The 24-year-old Long Beach, Calif., native surpasses the average magic act, he says, by adding elements of excitement and danger. Take, for instance, playing a game of chicken with an audience member with a cherry bomb. Or defying death by dodging six bullets from a machine gun.
Adams says his stunts restore belief in the impossible while getting adrenaline pumping.
"Magic is so dark these days," Adams says. "It's almost gothic. We want to be a positive influence."
On that tip, Adams encourages young people to seek out uplifting career choices. To set an example, he says he doesn't party like some other celebrities. (For shame, Lindsey Lohan!)
At the age of 17, Adams appeared on Lance Burton's Young Magician's Showcase TV special on FOX, representing the illusionist sect of magicians. Adams says the experience launched him into the world of professional magic. He teamed with creative director Don Wayne (who's produced stunts for David Copperfield) and manager Jennifer Chavarria, he says, to "change the face of magic."
His current tour, Magic that Rocks, was previously a headline show at the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Adams describes it as the "rock concert of magic shows," complete with choreographed dance moves (his dancers used to bring sexy back with Justin Timberlake) and pyrotechnics.
Adams recently signed a development idea for a TV show that he says will be a visual experience like none other. At his insistence, the show will be performed in front of a live audience nothing pre-taped, and no camera tricks.
"When you step in front of a camera," Adams says, "nothing is different. If you have genuine talent, you should be able to perform the same show on stage and in front of a camera."
Curtis Adams: Magic That Rocks
Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave.
Thursday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $38-$48; call 520-7469 or visit pikespeakcenter.com for more information.