Erik Tait is a self-described geek -- and he doesn't mind poking fun at that description.

Case in point: He accidentally walked into a strip club in Atlanta thinking it was a magic store.

"As soon as I walked in the door, a guy said, 'Spread 'em,' and frisked me," Tait said. "I don't know if you've ever been in a magic shop. That's not usually how they greet you."

Tait will blend comedy and magic in "Suspicious Wizards" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, in the Backstage Bistro, part of Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St. in Columbus' Brewery District.

"Finding out how to fit those two together is the most difficult part of this show," he said.

Admission is $7.

The comedy act riffs on his life, which people seem to find humorous, he said.

"Most of the time when I do stand-up, it's very confessional," Tait said.

The magic part of the act involves cards and other tricks up close with the audience, and the tricks will give people the opportunity to win money.

"I don't want to give too much away," Tait said.

Tait, 33, is unlike many comics in that he has a degree in comedy writing and performance from Humber College in Toronto, Ontario.

Earlier this year, he appeared on the "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" TV show on the CW network and won first place for closeup magic in an International Brotherhood of Magicians convention this summer.

His days in comedy go back to high school, when he was in an improv troupe. About the same time, he started dabbling in magic -- after learning how to juggle.

But what do you expect from a guy who owns a Russian tortoise and leopard gecko and builds websites in his spare time?

He is, however, downright serious about his craft.

"Comedy is an art form," said Tait, who lives in Columbus' Franklinton neighborhood. "I think it's very interesting. I always wanted to be an artist."

Jimmy Mak, head writer at Shadowbox, said, "Eric Tait is not just an amazing performer, he's an amazing person.

"I'm always thrilled to have his shows in our Backstage Bistro."

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