Buctainment will be bringing celebrated magician and mind-reader Ran’D Shine to perform at ETSU Thursday, April 14. The show will take place at 7 p.m. in the Cave of the D.P Culp University Center.
However, Shine will also be on campus throughout the day performing street magic for passersby.
Originally hailing from Philadelphia, Shine has performed all over the world, even taking the stage for the “Salute to Heroes” at President Obama’s 44th Presidential Inauguration Banquet and Ball. As a magic historian and “educator of magic,” Shine has lectured all across the U.S., as well as in Japan, Guam and Korea. He has also performed a one man show, titled “Mysterious Ways,” in South Africa and was chosen as one of 20 acts to perform at the South African National Arts Festival.
He has also appeared on television numerous times, including NBC’s “10 Show” and “Penn and Teller’s Fool Us.” As a producer with his own company, Shine Entertainment, he has worked on shows such as “Parralax,” “Collaboration” and “Heart & Soul of Magic,” a tour featuring various African-American magicians, which was the first of its kind. Between all these projects, Shine also performs at hospitals, entertaining children with terminal illnesses.
Ran’D Shine’s act includes some incredible feats, including mind-reading, card tricks and illusions. Many of these involve audience participation. Shine also incorporates comedy into the act, sharing laughs with his volunteers.
“I just like to share my gift, my magic, with them,” said Shine, speaking on his connection with his audience. Judging from the reactions on the videos on his website, Shine’s audiences feel that connection.
Thankfully, Shine’s extensive travels have brought him to our own East Tennessee State University today. If interested, grab some Starbucks and enjoy a performance that is sure to entertain and amaze.