra.” “Hocus-pocus,” proffered another grade-schooler. A woman toward the back proposed “presto.”

None was quite right, said Patrick Bell, billed as the world’s only opera-singing magician, but Lauren’s was close. Instead, the deft baritone would cast his spell using the phrase … [read on]

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