Illusionist Jason Bishop will perform at Rowan University’s Pfleeger Concert Hall, presented by Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Camden County.
The first performance will be for children at the ages of 13 through 18 in the foster care system. And the second performance is open to the general public starting at 7 p.m. and will raise funds for CASA organizations throughout southern New Jersey, including Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties. Both performances will be on Friday, January 18th.
Jonathan Cummings, executive director of CASA of Camden County, read Southwest, The Magazine’s cover story on Bishop and learned that Bishop had spent time in the foster care and that he bounced around homes within the Greater Philadelphia region.
“When I read the story, I knew that I wanted to get Jason in front of our youth as an example of someone who faced similar challenges to what they have endured, yet rose above them. He has found tremendous success, and he has done it in quite possibly the coolest career,” said Cummings. “I reached out to him to perform for the youth in our community who have faced adversity, and he offered the second performance to help us raise funds and awareness to support CASA and its mission. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our youth, and also for our organization.”
Bishop was the youngest person to win the Magician’s Alliance of Eastern States Stage Award, and one of the youngest people to compete in the Society of American Magicians World-Class competition. He has also starred in two Off-Broadway shows, “Jason Bishop - Straight Up Magic” and “Jason Bishop - Believe in Magic," both at the New Victory on 42nd Street in New York City.
CASA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that serves children who have been removed from their homes as a result of abuse and neglect. The organization assigns volunteers to work one-on-one with an abused or neglected child, advocating for his or her best interests in working towards getting them in a safe, nurturing home as soon as possible.