Dupont Bunny Breakfast Magic

The Dupont Bunny Breakfast was held in the immaculately neat empty bays of the Dupont Fire Department garage.  I’d like to say that the FD garage is as clean as my kitchen, but it’s not.  Their garage is much cleaner.

Jeff Evans at the Dupont Bunny Breakfast and Magic Show

Jeff Evans at the Dupont Bunny Breakfast and Magic Show

It was a busy day for Amy Walker with the City of Dupont Parks and Recreation Department.  She and other helpers had been up early decorating the Fire Department, and immediately after my show was over they were heading to Powderworks Park to hide some seven thousand eggs.  And it was raining; I bet the kids who went really bagged a lot of goodies!

Fans:  please vote for me in ParentMap Magazine’s online “Golden Teddy Awards.”  Visit http://www.parentmap.com/article/2014-golden-teddy-awards-activities-for-kids and enter “Jeff Evans” for “Best Live Entertainment.” Thank you!

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Portland Magic Jam

The third annual Portland Magic Jam was a success!  Really glad that I took some time off to attend, because it’s always inspirational to get to see the best of the best.  Here are some photos from a fun weekend.

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Festival of Illusions

The Festival of Illusions, a week-long celebration of the art of magic in Lincoln City, Oregon

The Festival of Illusions, a week-long celebration of the art of magic in Lincoln City, Oregon

Where would you expect to find a week-long celebration of the art of magic, Las Vegas or Los Angeles?  Surprisingly, it’s held in the beautiful tourist destination of Lincoln City on the Oregon coast.  The 3rd annual Festival of Magic includes a performance featuring a different guest performer each evening in the Lincoln City Cultural Center.  Washington magicians featured this year included Steve the Pretty Good (Steve Hamilton, who is excellent), Joe Black (magician and hypnotist), and me.

This was spring break for students in the area, so a Magic Camp hosted by Dan “the Magic Man” Roberson were held each morning for kids ages 8 to 18.  I stopped by to talk with the campers about how I got started in magic and performed and taught a magic trick.

The Lincoln City Cultural Center crew!

The Lincoln City Cultural Center crew

A tip of the magic top hat to Lincoln City Cultural Director Niki Price, emcee and entertainment coordinator Laura Green, audio/lighting tech Jeff, Dan “the Magic Man” Roberson, and the volunteers who helped with concession sales, tickets, and seating.  Laura Green “The Juggling Queen” is an experienced performer and long-time member of the International Juggler’s Association.  I’ve read her articles in JUGGLE magazine, and she told me some fun juggling stories about characters she has worked with and seen over the years.

The Lincoln City Cultural Center is much more than magic!  Check them out for their latest productions when you’re beach combing the coast of central Oregon or trying your luck at the Chinook Winds Casino.

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March Magic

The Washington Festival and Event Association met this past week at the Olympia Red Lion Hotel.  I performing both during the tradeshow (strolling/mingling magic) and following one of the luncheons.  Thanks, Craig Cooke with Pacific Rim TalentRagan Myers shared this fun video of me doing close-up money magic in the lobby for WFEA attendees.

Magic for the gals from the "Chocolate on the Beach Festival"

Magic for the gals from the “Chocolate on the Beach Festival” in Long Beach

Lewis County Home & Garden Show

I’ve been a member of the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce since 2000.  During that time I’ve been part of many of their member events, banquets, and community events that they sponsor.  The weather this weekend was beautiful for the Lewis County Home and Garden Show held at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds.  Click here for photos from my performances in 2011 and 2013.  Keep up to date with my upcoming public performances like this by being a fan on Facebook.

 

Ed's surprise 50th party was held at the Museum of Flight

Ed’s surprise 50th party was held at the Museum of Flight

Ed and Rebecca hired me several years ago for their son Owen’s birthday party.  This time, I returned to entertain for Ed’s surprise 50th birthday party!   Check out more info on my magic for 50th birthday parties.

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Washington State Magician

No real theme to this post, just snapshots of photos from my magic shows at events throughout western Washington state this past week.  Enjoy!

