The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 26, 2013

John Westford plans to fire up things Saturday


LEWISBURG — Enjoy an afternoon of comedy and illusion with John Westford on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Campus Theatre, downtown Lewisburg. The show starts at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 and on sale at Pronto, 232 Market St., Lewisburg.

Is it possible to cut a woman in half and put her back together? Is it possible to read minds? Is it possible for people to appear and disappear? Is it possible for two people to switch places in the blink of an eye?

Westford will have you believe it’s all possible. A dynamic entertainer, Westford’s interest in magic began with a magic set and a $5 paycheck for a birthday party. Several years later, while attending a local show with national acts “The World of Illusion,” he was hooked. For the next three years, he studied the fundamentals of this mysterious art with the producer and star of that show.

Performing local shows helped put Westford through college and made him very popular at various political functions as he began a more conventional career with the Pennsylvania State Senate. But in the summer of 1990, he left his 9 to 5 job and move to Richmond, Va., to star in a variety stage show — a new concept for Paramount’s King’s Dominion.

His show opened to rave reviews and well more than 300 performances later, the act was ready when Nabisco launched a nationwide talent search. Westford was selected from thousands of magicians nationwide to perform live on stage with Harry Blackstone, Jr. in Atlantic City.     

His success in Atlantic City led to high-end corporate gigs in New York City, an appearance on national television and bookings on all the major cruise lines, including appearances with Alabama, The Beach Boys, Jackson Brown, Clint Holmes and the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis along the way. 

Recently, Westford moved into the acting world, with work on television (“Celebrity Ghost Stories,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “Political Animals”), featured background in major motion pictures (“Law Abiding Citizen,” “It’s Complicated” and “Paranoia”)  and co-starring in a national commercial for American Petroleum Institute.  His innate sense of humor, quick wit and award winning partner, Susan (recently named “Assistant of the Year” by the Magician’s Alliance of Eastern States) have made Westford’s show popular with audiences around the globe.