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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Lentil Festival Magician

Lentil Festival magician Jeff Evans

Lentil Festival magician Jeff Evans

The Palouse region of farmlands in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho has a reputation for producing the highest quality lentils in the United States.  Since its beginning in 1989, the National Lentil Festival has brought national attention to Pullman (go Cougs!). This was my second year performing for the Lentil Fest; view photos from the 2013 Lentil Festival here.

The drive there along Highway 26 is one of the prettiest anywhere.  At this time of year the hills are golden yellow.  I was in the area a month+ ago to perform for the Moscow Arts Commission and everything was a beautiful lush green.  Amazing how the landscape can change so much in a relatively short period of time.

Thanks to Lentil Fest team of Alexandria, Tony, Gabby, and the Pullman Chamber of Commerce for hosting another fantastic festival.  Stay up to date with my upcoming magic shows and events by being a fan on Facebook or following me on Twitter.

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Canyon County Fair Magic

Yeehaw!  Great gettin’ back in the saddle to kick off the county fair season at the Canyon County Fair in Caldwell, Idaho.  Weather was sunny and warm with temperatures in the high 90s, so I was very glad to be performing under the shade of a large tent.  (Still not sure if the huge audiences were there to see me or just get out of the sun!)

This was my second year in Caldwell for the Fair.  See photos and more from the 2013 Canyon County Fair.

"Larry the Cable Guy" and Jeff Evans doing an early morning promo for KTVB Boise

Early morning TV promo with “Larry the Cable Guy” of KTVB Boise

The first day of the fair started out early with a 6:30 am interview with Larry “the Cable Guy” for KTVB.  Later I also did some guerrilla magic on the fairgrounds with innocent bystanders for KBOI TV.

More promo with KBOI TV on the midway at the Fair

More promo with KBOI TV on the midway at the Fair

My buddy Alex Zerbe – who also lives in Olympia! – wowed everyone with his outrageous stunts, feats of skill, dancing, rap, and more. He is the one and only Professional Zaniac. Check him out at www.alexzerbe.com.  The grandstand concerts and rodeo drew thousands of people each evening to the main arena.  Other acts on the entertainment stages included a Boise jump rope team, musicians, a fashion show, hypnotist Ralph Maxwell, and more.

I was especially excited to finally see the Rhinestone Roper.  I’d heard his name in the past, but never worked with him or seen his act.  In addition to trick roping and his trained pony Star, his signature piece is throwing knives at his fiancee who is strapped to a huge whirling circle of plywood.  Yes, it’s real and yes, the wedding is still on!

Entertainment Coordinator Rico Weisman with Boise Arts and Entertainment who has been with the Fair for many years and has the stages dialed in. – See more at: http://amazementproductions.com/blog/2013/07/canyon-county-fair-magic/#sthash.Wzv05s2B.dpuf

 

Thank you to Entertainment Coordinator Rico Weisman with Boise Arts and Entertainment who has been with the Fair for many years and always has the stages and entertainment running smoothly.

If you’re in western Washington, come see me at the Pierce County Fair on August 8-9-10 in Graham. I’m doing shows all three days (strolling only on Sunday). And, the rest of my public magic shows for this summer is online. Say hi if you’re able to attend!  And, be a fan on Facebook for updates

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Pacific Coast Association of Magicians Convention

2014 PCAM Convention
Vancouver, British Columbia

Gregory Wilson's pickpocket brought down the house!

Gregory Wilson’s pickpocket brought down the house!

My first Pacific Coast Association of Magicians convention was held in Calgary, Alberta in 2997.  (I won the “Bag of Tricks” competition!)  It’s become my favorite annual convention since then, as I think I’ve attended each year except one.  (See my reports from the 2013 PCAM in Burbank, California and the 2012 PCAM in Seattle, Washington.)

It’s always nice to step back from my busy summer performance schedule to see what other top pros and amateur performers are doing, sharpen the blade, and get inspired.  And boy, is it inspirational seeing what other performers are doing!

This year’s convention was held in Coquitlam, just outside of Vancouver, B.C.  Typically there are a several performers brought in to perform and lecture.  This year my favorites were Dan Harlan (close-up, stand-up, and rubber band magic) and Gregory Wilson (stand-up comedy, close-up sleights of hand, and a hilarious pickpocket act).

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Winlock Egg Days Magic

Winlock Egg Days-Jeff EvansWinlock is a small town south of Chehalis in Lewis County.  I do a couple of events there a year, ranging from programs for the Winlock Timberland Library to assemblies for the elementary school.  I’ve also performed for the Winlock High School Senior Class Party, the Senior Center (as in senior citizens!), the Winlock Lions Club, and private parties.

