Tickets went on sale today for the 2021 Festival of Illusions, the week-long Lincoln City Cultural Center presentation that delivers weather-proof family escapades to spring break on the Oregon coast. This year’s schedule for the festival, March 19-28, will include live, in-person performances by stunt comic Matt Baker, Louie Foxx the One Man Side Show and festival favorite magician Jeff Evans.
This year’s COVID-safe festival activities will include creative Abracadabra Magic Art Kits, offered for easy pickup in the center’s Creative Quarantine shop, with all materials and instructions included. Also new this year: a balloon-twisting workshop on Monday and a special matinee magic show on Thursday. All that, plus a Zoom Room visit with The Amazing Bubble Man and his ever-surprising sidekick, Jet Black Pearl.
This year’s Festival of Illusions is sponsored by the members of the Lincoln City Cultural Center and Surftides Lincoln City. Tickets for the assigned seating venues are on sale now, available online at tinyurl.com/85fdpvthor by calling 541-994-9994.
Get Your Reserved Seats Today
We’re thrilled to announce the return of our annual Festival of Illusions Spring Break Magic Festival. We’ll be limiting attendance, reserving seating and providing plenty of social distance in the auditorium — and we’ll all be wearing our magic masks! All seats will be reserved, so don’t delay. Try out our newArtsPeople ticketing service, call us 541-994-9994, or drop by during our normal business hours, 10-4 pm Thursday through Sunday. Many thanks to our lodging sponsor, Surftides Lincoln City!
Festival of Illusions
IN PERSON Sunday, March 21 @ 7:00 pm
Matt Baker is a 3-time Guinness World Record holder, was voted Seattle’s Funniest Alternative Comic and has performed his comedy stunt show in over 17 different countries (http://comedystuntshow.com). He’s appeared on numerous television shows including The Late Late Show with James Corden, Last Comic Standing, Tosh. 0 and America’s Got Talent, where Sharon Osbourne called him “hilarious”and Piers Morgan described him as, “hip, funny and well choreographed; the total package!” His comedy never stops even when performing stunts like catapulting vegetables, spitting ping-pong balls at volunteers or performing and catching a bowling ball on his head. $16 adults, $14 seniors and students, $8 youth ages 5-18, free for children 0-4 (although all children who are sitting in chairs need to have their own tickets).
Brett Belleque is an award winning balloon artist, puppeteer and magician with over 35 years of balloon sculpting experience. He has performed across the United States and in several foreign countries. He twists biodegradable latex balloons into amazing works of art, and he can show you how to get started. Pre-registration is required for his Boredom Busting Balloon Class, as he pre-inflates all the necessary balloons safely, at home. The fee is $5 per person, with all materials and instructions included.
The Amazing Bubble man, Louis Pearl, has been doing bubble shows for almost 40 years. Originally from San Francisco, he has toured with his bubbles around the world many times. For his new online programs, Louis teams up with talented musician Jet Black Pearl. Her brilliant improvised music and clowning are a big part of the show. The proximity of the camera allows the opportunity to bring the bubble tricks very close up, so the viewers can see everything in brilliant detail. The performers will encourage the Lincoln City audience to ask lots of questions, which they will answer with bubble demos made up on the spot. This back and forth makes each show, and each bubble, fresh, unique, and fun. Each ticket purchased comes with a Bubble Trumpet, The Amazing Bubble Man’s own invention, available for pickup at the LCCC before or after the show. Additional Bubble Trumpets are just $3 each. Zoom Show “Tickets” are $10 per person or $20 for a family/group, with the show available for 48 hours after the live presentation.
Howie Mandel called Louie’s performance on NBC’s America’s Got Talent“fantastic” and the International Brotherhood of Magicians said Louie is “incredible“ (https://louiefoxx.com). You may have seen Louie from one of his many appearances on New Day NW, Tru TV’s Guinness World Records Unleashed, Otra Movida TV in Spain, the nationally syndicated television show How ’Bout That or on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. The One-Man Side Show is full of unique magic tricks and skills. Whether making the audience gasp in disbelief as he wraps his head in duct tape to play a game of 20 questions, or making the audience roll with laughter as he tries to cut a banana in half with a bullwhip you can rest assured this is a show unlike any other. The Society of American Magicians called Louie, “A Variety Artist in the truest sense of the words!” Louie is a two time Guinness World Record Holder and was voted the Best Live Entertainment for Families by the readers of Parent Map Magazine two years in a row. $16 adults, $14 seniors and students, $8 youth ages 5-18, free for children 0-4 (although all children who are sitting in chairs need to have their own tickets).
Jeff’s career in magic began at age twelve when he found a book on coin tricks at his grandparent’s house. Today, Jeff regularly performs for appreciative audiences at company banquets, festivals, private parties, and other special events throughout the Pacific Northwest. Jeff is known as an innovative performer in the world of magic and his original routines have been printed in magic magazines including Genii, The Linking Ring, and M.U.M. Jeff is an active member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Pacific Coast Association of Magicians, and the Tacoma Magic Club. He strives to make each performance magically fun and outrageously impossible for his audiences. $16 adults, $14 seniors and students, $8 youth ages 5-18, free for children 0-4 (although all children who are sitting in chairs need to have their own tickets).
The visual arts component of the Festival of Illusions — the Abra Cadabra Open Art Space — has changed with the times. This year, Krista Eddy and the Creative Quarantine volunteers will be creating special magic trick art kits for families to take home and enjoy. They are planning three different tricks: “Walk Through a Piece of Paper,” “Magically Appearing Color Drawing,” and a surprise that has yet to be revealed. They will be available for pickup along with several other imaginative choices from the CQ “store.”
These kits are available to anyone who wants them, while supplies last. They will be available in the self-serve shop starting on Friday, March 19. The shop will be open for regular hours (10 am -4 pm, Thursday through Sunday), one half hour before all in-person magic shows, and by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call the LCCC at 541-994-9994.
Renewal is the fuel
We are so thankful for our members, who donate each year to ensure that arts and culture are available to everyone. These donations have such a difference in the past year: we made it through, because of you!