Seattle Convention Center Magic

Six magicians at one party?  You know this is gonna be fun!

Six magicians at one party? You know this is gonna be fun! (Jeff Evans, Louie Foxx, Ruben Barron, Joe Black, Rick Anderson, Kirk Charles)

Magicians Invade the Washington State
Convention and Trade Center

Normally I am the only entertainer for the event.  I may work with a DJ or caricature artist, but it’s unusual for a company or organization to have a variety act with multiple performers.  Last night I performed with five – yes, FIVE! – other magicians.  It was like a class reunion getting to see other pros that I rarely see.

Two thousand engineers, physicists, and scientists attending the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging conference descended on the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.  The conference brings engineers and scientists together from around the world to share their knowledge and to gain insight and inspiration from others.

Our task:  show the conference delegates a great time in America and downtown Seattle.  It wasn’t hard, as everyone was there to unwind and socialize.  Magic was obviously a hit, as every so often a group of people would burst into laughter and applause in a different part of the ballrooms.

The poor audience didn't stand a chance; Ruben (left) and Louie tag-teamed this table, each one trying to one-up the other.

The audience didn’t stand a chance:  Ruben (left) and Louie tag-teamed this table, each one trying to one-up the other.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE, is the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology.  This was NOT your typical audience, and not just because of the IQ level.  (Before the show, our event coordinator told us that many of the people we would meet had multiple doctorate degrees.  Woah.)

Most of the people I performed for were from other countries.  All spoke English, some better than others, and it was neat meeting people from Russia to South Korea to France and Germany… and trying to pronounce their names!

 

 

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Washington State Fairs Association Convention

Singer/songwriter John Dunnigan at the WSFA convention

Singer/songwriter John Dunnigan at the WSFA convention

Each year I perform for several county fairs throughout the Pacific Northwest.  The Washington State Fairs Association‘s annual convention gives fair boards, managers, and service members the opportunity to do business and enjoy each others’ company.  Sometimes it’s so busy during the actual fair that there isn’t time to socialize.  Everyone is running around like a chicken with their head chopped off.  (Sorry for that visual, poultry barn superintendents!)  This year’s convention was held at the Pasco Red Lion Hotel.

See photos from the WSFA convention in 2012 and 2013 online.

Click here for photos from my visits to the Canyon County Fair and Spokane Interstate Fair this past year.  Looking for great entertainment for your fair or festival?  Call Washington fair and festival magician Jeff Evans toll-free (877) 412-5064 or send e-mail to jeff[at]amazementproductions.com.

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Gig Harbor Halloween Magician

Halloween was always my favorite holiday when I was a kid.  Wearing cool costumes, carving pumpkins, running around the neighborhood getting free candy – what’s not to like about that?!?   The last week of October is National Magic Week, and Houdini actually died on Halloween.  Spooky indeed!

This motley crew had me cornered at the Tacoma Yacht Club.  Hope I'm good!

This motley crew had me cornered at the Tacoma Yacht Club. Hope I’m good!

I did three shows in Gig Harbor last weekend; one for Lauren’s 8th birthday party, a Halloween Party for the Tacoma Yacht Club held at their Outstation in Gig Harbor, and the Canterwood Golf Club’s kids’ Halloween Party.  All were very fun in their own way, and some of my favorite photos from those shows are here.

 

Canterwood Halloween (8)

Mary with the Canterwood Golf Club prepares to judge the costume contest – not an easy task!

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Northwest Event Show

Western Washington's best restaurants and caterers gave away free samples on each aisle

Western Washington’s best restaurants and caterers gave away free samples on each aisle

The Northwest Event Show attracts the best venues, caterers, photographer, DJs, event decorators, and production companies in western Washington. It is held each fall at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in downtown Seattle.  It’s always a great opportunity to say hi to old friends and clients as well as see new technologies, trends, and meet new vendors.

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Auburn Magician

Peace, Flower Power, & Card Tricks

Last weekend I was feeling groovy and doing magic for the White River Valley Museum & Mary Olson Farm’s annual Halloween Ball at the Truitt Building in downtown Auburn.  There were some super costumes for their 70s/disco theme.

"I pity the fool who hasn't experienced the Jeff Evans magic show."

“I pity the fool who hasn’t experienced the Jeff Evans magic show.”

I met the real mayor of Auburn… and the fake Mr. T!  This was the perfect situation for strolling magic; people mingling, socializing, dancing, and enjoying food and drink.  I traveled from group to group performing with cards, coins, ropes, $100 bills, and rubber bands.  Many people like this close-up style of magic best!   Learn more about my magic shows in Auburn and beyond online or call toll-free (877) 412-5064.

Attendees boogie, jive, and enjoy the evening supporting the White River Museum

Attendees boogie, jive, and enjoy the evening supporting the White River Valley Museum

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Portland Banquet Magician

Magician Jeff Evans entertains at the Portland Marriott Hotel

Magician Jeff Evans entertains at the Portland Marriott Hotel

“Mr. Jeff Evans has a very professional magic show…great with kids and adults. His magic is outstanding and his ability to engage the crowd is the best of best. His magic tricks are very mind blowing and after seeing his show over 5 times, I still can’t figure out how he can get my $100 bill inside of an uncut, unpeeled orange. I will hire him again to one of our functions in the future. I highly recommended Jeff Evans to anyone needing a great magician.”
-Verle Ketchum, Mullinax Ford of Olympia Commercial Fleet Sales Manager

Read this and recommendations from 25 other clients at http://www.linkedin.com/in/amazement.

