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Matt the Knife thrills Team Schriever

Illusionist, comedian and magician Matt the Knife performs his final act of swallowing rope and razor blades separately then pulling them out tied together during a performance Friday, March 4, 2016, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. During his visit, MTK toured the 2nd and 22nd Space Operations Squadrons, met with several Airmen as well as learned about their missions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Illusionist, comedian and magician Matt the Knife performs his final act of swallowing rope and razor blades separately then pulling them out tied together during a performance Friday, March 4, 2016, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. During his visit, MTK toured the 2nd and 22nd Space Operations Squadrons, met with several Airmen as well as learned about their missions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Airman 1st Class Devon Witt, 2nd Space Operations Squadron, explains his role in keeping the GPS constellation up and running to illusionist, comedian and magician Matt the Knife, or MTK, Friday, March 4, 2016, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Later, MTK performed a free show for the Schriever community. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Deborah Lockhart)

Airman 1st Class Devon Witt, 2nd Space Operations Squadron, explains his role in keeping the GPS constellation up and running to illusionist, comedian and magician Matt the Knife, or MTK, Friday, March 4, 2016, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Later, MTK performed a free show for the Schriever community. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Deborah Lockhart)

The crowd reacts as Matt the Knife performs Friday, March 4, 2016, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. His act was a blend of magic, illusions and comedy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

The crowd reacts as Matt the Knife performs Friday, March 4, 2016, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. His act was a blend of magic, illusions and comedy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Illusionist, comedian and magician Matt the Knife performs card tricks Friday, March 4, 2016, at the Satellite Dish Dining Facility on Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The 50th Force Support Squadron invited the entertainer to tour the base and perform his act of magic, illusions and comedy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Illusionist, comedian and magician Matt the Knife performs card tricks Friday, March 4, 2016, at the Satellite Dish Dining Facility on Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The 50th Force Support Squadron invited the entertainer to tour the base and perform his act of magic, illusions and comedy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Illusionist, comedian and magician Matt the Knife performs Friday, March 4, 2016, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.  During his visit, MTK toured the 2nd and 22nd Space Operations Squadrons, met with several Airmen as well as learned about their missions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Illusionist, comedian and magician Matt the Knife performs Friday, March 4, 2016, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. During his visit, MTK toured the 2nd and 22nd Space Operations Squadrons, met with several Airmen as well as learned about their missions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Illusionist, comedian and magician Matt the Knife, also known as MTK, enthralled the base during his performance March 4, 2016, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.
MTK performed a small show in the Satellite Dish Dining Facility as a teaser before his grand performance for the Schriever community.

"I've done [shows on] more than 100 bases around the world. Once I became an entertainer, I've always donated a lot of time to a bunch of organizations; including the military," he said. "It is important to have something that you can give back a little bit."

During his visit, MTK toured the 2nd and 22nd Space Operations Squadrons, met with several Airmen as well as learned about their missions. While there, he also gave impromptu performances for the crew members.

"It is one way to stay connected. When [bases] call and if I can fit them in, I always say yes. I like to go to bases too that are like in the middle of nowhere because they seem to be the ones who need it more. But Schriever is not that bad," he said.

Part-comedy, part magic and part mind reading, MTK's show consisted of humorous improvisation and performance art as well as audience participation.

Staff Sgt. Morris Thomas, 50th Space Wing Safety office, was one of the audience members brought onto the stage to participate in the show.

"I enjoyed the show. I thought it was fun. I like magic and comedy. And the show was fantastic," he said.

Thea Wasche, 50th Force Support Squadron deputy commander, was one of the key people to bring MTK to Team Schriever. She said it was difficult to schedule MTK through Air Force Entertainment because of his popularity.

"This is really for Team Schriever. We are out here and we don't have a lot of stuff going on. We deserve it and we want our people to be entertained. I am glad he is here," Wasche said.

Thomas commended the 50 FSS for bringing MTK on base.

"It's a great idea for them to bring entertainers like him. I hope we have more shows like that," he said.

MTK only has nice words to say about his Schriever visit.

"It seems like a nice base. Everyone seems very friendly and laidback. Usually, entertainers hate matinees and afternoon shows; they're terrible. The reason is you can't get away with the same humor. But at this base, I am actually looking forward to doing the show," he said prior to his performance.

MTK continued, "I love performing on bases. Where else can you do a show where you may have people from multiple states, countries, age, male and female? It's such a cool opportunity for me and for them. It's great that I get to give something to them."
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