Michael Grandinetti to Perform for Penn State Basketball and “It’s Magic” 60th

February 19, 2016 | In The News, Michael Grandinetti

MAGIC COAST TO COAST: Illustionist Michael Grandinetti to perform at halftime for Penn State Men’s Basketball and for the 60th Anniversary of “It’s Magic!” at Cerritos Center.

After a month of performances in Los Angeles, including a halftime show for USC Men’s Basketball and filming several new illusions for his third season on the hit CW series “Masters of Illusion” (premiering nationally in June), Michael Grandinetti is hitting the road, taking his magic across the US and then back to Southern California for a special historic performance.

Chicago Bulls Playoffs - Shrinking Girl Illusion

Chicago Bulls Playoffs – Shrinking Girl Illusion

PENN STATE BASKETBALL HALFTIME (February 25) – 15,000 people at Bryce Jordan Center, in University Park, Pennsylvania, will witness Michael’s magic with a 360 degree view when he performs the halftime show for the Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Men’s Basketball game. During the show, Michael plans to shrink a girl to the size of a basketball, create an unusual interactive illusion with everyone in the arena at the same time, and levitate 10ft above center court, while surrounded by the Penn State Cheerleaders, to reach the game ball for the second half. The game begins at 7:00pm EST and will be broadcast live on ESPN.

“IT’S MAGIC!” 60th ANNIVERSARY (March 13) – Michael is also honored to be the closing performer in the 60th Anniversary Edition of “It’s Magic!”, an annual Southern California theatrical spectacular that the Los Angeles Times has called “a must for magic fans of all ages!” Since its premiere in 1956, “It’s Magic!” has entertained hundreds of thousands of people, across several generations, making it the longest-running magic production in the country. Combining cutting-edge original illusions with a high energy blend of music, comedy, and unexpected surprises, Michael’s performance in this year’s show promises to captivate those in attendance. Theatergoers will witness Michael levitate high into the air under bright lights at the front of the stage, cause borrowed objects to travel through time, vanish half of his body, melt through a 7ft tall wall of solid, examined steel, and more. The upcoming show takes place at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, in Cerritos, California, and is produced by Terry Hill & Associates, who have been presenting concerts and shows for over 40 years, working with a wide range of performers from Bob Hope and Fred Astaire, to Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson.

Michael Grandinetti appears on a motorcycle on stage.

Appearing out of thin air on a motorcycle on stage.

Named by Entertainment Weekly as “a great magician who can truly communicate with a TV audience” Michael Grandinetti has gained a reputation around the world as a talented and innovative entertainer. Michael’s magic has been featured in national and international television specials and series (NBC’s The World’s Most Dangerous Magic, The CW’s Masters of Illusion, Pop’s “Don’t Blink”, Fox’s “Bones”, The Bold and the Beautiful, Sports Center, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight), at major league sporting events including NFL and NBA halftime shows and MLB baseball games, with Oscar-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch and symphony orchestras, in theaters, casinos, and arenas around the country, in Washington DC’s National Independence Day Parade, and at The White House. Michael was a featured performer in the 2015 Hollywood Christmas Parade, which was broadcast worldwide, and he recently created a special performance blending magic and live music with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, which received a standing ovation from the sold-out audience of 2,000 people at Mark C. Smith Concert Hall.

For more information on Michael Grandinetti, please visit www.michaelgrandinetti.com.