Stage Show Combines Music, Science and Technology

SOCORRO, N.M. April 1, 2014 – New Mexico Tech is offering up a fantastic show designed to appeal to all ages, when comedian and juggler Mark Nizer takes to the Macey Center Stage on Friday, April 4, to delight audiences with a unique blend of movement, music and technology.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. as part of a Performing Arts Series (PAS) event.


Mark Nizer will perform at Macey Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4. The show coincides with the State Science Fair.


“Mark is a combination of showman and physicist, magician and scientist, and he is hugely popular with both students and adults,” said PAS Director Ronna Kalish. “In fact, his performance appeals to audiences of all ages. Children will be fascinated with the laser lights, while college students will be wondering how it’s done,” she said.

And the show is billed as the only live 3D show in the world – audience members will receive their special glasses as they enter the auditorium.

“Friday also kicks off a very busy weekend in Socorro, and we’re hoping to attract many of the families and other visitors who will be staying the night,” continued Kalish. “And what better way to spend the evening, than with a high-energy show by an amazing performer.”

Indeed, hundreds of visitors are expected to flock to Socorro for any one, or several, of the events scheduled for Saturday, April 5. New Mexico Tech hosts the N.M. Science and Engineering Fair on its campus; Trinity Site, where the first atomic bomb was detonated in 1945, is open to the public; and guided tours at the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) will be offered from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Other weekend events (all Saturday, April 5, unless noted)

Friends of the Socorro Public Library Book Sale, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Hammel Museum open to the public, 9 a.m. – noon

Socorro Winter Farmer’s Market, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., Finley Gym

Astronomy with binoculars and spotting scopes, 7:30 p.m., Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

First Saturday Star Party, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m., New Mexico Tech Etscorn Observatory

Book signing, “From These Roots,” 2 p.m., Sunday, April 6, Socorro Public Library

Nizer not only studied classical juggling techniques, he also invented a few tricks of his own. These aerial tricks and juggling technologies, combined with his lively wit, have set the performer apart from his peers.

Imagine four lasers being juggled at 1000 revolutions-per-minutes, with the spinning laser beams dancing just above the audience’s heads. You’ll see why Performance Magazine called Nizer’s show “nothing less than brilliant.”

Since winning the International Juggling Championships, Nizer has taken his one-man show to thousands of venues around the world, including two gala performances at the world- famous Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, four times.

Whether it’s five ping pong balls being thrown 20 feet in the air using only his mouth; or juggling a burning propane tank, a running electric carving knife and a 16-pound bowling ball, Nizer continues to astound audiences wherever he performs.

Nizer has performed to standing ovations, along with amassing a collection of glowing reviews from coast to coast. As an example, a reviewer for Campus Activities Magazine had this to say: “Mark Nizer is the genuine thing. More than an incredible juggler, he is a talented entertainer who can take any situation and run with it...an exceptional blend of comedy and the art of juggling.”

Sponsors are the, New Mexico Tech Student Association, the City of Socorro, Associated Universities, Inc. (National Radio Astronomy Observatory), Aerojet-GenCorp Foundation, Don and Rosie Tripp, ATK and Best Western Hotel in Socorro.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for youth 17 and under, and are available at the N.M. Tech Cashier’s Office (second floor of Fidel Center), Brownbilt Shoes and Western Wear, Burrito Tyme Drive-up or at the door.

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By Valerie Kimble/New Mexico Tech