"SuPurim Bowl" with a distinctly Seahawks theme at the Chabad Jewish Discovery Center of Olympia

“SuPurim Bowl” with a Seahawks theme at the Chabad Jewish Discovery Center of Olympia

Pe Ell ASB sponsored my Amazement Magic Show as a family night for their students

The Pe Ell ASB sponsored my Amazement Magic Show as a family night for their students

Bellevue Overlake Rotary

Rotary clubs are the best! This gift on my behalf by the Bellevue Overlake Rotary will go a long ways towards helping people in the area, and that’s what “service above self” is all about.

Now I know why kids LOVE the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound.  There are fun surprises hidden everywhere for them to discover.  And when they get tired of that, there's a water park, too!

Kids love the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, and I can see why:  there are fun surprises hidden everywhere for them to discover.  And when they get tired of that, there’s a water park, too!

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Il Fornaio Carnevale Magic

Carnevale – or Fat Tuesday -
a treat for all of the senses
at Il Fornaio Seattle

Guests are greeted by Il Fornaio staff for the beginning of a wonderful dining experience

Guests are greeted by Il Fornaio staff for the beginning of a wonderful dining experience

In the tradition of Italy’s trattorias, Il Fornaio bakes their own bread, creates pastas and flavorful sauces, and roast meats and vegetables over hot coals.  I’ve had the pleasure of dining at Il Fornaio Seattle two times, and it is always a first-class experience.  Their attention to the details, from the wine pairings to the freshest ingredients, means it is a special treat.  So, when Emily, Event Coordinator, invited to perform for their Carnevale celebration, I knew she had something special planned.

Carnevale di Venezia is a vibrant annual festival showcasing the historical beauty, elegance and vibrance of Italy’s past, along with a lot of well-intentioned mischief. Held in Venice, Italy, the eleven day Carnevale celebration comes to a close on Fat Tuesday with the beginning of Lent, forty days before Easter.

As I was performing close-up magic, several diners told me how much they enjoyed the food at Il Fornaio, and it’s no wonder – the chefs do a phenomenal job.  Even a vegetarian says that their menu items have the best flavor.  Another group told me that they take the cooking classes that the restaurant offers.  Cool!

Il Fornaio is in downtown Seattle in the Pacific Place center at the intersection of Olive and 6th Avenue.  It is worth a special trip to dine there, and is also convenient to first-class shopping , enjoying a performance at the Paramount Theater, and all of the other downtown Seattle attractions.

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90th Birthday Party Magic

“Who is your target audience?”  My marketing teacher drove this message home when I attended community college in Tacoma.  “You need a laser-like focus.  You have to understand that not everyone is your ideal client.”

This weekend I finally locked it down:  my target audience is people between the ages of 4 and 90 years old who celebrate a birthday sometime during the year.  If you fit my market demographics, read on…

Evan's 4th birthday party at Dirty Dave's Pizza Parlor in Lacey

Evan’s 4th birthday party at Dirty Dave’s Pizza Parlor in Lacey

I apologize if you were at Dirty Dave’s Pizza Parlor in Lacey hoping for a quiet lunch on a recent Sunday afternoon.   Holding the attention of a pack of rambunctious, chocolate cake-fueled kids at a birthday party is not easy.  Normally I recommend my shows for slightly older kids, but they were fascinated and totally involved in the magic.

Max's 90th birthday party in Puyallup

Max’s 90th birthday party in Puyallup

Max and his wife, Mildred, met me when I performed for one of their friend’s 80th birthday parties about five years ago.  Mildred then hired me for her 80th celebration a few years back.  Now, when it was time for Max to celebrate his 90th, they called me again!  Both are super people, and still as sharp as a tack.  Max was there to help me bring my equipment in, and Mildred tried several times to get me to eat cake and ice cream :-)

Regardless of age, audiences want the same thing.  People love to be amazed, laugh, and have fun.  We want that sense of wonder.

Sure, details change.  Instead of helpers like Shawn and Colton, Dorothy and Mildred were part of the show.  (Mildred goes by “Milli.”  As in Milli Vanilli, I guess.  Hey, I grew up in the 90s, I’m not in my 90s!)

 

That’s what I forgot to bring – a RECORD!

Technology has changed, too.  The cabinet on the stereo at the Clubhouse was open and I glanced over as I was setting up.  I had to snap a photo.  Looks like the same day that Max was celebrating his birthday, the phonograph player was celebrating 90 years, too!

