Cub Scout Magic

"Blue and Gold" magician Jeff Evans

“Blue and Gold” magician Jeff Evans

Cub scouts and boy scouts love magic.  Who doesn’t want to learn secrets, entertain their friends, and be the life of the party?  The month of February is the anniversary of scouting, and the Blue and Gold banquet is the party!  It brings families together for an evening of recognition and celebration.  The Arrow of Light ceremony is frequently part of this event and marks the “graduation” of a cub scout into the ranks of boy scouts.

Arrow of Light ceremony for Cub Scout Pack 205 of Olympia

Arrow of Light ceremony for Cub Scout Pack 205 of Olympia

Parents are there for the occasion, and sometimes grandparents, community leaders, or older scouts who have been part of a scouting event during the year.  There may be songs, skits (mercifully short), and awards.  And each time I’ve been to a blue and gold banquet they’ve also had a magician.  (I know, what a coincidence!)  Anyway, this year I’m doing three of these, and I always have a blast.

Caution:  scouts are an enthusiastic bunch and can get a little carried away.  To keep and hold their attention, you have to bring your A game.  Personally, I love these high-energy shows!

Cub Scout Blue and GoldBlue and Gold magic show at South Bay Elementary in Olympia

Cub Scout Blue and Gold magic show at South Bay Elementary in Olympia

 

Learn more about my magic shows for cub scouts and boy scouts in western Washington online or call me, Jeff Evans, in Olympia at 360-412-5064 or send e-mail to jeff[at]amazementproductions.com.

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Illusion Factory

Tim Flynn emcees the Illusion Factory magic show

Tim Flynn emcees the Illusion Factory magic show

About five+ years ago a Seattle magician named Tony Comito began producing a public show at Egan’s Ballard Jam House.  It was successful and, over the years, featured most of the working magicians in the area.  Tony moved south to warmer climates, and magician Tim Flynn took over around 2013-ish.  I performed at the Jam House and it was, in fact, jammed with people!  It was  a relatively small space and seated about forty guests.  However, it became more work to fill the space with enthusiastic audiences so Tim decided to tinker with the formula.

Illusion Factory magicians Tim Flynn, Darrell Fisher, and Jeff Evans

Illusion Factory magicians Tim Flynn, Darrell Fisher, and Jeff Evans

Flash forward to the present:  The Illusion Factory is the brain child of magicians Andrew Jensen, Jay Boiselle and Tim Flynn.  Andrew Jensen has been quietly perfecting his magic skills over the past few years and wanted to be part of a larger show and see more magic out in the local community. Jay Boiselle is the owner of Seattle Juggling & Magic Shop and has had a long time interest in magic and seeing magic grow as an art form.  Tim Flynn books the talent and acts as emcee for each month’s show.

Close-up miracles with Steve Dobson

Close-up miracles with Steve Dobson

In addition to two featured stage performers, several top close-up magicians perform prior to the show.  Steve Dobson is the “resident” master of close-up magic, and if you have the opportunity to watch him, he will fool you.  It’s a rare treat for me to be completely taken in by magic, and Steve does it time after time.  I bet there were five close-up magicians working tables that night, so if you attend you’re pretty much guaranteed to receive a personal performance just a few feet away.  (Done right, this is always my favorite style of magic to experience!)

As I took the stage that evening, I realized something special:  everyone in the room had paid money, driven across town, and made room in their schedule to enjoy a magic show.  That only happens a few times each year.  Needless to say, a good time was had by all!

 

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Portland Convention Magician

Gensco/American Standard Dealer Meeting

HVAC dealers, installers, and service pros at the American Standard Dealer Meeting at the Portland Hilton

Gensco has creative and fun dealer meetings.  Last year their theme was a “Tailgate Party” at the Tulalip Casino in Marysville, WA.  Everyone – no, really, everyone – dressed up representing their favorite sports team:  the Seattle Seahawks!  I performed as a rabid Hawks fan complete with face paint and green & blue hair.  It was impressive to see so many Hawks jerseys and the excitement as the Seahawks marched towards what would be their Super Bowl victory.

 

Judy with Gensco takes home the Cup!

Judy with Gensco takes home the Cup!

This year Gensco they invited me to their meeting at the Portland Hilton Hotel with the theme, “Do you feel the need… for variable speed?”  The newest American Standard heating and air conditioning heat pumps now feature variable speed for quieter and more efficient operation.  I performed strolling magic during the welcome reception in the tradeshow area and then entertained on stage after dinner.

Fitting with their “need for speed” theme, the following morning their keynote speaker is a group called Afterburner.  The are Top Gun fighter pilots who discuss how to work as a team to create and execute mission plans as it applies to business.

The view from my "cubicle" at work :-)

The view from my “cubicle” at work :-)

Looking for great entertainment for your annual meeting or convention?  Located in Olympia, magician Jeff Evans performs from Seattle to Portland and beyond helping make corporate events fun and unforgettable.  Learn more at www.amazementproductions.com or call Jeff direct at (360) 412-5064 or send e-mail to jeff[at]amazementproductions.com.

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Overlake Country Club Magic

Overlake Golf Night of Magic

The Overlake Golf and Country Club is located in Medina, Washington, just outside of Bellevue.  I’ve performed for several events there, ranging from high school grad parties to staff parties to the Club’s Night of Magic.  They always do a first-class job of decorating and making the banquet room classy and festive.

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2014 Holiday Magic Shows

Photos from a very busy and fun holiday season!

 

If you’re not already, be a fan on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest news, photos, and public shows.  December  is always a very busy month for me, and it’s never too soon to plan ahead for your holiday party!  Call me in Olympia toll-free (877) 412-5064 or send e-mail to jeff[at]amazementproductions.com

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Oregon Fairs Association Convention

Magician Jeff Evans at the Oregon Fairs Association covention

Magician Jeff Evans at the Oregon Fairs Association covention

Always fun hanging out with the Northwest’s best variety performers!  Here are some photos from the Oregon Fairs Association convention held in Salem, Oregon.

 

Each year I perform magic for  county fairs throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Organizations like the Washington State Fair Association and the Oregon Fairs Association host annual conferences where their members get together to conduct business, receive training, meet with colleagues, and book their entertainment.  So while taking care of business is the main goal, it’s also kind of a family reunion where fair managers and board members get to see their friends from around the state. For entertainers like me, it’s a chance to hang out with the musicians, jugglers, magicians, balloon artists, hypnotists, stilt walkers, comics, acrobats, and more that we occasionally get to work with on the road.

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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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