Brad's interactive, engaging style and amazing feats of magic have won him the respect and admiration of his peers and families all over the world.
Newark, NJ (Vocus) September 9, 2010
Illusionist and New Jersey native Brad Ross of Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show is the recipient of the International Magicians Society Merlin Award for Best International Family Entertainer 2010. World President of the International Magicians Society Tony Hassini presented the award at Newark’s Prudential Center at a press conference yesterday that included remarks from Mayor Cory Booker and Feld Entertainment Executive Vice President Alana Feld, producer of Disney Live!. The Merlin Award, known as the Oscar equivalent for the magic industry, is the highest honor bestowed by the magic community and is based on talent, showmanship, originality, skills and the ability to entertain under any conditions. Previous recipients include David Copperfield; Siegfried & Roy; Criss Angel; and Kenneth Feld, producer of the Disney Live! shows and the most successful live illusion show of all time, Siegfried & Roy®.
“I am proud to honor and recognize Brad Ross for his extraordinary contributions to the magic community,” comments Hassini. “His interactive, engaging style and amazing feats of magic have won him the respect and admiration of his peers and families all over the world.”
Disney Live! producer and Feld Entertainment Executive Vice President Alana Feld states, “Brad epitomizes the essence of all Feld Entertainment productions: quality, live family entertainment that inspires and engages the audience. This honor is a tribute to the passion and dedication he continuously exhibits, and I’m thrilled that he now joins the ranks of the world’s greatest magicians.”
At the presentation, Ross conducted an interactive magic seminar with students from Newark’s Oliver Street School, teaching them how to perform several magic tricks. For the grand finale, Mayor Booker and surprise guest Mickey Mouse helped Ross with one final illusion, transforming an ink pen into a donation of school supplies for the students. The children also received complimentary tickets to attend Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show, a live stage production from Feld Entertainment, the producers of Disney On Ice. Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show plays the Prudential Center for two shows on Saturday, September 11, before continuing on its 87-city U.S. tour.
“I am extremely honored to receive the prestigious Merlin Award and am grateful for all the teachers, mentors, friends and family who have encouraged me through the years and given me the tools that I needed to help live my dream,” Ross says. “When you believe in yourself and in the magic of your own dreams, anything can happen!”
Ross became interested in magic as a child and performed shows around his hometown of Scotch Plains, NJ, until landing a job headlining at the New Jersey Six Flags Great Adventure in “World of Magic.” In 2006, Ross joined Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show and achieved international acclaim while touring throughout Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
As one of two professional illusionists in Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show, Ross performs world-class illusions alongside a host of Disney friends and Master Magician Mickey Mouse. In addition to witnessing Ross’ “Fastest Escape in the World” out of a locked trunk and a double sawing-in-half illusion, audiences will watch in awe as Cinderella’s rags turn into a beautiful ball gown in a split second, Aladdin’s Princess Jasmine levitates into the air and the enchanted dancing brooms from Fantasia help sweep Minnie Mouse off her feet. The magic is complimented by appearances from Disney Princesses Belle and Snow White, and Mickey’s pals from Toontown — Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy.
The production values and stagecraft of Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show make this an exceptional family show. Famed Illusion Designer Jim Steinmeyer, who has worked with leading magicians David Copperfield, Lance Burton and Siegfried & Roy, brings his more than 20 years of world-class experience to the illusions in the show.
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About Feld Entertainment
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 70 countries on six continents and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Feld Motor Sports, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!. For more information about Feld Entertainment, please visit http://www.feldentertainment.com.
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