The Winlock Egg Days celebration has been happening since 1937, but this was my first time being part of it.  Two thumbs way up for a small-town event that people really get behind and support!  I arrived about half-way through the parade, and was impressed to see so many people lining the streets to see it go by.  There was actually a traffic jam and parking was impossible to find, which has to be a rare situation in the downtown.

“We had nothing but positive comments and hope we can keep having entertainers of your quality for return engagements of our small town’s events.   You held the attention of kids and adults alike, and we will happily recommend you for other functions…  I knew in my heart that you would be a good fit for us and you proved it many times over.  Great show!!!”
-Nettie Jungers, Festival Coordinator

“You were a huge hit in Winlock! My grandson can’t stop talking about all your magic! I hope Winlock Egg Day plans to ask if you’ll come back. So much fun!
 -Barbara Lewis, Winlock

Winlock obviously has a lot of 12th man spirit, too.  Always nice seeing Seahawks green and blue!

The "World's Largest Egg" in Winlock, Washington has a distinctly "hawkish" appearance

The “World’s Largest Egg” in Winlock, Washington takes on a hawkish appearance to commemorate the Super Bowl champs.

Egg Days Director Nettie gets the party started at the Winlock Community Center

Egg Days Director Nettie gets the party started at the Winlock Community Center

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Issaquah Birthday Party Magician

Parties are more fun with magic!

And, more affordable with BizX*.

"Client of the Year" Alex in his [rented] Lamborghini

“Client of the Year” Alex in his [rented] Lamborghini

Alex and Denise receive my award for “Client of the Year.”  Alex first hired me for a fundraising event in Bellevue at the church they attend over a year ago.  Since then, he and his wife, Denise, have hired me for three other parties at their home in Issaquah; one a block-party for their neighborhood, another a Christmas party, and this one for Denise’s birthday celebration.  They throw the most amazing parties, treat their vendors like friends, and their friends like VIPs.

*Are they super-wealthy, and blowing tends of thousands of dollars each time they celebrate?  Nope – they are member of the BizXchange and Saturn Barter organizations and are masters of using barter dollars as part of their businesses!  Learn more about how  barter works by clicking one of the links above.  Barter is not new – in fact, it predates money transactions – but many businesses aren’t aware of how powerful it can be and how it works with your cash business.  I’ve been a member of barter organizations since about 1997 and highly recommend it.

Mingling magic with Jeff Evans in Issaquah

Mingling magic with Jeff Evans in Issaquah

Last December I was blown away when I drove into the neighborhood and saw their home lit up like Candy Cane Lane.  Alex had thousands of bulbs over the house, trees, and yard, all connected to electronic controllers like you see on YouTube videos.  They hired horse-drawn carriage rides and all of their guests and anyone in the neighborhood was invited to ride.

Last weekend Games2U provided a mobile gaming station and laser tag game.  Clowns Unlimited set up a huge inflatable ride in the driveway.  (Both are great organizations, and I ran into them both the week before at high school grad parties.)  And, they even rented a LAMBORGHINI for the day!  (Love the sound of that engine.)  Best of all, every one of these companies – including the delicious catering and bar – are barter members!

Denise is an amazing singer, Alex plays guitar (and more), and they put together an incredible band featuring Steppenwolf guitarist Glen Bui.  Seeing and hearing them perform live was awesome!  I performing strolling magic throughout the evening plus a stand-up show for the whole group in between sets by the band.  Not sure how they’re going to top this, but I know they will!

Mingling magic with Jeff Evans for Denise's ?? birthday party in Issaquah

Mingling magic with Jeff Evans for Denise’s ?? birthday party in Issaquah

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Summer Public Magic Shows

Magician Jeff Evans ~ Be a fan at www.facebook.com/jeffevansmagic

Magician Jeff Evans ~ Be a fan at www.facebook.com/jeffevansmagic

SUMMER VACATION is the best time to see one of my shows live.  Here’s my public show schedule for June, July, August, and September.

June 2014 Public Magic Shows

Jeff's Science Magic show is featured at dozens of libraries throughout western Washington and beyond in summer 2014

Jeff’s Science Magic show is featured at dozens of libraries throughout western Washington and beyond in summer 2014.  Photo by Rick Anderson with Bruno Photography, www.brunophotography.com.

July 2014 Public Magic Shows

August 2014 Public Magic Shows

September 2014 Public Magic Shows

  • Friday, September 5 – Friday, September 12 I’m performing magic for the Spokane Interstate Fair.  These are strolling performances only (no stage shows), and times are TBA.  Message me if you want to attend and I’ll get more details for you as the event approaches.
  • Saturday, September 13 at 2:00 pm – Tillicum Library
  • Friday, September 19 at 7:00 pm – Si View Science Magic Family Night (North Bend, $10/family admission)

All of the performances listed here are open to the public.  Most are FREE, some require a admission fee or pay parking.  Message me if you’d like more details, or call (360) 412-5064.  Please say hi if you attend! 

