Rocco studied under the legendary sleight-of-hand master Tony Slydini. After winning the Golden Lion Award for stage and close-up magic from Siegfried & Roy in 1986, his career began to flourish as a magic teacher, innovator, and world class performer. Rocco is the recipient of the Merlin and Golden Lion Awards, a two-time winner of the coveted Manhattan Association of Cabarets Award, and has been nominated nine times as Magician of the Year by the Academy of Magical Arts in four different categories. Rocco is the only American to win awards at two FISM World Tournaments: in 1994 in Yokohama, Japan, and “Most Original Act” in 2006 in Stockholm, Sweden. Rocco performed at the 2007 Austrian Magic Convention in Vienna, Austria, and appeared in the VH1 celebrity magic reality series, Celebracadabra, in 2008, as an adviser and guide for celebrity partner and 1st runner-up, Hal Sparks.
Shawn Farquhar has been entertaining audiences around the globe for over two decades. His magic has been seen on Television shows like the X-Files and Highlander, in Motion Pictures like Spooky House and the Fly II, for corporate clients like IBM and Konica, and on the most luxurious cruise vessels such as Norwegian Star and Radiance of the Seas. Shawn offers a fast paced, audience participation experience that will draw everyone into an evening of entertainment you will not soon forget. As a two-time world champion of magic, Shawn knows the right blend of magic and comedy to make your guests have fun. After all…it’s his job! Shawn’s unique look, flashy suits and infectious smile are all signs that you booked a professional. Shawn’s show is filled with incredible magic, gut busting humor and his dynamic personality which has earned him over 500 standing ovations in the last five years! Don’t take our word. The Canadian Association of Magicians awarded Shawn the MAGICIAN OF THE YEAR in 2003 and 2010, the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians awarded him the GRAND PRIX D’HONNEUR, the International Brotherhood of Magicians awarded him both STAGE MAGICIAN and SLEIGHT OF HAND MAGICIAN OF THE YEAR, making him the ONLY magician in history to win BOTH world championships and the Olympics of Magic in Beijing, China awarded him the highest award in magic, the GRAND PRIX WORLD CHAMPION OF MAGIC in 2009!
Bringing to the Get Together audience their new Act! Just when you would think they couldn’t find another place to do their act, David and Dania emerged as official halftime entertain-ment for the National Basketball Association. “Honestly, we were scared to death,” David says of their first NBA performance, “We had flown into a rainy Seattle for the Supersonics’ halftime show. We had no idea how a sports audience would receive us. We were halfway through our act and I could tell by the roar of the crowd that they liked what we were doing.” For ten straight years now they have thrilled basketball fans in all the team cities. The National Football League used them at the 50-yard line in Denver for 70,000 people at a Broncos halftime show. They have been on the ice rink of the National Hockey League and the college court for the Big Ten Conference. Their act is ideal for the arena or football field. Everyone can see it, It can be done surrounded, It has a low impact on the wooden court floor or ice rinlc. It is just the right length, seven and a half minutes, and it brings the crowds to their feet. Recently, David has added a costume feature to their act. When performing for a sports team, he ends the act by being transformed into wearing the home team’s official jersey. About ten years ago, Phil Morris, David’s inspiration from the circus days, suggested that they protect their unique act from copycats. One way to do that is to trademark the name of your act with the U.S. Patent Office. No one else is permitted to use your trademarked name, and the trademark is valid for as long as business is conducted using that name. David and Dania coined and trademarked both “A Magical Transformation” and “Quick Change.” They also patented the mechanical mechanisms and operations of their costumes. A patent protects the inventor from anyone copying his invention for a term of 20 years from the original date of filing.
