Steamboat is Magic! Festival is back with new bag of tricks |

Steamboat is Magic! Festival is back with new bag of tricks

The Chief Theater's Steamboat is Magic! Festival will commence with renowned musicians like Jon Armstrong, pictured.
Courtesy photo


The Chief Theater’s Steamboat is Magic! Festival will commence with renowned magicians like Jon Armstrong, pictured. (Courtesy photo)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — At the Steamboat is Magic! Festival, no rabbits will be hopping out of a top hat.

“It will entertain in ways no other art form can,” said Jon Armstrong, nationally acclaimed magician who also helps produce the festival each year.

The much-anticipated event, which features performances from four world-class magicians, will take the spotlight at Friday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Chief Theater.

“The magic has never been seen before,” Armstrong said. “Audiences that come will experience wonder and humor like never before.”

A new addition to the festival this year is the comedy troupe, We’re Not Clowns, who will open both evening shows.

“I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t like magic,” said Chief Theater Executive Director Scott Parker. “Magic transcends all ages and really brings people together. It’s pretty cool that you can get something usually earmarked for a big city, right here in the Yampa Valley.”

Armstrong said each magician brings a different approach to the art form from card tricks to mind reading. Headlining acts include Nick Paul, Eric Buss, David Kovac and Armstrong.

“For me, magic is all about willing suspension of disbelief,” Parker said. “These guys are so good at fooling you, tricking you, misdirecting you — you just have to sit back and relax and enjoy it.  Every now and then, I try and figure out how the tricks are done, and it hurts my brain.”

Ticket prices range from the Magic Pass, which is $75 for adults and $50 for kids, to individual show tickets, which are $15 for adults and $10 for kids.

4th annual Steamboat is Magic! Festival headliners:

Jon Armstrong presents “Comic Amazement”

7 p.m. | Friday, Sept. 21

Jon Armstrong returns bringing his “Comic Amazement” show to the stage for an entertaining show. 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. He’s also worked on various films and television shows such as “Spiderman 3” and “AntMan” as a magic consultant and designer.

Nick Paul presents “An Hour of Magic and Fun”

1 p.m. | Saturday, Sept. 22

Nick Paul is a Los Angeles-based, award-winning magician and comedian known for his unique combination of physical comedy and magic. Nick performs worldwide for colleges, fortune 500 companies, cruise ships and theaters. He has also been seen on NBC, Conan and Netflix.

Eric Buss presents “As Seen on TV”

3 p.m. | Saturday, Sept. 22

Performing his clever brand of comedy, Eric Buss is known in the entertainment world as one of the funniest and most creative magicians of all time. He combines his passion for building and magic to create a show that features his unique inventions and gadgets that led him to tour around the world and on “The Late Show” with David Letterman. Buss’ most well-known but non-magical contraption is his bubble wrap bike, which was featured on Jimmy Kimmel.

David Kovac presents “The New Vaudevillian”

6 p.m. | Saturday, Sept. 22

A classically trained actor and former street juggler, David Kovac is known nationally for his simple and sleek comedy combining sophisticated humor with cleverly crafted magic routines and a performance style drawn from traditions of vaudeville and refined variety theatre.

The festival will end with the Steamboat is Magic Closing Gala starting at 8 p.m. Saturday and featuring all four magicians for a unique, collaborative performance.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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