WEEKEND: Get your kicks with Pipias' 'Tunes, Tricks'
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Illusionist Joey Pipia and his daughter, Phina, will debut “Tunes, Tricks and Other Kicks,” a musical magic show, at the Chameleon Theater in Port Townsend this Saturday night.

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — Just about anything can happen this Saturday night, Phina Pipia has declared.

She and her father, Port Townsend illusionist Joe Pipia, will take the stage together for a night of original magic, music and new ideas: “Tunes, Tricks and Other Kicks” at the Chameleon Theater, 800 W. Park Ave., at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $12 at www.brownpapertickets.com and 360-774-2202; remaining seats will be available at the door.

On this one night, “the sky's the limit,” Phina believes.

“Apples can float, guitars can fly . . . We'll take you on a fun journey that you'll never forget,” she promises.

This is the first time in more than a decade that she and her father have created an entire show together.

Magic at breakfast

Phina, 25, grew up here in a house where, she said, “magic was a part of daily life. Objects disappeared and reappeared; spoons and forks floated above breakfast.

“I owe a lot of the wonder and whimsy of my music to my dad's work.”

A musician and dancer, Phina holds a degree from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, part of the State University of New York.

She and her sister, Sophie, moved some years ago to New York City, where they founded a performance group, Generation Goat Rocket, and staged original musicals at the Horse Trade Theater in lower Manhattan.

Phina and Sophie now are planning a Generation Goat Rocket show in Port Townsend this spring. At the same time, Phina is working with the JustinCredible Sideshow circus troupe of Bellingham, also headed for a spring performance here.

Hometown life

After moving back to Port Townsend from New York in 2011, Phina says she loves life in her hometown.

The community “gives me more time to write and collaborate,” she added.

Saturday night will offer the fresh fruit of the father-daughter collaboration: Joey's close-up magic effects and Phina's lighthearted songs.

Joey, for his part, said “Tunes, Tricks and Other Kicks” illustrates how alike he and his daughter are: Both specialize in intrigue and delight.

Joey is known for his work with the New Old Time Chautauqua, a touring vaudeville company, and for his show “The Magic Chamber,” which enjoyed a long run in Port Townsend and a stint at the Intiman Theatre in Seattle.

In 2012, Phina worked with Joey on his show “Delusions of Grandeur,” which has since unfolded on stages in Seattle and around the Northwest.

Phina dropped a hint about “Tunes, Tricks and Other Kicks.”

“The audience will see magic [Joey] hasn't performed in years; I've asked him to revive some goofier effects that I haven't seen since I was a kid,” she said.

“He will also debut some new work that will be performed for the first time this Saturday . . . You'll get all the mysterious and absurd, with a new twist.”

The show, added Joey, “is a chance to literally do our favorite things, share our newest ideas and invite audiences to be a part of what we have created.”


Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at diane.urbani@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: February 28. 2013 4:42PM
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