Provided by Lincoln City Cultural Center
LINCOLN CITY – It’s no illusion. Lincoln City is magic for spring break, and we’re not just talking about the long, sandy beaches and the glass float giveaways. During Oregon’s Spring Break, March 24-28, the Lincoln City Cultural Center will present the third annual Festival of Illusions. The festival is a week of evening magic shows, and fun day camps for youth, all held at the LCCC, 540 NE Hwy. 101.
For the evening shows, the doors will open at 6:30 pm, with curtain at 7 pm. Last year, both the Tuesday and Wednesday shows were sold out – so get your tickets early. To purchase, or to learn more, call 541-994-9994.
The evening performance series will open on Monday, March 24, with the impressive Joe Black. Joe Black, a magician and mentalist from Seattle, is back by popular demand as one of the most popular magicians in the 2013 festival. Black was awarded the “Rising Star Award” two years in a row, and was a televised finalist on “America’s Got Talent!” His “Black Magic” show is a real crowd pleaser, and is appropriate for older children and adults. Tickets for Black’s March 24 show, a two-set magic show with an intermission, are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Kids 12 and under are $9 in advance and $8 at the door.
On Tuesday, March 25, older children and adults will thrill to the comedy magic of Steve Hamilton – aka “Steve the Pretty Good.” He’s been performing around the world – from Shanghai to Indiana — for the past 20 years. Known for his spontaneous humor and original routines, Hamilton offers the classics of magic with his own funny twist, and transforms his audience into his magical assistants. Does someone get sawn in half? You bet. Can he make someone float? Absolutely. Tickets for Hamilton’s March 25 show, a two-set magic show with an intermission, are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Kids 12 and under are $9 in advance and $8 at the door.
For a family-oriented show that is appropriate for all ages, check out Jeff Evans on Wednesday, March 26. Jeff Evans’ friendly style of magic receives top reviews for family entertainment. A full-time pro since 1998, Evans’ amazing magic and clean comedy is honed to its best in over 250 shows each year. Fan favorites include “Sparky the Trained Chicken” and his “ridiculously dangerous” escape stunt from ropes, chains, and padlocks. No wonder he was named the 2013 Seattle’s Funniest Magician and ParentMap Magazine’s 2013 “Golden Teddy Award” for Best Live Entertainment. To learn more, be a fan at www.facebook.com/jeffevansmagic or subscribe at www.youtube.com/amazementproductions. Advance tickets for the Jeff Evans Simply Magic performance, a one-set show that starts at 7 pm, are $6 for adults and $4 for kids 12 and under. At the door, prices go up $1.
Families with the youngest children – and everyone else who loves a clown, and a good laugh – are invited to the center on Thursday, March 27, for Cha Cha the Clown’s French Toast Circus. Cha Cha, aka Regina Wollrabe, started out as a mime before becoming a professional clown. She’s studied and clowned with some of the best in the Northwest, and has won awards for entertaining things like “performance” and “parade-ability.” She’s also the mother of four boys, so she knows how to handle a crowd. Advance tickets for the French Toast Circus, a one-set show that starts at 7 pm, are $6 for adults and $4 for kids 12 and under. At the door, prices go up $1.
The LCCC is also offering Magic Camps, held from 9 to 11 a.m. daily from Monday, March 24, through Friday, March 28. Registration is open for children ages 8 to 18, and the price ($15 per day) includes props and instruction by local magician Danny Roberson. A partner non-profit, Let There Be Arts, is offering workshops for children in grades K-3, at the same location, at the same times. To register for either series, or to learn more, call the LCCC at 541-994-9994.
The most dedicated young magicians will have the option to perform at the Lincoln City Talent Show, presented by Beachtown Coffee, set for 7 pm on Friday night. Proceeds from this three-set talent show will benefit the center’s Main Stage Maintenance Fund.