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Award-winning illusionist offers a magical night at UMASS-Lowell

The Jason Bishop Show

The Jason Bishop Show

Esteemed illusionist Jason Bishop will bring his innovative, high-energy magic show to UMass-Lowell on Sunday, October 5.

The award-winning performer will take the stage for two shows at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Bishop, a former foster child, will also reserve 25 free tickets to each show for local foster families.

“I’ve been performing all over the world for the last five years, and I’m thrilled to be bringing my show to Lowell,” said Bishop. “Sharing my story as a foster child is also a great way to let kids know that no matter what your situation entails, if you work hard and follow your dreams, you can do anything, no matter how unique it may seem.”

Bishop has become known for his modern costuming, contemporary soundtrack and fast-paced shows. His illusions involve cutting-edge technology, LCD and Plasma screens, and state-of-the-art lighting as the backdrop for his stunning magical displays. He and his assistant, Kim Hess, provide an evening of 21st century sensory stimulation packed with amazement and laughter, sleight of hand magic and fun audience participation.

“People were talking about the show for days and days after the performance,” said Carolyn Brode, of the Gorton Performing Arts Center in Lake Forest, Ill. “They immediately requested that he return.”

Like David Copperfield and Criss Angel, Bishop is said to be one of the country’s most versatile illusionists. Performing throughout the United States and internationally on land and sea, he was honored by his peers with the prestigious 2007 Jack Gwynne Award for Excellence in Presentation, named for the 1930s illusionist and Vaudeville magician. This year, college campuses have nominated Bishop for the 2008 Fine Artist of the Year, an award he won in 2006.

The Jason Bishop Show is part of The Discovery Series to be held at UMass Lowell Center for the Arts (35 Wilder Street, Lowell, MA) on Sunday, October 5 at 2:00 and 4:00 pm.  Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for UMass Lowell students, faculty and staff. For tickets, please contact the UMASS Lowell Box Office at 978-934-4444 or visit For a sneak preview of Bishop’s show, clips from his performances can be viewed on his Web site at or watch the video below.



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