Illusionist Reynold Alexander will headline the show MAGIA featuring special guest Hansel the Heavyweight of Magic at the Clarion Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas through July 20. MAGIA blends of illusion, sleight of hand, comedy and audience participation infused with a Latin flavor.
“With magic and illusion there are no limits, laws of physics are broken to make the impossible possible,” Alexander says on his website.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, his father, an amateur magician, would pull coins out of Alexander’s ears, making an impression on the child about magic and illusion. Reynold Sebelén Medina would change his name to Reynold Alexander and at age 13 would become a member of the Society of Young Magicians, a worldwide society that unites young magicians. Alexander became president of the Puerto Rican chapter as well as two-time First Place winner for stage magic.
Alexander would study all aspects of magic and illusion including stage and close-up manipulations levitation, apparitions and the art of escape. One of his biggest inspirations is the legendary Harry Houdini, who is considered the best magician ever along with other magicians who performed at the beginning of the 20th century.
Alexander has also studied and now incorporates the Japanese art of Shadow magic, the art of changing shadows into three dimensional objects and even people.
He has appeared at the prestigious Art Museum in Ponce, and performed in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Japan, Sweden, Holland and the United States. Much like American illusionists, Alexander filmed the vanishing of Puerto Rico’s Capitol Building which was broadcast on television. At Centro de Bellas Artes in Puerto Rico, he successfully recreated Houdini’s Chinese Water Torture Cell escape act in which Houdini lost his life. Alexander is also the current Guinness World Records holder for the fastest strait jacket escape. Recently, Alexander caught a signed bullet fired from a .357 Magnum with his teeth.
When not working, Alexander donates his time and talent for children including San Jorge Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald’s Foundation.
Reynold Alexander in MAGIA will perform in the Wolfe Theater at Clarion Hotel and Casino 7 p.m. in a special engagement through July 20. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.reynoldalexander.com.