Mike Super doesn’t consider being a magician a job. The Phenomenon winner feels like he won the jackpot.
“I get to be a big kid and do what I love,” says Super, who plays the Chandler Center for the Arts on Saturday, September 22. “I’m a people person. I hear inspiring stories I’ve had people with terminal illnesses come. I provide a great one-and-a-half-hour show and filled with laughter. We all forget about our problems.
“I see parents dragging teenagers to their show under duress. I see people going through divorce or treatment for an illness and they say it’s the first time they’ve laughed or had fun in a year and a half. If I can do that for somebody, my goodness it’s great.”
An alum of America’s Got Talent, Super fills his shows with illusions that defy gravity and “control the elements” for the last 25 years. He controls the bodies of volunteers using voodoo magic, and he’ll control the environment.
“It’s a great escape,” he says. “Fans don’t expect it to be as funny as the show is. I try to put a show together that I could take my kids to. It has a universal age appeal.
“The one strength about my theater show is all age levels can watch it and take something out of it. It’s multilayered as far as humor and fun.”
Super has been into magic since he was a child when his parents took him to Disney World in Florida.
“I didn’t want to ride the ride and my mother said she paid too much to be there to not ride the rides,” he recalls. “She gave me $10 to spend at the magic shop so I wouldn’t complain. Asking ‘Why magic’ is kind of like asking, ‘Why is your favorite color blue?’ You just know.”
His parents have been supportive of his career. Initially, his father, a mill worker, rolled his eyes and thought it was funny. A teacher asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. He said a magician. The educator’s response? “That’s not a real job.”
That motivated the young Super. Now he tours most of the year. He’s working on several TV projects, about which he would not elaborate, and is readying his fourth military tour.
“They’re really close to my heart,” he says about the military tours. “I’ve always had a soft spot for the military and their family. The soldiers are making a sacrifice, but the families are also making a sacrifice. The kids have to go to a new base after two years. Anytime I can do a show for them to add normalcy to their lives I’m in.”
Mike Super, Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, 480.782.2680, chandlercenter.org, 7 p.m. Saturday, September 22, $36-$48.