What's in the box? Illusionist's headline predictions 'hanging around' to promote Columbia performance
Contact: Christina Chapple
WHAT’S IN THAT BOX? -- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards, right, and the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts' Pete Pfeil, associate director for operations and production, lock the box containing Mike Super's Hammond Daily Star headlines prediction before hoisting the box to the second story of the Northshore Broadcasting building on East Thomas St. in downtown Hammond.
HAMMOND – Okay, so what’s with the box hanging from the corner of the Northshore Broadcasting building in the middle of downtown Hammond?
Here’s the scoop …
In the box is a cassette tape containing famed illusionist Mike Super’s prediction of what he believes the headlines of the Hammond Daily Star will be on Jan. 4 -- the day before he performs at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
The box has been personally locked by Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards – and he’s keeping the key. The locked box has been suspended from the radio station building at a tamper-resistant second-story height. (It’s right outside DJ “Johnny in the Morning” Chauvin’s studio window. He’s promised to keep an eye on it.)
At noon on the day of Super’s show – Jan. 5 – the box will be retrieved from the radio station, Edwards will hand over the key, and the tape will be played. If Super’s headlines predictions are wrong, he will personally refund patrons who purchased their tickets prior to Jan. 5.
With his natural ability to entertain and fascinate people, Super -- winner of the recent hit NBC show "Phenomenon" -- has pioneered a new form of magic with his own unmatched style and personality. His talent transcends “trick” and he connects personally with his audience on a level to which they can relate.
For instance, said Columbia Director Donna Gay Anderson, “Mike will make an audience member levitate four and a half feet off the ground with absolutely no connections of any kind. He will control the elements and make it snow from his bare hands. He breathes life into a piece of paper and it actually dances in a total stranger's hands...and that's only 10 minutes of the show!”
Super’s prestigious honors include the 2002 Performing Arts Entertainer of the Year, 2003 America’s Best Entertainer of the Year, and the 2003 Best Live Novelty Performance.
Tickets for his 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5 performance are $32, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $29, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; and 20, Orchestra 3 and Balcony 2. Tickets can be ordered online at www.columbiatheatre.org or at the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 E. Thomas St., noon-5 p.m., weekdays. The box office can be reached at 985-543-4371.