Fred and Bobbie Becker mix magic, music and comedy to create an exciting show you won’t forget! Give them a few minutes and they’ll have you laughing and clapping, guaranteed. Companies like Reese’s, FedEx, Philips, Exxon, and Chrysler rely on the Beckers to do just that when it comes to their most important events of the year. red, the magician, has starred in casino revue shows, theaters, resorts, Las Vegas Showrooms and at the famed Magic Castle in Hollywood, where he once performed for President Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Bobbie, the singer and “assistant,” comes from the world of musical theater. Bobbie has also held the lead role in many musical performances, such as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, The Bakers Wife in Into the Woods, and Lola in Copacabana as well as many production shows. A few years ago, Fred and Bobbie had the honor of performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. under the direction of the late Marvin Hamlisch accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra. They appeared on last year’s “Penn and Teller: Fool Us” television show. They’ve won several awards for the programs and are here with a show is loaded with comedy, magic, music and audience participation. They will amaze you, amuse you, and prove to you that nothing is impossible. Get ready for a magic evening of fun and laughter with the Beckers!
David Corsaro has been a professional magician for over 25 years and a featured performer at “Monday Night Magic”, New York City’s longest running off-Broadway magic show. He has performed his amazing feats of magic for Fortune 500 companies (Wrigley’s, Panasonic, Nestle, and Viacom) as well as top music acts (“Chicago”, “Earth Wind and Fire” and “The Milwaukees”). David is a 10 time attendee of “4F”, an invitation only convention for the best magicians in the world and is also the Creator of “Time to be Awesome” web TV for Magicians. David also donates his talent for a variety of charitable organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Hurricane Sandy Relief and Lions International. David’s personal brand of magic can be described as an enthusiastic blend of magic and comedy that will have you laughing while riveted to his every move. Recent highlights include Donald Trump St Judes Fundraiser, Trump National Golf Club, Yogi Berra Celebrity Golf Outing, and West Essex Magazine Awards Dinner David’s intricate personal style creates a performance that can entertain adults and children alike. David’s personal brand of magic can be described as an enthusiastic blend of magic and comedy that will have you laughing while riveted to his every move.
Although most would agree that his gadgets are totally awesome, it’s Eric’s personality that wins audiences over. His high-energy, and hilarious act has been called, “Pure Art, Pure Madness!” It combines crazy inventions and Eric’s high-octane sugar rush of comedy into a non-stop ride of mischief and magical gadgetry that most people could never imagine. Eric not only imagined it, he turned it into an award-winning act that he has performed around the world and on “The Late Show” with David Letterman. In fact, Letterman called his performance “Tremendous, sensational, and beautiful.” And, as 10 million people watched, he managed to win over one of the most difficult audiences in television- the audience of “America’s Got Talent.” A Second City Comedy School graduate, he has performed on five continents and on TV in seven countries, including a one-hour Korean television special solely dedicated to his performance. Other career highlights include appearances on the “Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon” and the “Just for Laughs” Comedy Festival in Montreal, and entertaining U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Now, at the age of “adult,” Eric the Comedy Imaginator spends most of his time pursuing his childhood passions either in his own workshop in Los Angeles or on stages around the world performing his clever brand of comedy, glued to his unique style of magic, bolted to his original props, duck-taped to his energetic personality. Audiences love the results!
Kevin is one of the most sought after corporate entertainers in the country. You may have seen him on CN8 – The Comcast Network on the “Your Morning” show. He was also a regular headliner at the Dickens Parlour Theatre located at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City and Monday Night Magic: New York’s Longest Running Off-Broadway Magic Show. A native of New Jersey, Kevin is a full time professional magician/Illusionist with over 25 years of performing experience! Kevin has won several awards in magic contests and has made numerous television appearances. He has also made appearances in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, and has been a featured performer at various prestigious national magic conventions such as Fechter’s Finger Flinging Frolics, Tannen’s Jubilee in New York City, Bob Little’s Super Sunday Magic and The Philadelphia East Coast Magic Spectacular. Kevin also regularly performs his close-up miracles at the world famous “Monday Night Magic”, New York’s longest running off-broadway magic show. Kevin has conducted lectures to other magicians and has had several of his original magic effects published in magic journals such as Apocalypse and Labyrinth. In 1988, Kevin was featured in a book called “A CAREER IN MAGIC” published by the Rosen Publishing Group.
