A&E week ahead: Mind-bending magic

The Foolers will be in Concord on Oct. 14.

The Foolers will be in Concord on Oct. 14. —Mills Entertainment

Published: 10-10-2023 10:07 AM

Curated and endorsed by the celebrated duo, Penn & Teller, “The Foolers” is a new interactive live production that brings four of the world’s best illusionists together on stage for an interactive and irreverent evening of mind-bending magic.

“The Foolers,” produced by Mills Entertainment, materializes at Chubb Theatre at Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St, Concord, for one show only, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m.

Regarded as some of television’s trickiest magicians, the four featured illusionists – Alex Ramon, Jessica Jane Peterson, Matt Donnelly, and Vinny Grosso – achieved the difficult task of impressing Penn & Teller with their mystifying magic and hilarious comedic routines. Now they come together for one night only to bring their celebrated Las Vegas-caliber magic to live audiences across the country.

Matt Donnelly

Recently named “Las Vegas’s Best Up and Coming Comedy Magician” by the Las Vegas Review Journal. Matt Donnelly, has been dazzling audiences across the North America with his unique and hilarious brand of magic and one-of-a-kind story. His act, The Mind Noodler, has played prestigious magic venues like LA’s Magic Castle, The Chicago Magic Lounge, and Nashville’s House of Cards while also headlining at the Second Bell Comedy Festival in Tennessee. Offstage, Matt is the cohost of Penn Jillette’s award-winning podcast, Penn’s Sunday School as well as magic podcast, Abracababble and just wrapped his 9th season as head writer of Fool Us for the CW.

Vinny Grosso

As seen on hit shows like America’s Got Talent, Masters of Illusion and Penn & Teller: Fool Us (where he fooled Penn & Teller twice), the magic of Vinny Grosso’s has amazed millions of people around the world; yet his live show is where his talents shine most brightly. His Las Vegas show, Totally Mental, combines comedy, magic and mentalism and has been called smart and sophisticated. As an entertainer of audiences at the world-renowned Catskills in New York, former President of The Society of American Magicians, and graduate from Villanova University with a degree in mechanical engineering where he learned to create his own original illusions, Vinny has spent his life in the pursuit of amazement, wonder, and the making of memories.

Jessica Jane

Jessica Jane is a dazzling magician, a powerhouse performer, a daredevil, and an experienced sleight-of-hand artist with more than 10,000 shows under her belt! She has appeared on the hit TV show Penn & Teller: Fool Us, on Netflix’s Prince of Peoria, and Penn & Teller: Try This at Home on the CW Network. Jessica has performed on cruises sailing to over 38 countries and has also entertained on tours for the men and women serving in the armed forces overseas. Her show includes dynamic magic, laugh-out-loud comedy, audience participation, variety and more. It’s a non-stop, fun-filled magical adventure that will leave everyone asking ”How did she do that?”.

Alex Ramon

Alex Ramon has mesmerized millions around the world with his magic, which has been described as, mystifying by The New York Times and mind-bending by the Los Angeles Times. His show ‘Illusion Fusion,’ was named the No. 1 attraction in Lake Tahoe and dazzled audiences across America when it toured. Also known for his role as the Magical Zingmaster with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Alex was the first magician in history to be the star of the show. He has been named San Francisco Bay Area’s Best Stage Magician as well As National Stage Magic Champion by the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas.

Penn & Teller will not be present at this event.

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Tickets start at $44.50 (plus service fees) and are on sale now at ccanh.com. A limited number of VIP tickets that include a post-show photo with the magicians will also be available.