Springfield College students were treated to the best of both worlds Wednesday night, as “stand-up magician” Derek Hughes dazzled all in attendance at the Richard B. Flynn Campus Union.
Hughes utilized Springfield as his warm-up act for the three-day stint he has planned at the Mac King Showroom in Las Vegas.
Hughes has been acclaimed by sources such as David Blaine, The Chicago Reader and The New York Times among others. He certainly lived up to the expectations, as he put on an unforgettable performance on what was his third appearance at “the steps” as he put it of Springfield College.
He got the audience involved on every trick of his, which included name guessing, card tricks and a barrage of others that got the crowd laughing and gasping simultaneously as well.
As music played in the background, he stunned the audience with his tricks, but provided a brief armistice every couple of minutes to tend to the stand-up aspect of his routine.
His most notable trick, however, came at the very end. It started off as what appeared to be just another card trick, until he called up a “skeptic” as he put it. A skeptic in his eyes, was someone who walked in late and somewhat scowled every time Hughes performed a trick. Hughes eliminated any shadow of a doubt from the skeptical student, as he had him choose a card in his mind. Upon shuffling the deck, Hughes realized that the card was not in the deck, rather in an envelope at a table in the perimeter of the Union. Low and behold, the card that the student chose – the eight of diamonds – was in the envelope, sending the students of Springfield back home amazed.
The trip to Springfield was certainly not an easy one from Hughes’ hometown of Los Angeles, but it is a price he is willing to play.
“I love coming here,” he said, and upon learning the hoops he jumped through to get on campus, it certainly appears to be a genuine statement. “It was a 12:40 a.m. departure from Los Angeles…connecting through Minneapolis, arrival time in Hartford a little after 10 a.m.” he said, with a grin that certainly indicated his understanding of the physical toll traveling causes, especially with a road warrior like himself.
He did manage to get a nap, however, before making the final trek to Springfield College for his set.
Overall, the night was great for all in attendance and Hughes and the Springfield College community alike are looking forward to his fourth return, whenver that may be.
You can follow Derek Hughes on twitter @standupmagician, and you can find more of his work at standupmagician.com.