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Be Amazed by Lon Cerel

By Keith Donaldsn

Rhode Island has been entertained for decades by Lon Cerel. A magician and comedian, Cerel has been spreading smiles around the Ocean State for more than 40 years. He took time to answer some of our questions.

How would you describe a Lon Cerel entertainment experience?

From the moment I walk out, my audiences are immediately aware that they're in for a fun and relaxing journey into mystery and the unbelievable. This year I am celebrating 40 years as a full-time Rhode Island based entertainer. As a professional comedian and magician, I engage my audiences on many levels. They become an integral part of the process. I love watching a group of spectators share in the excitement, surprise and disbelief with each other. My performances are filled with energy, punctuated by unexpected bursts of contagious laughter.

What separates you from other entertainers?

I am very proud to have been been voted RI's Best Party Entertainer for 3 years in a row. I pride myself on my flexibility, effortlessly mystifying and captivating the smallest of children; the casual party guests; and even the most skeptical and jaded corporate clients. I embrace the opportunity to introduce children and families into an impossible world of fantasy and magic. Nothing compares with the young "guest of honor" becoming the star of the show, and magically producing a real velveteen bunny! For teens and adults, I perform as a mentalist and "Thief of Thoughts", entertaining audiences with my astonishing mental abilities, and using my five natural senses to create the illusion of a sixth.

What else would you like to convey to the public about what you do? What do you enjoy about your job?

Performing for me has always been a labor of love. I consider myself a purveyor of mysteries, instilling in my audiences a sense of wonder, and an opportunity for them to embrace the unbelievable. Regardless of whatever complications and tribulations life may be presenting in the here and now, for a short bit of time, I offer a glimpse of the unexplainable, allowing everyone to share the magic. I am frequently being introduced to parents and grandparents that share with me memories of something I had done decades earlier. I am often reminded of what P.T. Barnum once said: "The noblest art is that of making others happy."

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