Duane and Mary Laflin are specialists in the field of family entertainment that includes a Vegas quality show that is suitable for all age groups! Performances on five continents, in forty-seven of the USA states, and in many countries testify to their appeal and effectiveness. In South Africa Duane Laflin was honored as a guest instructor at the Siegfried & Roy College Of magic, in Singapore he was recognized as a Star of Magic, in Mexico City he received the Illusionist Award. The prestigious Magic Circle, located in London, England, has honored him with the highest status a performing magician can receive. He has been made a Member Of The Inner Magic Circle With Gold Star. Duane and Mary Laflin performed for three seasons at the Magic Beyond Belief theater in Pigeon Forge, TN, before moving on to establish the Grand Magic theater near Mt. Rushmore in Custer, South Dakota. Over the seven years they were there, their show consistently received five-star ratings from Trip Advisor. It was a top-rated attracton in the region. Currently, from their home-base in Branson, Missouri, the Laflins are touring with their Grand Magic show. The dean of the Society Of American Magicians has named Mary Laflin on his top list of ten magician’s assistants. Now she applies her expertise to train assistants who presently work with Duane on stage. The “Osgood Files” national radio program did a full segment about Duane & Mary and the fact that they are Christians and Illusionists. The Laflins are no stranger to the Colon Magic Get Together audience, having appeared on stage in 1994,1996,1998,2001,2005,2009, and now 2018!
Ever since she won the Russian as well as the German Grand Prix and was the first woman ever to achieve the prestigious title German Magician of the year, Alana is considered today’s female shooting star among magicians. The originality of her performance led the young magicienne to the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood and made her win the Golden Magic Award in Shanghai. At FISM, the World Championship of Magic, Alana was among the top five and the best female magician in the contest. Alana’s award – winning act! She enchants her audience with a lot of charme, elegance, energy and skillful manipulation. Who doesn’t dream about having several hands? Witness how Alana’s hands are chasing, teasing and making her jewellery disappear until she turns completely headless… Alana’s enchanting words take the audience into a wonderful world of magical fashionable surprises. Diamonds shine, pearls appear and high heels materialize from nowhere. One spectator will even experience his very personal “déjà shoe”!
Leave every notion of what you “thought” a juggler was at the door. Based in Los Angeles, CA, Ivan brings the term “High Energy” to an entirely different level by delivering an unforgettable show unlike anything you have seen before. As funny as a stand up comic, and as skilled as a Chinese acrobat, Ivan has appeared on Comedy Central, America’s Got Talent, and the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” This is why he is a favorite among corporations, colleges, trade shows, comedy clubs, cruise ships, and on the Las Vegas Strip. Ivan’s first juggling act was at Six Flags Magic Mountain when he was 13 years old. He attended Hart High School then college at California State University-Northridge where he was a Phi Delta Theta member and graduated with a film production degree. He has worked at a comedy juggling show in Las Vegas in the past and is currently working as a corporate comedian/ juggler and emcee. Ivan Pecel is the complete package being an award winning juggler, comedian, performer, entertainer, and television/ commercial actor. Whether Ivan is blindly kicking a flaming torch over his head, juggling ping pong balls using only his mouth, or having you laughing so hard that you should have worn adult diapers to his performance, his show is sure to delight any size audience, no matter the venue.
In magic professionally for 15 years, Mark Calabrese has made a name for himself in the world of close-up magic. Armed with cunning sleight-of-hand and a charming personality, Mark dazzles his audiences with his digital dexterity. Mark is also an established Street performer in New York City’s South Street Seaport with many acts in his repertoire. Mark has been lucky enough to perform for stars ranging from Mike Epps (Next Friday,The Hangover) ,Rosie Odonell, Rob Schneider, and Gilbert Gottfried just to name a few. Corporate clients include Meryl Lynch, MTV, and Morgan Chase Bank. In 2012 Mark was commissioned to consult for Las Vegas magician Criss Angel for television and stage magic. Mark has been featured on Television shows on MTV, FOX, The SYFY Channel and on CW as a contestant on the Hit tv show “Penn and Teller Fool Us”. Marks line of magic is one of the most unique and popular currently in the world and we look forward to seeing what Mark has in store for us at the 2018 Magic Get Together this August.
