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Release:Oct. 25, 2002

(NOTE TO EDITORS: We are sending this release ahead of our normal schedule because the performance is approaching a sell-out, and we wanted to give you the opportunity to alert your readers, viewers and listeners who would be disappointed to miss the event that they cannot wait to purchase their tickets.)

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Michael Moschen, who transforms juggling into magical theater, will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus. A limited number of upper balcony tickets remain for this performance.

During his visit to the UI, Moschen will also extend his magic into classrooms throughout the state on the Iowa Communications Network.

Michael Moschen is a juggler in the sense that Michael Jordan is a basketball player or Jimi Hendrix was a guitarist. His skills of movement and manipulation -- and his use of theatrics -- are so refined that the New York Times has sent a ballet critic to review his performances. The musical score by David van Tieghem (who performed in Hancher in the early ‘80s with the Kitchen Tour) add to the ethereal, mesmerizing qualities of his performance.

In addition to his solo performances, Moschen has collaborated with artists as diverse as David Bowie (those are Moschen’s hands manipulating glass balls in the Bowie/Muppet film “Labyrinth”) and the Cirque du Soleil, and he has explored the technical/mechanical aspects of his work through an affiliation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A critic of the Denver Post concluded that Moschen performance is “one of the most magical things to be seen on stage."

The remaining tickets for Moschen’s performance are $22 ($10 for UI students, $17.60 for senior citizens and $11 for audience members 17 and younger).

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher’s website:< >.

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail: <>.

Everybodys Whole Foods in Fairfield is the sponsor of the Moschen performance, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

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