Ben Seidman, a comedian and magician performs in Somers Main Lounge on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 (Cable Photo/Maggie Grob)

REVIEW: Ben Seidman- Magically Funny!

Allissah Jerome
ajerome@css.edu

On Monday Feburary 20th, students were amazed and entertained by the comedic and magic act from Ben Seidman. Seidman has performed at countless venues for many shows, including a performance on “Penn and Teller: Fool Us, Magic Outlaws” on the Travel Channel and working as a creative consultant for “Mindfreak” on A&E.

Seidman opened his show at The College of St. Scholastica with a joke about Jews, Christians, and a guy on the street. Although the joke had a religious background, it was lighthearted and the audience laughed. Of course the joke was coupled with a magic trick about a guy on the street stealing items from Seidman only to have Seidman turn around and steal them right back from the man.

Ben kept his entire performance lighthearted with amazing magic tricks mixed in.

“[I] literally couldn’t stop laughing, and he was great with the crowd,” said Shea Kleinschmidt who attended the performance, “I loved his performance.”

Seidman’s tricks were impressive and there were no obvious faults in any of them. It’s always a bummer when the audience member on stage helping with the trick or other members of the audience find a fault in a magician’s work, but Seidman kept his tricks tight. Seidman had a running trick throughout his performance with one of the audience members. In the beginning of the show, Seidman managed to pin a twenty dollar bill to one student’s back, without the student even realizing it. At the end of the show, Seidman wanted to reward this student with a gift for being a good participate. The gift ended up being the student’s own credit card which Seidman snatched sometime throughout the show.

There were countless other tricks, of course, but you really had to see them to believe them. If Seidman performs at St. Scholastica again, you aren’t going to want to miss it!