Aaron Radatz is performing in the showroom at the Clarion Hotel and Casino. He is a magician
with tremendous credits, good promotional material, and a history that would make you think
that he is truly the prodigal son of magic. Sadly, none of these qualities actually appear on
stage. Even though I was sitting just off center in the audience, I could still see and watch
the mechanisms of his tricks work. It was typical of the careless approach to the presentation
of the show.
From the earliest moments of his professional life, Radatz attracted global clients who were
leaders in their industry including: Ameritech, Bally's Casino, Holland America Cruise Line,
Hilton Hotels, General Motors, Volvo, Busch Gardens, Disney Cruise Lines, Terrible’s Casino and
the famed Hollywood’s Magic Castle. He was the youngest magician to headline a casino
production at Casino Magic Biloxi, MS. He was the only magician to have apprenticed with the
great Harry Blackstone (Jr.). He is also the only magician who has been commissioned by the
U.S. Pentagon for a command performance for the U.S. military.
These are huge credits...but those credits did not translate to magic on the stage. If you
watch his promotional video prior to going into the showroom, you would think that you were in
for a blockbuster afternoon, but what you see in the video in not what you see onstage.
The props and sets look as if they were put together my amateurs. The tricks are commonplace
and mediocre...for example; his finale is a straight jacket escape (ignore for a moment that
there are probably five straight jacket escapes on any given night on stages in Las Vegas.) He
gives us a tremendous build up to the escape and talks of breaking Harry Houdini’s record
(ignore for a moment that probably most of the magicians in town have broken this record.) He
is hung over the stage and proceeds with the escape, with the gratuitous foot slip toward the
end...its fine. The problem is that too many other people are doing the same thing higher,
slicker, and faster.
And therein lies the problem...just about everything that he does, someone else does a lot
better. Sadly, it ranks him in the lower portion of the mediocre pool. Las Vegas has too
strong a pool of magicians for anyone to come in that is not at a top level.
I will say that he does seem to have a great rapport with children. He is really good with
them. He fascinates them, amazes them, and entertains him. If I needed a magician for a kids
party, he is the first person that I would call.