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Successful Norman magician returns home for show benefitting animal rescue groups

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Norman magician and "America's Got Talent" quarter-finalist will return to Norman to perform a magic show that will benefit local animal rescue groups.

A magician and "America’s Got Talent" quarter-finalist will return to Norman this September to perform a magic show to raise money for animal rescue groups in the area. 

Rob Lake gained global recognition after his successful run on "America’s Got Talent," but before becoming a world-touring illusionist and performing across the globe with his magic show, Lake grew up in Norman. 

I was born and raised in Norman. And even though I travel 90% (or more) of the year, I still have my house in Norman,” Lake said in an email. 

Lake’s upcoming Norman show will benefit two local dog rescue organizations: Friends For Folks and Norman Animal Welfare. Friends for Folks is a nonprofit based in Norman that pairs prison inmates with unadoptable dogs to train. 

Lake will also provide two tickets to anyone who adopts a dog from Norman Animal Welfare center, according to a press release. 

The magic show, “Rob Lake: Grand Illusions (Benefiting Friends For Folks & Norman Animal Welfare),” will feature Lake’s own dog, Roger, who is also a rescued animal. This is the third time Lake has performed for these causes, and the show is used by Friends for Folks as a major means of funding. 

I am an animal lover,” Lake said in the email. “All my life I have had a dog in the family or with me. I can’t imagine life without pets, and there are so many pets in need I wanted to help out."

Tickets can be purchased at for $25 to $45. There is also a student discount of approximately $12, depending on the area of seating. 

The show will take place in the Nancy O’Brien Performing Arts Center on Sept. 10. The show will begin at 7 p.m., and the doors will open 30 minutes prior. 

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