As principal performer, choreographer, and artistic consultant to David Copperfield for 11 years, Joanie Spina redressed the ancient art of magic with a flair of the caliber of Broadway and Hollywood productions. Critics worldwide note that the results of her collaboration with the world's most respected conjurer raised the stature of magic to new heights in the eyes of the public and ensured the viability of the art form into the 21st century.
Equally comfortable on stage or television, Spina choreographed and performed countless routines with Copperfield, including his provocative Water Levitation, where, amid a torch-lit, Amazon-like rain forest, she levitated on streams of water while doing a quivering horizontal dance to pounding drumbeats. She rendered style and grace to Copperfield's Flying Illusion by giving it a fluidity that convinced millions that humans were destined to fly.
Now as an acclaimed solo performer, Spina mesmerizes audiences as she infuses magic with a gamut of emotions ranging from romantic mystery to whimsical fantasy. These results invariably lead to unadulterated amazement. It is through her work as a single performer that audiences gain insight into the depth and range of this one-woman tour de force.
Las Vegas is very familiar with Joanie as she has performed at two world-famous hotels, Caesar's Palace and the Riviera Hotel in their lavish showrooms. Last summer she co-starred in her own show with Becky Blaney, the critically acclaimed "Women of Magic," at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City and presently she is starring in "Magical Voyage" at the Nassau Marriot/Crystal Palace Casino in the Bahamas.
A two-month engagement at Caesar's Magical Empire was capped off when CBS Sports taped Spina's vanishing of Women's Figure Skating World Champion, Michelle Kwan, while Kurt Browning kiddingly added encouragement.
Consider the opening of her act, where a rising fog shows an empty window. Mysteriously, the blinds lower to reveal the silhouette of a woman inside. As the blinds rise, Spina appears and beckons to a man below. A seductive dance ensues with her finally retreating back to the sanctuary inside her window. As the blinds once again fall, she is seen only in silhouette. When they quickly raise, she has vanished. Her admirer rushes to the empty window and looks under a nearby satin sheet. Upon pulling the sheet away, Spina magically appears in place of her lover.
Spina's talents are highly revered in the magic community where she is sought out for her directorial and choreographic abilities. She recently directed "Carnival of Wonders" at the Flamingo Hilton in Reno where it has been reviewed as "the best show in two decades."
Audiences from Sicily to Selma have jumped to their feet cheering for Spina's theatrical wizardry as she synchronizes the art of storytelling with the power of music and physical expression to catapult her magic into the stratosphere of unforgettable entertainment.