Magician on the Move
The High Country’s premier magician, Sammy “Magic’s Royal Duke” Cortino, is getting ready for the big time.
After spending several years based in western North Carolina, Cortino and his “leading lady,” Lyndsay Thomas, will take their unique show of illusions and mystery on the road, both in the United States and overseas.
Following the international tour, Cortino, an Appalachian State University graduate, will move his base of operations from Hickory to Nashville, Tenn.
Prior to embarking on the international tour, Cortino will premiere his new show at the Old Post Office Playhouse in Newton. This one-night-only show will take place on Friday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person.
For more information, or to reserve tickets, call the Old Post Office Playhouse box office at (828) 464-6128. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.
Cortino is now an Alkahest Artists and Attractions and Music City Artists professional performer.
Mystique runs through Sammy Cortino’s blood. His title in magic, “Magic’s Royal Duke,” can be traced to his 15th-century Sicilian royalty lineage. With Siegfried and Roy and Lance Burton endorsing his International Brotherhood of Magicians membership, the 22-year-old illusionist is giving audiences the essence of magic: inspiration to follow their dreams.
To Cortino, magic is an art, an image of life. Whether performing on a stage or using a restaurant table as his stage, his performance utilizes classic illusions incorporated into drama, music, dance, and comedy as a theatrical medium to express life and preserve magic’s foundation for future generations.
In his stage spectacle, Cortino showcases his vision of a back-to-basics approach to magic in its purest up-to-date form. Accompanied by his graceful “Leading Lady,” Lyndsay Thomas of Kent, he shares with audiences magic’s rich history by showcasing the art’s masters and presenting classic illusions like Houdini’s “Metamorphosis” or the renowned Gamolo Stage Levitation.
Through music, illusion and storytelling, tribute is paid to Cortino’s cousin Johnny Mercer. Mercer was co-founder of Capitol Records and collaborated with Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini and Ray Charles. By taking them on a journey to his vision of magic and making them a part of the onstage experience, Cortino is focusing on the people who make magic possible: the audience.
Lyndsay Thomas gives Cortino’s magic form with her graceful dance and bewitching beauty. Coming from the old country to connect with a new culture, Thomas joins Sammy from Maidstone, Kent County, England.
She started training in dance at age 2, studying ballet, tap, jazz and modern. After moving to North Carolina at age 14, Thomas began her studies in acting, which led to her appearance in “Dreamgirls” in Houston and several productions throughout North Carolina. She received a Best Actress and Best Character Actress award for her role as Abigail in “The Crucible” and for her role as the maid, Elizabeth, in “Death By Arrangement.”