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Caserta brings the magic to the State

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 by MEGHAN LAVERNE Special to The Press in Focus

As a child, choosing your career seems endless with the possibilities of astronaut, cowboy, or magician. David Caserta, 36, is living his childhood dream.

Caserta performs his "Haunted Illusions" magic show, 3 and 7 p.m. Oct. 27, State Theatre for The Arts, Easton, for the Halloween season. Caserta is the resident magician at the State, where he works as the theater's lighting designer.

This is the fourth appearance of "Haunted Illusions" at the State Theatre. In addition last August when he hung from the State Theatre marquee for three hours on the first day of season ticket sales at the theater, Caserta performed a levitation from the marquee in 2007.

Caserta, a graduate of Northampton Area High School and Muhlenberg College, was 12, when an elementary school teacher asked him to perform in the school talent show.

He says that's where it all began. From there, Caserta began doing shows at Musikfest and Mayfair, eventually convincing officials at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom to allow him to do a Halloween show there.

The "Haunted Illusions" show is very important to Caserta. He spends years perfecting new aspects of performances, all for a few shows one month of the year. This year, a new illusion he's created will include folding and unfolding shadows. The State Theatre's resident ghost, Fred, will make a guest appearance.

Since "Haunted Illusions" is designed for audiences of all ages, Caserta wants the show to be enjoyable for young audiences.

"I remember being a child and experiencing magic first-hand," he says.

One or two lucky audience members will join Caserta and his assistant on stage. "It's not just us up there," says Caserta.

Don't worry if the thought of a Halloween magic show seems a little too frightening, David assures he "didn't want it to be a spooky show." Halloween is merely a theme.

Other illusions to look forward to include disappearing acts and levitations.

There will also be an appearance by WFMZ meteorologist Amanda Cox at the 3 p.m. show and B104's Jeff Hurley at the 7 p.m. show.

And, of course, Caserta does the lighting and sound design for his show.