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S.D. native brings magic show to local theater tonight

Reza brings his magic and illusion show to Mitchell's Pepsi-Cola Theatre for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m. today.

There'll be magic in the air tonight as magician and illusionist Reza will perform at 7 p.m. at the Pepsi-Cola Theatre for the Performing Arts in Mitchell.

Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults and can be purchased at the theater or by calling the Mitchell Area Safe House at 996-6622. The Mitchell Area Safe House is sponsoring the show; a portion of the ticket sales will be given to the Safe House.

The Mitchell show is part of a 30-date Midwest tour that includes other South Dakota stops such as Pierre and Sioux Falls.

"We selected the Midwest cities very carefully," Reza Borchardt said. "Being from the Midwest, we don't get as many touring productions in this area."

Borchardt's show isn't the typical pull-a-rabbit-out-of-the-hat magic show.

"We look at it more like a rock concert meets a magic show," Borchardt said.

The crew hauls in 15,000 pounds of lighting and sound equipment to enhance the magic and illusions on stage. Borchardt compares his illusions to those shown in Las Vegas mixed with interactive magic, comedy and audience participation.

Some of Borchardt's acts include passing through a steel wall and mentalism, or mind reading, of random audience members.

Large projection screens will magnify tricks and illusions and each act is accompanied by a wide selection of current music.

"We design the show and the music so it's more current -- the whole feel of the show is more current," Borchardt said.

A Brookings native, Borchardt began touring when he was 14 -- on a much smaller scale at smaller theaters. At 15, he performed 18 shows a week for six weeks in Branson, Mo. -- what he calls the entertainment capitol of the world.

"That locked me into it," Borchardt said. "It was a great opportunity to do something like that."

His first taste of magic was when he was 6 and saw his first magician.

"It was very inspiring to me. I picked it up as a hobby and developed it into a career," he said.

And in fact, Borchardt has incorporated following dreams into his show by playing clips from his early days in the industry.

For more information on Reza and videos from his shows, visit