Conversations on the Green Fundraiser to Benefit New Milford Hospital

Western Connecticut Health Network


Conversations on the Green Fundraiser to benefit New Milford Hospital


Can you believe your eyes?

The world famous mentalist Oz Pearlman, who dazzled the country as a finalist on “America’s Got Talent,” will make the audience wrestle with that question when he performs on July 17 in Washington.

A “magician of the mind,” Oz, as he is known, plumbs the dichotomy between brain and body, challenging the audience’s grip on reality and its perception of the world. After his performance, his audience often wonders if it can believe what it saw and if it is even possible.

“Oz Pearlman makes a living blowing people's minds,” “Entertainment Weekly” said in reviewing one of his acts on during “America’s Got Talent” competition. Just when you think the trick is over, he adds another layer that makes your head explode.”

The fundraiser is part of the Conversations on the Green (COG) series, which is in its fourth year and benefits Greenwoods Counseling Referrals, Inc., Susan B. Anthony and New Milford Hospital.

“New Milford Hospital is proud to be sponsoring this event, and we’re hoping for a great turn out. Your participation is truly an investment that ultimately helps people in the local communities,” said Grace Linhard, Chief Development Officer of the Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital Foundation.

Added Tom Koobatian, MD, Executive Director and Chief of Staff for New Milford Hospital, “Come out and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with family and friends. You can feel good that your contributions will be put back into the community programs and services we offer.”

Jane Whitney, a founder of the Conversations on the Green series and its moderator, said, “We’re delighted to be working with the hospital as it’s a vital community resource. The point of the seminars is to create a community-wide conversation and to celebrate our interconnections. The hospital is a key part of that.”

Jeanne Fusco, Executive Director for the Susan B. Anthony Project said, “This family friendly event is sure to delight all who will attend this magical summer highlight in Litchfield County.”

More about Oz
Probably the most sought after mentalist in the country, Oz has performed on six continents and in 30 countries and regularly entertains a Who’s Who of politicians, professional athletes and A-list celebrities. His singular and stupefying routines last year captivated the country and propelled him to a third place finish in the “America’s Got Talent” competition.

A charming performer with the steely stare of an endurance athlete, Oz also creates and designs his routines. Like any card-carrying conjurer, he steadfastly declines to reveal the secrets that befuddle and bewitch his audiences. But YouTube is littered with efforts to deconstruct his tricks and he enthusiastically discusses the thinking behind creating new performances. “First off, I think, ‘What would be incredible?’ Then I reverse-engineer the human mind, figure out how to get there, how to fool you with it.”

Oz became enchanted with magic as a 13-year-old boy celebrating his bar mitzvah on a cruise ship. “There was a magician onboard doing tricks and I was blown away,” he recalls. “I saw him one night and couldn’t stop thinking about him. So I went to see him again the next night. And as soon as we came back home, I started buying books and videos and dove in headfirst. When I was 14, I got my first gig working at a local restaurant and from there it snowballed. I bought some business cards and started doing kids shows and corporate events.”

While he started as a magician, he soon became spellbound with how the mind works and focused on mentalism. “Magic is a heavily visual medium where you specialize in deceiving the eye,” he notes in explaining his personal journey. “Mentalism is a subset that focuses on the magic of the mind. Sleight of hand has nothing to do with it, it’s all about deceiving people’s thoughts.”

Despite his youthful success in the darker arts, Oz started his career following a traditional path. He attended the University of Michigan, earning a BS in Electrical Engineering, and was hired by Merrill Lynch to work in its data recovery operation. “It was a nice job,” he says, “but during my free time I was constantly doing magic, going into restaurants, giving out business cards, and eventually I was doing two or three shows a week. It got to the point where I was working so much that I thought I could take the leap into doing it full-time.”

Eventually that led him to “America’s Got Talent” and to his first and only show in the Litchfield County area. The program, a special event in the “Conversations on the Green,” series, starts at 3 p.m. on July 17 at The Gunnery’s Main Dining Hall, 22 Kirby Road, Washington, Ct. And for those who would like a personal performance, Oz will work his magic at tableside during a subsequent, $55 prix fixe dinner at The Mayflower Grace.

All proceeds from the event benefit area charities: Greenwoods Counseling Referrals, Inc. a non-profit agency that provides referrals for affordable mental health and social services; Susan B. Anthony, which provides free crisis and support services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; and New Milford Hospital, which serves thousands in the community.

How to Reserve Your Tickets
Tickets, which are tax deductible, are available at a variety of levels:

• Individual tickets are $45.
• The Family Plan, a minimum of four tickets, is $37:50 per ticket.
• The Group Plan, a minimum of 10 tickets, is $30 per ticket.
• "Angels on the Green" tickets are $250 per person and include preferred seating and the opportunity to meet Oz at a special cocktail reception at The Mayflower Grace following the conversation.

Oz also is providing personal, tableside performances during a dinner at The Mayflower Grace following the performance. Open to all, the dinner includes a 3-course dinner for $55 per person, including wine. Gratuity and taxes are additional. Reserve your space today by calling Alli Fodor at The Mayflower Grace at 860-619-7415.

For tickets to the main performance, call 203-947-1968 or email Conversations on The Green: Please let us know what type and how many tickets you would like and how you prefer to be contacted.

To buy tickets online with a Credit Card or PayPal, click here

To buy tickets by mail, please make your check payable to Susan B. Anthony Project - COG" and send it to Conversations on the Green, PO Box 1020, Washington, CT 06793.