“This is magic for the 21st century.”
Nationally hailed as “an inspiration,” Jeanette Andrews presents a new take on the art of the impossible. She specializes in creating interactive sensory illusions, possessing a contemplative take on the art of the impossible.
Andrews presented her first magic show when she was four-years-old and began performing professionally at the age of six. Her dedication to her art never wavered and as a full-time performer, she has performed for thousands live and countless others on television. Andrews has given over 850 performances across the United States at museums, theaters and universities, special events and private parties, as well as lecturing on the nature of illusions.
A fascination with sensory perception led Andrews to be named a 2014 Escape to Create artist-in-residence, and she is the only magician worldwide known to have been named to any artist’s residency. There, she developed Thresholds, an immersive performance of sensory illusions. Thresholds debuted with a sold-out, extended run, then later began touring the country to sold-out audiences. In 2016, the work was presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago to a standing-room crowd, one of the largest in recent MCA Studio series history. She specializes in working with arts organizations, including works with the Birmingham Museum of Art and Chicago History Museum and commissions from The City of Seaside, FL and the Chicago Loop Alliance. She was recently named a High Concept Labs Sponsored Artist and has been awarded grants from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and The Awesome Foundation. She crafts one-of-a-kind performances, drawing on her studies in philosophy, psychology, and art creating a unique experience for the audience. She fuses these influences into an elegant and fun performance that creates lasting memories.
Illusion is Ms. Andrews’ life’s work and her performances have been praised by PBS, The Daily Mail, the Chicago Tribune, and NewCity. Her work is far more intellectual than pulling a rabbit out of a hat: Andrews uses sensory anomalies and scientific oddities to bridge everyday life to a special, heightened world.
Surinder is one of Chicago’s most versatile arts professionals. Career highlights include oversight and project management for the Chicago Dancing Festival, Audience Architects, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Surinder holds a BA in Dance and Theater from Western Sydney Nepean and a Master’s Degree in Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management from Columbia College Chicago.