The magician behind the new magic in Louisville Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

By Eli Keel for Insider Louisville

People often use the word “magical” to describe an evening at the ballet, or that special feeling they get during the holidays. But in the case of the Louisville Ballet’s version of “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker,” the magic is built into the production.

Marshall Magoon is a Bay Area illusionist who designs magic for all kinds of theatrical productions, including multiple Broadway shows. He originally helped this version of the ballet find its feet when it premiered in Louisville in 2009, and he’s bringing some new illusions to the stage this year, along with the help of choreographer Val Caniparoli, when the production opens Saturday, Dec. 10.

The two spoke with Insider about making a magical story come to life.

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