Local Illusionist doing virtual magic shows during pandemic

A local Illusionist hasn't been able to tour the world for magic shows due to the coronavirus pandemic, but he's still found a way to keep it going with virtual magic shows.

Posted: Sep 7, 2020 11:19 PM
Updated: Sep 8, 2020 10:14 AM

UTICA N.Y.- A local Illusionist hasn't been able to tour the world for magic shows due to the coronavirus pandemic, but he's still found a way to keep it going with virtual magic shows.

Illusionist Leon Etienne, a Utica native has been doing the virtual shows since someone reached out to him in April from Mohawk Valley Community College.

Etienne is typically out on a world wide tour, and is usually only home in the Utica area for like 3-4 weeks a year.

During that time, he would be doing live entertainment magic type shows in places like the Stanley Theatre in Utica, and the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona.

Despite not being able to do that this year, Etienne says he still found ways to do virtual magic shows, and how people are reacting to it.

"I realized very quickly that during this, people need entertainment, they need some joy, they need some wonder. The world right now needs magic more than ever. People just keep reaching out and saying "Hey we'd love to have you in my backyard, in my driveway, and it's been really succesful the people are really enjoying it. And, what I've realized is I've come full circle like 24 years later, I started in driveways and backyards in Central New York and now I'm back there." said Etienne.

Leon hopes to be performing in Venues like the Stanley again in the future.

If you would like to reach out to Leon for more information, he can be reached by phone at (315) 732-0440.

Leon can also be reached by email at Leon@MagicRocks.com

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