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Mentalist to add magic to Holocaust Museum anniversary


Oz Pearlman Oz Pearlman Oz Pearlman, a mentalist who last year finished third in America’s Got Talent competition, will kick off the Florida Holocaust Museum’s celebration of its 25th anniversary when he performs Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Palladium in St. Petersburg.

As a grandson of Holocaust survivors, perform- ing for the museum provides an intimate connection for the entertainer. He does work for other charities, he told the Jewish Press, but this one is certainly more personal.

He had become interested in magic at the age of 13 and studied card tricks and sleight of hand through reading books and watching videos. In a 2013 Tablet Magazine article, Pearlman said his interest grew from a chance meeting with a magician on a cruise ship, the trip being his bar mitzvah present.

“I had learned different facets of magic from close-up magic, from card magic, rope magic, all different magics,” said Pearlman. “And then maybe 11 or 12 years ago, I started focusing solely on mentalism.”

He calls mentalism “magic of the mind.”

Pearlman actually started off with a career working on Wall Street, reading the markets. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he moved to New York and began work at Merrill Lynch. He was there for only two years when he decided to follow his dream, reading other people’s minds. He said while he felt it was a risk, it was a calculated risk.

Now 34, Pearlman said he found it to be an interesting challenge not only to have someone pick a card, but to know which card they were going to pick before they do. While he says it not a science, being able to perform his tricks requires knowing quite a bit about human psychology.

And, in case you were wondering, his first name Oz is not a stage name. He said it is actually what his parents named him. It is an Israeli name with Hebrew origins meaning “brave and strong,” and is pronounced OHs, not Oz like in the Wizard of Oz.

Oz was born in Israel, but moved to the states at a young age. Both of his parents now live in Israel, along with one of his sisters, but visit him and his other sister in New York, and come to see his performances.

“I’ve been self-supporting since I was about 16,” said Pearlman. “I supported myself through college doing magic shows and a few other things. I think (my parents) knew I had a real talent for it and a passion for it.”

It seems to have worked out in his favor. His talents secured him a guest appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, several appearances on The Today Show, and the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show radio program.

He has also released several DVDs teaching mentalism and magic, including “Born to Perform Card Magic,” which has sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide.

Pearlman auditioned for America’s Got Talent about four years ago but didn’t make the cut. Last year, he tried again. Not only did Pearlman move forward after his initial audition, he made it to the finals.

For the Holocaust Museum event, those who purchase VIP tickets for $100 will get to attend a private lunch reception at the Palladium with Pearlman at 12:30 p.m. General admission tickets for his 2:30 p.m. show are $25. The Palladium is located at 253 5th Ave. N., St. Petersburg.

To purchase tickets, go to or call (727) 822- 3590. Proceeds benefit the Florida Holocaust Museum’s student education programs.

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