Comedy and magic to enchant McKinney Theatre Saturday

An Evening of Comedy and Magic will feature four magicians, Dr. Arthur Benjamin, Arthur Trace, Eric Buss and Brandon Scott, performing inside the McKinney Theatre Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Benjamin describes fellow magician, Eric Buss as one of the silliest magicians you will see and describes Brandon Scott as a great illusionist.

Dr. Benjamin has appeared on the television show, The Colbert Report and has been called “America’s Best Math Whiz” according to Reader’s Digest Magazine. He is a professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont where he has taught for 25 years.

Dr. Benjamin’s performances mixes magic with mathematics and audience participation to entertain.

“I love the audience’s surprise in having fun with math,” Dr. Benjamin said over a phone interview with Lariat news. “You don’t hear the words fun and math together often.”

The four magicians will perform separate shows in one night. Arthur Trace will be one of the magicians that will share the stage with Dr. Benjamin.

“Arthur Trace is extremely creative and very artistic,” Dr. Benjamin said about Trace.

During a phone interview with Lariat news, Trace describes his magic as a form of art with truth. “A lot of people aren’t exposed to great magic,” Trace said. “A lot of people don’t see magic as an art-form.”

Trace is a magician that mixes comedy with creativity to create performances that entertain audiences. Trace calls his style of magic “Artful Deception.”

Trace has won numerous awards in the field of magic, one of them is the Gold Medal International Award of Excellence from the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He also appeared on the television show, Masters of Illusion.

Trace has been practicing magic since the age of eight and credits magician David Copperfield as an influence to his career.

“Great magic performances takes years of thought and practice. Many of the pieces are original,” Trace said. “It (magic) is a passion for me.”

Trace said that the rewarding aspect of his shows is entertaining the audience and seeing the reaction from them after introducing a new trick.

Trace hints that in his upcoming performance in the McKinney Theatre he will revolve around a famous post modern painting, but he didn’t want to give to much information away about the upcoming show.

“Come in willing to have fun, don’t have assumptions. We will take you to a great place with our performance,” Trace said.


$32 for general admission

$30 for students/seniors

$25 for children 12 and under


Saddleback Fine Arts


Dr. Arthur Benjamin

Story by Anibal Santos | Lariat