TWIN FALLS • In 2007, NBC Television brought together a dozen magicians for a multiweek competition called Phenomenon. One by one, audience votes eliminated magicians until only one remained. The last magician standing: Mike Super.
Super will headline this year’s Change for Children fundraiser, 7:30 p.m. March 24 at the College of Southern Idaho’s Fine Arts Auditorium.
Since the NBC program, he has toured and in 2011 received the Merlin Award; other winners in past years include David Copperfield, Penn and Teller, Criss Angel and Siegfried and Roy. Super has won awards from college campus entertainment booking organizations and was featured on a French television program on magic and on the “Ellen Degeneres Show.” Many of his illusions are available on YouTube.
Change for Children is an annual fundraiser sponsored by the CSI Student Senate. Each year, the senators select children or families in the community with special needs, a CSI press release sad. Two children’s families will receive the funding this year: Tucker D’Ambra has a rare brain disease called moyamoya syndrome and has suffered multiple strokes, as did his twin brother. Tristan Durtshi was born with another rare disease called hypertonia; among Tristan’s symptoms has been a tendency to bite his lips and tongue.
Tristan and his parents were featured on the Discovery Channel’s “Medical Mysteries” series in an episode titled “The Boy Who Bit Himself,” the CSI release said.
CSI Student Senators started fundraising activities in February leading up to the March 24 show. Admission to the Mike Super performance will be by donation. Students encourage audience members to give whatever they can. A raffle with prizes donated by local merchants will provide another way to donate.