Magic, Tarot, Hypnosis and Past Life Readings showcased at Saratoga New Year's Eve Fest

Noting a local interest in the psychic arts, First Night Saratoga organizers are bringing “The Art of the Mind” to this season’s New Year's Eve celebration. Empire State College will serve as the staging ground for tarot card and rune readers, as well as “gallery-style" past life readings.

Former actor Joshua Lozoff first became inspired to study magic after a chance meeting in La Paz, Bolivia with a busking magician. “I watched him create wonder and joy for all of these people just passing by. He gave them a gift,” says Lozoff, who returned stateside and began training in the theory of magic.

Local comic hypnotist Michael Ray was a college student in the Midwest during the 1980s when he volunteered to be part of a hypnotist’s show. He was captivated by the event and set off to learn everything he could about hypnosis and becoming a canine psychologist by trade.

Lozoff and Ray will be joined by certified psychic, Corbie Mitleid – who will provide past life readings - Joan Scannell (Tarot), MJ Henion (Runes), and Steve Brundage (Magic), during the 20th anniversary edition of the First Night Saratoga festival. Overall, the event features 70 musical and performing arts acts in over 30 venues throughout downtown Saratoga Springs and starts with a 5k roadrace at Skidmore College at 5:30 p.m. and culminates with midnight fireworks in Congress Park.

Admittance buttons cost $15 and are available online at, in person at The Arts Center (320 Broadway), and at regional Stewart's Shops, Price Chopper stores, Adirondack Trust branches and other partner locations throughout the Saratoga Region. For more information about First Night Saratoga call 518-584-4132.