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January 3rd, 2007
Fleisher Art Memorial to Host Performance by Award-winning Magician MATT THE KNIFE

The Fleisher Art Memorial is pleased to announce that Matthew J. Cassiere – better known as Matt The Knife—will bring his ‘cutting edge of entertainment’ to Philadelphia for a single outlandish performance at Fleisher on the night of Saturday, January 20th.

Matt the Knife is an entertainer of the highest order: magician, sideshow performer, escape artist, lecturer, and consultant. A holder of eleven Guinness World Records™, Matt has performed around the globe, appeared on numerous television shows (including programs for the Discovery Channel, BBC, China’s CCTV, and Ripley’s Believe it Or Not!), and has been reviewed by The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, among many others.

Fantastic Feats! Masterful Conjurations! Eye-popping Performances!

Matt The Knife is a magician...but he's so much more than that. His intense variety performance is a true blend of sideshow skills, escapes, magic, and mentalism. Matt’s shows include edge-of-your-seat sword swallowing, spine-tingling mind reading, death-defying escapes, intense strong man feats, and many other amazing things that one would have thought were totally impossible! Matt The Knife’s performance is funny, awe-inspiring, unique and completely wild! It's the sort of thing that audiences continue to talk about long afterwards.

The Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial in South Philadelphia will play host to this spectacle of magic and madness at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 20th.

TICKETS: $16 ($15 for Fleisher members) in advance, or $19 ($15 for Fleisher members) on the day of the performance. Cash purchases may be made at Fleisher’s front desk, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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