At 7 a.m., Jan. 30, inside the Beck Auditorium in Klinefelter Hall at Dickinson State University, minds were theoretically blown when illusionist Bryan Drake presented his show, Dual Reality.
For nearly two hours Drake performed illusions, offered humorous anecdotes and gave his own personal testimony of God. The campus Christian Ministry Organization, Cru, invited Drake to come visit DSU and to share his spiritual humor and amazement.
“We’ve been on the road for about 12 years now, coast-to-coast and different countries and it is a lot of fun,” Drake said. “My wife is the brain of the operation, she comes up with a lot of our routine. It's a blessing to be able to work together and do this bewildering artform.”
Normally Drake would be assisted by his wife, Karla, but instead had his nephew, Jake Cassidy, by his side helping with audio and setting the stage.
“It is a unique and fun experience, I get to go to places I have never been to before spreading the word of God,” Cassidy said.
Drake’s gimmick was to expose his craft as nothing more than makeshift trickery, making that soundly clear at the beginning of his set. Still, he left audience members confused and surprised with his tricks of illusion and psychology.
“He guessed the name that I wrote down and I have no idea how he did it!” Mia Rogerson, who got to participate in one of the illusions, said. “I am so blown away, he is great at what he does.”
More information about the Bryan Drake Show can be found on his website and social media, BryanDrakeShow, including booking information. This was Drake's first time in Dickinson and he is expected to perform at the University of Jamestown next.