Illusionist to take Ariel stage

By Dean Wright -

Carl Michael

Carl Michael

GALLIPOLIS — Returning magician, Carl Michael, a man born in Gallia County, will be bringing his talents for illusion to the Ariel Opera House for a Saturday show at 7 p.m. and a Sunday show at 3 p.m.

“This is my third time being able to come back to my hometown area,” said Michael. “I just finished my fifth and final season in the Carolina Showroom in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, at Broadway Beach. I’ve been touring the past two months and doing shows in Las Vegas, Chicago, and gearing up some fall shows. This is the first stop of many fall shows between now and Dec. 31. It’s going to be a mix of grand illusions, Vegas-style, with a lot of audience interaction. This year’s show will have a lot more mentalism than the previous shows, a lot of magic with the mind. It’s something for all ages.”

Michael said his style of magic is a blend of new school “edgy magic” and old school “classics.” He tends to cover a variety of tricks in his approach to the illusionist craft.

“I started and received my first magic kit when I was five or six for Christmas,” said Michael. “Pretty much every year thereafter (he received one). I dabbled in theater and had a callback at a big acting audition when I was 12. My grandma had some health concerns so I wasn’t able to go on pursuing that. It was a dream to be in theater and magic and the performing arts. Being from southern Ohio, there weren’t a lot of opportunities for that.”

Michael lived in Portsmouth as a young child before his family moved to Bidwell. He ultimately graduated from high school in Meigs County.

“Keep pushing and keep your eye on the prize,” said Michael. “No matter where you are from, the sky is the limit and anything is possible. Since turning professional in magic and doing this full-time, I’ve been able to perform in 43 states and 15 countries. It’s been pretty remarkable being a Meigs and Gallia boy. I do a lot of celebrity and charity events across the country. I’ve been able to open up for The Temptations, Barenaked Ladies, Matisyahu and, just recently, Rascal Flatts.”

Michael said of all the shows he has done, however, his favorite is the show where he gets to return home.

Student tickets are anticipated to be around $10 and adult tickets are between $20 and $25, depending on seating. For more information, visit

Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.

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By Dean Wright