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Nick Toombs at Evergreen Theatre.

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Like so many of his ancient predecessors — the mesmerists and electro-biologists who toured the pre-modern countryside demonstrating miraculous forces and animal magnetism — Nick Toombs came to the art of stage hypnotism by way of self study, delving into dusty books written before he was born. He also went to Las Vegas to learn from veteran hypnotists like Marc Savard and Justin James.

"A good chunk of my skills as a comedy hypnotist comes from me being a magician my entire life," says Toombs, who's performing a pair of very different shows this Friday at the Evergreen Theatre. "When I have someone in trance on a basic level, I temporarily manipulate the senses: touch, sight, sound, feel, taste," he explains. "You can expect to see your friends and family forgetting things as simple as their names and falling in love with a baby duck that doesn't exist or even dancing like a pop diva. And in their minds it's all 100 percent real."

Nick Toombs
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At 7 p.m. on Friday March 30th at The Evergreen Theatre, Toombs promises to take grownups on a wild Hypnotic Ride. But for the younger set (1st-7th graders or thereabouts), Toombs is performing a morning show as Dr. Wacky Science. "It's structured like my magic show in the sense that I do something different every 4 to 5 minutes and most experiments or effects have a volunteer," says Toombs crediting vintage Mr. Wizard videos as an inspiration. "My goal for this show has always been to motivate kids to check out books at the library and learn about the world around them," he says.

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