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Some students found themselves clicking another Zoom link Sept. 25 for a campus event created in light of a nearly eventless semester.

This event was an interactive comedy and magic show hosted by the Student Activities Council. Ben Seidman, a comedian and magician who usually travels around the country to perform in front of large audiences is now performing for people in the comfort of their own homes, mastered a virtual event for Northwest students to participate in.

Starting at 6:30 p.m, students, faculty and staff watched the hour-long event including card tricks, sleight of hand tricks, stand-up jokes and more.

Junior Brady Netzel, SAC Northwest traditions director, changed some of the ways that these events are usually hosted due to its new virtual platform.

“I feel like the virtual event gives the audience more freedom and chances to attend the event because they can experience it in their own homes,” Netzel said.

By taking a quick look at Twitter and their Northwest email, people could find the link and watch wherever they wanted. Freshman Olivia Bradshaw attended the show and said she enjoyed herself despite it not being an in-person event.

“Comedy and magic tricks are some of my favorite acts to watch, so I thought I’d give it a go,” Bradshaw said. “I think this was a good alternative. While we don’t get to be a part of in-person audience participation, it worked well with Zoom.”

Throughout the performance, Seidman drew on those in the audience for his tricks and jokes just as he does at a regular in-person event. Everyone who attended got to be involved with the magic tricks.

Mass Media instructor Adam Bochart was a magician throughout college. He attended the event because campus events like these catch his attention. He also gives these performers a lot of credit for being able to rework their shows for an online audience.

“I’ve seen a number of Ben’s performances, so getting to see him live and somewhat in-person was an awesome opportunity. For someone that makes a living touring or selling out theatres, this is uncharted territory,” Bochart said. “The beauty of events like this is that they allow for much more personal connection to the audience.”

Others who attended also thought the effect of the show was just as great online as it would have been in person.

“It was like every other magic show. I thought I knew what was going to happen, but he would do something completely different,” freshman MaCartney Scott said. “I really liked the show and sometimes the bit of awkwardness was fun from it being an online show. He used that for some of his jokes.”

Those who attended the adaptive event said it would be worth going to any additional ones in the future.

“SAC did a fantastic job creating an event that can be socially distant, while still being fun and interactive with their audience,” Bochart said. “This is a great alternative to an event that otherwise would have no way of happening.”

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