Meet a Local Master of Illusion

Michael Turco never shook the spell that magic cast on him as a 5-year-old kid in Wayne, NJ, and now he’s coming home with the Masters of Illusion tour at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair on October 6.


Taking the hit CW show from the small screen to the big stage, Masters of Illusion features magicians who bring the TV show’s “Believe the Impossible” credo to life, performing large-scale tricks and feats that don’t skimp on the spectacle. And among the masters is Turco, who used to spend his summers checking out the magic shows in Atlantic City and dedicated himself to mastering every trick he saw.

Turco grew up in Wayne and went to William Paterson University there. He made his first national splash as a magician in 2011 when he appeared on America’s Got Talent, and the next year he opened his headlining Las Vegas show, Magic and Mayhem, which he said “brought a little bit of Jersey to the Strip.”

The Wellmont show will be “an emotional homecoming” for Turco, and he’ll be treating the local crowd to plenty of levitating, disappearing and just plain bewildering magical moments.

Masters of Illusion is at the Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour Street in Montclair, on Thursday, October 6, 8pm. Tickets are on sale here.

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