IndyFringe: Downtown Magic! With Jordan Rooks

This is part of IndyFringe 2021, Aug. 19-Sept. 5 (individual performance times vary) in downtown Indianapolis. Details and tickets at

By John Lyle Belden

Note: There are two magicians (both excellent) named Jordan in this year’s festival. This is the one in the jacket that looks like it’s made of newsprint.

This very friendly and charming young man does familiar tricks and illusions, such as with cards and scarves, but in his own particular style. He also relies a LOT on audience volunteers (“You make the magic,” he says), so bring friends, and especially children. 

Rooks is a natural with youngsters, though he’ll fool folks of any age. He embraces the silly — such as the popular “yellow bandana” routine — while engaging your sense of wonder.

Anyone seeking an all-ages fun diversion at Fringe, I’ve been steering them to this guy, performing at the Murat Oasis.

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