Michael Turco is an American magician, illusionist, and entertainer. He began practicing magic growing up in New Jersey and doing shows in Atlantic City. He began performing these shows in Middle School, doing simple card tricks, and just progressed from there. In 2007, Turco began doing Magic Shows for The Welcome Home Troops Red Carpet Show, for which he still preforms today. In 2011, Turco performed in the 6th season of America’s Got Talent.
He has done 2 magic shows in Vegas, 1 at Planet Hollywood, and 1 at Bally’s Hotel, and now has the headline show at the Magic Moments Theater at Six Flags Magic Mountain called De’ Illusions. This show features, magic, as well as current music by artists such as Adele, Taylor Sift, One Direction, and Fall Out Boy, and choreographed dancing.
The show opens with dancers coming and pushing some sort of machine onto the stage, that they show is empty. They then close up to empty box of the machine and begin to spin the box, then open the box to reveal Turco. He then has three hollow pyramid shaped platforms wheeled onto the stage where he holds a blanket over each, and when the blanket is dropped, there are 4 magician’s assistant girls that appear, in the once empty platforms. There is then a cylinder on stage, that is halved by a piece of steel, that Turco has an audience member come and bang on with a hammer to make sure that it is solid. He then seals an assistant on one side with a sheet, and gets in the other side. He then seems to pull the shadow of his assistant into the middle, then pulls her out on the other side.
He then asks for a dollar from the audience, and makes it disappear in his palm along with a handkerchief, then makes the dollar reappear in his palm and pulls the handkerchief out of the center of the dollar. He then does a series of tricks using sharp objects. First, a small 1 unit by 1 unit by 1 unit cube, is unfolded to human size so an assistant can get in. The box is then refolded to its original size, and stabbed with three machetes. The machetes are taken out, and the box is unfolded to reveal the assistant unscathed. He then places an assistant into a human silhouette, in which the assistant puts both of her hands and one foot into slots in the silhouette box. The box is then turned on its side, and 8 large razor blades are inserted into the box, and then the box is separated into 8 parts. The box is put back together, the blades are removed, and then the assistant is removed from the box unharmed. The next trick discusses Stephen Hawkins theory of different dimensions. Turco gets into 2 octagonal frames covered by sheets that he pushes through, making the shape of his body in the sheets. he then slowly turns to just a 2 dimensional shadow, and then back into his three dimensional self. For the finale, a seesaw like structure is wheeled onto the stage. Turco climbs into a box on one side , which the assistants wheel around, until they drop it on sharp spikes. The box is then opened to reveal no Turco. He then appears at the top row of the theater, waving a checkered flag. At the end of the show as people are exiting, he shakes hands with the audience and sells a book of his tricks to any customers. Although these tricks may seem unbelievable, they do happen, and you must see this show next time you are at the park. It plays Thursday through Sunday (through August 11th), at different times, but the times are usually 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30. (There are a maximum of 3 shows a day)