PHOTO CAPTION: Wayne Hoffman successfully bends a quarter inside the hand of Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Redondo, then a senior small group leader at the NCOA, during a performance last year at the NCO Academy.
August 15, 2013
By Sara E. Martin
Army Flier Staff Writer
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (August 15, 2013) -- Fort Rucker's mental sweet tooth is about to be satisfied because Wayne Hoffman, the illusionist and hypnotist, will return to the installation with his show, Mind Candy, Aug. 23 for the second time in as many years.
The show will be held at The Landing's ballroom at two times -- 7 and 9 p.m. Advance tickets are currently for sale at The Landing for $10, but patrons can also pay at the door for $15. The show is open to the public, ages 18 and up.
"People are going to see a celebrity act at this show," said Brian Jackson, Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation program manager. "It is something that is not common in our area and people requested it. We booked him right away after last year; people wanted to see him again."
The shows last an hour and a half each, and food and beverages will be available for purchase before and during the show.
Hoffman has performed for Disney cruises, toured world-wide, and has been featured on Phenomenon, The A-List, The Howard Stern Show, The Glenn Beck Show, Pawn Stars and the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
"It is an interactive show," said Jackson. "His shows are so entertaining; he is very impressive. Patrons are a part of the show, and he interacts with everyone, from people in the VIP sections to people in the far corners of the room."
For those wanting a closer look during the performance, VIP tables are positioned on the main floor and sell for $150. Each table seats 10 patrons.
"You get to pick which VIP table you want when you buy the table," said Jackson. "If you wait too long and the tables for the 7 p.m. show are all gone, chances are there are open tables for the later show."
Jackson said that the show is worth the ticket price because this type of show would cost anywhere from $30 to $50 elsewhere.
During Hoffman's performance last year there was a major power outage in The Landing, but Hoffman continued his show with a little help.
"Not a single patron got up and left," said Jackson. "They got out their cell phones and helped light up the room. He was still able to finish the show and people loved it. They were hooked.
"To get a show like this you would have to go to Atlanta, Chicago or Las Vegas," he added. "His material is original, - it is something different."
"I will be paying to see him again," said LeighAnn Dukes, DFMWR sponsorship and advertising sales manager. "I thoroughly enjoyed myself, though the lights went out. It was all-around good entertainment."
Jackson said that people will be skeptical of what he does, but that when they find out that he can name a patron's dog from when they were 7 years old they have a change of heart.
"He is not doing old card tricks you might see at a typical magic show. He will have a mixture of things that he did last year, but he has new material as well," he said. "His show is really never the same twice anyway, though."
Compared to some of the theaters that Hoffman has performed in, the setting in The Landing will be very intimate and will add a lot of atmosphere to the performance, according to Jackson.
"People will be able to have more of a personal experience with him," he said. "When he performed here last year, it was his first time performing at a military installation, so Wayne is very excited to be coming back."
Hoffman will perform sleight of hand tricks and mindreading, but mind control and predictions are also a part of the show.
"I told him two things about myself and he knew I was a football kicker before I got this job," said Jackson. "When I see people's reactions to him, I know they are as excited as I was."
Contact the catering office at The Landing for possible party combinations for VIP table seating at 598-2426.
For more information, call 255-9810.