Maxwell Blade, a Hot Springs-based entertainer, recently performed a magic and comedy show for students and faculty at Star City High School.
The performance was sponsored by the high school’s art club and provided free to students and faculty as a cultural enrichment stressbuster.
The hour-long show included a wide range of illusions as well as comedy, audience participation, and music. During the show, Blade performed several Elton John songs.
“Mr. Blade put on an excellent show. It was a perfect blend of magic, comedy, and magic,” said Star City High School Art Club advisor Roger Darren High. “The Art Club is proud to have been able to provide our students with such a high quality show.”
After the performance, Blade autographed photos and posed for photographs with students.
Maxwell Blade has been in Hot Springs for twenty-four years. He learned to play the piano and drums by ear, and at age eight began playing at a local church. He auditioned for a rock band at twenty-one, and toured with Exit Five, later Shark Avenue, for eight years. The band was successful during the 80s, and released two albums. His greatest musical influence is Elton John. When Blade was 10 years old he saw his first magic show on television. The magic of Mark Wilson inspired him to learn the ancient art of magic. During the music tour he began performing magic in front of the band. The crowds loved it. Blade attributes his success, skill, and passion, for performance art, to this early time in his career. The illusion show toured for two years before settling in Hot Springs in 1996.