Sunday, June 03, 2012

Cardone in the New York Daily News !

For Adam Cardone, magic works as a great escape


Queens performer knows most every trick in the book to turn fantasy into reality

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Escape artist and illusionist Adam Cardone has always been a showman.
“I’ve been an extrovert in my home life,” he says, “so why be any different in my professional life?”
Make that lives for this Queens multitasker.
Tomorrow, he’s on the bill in “The Olde Time Coney Island Strongman Spectacular,” a free event on W. 12th St. and the Bowery in Brooklyn. His act starts at 1:45 p.m. Inspired by Harry Houdini, he’ll attempt to free himself from an old-fashioned milk can filled to the brim with water.
And through July 31, he’s a featured performer in “House of Ghostly Haunts,” a Tuesday night spook show at the Canal Park Playhouse (508 Canal St.). Tickets: $20; (866) 811-4111.
The offbeat shows are par for the course for Cardone, who studied acting at Carnegie Mellon University but found straight theatrical roles trying.
“For me, an artist takes reality and turns it into fantasy,” he says. “A magician takes fantasy and turns it into reality.
“If you type ‘milk can escape’ into Google,” he continues, “it immediately comes up with the secret to the trick. I start my show by telling the audience Houdini’s way.”
He goes on to explain that his act is no illusion and that the dangers of the escape are nothing if not genuine. The straitjacket is real, the locks are real, and the possibility of it all going very wrong is the most real of all.
No wonder his show comes with a tagline: “A claustrophobic hell. A watery grave awaits.”
Don’t count on it.

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