by Tricia Despres
Local magician Andrew Noyszewski knows the exact moment when magic came into his life…and never left. The setting was the eighth floor of Chicago's famed retailer Marshall Field's, and a magician decked out in a pristine black tuxedo was in the children's toy department amazing onlookers with his tricks.
"I was just transfixed," explains Noyszewski, who has been doing magic for over 30 years. "I fell in love with the whole idea of magic that day. Soon after, I received a magic set from my grandfather and when I was a freshman in high school, I joined a magic group. The rest is history."
Indeed, after giving up a career in corporate America, Noyszewski chose to make magic a full time job. As head of the family owned KidzMagic, Noyszewski travels across the Chicagoland area delighting crowds with his unique blend of family entertainment infused with incredible magical skills. Of course, sometimes those skills can only take one so far.
"There are many magicians out there that have phenomenal skills, but the kids are falling asleep just watching them," laughs Noyszewski, who will perform during the upcoming Kane County Cougars "Sunday Fundays" this summer. "In order to succeed, you also must have a certain amount of personality and showmanship. Magic itself hasn't changed in 1000 years. It resides on many of the same principles it always has. Yet, how you present the trick is what is really cool."
Noyszewski has worked professionally entertaining children at a diverse group of local venues, including schools, libraries, wedding receptions and corporate picnics. He has also done shows at both Brookfield and Lincoln Park Zoo along with Navy Pier. And while Noyswewski has a number of public events booked throughout the summer months, he still loves to perform at private parties for kids. "I have shows designed for everyone from preschoolers to highschoolers," he says. "One of the biggest benefits of our shows is that we involve the entire audience. And no matter whether the audience is 2 feet away or watching me on a big stage, they truly feel a part of the act."