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 events where I’m performing in 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

  • Saturday, December 6 at 10:00 am – Olympia Golf and Country Club Santa Breakfast (for reserving/pricing information visit http://www.olygolfclub.com.)
  • Saturday, December 6 at 2:00 pm – Mercer Island Library
  • Sunday, December 7 at 2:30 pm – Kirkland Library
  • Friday, December 12 from 7 – 9 pm – Canterwood Golf & Country Club – tableside magic in the Clubhouse restaurant (Canterwood members and guests only)
  • Saturday, December 13 at 10:00 am – Olympia Golf and Country Club Santa Breakfast (for reserving/pricing information visit http://www.olygolfclub.com.)
  • Saturday, December 13 at 2:30 pm – Maple Valley Library
  • Sunday, December 14 at 2:00 and 3:30 pm – Bellevue Library (2 separate programs)
  • Tuesday, December 16 at 10:30 am – Issaquah Library
  • Tuesday, December 16 at 7:00 pm – Woodinville Library
  • Saturday, December 20 – time TBA – Lake Stevens Library
  • Saturday, December 20 – time TBA – Arlington Library
  • Saturday, December 27 at 1:00 pm – Sammamish Library
  • Monday, December 29 at 2:00 pm – Richmond Beach Library
  • Monday, December 29 at 4:30 pm – Lake Forest Park Library
  • Monday, December 29 at 7:00 pm – Kenmore Library
  • Wednesday, December 31 at 10:30 am – North Mason Timberland Library (Reading Magic show)
  • Wednesday, December 31 at 2:00 pm – Tumwater Timberland Library (Reading Magic show)
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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Thornewood Castle

It’s not every day that you get to visit an authentic castle.  Thornewood Castle in Lakewood isn’t just rare, it’s one-of-a-kind:  In 1907, Mr. Thorne purchased a 400-year-old  Elizabethan manor in England and had it dismantled and shipped, brick by brick, from England to be reconstructed on the shores of American Lake.

One of my magic audiences for the evening

One of my magic audiences for the evening


I was hired to perform magic for a double birthday:  Rob turning 50 and Dr. Roy celebrating his 80th birthday. 
Rob’s wife, Paige, lives in California and did a marvelous job planning the whole event from out of town.  My job was entertaining guests as they were socializing, enjoying food and drink, and exploring the marvelous mansion and the grounds.  (A tough job, but someone has to do it!)

“My nieces were so excited when I shared with them my plan to have Jeff perform at a recent birthday party. They had seen him at local school and library events. He delivered on that excitement! Jeff’s strolling/close-up magic was the perfect addition to the party. Both kids and adults were amazed and continued talking about his tricks after the party. He was very entertaining — Lots of smiles and laughter in the groups he engaged. As the party planner, I can add he was also very professional, punctual and super easy to work with.”
-Paige Olson, California
Read this review and others online.

My audiences ranged from kids about 8 years old to guests in their 80s.  And, I had a blast with them all!  One of the great things about magic done well is that it truly spans all ages. Although I can’t experience that wonder myself, I love seeing the reactions on people’s faces as they feel that moment of astonishment.  

Click here to learn more about my performances for 50th birthday parties and, yes, 80th birthday parties.  (What can I say, they’re my target demographic!)

To learn more about adding interactive entertainment to make your birthday celebration or wedding reception fun and unforgettable, call me, Jeff Evans, in Olympia at (360) 412-5064 or toll-free (877) 412-5064 or send e-mail to jeff[at]amazementproductions.com.

"I was giddy just driving my Maserati up to the front entrance..."  Jeff Evans

“I was giddy just driving my Maserati up to the front entrance…” Jeff Evans

History is fascinating, and one visit to the Thornewood Castle and you’ll want to know how this piece of England came to land just south of Tacoma.  The following information comes from Thornewood’s website, www.thornewood.com.

Chester Thorne (1863-1927) collected materials from across the British Isles to build his home, transported by three ships down the Atlantic around Cape Horn (the southernmost point of South America) and back up the Pacific to Washington State.

Family and friends celebrating two special birthdays

Family and friends celebrating two special birthdays

What has

  • over 27,000 square feet of living space…
  • boasts 54 rooms…
  • including 22 bedrooms…
  • and 22 baths?

Aw, how’d you know? 

In addition to the immense size and scale of the Thornewood Castle, it houses a priceless collection of rare artwork.  Hand-painted glass surrounded by panes of crystal mounted in windows make sunlight dance in vivid colors throughout the estate.  Created in the 15th to 17th centuries, they were previously owned by an English duke who spent 40 years collecting the chards and panels of lost art.

I wonder if my friend Leif David will read this?  He claims that his Google Alerts settings notifies him when he’s mentioned online.  We’ll find out if he posts a note to my blog!

If only these walls could talk...

If only these walls could talk…

The staircase as well as the doors were hand-hewn from 500-year-old ancient English oak and are held together by wood dowels.  Beautifully sculpted fountains, located in the circular drive and sunken gardens, are the focal points of our statuary collection, which includes many pieces, including the “Kingsale Hounds,” the only pair of these statues in the United States.

So much history here, really a pleasure just sightseeing in this amazing mansion

So much history here, really a pleasure just sightseeing in this amazing mansion

Remember, this is also a Bed and Breakfast.  The suites are luxuriously appointed and elegantly decorated, filled with antiques and historical pieces. Learn more about this one-of-a-kind event venue at www.thornewoodcastle.com.

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Sample South Lake Union

Seahawk's Blitz & Seattle magician Jeff Evans

Seahawk’s Blitz & Seattle magician Jeff Evans

The South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce‘s annual trade show, “Sample SLU”, was a hit.  Member businesses, local merchants, UW students, and others who live or work in the area stopped in to “sample” a large range of food as well as network and learn about local companies.   Having Chamber ambassadors on the street inviting people in – as well as the Seahawk’s Blitz – brought in a lot of folks who normally would have walked past.  Inside there was live music, a poi artist, yo-yo expert, and yours truly, magician Jeff Evans.

SLU Chamber of Commerce

SLU Chamber of Commerce

Looking for great entertainment for your Seattle-area open house, client appreciation night, or company party?  Amazement Productions’ Jeff Evans at (360) 412-5064 or send e-mail to jeff[at]amazementproductions.com today to learn more about adding clean comedy and amazing magic to your event.

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Spokane County Fair Magic

Spokane International Fair magician Jeff Evans

Spokane International Fair magician Jeff Evans.  Photo by Jon Bowne.

Sunny weather and friendly people make the Spokane County Interstate Fair a fantastic experience!  I don’t make it to the “Inland Empire” often, and this was my first time performing with the All-Alaskan Racing Pigs (and owner Bart) and cowboy singer/songwriter Marty Davis. I’ve known both of them for years through the Washington State Fair Association (WSFA) and Oregon Fairs Association (OFA), so it was nice to finally get to see and hear them doing what they do best!

Volunteers become part of Jeff Evans' interactive magic show

Volunteers become part of Jeff Evans’ interactive magic show

It was also a nice surprise to see and spend some time with Spokane-area performers Jerry Breeden (ventriloquist/musician/more) and magicians Jon Bowne and Cecil Lewis. All are first-class guys and a pleasure to be around.

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