Illusions of grandeur

Magic wasn't a college major, but Blagg chose a path that paid dividends for his current career. He studied communications and business. For his senior project, he put on a full-scale magic show. He rented the theater, sold tickets, and advertised the show.

And of course, he stood on stage and performed.

Just as important to Blagg as being in front of the audience, where he can help them forget "work, gas prices, whatever it may be," is interacting with them after the show. He likes to linger in the lobby, talking to people about what they liked about the show and what else they want to see.

"Having that connection is so important," he said.

Just like when he did his first trick for his dad, Blagg still thrives on seeing the looks on people's faces when he performs. And, really, it's a pretty fun way to make a living.

"I'm like a big kid playing with big toys," he said.

Tickets for "The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE!" are $25 for adults and $12.50 for kids. For more information, visit www.palacealbany.com.""

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