Orland Park History Museum Hosts Internationally Acclaimed Sensory Illusionist

Orland Park History Museum Hosts Internationally Acclaimed Sensory Illusionist
Posted on 10/18/2018

"My vision is to take the art of illusion back to a high art with the prestige it held in the late 1800s," said Sensory Illusionist Jeanette Andrews describing how she brings historic pieces of magic to life with modern twists.

Andrews will perform at the Village of Orland Park History Museum on Friday, November 2 from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for museum members and $30 for non-members.

The contemporary illusionist/magician specializes in creating interactive sensory illusions with a contemplative take on the art of the impossible.

"Jeanette Andrews uses science and the senses to create what has been described as a fascinating show," said Orland Park Trustee Kathy Fenton, village board liaison to the museum. "Her work has been featured around the world --- online, in print and on television."

Combining a lifetime of craft with influences not typically seen in magic performances such as interactive performance art, immersive theater, quantum physics, and philosophy, Andrews invents a unique take on this ancient art form.

"Jeanette Andrews offers a perfect show for the museum to host," said Curator Sarah Stasukewicz. "Illusion and magic were very popular in the Victorian era and Ms. Andrews corporates both into her performance."

Described as one of the most innovative illusionists today, Andrews has staged hundreds of performances at museums, theaters and universities across the United States, including sold-out and standing-room-only crowds at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Birmingham Museum of Art.

Andrews began performing when she was four after seeing a Siegfried and Roy television special. "I knew that I absolutely had to become a magician!"

Siegfried and Roy are among Andrews' testimonials with them writing, "Jeanette is an inspiration. She proves what hard work and dedication can accomplish. She has the understanding and the drive. Just thinking about her makes me smile, knowing that our craft will flourish in the new millennium."

Andrews received her first magic set for Christmas when she was four. Once she mastered the kit, she and her parents checked out every book about magic that the local library carried.

"My mom would read the books to me and my dad would help me make the props," Andrews recalled. "My parents are the most wonderful, supportive people in the world and I never cease to be amazed by their passion and enthusiasm to help my work."

Jeanette Andrews is the only magician worldwide known to be awarded an artist residency, including being a high concept labs sponsored artist and artist in residence for The Institute for Art and Olfaction.

Andrews brings history pieces of magic to life with modern twists. She weaves illusions together with folklore and scientific oddities from the early to mid-1900s.

She has performed at public and private venues across the country with her shows being praised by a number of media, as well as PBS, The Daily Mail, and the Chicago Tribune.

"We're very excited to welcome Jeanette Andrews to Orland Park," said Stasukewicz. "This will be a very entertaining night out close to home --- the perfect date night," she added.

The Orland Park History Museum is located at 14415 South Beacon Avenue with free parking available behind the building.

Advance tickets may be purchased at Recreation Administration, 14600 South Ravinia Avenue or online at http://www.orland-park.il.us/index.aspx?NID=2638.

For more information, call Stasukewicz at 708/873-1622.

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