Whether you’re planning a 40th, 50th, 70th, 80th, 90th, or – hey, I’ve never performed for a 100th birthday celebration.  That’s my target audience now.

Spread the word, and book now for your 100th birthday celebration!  I’m collecting a hefty, non-refundable deposit in advance…

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Saluting Our Military Kids

Amazement Productions' Rick Anderson * www.amazementproductions.com/aboutrick.html

People watching Rick Anderson are pleasantly surprised to realize that they are watching world-class close-up magic.

The Ranger and NW Airlifter newspapers presented a military support event for service members, spouses, and children of active n reserve forces in the South Sound.  The event was sponsored by Diono and co-resented by the Washington State G.E.T. Tuition program, Bruce Titus Automotive, and Seattle Children’s Hospital.  They expected 600-800 families to attend during the day, and based on the packed exhibit areas, I’m sure they met their goal!

I performed magic for the Pierce College Puyallup campus a few months back, but it has been five years since I was at Pierce College Ft. Steilacoom to entertain for one of their student activities.  The Athletic Center may have been built, but I know that the Science Dome wasn’t… because I would’ve tried to get in!  Either way, the college looks a lot better than it did when I attended as a student.  Congrats to Ken Swarner, Publisher of The Ranger and NW Airlifter, for putting together an awesome day for the local military families!

The whole Amazement Productions team was there; I was there for the noon hour, and my business partner, Rick Anderson, was there for the whole duration .  Nothing makes waiting in line more fun that close-up magic!  Learn more about entertainment for events in Tacoma at www.amazementproductions.com.

 

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Mother-Son Magic Show

Lacey Magician Jeff Evans and fans at Lacey Parks and Recreations's Mother-Son Tropical Magic Nite

Lacey Magician Jeff Evans and fans at Lacey Parks and Recreations’s Mother-Son Tropical Magic Nite

Lacey Parks and Recreation hosted me for their Mother-Son Tropical Magic Night.  Kudos to Jeannette Sieler and the team for creating such a fun night for everyone!  When they arrived, moms and sons could put on leis and sunglasses and straw hats, then headed for a photo session to commemorate the evening.  There were stations with tropical-themed crafts.  The make-your-own fruit kabobs and the desserts tasted as good as they looked!

All of the kids went home with a deck of cards and three easy-to-do magic tricks that I taught them to perform.  Miss out on this one?  I present several magic workshops each year through Lacey and Olympia Parks and Recreation departments.  Send me a note for more details.  Or, order my Magic Tricks and Secrets DVD online now so you can start learning magic right away.

 

With a DJ spinning the tunes, limbo and other games, these boys - and their moms - had a ball!

With a DJ spinning the tunes, limbo and other games, these boys – and their moms – had a ball!

“Do you still do birthday party magic shows?” 
Apparently some people think I may be too famous (?) and busy to do kids’ birthday parties, but the answer is absolutely yes!  I have a blast performing for kids parties (ages 5+) and, as I write this, am doing one birthday party this afternoon (and a corporate event in the evening), with two more birthday party shows tomorrow.  I live in Olympia and do most of my private parties within a one hour drive time, although I can travel further with additional travel fees.  To learn more, call me at (360) 412-5064 or send e-mail to jeff[at]amazementproductions.com.

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Everett FBLA Conference Magic

Business can be fun and amazing, too!

Picking up "mental vibes" at the FBLA Winter Business Leadership Conference

Picking up “mental vibes” at the FBLA Winter Business Leadership Conference

Five hundred high school students dressed for success in business attire converged on Everett Community College for the West Central Region’s FBLA Winter Business Leadership Conference.  After a morning of competitions, workshops, and guest speakers, I took the stage during their lunch hour to entertain.  Thanks to my friend Seattle mentalist Lance Campbell for taking these great photos.

Foiled again!  Spectator has the last laugh as she performs magic on her own.

Foiled again! Spectator has the last laugh as she performs magic on her own.

 

Learn more about my magic shows for colleges and high school graduation parties online or by calling me in Olympia toll-free (877) 412-5064 or sending e-mail to jeff[at]amazementproductions.com.

Magic for the Future Business Leaders of America conference

Magic for the Future Business Leaders of America conference

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