Vietnamese Student Association at Louisiana State University

Most Outstanding Performance - Ben Irino Magic Show

List of everyone involved in this performance. Please include: first and last names, whether or not they attended your school during the time of the performance, and their roles for the performance.

Ben Irino (Magician), Joe Schuette (Speaker), Katarina Nguyen (Volunteer). Ben and Joe were LSU students at the time of the performance. Katarina was not.

Why does this performance deserve to be recognized for this award? 

VSA-LSU is comprised of many talented students, and it’s a pleasure to have them showcase their work during events such as Spotlight and VEGA Night. Ben’s magic show brought viewers back to a state of wonder, a feeling where people forget about what they know. All talents require some sort of skill, but magic demands viewers’ attention and doesn’t require any awkward introductions because the magic speaks for itself. The participant in the video recalled Ben’s trick leaving her speechless. Her eyes never left the deck of cards he was using, hoping she would solve the mystery behind the trick. Whenever the trick proved to be successful, the participant’s eyes lit up and her jaw dropped. That feeling was reciprocated by each of the audience members, and the crowd was in an uproar. The simplicity of Ben’s magic trick not only shocked the crowd, but it also became a talking point for the remainder of the night. For this award, VSA-LSU chose a performance that left the crowd in wonder and brought our members together in celebration over the performance, and Ben’s magic show successfully accomplished these two qualifications.