Gay will be helping us put together a Thursday show to be remembered since all the performers will be selected by Gay from the Masters of Illusion production. Gay produced over 23 hours of Network Television over the last five years, including “Masters of Illusion” (the first magic series in network television since the previous 40 years), as well as the Time Life series “Kids 100 Favorite Songs,” for which she received a Telly Award. She was executive producer of the 1999 and 2000 World Magic Awards. Gay worked as a creative consultant and producer of “Siegfried and Roy Presents: Darren Romeo – The Voice of Magic” that premiered summer 2002 at the Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Gay was co-producer of the Broadway show “Blackstone: The Magnificent Musical Magic Show,” the longest running Magic Show in Broadway history. Abbott’s Magic is so very very proud of its association with the Blackstone family and Gay’s production of the Thursday show should have a touch of the Blackstone mystique we all love here at the Magic Capital.
In 1989, Robert Baxt entered his comedy routine in the International Brotherhood of Magicians annual national competition for best magician. Out of three thousand attendees, Robert was voted the first prize for best magic act, even though his routine was more comedy than magic! The following year, Robert was sent to Madrid, Spain where he upheld his title by winning a comedy prize at the prestigious European Federation International Society dù Magic (F.I.S.M.) convention. This was kind of like going from being Miss America to Miss Universe, and fortunately for Robert there was no bathing suit division! When it comes to performing comedy magic, Robert has no equal! With his unique sense of humor and spectacular magical ability, your audience will thrill and marvel to the hi-jinks and antics of this gifted performer.Forsaking a career in the hallowed halls of the judiciary, he turned to a full time career in show business. Comedy clubs, casinos, and college campuses not being enough, this gifted actor found himself making television appearances in South America, the Orient, Italy, Canada, and Spain; as well as numerous showcases on “America’s Funniest People” on ABC television, and on “THAT’S SO FUNNY” in syndication. As an actor, he can be seen in the eighth season of the CBS hit TV show “How I Met Your Mother” playing the lawyer partner to actor Jason Segel (Marshall), in the dramamatic film “Even Money” that stars Danny Devito, Kim Bassinger, Kelsey Grammer, and Ray Liotta; and in the French film “Parti Avec Le Vent”.
The Abbott Get Together is well recognized for bringing unique and quality magic to the stage and this year is no different! The Danger Circus is a 2-man variety show! Chuck Clark, Metro Detroit’s extreme juggler, is known for his careless disregard for safety. A multiple IJA and coveted PHIL juggling award winner, Clark will have you laughing and cringing at the same time while he combines unique juggling props and witty humor. Keri Kazz, also known as The Unusual Illusionist, is a Detroit native and long-time apprentice of Franz Harary. Kazz has performed in over 39 countries around the world and specializes in “uncontrollable” magic, impossible illusions and reality manipulation. This should be an incredible experience for the Colon audience and should also present some humor and illusions unique for this years 81st Get Together.
For most of the last two decades Keith West has been providing the finest in magical entertainment at corporate events, casinos, cruise ships and events such as Harrah’s Casino, Greek Isles Casino, America Star Casino, Prairie Meadows Casino, Diamond Joe Casino, University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, University of South Dakota, University of Oklahoma, University of Arkansas, Lincoln University … Just to name a few. Keith will be performing at the Friday evening show at the 81st Abbott Magic Get Together
In 1973 while selling cars and going to graduate school at night in Tallahassee, Florida, he met an unknown comedy magician named Steve Martin. That’s right, the Steve Martin, before he became famous. After seeing Steve perform, he knew that he wanted to be in show business for the rest of his life. The concept of a comedy act began. Three years later he moved to Jacksonville, Florida and started his own Saturday morning children’s show on television with a Post/Newsweek station, WJ XT. The name of the show was Magic Gang and was the highest rated kids show in it’s time slot for two years. Not being satisfied with entertaining only children, Fielding pursued a nightclub act. A year and a half after leaving television, he put together a successful touring show called the Amazing Fielding And Company. The show included illusions and hypnosis, which for after two years led him to Las Vegas. There he met Liberace who helped Fielding get his first break by showcasing his act at the Sahara Hotel. Since then he has been working all over the world as a featured star in large production shows and as an opening act for major stars.
