The MAZE, a group that uses psychological illusion with a message, will perform for married couples and for the single group at Big Valley Grace Community Church on Sept. 19 and 20.
Magicians Jim Munroe, Zak Mirzadeh and Daniel Cullen travel worldwide with their show, which can incorporate card tricks, ‘‘mind reading,’’ and some tricks that appear harmful, such as having an audience member hit a nail into one of their faces.
Their website, http://whatisthemaze.com, carries only glimpses of the act, which has packed overflow crowds into college campuses and other sites for the past decade. Their website says, ‘‘Whether the team of mystery artists are catching bullets in their teeth, pulling a swallowed string out of their abdomens, or predicting a spectator’s random choice of a number from a phone book, they leave every attendee pondering the question, ‘How can we know what is really true?’”
And that’s the point, said Munroe during an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network. By showing the audience that what they believe to be true can’t be true, it opens the door for the illusionists to talk about reality and truth. The MAZE mostly takes its show to secular campuses, but also performs for churches.
While evangelical Christians believe the Bible teaches that magic is ungodly, Munroe said he believes God has given him the skill to perform the illusions to open a dialogue to point people to truth and God. A press release said the MAZE ‘‘uses illusion, intuition, psychology, humor, mystery and danger to provoke dialogue and question truths in today’s culture.’’
Munroe also had a life-threatening health scare that he talks about during the show.
The shows will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 for couples and 7 p.m. Sept. 20 for singles at the church, 4040 Tully Road, Modesto. Child care is available for $5 per family, but must be reserved by Sept. 15. Tickets are $10 singles or $20 couples from www.bigvalleygrace.org.
For information, call (209) 577-1604.