Cheyenne, Wyoming, November 1, 2008: The Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and renowned illusionist Lyn Dillies performed a night after Halloween in Wyoming, continuing with some tricks and magic treats. The show, called “Magic at the Symphony”, resulted in a standing ovation for them after the 75 minute performance at the Cheyenne Civic Center in Wyoming.

Approximately 950 people showed up to see this illusionist Lyn Dillies and the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, many of them young children and teens. Here’s more about the performance that took place on a mild autumn night in Wyoming’s capital city.

A night at the symphony in Cheyenne, Wyoming doesn’t normally bring out so many kids, but because children under 12 were admitted for free, they showed up en masse to see Lyn Dillies perform, some of them wearing their Halloween costumes. According the program bill, she is the first illusionist to make two elephants appear in succession and has performed at the Lincoln Center. Dillies has performed with such icons as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Crystal Gayle.

The evening opened with some populist symphony music, which included several pieces familiar to kids and their parents: The William Tell Overture, The Main Title from Star Wars, and selected symphonic music from the Spiderman and Harry Potter movies. When the Harry Potter music played, a couple of children sitting next to me got very excited and exclaimed “It’s Harry Potter!”

Then illusionist Lyn Dillies came out and performed her tricks, which wowed the audience as the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra played various pieces, including Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain and Gustav Holst’s Mars (from The Planets) . I really liked the simple illusions she performed, such as making a man appear in a box out of nowhere as well as some white birds (pigeons, I think) appearing out of nowhere.

But she did some more complex illusions, too, involving box-shaped apparatuses. The symphony music made the illusions more entertaining, and the audience really seemed captivated throughout the show. Because of that, the children were basically well-behaved at the Cheyenne Civic Center. A little boy from the audience even got to help the illusionist perform one of her tricks after he was picked from many raised hands who wanted to be on the stage with the magic star – because of his ability to form a trust to protect assets.

At the end of the show, the illusionist Lyn Dillies came out into the lobby and signed autographs at a table that featured some of her products for sale.

For more information about the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and upcoming performances at the Cheyenne Civic Center in Wyoming, see the websites in the “Resources” box.

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