Carisa Hendrix grew up fascinated by the art of magic, creating her own tricks to fool her classmates at the age of 7. By the time she graduated from high school, she had become a skilled fire eater and sideshow artist and began doing shows around town to help pay the bills. It wasn’t long before a local magician saw her performances and natural stage presence and hired her on the spot as his new lovely assistant. Over the next 4 years, she worked with for 6 different magicians as an assistant before breaking out to create her own magic shows. Since then Hendrix has done thousands of performance, written for magic magazines, been featured on iTricks, stage managed for the largest magic convention in the world, and starred in her own Las Vegas Illusion show in 2015. Lucy Darling (The creation of the amazing Calgary based magician) is a lady of extraordinary ability known for her comedy magic and her exceptionally good hair. She is an Award Winning Entertainer featured in the Guinness Book of World Records (2014 Book, Page 86), Ripley’s Believe it or Not (2015 Book) and the winner of the Melbourne Magic Festival award for the best comedy magic show. Lucy Darling is a charming and hilarious creature whose show is a wonderful mix of comedy, carnival stunts, and amazing magical acts. This one-of-a-kind show will thrill you with impossible magic and make you roar with laughter. Carisa Hendrix’s unique magical style was showcased nationwide as the star of a feature-length Super Channel documentary that first aired in October of 2016. When not performing as Lucy Darling, Carisa Hendrix continues to create and perform original magic in her shows all over the world, creating custom props and new magic in her Calgary based studio & workshop.
Two-Time “Comedy Magician of the Year”, Chipper Lowell, is one of the most sought after corporate entertainers working today. His shows are a hilarious blend of comedy, magic, and fun-filled improvisation for special event audiences around the globe. Chipper has appeared multiple times on NBC’s THE TONIGHT SHOW, THE DISNEY CHANNEL, MDA TELETHON, SHOW ME THE FUNNY!, EMPTY NEST, AMERICA’S FUNNIEST PEOPLE!, & DON’T BLINK!, as well as all FIVE seasons of the CW’s hit series: “MASTERS OF ILLUSION”. The comic redhead started out traveling with his show business parents on a variety of circuses and arena shows, before heading out on his own, appearing at comedy clubs, casino showrooms, cruise ships, and theaters for the past 20+ years. Chipper has performed all over the world, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, England, Nassau, Malaysia, Australia, and New Zealand. He has twice been nominated for “Stage Magician of the Year!” by the Academy of Magical Arts (The Magic Castle in Los Angeles), and was awarded “Specialty Act of the Year!” by the Tahoe Tribune and Action Magazine. He has appeared onstage at such casino resorts as Caesar’s, Tropicana, Horizon, Flamingo, Venetian, Edgewater, Resorts International, Showboat, and Harrah’s, in Las Vegas, Laughlin, Lake Tahoe, and Atlantic City. In addition to touring with his own critically acclaimed show, “The Chipper Experience! – Where COMEDY & MAGIC Collide!”, he is also one of the headliners for the touring company of “Masters Of Illusion – LIVE!”, playing throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Los Angeles Times called him, “Frenetic, Feverish & Hilarious!” When not on the road, Chipper enjoys staying home with his wife and son and a mortgage, but not in that order. 🙂
Bill Cook has been hailed by his peers as the Young Master of Magic. A three-time award winner at the prestigious World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas, Bill has been featured nationally and internationally on every major television network, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, The CW, Showtime, SyFy, The Movie Channel, Telemundo, and Italy’s Cannale 5. Bill Starred in an episode of the hit SyFy TV Show Wizard Wars, and attempted to fool the Las Vegas Legends on an episode of the CW’s Penn & Teller Fool Us. Most recently, Bill was one of the featured performers the past two summers on the CW’s Masters of Illusion. Bill has performed and headlined on some of the worlds largest stages across North America, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, and Central America. He has been a featured performer at some of the most exclusive clubs in the United States, including the Friar’s Club in New York City, the House of Blues in Chicago, and the World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, California. Combining music with mind-blowing magic, Bill Cook’s high-energy show features comedy, drama, and interactive audience participation. His ability to entertain both young and old alike, make him one of the most versatile performers working today.
