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Mike Super coming to Columbia Theatre Jan. 5 -- and to NBC's 'Phenomenon' Oct. 31

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


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     HAMMOND – Illusionist Mike Super is already scheduled to bring his mesmerizing magical talents to Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Jan. 5. Meanwhile, you can get a sneak peek of his amazing talents on TV.

     Super, along with nine other mentalists, illusionists and mystifiers, has been selected for the new NBC television series “Phenomenon.”  He will be showcased on the new program’s two-hour Oct. 31 live episode.

     Super, who has been creating illusions since the age of six, has entertained thousands, including celebrities such as Regis Philbin, Joan Rivers, Paul Reiser and Robin Leach. His ever growing popularity has garnered him many prestigious honors including the 2002 Performing Arts Entertainer of the Year, 2003 American’s Best Entertainer of the Year, and the 2003 Best Live Novelty Performance.

     Donna Gay Anderson, director of the Columbia Theatre, is thrilled that Super was selected for the show.

     “I’m not surprised that Mike was chosen -- having seen him perform, I know how gifted he is,” she said. “But, what a coup for the Columbia that he is getting this wonderful national exposure!”

     “Phenomenon” is based on a successful Israeli version of the show judged and monitored by famed mentalist, Uri Geller and world-renowned mystifier, Criss Angel. The series showcases carefully selected mentalists who will compete live against one another each week by demonstrating a wide spectrum of mystifying talents on a panel of celebrity guests who experience the spellbinding illusions along with the studio audience.

     Both Geller and Angel will assess the contestant’s talents each week and offer their opinions.  The fate of the winner, however, is ultimately in the hands of the viewers at home, who will vote to determine who takes home $250,000 and becomes the next great mentalist.

     Tickets for the Columbia Theatre’s Jan. 5 show are $32, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $28, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; and $20, Orchestra 3 and Balcony 2. They are available online at or at the Columbia box office, 220 E. Thomas St., 985-543-4371. Box office hours are noon-5 p.m., weekdays, and one hour before performance times.

     For information about upcoming events in the Columbia Theatre’s 2007-08 season, visit or call (985) 543-4366 for a season brochure.

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