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The 19th Century was filled with magic, and magicians. The Golden Age of Magic was forming during this time and change was happening throughout the world.  The magic that I will be performing includes effects that have rarely been seen by audiences, or even by current-day magicians.  This show will be performed in the beautifully historic ballroom of the Woodruff-Fontaine House (built in 1871) in the Victorian Village of Memphis, Tennessee.

Come to this show and see what audiences observed over a 100 years ago.

Prepare to be mESMERIZED!

(Must be 8 years or older to attend)



Please contact me if you would like to bring THE MESMERIST show to a venue near you!

Images from the premiere of

The Mesmerist


by Jeffrey Day


This illusion is something that magician Joe Karson (1912-1980) created by accident in 1940.  Although he created many illusions, Zombie was probably the most famous.  Most magicians have owned and practiced the Zombie, but many have not continued performing it because, some have said,  "it is difficult and painful" to perform .  I wanted to perform this in front of an audience with a live musician in the room, playing Debussy's "Syrinx" (1899), which was a piece that I have used since I was about 15 years old.  I was pleased thatt he audience was spellbound by this illusion.  I was fortunate enough to engage musicians Sabrina Hu & Delara Hashemi to accompany me on flute for the performances on Jan. 19 & 26, 2019.

The Zombie

January 26, 2019

Reviews for The Mesmerist

"Jeffrey, Great show Saturday night. I really enjoyed it. I thought the show was well planned and had great effect selection. What a classy venue as well ... Hope to see you again down the road." ("The Mesmerist" at Woodruff-Fontaine House /Jan. 2019) - - Bill Evans, International President 2013-2014 - International Brotherhood of Magicians

"What a perfect setting for you, and what a lovely performance, especially of The Linking Rings and Zombie. They were special favorites for me. All the best as you explore what your next steps with this show will be ..." ("The Mesmerist" at Woodruff-Fontaine House /Jan. 2019)

-- Larry Hass -  Dean of McBride's Magic & Mystery School / Las Vegas, NV

"I loved the show and loved how being at the Fontaine House amplified the 19th century magic feel! Thanks for making my magic dreams come true by letting me be a volunteer! There was mystery and humor that I really enjoyed and I can't wait to see the next performance!" - - Sherry Voyles​

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DEC 01, 2022


"The MESMERIST" by Jeffrey Day

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