Art may be magic, but you know what is even magic-ier? Actual magic. That's why gorgeous illusionist Ryan Oakes will be performing at this year's Fresh Art's Annual Benefit, Art is Magic, in New York this May.
A quality illusionist and magician, Oake's career took off when he he became the youngest person to win the Society of American Magicians' National Magic Competition in 1990. Since then, he's been touring the US at a breakneck pace, performing literally thousands of shows in a career that has spanned more than two decades.
Fresh Art is a New York-based charity that supports and displays the art of disadvantaged or disabled people throughout the city. To quote the charity's website:
Fresh Art was formed in September of 1997 by people active in social services and the arts who believe that disadvantaged and underserved individuals should be recognized for their talent and not solely for the obstacles in their lives. Fresh Art introduces these artists to the greater community with the belief that they will benefit in all aspects of their lives from being recognized for their cultural contribution to society.
The Art is Magic benefit begins at 6:30pm on May 8th at The Curator Gallery, 520 W 23rd Street (between 10 and 11 Avenues), New York. Tickets are on sale now and range from $75.00 for general admission or $125.00 for a VIP ticket that includes a "one-of-a-kind magical gift bag."