Magic, wonder, shock and awe were just some of the emotions felt by wildcats attending and volunteering in a one-of-a-kind hour-long performance from magician Peter Boie, who demonstrated his talents in the Memorial Union Building’s (MUB) Strafford Room on Friday, Sept. 14 from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Boie – who has practiced magic since coming across a magic book at a bookstore at age 11, per his official website – showcased a variety of acts and illusions, each one more extravagant and mind-blowing than the last. In one trick, with a collection of playing cards attached to a piece of cardboard, he furiously shook the board as cards went flying across the room, revealing that not all the cards on the board were as three-dimensional as the others.

Other illusions included commandeering the bodily actions of others using mind-control, self-floating cards, escaping handcuffs designed for thumbs, and asking a student volunteer to answer the age-old question of how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.

The show featured two finales: one that featured revealing the mystery flavor of the Tootsie Pop, as well as how many licks took to reach the center (where Boie guessed an arbitrary number before the show and had to find out whether he was right or wrong), and one that showcased his attempt to escape a full-on straightjacket set and timed to dramatic soundtracks.

Aside from his frequent college performances, which he has done for nearly 12 years, Boie has also performed for celebrities spanning from legendary musician Neil Young to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, as well as appearing on shows such as the CW Network’s Penn and Teller Fool Us.

“It’s awesome, man, when you guys show up…and they’re just pumped and excited and ready for a good show,” Boie told The New Hampshire after the show. “It’s fulfilling creatively and professionally because…it allows me to do something I really enjoy for a living, and [has] created a cool lifestyle where I meet professionals and people from all over the country…so whenever I’m out on the road…I can be connected to all parts of the country super easy, which is awesome. I’ve got friends everywhere like that.”

Benjamin Strawbridge is a News Editor and Official Senate Correspondent for The New Hampshire student newspaper based at the University of New Hampshire, where he reports on the university's Student Senate and other breaking news; he joined TNH in Sept. 2017 as a contributor.
Strawbridge currently attends UNH as a English/Journalism major and part of the UNH Class of 2020.