Magic in Malibu

Pepperdine Hosts World Class Illusionist Vitaly

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

World class illusionist Vitaly will bring his signature brand of family-friendly magic to Pepperdine University next month with his show, “An Evening of Wonders.”

Vitaly discovered magic when he was 14 years old—developing his own material to entertain family and friends. Later in life, he left a career in engineering to focus on magic. 

“Vitaly has mystified fans from all over the world, including Las Vegas superstars Penn & Teller, whom he has successfully fooled in their hit TV show, ‘Fool Us,’” a representative from Pepperdine explained ahead of the show. “From bringing pictures and drawings to life to erasing people from their own driver’s licenses, Vitaly’s signature illusions leave even the most jaded awestruck and many of his audience coming back to re-experience his jaw-dropping feats.”

His latest show, An Evening of Wonders, has been described as an interactive theatrical experience that takes the audience on a magical journey. It was recently performed in a 16-weeek off-Broadway show.

“Reputed as ‘one of the most captivating and enjoyable illusionists performing in the world today’ (Chilliwack Progress), Vitaly breathes innovation and artistry into the field of magic. He has the distinction of having invented and designed all of his illusions, treating spectators to a theatrical entertainment not seen anywhere else in the world,” Pepperdine shared. “Not only do they witness the elegant rendering of the impossible, they are also charmed by Vitaly’s engaging personality and genuine desire to partake in his amazing acts.”

The show will take place on Friday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Smothers Theatre. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

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