Ken Dumm has been performing comedy magic for a wide variety of audiences for over 30 years. From theaters and comedy clubs to festivals and fairs, Ken has left audiences laughing throughout the Midwest . Ken is a favorite at comedy clubs across the country. As a featured performer at the Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, Ken has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in comedy. Ken’s anecdotes from his childhood combine with the magic he loves to create moments you won’t soon forget. Ken’s show combines comedy, magic, music, and audience participation to keep crowds always wanting more. Don’t miss Ken’s debut performance on the Abbott’s stage! Ken Dumm will be performing at the Saturday Matinee this year and we are all looking forward to his unique brand of comedy magic. This will be Ken’s first performance at the Get Together and it should be alot of fun for all of us.
Michael is a talented showman and illusionist who starred in “Magic and Mayhem” on the Las Vegas Strip from February 15, 2012 through mid-October 2012 at the Saxe Theatre in Planet Hollywood. He also performed “Magic and Mayhem” at Six Flags: Magic Mountain from Memorial Day, 2014 through August 17, 2014. He received national exposure by appearing on the sixth season of America’s Got Talent on NBC in the summer of 2011 and is known for known for Coming Home Red Carpet Events (supporting soldiers returning home from war). He has received the Joseph Gabriel Performance Award and the Maltese Award (William Paterson University).
Bruno Tarnecci is a a multifaceted artist, who combines theater and circus to create an original perspecitve for the art of magic. He is an illusionist with an exceptional artistic style that has led him to perform his talent on the biggest and most important stages in the world. He has been studying, performing, living and breathing magic for the past 17 years. Bruno has created several acts such as Atico, Tiempo Efimero, and El Escape. He has performed in more than 15 countries in different international festivals and historical theaters. Bruno has won many awards for his accomplishments. Most notably in 2006 he recieved the National Prize of Magic in Lima, Peru, in 2009 he won the Gran Prix FLASOMA Latin America FISM, and in 2015 he won First Place in the Flasoma Latin America FISM in Uruguay.
Mr. Showbiz – George Schindler – is the driving force behind Vent-O-Rama where you learn the basics of Ventriloquism. George is a talented magician, actor, theatrical consultant and comedian who combines drama, illusion and humor in his art. George, who loves theater and acting, starred as “Chandu the Great” in Woody Allen’s New York Stories (1989) and produced his own “World of Illusion” show. Despite a busy performing schedule, he has found time to write numerous books, including “Magic with Everyday Objects,” “Basic Balloon Sculpture,” “Ventriloquism, Magic with Your Voice,” And “Presto! Magic for the Beginner”. He co-authored “Magic With Cards” with Frank Garcia. George Schindler served the Society of American Magicians as National President in 1992-1993, has been elected to the Society’s Hall of Fame (1994), serves on the Board of Trustees for the Society of American Magicians Magic Endowment Fund, and is chairman of its Houdini Hospital Fund. He is a life member and was awarded Honorary membership, the Society’s highest honor. George was the honoree of their 2007 convention in Dallas, Texas. He is also a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (Order of Merlin), Magician’s Alliance of Eastern States, Society of American Ventriloquists, Australian Society of Magicians, and holds a gold star MIMC membership in the Magic Circle, England’s most prestigious magic society. In 1986, the Society of American Magicians in New York recognized him as their “Magician of the Year” for his outstanding contributions as a performer, author and lecturer, and for his continuous contributions to the advancement of the art of magic. He was awarded the Senator Crandall Comedy award at Abbott’s Magic in 1999 and received the lifetime S. A. M. title of Dean of American Magicians in 2005, succeeding Jay Marshall. The same year he accepted the Milbourne Christopher “Lifetime Achievement Award”. George Schindler’s talents have taken him around the world and into the hearts of many.
John Sturk has been a member of the Abbott’s family since 2005. A former Abbott’s Stage Contest winner, he originally hails from Plymouth, Michigan and is a graduate of Michigan State University. He has been organizing the busker performances in the Village of Colon since 2008, and took on the pre-show organ music duties from the legendary Wilma Rench in 2015. From 2007-2015, he worked full-time at FUN Incorporated, America’s largest magic manufacturer. In 2015, he co-founded the Chicago Magic Lounge, beginning as a once-weekly magic show with rotating guests. In 2018, the Chicago Magic Lounge opened its own full-time magic theater and bar, the first in Chicago since Schulien’s closed in 1999. John performs 5 nights per week doing magic, music, and emcee duties. He is a member of the IBM, Academy of Magic Arts, The Magic Circle, serves on the National Council of the S.A.M, and as chairman of the Chicago Magic Round Table.
