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ECPT Hosts Double Feature Magic Show

Students gathered in the Library Lecture Hall last Wednesday Jan. 17 to start up the semester with a little magic.

The Emmanuel College Programming Team (ECPT) hosted a double feature including illusionist Joel Meyers and hypnotist Eric Mina.  This was the spring semester’s first “EC on Tour” event.

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Meyers, who has appeared on popular TV shows such as America’s Got Talent, invited several students to serve as volunteers throughout his tricks.  One such trick included pulling a card a volunteer selected out of his mouth.  He also beat Houdini’s straight jacket escape record, and managed to come out with his hand un-wounded after slamming it down on paper bags that potentially contained a spike.

Mina is a certified hypnotherapist.  He invited 18 volunteers to take seats before the audience.  He narrowed this initial group down to 10 students who were susceptible to the hypnosis.

The audience roared with laughter as their peers rocked out with invisible instruments.  At one segment of the show, the hypnotized students believed the temperature to be rising and declining at uncomfortable levels.  Those hypnotized also were put under the impression that they were cats, dogs, and Dancing with the Stars contestants.

Mina explained the benefits of hypnosis, suggesting that it can help with one’s confidence.

“If you change your thoughts, you will change your world,” Mina said.

ECPT attended the annual National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) conference. It was here that the organization representatives met the two performers. They loved the acts, and decided to book them for Emmanuel performances, according to ECPT president, Stephanie Storey ’19.

Storey explained the goal of campus events such as this one.

“It gives [students] something to do at night,” Storey said.  “It’s something different and it’s not just sitting in your dorm room.”

Meyers joined Mina at the show’s conclusion.  If students thought Boston did not have enough snow already, they made a good choice in attending the performance.  With bits of white paper, Meyers created the illusion that he was blowing a significant amount of snow out of the palm of his hand.

Haley Biermann ’19 is the Editor-in-Chief of The Hub.  She can be contacted at biermannh@emmanuel.edu.

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