3rd annual Steamboat is Magic Festival attracts internationally acclaimed acts
There are no mesmerizing illusions, smoke or mirrors.
The Steamboat is Magic Festival is up close and personal — the sleight-of-hand and card tricks happening a mere arm’s length away.
In its third year, the festival will be held Sept. 14 to 16 at the Chief Theater and various locations throughout downtown, and tickets are now on sale.
Ticket prices range from the Magic Pass, which is $75 for adults and $50 for kids, to the individual shows, which are $15 for adults and $10 for kids. New this year will be the addition of two family-fun shows welcoming all ages.
Headlining acts include world-class magicians Pop Haydn, Karl Koppertop, Dave Cox and Jon Armstrong.
“Magic is one of those art forms everyone seems to like,” said Chief Theater Executive Director Scott Parker. “I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t like it. Magic transcends all ages and really brings people together. That’s what this festival is about.”
On Sept. 14, the festival will kickoff with a meet and greet in Jace Romick’s R Diamond Gallery for those who purchase the Magic Pass as well as sponsors. Parker said this will also be an opportunity to meet the headlining magicians and maybe learn a few tricks.
In addition to a performance by Haydn on Sept. 14, there will be Family Fun Shows with Karl Koppertop and David Cox during the day on Sept. 16. Later that night, producer Jon Armstrong will bring his new show Comic Amazement to the Chief. Armstrong was named Close Up Magician of the Year and is known for his role as chairman of the board of trustees for the Academy of Magical Arts.
The festival will end with the gala show following Armstrong’s performance.
“We try to make the festival bigger and better each year,” Parker said. “I think we’ve done that especially with changing up the show lineup and offering another Family Fun Show.
“It’s going to be a fun, close-up magic experience that you don’t usually get to see,” Parker added.
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