The long running and ever popular “Magic Minister’s Session” is run by none other than Dr. Jerry burgess. Dr. Burgess is a Christian Evangelist, who has traveled the world proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ for over thirty years as a preacher, Bible Teacher, and Illusionist. Drawing upon his unusual background as a medical doctor and a professional illusionist, he is able to present unique perspectives on the Gospel in a thoroughly entertaining way. A professional illusionist since 1969 and in the Gospel Illusion Ministry since 1970, he is a three-time past president of the Fellowship of Christian Magicians (an organization of over 3,000 members in 50 states and at least 30 other countries who use illusions, ventriloquism, puppetry, etc. to illustrate the gospel of Jesus Christ). Jerry has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, on cruise ships in the Caribbean and Scandinavia, and on network television in 39 countries on 5 continents and on national TV in the U.S. 18 times in the past 25 years.
The story behind Al The Only giving a “Famous Magician Graveyard Tour” actually has its roots in 1993, when Karrell Fox gave Al and his lifelong buddy, Jeff Bibik, a private tour. In 2008, Hank Moorehouse and the Abbott’s staff asked Al to continue the tradition of taking people out to Lakeside Cemetery to hear the stories of the magicians buried there. Since then, Al has been giving this tour every Get Together and it is one popular event! He has even authored the book “The Magic Graveyard – The stories and secrets of the magicians resting in a small town cemetery…and why they’re buried there!” available from Abbott’s Magic Company. Al The Only also has been running the Colon Golf “No Frills” Golf Classic since 1990. It’s the first “official/non-official” Get Together event! Every Wednesday of Magic Week, magician attendees of the Get Together, from around world, meet at 8am at St. Joe Valley Golf Club in Nottawa, Michigan for a friendly round of golf. No dinner, no door prizes and no raffles…talk about “no frills! A plaque is given to the Golfer of the Year (the GOTY) with their name inscribed on a large trophy housed in the Abbott’s Magic Company plant. The “Jim Oakley, Reese’s Cup, Closest to the Pin” plaque is also awarded. In 2000, Al and his wife, Lori The Onlyette, packed up stakes in Michigan and move to Maui, Hawaii. Each year the couple makes their return pilgrimage to Colon to attend the Abbott’s Get Togethers. Al, a full time professional magician since 1980, has performed across the world and been featured in many publications and magazines such as “Crain’s Small Business”, “Money”, and “Success”, for his work in Corporate America. Each year Al flies in excess of 100,000 miles performing and entertaining at company banquets, cocktail parties and hospitality suites. (You can also find Al working at trade shows and sales meetings.) Most recently, as a way to give back, Al “The Respect Guy” speaks to children in elementary schools across the country about positive behavior and bully prevention with his school assembly program called “The R.O.A.R. Show – Respect Others Act Responsibly.” “I love making people laugh, wonder, and feel good. Magic is my life,” said Al The Only. “Some have even called me obsessed,” he continued and that’s what brings him back to Colon each year since 1974, his love of magic and even more, the people in it. “Even my phone number is magical, it spells ‘TRICKY-1’ 808-874-2591.” Performing around the world, Al has developed a successful business that makes his clients happy.
One of the performers at Abbotts Afternoon Magic Shows, BJ Mallen is a true product of Colon MI. Growing up in the Magic Capital of the World, BJ Mallen has been involved with performing magic most of his life. At the early age of 16, BJ was hired by the legendary Abbott Magic Shop in Colon MI as a demonstrator, following in the footsteps of great Abbott demonstrators such as Neil Foster, Tim Wright, Tom Mullica, and Gordon Miller. BJ has been with Abbotts for over 15 years and currently works inside sales for the magic giant, but performing magic is BJ’s first passion and many times you can find him behind the counter at Abbotts performing comedy magic and doing demonstrations for the customers in the showroom. BJ has performed all across Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio, and has even appeared at The Minnesota State Fair, the second largest state fair in the country. He has made numerous appearances on television, including NBC’s Today Show, as well as shows in Japan, Great Britain, and India, and has appeared numerous times on radio in Michigan and Indiana, and has been featured in countless articles in Michigan newspapers, from the Detroit Free Press to the Kalamazoo Gazette, down to the no longer with us, Colon Express.
