Magic continues for Circus World illusionist
Circus World Museum illusionist Tristan Crist continues to perform daily in the fall
From: wisc news.com
By Annie Getsinger News Republic
The summer performance season is over at Circus World Museum, but the magic continues. The museum’s illusionist, Tristan Crist, will continue to perform two shows daily.
Crist performed at the Houdini Club of Wisconsin’s 75th annual convention last weekend in Middleton. He entertained audiences with the likes of Keith Fields, The Reed Sisters, Trent James and a handful of other magic acts from around the country.
“This was the first time,” Crist said of his performance. “Every year they bring in different entertainers and put together a stage show.”
Crist said he has never had a chance to attend the summer event.
“It was awesome just meeting other magicians,” Crist said. “It was an honor to be asked to perform, and it’s always fun to get together with other members of your profession.”
The club’s membership ranges from hobbyists and magic enthusiasts to full-time magicians.
Crist said there were some young magicians in attendance, and after his performance at the convention, some people even made the trip to Circus World to see his show.
In his act, Crist passes through a mirror, crawls through a spinning industrial fan and performs a number of other small- and large-scale illusions.
Crist said he considers Harry Houdini, who lived for a period in Wisconsin, a source of inspiration.
“When I was growing up, I read books about Houdini,” he said, adding that the famed performer was his first exposure to magic.
Crist will continue to perform his act with 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. shows daily until Oct. 25 and then weekday shows through Nov. 15.
“It slows down a lot, but it’s kind of nice because I have more time to actually talk to my audiences and meet the people and spend time with them,” he said. “That’s been really nice.”