Posted by: Melissa Kvidahl | April 20, 2012

A Bit of Magic on Rutgers Day

At age 5, Eric Wilzig asked his father to buy him a simple coin trick.

“I practiced and practiced that coin trick and showed it to all my friends, family, and just about anyone who would watch,” the sophomore finance major said. “Seeing the amazed reaction on their faces, their smiles, that emotion is really what made me continue to pursue magic for over 15 years to this very day.”

Indeed, as they say, the rest is history. Eric’s passion for magic has brought him to Las Vegas to learn from the best in the industry (David Copperfield and Criss Angel, just to name a few), and led to sold-out shows in Atlantic City’s Tropicana and Caesars casinos, Times Square’s famous Performing Arts Center, and venues in Europe, Israel, the Caribbean, and Ukraine. And now, you can see him on Rutgers Day.

Combining never-before-seen illusions, heart-racing escapes, and outrageous stunts, Eric strives to make his show modern for the 21st century, drawing inspiration from classic magic but always creating something new for the audience. “In a single show you might see me make an audience member float six feet off the ground, cut my assistant in half in a way never done before, or even catch a signed paintball travelling at 250 mph in my mouth,” he said.

Perhaps the real magic here is that Eric balances a full-time course load at Rutgers with his budding career.  Catch “The Extreme Magic of Eric” at 2:45 p.m. on the Busch Campus’ Big R Stage.


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