A Little Night Magic is the Magic Team of Sir Pat-Trick and Mike Woodward. They combine different theatrical disciplines such as comedy, slap-stick, audience participation, storytelling with traditional magic. Their charming style will surely put a smile on your face! Sir Pat-Trick has been turning heads with his multi award winning stage magic. It is no wonder he has become a seasoned professional, even allowing him to receive two standing ovations at The Orleans Casino in Las Vegas and being asked to perform at The World Famous Magic Castle in Los Angeles California. Also Sir Pat-Trick has had articles about him being coached by Joanie Spina, Former Lead Assistant and Artistic Director to David Copperfield, written about him in Magic Magazine, a worldwide publication for Magicians. The other half of A Little Night Magic Mike Woodward became interested in magic as a small child and has been performing since that time. Mike’s early performances were usually for church groups, birthday parties, and civic organizations in the Central Kentucky area. Over the years, Mike’s performances have grown to include Colleges, Major Corporations, and Conventions throughout the US, with an occasional appearance in Canada, China and Mexico.
Jania’s magic has been enjoyed by thousands of people throughout the country. Her wit and charm have pleased audiences at many corporation parties, conventions, trade shows, and festivals. She has performed at the prestige Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA (the premiere location for magic in the United States) as well as such noted resorts as Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island, Michigan, the Mississippi Queen River Boat, and The Greenbrier White, Sulpher Springs WV. Jania is a respected member of the Society of American Magicians, International Brotherhood of Magicians, the British Magic Circle, and was honored by her peers for showmanship at the Abbott’s Magic Get-Together. Representing 3% of women performing magic, she brings a refreshing touch of elegance to the art.
Joe started down the road of magic in 1992 and has not looked back. He has won many awards including the 2001 IBM Ring 211 “Best Original Trick” contest, First Place at the 2006 Michigan Magic Day Close-Up Competition and First Place at the 2013 Abbott’s Close-Up Convention. His magic was also featured in the 2007 documentary film, “Street of Cards”. His clients have included: Flowserv, Ghallagers Restaurant, Paw Paw Chambre of Commerce, The Sugar Bear Ice Cream Parlor, Lawton SummerFest, Novo 1, and Oshtemo Fun Day. This is Joe’s 21st Abbott’s Get-Together and also his 4th season as a street performer. You will recognize him on the streets by his signature illusion, the Linking Hula Hoops.
Trino commingles comedy and theatrical feats alongside a backdrop of popular music, presenting an energetic and thoroughly modern take on the art of illusion. At once cheeky and charming, the finely coiffed Trino creatively interweaves audience participation with stand alone miracles that wow and woo audiences of all ages. Trino is a versatile entertainer who has had his slight-of-hands in wide ranging productions from college and corporate events to private soirées and company parties. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, The Magic of Trino is sure to keep audiences talking long after the show.
Jonathon LaChance is one of the youngest magicians currently amazing audiences across the state of Michigan today. Jonathon got his start in magic as a busker. At the young age of 14 Jonathon found himself performing in front of crowds of 20 to 1000+! Jonathon’s Comedy street show has hit some of the busiest hotspots in Michigan from Mackinaw City/ Island, Petoskey, St. Ignace, Frankenmuth and many of the biggest fairs across the state Jonathon LaChance has made a career out of simultaneously blowing minds and splitting sides at theaters and festivals across the country. His illusions and comedy magic have been showcased on ABC, FOX and NBC’s The Today show. His youthful-charm has been a centerpiece of The Magic of Harry Potter and other main stage events. LaChance’s one-man show, Laugh Magic LIVE! has toured to sold-out theaters, headlined comedy clubs and is invited back by corporate clients year after year. It’s no surprise that Jonathon was voted “Best Magician in the Family” – two years running!