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High School Graduation Party Magician

It happens each year in early June.  I transform into a zombie, becoming a creature of the night and desperately seeking to sleep when the sun rises.  It’s the return of… HIGH SCHOOL GRAD PARTIES!  And, I have to say that high school grads are some of the most fun audiences to perform for anywhere!  Everyone is in a party mood and there to have fun.  They all know each other and have four or eight or more years of inside jokes to sling at each other.

Photos here are from my visits to Hoquiam High School in Grays Harbor County.  It’s my third time performing for their celebration and each time I am super impressed with how much work the parents put into making this event a huge success for their kids.

Next trip:  Forks High School in Clallam County.  Many thanks to Rob at Leapfrog Entertainment as well as the Forks parents.  This was my third consecutive year being part of their Senior Class Party.  Their theme was classic board games, so kids were playing chess, Operation, Twister, you name it.  The Forks parents always do a fantastic job of decorating.  EVERY SINGLE WALL inside the Elks Lodge is covered with blue plastic and outlined in lights, transforming it into some never-never land.  When I arrived, a huge inflatable “cage” was set up with some spirited human sumo-wrestling contests, and other groups were gathered around the mechanical bull.  Those are two great spectator sports!

Me and Luke, my new biggest fan, at the Forks Senior Class Party

Me and Luke, my new biggest fan, at the Forks Senior Class Party

Only one thing can top a magic show, and that’s HYPNOSIS!  Tammy Harris Barton took the stage after me and I know everyone had a blast.  (I’ve had the pleasure of working with Tammy and her father, hypnotist Jerry Harris, at many fairs, festivals, and events over the years.)

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Amber Lounge 8th Anniversary Party in Seattle

Fun Under the Big Top

Magician Jeff Evans at Amber Lounge in Seattle

Magician Jeff Evans at Amber Lounge in Seattle/photo by Jorge Hernandez

Amber Restaurant and Lounge in downtown Seattle knows how to party.  They celebrated their 8th anniversary with a”big night under the big top!”  Games, roving and stage entertainers, music by two of Seattle’s top DJs, food, drinks, and more!  It was free entry for everyone, and the Belltown bar was packed for hours.  Thanks Jorge Hernandez, official Amber photographer, for sharing these photos.

Thanks to Michael at Clowns Unlimited for booking me for this event.  Amber Lounge, Clowns Unlimited, and Amazement Productions (me!) are all members of BizXchange, a barter organization.  How does barter work?  To simplify it, let’s say a member business wants to throw a staff party at Amber.  They pay for all of their food and drinks with BizX, so Amber now has credits in their BizX account.  Amber then books entertainment (me) through Clowns Unlimited.  Rather than paying cash, they pay with their barter dollars.  Ask me if you’d like more information about barter in Seattle.

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Seattle College Magician Jeff Evans

Michael with Clowns Unlimited made the coolest balloon hats, each one a unique design

Michael with Clowns Unlimited made the coolest balloon hats, each one a unique design

“I owe you a tremendous thank you for coming out and joining us for our event. You were such a hit and so many of the students and staff were still talking about some of the amazing tricks you performed. Thank you so much for being there and hanging out with us.  I will definitely call on you for any other event that we can use your talents for.”
     -Tiffany Sullivan, Lake Washington Institute of Technology
     Student Activities Programmer – Events & Entertainment

I returned for the third time to the Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland (just northeast of Seattle).  Their Mayfest celebration was a “thank you” to students hosted by the Associated Student Government.  It was an awesome afternoon for students, with free BBQ lunch and sandwiches and salads, inflatable games, a mechanical bull, face painting, balloon art, magic, juggling, and more.

A student, Fujita Namiko, took video with her cell phone.  I asked if she could post a clip to my Facebook page.  She agreed, and I forgot about it.  Two days later she shares this video, completely edited and even with magical audio accompaniment.  The bar has been raised:  try and match this, other audiences!

Another new fan, Barry Carter, who posted this quick video to my Facebook page.  I love it when audiences share great video clips from shows!

Mayhem!  Bob Bailey III and a recruit entertain one of the lines.

Mayhem! Bob Bailey III and a recruit entertain one of the lines.

Looking for great entertainment for a college event?  Call Jeff Evans in Olympia toll-free (877) 412-5064 or send e-mail to jeff[at]amazementproductions.com.

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