Seasonal Special Happenings

Illusionist Joshua Seth

When: Thu., Feb. 3 2011

Like TV characters Patrick Jane in The Mentalist and Cal Lightman in Lie to Me, Joshua Seth has forged a career combining principles of cognitive science with a finely honed intuition. In Seth's case, he calls it "psychological illusion." And while he admits it's a skill, not magic, it's still pretty amazing to watch. The nationally known illusionist grew up in Kent, the son of two psychologists. "That provided me with a deep understanding of the human psyche," he says, which he augments by reading the subtleties of face and body language — probably with a little sleight-of-hand thrown in for good measure. The result is simply Beyond Belief, an intimate, interactive evening of mind reading and game playing that Seth brings to Kennedy's Cabaret in Playhouse Square. Tonight's 8 p.m. performance will be repeated on March 3 and 24. Seats are going for $39.50 at 216-241-6000 or at playhousesquare.org. But here's some real magic: Go to beyondbeliefshow.com and snag a promotional code that makes half the price disappear. — Elaine T. Cicora

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