P.E.I. audiences get one last chance to see master hypnotist Jason Cyrus before his growing popularity takes him to Niagara Falls
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Master hypnotist Jason Cyrus hopes to put the audience under his spell when he comes to the Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside on Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. It will be his last show on P.E.I. for a while as the Moncton performer will be taking his show to Niagara Falls.
Exciting things have been happening for master hypnotist Jason Cyrus ever since his performance on P.E.I., last year.
“It’s humbling, breathtaking. We’ve just been in shock with everything that has gone on,” says the Moncton-based entertainer, during a telephone interview.
Cyrus is referring to the news that the popularity of his family-oriented shows are catching on with casino and hotel managers. And he’s become very busy.
“We’ve just been getting so many huge opportunities,” says Cyrus, who will return to P.E.I. for a show at the Harbourfront Theatre on Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.
For example, last month he performed at the City Hall Theatre in Hamilton, Bermuda.
“It was an absolute huge hit. And now they want us to come back for three or four shows in April,” Cyrus says.
Negotiations are also taking place at an undisclosed casino in The Bahamas.
Closer to home, he performed “a spectacular show to a packed house” at Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax earlier this month.
“Our show usually lasts 90 minutes, but there were so many volunteers on stage, the show was over two hours long,” says Cyrus, who plans to create the same vibe at Casino New Brunswick in Moncton when he performs there on Saturday night.
“The pre-show music sets the tone for the evening. I’m honest with the audience, providing them with a complete description of what’s going to happen, how it’s going to happen and how the participants on stage are going to feel. Then I ask for volunteers to come on stage to be hypnotized.
“And I don’t embarrass anyone during the experience,” he says.
Besides the Maritime venues, he has been approached by the largest casinos in Ontario.
“This summer we were invited to do a test show at the Niagara Fallsview Casino, which is on the Canadian side of the border,” he says. “They were shocked by the quality and the professionalism of the show and they felt it could be a huge hit for the Niagara Falls region.”
And that is presenting him with his biggest opportunity yet.
“Niagara Falls is such a huge tourist attraction. And in our marketing research, we noticed that there aren’t a lot of performing arts or theatrical shows there.
“So, after three or four months of negotiations with the CEO of the amazing venue that seats 1,000 people, they decided to bring us in,” says Cyrus who has signed a tentative 51-date show deal that will see them performing during the Christmas holidays.
“And, if everything goes well, we will be performing weekends for January and February as well as a week straight during Ontario’s March break.
“That’s huge news for a small town boy from Minto, New Brunswick,” he says.
In addition to these dates, he’s fulfilling the contracts he already has
“Then, if all goes well, we’re back in Niagara Falls performing five nights a week from the July until Labour Day weekend.”
Because of his busy schedule, the Oct. 18 show in Summerside will be his last performance on P.E.I. for a long time.
“Honestly, I don’t know when we’ll be coming back.
“But I promise I will be back because Atlantic Canada is my home and we have such a fan base here, especially on P.E.I. where people have been so good to us.”
Sally Cole is a features writer with The Guardian. She welcomes comments about her column as well as suggestions for future columns from readers. She may be reached at email@example.com or by phone at 629-6000, ext. 6054.
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