The Northwest Ford Truck Association wanted to make this meeting something special and out of the ordinary.  Many spouses attended and were able to play tourist in downtown Portland in a beautiful sunny fall day.  I performed mingling magic during the cocktail hour.  Not only do people love seeing magic close-up, but it also gives me a chance to get to know my audience for later in the evening.

After dinner the outgoing Association officers were thanked and the new leaders introduced.  After a speech by Gresham Ford’s Bess Wills, I performed my stand-up show for the group of about a hundred Ford dealers, vendors, partners, and spouses.  I even debuted a new trick, customized with the names of dozens of Ford vehicles, that was a huge hit.  Thanks to Meryl and the super staff with the Portland Marriott City Center for being wonderful hosts and making everything run smoothly.

If you need banquet entertainment in Portland, call Jeff Evans toll-free (877) 412-5064 or send e-mail to jeff[at]amazementproductions.com.

Wild Bill's Casino provided the late-night fun

Wild Bill’s Casino provided the late-night fun

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Portland Bravo! Live Event

Bravo! Live is the place to find entertainment, catering, venues, and service professionals

Bravo! Live is the place to find entertainment, catering, venues, and service professionals

Bravo! Live was held October 8, 2014 at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland.  More new faces than old ones that this event!

Whether you plan an annual convention or meeting or have a once-in-a-lifetime celebration planned, Bravo! Live is the place to find the top vendors and venues in Oregon and Southwest Washington.  The vendors spare no expense to create awesome exhibits, and the area’s top catering companies have free samples of their trademark meals and desserts.

Thumbs-Up Fun with Dennis Williams, Jeff Evans, and George Sharp.  www.visitolympia.com

Thumbs Up Fun with Dennis Williams, Jeff Evans, and George Sharp. www.visitolympia.com

If you need entertainment in the Portland, Oregon area, call magician Jeff Evans in Olympia at 360-412-5064 or send e-mail to jeff[at]amazementproductions.com.

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Public Holiday Magic Shows

December is hopping with company holiday parties, private parties, family get-togethers, and winter festivals.  Here are the public events where I’m performing in November and December 2014 for holiday events and more.

Holiday parties are more fun with Jeff Evans' clean comedy *& interactive magic.net

Holiday parties are more fun with Jeff Evans’ clean comedy *& interactive magic.net

Magician Jeff Evans at the Tacoma Convention & Trade Center

Magician Jeff Evans at the Festival of Trees at the Tacoma Convention & Trade Center

Click here to see photos from holiday shows in the past.  Send me a note or call 360-412-5064 if you would like more details about attending one of the shows listed here, or if you’re planning an event and want to add magical entertainment.

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Vancouver Hilton Holiday Preview

Each meeting space was beautifully decorated by different event production companies

Each meeting space was beautifully decorated by different event production companies

The Hilton Vancouver Washington is located near the Columbia River in the heart of downtown Vancouver and minutes from downtown Portland and the Portland airport.  The Hilton sales, catering, and hospitality team hosted their annual Holiday Preview Tasting the other evening and pulled out all of the stops.  The Vancouver/Portland area’s top event decorators had their own rooms to transform and showcase what they do.

Guests deciding what sort of a pose they want for their photobooth picture

Guests deciding what sort of a pose they want for their photo booth picture

Attendees – which included both current Hilton clients who have an event planned sometime in the future as well as prospects – were able to sample food, talk with vendors and Hilton staff, and visualize how they might like their banquet, reception, or party take shape.  Each banquet space and meeting room featured different culinary items as well as a bar specializing in a different type of drink.  If you died and went to heaven, it might look something like this.

There was entertainment, too:  live music, a photo booth, DJ, casino party, magician Jeff Evans, and more.

If you’re planning a business or social event in the greater Vancouver-Portland area, contact Tiona Dumas, Director of Catering and Events, at (360) 828-4317 with the Hilton Vancouver.  She or Sunny and the sales and catering team are happy to help you!

Yummm...

A delicious end to the evening

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Issaquah Grand Ridge Manor

Grand Ridge at night

Grand Ridge Manor illuminated at night as misty fog rolls in

Last night I performed strolling and stand-up magic at The Grand Ridge in Issaquah.  I visit a lot of different venues throughout the year, but this was a new one for me, and a nice surprise!  It’s very close to I-90, but feels miles way.  A gated entry and long paved drive leads to a secluded country estate overlooking acres of manicured grass, trees, water features, wetlands, and more.

Former equestrian center in Issaquah shines as a wedding and event venue

Issaquah’s Grand Ridge shines as a wedding and event venue

Originally an equestrian estate, now the 36 acres is a full-time event and venue for special events.  As I drove up I thought, “this must be really popular for wedding and receptions”, and yes – that is their forte.  They also host corporate retreats, holiday parties, private events, and more.  Learn more about Grand Ridge at www.thegrandridge.com.

Guests rocking out with the band fronted by Steppenwolf guitarist Glen

Guests rocking out with the band including Steppenwolf guitarist Glen Bui & vocalist Denise Craciun

St. Katherine Orthodox Church hosted me – and the fantastic band with my friends Alex, Denise, Glen, and company – for their fundraising campaign to build or buy a new building.

A huge thank you to Alex and Denise who have hired me for FIVE performances this past year and a half.  (Check out what they did for Denise’s fabulous birthday party at their home in Issaquah.)  It’s no wonder that they’ve earned the coveted distinction of Clients of the year!

Whether you’re planning a private party for a few special friends in your home or a gala event for hundreds, my blend of clean comedy and interactive magic can make it fun and unforgettable.  Call Jeff Evans in Olympia toll-free 877-412-5064 or send e-mail to jeff[at]amazementproductions.com

 

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