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Paul Gertner: Ten Fingers: A Play of Magic 

When: Sat., June 4, 5 p.m., Sun., June 5, 12 & 3 p.m., Tue., June 7, 7 p.m., Wed., June 8, 7 p.m., Sat., June 11, 12 & 3 p.m. and Sun., June 12, 1 p.m. 2011
Phone: (866) 811-4111
Price: $21/adults, $16/ages 8-16
www.piccolospoleto.com
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No clowns in this show. Paul Gertner can't make an elephant out of a balloon, and he steers clear of oversized shoes and red noses. So for families expecting something akin to a fancy child's birthday party, it may be best to look elsewhere. Sleight-of-hand tricks are his forte, and his measure of success is fooling even the most astute college-educated viewer.

Story of a young magician. The play follows Gertner's life with magic, from picking up tricks in library books to winning the Olympics of Magic. Gertner punctuates the biography by performing his favorite illusions along the way, giving the audience an up-close look at the tricks that have made him one of the best in the biz.

A famous fan club. His mysterious hands have picked up some notable followers over the years. Johnny Carson was one admirer of Gertner's nimble fingers. For those too young to know Jay Leno wasn't always the dictator of late-night TV, YouTube has clips of the young magician performing on The Tonight Show.

— Cara Kelly
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