During the recent season of “America’s Got Talent,” magician Mike Super was eliminated in the quarterfinals, but Howie Mandel wild-carded him into the semis. It was in that round that he made a symbol magically appear on his hand and on the hands of several audience members – a symbol Howard Stern had picked out of 20 symbols just before the illusion started.
That trick got him into the top 12. He didn’t end up taking home the top prize, but Super, who appears at Thunder Valley on Saturday, has savored talent-competition victory before, winning NBC’s “Phenomenon” in 2007.
He’s known for some audience-mystifying sleights, variations on the themes used by other magicians (he counts Harry Houdini, Doug Henning and David Copperfield among his idols).
In addition to being a master of misdirection, Super is a charismatic presence on stage. He’s come a long way since seeing a magician in a Disney World magic shop and becoming enamored with the art at age 6. (A young Steve Martin also fell in love with entertaining in a Disney magic shop.) (8:30 p.m.; $29.75, $39.74; thundervalleyresort.com)
Elsewhere this week:
▪ Back in the ’70s, rock band Redbone, named for a Cajun term for someone of mixed race, had an excellent guitarist (“Lolly” Vasquez Vegas) and a top song (“Come and Get Your Love”). That easy-to-groove-to tune found new fans this summer when it was featured in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” and on Star Lord’s “Awesome Mix Vol. 1.” A former drummer of Redbone, Joe Gonzalez – best known as Thunderhand Joe – brings his band, the Medicine Show, to Cache Creek on Friday. (8 p.m.; free with club card; cachecreek.com)
▪ A funky disco step back in time is expected at Cache Creek on Saturday when Shalamar, the vocal and dance troupe originally formed by Don Cornelius for “Soul Train” in 1977 hits the stage. (8 p.m.; $25, $35, $49)
▪ At Tahoe: Former Poison frontman Bret Michaels plays the MontBleu on Saturday (9 p.m.; $55.50, $65.50; Ticketmaster). A blast of brass distinguishes the music of the venerable Tower of Power at Harrah’s Saturday (7:30 p.m.; $43; Ticketmaster.com).