Magician aims to play with minds at new show.
Jaymes White will be playing with peoples minds on March 9. The hypnotist, illusionist and magician will perform his new show, Paradox at the Arts Court.
Local illusionist and hypnotist Jaymes White is looking forward to playing with his audiences’ minds at his next show at the Arts Court.
Paradox, as the show is called, will be a magical night of mind reading and hypnotism on March 9. White, who has been a magician since age six, is looking forward to this new show in particular.
“I have been working on this show for two years,” White said. “The cool thing about this show is that the audience is part of the show, with anyone from the audience having the chance to participate.”
Written by White and some friends, Paradox is a play on the mind, with a focus on the audience members, he said. He will combine hypnotism and showmanship to make what he calls crazy effects to wow the audience.
Those who have the opportunity to go on stage will be chosen randomly by White, who will do so by tossing a small voodoo doll named Freddy into the crowd. This is to ensure he plays no part in choosing his participants.
White could then do a number of different tricks, such as getting a participant to think the way he wants them to, connect their mind with that of another participant or performing magic tricks.
“It’s all about creating the impossible and making people believe,” he said.
White got his start in magic through books he checked out from the local libraries. Ever since, he said he’s turned into a perfectionist, spending many nights practicing his craft.
In fact, the recent Carleton University graduate obtained a psychology degree so he could better understand how the mind works -- all to help bend reality and people’s perceptions even further.
“It’s all about getting into people’s mind and finding out ways to influence people to think of something I want them to,” White said.
He would eventually like to take his show on the road, something that is getting closer to reality. He is currently in talks with several Canadian colleges and is hoping to organize a campus tour for this fall.
The March 9 show is sold out, but those who do not have tickets needn’t worry, as White promises another show will take place sooner, rather than later, citing the fact this show sold out so quickly.
“It was crazy, it sold out in three days,” he said. “I didn’t know it was going to go as fast as it did.”
The event is part of the magician’s ongoing efforts to help raise money for various causes. The evening will consist of selling raffle tickets, with prizes supplied by White’s sponsors and at the end of the performance he will raffle off Freddy to one lucky audience member.
Visit jaymeswhite.com for more information about the magician and to find information about upcoming shows.