The artistry of illusion comes to The Mendel Center

Friday, 16 February 2018 - 8:00pm

Event:               Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders

When:               Friday, February 16, 2018, 8 pm

Where:             The Mendel Center Mainstage at Lake Michigan College

                        2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Mendel Center Box Office, (269) 927-8700, option 1, or

Tickets:             $20 | $25 | $28 | $32


The artistry of illusion comes to The Mendel Center

Tickets for Vitaly: An Evening of Wonder are on sale now


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), Vitalybreathes 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, Vitalyhas 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.


Vitalywas 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 Weeklyproclaims, “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.




About The Mendel Center Mainstage: The 1,559-seat Mendel Center Mainstage Theatre offers state-of-the-art acoustics and comfortable seating in elegant surroundings. Other amenities include a new assistive listening system, free parking, handicap accessibility, and an array of special services including valet parking, catering and bar service for private pre- and post-show events, booster seats for children, non-spill cups for beverages inside the theatre, and premium seats in the Stage Side section.


The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan. The Mendel Center is one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). The GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.


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