Magical stuff in the Lone Star State!
I want to focus in this blog on some great upcoming magical events right here in the Lone Star State of Texas. We have many fine magicians living here and there are quite a few cool events to add to the magical calendar. If you live in neighboring states then maybe you might plan on visiting us to catch them.
February 28th is the date of the annual world famous magic auction here in Austin. It is always a red-letter day for lovers of magic who want to acquire that exciting rare prop or book. This event has been around for over three decades and they certainly do it right. You can get all the information to join in the fun from their website at http://austinmagicauction.com
I am very excited to be part of “Magic at the Vortex” a really great magical event on January 21st. Fellow Austinite magician Patrick Terry has been quietly turning this wonderful little theatre complex into a new home for quality magic. This is his third event at The Vortex and the two of us will be performing an evening of unique magic. Performing a guest spot in the show will actually be my first public appearance in my new hometown and I am greatly looking forward to it.
Patrick Terry is a very talented magician who is also developing quite a reputation as a magic producer. Terry was born in Americus, Georgia and in 2002 moved to New York where he started to really hone his performing skills, working with one of my favorite groups of magicians — the Monday Night Magic team. Terry also appeared in many college and private venues where his audiences included many celebrities and even some members of a Royal Family or two.
In 2013 Patrick created and produced the first of his acclaimed “Wondershow” productions in New York City. The show, a modern vaudevillian experience with an emphasis on the magical arts, quickly became a NY favorite. It is considered by many to be a major vision of the way our art form can be successfully presented to modern audiences.
On March 20th and 21st Terry will be bringing his “Wondershow” to Austin for its premiere engagement outside the Big Apple. This production will also be housed at the delightful Vortex theatre, which should prove to be a perfect venue for the event. A unique showroom, elegant bar and delicious food from one of Austin’s ubiquitous food trucks make this the perfect spot to spread the “Wondershow” brand.
Flying in to participate in “Wondershow,” will be my good friend the multi-talented Andrew Goldenhersh. In my opinion Andrew is one of the brightest lights in the contemporary magic scene and it is always a delight to watch him present his quirky and singular magic. Also being imported for the event will be Marcus Monroe — a rock star amongst jugglers, and Vinny DePonto, an innovative conjuror hailed by the New York Daily News as “delightful and terrifying.” Celebrated storyteller Peter Aguero will be hosting the event, which will feature local performers and musicians to round out the two-hour show.
To find out more details about “Wondershow” and purchase tickets (it will certainly sell out) visit the Vortex website at http://www.vortexrep.org If you would like to view a brief video from Patrick Terry’s last performance in the theatre, check it out at http://vimeo.com/116761601 I will look forward to bringing you an in depth review of “Wondershow” at a future date.
Rounding out some other upcoming Texas magic, I am delighted to say I will be presenting my magic lecture in the cities of Houston on 26thJanuary and in San Antonio on the 28th of January. If you want more details of these events then contact me at email@example.com and I can give you all the facts and figures.
I should not forget to mention that Austin will be hosting this year’s annual TAOM convention from September 4-7th. This is always a fabulous event and 2015 has a great line up scheduled which even includes the opportunity to visit the world famous “Esther’s Follies.” If you haven’t visited “Esther’s …” then you may have missed the chance to watch the amazing Ray Anderson. As I have stated in the past, Ray is not just an outstanding magical performer but may very well be the funniest magician working today. I attended his show four times last year and each visit was an education and a delight.
My message is simple, if you want to catch some great magic this year, then “all y’all” should think about a trip to Texas. Don’t even get me started on the barbecue food and breakfast tacos you can enjoy during your visit!