World-traveling illusionist to appear at MACU
By CINDY BEAMON
Albemarle Life Editor
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Brock Gill, an illusionist who tested out the miracles of Jesus on a Discovery Channel show, will perform in Elizabeth City in August during a 40-city tour of the U.S.
Mid-Atlantic Christian University is hosting the show Sunday, August 27 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event at MACU's gymnasium is free and open to the public, especially for college, high school and middle school students. A MACU student band will perform the opening act.
Over his 30-year career, the Tennessee-based illusionist and evangelist has used escapes, stunts, and sleight of hand to captivate crowds across the globe while delivering the Gospel message.
His appearance as lead investigator in the 2005 documentary called “The Miracles of Jesus” was a highlight of his career, giving him a chance to investigate and try to replicate the historic events with illusions.
In a more recent stunt, Gill drove a motorcycle blindfolded, with a black bag over his head and popped wheelies before the crew at Fox News Channel and on YouTube. He has performed over 3,000 shows to over a million people, and has appeared on stage with big-name Christian singers, speakers and worship leaders over the years.
As part of Caliber Ministries, Gill also performs in places that rarely attract performers, such as prisons in South America and remote schools in Alaska.
Hundreds of tickets have already been given out for the show at MACU, and seating is limited, said Daniel Smith, executive director of enrollment for MACU. Tickets are required and can be obtained at the MACU website http://www.macuniversity.edu/admissions/atmacu
Smith said projection screens will be set up in the gym to offer everyone a close-up view of things like card tricks no matter where people are seated.
“There really will not be a bad seat in the house,” he said.
Gill was on vacation this week and unavailable to talk about the upcoming show but agreed to a phone interview in August.
His website states he decided at age 22 to become an illusionist and evangelist when working the graveyard shift at a saw mill. With ear plugs in and no one to talk to, he started praying, which led to his ministry.
“Understanding that people today have short attention spans and a desire to be entertained visually, he has learned how to grab an audience quickly and keep them on the edge of their seats,” states Gill's website. “Brock's message for Christ is clear and effective. He has seen God touch thousands upon thousands of lives through his ministry.”
The MACU event is a new spin on Sunday Night Live events for area youth that the university has hosted for years. MACU's admissions office is planning another event on Jan. 14, featuring Melvin Adams, a former Harlem Globe Trotter.