Following in his father’s footsteps
UPDATE: Due to a viral infection, Ty Reveen has postponed the October 22nd show until Friday November 1st at the ARHS Theatre.
Ty Reveen is following in his father's footsteps. He's bringing his hypnosis stage show to the ARHS Susan Taylor Theatre on Oct. 22.
UPDATE ON REVEEN: Due to a viral infection, Ty Reveen has postponed the October 22nd show until Friday November 1st at the ARHS Theatre. Those with tickets for Tuesday Oct 22nd can use them on Nov 1st. Refunds will be available at point of purchase if you are unable to attend on the new date.
AMHERST – Ty Reveen remembers his last visit to Amherst in the late 1970s.
He was performing with his late father, the popular stage hypnotist and illusionist, known simply as Reveen.
“I remember Amherst quite well,” Reveen said. “We played in an old school gymnasium and an old hotel, I think it was called the Colonial. It was a great town to visit and the place was packed.”
Reveen returns to Amherst Oct. 22 as part of his latest tour through the Maritimes, following in the footsteps of his father, Peter Reveen, who made numerous trips through the region during a career that spanned five decades.
“People who come out on the 22nd will see the world’s most amazing and funniest stage show,” Reveen said. “That’s what the Reveen show has always had a reputation as being and I’m not going to let them down on that.”
Reveen’s father had the most successful stage in Canada, performing before sold out theatres from coast to coast between the 1960s and just a few years ago.
After performing with his father throughout his youth, and then going into business for himself (he designs stage shows and created special effects for some of the world’s best known performers), Reveen is continuing with his father’s last project.
“It’s last great work of my father before he passed away earlier this year. He’s been working at it for many years,” Reveen said. “He planted the seed when I was five. He said that one day I would be taking over the show. He told me I would grow up to become very creative.”
Through the use of hypnosis, Reveen helps subjects find their super consciousness. It’s during that state, he helps them bring out their hidden talents – often with some hilarious results.
“It’s the funniest thing when people are able to relax and let go of their negative self-conscious fears,” he said. “The whole principle of the show is to take people out of their fear zone and bring out their inner talent.”
Reveen said people have told him they’d like to volunteer, but don’t want to make a fool of themselves. However, he added, people will never betray their persona or their theatrical mask.
“We all put on a persona and under the super conscious state you’d never betray it,” he said.