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Illusionist set to amaze at fair
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Renowned illusionist Shane Wilbanks will perform Wednesday night at the fair and also provide an uplifting message.

If you’ve ever wanted to be cut into thirds, Wednesday night could be your chance.

Popular illusionist Shane Wilbanks will be performing Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the grandstand as part of the Warren County A&L Fair. Admission to the fair, and the Wilbanks show, are free.

“I will be asking for volunteers on stage,” said Wilbanks. “I will have one of the volunteers floating on stage and during another segment I will be cutting a person into three segments and then restoring them back together. It’s a great, family friendly show for all ages. There will be comedy. There will be some mind reading. There will also be some elements of danger.”

Wilbanks is making an appearance at the fair thanks to sponsorship from the Central Baptist Association and First Baptist Church. He performs at schools with an anti-bullying, anti-drug message, at churches, and community events like our fair.

During one stretch over the summer, Wilbanks did 54 shows in six weeks, sometimes performing twice a day.

“I want to make God’s love known to the community,” said Wilbanks. “It’s a positive, encouraging, uplifting message we all need to hear.”

Wilbanks will be doing tricks similar to two legendary illusionists in Harry Houdini and David Copperfield. 

Wilbanks will be tied up with rope by members of the audience and he will try to escape, a la Houdini. In channeling his inner Copperfield, who once did an illusion where he made the Statue of Liberty vanish, Wilbanks said he will make a large object at the fair disappear. He will also have a box used by Copperfield in 1974 during his first professional show when he was just 17.

“The box is a one-of-a-kind thing,” said Wilbanks, who says he prefers the term illusionist to magician. “For some people, magician can have a negative connotation. The art of illusion has been around for thousands of years. What you’re seeing will look real, but in reality it’s not.”