By Nathan Pfau, Army Flier Staff WriterAugust 18, 2016
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- A good show can leave a lasting impression with good entertainment and fun, but one show coming to Fort Rucker may leave some patrons scratching their heads.
Wayne Hoffman, a critically acclaimed illusionist and mentalist, will return to The Landing Aug. 26 from 7-9 p.m. to dazzle audiences with his "Mind Candy," according to Aida Stallings, Directorate of Family, and Morale, Welfare and Recreation special events coordinator.
"Wayne Hoffman is an extremely talented illusionist and mentalist, and last year was my first time working with him and the show was incredible," she said. "He was able to tell people in the audience things about themselves that he shouldn't know, because of course he doesn't know them."
Hoffman is a multi-award winning performer who tours all over the country and the world with his stage show, and has been featured on television shows, such as the "TODAY" show, NBC's "Phenomenon," "The Glenn Beck Show," "The Ellen Degeneres Show," and was even featured on this season of "America's Got Talent," just to name a few.
"He is a phenomenon," said Stallings. "His talents totally supersede any expectation that the audience would ever have about someone that does illusions.
"After being a part of his show last year, I learned from some audience members who came to the show that they traveled three hours just to see him," said the special events coordinator. "Others were just followers and have gone whenever they could to different venues. The amount of positive feedback last August was unbelievable and Wayne said he enjoys coming to Fort Rucker."
During a previous visit to the installation, Hoffman said that what he does is based on psychology.
"(What I do) doesn't involve spirits, auras or Reiki. It's all based on science," he said. "Though I have studied those areas, everything I do is based on human behavior, hypnotism and psychology. Things you can study and learn," adding that a lot of practice goes into what he does.
Although the show is a family-friendly event and open to the public, it is suggested for audience members 12 and older, and children ages 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult.
"(Hoffman) needs absolute silence at times during the show, so it's geared toward a slightly older audience," said Stallings.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $16 at the door, and advanced tickets can be purchased at The Landing, Coffee Zone and MWR Central. VIP tables are also available for $150, which includes 10 tickets and will offer the best seats in the house, according to the special events coordinator.
For more information on the show, call 255-9810. For more about Hoffman and "Mind Candy," check out https://waynehoffman.wordpress.com/.