Renowned "extraordinist" Craig Karges will serve up his unique world where tables float, minds are read, metal bends and imaginations are challenged at a public performance at the 1891 Opera House in Fredonia on Friday at 8 p.m. to launch Family Weekend activities at SUNY Fredonia.
Karges, a perennial favorite on the college circuit, combines the art of magic with the science of psychology and the power of intuition to create extraordinary events live on stage. Not only has his touring show, "Experience the Extraordinary," mystified audiences of all ages, it's also been named one of the top five family/variety shows in North America by "Performance Magazine," the international touring talent weekly. The publication proclaimed it the "next era of mystery entertainment."
With that top five designation, Karges joins exclusive company that includes illusionist Davie Copperfield and Disney on Ice.
"No matter where I perform, I try to make my audiences feel they are part of something they have never experienced before and hopefully will never forget. My goal is to entertain my audiences through the creation of mystery and to open their minds to unlimited possibilities," Karges said.
Truly impressive is Karges' list of credentials. He's logged over 40 appearances on national television, including "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Larry King Live" as well as CNN Headline News, Fox News Channel and CNBC, and has starred in two one-hour specials. His accolades include National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Campus Entertainer of the Year (six times), NACA Variety Entertainer of the Year (12 times) and NACA Campus Entertainment Award recipient (18 times). All are record tallies.
So revered on campus is Karges that CNN Headline News anointed him "king of college campus entertainment."
Karges has also delighted visitors at Chautauqua Institution, where Vice-President and Director of Programming Marty Merkley described his performance as "marvelous, astounding, humorous and extremely entertaining."
At last count, the well-traveled entertainer has logged over 4,000 appearances in all 50 states as well as in 17 foreign countries on four continents. Karges is also a nationally recognized speaker and author of three books, "Ignite Your Intuition," "The Wizard's Legacy A Tale of Real Magic" and "Extraordinary Tales Stories from the Road." His tour schedule takes him to corporate events, theaters, universities and casino showrooms.
SUNY Fredonia's Spectrum Entertainment Board is thrilled to bring Karges back for his third performance; his first two shows were sell-outs. Tickets for this show, recommended for all ages, are $10 in advance, available online at www.fredonia.edu/campuslife/familyweekend.asp, and $12 at the door.