Vanishing act: Magician, smoke make Phil audience disappear


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— Magician Jason Bishop’s show was so good Friday night, that it made the audience disappear — briefly.

When smoke appeared during a planned portion of Bishop’s show at Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts, the fire alarm went off resulting in The Phil's evacuation.

A Collier County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher confirmed that deputies responded to the alarm at 9:45 p.m.

North Naples Fire Deputy Chief Jorge Aguilera said it seems that staff at The Phil did not call the district to have someone on standby to deal with the alarm during the show.

However, once firefighters arrived, the audience was soon able to return inside with confidence, Aguilera said.

“We left the truck there just to make sure the show could on,” he said.

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