Spencers: Theatre of Illusion




TICKETS: $15 / $20 / $25

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Theatre of Illusion features Kevin Spencer, an extraordinary magician, his wife Cindy, and “graduates” of Spencer’s Magic Camp in a dazzling show that combines storytelling, grand illusion, stage magic and audience participation. Suitable for children ages 4 and older, the sensory-friendly performance is designed to create an experience that is welcoming to all families with children with autism or other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities. The Spencers’ magical, modern-day Houdini exhibition features many never-before-seen, mind-boggling illusions with modified lighting and sound for those with sensory integration issues. Enjoy the drama, interaction and pure family-friendly entertainment of live magic!

Pre-performance book club!
Wednesday, March 1, 6PM
Free and open to the public. Join us for a pre-show discussion of Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism by Ron Suskind.


Professional Development

For Educators

Great for Special Education Teachers and Therapists working in a school setting!

In this workshop, magician Kevin Spencer demonstrates how magic and Phenomenon-Based learning encourages students to be curious, participate in the productive exchange of ideas, create, experiment and design. By the end of this 3 hour workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify the elements of Phenomenon-Based Learning
  • Explain the connections between Phenomenon-Based Learning and the MA Frameworks/Common Core
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the benefits of magic tricks for engagement
  • Design Units of study that include the appropriate ‘sense-making’ activities that help students process and “own” information in ways that work best for them
  • Analyze activities that illustrate outcomes in cognition, motor skills, communication, flexible thinking and social skills.

Monday, February 27th
Location: Zeiterion Theatre
Cost: $35


For Therapists

Join Kevin Spencer, a AOTA approved provider and internationally recognized magician, for a professional development designed specifically for Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech/Language Pathologists and Recreation Therapists. By the end of this 3 hour workshop, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the therapeutic benefits of magic tricks in client treatment
  • Distinguish which clients are appropriate for this type of treatment modality
  • Evaluate and identify which magic trick(s) can be most beneficial to achieve a specific client goal
  • Create an individualized client-centered treatment program by analyzing and assessing the movements required to perform particular magic tricks
  • Verify how to appropriately document this technique for insurance reimbursement.
  • Receive CEU’s

Tuesday, February 28th
Location: Zeiterion Theatre
Cost: $35


Magic Camp for Kids

A week long, after-school magic camp for kids! International Magician of the Year, Kevin Spencer, teaches campers how to perform some incredible tricks with everyday objects. This camp combines learning magic tricks with storytelling, music, theatre and creative movement. Through the art of magic, campers will explore their curiosity, develop their magical creativity, and discover new confidence. Spencer’s work is sensory friendly, and appropriate for students of all abilities.

Monday, February 27th – Friday, March 3rd
Suggested Ages: 8-12
Location: Zeiterion Theatre
Cost: $150 per student


As one of the longest running programs at The Z, ArtsBridge enriches the education of young people and engages our community through the diverse and inspiring productions we present each year. ArtsBridge makes connections – people to ideas, page to stage, audience to artist, theatre to the human spirit.