The artistry of illusion comes to The Mendel Center; Tickets for Vitaly: An Evening of Wonder are on sale now

December 14, 2017


BENTON HARBOR, MI – Faces that disappear from drivers’ licenses. Paintbrushes that paint on their own. Photographs that literally come to life before your eyes. Brace yourself for a whole new take on magic at The Mendel Center with Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders. This family-friendly, jaw-dropping performance is slated for Friday, February 16, 2018, at 8 p.m.


Vitaly is a world-class illusionist who has mystified fans from all over the world, including Las Vegas superstars Penn & Teller, whom he successfully fooled on their hit TV show, Fool Us. From bringing pictures and drawings to life to erasing people from their own driver’s licenses, Vitaly’s signature illusions leaves even the most jaded audience awestruck.


Reputed as “one of the most captivating and enjoyable illusionists performing in the world today” (Chilliwack Progress), Vitaly breathes innovation and artistry into the field of magic. He has the distinction of having invented and designed all of his illusions, treating spectators to a theatrical entertainment experience not seen anywhere else in the world. Not only do they witness the elegant rendering of the impossible, they are charmed by Vitaly’s engaging personality.


Now based in Vancouver, Vitaly has garnered rave reviews from CBC, The Vancouver Sun, and The Province, which has crowned him “the master of his own magical domain.” He continues to amaze people all over the world.


Vitaly was 14 when he discovered his passion for magic. Soon he was entertaining his friends and family with material he developed himself. Years later, he would abandon a career in engineering to focus on rebuilding people’s childlike sense of wonder and bridging the gap between dreams and reality.


Vancouver Weekly proclaims, “There’s a tendency to call our era the “seen-it-all” times. It’s hard to imagine that one man on a stage could offer much that we haven’t seen. But – with the help of our imaginations, and his – he does.”


Tickets for Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders are on sale at, through The Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-8700, option 1, and in person weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm at the box office located in The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor. Discounts are available for seniors, students and children, active military members, and veterans.


Groups of 10 or more receive discounts when orders are placed through The Mendel Center Box Office or online. Contact the box office about reserving private pre- and post-show party areas and transform your show experience into an employee appreciation party, birthday party, a gathering of good friends, or other celebration.


VIP Experience Packages

A limited number of VIP Experience packages are available for this performance. The package includes access to a private reception area before the show and during intermission, appetizers, a complimentary alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage, and door prizes. After the show VIP Experience ticket holders will have their photo taken with Vitaly during an exclusive meet and greet event. VIP Experience tickets are $25. Show and VIP Experience tickets are sold separately.


Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders is part of The Mendel Center's Discovery Series. The performance is sponsored by Chemical Bank, Holiday Inn Express & Suites – St. Joseph, and 98.3 The Coast, and has been made possible in part by the Gast Young People’s Performance Endowment.


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