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"I Hate Rabbits" magic show comes to Augustana

January  18, 2012

James Galea

Australia’s number one magician, James Galea, will present the art of magic with a wicked sense of humor in his show on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 8 p.m. in Augustana College’s Centennial Hall.

Trading the traditional tuxedo and top hat for a pair of jeans and sneakers, Galea’s show “I Hate Rabbits” mixes magic with stand-up comedy. With quick hands and even quicker wit, Galea’s card tricks leave audiences both amazed and stumped.

“Often you see the same tricks, by the same people, in the same format,” said Galea. “I wanted to create a show that I knew my friends and I would want to see.”

At the age of 14, Galea learned magic from someone he thought was a magician. He later found out his mentor was a professional card shark and con man. However, the training proved valuable and he was named Australia’s Best Close-Up Magician at the age of 19.

Since then Galea has made a name for himself by entertaining audiences around the world, including Ellen DeGeneres and her studio audiences during multiple appearances on her show. Galea also has performed at the Flamingo Las Vegas and Hollywood’s legendary Magic Castle.

The community is invited to attend. General public tickets cost $8. Tickets are available at the Augustana Ticket Office, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, during regular business hours, or they can be charged by phone at (309) 794-7306. Tickets for Augustana faculty/staff (limit of four) and Augustana students with an ID are free; tickets may be picked up at the ticket office.

For more information about Galea or to watch a clip of him performing, visit

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833