One man, many tricks
When one goes into a magic or variety show, sometimes he or she might feel the magician is no more than a one trick pony, but “One Man Show” Christopher Ruggiero was quick to dispel that notion in Paws Friday, Oct. 12.
He can juggle three balls, five clubs and three knives while standing up and can balance on a large exercise ball or on a six-foot unicycle.
The Pennsylvania State University graduate said he has had to perfect his craft for over four years. His work started at a young age when his father taught him how to juggle. But it wasn’t until his after graduating college he explored his craft further.
Ruggerio said now he is trying to incorporate vintage Vaudeville style into his show.
“I’ve always been attracted to the circus life starting out as a child,” Ruggiero said. “I like the originators, Tommy Copper and Steven Lauren. Their style, their way is something I like to include in my act.”
Ruggiero performed a trick during his show in which he picked up seven thick retro cigar boxes, one by one, while balancing them in between both hands. He then stacked and balanced all of the boxes on his chin in an upside down pyramid form.
Many students said they enjoyed the variety of tricks Ruggiero performed.
“I enjoyed his show,” senior Amber Dowd said. “It was fun. I’ve seen variety shows before, but this one showed more comedy, which I liked. I really liked his cigar box trick too.”
Ruggiero said his magic style is different from some of his other magic counterparts, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t enjoy their work.
“I know everyone would expect me to say [I don’t like] Criss Angel. But he and I have two completely different types of styles. He takes magic to an entirely new level while I’m more traditional,” Ruggiero said.
But like Angel, Ruggiero said he has similar aspirations to broadcast his work.
“I would love to have television credits and make multiple late night guess appearances,” Ruggiero said.