The post below is part of a series of posts about the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events for which I have been selected to be a 2019 Pittsburgh Marathon official blogger. I’ve received my race registration fee in exchange for promotion of the event. All opinions are 100% my own.
Are your kiddos ready to run in the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon’s Chick-fil-A Kids’ Marathon? The ‘lil Burghers are excited to start hitting the trail to get their “official” training going, but first we’ll be checking out this event on March 2:
Join the Kids of Steel team from 9 AM to 12 PM on Saturday, March 2 at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex to kick off training season and get race day ready! There will be a selfie station, nutrition lessons from Let’s Move Pittsburgh, runs on the indoor track and several family-friendly training activities led by local fitness experts.
PSST! If you still need to sign up for the Marathon or Half, make sure you do and let them know I sent you by using WILLISDSGPM19 as your code when you sign up. You’ll save $10 when you do! Register here.
In exchange for our
review and providing you with information, we received tickets to Liberty
Magic to see Eric Jones in “IMPOSSIBLE”. No
other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% our own.
As parents, Greg and I find it extremely important to make
sure that we keep dating each other. When Pittsburgh Cultural Trust asked us to
check out their new venue Liberty Magic and watch Eric Jones in “IMPOSSIBLE”, it gave us a great “excuse” to get out
for an evening and leave the kiddos with Unca.
Truth be told, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I mean, how
many coins can be hidden and pulled from behind someone’s ears and it still wow a person? But the venue seemed cool
and we have a history of meeting people from America’s Got Talent, so I was
willing to give this one a go and kept the evening a surprise from Greg until
we got to Liberty Magic.
The Venue: Liberty
What used to be a small comedy theater on Liberty Avenue in downtown
Pittsburgh is now Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Liberty Magic. Unlike other venues associated with Cultural Trust,
this is an intimate (70-person/four rows of seats) venue. It is BYOB (a speakeasy
feel – come in cocktail attire for fun!) and tucked into what would appear to
be an old store front.
Inside, the venue is decorated with memorabilia of illusion
artists, Zoltar (if you’ve been to Kennywood, you’re familiar), and some pretty
incredible ceilings and light fixtures. Seating is comfortable for the
60-minute shows (chairs and bar stools). There are only four other cities with
venues like this!
The Show: Eric Jones
Eric Jones brings humor to the stage with his show. It is
more than hiding some coins and guessing cards. We found ourselves laughing
(although the content is not all clean or kid-friendly) and wondering how he
made his tricks work.
He limits his tricks to a few really good ones and keeps the
audience engaged through stories of his childhood and career steps. Jones said
that he “stands on the shoulders of giants” and his illusions are both original
and based on his mentors’ illusions.
Following the show, Skeleton VIP Key holders are able to go
to the green room and have a 15-minute chat with Jones to see some up-close tricks
and ask questions, but he isn’t giving the answers to “how did you do that
trick”. For example, when Greg asked him if there was anything that gave him an
“advantage” in his show, he replied that proprioception – relationship to things around you – is ingrained better in some than in
others so it helps with making his show work (for instance, juggling coins in
his hands based on spatial awareness).
Eric wowed me with his down to earth, humble attitude. I found
myself listening to his words and his passion for people and a message throughout
his show that you should take what you
are passionate about and make a living out of it and (frankly) ignoring the
“illusion”. Eric gives back to the community that gave to him by going to inner
city schools and ingraining into teens the importance of making something of
yourself through your passions. As a mama who has done this, it made a few tears
come to my eyes.
If you’d like to check out “IMPOSSIBLE”, you have until March 17, 2019 and then Lee Terbosic takes residency through May. For tickets, head over to Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.