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Professor Algernon brings magic, steampunk to Civic

PROFESSOR ALGERNON performs Saturday, Aug. 9, in two shows at The Dalles Civic Auditorium.

PROFESSOR ALGERNON performs Saturday, Aug. 9, in two shows at The Dalles Civic Auditorium.

Professor Algernon, a magician with an international fan base, will bring his Steampunk “World of Oddities and Wonders” to The Dalles Civic Auditorium Saturday, Aug. 9, with a children’s show at 3 p.m. and a general family show at 7 p.m.

Along with his magical troupe — a gypsy princess, dwarf engineer, and a human fairy — the Professor will take his audience on a whirlwind tour through time and space with full-stage illusions and clean, family-friendly humor.

The one-hour children’s show is $8 for ages 5 to 12 and $10 for 13 and older. The 90-minute family show is $10 for ages 5 to 12 and $12 for 13 and older. Children 4 and younger are free. Tickets will be available at the door.

Professor Algernon, AKA Scot Violette, is a native of Eastern Oregon, a graduate of Imbler High School, and an alumni of Eastern Oregon University. Scot began studying the art of magic at 9 years old and has performed for more than 30 years. The show he presents now is a culmination of years of practice, trial and error, education, and love for his craft. Violette has performed in a multitude of worldwide venues: corporate retreats, conventions, summer camps, theaters, schools, service clubs, parties of all sizes, and even a USO tour.

In 2009, he transformed his show into a Steampunk extravaganza and has never looked back. Love of the genre’s Victorian aesthetics, wide variety, beautiful art and depth of character brings an exciting breath of life into the show.

“Think Indiana Jones, Dr. Who, Harry Houdini, Jules Verne and Benjamin Franklin. Throw in a little humor, costumes, Steampunk and you might come close to Professor Horatio Octavius Algernon,” wrote Linda Gast in the Sierra Sun Times.

“It’s a weird and zany world when the professor takes the stage, in which words have double meanings, where less is more and nothing is everything,” wrote Debbie Croft in the Merced Sun Star.

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