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Illusionist Jay Owenhouse brings tricks, escapes to the Fox in ‘Dare to Believe’

Onstage, Jay Owenhouse is joined by his children and twin sister Bengal tigers Shekinah, a white tiger, and Sheena. (Courtesy photo)
Onstage, Jay Owenhouse is joined by his children and twin sister Bengal tigers Shekinah, a white tiger, and Sheena. (Courtesy photo)

For illusionist Jay Owenhouse, performing is truly a family affair.

His son John is his main illusion engineer/assistant during his show, son Peter handles sound and video during the show, and daughters Juliana and Christina both act as assistants onstage.

Then there are the stars of the show, twin sister Bengal tigers Shekinah, a white tiger, and Sheena.

Owenhouse also has his family to thank for his interest in both magic and working with tigers.

A 4-year-old Owenhouse become obsessed with magic after seeing a magician perform at his sister’s birthday party, and if it weren’t for a painting of a tiger Owenhouse’s parents displayed above the fireplace, Shekinah and Sheena might not be part of Owenhouse’s show.

Combining the two interests, Owenhouse has traveled the world performing tricks, illusions and escapes with his family.

Owenhouse and crew most recently performed in Spokane in 2015 at the INB Performing Arts Center, and they return on Thursday with a show called “Dare to Believe” at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.

Worth noting: Proceeds from the VIP Gold “Save the Wild Supporter” ticket package help save tigers and cheetahs from extinction through the Corbett Foundation. This ticket package includes premium seating, a souvenir lanyard and VIP badge, free souvenir program and a meet and greet with Owenhouse and one of his tigers.


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