Illusionist Kid Ace mystifies Ferris State University students

Ace: "When the students come in, the energy is through the roof"

BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State University students got the chance to meet and be mystified by illusionist Kid Ace Tuesday night.

Ace has been on everything from talk shows hosted by Kelly Clarkson, Steve Harvey to Netflix's “Bill Nye Saves the World.”

Of all the places he’s been, Ace said his favorite audiences are college students.

“I do a lot of college campuses, all across the country like the East Coast, the West Coast, and everything in between. I love it. It's my favorite audience,” he said.

Ace said college students usually have an open mind and can appreciate the spirit of magic, albeit in different ways.

“Some people sit down to enjoy it completely. They free their mind, and they want to see where this can take them,” he said. “Other people view magic as a puzzle. The whole show, they're trying to figure each little thing out. Those are always fun because they're usually engineers or engineering majors.”

He said college students come to his shows on their own time, and they want to participate and come up on stage, which Ace makes a more comfortable experience for them.

“The people who want to be here really love it. They give me a lot of energy, which is fun,” he said. “It's okay to let your guard down and experience fun and be mystified.”

Ace performed a variety of brain-teasing tricks, and each student had their favorite. One student, Braden Cowell, said his favorite trick was when Ace made a dollar bill appear inside a navel orange, while his friend Brady Hebert liked when he turned water into wine.

“It’s kinda scary, like the Second Coming,” he said.

Another student, Bella Balistreri said she liked how unpredictable the show was. Her friend Maddie Hickman said she liked how many tricks he performed that she had never seen before. The two friends, who both got to be a part of the show, were left speechless by the end.

“I don’t know how he does it,” Hickman said.

Ace described himself as a “former class clown” and tries to relax people when they come onstage, as he’s completely being himself and wants to encourage others to do the same.

“I pride myself on my style of magic, disarming people and allowing them to be relaxed because sometimes the stage could be uncomfortable for  most,” he said.

The event took place at the David L. Eisler Center in one of the ballrooms and was organized as part of the Entertainment Unlimited Student Programming Board, which Ace had the opportunity to meet before the show.

“I'm excited. I met some of the student programmers at a conference in which they booked their entertainment for the year, which is pretty neat,” he said.

Ace was especially excited about the show at Ferris as it was an opportunity to test some tricks he hadn’t performed for an audience before.

“It's not like I'm just running through the motions. I'm getting to parts of this show that I can't wait to see what the reactions are going to be. I'm super excited. That's just my emotion right now. I can't wait to try out some of these new pieces,” he said.

Ace said college shows are his opportunity to feel a lot of energy from the crowd.

“As a magician, it’s very rare that we get to feel like rockstars. When there's a fresh batch of students that come in, the energy is through the roof,” he said.